I have a simple solution to the vaccine dilemma. No vaccine, no problem. But choices have consequences. Keep half of the ICU units available o… Read more

  • 3

Just when you thought the world couldn’t get nuttier, the city of Sun Valley spends $400,000 on a wisp of a bike lane along Elkhorn Road that pinches off into the city’s busiest four-way-stop intersection.

  • 1

Kudos to the Sun Valley City Council for considering requiring Covid vaccines for participation in all Sun Valley indoor events. To those of us who consider it a civic duty to protect our community, let alone our own families, this is a breath of fresh air. Anticipating that there will likel…

  • 2

Once again, the city of Ketchum is spending another $51,000 for yet another out-of-the-area “consultant” to address our housing crisis. In the eight years I’ve been back, I’ve seen numerous city contracts about affordable housing, none of which have borne fruit. Bluebird Village is a good id…

  • 2

I’ve participated in all 22 Sawtooth Salmon Festivals. This year we truly have something to celebrate, other than the fish themselves. Congressman Mike Simpson is all-in on salmon recovery, and, although I’d heard this from very reliable sources, I wasn’t completely convinced until I heard h…

  • 0

I am sitting at my computer at this moment with a heavy heart. The news of 13 U.S. servicemen and women killed in Kabul has give me a tremendous amount of sadness and anger. This sadness and anger is also felt by many of our veterans who have served in conflicts in the Far East and Middle Ea…

  • 0

The artists that opened their studios this weekend want to thank the community for their participation in making their open studio visits a huge success. This past weekend, 21 valley artists from Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue, greeted hundreds of people, eager to see paintings, ce…

  • 7

Thanks to the Blaine County School District’s Board of Trustees for its leadership in instituting a mask requirement for the start of the school year. We have watched other school districts across the nation open without such mandates and then be forced to quarantine, go to virtual learning,…

  • 11

It doesn’t matter what your views on masks are when a school board member says this: “The board of trustees, whatever their individual views of masking, will conduct their meetings and reach their decisions uninfluenced by the thuggish, anti-American behavior of a few.” (“Protestors halt BCS…

  • 4

Idaho Power has applied at the PUC for case IPC-E-21-25 in which Blaine County residents will pay extra tariffs on their utility bills for 20 years to pay interest of $13,281,197 to Idaho Power at 9.59% and fat fees to underground power lines for a mile at the hospital and some distribution …

  • 7

I look forward with relish to the new-found commitment to worker housing that those who opposed Bluebird Village claimed to support strongly—just not at the proposed Bluebird site. Now that Bluebird has hatched into a feathered something that Ketchum can be justly proud of, it’s time for mor…

  • 0

As the summer progresses, we have received increasing amounts of evidence pointing to the dangers of the delta variant. And while people who are fully vaccinated are largely safe, those who have yet to receive the vaccine are at high risk. While the vaccine has been available to all adult ci…

  • 11

I read with deep concern in the July 29 paper that the Ketchum mayor and City Council plan to create an $800,000 slush fund to allocate to their own “preferred projects” outside of the normal budgetary process. The mayor left this little item out of his regular blast email—I wonder why? Give…

  • 0

Hailey’s so-called “Heart of Hailey” idea is a very poorly thought-out proposition. As has been pointed out, the alley between the proposed land purchase is a vital part of any firefighting efforts and the main delivery access for vendors supplying the businesses along Main Street and will n…

  • 4

Very disappointed to read last week’s guest opinion (“Forest health plans offer false hope,” published Aug. 4): basically an uninformed diatribe, from someone professing to know about the efforts being made to keep Bald Mountain from turning brown or black. The Forest Service, BLM, Sun Valle…

  • 1

I recently listened to Dr. Jane Goodall speak about having hope in spite of all the challenges facing our planet. I, like many environmentalists, have been left wondering if there is any chance that our society will muster the resolve to make the necessary changes to prevent the worst impact…

  • 0

Given the seriousness of the drought and possible trajectory of it continuing, we need to decide if we want water coming from the tap, growing food, or watering our lawns. Vast expanses of green are coming to seem inappropriate in the WRV.

  • 1

We need workforce housing in downtown Ketchum. The developers of the Bluebird have responded to community comments and have reduced the number of units from 56 to 51 units, provided new landscaping and have changed the design to give it a more interesting visual aspect. Unfortunately, oppone…

  • 2

The City Council of Sun Valley responded to their residents when they closed the Fairway Road terminus to parking for the Proctor Loop. As someone who regularly hikes Proctor, I struggle with the decision, but I respect that Sun Valley responded to its residents’ interests.

  • 3

Even after endless weeks of living inside the “heat dome” and watching Blaine County’s “extreme drought” turn into “extraordinary drought,” the recent minutes of rain reminds me of summers past and almost washes away memories of this season’s weather stresses.

  • 0

Alastair Neale conducted the best Eroica I have heard, and I have heard it in New York City as a college girl at Sarah Lawrence studying music, after that, the cites I lived in: Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. This performance here in our little mountain town was the best. Why?…

  • 0

The past weeks have brought compounding evidence of the extreme efforts that the Trump Administration were willing to undertake to overthrow a fair election. The news barrage culminated this week with reports that Trump directed the Department of Justice to declare the election corrupt and “…