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A herd of elk waded through deep snow into a paddock at the Sun Valley Stables on Saturday, mingling with some other four-legged neighbors and… Read more

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Hailey residents Sam and Claire Keeter lace up the skates by “Ron’s Rink” at the rodeo grounds on Saturday, Jan. 1. The free, outdoor rink was… Read more

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St. Luke’s Wood River staff delivered the first Blaine County baby of 2022, Eloise Varnum Klomhaus, at 5:01 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 1, at the h… Read more

Sun Valley Figure Skating Club members Georgia Achilles, left, Hannah McEntee and Kenley Bozzuto took center stage on Friday, Dec. 24, during … Read more

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Tradition returned to Dollar Mountain on Friday evening as ski instructors carved smooth arcs down the mountain—torch flares in hand—beneath a… Read more

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Pets have the unfortunate tendency to eat things they should not, and we are not talking about food. Toys, socks, rocks and other materials find their way into pets' stomachs. But when the foreign body is a string, the consequences are especially dire. Animals like to play with things, and p…

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Ketchum's Atkinson Park ice rink is scheduled to open for the winter in early January, city Director of Recreation John Kearney said Wednesday. While it has been cold enough to snow in the last couple of weeks, conditions have been less than ideal for making a rink, Kearney said, pushing the…

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Unusual visitors graced Hailey last Sunday as camels, donkeys, Magi and angels brought the biblical story of the first Christmas to life. For several years now, The Life Church on River Street has put on this live performance to welcome the holiday season the the Wood River Valley. Carolers …

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Local photographer Amelia Hawkins spotted this saw-whet owl hunkering down in the snow on a recent jog down the bike path near Sun Valley Resort.

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The Blaine County Republican Women distributed gift baskets to postal workers at each of the four post offices in the valley this past week, in recognition of the increased workload that the holiday season brings.

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Jerome residents Avery and Paisley Burton slid into the holidays with a wild ride down Penny Hill on Saturday, Dec. 18. Those dreaming of a white Christmas may have even more to celebrate this week: On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch from Stanley t…

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Soldier Mountain, a family-friendly ski resort near Fairfield, opened for the winter season on Friday, Dec. 17. Both chairlifts, the magic carpet, and the terrain park are running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 23-Jan. 2. After Jan. 2, Soldier will be open Thursday-Sunday of each weekend for the…

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As usual, Bohemian waxwings were some of the first out-of-state visitors to arrive in the Wood River Valley for the Christmas holiday, flocking to fruit trees abandoned by fair-weather birds. You’ll see both the Bohemian and cedar waxwings in this part of Idaho. Look closely for the differen…

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When he was 5 years old, veterinarian Karsten Fostvedt moved from northern Wisconsin to the desert of Palm Springs, California. The oldest of five kids, he recalls how everyone became “desert rats,” catching lizards, snakes and tarantulas and keeping them in their garage “desert zoos.”

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Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, both of which are members of the methylxanthine group of compounds. The methylxanthines occur naturally in several plants, especially in the seeds that we make coffee and chocolate with. They often are present in some medications. Caffeine is foun…

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The Sun Valley Realtors Give Foundation’s annual Holiday Basket program had an outsized impact on the community for the second year in a row as Blaine County residents continue to deal with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As we prepare for the annual Christmas festivities here in the Valley, there is no better time to reflect on the beginning of the Sun Valley Resort, which included triumphs, toils, and a Christmas extravaganza packed with so many Hollywood celebrities and socialites, it would have made the G…

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Every three weeks I receive a reminder about my Mountain Express column, an alert evoking a cascade of musings on possible topics—holidays, community events, national celebrations, family traditions, and which foods trend with the natural seasonal flow. Or, I’ve just been down a rabbit hole …

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Heartworms are parasites that live in the arteries of the lungs of dogs and wild canines and also some cats. Heartworms cause elevated pressure in the pulmonary arteries, which increases the workload of the right side of the heart. Heartworms can live 5-7 years. Heartworms also cause inflamm…

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Wood River Middle School Talent Facilitator Melanie Bemis has officially made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Bemis tallied 132 jumping jacks in one minute earlier this year--the most ever by a female. The record was recorded on May 7, 2021, in Stanley. Bemis said wanted to accom…

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Local skier Harlan Collins, left, inadvertently filled a deer tag on Nov. 27 when he collided with a young 90-pound mule deer on the last stretch of Lower College. But Collins chose to turn the unfortunate situation into a celebration of life and a free venison stew dinner, which drew dozens…