The Achilles tendon is also known as the calcaneal tendon. It is formed by the termination of several muscles and attaches to the calcaneus, w… Read more

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About this time in the winter of 1962, the great jazz trumpeter and composer Louis Armstrong came to Sun Valley to perform for a television pr… Read more

I’m a strong advocate of the study of history. As Polybius said, “The only method of learning how to bear bravely the vicissitudes of fortune … Read more

Pannus is a rare disease that affects the eye. It is caused by an infiltration of the corneas and/or third eyelids with certain cells, blood v… Read more

I’m energized about the fact that many people returned to cooking in 2020. Of course, there wasn’t much choice—and the impact of COVID on huma… Read more

Burns may occur from exposure to heat or flames (called thermal burns), caustic chemicals, or electrical currents. The severity of the burn is… Read more

Clients often tell me about their morning sequence to start their days, and I’m always proud that they take care of themselves. A morning core… Read more

Well, that’s January, done and dusted. I haven’t the foggiest idea when things will go back to normal—based on how things are going, it may be… Read more

The liver is responsible for producing many of the proteins involved in the normal blood clotting process. A severely diseased liver doesn’t p… Read more

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Dogs are said to be man’s best friend and here in the Wood River Valley, many locals would agree. Dogs have played a role in the lives of many… Read more

Have you seen that meme going around that says something along the lines of, “I’ve tried my 14-day free trial of 2021, and I’ve decided not to… Read more

Agalactia is the absence of milk secretion in a female that has just given birth. It represents either a failure of milk production or failure… Read more

Jenna Vagias was raised in the Boston suburbs and worked as a coach and teacher at private schools on the East Coast before setting her sights… Read more

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Health trends for 2021 are shaping up to be a lovely balance between personal and community wellbeing. We can look forward to accessing individualized data to hold us accountable to feeling good in mind and body—versus just looking good—as we continue cooking at home and improve ourselves wi…

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Atrial fibrillation is an abnormal heart rhythm caused by rapid irregular contractions of the upper chambers, or atria, of the heart. Because the heart is beating faster and more irregularly than normal, it does not fill or pump blood properly. Failure to pump blood normally can result in fl…

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As 2020 got ready to give way to 2021, local photographer Wyatt Caldwell captured this shot of a bald eagle midflight Monday morning behind Penny Lake on the Board Ranch out Warm Springs Road west of Ketchum. Much of Idaho is considered year-round range for bald eagles—the national bird of t…

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“Heap on more wood!—the wind is chill; / But let it whistle as it will, / We’ll keep our Christmas merry still. / Each age has deemed the new-born year / The fittest time for festal cheer.”

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone across the globe. It has affected our lives on both a small and large scale, particularly having to let go, for a while, of a pre-COVID world.

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At least 8,000 mink have died of infection from the coronavirus on farms in Utah. State agriculture authorities in Wisconsin and Michigan announced October 8th and 9th, respectively, that the virus had killed mink on one farm in each state. The announcement also said that the farms had confi…

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Stanley photographer Gary Gadwa captured this ermine peeping out of the snow last week in the Sawtooth Valley’s Fourth of July Creek drainage. Also known as “stoats,” ermines sport sandy brown fur in the summer and adopt all-white coats in the winter as a camouflage aid. These predatory weas…

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Though the Sun Valley Resort won’t be offering its horse-drawn sleigh rides as usual this holiday season, the horses themselves aren’t getting a Christmas vacation. Over the weekend, they were hard at work with Shelby Vanslander, left, and Sydney Gouth transporting food for other horses by s…

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Christin Cooper, born in 1959, moved to Ketchum at the age of 10 and grew up skiing in Sun Valley. Her skills developed under the direction of Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation coaches, including Jim Savaria. She joined the U.S. Ski Team and raced the World Cup circuit for the first time i…

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I’ve always liked that the holiday season comes at the end of the year. And yes, I realize that flipping 2020 over to 2021 is an arbitrary exercise in cataloging eternity, that nothing will change between 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31 and 12:00 a.m. on Jan. 1, but arbitrary or not, 2020 has been rou…

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A cleft palate is a gap or hole in the roof of the mouth. The palate originally forms as two halves, on the left and right side of the mouth. These two halves normally fuse during the development of the fetus. A cleft palate results when the two sides of the palate do not fuse properly prior…

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Writing scripts that will hopefully find their way to production for film or television is a passion for 30-year-old Jesse Bauder, who graduated cum laude with a BA in cinema and media arts from Biola University in Los Angeles.

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I got my Christmas tree this past weekend. Bought a $10 permit from the National Forest, borrowed a rather sinister-looking handsaw from a friend, wandered out Eagle Creek and found a lovely little guy. My tree is slightly shorter than I am (which is to say, not very tall) and has a few bald…

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It’s crunch time. Thanksgiving was the starting pistol and we’re racing to the end of 2020. Students are completing exams, professors are grading them, postal workers are inundated with packages, reporters drowning in special sections and early deadlines—I don’t even want to think about what…

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There are infinite ways to describe “how to” create healthier holiday meals with little time or “5 ways to” reduce holiday stress. You can Google those concepts. But will you actually carry out these tips to simplify this crazy 2020 season?

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Blaine County, formed in 1895, is named after James G. Blaine, who represented Maine in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1863-1876 and Senate from 1876-1881. He also served twice as U.S. secretary of state in 1881 and from 1889-1892. Blaine unsuccessfully sought the Republican nominati…

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The Wood River Valley is a renowned destination for Nordic skiing thanks to the Blaine County Recreation District and Sun Valley Resort. This year both are gearing up for a busy season as the coronavirus pandemic has people setting their sights on outdoor activities where social distancing is easy.

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“You’ve got it easy. It used to be so much harder when I was a kid.” No doubt, you have heard this at some point. Here it is again: Before the chairlift, it used to be harder to ski down the mountain. You would have to walk up, side step up the slope, grab onto a rope tow, or, if you were co…

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Animals maintain a normal fluid balance in the body by drinking and taking in fluids in their foods to offset the fluids lost in urine, feces and from the respiratory tract when panting. When fluid balance is severely disrupted, dehydration and shock may occur. Supplemental fluids may be nee…