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Hailey’s City Council last week acknowledged the mortal threat of cyclists using hand-held cell phones when it unanimously approved a ban on the activity.

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Investigation into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump moved into the open this week as House committees begin taking testimony in public. The spin will move into overdrive. The founding fathers expected the process of holding officeholders to account to be used and to be take…

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The so-called “reddest state in the union” is jumping on board immigration reform, at least for agricultural workers.

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News coverage shorthand paints U.S. politics as a red-vs.-blue landscape. But a growing number of registered voters who refuse to identify with one political party and some results from local and state elections on Tuesday hold out the hope that the American electorate is returning to its pu…

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Voters in Hailey gave two boomers the boot on Tuesday and handed the reins to two millennials elected to the City Council who are set on seeing the development of workforce housing.

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It’s fire season in California. The most recent fires seem to reinforce the sense that humans are helpless in the face of a changing climate. Look more closely. Individuals can make a difference.

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Kelechi Osemele was a veteran lineman for the hapless New York Jets. Until, that is, he opted for appropriate medical treatment for a significant shoulder injury rather than taking the painkiller recommended by team doctors. The Jets opted to toss him aside like bruised lettuce.

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McCall’s Andrew Mentzer told Sun Valley Economic Summit participants that they should consider forming a Yes-in-My-Backyard group to back development of housing for working residents.

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Americans have often been labeled by the rest of the world as insensitive. A president who sees only sand, s**t-hole countries and oil personifies that ugly image.

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Businesses and employees in the Sun Valley area are trying to navigate through strong headwinds. Sun Valley Economic Development’s Economic Summit on Monday in Sun Valley is where they may pick up better navigation skills and make connections to help them succeed.

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Idaho law is clear and strict about who can and cannot vote in state and local elections. Voters must be residents in the state of Idaho. Not Montana. Not New York. Not Texas. Not California.

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Parking in Ketchum is being planned by fiat by an unelected board that has consistently failed to provide public notice of its meetings or proposed actions

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Ordinary Americans believe that the U.S. befriends those with common interests, defends its friends against common enemies and stands with those friends after we’ve fought together.

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Ketchum and Sun Valley are in desperate need of a new chamber of commerce. Business has no united voice in those cities. It has had no voice at all since 2010.

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What is it with sheep? Why in the world is there a Trailing of the Sheep Festival in an area more famous for skiing than sheep? No Idaho license plate boasts, “Famous Wooly Ewes.” No bumper stickers state, “No Ewe Turns.”

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Ketchum and Sun Valley are in desperate need of a new chamber of commerce. Business has no united voice in those cities. It has had no voice at all since 2010.

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What is it with sheep? Why in the world is there a Trailing of the Sheep Festival in an area more famous for skiing than sheep? No Idaho license plate boasts, “Famous Wooly Ewes.” No bumper stickers state, “No Ewe Turns.”

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Ketchum is in the middle of a class conflict over the potential development of a new four-star hotel on Main Street that could strangle a more stable economic future.

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Few things are more thrilling to watch than thoroughbreds hurtling full speed around a track or more stomach-churning than one collapsing on that track, both front legs broken. Unless the racing industry gets more serious about addressing the latter, the former will and should be stopped.

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As a nation, we must stop doing too little too late when it comes to disappearing wildlife populations and climate change.

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For years, the United States has been wandering through uncharted territory. Now, with the opening this week of a formal impeachment investigation, the political landscape is familiar even if the eventual destination is unknown.

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The wealthy, retired and those with incomes derived outside the Sun Valley area have a duty not to kill the place they ostensibly love.

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As Ketchum officials face pressure from opponents to defeat development of a second new downtown hotel, they need to remember the city’s development history, understand its economy and embrace the virtues of hotels.

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"Transactional” is the word often used to describe the unique presidency of showman/real estate developer-turned-politician President Donald Trump. The meaning of this in the context of America’s highest office has become crystal clear. It amounts to a giant “Clearance sale—everything must g…

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Judging by what has followed passage of a voter initiative to expand Medicaid in Idaho, some Republican legislators who opposed it are still more than a little miffed at voters.

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Westerners were willing to give women the citizenship rights and respect as individuals available to men before the rest of the country was. That example should be followed now.

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The fact that Earth Day has morphed into today’s Global Climate Strike illustrates how acute climate change has become. Millions of students and others have organized events to protest climate change and to ask governments in nearly every nation of the world to act.

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Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for a drone attack that partly destroyed one of the major oil refineries in Saudi Arabia. The Saudis and Americans are pointing at Iran instead. The security of the world depends less on the who than on the how.

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If Boise can regulate short-term rentals to ease and avert the growing shortage of long-term housing, so can the Sun Valley area’s cities and Blaine County.

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Idled coal and uranium mines could show the way for the United States to regulate the unintended consequences of sustainable-energy technologies. Getting there will depend on finding the patience to understand the problems and the political will to fix them.

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On Wednesday, the Ketchum City Council approved a budget with cuts to funding for marketing. Discussion around the cuts revealed that the mayor and some City Council members are banking on Sun Valley Resort’s new affiliation with the EPIC ski pass to grow winter business instead.

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Politicians sometimes campaign by making fun of environmental regulations. Following up on riffs on the same theme, the White House has announced the rollback of a George W. Bush-era regulation, scheduled to take effect next year. It requires the use of energy-efficient light bulbs. Rolling …

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The Blaine County commissioners put the final touch on a decision to provide property worth $1.6 million by allocating $500,000 in cash toward construction of a 60-unit residential project, with 30 units promised for seniors, in Hailey.

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America has long been proud of its role in being a safe and generous haven for those fleeing for their lives, including those seeking life-saving treatments from those on the cutting edge of medical research. That role has been turned into a cynical bait-and-switch scheme.

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The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services just threw Idaho out on its Wranglers because it tried to bootstrap its way out of providing Medicaid to every poor working Idahoan.

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Idaho’s beauty often leaves people speechless. The friendliness of its citizens makes people feel welcome.

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Summer isn’t the only time of year when the Sun Valley area offers a feast of pursuits. Part-time residents and visitors who love summer should broaden their scope to include spending time in the area in other seasons as well.