On a shelf in my office is an antique 16mm, hand wind, motion picture camera. It was designed as a combat camera during World War II. It has t… Read more

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In response to the Editorial published in the Nov. 10 edition of the Mountain Express (”Housing won the election”), it is incumbent upon the Blaine County Housing Authority to respond to some of the issued raised and reiterate the work of BCHA. The Blaine County Housing Authority is a quasi-…

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Comparing the Idaho legislative session this year with those I have observed over the last half century, this was decidedly the worst. Legislators variously proposed or passed unconstitutional bills, tried to make the initiative and referendum unworkable, refused to take the COVID-19 crisis …

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The challenge in polarized political times is to keep your eye on democratic institutions and their proper authority. That’s the reason to applaud the nine House Republicans who voted last week to hold Steve Bannon, the sometime Donald Trump counselor, in contempt for defying a Congressional…

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It hurts my heart to watch families and individuals with long histories in our valley, who have a sense of place and have contributed to the fabric of our communities, leave for financial or social reasons. They have sweated, built relationships, and defended this amazing land and its specia…

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Affordable housing is the number one problem in the Wood River Valley, but some things we can’t change. It’s a highly desirable place to live surrounded by land we can’t develop, and building luxury condos will always be more profitable than local workforce housing.

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The need for housing that is affordable for local residents has a long history in the Wood River Valley. The pandemic and subsequent demographic changes have added jet fuel to the issue, and to the housing insecurity felt by many residents in the community.

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Facebook has become the latest company that everyone loves to hate, and internal documents stolen by an employee have become an opening to blame the social-media giant for America’s ills. The company has made mistakes, but it’s worth sorting the genuine issues from the opportunism of politic…

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A lot has changed since the spring of 2020. The arrival of COVID-19 upended almost every aspect of our lives and forced us all to adapt to a new world. We are two paid on-call firefighters/EMTs at Wood River Fire & Rescue, and our department has a plan to continue adapting and evolving. …

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President Biden’s first speech as Commander in Chief to the U.N. General Assembly on last week was full of the high-minded internationalist sentiment that defines his rhetoric. If only those words reflected the reality of the world he and America will have to navigate over the next four years.

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Since my family moved to Hailey in 2012, the value of homes in our neighborhood has quadrupled. The change was shocking to me, but it is all too familiar to many people who live here year-round. This past summer, I got to return to my hometown after my first year of medical school to complet…

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What is it that attracts people to Ketchum and Sun Valley, or to the rest of the Wood River Valley? Is it towering hotels and buildings of empty condominiums that see a week of activity in summer and another in winter? Is it gleaming Teslas and Range Rovers crowding city parking? Is it milli…

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This anniversary of the horrific attacks on our homeland on Sept. 11, 2001, is especially solemn. Twenty years later, it is still hard to comprehend these acts of pure evil. Vicki and I continue to mourn the lives lost as a result of those attacks. We owe our deepest thanks to our men and wo…

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We could not believe our eyes when we read a recent op-ed from Idaho House GOP leadership scapegoating local government for the property tax crisis created by GOP legislators themselves (“Right now, local government can cut your property taxes,” published Sept. 1). We must set the record str…