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Mountain men were known for settling the frontier, but these days women play an important role in guiding us on the slopes, in the woods and along the rivers in Idaho’s backcountry. Earlier this year, the Mountain Express spoke with a few who have turned their sense of adventure, hospitality…

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The traditional ceremonies, parades, luncheons and parties that typically mark Memorial Day may have been called off this year, but citizens across the country—and here in Blaine County—found ways to pay their respects to America’s veterans. At the Ketchum Cemetery, pictured above, flags ado…

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More than three dozen sewing machines in the Wood River Valley have been buzzing along since March to crank out more than 2,000 face masks being used to protect people in Blaine County from transmission of COVID-19.

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The Hailey City Council recently announced the cancellation of this year’s Summer’s End—The Draper Rendezvous music festival, originally scheduled for the week of Aug. 17-23.

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Everything is very big right now. The news is big, the controversies are big, decisions, decrees, consequences, worries. Frankly, it’s enough to make anyone feel a tad overwhelmed.

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Anemia is defined as a low red blood cell count. The red blood cells’ primary function is to transport oxygen to tissues. If tissues do not get enough oxygen, it can be deadly. Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia occurs when the body’s immune system destroys its own red blood cells. Certain bre…

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The celebration for 220 Wood River High School seniors in the Class of 2020 begins with a Celebration of Seniors video and Parade of Seniors driving parade through Hailey and Bellevue on Thursday, May 21. Cap and gowns are not required, since it is not the actual graduation ceremony.

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The slogan was put into practice this past weekend as Herbert Romero handed out toys and games to young Kolby and Hailey Blas of Carey. Romero was acting on behalf of The Crisis Hotline, ProjecT.O.O.L.S. and other community partners, who have collaborated on the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors”…

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    Silver Creek High School graduates will receive Idaho State High School diplomas at their graduation ceremony Friday, May 22 at 1 p.m., to be held at the Silver Creek school building behind The Community Campus, Hailey.

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    The Sage School in Hailey is planning its 11th graduation ceremony for Saturday, June 6 at 3 p.m. outdoors at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden located south of Ketchum.

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Graduation at Sun Valley Community School is different this year because of Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for large gatherings and the Idaho Rebounds plan for re-opening. The school wants to ensure the safety of all members of the community and has remained cauti…

Robert A. Cimino, Plaintiff, vs. Mark B. Lloyd And Helen R. Lloyd, husband and wife, and their heirs, devisees, successors and assigns. Case No. CV07-20-00199.Andrew Thomas Buchanan has filed an Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property in the matter of the Estate of Robert Myles Buchana…

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While the traditional ceremony may have been called off, Carey’s graduating class of 2020 nonetheless celebrated their achievements on Wednesday night. Following a pre-recorded video broadcast on the school’s Facebook page, the 20 graduating seniors paraded in their cars along the familiar H…

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When I’m super stressed, I crave my favorite comfort food: homemade triple chocolate brownies with coconut flakes, served with a healthy dollop of almond butter and freshly cracked vanilla sea salt.

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Celebrations will look a bit different this year for the roughly 3.7 million high schoolers the U.S. Department of Education expects to graduate in 2020—nine seniors at Camas County High School included. They swapped a traditional commencement for a parade through Fairfield on Saturday, May …

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The Wood River Trails Coalition isn’t seeking a federal CARES Act loan this summer as many nonprofits are, but it will be looking for donors and volunteers to keep hiking and biking trails in good shape.

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Camas County High School of Fairfield, like secondary schools across Idaho, has come up with creative ways to celebrate its graduating seniors while adhering to COVID-19 pandemic social distancing rules.

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Seventy-five years ago, on May 8, 1945, Nazi Germany officially surrendered to Allied powers, marking the end of the Second World War in the European Theatre.

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    There are a lot of things we can’t do right now because of the coronavirus—indulgences such as pedicures and ordinary things like going to a gym. But one thing we can do is give our feet some love at home. Because feet do need tender loving care. Your feet have 52 bones and over 100 liga…

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Bloody diarrhea, otherwise known as hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, can be life-threatening in dogs. This syndrome, HGE, is defined as a sudden and severe diarrhea that is notably bright red with fresh blood. Most cases occur without warning in otherwise healthy dogs. The diarrhea causes large …

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The family of Lois McDonald, a Ketchum businesswoman and 50-year resident of Blaine County who passed away last September, has organized a new fundraising campaign in her memory to benefit The Advocates, The Hunger Coalition, Senior Connection and the Idaho Food Bank, all of which have repor…

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Alturas Elementary, a Dual Immersion school in Hailey, celebrated Día de los Niños—Children’s Day—with a parade on Thursday, April 30. After more than a month separated from students by the pandemic, some 60 teachers and staff loaded into 40 cars to make the slow drive north up Woodside Boul…

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The warm spring weather has brought people out of their homes in droves. One group got a little more than they bargained for when they ventured into the Silver Creek Preserve last Saturday: a close encounter with a moose. These iconic creatures are active year-round in Blaine County—and most…

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Longtime yoga teacher Richard Odom has kept his following and even gathered new students during the COVID-19 pandemic using teleconferencing. He no longer hosts physical classes but instead offers live audio classes five times a week for students around town and around the country.

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With friends and family suffering, I hesitate to write about silver linings. Instead, I’ll share my observation of what (in my house) has come to be known as the “COVID time paradigm,” this period to do what we wouldn’t have had time to accomplish under normal circumstances. In this case, in…

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Canine influenza was first reported in 2004 at a Florida greyhound track, probably imported by a dog coming from Asia. Dogs are the only known susceptible species. This strain (H3N8) is not known to infect humans. The influenza is thought to be transmitted by an infected dog sneezing or coug…

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An effort to salvage 75 tons of potatoes from Silver Creek Seed Farm in Picabo culminated in two large potato pickup sites in Ketchum and Hailey over the weekend—and the national spotlight focusing on a pair of local farmers.

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Local student Skyler Jensen, 10, oversaw the Zinc Spur neighborhood Keep Your Distance Walk/Run on Sunday morning, April 26. Participants and pets who joined the fun run through the mid-valley neighborhood were urged to maintain a distance of 10 feet between one another, in observation of so…

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Let me tell you my story. I’m 64 years old. I mountain bike like crazy, I mean climbing hills five days a week at least. I ski whenever I can. I’m used to huffing and puffing, pushing every ounce of oxygen through my lungs that I can possibly get through and using every bit of strength from …

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Amber and Gabe Avila of Hailey celebrated Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, by planting some homemade seed bombs at their hometown Draper Preserve. Each “bomb” is made from a mixture of clay, composted soil and different species of native flower seeds. Wednesday was the 50th anniversary of t…

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Yesterday was St. George’s Day. It was also Shakespeare’s birthday. And his deathday. And deadline day for the newspaper. Busy day all around.