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In lieu of the traditional Black and White Soiree, The Advocates took a different, far more colorful approach to fundraising this year. For two weeks in June, the nonprofit hung vibrant ribbons in Ketchum’s Memorial Park. Each color of ribbon represented a different donation bracket, with th…

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The Fourth of July may look a good deal different this year, but residents and visitors alike will be celebrating across the valley nonetheless. Saturday’s socially distanced events include a restructured parade in Hailey, a reimagined Riverfest and a number of parties organized by private b…

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The local Hemingway chapter of Trout Unlimited led a major rescue operation on Friday, June 26, moving more than a hundred fish from a dried up pond just off Pero Road in Bellevue. Drought conditions have left fish stranded all over the south county. Since mid-June, Trout Unlimited has rescu…

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Hailey’s Fourth of July Art & Antique Fair has been cancelled, according to Mike McKenna, Executive Director for The Chamber Hailey & the Wood River Valley.

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Ask Rick Kessler to name his favorite movie and he’ll shake his head and laugh. In the nearly half-century since the Magic Lantern first opened in Ketchum, the theater has shown more than 4,500 movies—and Kessler has seen nearly all of them.

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The Wood River Women’s Foundation will donate more than $300,000 to 17 local nonprofits in 2020. Each year, the foundation awards grants based on a specific description of needs, but this year in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization has waived any restrictions on use of this year…

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Traffic jams on state Highway 75 are to be expected now as the annual northbound ovine transhumance resumes. That is to say, lots and lots and lots of sheep are heading to greener pastures up in the mountains.

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• Hannah Conn of Ketchum has graduated Cum Laude with a major in English and Romance Languages and Literatures from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Me. On May 23 during an online celebration for the Class of 2020, Bachelor of Arts degrees were awarded to 473 Bowdoin students from 43 states, th…

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Things looked different this year, with graduates keeping their distance and families confined to designated seating areas, but the Wood River High School graduation proceeded nonetheless on Saturday, June 20. Members of the Class of 2020 flung their hats in the air in celebration, with the …

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The city of Hailey on Tuesday announced this year’s Fourth of July parade route, which has been modified to allow residents to safely participate from their vehicles or watch from designated viewing areas.

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Three generations of the Studer family made the trip from Rupert to take advantage of last Saturday’s Free Fishing Day at Penny Lake. The annual event takes place on the second Saturday in June, courtesy of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Penny Lake, located just off Warm Springs Road…

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The Bloom Truck is back in action this month. A joint operation between The Hunger Coalition and The Community Library, the truck visits locations throughout Blaine County—from Carey to Ketchum and several places in between—dispensing meals, books and activities to children for free.

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Mustard plants were in full bloom off Gannett Road in Bellevue last Saturday, June 6. These brilliantly yellow flowering plants are often harvested for mustard greens and mustard seeds, which can be turned into oil. Though stormy for some last weekend, that extra rainfall helped flora valley…

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Mustard plants were in full bloom off Gannett Road in Bellevue last Saturday, June 6. These brilliantly yellow flowering plants are often harvested for mustard greens and mustard seeds, which can be turned into oil. Though stormy for some last weekend, that extra rainfall helped flora valley…

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Idaho’s phased reopening in the past several weeks has allowed for eateries across the valley to once again welcome diners—in limited numbers—back indoors. Nonetheless, curbside takeout services have remained popular for local restaurants.

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With the warm weather and relaxed lockdown restrictions, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden has added additional events and programs for this summer, though the nonprofit’s popular annual Bug Zoo has been postponed until September.

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The Kiwanis Club restored the bleachers, dugouts and tables at Lions Park in Hailey on Saturday just in time for summer, using sanders and bright blue paint.

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Molly Whittington of Hailey, majoring in marketing, has been named to the 2020 spring semester Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or higher) at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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The Bellevue City Council approved a plan to increase outdoor literary experiences for kids and adults by installing a “story walk” book walk for kids and another free outdoor borrowing library during its regular meeting last week.

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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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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…

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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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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 …