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The Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association, whose mission is to protect and advance the natural and cultural history of Idaho’s Sawtooth-Salmon River country through preservation and education, strongly supports the Stanley to Redfish Lake Trail as designed by the Forest Service. T…

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I recently participated in the Bellevue City Council’s special meeting via Zoom and was surprised by the number of attendees opposed to a resolution mandating the wearing of masks in public places, a proposal meant to protect them and their neighbors from COVID-19.

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I write to share my strong opposition to the proposed development on Hot Dog Hill in Ketchum. As an architect for over 30 years, I feel this development is completely out of character for Main Street.

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As a native of Idaho and a resident of the Wood River Valley since the early ’60s and owning a home on Broadford Road since the early ’70s, it has become increasingly difficult for me to ignore the increasing activity on our beloved road. It is now, obviously, being used as a diversion from …

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We residents of Stanley have been watching with increasing horror the blatant disregard of SNRA rules and regulations. It seems as though entitled mega-wealthy are intent on making the Sawtooth country their own private playground.

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As the Mayor of Bellevue, I appreciate the leadership of Blaine County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg in collaborating with city and community leaders to coordinate a community-wide response to the COVID19. He has led efforts to educate Blaine County residents on the spread of the virus and ta…

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It was discouraging to read about efforts to derail building the long-sought public path from Redfish Lake to Stanley. Dave Boren wants it rerouted to the perimeter of the 1,781 acres he recently purchased. He contends this is a more environmentally sensitive and user-friendly plan. This is bogus.

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When I first came down from Montana in 1966, I skied Baldy and knew that I had found my heaven. It took three lifts to get to the top and mountain bikes didn’t have suspension. Much has changed since then but the uncompromising spirit of this valley remains the same. We live here because of …

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The economic and psychological damage of the first wave of COVID-19 on the Wood River Valley needs no further explanation. However, one of the few absolute certainties that have come out of this experience is that wearing masks is extremely efficient at preventing transmission to others, muc…

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Ketchum kindness crushed the curve. We quarantined, wore masks and gloves and ordered take-out from our exceptional restaurants. And we missed each other. But we had Zoom cocktail parties and poker games. The streets were empty. And we crushed it!

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As a former Blaine County commissioner, I have advocated for two years that the commissioners use the old Blaine Manor land in Hailey to partner with the ARCH Community Housing Trust to build an affordable housing project. For the same two years, Kiki Tidwell, now a county commissioner candi…

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Like so many other events in 2020, the annual Vacation Bible School hosted by Calvary Bible Church has been canceled this summer. It’s an event that has dominated my time in June for the past 20 years, so it is not a surprise that it has been on my mind.

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Many Wood River Valley residents, myself included, are suspicious of Friedman Memorial Airport Authority’s moves to acquire additional property. We fear additional land may lead to future FMAA decisions allowing increased runway length; thus larger and noisier jets and more aircraft traffic …

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Despite being a coronavirus hotspot, sheltering in place in the Wood River Valley during March and April was remarkable. With spring opening in the south valley and the north holding fiercely onto winter, there was no better place to be for a mindful outdoor enthusiast. Now, weeks into Idaho…

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On June 1, the Ketchum City Council unanimously approved Mayor Bradshaw’s recommendation to close Fourth Street to cars between Walnut and Leadville avenues and open it up to pedestrian traffic and open-air dining. What an exciting step forward and a terrific example for Hailey to emulate!

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I’m a graduate of Wood River class of 2003, and a former Army National Guardsman who operated out of the old armory, which is now the police station. I live in Boise now, but my family is still in Hailey, and I still consider myself part of the community. I have a proposal to make to the who…

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Does the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office condemn law enforcement’s overwhelmingly widespread use of militarized tactics and chemical weapons against its own American civilians?

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This letter comes directly after the cancellation of an excellent and diversity-oriented Dual-Immersion program at Hemingway STEAM School. I am always amazed at the ease with which the School District sends in letters to the newspaper but how rare it is to see action—the number of “discussio…

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Thank you, Blaine County, for your strong presence on June 2 in solidarity with the events happening around the country protesting the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery and ongoing structural racism and violence against black Americans. Thank you to our local po…

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Congratulations to the Ketchum mayor and City Council for their quick and unanimous approval of the closure of two blocks on Fourth Street to cars while opening it up to pedestrian traffic and open-air meeting and dining.

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The May 20 issue of the Mountain Express contained an advertisement from Kiki Tidwell, an independent candidate seeking election to the Blaine County Board of County Commissioners in November. While Ms. Tidwell is not challenging pubic access and parking, she argues that the expenditures for…

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 I keep telling myself that 31 years of science teaching is a career, but when I think about what I will be missing, I still wonder. Reflecting on my years of teaching the valley’s emerging teenagers, I can only feel incredibly grateful for all the support, camaraderie, opportunities and fri…

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Let’s cheer the work of Michelle Griffith, ARCH’s executive director, and ARCH’s board. ARCH, with Michelle’s vision, skill and perseverance, has done more to provide affordable housing in Blaine County than anyone else.

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Congratulations to the Ketchum mayor and City Council for their quick and unanimous approval of the closure of two blocks on Fourth Street to cars while opening it up to pedestrian traffic and open-air meeting and dining.

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The May 20 issue of the Mountain Express contained an advertisement from Kiki Tidwell, an independent candidate seeking election to the Blaine County Board of County Commissioners in November. While Ms. Tidwell is not challenging pubic access and parking, she argues that the expenditures for…

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 I keep telling myself that 31 years of science teaching is a career, but when I think about what I will be missing, I still wonder. Reflecting on my years of teaching the valley’s emerging teenagers, I can only feel incredibly grateful for all the support, camaraderie, opportunities and fri…

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Let’s cheer the work of Michelle Griffith, ARCH’s executive director, and ARCH’s board. ARCH, with Michelle’s vision, skill and perseverance, has done more to provide affordable housing in Blaine County than anyone else.

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Thank you to the Wood River Y for being such a role model for the rest of our community! We are so thankful for the care that is taken by your staff to ensure our health and safety. The direction the Y has taken in regard to social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, offering hand sani…

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The Blaine County School Board of Trustees would like to share some facts about the recent decision to consolidate the dual immersion (DI) program at Ernest Hemingway STEAM School (EHSS) with the DI magnet school Alturas Elementary. The decision was made by the board with regret due to an on…

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I have been an angler from the Wood River Valley who has also fished on the Salmon River for over 20 years. I have seen directly the way salmon and steelhead are very important to the river communities of Idaho. Anglers, outfitters, guides, Native Americans and local businesses are all great…

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Esther Irene Boyd’s 100th birthday! A great big thank-you to everyone who helped this precious woman celebrate 100 years safely! If you have posted on the Fans of Esther Facebook page, we will be sure that she gets the message. If you came to the parade, please feel free to view and share ph…

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If it weren’t for Covid-19, we would have said personal goodbyes to our friends in Blaine County, both individually and collectively. We anticipated hugging those we were closest to and shaking hands with all who express friendship in that once-traditional way. However, with a pandemic hangi…

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Next to isolating ourselves at home, the next best thing we can do to halt the spread of this coronavirus is to wear a mask when we venture out. Granted, cloth masks or other non-N95 masks do not do that much to protect the wearer, but they do provide a significant degree of protection to pe…

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Mandating something for individuals who have different experiences with the same virus (May 1 editorial, “Make face masks mandatory”) goes into a category of control that in itself is scary. Others making decisions for me that go against my own understanding and logic is not a path I would t…

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In the midst of a pandemic that has dominated the national and local news cycle for more than six weeks now, it’s easy to miss other events of significance. This week, Blaine County will say farewell to Len Harlig as he and Carol relocate to Scottsdale, Ariz. During my 43 years in this valle…

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As we gradually emerge from our “sheltering in place” throughout Blaine County, what a joyful thought it is to imagine seeing the majestic Sawtooth Mountains once again!

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President Trump has made an apt analogy indicating that we are fighting a war against an invisible enemy. My service on the Governor’s Coronavirus Work Group has given me an opportunity to see Idaho’s “invisible army” from behind the scenes. I refer to the amazing men and women who serve in …

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It’s interesting that the Mountain Express keeps pimping editorials and articles that seek to validate the existing “stay-at-home” orders while asking for help from readers with advertising, subscriptions and donations. Does anyone at the paper understand that you’re biting the hand that fee…

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This is a hard time to be lucky, but I am. I am healthy, maybe a bit stir-crazy, but financially able to weather the storm of COVID-19. I am lucky—the biggest decision I must make is not how to pay my mortgage, but how can I help others in this community who are less fortunate.

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The current pandemic and stay at home order show us how our actions impact each other and our community. From home, we are keeping our family, friends, neighbors, and community healthy and safe. While at home, we can also keep our community safe from sexual violence.

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With concerns about health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, voting early via absentee ballot for the May 19 Idaho primary election is a wise decision to avoid lines while protecting yourself and your neighbors. It’s simple and fast. You can also register to vote online. Go online to …

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    There is a petition going around from hairstylists in different states asking their governor to let salons become an “essential business” one client at a time. I am a local stylist who lives and works in Hailey, and I am adamantly opposed to such a petition. I love every single one of my…

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Work is work—if you start construction and landscaping and they have “new rules,” standards and regulations, so can any other business. I own a hair salon. Yes, I can let one customer in at a time, both of us in mask. They leave, I sanitize, next.

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April 13 marked expiration of the public comment period on the draft environmental impact statement prepared by three agencies responsible for the Columbia River System operations, including dams. The final version of this court-ordered document will determine what actions those agencies tak…

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Betty Bell could turn her skis with great skill, turn a phrase in such a way that meaning was clear to the reader and turn you into a fan of the way she carried on with humor and dignity. Betty was a modest hero to many of us. She wasn't likely to talk about herself, but she never failed to …

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 As COVID-19 continues to ravage humanity both near and far, a general truth again takes center stage: We progress when we intentionally pursue the greatest possible good for the greatest number of people—especially when such efforts emphasize protecting and lifting up our most vulnerable; w…