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When Tom Mueller grew up in St. Maries, his logger father hoped his son would follow in his footsteps. A guidance counselor urged him to become an airplane mechanic. But his math teacher asked if he was going to become an engineer. Mueller replied “no” because he didn’t know what an engineer…

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As December 31 draws near, we often reflect on significant events to define the year. In 2020, many things have been unprecedented, but expressing gratitude remains essential and important. COVID-19 took center stage early this year and has not yielded its grip. However, it has not diminishe…

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Hanukkah is here and Christmas is coming. This time of year normally brings joy and connection for Ketchum residents and their families, near and far. We busily wrap and ship presents, send Christmas cards and wish each other the best during this festive time. 

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Donald Trump and his supporters have filed over 50 lawsuits challenging various aspects of the 2020 presidential election. None has succeeded in establishing fraud or election impropriety. Most have been dismissed for lack of competent evidence by federal and state judges with backgrounds in…

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As we settle into our winter season, let us be thankful for some very good news. More workforce housing is coming to Ketchum. Bluebird Village, on the site of the current City Hall, has received funding to move forward. Why is workforce housing so important to our mountain town? Ketchum thou…

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The Wood River Valley is what it is because of nonprofits. They guide your meditation, they provide the soundtrack for your evenings, they give you your furry best friends, they teach your kids to ski/hike/climb/learn, and so, so much more.

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The snow starts to fall, the mountain opens and the holiday season is upon us, and unfortunately, so is the virus. As doctors prepared to take care of people who become sick or injured, we are concerned, more so than usual. We truly want everyone to have the best opportunity to enjoy our val…

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Sawtooth Search and Rescue has deep concerns about the proposed lease to AT&T of a two-acre parcel of state endowment land near the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery, within the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, for the purpose of erecting a cell tower 195 feet tall. Sawtooth Search and Rescue doe…

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In January I was cooking breakfast on a bright, cold and sunny day—the temperature outside 32 below zero. The crew of workers building our garage was noticeably absent. If you’re a carpenter, 32 below is an ideal temperature to call your boss and take a day off. If you’re a skier, it’s a goo…

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How many of you have stood in awe at the view of the Sawtooth Mountains from Stanley or as you made your way to Redfish Lake? How many generations of Idahoans have enjoyed that view? Will your children have the same opportunity to gaze in unobstructed wonder at those glorious mountains? How …

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The current situation with COVID-19 in Idaho has me very worried. In the past four weeks at St. Luke’s Health System, we’ve gone from a challenging, but manageable, situation to one that is threatening our ability to provide adequate care to the community. First, the infection rates in our c…

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The Mountain Express characterized the Idaho Conservation League’s challenge to a proposed cell tower on state land in the Sawtooth Valley as a “Hail Mary.” Rather, it’s a common-sense step toward a goal we can all agree on: providing better safety while protecting the stunning beauty of the…

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A lot has changed since March. The coronavirus pandemic has impacted our lives and complicated our ability to do everyday things, like visiting a friend for coffee, attending a concert or sports event, or going to see a doctor. Thankfully, recent changes to federal and state regulations gove…

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There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has been a divisive issue prompting political, ideological and medical debates. No matter our views and beliefs, though, one thing that we should all agree on is that our hospitals, doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, laboratory scientists…

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For over 26 years, the Wood River Land Trust has worked to protect, restore and enhance the treasured open spaces of our valley. That effort has never been more pressing than it is today. Because of the unprecedented growth caused by our new “Zoom Town” economy, the remaining open spaces are…

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The Wood River Land Trust usually does good things, preserving natural spaces for beauty and human enjoyment. But it has gone “around the bend” with the Hulen Meadows pond, which it misleadingly calls the “Sun Peak Preserve.” (Sun Peak is 1 mile to the south.) This was evident at the Oct. 21…

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Idahoans want to get back to normal. Our loved ones, our businesses, and our way of life have suffered, and we’re all ready to move on. Most importantly, we want our kids back in school where they can best learn, grow and thrive.

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The night of the goblins and witches will soon be upon us. In ancient times, people believed evil spirits could be expelled with a sneeze. The demon could then enter the nostrils of someone nearby, wreaking havoc on the possessed. Saying “bless you” likely originated from this belief; refere…

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We have different types of alarms in our life in order to be prepared and to remind us of things that are important. Some alarms we can hit snooze on, or even ignore, but most of the time we need to heed them. We have had alarms go off for seven months about COVID, we know there’s fatigue, b…