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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…

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Without a doubt this summer was better than it could have been for business in the Wood River Valley. As the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in Blaine County in March and signature events were being canceled left and right, we found ourselves expecting that our community would be a ghost town thi…

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“Courage, awe, respect, precision, patience”: These were the virtues that Hemingway honored in the hunter. From his perspective, hunting was a way to explore our humanity and man’s relationship to nature. This community values his words, and we believe that the vast majority of Idaho hunters…

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That the scene has become familiar makes it no less wrenching: A distraught couple searches through the ash, char, and melted metal of what was once their home. Only the concrete pad and the occasional fireplace remain.

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In March, we learned how quickly COVID-19 can spread in our community. As we discovered more about this coronavirus, we worked to develop a better picture of its prevalence in our community. This understanding has been pivotal in developing strategies for protection, mitigation and suppressi…

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As President Donald Trump continues to recklessly paint mail-in ballots as nefarious liberal creations, as he tweets and squawks nonsensically about a “rigged election,” there is silence from Republican lawmakers.

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Our community’s demographics have changed significantly in the past two decades. The Blaine County School District now has 43 percent Hispanic students and is on track to have a majority Hispanic enrollment in a few years. These students and their families bring rich and healthy diversity to…

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Newly obtained records from Idaho Department of Fish and Game reveal that between January and September 2020, recreational wolf hunters and trappers, Fish and Game and the federal Wildlife Services killed 35 wolf pups and juveniles in Idaho, some weighing as little as 16 pounds, and likely o…