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As the sun set in Gimlet on Wednesday—creating an orange-striped sky—drag queens took their turns on stage in silky gowns and rainbow frocks, strobe lights flashing behind them.

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Celebrations took place around Blaine County over the last few weeks as the Class of 2021 from five local high schools took their first steps toward the future. These students overcame tremendous challenges, many of them not attending a regular five-day school week since late in junior year.…

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Jessica Maynard, operations manager for the Visit Sun Valley marketing organization, stands ready to answer questions Monday at the Sun Valley Visitor Center, adjacent to Starbucks on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum. The center reopened recently after a long closure through the height of the COVI…

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Country music star Robbie Walden turned to Christian ministry with his It Takes a Village Ministries and will celebrate the Christian faith this weekend with a “Crosswalk” to commemorate the life of Jesus Christ.

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The Hailey Farmers’ Market will kick off the local produce and crafts season Saturday at 9 a.m. at Roberta McKercher Park, between Third and Fourth avenues on Main Street. There, the Wood River Seed Library will host a booth there offering locally derived seeds and plant starts for outdoor a…

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Cows near Picabo enjoyed a mild June day earlier this week—though the idyll may not last. Following some rain on an unseasonably chilly Thursday, temperatures are expected to climb into the 90s in the south valley throughout next week.

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The Carey School kicked off graduation season on Friday, June 4, as 23 seniors walked across the stage of the school’s Blue Gym. Further north, the Sun Valley Community School followed suit on Sunday, June 6, returning to its traditional pomp and circumstance at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Thre…

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The Wood River Wolf Project recently partnered with local students at the Sage School and Sun Valley Community School to place about a dozen wildlife cameras in remote sections of Blaine County. The motion-activated cameras will provide the project with real-time information on the movement …

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• One Wood River High School graduate was not listed in the Idaho Mountain Express’ June 2 Graduation section. Jennifer Ibarra Rodriguez, pictured here, is graduating with Dual Immersion recognition. She plans to attend the College of Western Idaho.

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Bald Mountain turned wintery again following an unusual—though not rare—May snowstorm Friday night. Temperatures in the Wood River Valley are forecast to reach the 70s on Memorial Day and stay warm throughout the first week of June.

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Soldier Mountain near Fairfield is unveiling its highly anticipated new mountain bike park today, May 21. The resort had planned to open its bike park last summer, but the occasion was postponed when the 2,112-acre Phillips Creek wildfire ravaged the area last August.

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Makenzie Coles, granddaughter of former Ketchum Mayor Guy Coles, and her baby Huxley cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new sign at the Guy Coles Skate Park, which was developed in the 1990s after a challenge issued by her grandfather. Members of the Ketchum “scooter” community have raised concerns…

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The hills are alive with wildflowers as a vernal combination of sunshine, rain and warm weather yielded bright, colorful blooms. Out Croy Canyon over last weekend, vibrantly purple wild lupine lit up the landscape. In light of all this blooming, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden is preparing for…

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A half-asleep great horned owl woke up from a nap to pose for Express photographer Roland Lane over the weekend as its ear-like tufts flapped in the breeze. The raptor, spotted out Croy Canyon, was joined by another owl at its roost. Also known as ‘hoot owls,’ great horned owls are fierce pr…

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Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Bob Poole has been working with the Hadzabe and Maasai Tribes in Tanzania to get up close with African wildlife. Extraordinary footage the Ketchum resident shot will be featured in the BBC television series “Life at the Waterhole,” airing Wednesdays on PBS,…