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French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy describes these times as a “pre-Columbian world,” a time when America didn’t exist in people’s minds because the continent hadn’t yet been discovered by Europeans. Can America reclaim its place as the leader of the democratic world or will it continue it…

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Fact-based opinions are becoming scarce in the U.S. courtesy of social media. The tsunami of twisted information and fact-free opinion they are delivering could sweep away American democracy unless citizens pay attention and lawmakers act.

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There are lots of folks in our Wood River Valley now, and those of us who live here welcome you and are happy you are here to share our community—whether you are visiting or buying a home. We are proud of our towns, mountains, river, neighbors and importantly, our “locals” culture—we assume …

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After many years of being closely involved with the Blaine County School District—as parents, teachers, taxpayers and advocates—we have confidence in our current board leadership and feel hopeful about the future of our schools.

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As a longtime resident of this legislative district, I want to highlight the nonpartisan leadership of our current District 26 legislators, Representative Sally Toone, Representative Muffy Davis, and Senator Michelle Stennett, in response to the partisan salvos launched at the Fairfield Town…

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What does it say that 100 years after women gained the right to vote, their presence, their visibility as speakers, at a major political event should feel unusual? It says that our default mental image in too many parts of life is still male, a default that must change.

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We’re not all in this pandemic together. President Trump’s senior advisor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway this week announced that she would step away from her position after more than three years to spend more time with her four teenagers.

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Blaine County public school children will return to school on September 8th under a plan that has them in class two days a week, while learning from home the other three days. Local families join others across the nation feeling anxious and overwhelmed, with few good options for their kids o…

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If you are going to open your business, open it with gusto. Don’t make excuses. Commit to opening with the necessary staff, kitchen help and menu. We are understanding of the challenges you have, but we want service delivered timely. Drinks cold and menu available, otherwise, my dollars go t…

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he last Hailey Urban Renewal Agency meeting about the Woodside Industrial Park “looking like a pig’s breakfast” and “would be nice to have sidewalks” shows her lack of understanding about the needs of light industrial business. Her comments are overly harsh—it is an industrial park, not a ga…

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When Flying Heart was subdivided, the public’s right to access the Big Wood River was preserved in the final development documents between the county and the developer. For 40 years, the public has been parking on Aspen Lakes Drive to use the Flying Heart easements for fishing, kayaking and …

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Who are we really, those us who reside full time in the Wood River Valley? We are not one-dimensional. We’re not all rich, and we’re not all struggling. But without one very important thing, none of us would be here at all, no matter who we are. That one element is water.

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“We all want to go the distance for what we love. That distance has begun. Things are bleak, but batons will be and are already being passed to generations who will emerge on the other side of this who will have the brilliant chance to build a whole new art world.”

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It’s August, it’s hot and some days move in slow motion. However, if Blaine County residents don’t hurry up and submit data to the U.S. census, we will hurt ourselves and our kids for a decade to come.

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The angst many educators and parents have surrounding whether students should return to the classroom or learn on-line is not surprising given the news we receive every day about the coronavirus’ spread in our state. In fact, the same debate is raging across the country.

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I am so happy to be able to commend Cathy Reinheimer for trying to keep live events happening with her Field Daze of Summer during COVID shutdowns. With so many starved for live entertainment, she has creatively and safely put together a schedule of outdoor entertainments at her Reinheimer R…

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According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 48 percent of nursing home residents are living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, and among older adults in assisted living and other residential facilities, 42 percent have Alzheimer’s or related dementias. That is nearly half of all residents in…