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Portraits of seven Valley pioneers who are keeping the spirit of the West alive. Photography by Kristin Cheatwood

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A behind-the-scenes look at high school rodeo in the Gem State.

Twin Falls’ own Miles Daisher is leading the way for a new brand of Wild West pioneers.

Idaho’s Rodeo Culture

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A Tribute to the Appaloosa

Taking a ride through the history and importance of Idaho’s state horse. By Jody Orr

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18 From the Editor 20 Contributors 25 Local Buzz Bareback riders, Western movies filmed in Idaho, sheepdogs, SV Writers’ Conference stars, the talents of Rosalie Sorrels, Western festivals and much more to buzz about. 40 Gift Guide Fun and unique local gift options everyone can enjoy. 45 Body & Soul Old West and ancient Eastern remedies, plus guides to sweat lodges and healing waters. 55 Get Out There Backyard boogieing, ghost town mountain bike rides, riding the rails and a guide to enjoying rodeos.

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110 Profile: Rod Kagan Honoring one of Idaho’s greatest artists. by kate elgee

116 Art Buzz This summer’s gallery and local art highlights.

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123 Eating Local Highlighting the best local & regionally produced food for every taste bud.

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Writers’ Conference More from our exclusive interviews with 2012 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference alums author Dr. Abraham Verghese (Cutting for Stone & My Own Country) and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Elise Pearlstein (“Food, Inc.” & “Last Call at the Oasis”). stanley town square Big and positive changes are happening in Stanley thanks to the new mixeduse development smack dab in the middle of town. The new Stanley Town Square includes retail, commercial, residential and restaurant spaces, anchored by the new Stanley Community Library. We’ll have full coverage of all the exciting events.

> The Pro Bull Rodeo tour is coming to Hailey on July 26th, so we’re saddling up for all kinds of coverage, from videos and stunning photos to interviews and preand post-coverage of the Sun Valley PBR Classic. Video

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his issue of Sun Valley Magazine is dedicated to the Western spirit, which means a whole lot more than just donning a Stetson, some spurs and a pair of cowboy boots. It’s a way of life and a state of being, especially here in Idaho. Based upon the men and women featured on these pages of our special Old West / New West issue, it also represents a deep knowledge of your true self, of what you are made of and where you can take yourself, even if that direction is at times an unknown. Sometimes the track leads you right back home, which was the case with local Bellevue boy and high-flying extreme snowmobiler and X-Game veteran Isaac Sherbine (page 72). After years spent harnessing the raw power of competitive snowmobiling, Isaac focused his pioneering spirit on another vein running deep in his blood and returned home to help on the multi-generational Sherbine ranch in Bellevue. And like our featured cover story on actor, filmmaker and producer Clint Eastwood (read our interview on page 76), who is the onscreen embodiment of a determined, yet unfettered and certainly unapologetic version of the Old West, we found that the spirit of the West carries no pretense. It doesn’t sugar coat the truth and it doesn’t hide behind it either. It is genuine, original, unencumbered. These are men and women who speak their minds and follow their dreams, no matter what course that may take. They are men like David Stoecklein (page 77) working passionately to capture a piece of what the West represents on film. Men like Galen Hanselman (page 74), who flies fearlessly into backcountry airstrips, charting a course on his way for those who will follow, or women like Haillie Taylor (page 71), a top rodeo competitor who is dedicated to her sport and way of life. In searching for individuals and events to feature on the pages of this special issue we discovered Idahoans like legendary folk singer Rosalie Sorrels (page 30), who made an international impact and yet happily returned home to live in the cabin her father built in the mountains of Idaho. What is the embodiment of the Western spirit? It seems to be a state of mind. An independence that isn’t so much demanded, as it is just quietly followed on its own. Sometimes, as in the case of many covered on these pages—and so many more that we just didn’t have room to include—it is the epitome of a pioneering spirit. These are forerunners, with a willingness to pick up the tools of the trade and boldly go where no others have gone before. Gem State resident and Red Bull athlete Miles Daisher (The High-Flying Adventures of Idahoan Miles Daisher, page 84) is perhaps the perfect embodiment of our concept of the New West, as he pushes the frontier of B.A.S.E. jumping, wingsuit flying and sky-yaking, creating a new dialogue for the sport in the process. In the end, the spirit of the West is much more than an image, an ensemble or a thought. It is the willingness to take action on the impulse toward self-determination and the resolve to stay true to it throughout. So here is our tribute to all things Western—old and new, each authentic. We tip our hats to you and kick up our heels in celebration—thank you for keeping that spirit alive.

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Born in Twin Falls in 1960, Casey McGhee (Rodeo 101, p. 60 & EhCapa Bareback Riders, p. 26) grew up around horses, cattle and sheep in Gooding until moving to the Wood River Valley in 1979. A couple decades ago he stopped taking sunrises for granted and started capturing the beauty of the rustic lifestyle of working cowboys and cowgirls through the lens of a camera. Casey has been the in-arena photographer for Hailey’s Days of the Old West Rodeo for several years and also shot the Pro Bull Rodeo Finals last year.

Matthew Hayes (Idaho’s Rodeo Culture, p. 64) graduated from the University of Montana in 2004 with a degree in photojournalism. Since then, he has been working as a professional photographer for editorial, commercial and private clients while also exhibiting his work in galleries and museums. When he’s not photographing, he’s most likely fishing or spending time with his family. He is based in Hailey, Idaho.

colleen maile (Rodeo 101, p. 60 & Western Festivals, p. 38) spent much of her career covering America’s best places as editor-inchief of an assortment of inflight magazines. Her far-flung travels took her to all 50 states and convinced her that Idaho is the only place she wants to call home. Colleen currently enjoys a truly wonderful life in Eagle where she and her husband Tom enjoy riding the foothills and rarely miss a chance to take in a rodeo.

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Unique Idaho riding style is a tribute to Native Americans

27//western movies

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28//working dogs A history of sheepdogs in the Valley

30//rosalie sorrels The tale of a fiddler

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36//festivals and events This summer’s hottest happenings EhCapa Bareback rider.

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The Unbridled Spirit of the EhCapa Riders riding style is a tribute to native americans

Every EhCapa horse has trademark red and yellow handprints on its rump.

These young riders are much more than just a bareback drill team spicing up the Wagon Days Festival. When they ride through Ketchum each fall as part of the Big Hitch Parade be sure to follow them to the rodeo grounds afterwards, where they perform amazing feats without the use of saddles or bridles. You can watch them perform intricate patterns, formations and battle charges; maneuvering their horses through lines and circles and even over show stopping jumps with what looks like nothing between them and their horses. The EhCapa riders control their horses with a simple leather band around the neck, called a tack rein, and subtle cues from their 26 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

legs, weight and voices. Their style of riding and handmade costumes are a tribute to regional Native American tribes and their master horsemanship. Friends and family decorate the costumes with beads and fringe the horses with feathers and hand-painted Native American symbols. Every horse has a signature pair of yellow and red handprints on its rump. Wayne Stear, a member of the Ada County Sheriff ’s Posse, founded EhCapa in 1956. His original goal was to provide an opportunity for kids to learn horsemanship without great expense. He and his fellow founding members decided to ride bareback with only the use of a tack rein, taking an idea from one of his Sheriff ’s posse drills. The club name, EhCapa, came from the backwards spelling of one of Stear’s horses, “Apache.” As an EhCapa rider, goals are made and achieved individually but are cultivated as a group. The members truly become one with their horses. To become part of the club’s royalty program, members must completely commit to the team, since rising through the ranks of royalty is rarely achieved alone. As the EhCapa team program explains: “EhCapa believes that when youngsters learn to build trust in the horses they love, the results can be remarkable. The program is built on commitment, patience with self, consistent practice, active team participation and mentoring others.” The EhCapa team has performed in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio and British Columbia. Becoming an EhCapa rider is a commitment for the entire family. Parents are required to attend each practice, as well as travel with the group. For this group of boys and girls it is an honor and a way of life that carries through for the rest of their lives. EhCapa now consists of nearly 50 riders between the ages of 8 and 19. Their horses are of every breed, size and color, ranging from Appaloosas to wild mustangs. The team is taught core horsemanship and how to work as one with their mounts through difficulty and triumph, resulting in the ultimate bond between rider and horse. As riders progress and become more disciplined, skilled and patient in their training, they grow more self-confident and develop a greater sense of pride.-Nancy Glick

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sun valley host to many westerns over the years Sun Valley may be most famous for its writers—Poet Ezra Pound’s childhood home is on 3rd Avenue in Hailey, and Ernest Hemingway penned For Whom the Bell Tolls in Suite 206 at the Sun Valley Lodge, also writing portions of Islands in the Stream, The Garden of Eden and A Moveable Feast from his Ketchum home. The glamour of the Hollywood elite and socialite A-List that flocked to Sun Valley when it first opened (stars such as Gary Cooper, Janet Leigh, Clark Gable, Lucille Ball, and later Clint Eastwood, Jamie Lee Curtis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and Tom Hanks) also made a splash, but Idaho has hosted a number of top films over the years as well. Moviegoers might not always know it, though, because Sun Valley has played standin for the mountains of Europe, Alaska, the arctic and a Swiss village (as the mountains around Sun Valley did in 1937’s “I Met Him in Paris” starring Claudette Colbert, Robert Young and Melvyn Douglas). Due to the spectacular scenery and rugged country, a good number of the movies filmed

here have been Westerns. Here is our roundup of a few of the best to come out of the Gem State: Back to God’s Country (1953) starring Rock Hudson and Marcia Henderson. The mountains around Sun Valley stand in for a small village in the frozen wilderness of Alaska (it is interesting to note that a 1919 black and white version of this film starring Nell Shipman also featured scenes shot at Priest Lake in northern Idaho). Pale Rider (1985). Sun Valley’s most famous and iconic Western. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Eastwood as the mysterious no-name drifter who rides into a small mining town to help local citizens Michael Moriarty and Carrie Snodgrass face up to the ruthless proprietor of a strip-mining company threatening their land and livelihood. Shot on location in the Boulder Mountains, less than 20 minutes from director and star actor Clint Eastwood’s home (with a few scenes staged up over Galena Summit in the Stanley Basin). Dark Horse (1990) directed by former local David Hemmings and starring Ed Begley, Jr., Mimi Rogers, Ari Meyers and Donovan Leitch, with scenes filmed in Ketchum (at Louie’s and Creekside Bar, both now gone), as well as in Picabo and over Trail Creek.-Laurie Sammis

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with the sheep, not the shepherd.” The Great Pyrenees is an ideal choice because they are mellow and reluctant to chase. Like the wolf in sheep’s clothing, it is believed that ancient shepherds tried to match the color of the dog with their sheep so that they would blend in, making them harder for prey to detect. While the great white dogs are certainly intimidating and will chase off an intruder, the chase is typically short lived and the dog returns to its flock. The border collie, on the other hand, is all about the bond with the shepherd and does the heavy lifting in the relationship. Their job is to cut the workload of the shepherd by sizing up a situation and acting upon it. Ultimately, there are two things the dog wants to do: please its handler and its herd. Most border collies will naturally herd just about anything—ducks, other dogs, children, bikes, cars ... The handler’s job is to understand the breed’s natural instincts and guide the dog by associating commands to those instincts. “We let the dogs tell us when it’s time to place pressure, that’s when we start giving them more,”

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says dog trainer and breeder Don Helsley. Helsley has been actively involved in raising, training and judging sheepdogs for more than 24 years. He believes that to be successful the handler must trust, respect and be fair to his dogs and expect the same in return. Taking a puppy through the learning process is long and can take a man through various stages—from euphoria to utter despair, thinking your dog has forgotten everything you ever taught it. However, Helsley concludes that training pays off—there are times when he can step outside and communicate with his dog without words, as if it can read his mind. And those moments are what have kept him involved with sheepdogs for so long. Helsley has had several successful dogs but when he speaks of “The Wizard,” his current top dog, his breath slows a bit and you can hear the tenderness in his heart as he explains his philosophy on what makes a great sheepdog. “I like a dog that would give his life for me and in exchange I would give my life for him,” he said. It’s a true partnership. -Nancy Glick

trailing of the sheep festival Sure, there are other sheep and wool festivals around the world, but there is only one Trailing of the Sheep Festival. It’s totally unique. The Festival (October 10-13, 2013) is a celebration of the history of sheep ranching in Idaho. Dubbed by numerous sources as one of the world’s best festivals, Trailing of the Sheep consists of cooking workshops, cultural music and dance performances, traditional arts and crafts and a four-legged parade, featuring over 1,500 sheep, who literally migrate from their summer mountain pastures through the towns of the Wood River Valley south to their southern winter grazing grounds. The Championship Sheepdog Trials will also showcase approximately 50 of the most talented border collies in the country. For more information check out trailingofthesheep.org/. -Nancy Glick

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OCTOBER 18-20, 2013

CROSS TOBER FEST

A beer festival at Old Cutters Park in Hailey, Idaho focusing on seasonal beers from around the world with Oktoberfest inspired food and cyclocross racing. Live music and more than 90 fresh brews from across the world for your sipping pleasure.

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Though she’s often referred to as “The Travelin’ Lady,” there are few people who are more tied to their home state than folk singer Rosalie Sorrels. She’s always been a pioneer, though she’d dismiss that description by pointing out all those who came before, walking the roads upon which she walked, singing and playing her beloved music. But firstly, she’s an Idaho native—nearly 80 years old—who lives alone in a rustic cabin her father built at the end of a windy, rutted dirt road in a canyon deep in the mountains of Idaho. Her ancestry includes a family of readers, writers, singers and storytellers who have defined her approach to everything. Especially the art of storytelling. At school, Sorrels learned to read and write music and play piano to “see how it worked.” But she said she “really liked being a storyteller, which is what my performing style became—a long story punctuated by songs.” Her mother’s family lived on a farm near Twin Falls, and her paternal grandfather, Robert Stanton Stringfellow, was an Episcopalian minister who settled his family of boys on Grimes Creek, near Idaho City. Among her father’s brothers, two were “card-carrying members of the Communist party.” One was a college professor, the other a newspaperman. “They were open to all kinds of arts,” she said. “My father sang and played piano, and my mother was interested in theatre and poetry.” In fact, her mother, Nancy Stringfellow, ran the Bookshop 30 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

on Main Street in Boise for decades. “I lived in another cabin when I was little,” she said, pointing out an expansive front window in her cabin on a sunny winter day. “Then Dad and some friends built this one,” she said. “He made everything out of what was around. I’m very happy to be able to live here with my loud-mouth dog, Dudley. He’s a great companion. This is a mansion as far as I’m concerned.” In the early 1960s, with husband Jim Sorrels, a fellow theatre and music enthusiast, Sorrels relocated to Salt Lake City with their family. They were at the center of a musical crowd who founded the Intermountain Folk Music Council, which encouraged the spread of folk music and the collection of Western folksongs. After her marriage broke up, Rosalie and her five kids headed east to Saratoga Springs, New York, where she became a regular at America’s oldest continuously running folk music coffeehouse, Caffé Lena. A fixture on the scene, she became close to such people as Pete Seeger, Mike and Marge Seeger and Dave Van Ronk. The cream of the folk world passed through there in those days, she said. “I went back and forth across country, performed a lot in San Francisco and was popular in Canada, also Mexico and Central and South America. I got around, considering the gaggle of people following me around everywhere,” she laughed. In 1966, Sorrels played the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island, cementing her reputation as one of the most important voices in the movement. “I really like performing, and I’m good at it. I made 27 albums all together, but I’m just as interested in traditional folk music as much as what I wrote. I loved going to people’s houses and interviewing them over the course of a couple weeks,” she said. Her final CD, “My Last Go Round,” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009. She learned even more about collecting folklore from Utahans Austin and Alta Fife, who collected Mormon history and culture. “They collected songs and stories, and taught me how to look for the seeds of these,” Rosalie explained. In 1991, she wrote “Way Out in Idaho” for the Idaho Commission of the Arts. It’s a collection of songs and stories. Sitting in her cabin under a ceiling plastered with long-ago-held concert posters, she flipped through her own book, showing me photographs and telling stories about the photographs, songs, poems and

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SV mag’s can’t-miss music festivals National Old-Timers Fiddle Contest & Festival {Weiser, Id.} fiddlecontest.org

July 4-6

MassSV {Ketchum, Id.} Headliners: Krewella, MiMosa, G-Easy, James Egbert, Street Fever and much, much more. massvmusicfestival.com

July 18-20

Summer Music Festival at Roseville {Roseville, Id.}

Headliners: Grant Farm, B Side Players. thesummermusicfestival.com

July 19-21

9th annual Targhee Music Festival

{Alta, Wy., Driggs, Id.} Headliners: Music Festival: Alabama Shakes, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Dave Alvin, Son Volt, etc.

August 2-3

Northern Rockies Music Festival

{Hailey, Id.} Hop Porter Park. Northern Rockies Headliners: Ruthie FosMusic Festival. ter, Hayes Carll, Halden Wofford & the High Beams, The 44’s, George Devore and the Electric Cigarettes, etc. northernrockiesfolkfestival.com

August 8-10

Braun Brothers Reunion

{Challis, Id.} Headliners: Guy Clark, Micky and the Motorcars, Todd Snider, Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada & the Departed, Reckless Kelly. braunbrothersreunion.com

August 9-11

26th annual Targhee Bluegrass Festival {Alta, Wy & Driggs, Id.} Headliners: Guy Clark, The Infamous Stringdusters, Sam Bush, Della Mae, etc. grandtarghee.com

August 13

August 1-11

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The Festival at Sandpoint {Sandpoint, Id.} Summer Headliners: Jonny Lang, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Ritter, Los Lonely Boys, Jackie Green, Reckless Kelly, etc. festivalatsandpoint.com

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ing partner, Bruce “Utah” Phillips, played at the second annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival. She also loves the National Old-Time Fiddlers Contest & Festival in Weiser, but has all but retired now. Her live work is now the stuff of legend, the seeds of the stories she uncovered living on through music. As the late John Wasserman, entertainment critic at the San Francisco Chronicle, once wrote about her, “She did something that only the best can ever do; she brought back memories that we never had. She’s one of the geniuses, Rosalie Sorrels is.” - Dana DuGan

Josh Ritter will perform at River Run Aug. 13

{Ketchum, Id.} Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band will perform at River Run in Ketchum. sunvalleycenter.org

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singers on each of the pages. “I had a marvelous time doing it. People loved telling me their stories. I would sing with them. They’re so tickled anyone gives a rat’s ass,” she said. In the 1970s, Sorrels played at the Leadville Espresso in Ketchum (now The Picket Fence), owned by her friend, the late Millie Wiggins. Coincidentally, her grandfather, Reverend Stringfellow, used to preach in the same building when it was Ketchum’s only church. Over the years, she’s returned often to the Wood River Valley. In 1978, she and her old perform-

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August 9-11, 2013 Atkinson Park, Ketchum Fri & Sat 10am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm

130 Artists, Live Music, a Kids Craft Area, and Artists Demonstrations daily.

The annual Writers’ Conference is the premier literary event in the Valley. If you love to read or write it’s a “must see.” The SVM staff interviewed a few stars of last year’s conference. sam gwynne Despite being a native New Englander, S.C. “Sam” Gwynne has really made a name for himself as a Texan. The award-winning journalist spoke about his Pulitzer Prize-nominated, historical book, Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History to a packed Sun Valley Pavilion last summer. Gwynne jokingly entitled his talk about the brutal opening of the American West: “Connecticut Yankee too dumb to know any better stumbles upon Old Western frontier.” MM: Did you enjoy speaking at the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference? SCG: It was a phenomenal experience. Everyone

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MM: My dad actually gave me a copy of the book while we were visiting him on Cape Cod, which seems like a long way away to be reading about the bloody history of West Texas. What inspired you to write this story and why do think it has done so well? SCG: I thought it was a good story that very few people outside of Texas seemed to know about. It’s gone beyond everything I expected (spending more than 80 weeks on The New York Times Best Sellers list). Even though it’s a “blood and guts” Western book, half of the readers are women. I think it’s because it has a solid two-part structure. No matter where you are in the large back story about the Comanches, you’re never far from the intimate front story of the Parkers.

MM: Is part of the appeal of the book because the Parkers (a family that still has descendents in Texas) is a story about the ultimate Western pioneers? SCG: The Parkers are the ultimate pioneer family, the essence of what an American pioneer was all about. They are the reason why so many Americans moved West. They were hard-nosed people who were able to carve out an existence for themselves.

MM: Had you been to Idaho before and would you like to return? SCG: Yes, once in 1980, and, yes, I definitely would. -Mike McKenna

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Elise Pearlstein

This is not the first time producer Elise Pearlstein (Oscar-nominee for “Food, Inc.”) and director Jessica Yu have teamed up to cause a political stir through documentary filmmaking. Working together for 10 years on projects like “Protagonist” and “The Living Museum,” they joined together to focus on “the most pressing issue of our time and our future”—the water crisis. During the Elise Pearlstein 2012 summer Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, where “Last Call at the Oasis” was screened, Pearlstein shared her thoughts with Sun Valley Magazine about the film, and what the water crisis means for future generations. KE: Why did you want to make a film about water? EP: I hope that it will be a wakeup call because there’s nothing we depend on more than water. Everybody is ultimately affected by the fact that you need water to grow food and, right now, we’re in the worst drought that we’ve had since the Dust Bowl.

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KE: You focus on four different regions in the film—Australia, Singapore, the Middle East and the United States. Why are those particular areas significant? EP: When we were filming, Australia was going through one of the worst droughts they’d ever faced and all the

issues that Australian farmers were facing, California farmers will face in 15 years. So it’s a bit of a cautionary tale—what will happen if we do nothing? Contrarily, Singapore is one of the most proactive and advanced places in the world with its water policy. They now are literally the leaders of water technology in desalinization, recycled water and recycled sewage water. They even harvest their rain. So we look to Singapore as a way to be proactive. In the Middle East, we found an organization of Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians who are all collaborating to improve the quality of the Jordan River, because it is a shared water source. We were inspired by what they were doing—taking tension as an opportunity to cooperate rather than create more conflict. And in the United States, we have a lot to learn. We consume a lot of water without really taking water issues into account.- Kate Elgee

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Enjoy Olympic medalists and world-class figure skaters under the stars on Sun Valley’s historic ice sheet this summer. Dining al fresco at the Sun Valley Lodge Terrace buffet and a spectacular fireworks show add to the excitement and are sure to delight viewers of all ages. Ever since Sonja Henie stepped onto the sparkling outdoor ice rink at Sun Valley Resort for the filming of 20th Century Fox’s classic movie Sun Valley Serenade (1941), the ice shows have been an enduring and star-studded staple in the growing entertainment scene at Sun Valley Resort. Henie, a world skating champion (at the age of 14) and three-time consecutive Olympic figure skating gold medalist, set the bar high on the caliber of skating featured at the outdoor rink. And the all-star lineup at the Sun Valley on Ice shows, presented every Saturday night from July 4 through Labor Day, have continued to raise the bar year after year. Showcasing the world’s greatest champions and Olympic medalists, the summer ice shows 34 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

promise to delight with a spectacular lineup of new stars, new athletic routines and all new sound. So grab a seat on the Lodge Terrace and enjoy a glass of champagne under the stars, or cozy up in a wrap on the bleachers rinkside and enjoy a stunning cast featuring the elite of the skating world—many of whom may be turning in their last public performance before heading to Sochi to compete this winter. Want to experience the action firsthand? Then grab the family and head to Sun Valley’s historic ice rink to take a few turns. Open ice is available daily from and you can book a group or private lesson or just watch from rinkside—who knows, you may even see an Olympic gold medalist practicing a championship routine.

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Aug 24 Piper Gilles & Paul Poirier 2013 Canadian Silver Medalists 2012 Canadian Bronze Medalists

Aug 31 Johnny Weir World Bronze Medalist
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Sun Valley On Ice debuts July 4 and runs Saturday nights through Labor Day featuring an all-star line-up showcasing the world’s greatest. For show tickets or buffet and show tickets go to sunvalley.ticketfly.com or call 208.622.2135.

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From music to food to festivals and recreational events, we have this summer’s highlights for you. So start marking your calendar for the don’t-miss events this season.

June 29-July 6

July 17-20

This mountain bike festival has eight days of races and events on Sun Valley’s 400+ miles of continuous singletrack, including the 4th Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championships, the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships and the Sun Valley Beer Festival. Events in conjunction with MASSV Music Festival this year. ridesunvalley.com

32-year-old event covers four days, where participants are able to experience incredible wines from around the world. Unique vintner dinners prepared by top chefs, a wine picnic featuring gourmet local cuisine and a live concert all support The Center’s art and humanities programs. sunvalleycenter.org

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July 7

The Music of ABBA

(Arrival from Sweden) Arrival From Sweden is one of the world’s most popular ABBA tribute bands, will be at the Sun Valley Pavilion once again with the American Festival Chorus and Orchestra. sunvalley.com

July 11-12

hunger coalition’s 10th Anniversary celebration

Two-day-long arts event at Ketchum Town Square, featuring a 10-foot Jumping Trout made out of canned food. thehungercoalition.org

July 12-14

Ketchum Arts Festival

Over 100 Idaho artists participate in this free arts and crafts festival, held for three days at Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road. ketchumartsfestival.com 36 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction

July 27

5th Annual Sun Valley Road Rally

Crosstoberfest: Sun Valley’s bike and beer festival.

The Sun Valley Road Rally transforms a 3.2-mile stretch of Highway 75, north of Ketchum, into a “no speed limit” zone. Winning speeds top 190 mph and the event benefits the Blaine County Community Drug Coalition. sunvalleyroadrally.com

August 9-11

45th Annual Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival

Admission to this festival in Ketchum is free and includes over 130 artists from all over Idaho. sunvalleycenter.org

August 21

Huey Lewis and the News

A benefit concert for the KillebrewThompson Memorial Golf Tournament at the Sun Valley Pavilion. sunvalley.com

July 28-August 20 Sun Valley Summer Symphony

This is the largest free-admission symphony in America, held at the Sun Valley Pavilion. Bring a picnic and a bottle of wine, sit on the lawn or under the shade and watch worldclass music performances in the mountains. svsummersymphony.org

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August 21-24

Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament

Every August for the past 36 years, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in Sun Valley has gathered celebrities, sponsors, participants, members of Congress and supporters with one common goal: the cure for cancer and leukemia. In memory of the Minnesota Twins shortstop, Danny Thompson, it is now one of the leading fundraisers for cancer research in America. dannythompsonmemorial.com

August 23-26

Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

One of the most prominent literary gatherings in the country, the Writers’ Conference brings readers and writers together to enjoy a weekend with outstanding speakers, this summer including Katherine Boo and Billy Collins. svwc.com

September 20-22

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

This food festival in Ketchum and Sun Valley features a local restaurant walk, chef demonstrations, a martini and caviar party at Roundhouse Restaurant, a river guide culinary competition and food and wine tastings for the whole weekend. This year it will include a 5B Party—Boots, Beer, Bourbon and BBQ at B. Restaurant. sunvalleyharvestfestival.com

September 21

Standhope 60K Ultramarathon

The first annual Standhope 60K is a 37-mile ultramarathon trail run through the Pioneer Mountains, featuring over 11,000 vertical feet. runwildidaho.com/standhope

October 16-20

Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree

The “Jazz Fest,” which first began in 1989, features five days of live jazz music, including 40 bands, 180 musicians and 260 shows, making it Sun Valley’s largest and most popular single event. sunvalleyjazz.com

October 18-20 Crosstoberfest

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local buzz // Western Festivals

Take a Time Trip

Old Western Events and Festivals throughout Idaho

History buffs and folks just looking for oldfashioned fun will find plenty to celebrate in 2013—the 150th anniversary of the Idaho Territory. (Statehood didn’t happen until 1890.) A whole passel of events resurrects the past so it’s easy to get acquainted with yesteryear’s colorful life. Here are some of our top picks:

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July 12-14

Bear Lake Cowboy Gathering and Butch Cassidy Reenactment

Wagon Days

May 31-June 2

Port Neuf Muzzleloaders Mountain Man Rendezvous McCammon – The leisure pursuits of 1840s frontiersmen and women are showcased during this reenactment weekend. Hatchet and knife throwing contests, blackpowder competitions and bartering are featured. visitidaho.org/event

June 1-2

Murphy Outpost Days

Murphy – This remote ranching community salutes both its rich heritage and present way of life. Lost arts—basket weaving, silver smithing, quilting—are preserved here, and so is old-fashioned amusement. Highlights include cowboy poetry recitations, a horned toad race and a longhorn cattle drive through downtown Murphy. owyheemuseum.org 38 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

June 17-22

National Old Time Fiddler’s Contest

Weiser – The earliest American fiddle contests pre-date our nation’s breakup with Britain. Now, thousands of fiddle-fans from around the globe congregate to hear top-tier musicians rosin up their bows and play. Impromptu jam sessions last into the night. fiddlecontest.org

June 30

A Day at the Ranch, Flat Top sheep Ranch

Carey – A working sheep ranch opens to the public as a benefit for the Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Guests watch sheepherders move flocks from the range to corrals, enjoy traditional storytelling and music, and feast outdoors at a lamb dinner and live auction. trailingofthesheep.org

Montpelier – In 1896 Butch Cassidy robbed the local bank. Re-enacting that nefarious deed serves as linchpin for an Old West celebration featuring cowboy poets, Western music and a horse-centric parade. Visitors are invited to bring horses, wagons, buggies or just a cowboy attitude. bearlake.org

July 20-21

Sawtooth Mountain Mamas Craft Festival

Stanley – More than 100 artisans give fresh meaning to “buying direct from the manufacturer.” All items here are made the old-fashioned way—by hand—not merely assembled of pre-manufactured parts and pieces. sawtoothmountainmamas.org

July 26

pbr bull riding Hailey – Buckle up for a full night of bull riding action! The 2013 PBR tour will be in Hailey at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds.

Show starts at 8pm. Tickets available at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, Atkinsons’ Markets and online. sunvalleypbr.com

August 2-4

Yellow Pine Music and Harmonica Festival

Yellow Pine – This tiny mountain town (permanent population: 35) pays tribute to Idaho’s early miners and their favorite instrument. All musicians are welcome. Multiple stages showcase ample talent. A street dance rounds out the fun in a pristine high-country setting. yellowpinemusicandharmonicafestival.org

August 10-11

Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival

Fort Hall – For more than 50 years Native American drummers and dancers have come here to share traditions and offer insight into their heritage. Now, a parade, rodeo, native games, beauty contest, and community buffalo and salmon feast round out the event roster. shoshonebannocktribes.com/festival

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September 6-7

Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering

Stanley – Western music punctuates performances by cowboy poets ranging from old hands to small fry. The Redfish Lodge setting is as grand as the show at this family-friendly production. sawtoothmountainmamas.org

August 30-September 2

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Wagon Days

Ketchum – The non-motorized Big Hitch Parade, featuring equestrian groups, museum-quality buggies, wagons, stagecoaches and the massive namesake ore-wagons pulled by 20 mules is the centerpiece of a weekend packed with events and entertainment. wagondays.org

September 20-22

Lost ‘n Lava Cowboy Poetry Gathering

Shoshone – Yodelers, singers, musicians and reciters like “Snake River Wayne” Wilson and “Coyote Jack” Sartin congregate to herald the cowboy way. A wagon and trail ride adds to the nostalgia. lostnlavagathering.weebly.com

October 10-13

Trailing of the Sheep

Ketchum and Hailey – This folklife fair and festival preserves the rich culture of sheep ranching with demonstrations running the gamut from herding and shearing to spinning and weaving. Storytellers, crafts for kids, sheepherders‘ ball and lots of scrumptious lamb dishes are part of the celebration. trailingofthesheep.org Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 39

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Erin Resko, Chinese herbalist

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From bloodletting to willow bark

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Erin Resko, Chinese Herbalist and Acupuncturist.

East Meets West in Medicine

erin resko: local chinese herbalist and acupuncturist

When traditional Chinese medicine arrived in the U.S. in the late 19th century, its methods were quite different from those being used by Western doctors who were still practicing bloodletting, blistering and harsh purging to rid the body of illness. The Chinese approach was to use natural herbal remedies to treat the body as one whole, interconnected system. 46 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

Thankfully, Western medicine has changed over the years. However, the Chinese medicine practiced today is basically the same as it was centuries ago, said modern practitioner Erin Resko, owner of My Essential Healing in Ketchum and Hailey. Resko, who has a Master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine, a degree in physiology, and additional training focusing on sports medicine, said Chinese medicine is about bringing the body back into a state of balance and harmony so that each system works well on its own and doesn’t tax another system. Like practitioners of old, Resko uses both acupuncture and herbs, either alone or simultaneously, to treat a myriad of conditions such as sleep disorders, hormonal issues, women’s issues, and pain, the latter being one of the most common complaints she sees. She treats each condition and each individual with a different approach. “If someone comes in with back pain and another comes in with ankle pain, we wouldn’t treat them with the same formula,” she said, noting that the herbs she treats with are guided into different cells and areas of the body just by changing the formula composition. “We use food as medicine. Everyday herbs like mint or licorice work together synergistically depending on the way they are put together.” The Chinese figured out how the various herbs work by looking at the whole plant and what the different parts did for itself. They then transferred that concept over to how plants would affect the human body. “For example, the lighter flower parts of the herb work on the upper body, the heavier herbs, like seed and roots, work on the

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body & soul // Herbs & Acupuncture

lower part of the body,” Resko said. Likewise, she noted, an acupuncturist might use single acupuncture points to do a job or, as with the herbal formulas, put a number of different acupuncture points together to treat multiple organ systems and the body as a whole. How does acupuncture work? Resko uses the analogy of a string of Christmas lights with one bulb burned out, which causes the other lights along the line to short circuit. “We are largely made up of water, electrolytes and different chemical constituents that carry a different charge,” she said. “If there is a malfunction along the circuit, as with a string of lights, the rest of the lights no longer function as they should. Acupuncture needles work because they are electrical conductors, promoting flow along the meridians and within the body, connecting this circuitry from organ system to organ system.” Because the Chinese didn’t have research, blood tests and ways to see into the body, they observed the changes in the landscape of nature and saw how that overlapped with, and changed, the landscapes of our bodies, both inside and out. “Like the seasons, our bodies are constantly changing and adapting to our environments,” she said. “In Chinese medicine, each organ system is represented by a corresponding season and element.” Many of Resko’s clients come to her after hitting a dead end with other medical treatment. “Maybe they’ve been told that it’s all in their head, or there’s nothing more medically that can be done,” she said. “Doctors look at blood tests or imaging because that’s how they diagnose, and sometimes there’s nothing they can see, but that doesn’t mean the patient isn’t feeling pain or that their symptoms aren’t real. You can have pain that’s real to you but there is nothing physically or structurally wrong.” Like any health care practitioner, Resko knows her boundaries and what health issues she can and cannot treat. She said she refers clients to other specialists when necessary. “Acupuncture works very well in conjunction with other treatments,” she noted. “Our bodies are different today than centuries ago and we’ve adapted the treatments to how people are now, but still, the basics of Chinese medicine have remained the same.” - Patti Murphy Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 47

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body & soul // Kitchen Remedies

Remedies and Cures of the Old West from bloodletting to willow bark

Until the late 1800s, Americans more or less lived in a state of medical superstition. The workings of germs and microbes hadn’t yet been discovered, and early frontier medicine subscribed to the belief that disease floated in a “miasma”—an atmosphere of foul air emanating from rotting organic matter that could be inhaled into the body. Another primary notion was that if any of the body’s “four humors”— blood, phlegm, black bile and yellow bile—were out of balance, illness would occur. Common in Old West treatments were bloodletting, purging, blistering and sweating, and other extreme treatments, believed to flush out toxins and infections from the body. Faced with cures that often failed or were worse than the actual ailment, calling the doctor was a last resort for many people. Besides, the nearest physician might live many miles away, his fee could be far too expensive and his remedies were often no better than home treatments that used natural items from around the farm. Home cures were often found in word-ofmouth advice that suggested 48 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

using common materials from the homestead, such as turpentine, kerosene lard, coal oil, cobwebs, tobacco and even farm animal dung. One remedy for a cough and sore throat was to simmer a piece of salt pork in hot vinegar, let it cool, and fasten it around the neck with a piece of red flannel. Measles and other eruptive diseases were treated with a dose of “nanny tea,” which was sheep dung steeped in boiling water. For a wound, a slightly used chew of tobacco was applied and bound in place, which was thought to draw out the poison. In the middle of the 19th

century, “patent medicines” gained widespread favor in the U.S. These vegetable-based concoctions didn’t require a prescription, even though they were frequently high in alcohol, or fortified with morphine, opium or cocaine. These medicines may not have cured anything but they undoubtedly made the patient feel better. But in the midst of all these somewhat questionable kitchen remedies of the Old West, 19thcentury Americans began to take their cue from the Native American and traditional Chinese healers and began to make skillful use of the natu-

ral medicine available to them. Moss, bark, leaves, sap, roots and various berries were brewed into teas, mixed into poultices or crushed into powders. Nature’s bounty was a trusted remedy for what ailed them, a practice still seen today each time we eat a bowl of hot chicken soup for a cold or flu, or drink chamomile tea to calm anxiety and settle the stomach. In fact, many herbal remedies from the Old West have made their way into the present day—too many to name—but some of the more familiar ones include the following items listed here. - Patti Murphy

old west remedies Willow Bark The use of willow bark goes back to at least 400 BC, when Hippocrates recommended it for pain and fever relief. Willow bark contains salicin, a chemical similar to aspirin, and was used by Native Americans and early immigrants in teas and poultices for a wide range of ailments, from toothache and arthritis to warts and headaches.

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Chamomile Chamomile tea was thought to be a universal cure-all and was used in teas and also applied externally to reduce inflammation caused by infections, wounds and irritated skin. They were right on track: its pharmacological properties include antiinflammatory, antiseptic, carminative, sedative and antispasmodic activity.

Chicken soup Our grandmothers were right. Chicken soup is good for us when we have a cold and a study by Dr. Stephen Rennard of the University of Nebraska Medical Center proved it. He found that the soup hindered neutrophils, the most common type of white blood cell in the body that defends against infection. Dr. Rennard theorized that by slowing the migration of these cells, chicken soup helps reduce upper respiratory cold symptoms such as the production of mucous. He could not identify the exact ingredients in the soup that made it effective against colds but said it may be the combination of vegetables and chicken that work together. - Patti Murphy Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 49

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Echinacea was used during the 19th century as a blood purifier and a treatment for dizziness. In the early 20th century, it was used as a cold and flu remedy, and as an anti-infective until the advent of modern antibiotics. Its recent resurgence as a treatment for upper respiratory infections has placed echinacea among the three top-selling herbs in the United States.

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Healing in the Womb of Mother Earth

therapy through native sweat lodges

A damaged psyche may require more than a pharmacy to fully recover. In a return to traditional therapies, some Idahoans have sought the restorative effects of the Native American sweat lodge to deal with their emotional scars. From a Ketchum backyard to the Boise VA, an ancient ritual, that of intimate group sweats in the darkness of a confined space, has found new life in the Gem State. The sweat lodge is distinct from a steam room or sauna—the intended purpose is more spiritual, the duration longer and the experience more exhausting. It is a hand-built dome construction only a few meters high, framed with saplings and covered, nowadays, with old blankets or quilts. Large stones, brought inside the lodge from a fire pit nearby, steamheat the room when doused with water. Sweating amongst North American tribes was practiced for three purposes: religious (purification and the propitiation of spirits), therapeutic (healing) and hygienic. Excluding the latter, today’s practitioners tend to sweat for those same reasons and continue to follow some form of ritual, depending on the tribal affiliation or leanings of 50 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

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body & soul // Sweat Lodges

those involved. Ketchum resident Cam Cooper has no illusions about the nature of his sweats, despite having 25 years of experience. As he explained, “I bring what I can from what I was taught, because I’m borrowing the entire tradition of the sweat lodge.” Cooper, who hosts ceremonies in his backyard, honors the native practices by following a detailed ritual sequence, which he breaks up into four to five rounds over two hours. “Most of us will go into a sauna for 10-20 minutes; this is more intense than that,” he explained. “I ask people to push themselves, but to be responsible. Safety is primary.” To begin each ceremony, which varies from all-male to coed, Cooper asks the circle a question: “Why are you here?” Although responses vary, the ensuing journey of solidarity and sacrifice is shared by all. For Cooper, sweating is a way of “suffering for the people. It is about undergoing discomfort in order to cleanse oneself for prayer, for blessing, for the healing of others.” At the Boise VA, where healing is paramount, the sweat lodge ceremony has been implemented in conjunction with established therapies to treat mental disorders, such as PTSD and substance abuse. Cedric DeCory, part Sioux Indian and the VA’s administrative officer for behavioral health, has organized sweat lodge ceremonies at the center since 2001. Part of the Native Services program, the ceremonies are conducted twice a month for 10-15 attendees, most of whom are recurring participants. As DeCory explained, “If someone is suffering from a sense of isolation, the sweat lodge provides community and brings in fellowship,” allowing attendees to feel more comfortable speaking. While the sweat lodge remains an alternative form of treatment, “the outcomes and rates of recidivism are comparable to other types of modalities,” praised DeCory. As the U.S. expanded westward, many Native Americans dealt with the white settlers’ foibles through cleansing in the sweat lodge. Centuries later, our vices still intact, the sweat lodge continues to purify seekers of the New West, healing wounds through a sacred ceremony of surrender and support. - Alec Barfield Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 51

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Healing Waters of the Wood River Valley public soaks for public health

When Guyer Hot Springs Hotel and Bath opened on July 4th, 1882, three miles outside of Ketchum, it was the Wood River Valley’s first true “resort.” Unlike Sun Valley today, where the main attractions are snow and sunshine, the offerings at Guyer Hot Springs Hotel and Bath were steamier: a naturally-heated plunge bath and a swimming pool on a gorgeous piece of property in the Warm Springs area filled with cherry, apple, pear and plum trees. Apart from the grounds’ natural beauty, the secret to Guyer’s success was no mystery: the hot springs held healing waters. And resorts like Guyer advertised as much. The medical establishment of the 19th century praised geothermal baths for their medicinal benefits, despite almost no serious investigations, claiming that the mineral-rich waters could treat cases of rheumatism, skin and blood diseases, and even nervous disorders. Ketchum’s original tourist attraction, consequently, was more than a garden paradise and a grand time. It was a “curative” retreat, the centerpiece of which was the water, superheated along fault zones miles underground and still steaming at the surface. The historical use of water therapy is nearly universal. Archaeologists have found evidence of bathing rooms at the ancient Greek palace of Knossos dating back to 1700 B.C.E., and 52 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

in Japan the “onsen,” or hot spring, has been a part of society for a millennia, even finding acceptance as a form of treatment at many of the national hospitals. More recently, the therapeutic use of mineral waters through immersion, known as “balneotherapy,” has undergone increased medical consideration. Whether or not hot springs can treat one’s health problems, their good-time value is undisputed, and nothing calms the mind like a warm soak on the banks of a wild river. With more soakable hot springs than any other state, Idaho is ripe with such healing waters and well-suited for some unofficial balneological research almost any day of the year. -Alec Barfield SV mag

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which are shielded by small boulders that are easily shifted for cooling and warming. Only 10 minutes from town, don’t expect to soak privately. Bear Valley (Stanley) Bear Valley, often heralded as Idaho’s best hot springs, is an easy day-hike or overnight (7 miles total), approximately 30 miles northwest of Stanley, with the trailhead starting at Fir Creek Campground. With multiple pools lacing the creek, and surrounded by lush grasses and stacks of granite, Bear Valley is isolated and pristine: a soaker’s dream.

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For people who require regular medical treatment through infusion or injection, having local experts close to home is invaluable. These treatments take a toll for both the individuals and those who love them. Being able to receive the care you need without having to travel long distances eases just one more burden of treatment. Take, for example, New Jersey resident Charles Fetter, who was diagnosed

Boatman’s Box (Stanley) A genuine severed buoy elevated above the Salmon River, Boatman’s Box is accessible year-round. Comfortable but intimate. Convenient but scenic. When the water level drops, an additional pool fills beside this roadside favorite. Located just past Lower Stanley on Highway 75. Skillern (Fairfield) To arrive at Skillern Hot Springs, where boiling showers supply a deep hollow near the banks of Big Smoky Creek, you have two options: For a stroll, choose the threemile hike from a Fairfield trailhead; for an adventure, grab your bike and ride 25 miles of heroic singletrack from Galena Summit. Either way, Skillern tops Backpacker.com’s list of perfect pools. - Alec Barfield Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 53

with bladder cancer in 2002. The cancer has recurred several times and, most recently, spread into his lymph nodes. “When I had to start chemo again, my primary concern was not being able to visit Sun Valley,” Charles said. “I expected to drive to Boise or Twin Falls for treatment but, fortunately, I had several friends that told me about the infusion room here at St. Luke’s Wood River.” Charles enjoyed the ease and convenience of receiving treatment in Ketchum. “When I was receiving chemotherapy at Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I had to take two subways and it took an hour and a half each way. It’s easier for me to fly here and receive treatment!” he joked. Charles’ oncologist at Sloan-Kettering helps him manage his medical treatments so that even if he decides to travel to Ketchum unexpectedly, he is able to receive treatment here. “It’s so easy, seamless really,” Charles said. “They share my medical records and I can stay on the same schedule for infusions as I would at home. I made my plane reservation and chemo appointment practically at the same time. You wouldn’t expect this in a small town like Ketchum. The nurses are just wonderful too; when I walk into the infusion room, they hand me a room service menu before taking my vitals. And the food is really good!” Juggling a busy schedule of family, career, household, friends and other commitments can be challenging, especially when living with a chronic disease. Full-time Blaine County resident Jill Haycock has been receiving infusions at St. Luke’s Wood River since 2001 to manage her rheumatoid arthritis. “The infusion room allows me to continue to live my life and work full time at my job,” said Jill. “The scheduling is convenient and the staff is top-notch. Not only are they competent, knowledgeable and stay current on the latest treatments, but they have become my friends. They are like family.” Charles, Jill and many other Blaine County residents and their families would not be able to continue living their lives in the same way without these regular medical treatments. St. Luke’s Wood River is expanding infusion services to meet their needs, and the growing needs of residents and visitors. To learn more about infusion services at St. Luke’s, please call 208.727.8800.

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body & soul // Backyard Boogie

wanna fly?

Launching off Red Devil Mountain.

In Idaho it’s easy to experience the thrill of flying for yourself! While none of the established outfitters offer speed flying tours, there’s a range of tandem paragliding, skydiving and B.A.S.E. jumping options. Here’s a rundown: Fly Sun Valley (Sun Valley) www.flysunvalley.com / 208.726.3332 Snake River Skydiving (Twin Falls) www.snakeriverskydiving.com 208.751.JUMP Will Burks’ Backyard Boogie 2012, Hailey, Idaho.

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The Story of Will Burks’ Backyard Boogie BY Alec Barfield / PHOTOGRAPHY Mark Oliver

Speed flying was a sport on the rise when Will Burks first piloted over Hailey’s Quigley Canyon a few years ago. A high-adrenaline blend of paragliding and B.A.S.E. jumping, speed flying might just be the next fixture in action sports (Red Bull and GoPro already sponsor the sport’s premier athletes). With wings that are smaller than those used in paragliding (the latter averages 23 square meters, whereas Burks’ speed flying wing measures in at only 11), speed flying is fast— really fast. Rather than gliding at altitude, speed flyers focus on bone-chilling descents, often swooping just feet from a slope. Even so, “speed flying” is still a term on the fringe. To the unenlightened masses, it’s paragliding with a vengeance. Seated at his Hailey home, where a windsock flaps in the yard behind him, Burks isn’t worried about semantics. He compared speed flying, which, unlike paragliding, is presently unregulated, to snowboarding in its early days: “People fly where they want, when they want.” Things are still maturing 56 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

in the U.S., where speed flying doesn’t have the history that it does in Europe. “In the States, the guys that are the most badass now were just learning seven or eight years ago,” explained Burks. So in 2011, Burks decided to host an event reflective of speed flying’s rawness and his own experimental paradigm—a homegrown gathering in which everybody would literally hike, launch and land in Burks’ backyard. Forget corporate sponsors and a press release, Burks’ Backyard Boogie would be a speed-flying celebration, nothing more. The night before the second annual Boogie last June, Burks’ front yard is quiet and empty, but he’s expecting visitors, lots of them, to fill any open space. “Everybody’s

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bringing their tent. We’ve got two portapotties, a dumpster and a BBQ I made. It’s going to be way bigger than last year,” smiled Burks, talking of the weekend-long party. Word had spread online, through friends and via word of mouth—one guy is flying in from Puerto Rico, supposedly. But without any kind of formal registration, the event will have to shape itself. Said Burks, “Everyone just shows up at a drop zone.” Almost miraculously, Burks’ “drop zone,” the Old Cutter’s subdivision of Hailey, is directly behind his childhood home, where he now lives with his wife, Lori, and their two sons, Eliot (6) and Isaac (4). Not only has the space not been developed as planned, but just east of it is Red Devil Mountain (6,594 ft.), which Burks can climb in 30 minutes and which will serve as the primary jump site for the Boogie. Outside Hailey, Burks’ other drop zone

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Backyard Boogie paragliders soaring high above the Valley.

Will Burks Hiking up Red Devil Mountain.

is Sun Valley’s Greyhawk parking lot. As a pro-skier with film credits for Teton Gravity Research (TGR), Burks was able to merge the two sports—skiing and paragliding— with ease, despite the fact that launching his wing, tapping the slope on skis and flying away is nothing short of crazy. Yet for Burks, “Speed riding combines something I’ve done my whole life with something new.” On the morning of the Burks’ Backyard Boogie, “new” is the word of the day—new friends, new wings, new ideas. While attendees file in and make camp, Burks leads a first group up Red Devil around 10 o’clock. Watching them fly off the top, it’s clear that nobody’s going to soar leisurely. “You commit to dropping in and you’re not stopping,” described Burks. “You have to look ahead, be

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Marshall Miller takes flight.

Backyard Boogie participants set up camp in Will Burks’ yard.

confident, go where you want and enjoy it at the same time.” Moreover, understanding the weather is critical and that day conversation teemed with talk of good thermals and favorable winds for flying. The plan the following day was to launch off Della Mountain (6,729 ft.), but, like the sport of speed flying itself, there is uncertainty regarding the forecast. Between its diverse attendees—seasoned speed flyers like Marshall Miller mixed it up with complete newcomers—and intimate setting, Burks’ Backyard Boogie is evidence of a sport in maturation, as well as some insight into the people, like Burks, who are pushing it in new directions. Speed flying is neither paragliding nor B.A.S.E. jumping, but a hybrid that has brought new life to the world of wings. Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 57

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body & soul // Riding Ghost Towns & Rails

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When Levi Smiley discovered silver at the head of Smiley Creek in 1878, he started a wave of extraction in what is arguably Idaho’s most picturesque valley, the Sawtooth Basin. Of the camps created, Vienna and Sawtooth City were the biggest. The former, once boasting over 200 buildings and a population of 800, is now a mix of wreckage set against a timeless backdrop. Sawtooth City also had it all: five saloons, three restaurants, a meat market and even a Chinese laundry, before withering in 1888. Discover Vienna via Smiley Creek Road, 7.5 miles off of Highway 75. Park halfway to shorten the ride. Complete the afternoon with lunch at Smiley Creek Lodge before continuing on to Sawtooth City, a 4-mile beginner ride along Beaver Creek Road.

Elijah Weber mountain biking the in the Smoky Mountains near Ketchum.

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Beasts of burden fitted for the 21st century, our mountains bikes are mechanical horses leading us toward discovery. Through colorful meadows and up dusty canyon roads, we pedal our titanium and carbon fiber stallions into remote areas of the Idaho wilderness searching for reward in the form of beauty and peace, thrills and a little exercise. We are the new pioneers: settlers who built communities based on recreation. Most of our predecessors, miners of the Old West, couldn’t sustain their camps; they came to Idaho in hordes around 1860, pining for gold, often only to abandon the project en masse before the turn of the century. But in their brief stint they, too, traveled deep into largely uncharted territory, panning, digging and erecting boomtowns along the way. When the mines shut down, these communities were deserted, yet fragments remain. Trails and wagon roads abound. Rotting log cabins and even enormous dredges can be uncovered, but only for those who venture forth. In biking to such ghost towns, we 58 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

ride in the shadow of Idaho’s early prospectors, saluting their efforts and difficulties. As historian, Rodman Paul wrote, “Idaho’s old mining areas are spectacular in their natural beauty. Some are raw and scarred. Some yield exciting, some rather mundane, histories. But they all reflect something of the people who scratched out a hard living in a sometimes hostile land.” In honor of our Old West predecessors, here are three bike rides, a less destructive way of striking gold, which lead to some of southern Idaho’s most enchanting ghost towns. -Alec Barfield

Sawtooth City in the late 1800s.

lake creek group/ homestake mine auburn group

lake creek Miles: 2.8-5.5; Easy-Difficult Both sides of the Wood River Valley are littered with mining ruins, including up and down Lake Creek Road, which courses east off Highway 75, just 3 miles north of Ketchum. The main sites, the Lake Creek Group, Homestake Mine and the Auburn Group, are all accessible by bike on a gradual service road that is worth an afternoon ride. Lake Creek Group is closest, near the parking lot and the Sawtooth Forest boundary, followed by Homestake Mine, which sits decrepitly 5.5 miles ahead. Finally, the Auburn Group requires a 2.8-mile approach (of increased difficulty) on the Auburn Mining Road.

bonanza / custer

custer Miles: 2-10; Easy Bonanza and Custer lie at the heart of the Land of the Yankee Fork State Park, created in 1990 to preserve the historic mining area. A mere two miles apart, these celebrated ghost towns were rich in quartz mines, as well as all the trappings of bonafide frontier towns. Turn off Highway 75 at Sunbeam, roughly 13 miles north of Stanley, then drive eight miles to Bonanza. Be sure to pay your respects at the old cemetery up the hill. From there it’s a two-mile pedal along the Yankee Fork to Custer City, during which you’ll pass a 988-ton gold dredge and the piles and piles of tailings left in its wake. At Custer City, the main attraction is the McGown Museum, which houses artifacts from the Yankee Fork’s golden years. -Alec Barfield

biking photograph mark weber / mining photograph courtesy of the community library regional history department

Vienna Miles: 7.5; Easy-Moderate / Sawtooth Miles: 4; Easy

Simply the BEST way to spend the day!

Connecting the Dots

photograph courtesy bcrd

The People, Places and Past of the “Bike Path” If there’s one thing this community has, it’s access … to the great outdoors and all it has to offer. And the Wood River Trail, lovingly known as the “bike path,” managed by the Blaine County Recreation District (BCRD), is the centerpiece of the simplicity of this access. Spanning 20 paved miles from Bellevue’s south valley, up through Hailey and into Ketchum’s northern parts (with an additional 10 miles taking a circuitous route through Elkhorn and Sun Valley), the trail connects our community in many senses of the word. This multi-use pathway serves as a year-round source of activity. The summer months are undoubtedly the busiest as a myriad of wheels are spinning; wheels of bikes, strollers, scooters, rollerblades and rollerskis all power north or south and back again. Runners and walkers, often with dogs at their side, adorn the paved path in spades. In winter, the trail is inviting, too. Nordic skis, snowshoes and winter bike tires track the groomed (and free) trail. Easy and convenient, it winds you along a gently undulating trail for as long or as short as you’d like. It’s a steady stream of people, all there for different reasons, traveling at different paces. Some venture to work. Some walk to the Big Wood River to observe rising rainbow trout. Others put the hammer down and go hard for their hearts. Kids skip and run and play along the way as others rest on one of the memorial benches. It’s different for everyone and that’s the beauty of it; one and all can enjoy the Wood River Trail (WRT). The WRT is steeped in history and interpretative signs give insight into our past along the way (maps with self-guided historical tours are available): the robust mining history of the 1880s; the sheep ranching ventures of the 1930s; and the Union Pacific Railroad line of the 1950s and 60’s all speak to those who have traveled here before us. It gently reminds us that we should not take this path or this place for granted. The very route of the train that brought the first skiers to the Sun Valley Resort in 1936 was converted to this efficient conduit in

Roller skiing, biking and running are popular sports on the Wood River Trail.

the 1970s. A succinct group of visionaries saw opportunity in the deserted rails and set out to recreate the lay of the land. Although its route is marked by a single flat line on the map, for 30 years the WRT has added a depth and richness to our community in real-life 3D. Kris Stoffer, the Director of Development of the BCRD, extrapolates this point. She sees “the WRT not only as a physical connector for our community, providing a safe way to move up and down the Valley, but as a symbolic one as well, reflecting our shared values of healthy active recreation, an appreciation for the outdoors and for the rich history of our Valley.” “All three of my children learned to ride their bikes and Nordic ski on the WRT,” Kris continued. “There are 30 years of stories from families and visitors who have spent time on the trail, learning and commuting and recreating.” The users are like “dots” being connected in empowering and powerful ways. Stoffer inspired me to share one of my more memorable experiences on the path; that of “cruising” (on cruiser bikes) with two girlfriends while I was in a short-legged walking cast last fall. It was fun to check out things we hadn’t seen in a while, as we caught up on our own life stories. It served as a reminder that getting out—no matter what the circumstances—is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s relatively easy to do in the Wood River Valley—sometimes, indeed most of the time, it’s just a pedal stroke away. Please experience the trail and help us continue its lore over the next 30 years. It’s time for you to get out there! -Nicky Elsbree Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 59

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Calf roping at the 2012 Intermountain Pro Rodeo Association (ImPRA) Finals in Hailey.

Rodeo Events

Bull riding in Challis at the Spank Martiny Broncs and Bulls Memorial, 2012.

Cowboy Up at a Rodeo Near You idaho rodeo basics

BY Colleen Maile / PHOTOGRAPHY Hayseed Photography/Casey McGehee

Idaho loves rodeo. From April to October more than 60 events bring a remnant of the Old West to towns large and small. Entrants range from preschoolers straddling recalcitrant sheep to professionals looking for big buckles and bigger purses. Whether you’re heading for a glitzy top-tier event like Nampa’s Snake River Stampede or watching locals rope and ride for pride in places like Kamiah and Arco, here’s what you ought to know: history The spectacle-seeped sport holds a place in American history. Competitions featuring feats of horsemanship and a way with cattle began on 18th century California cattle ranches. A hundred years later, riding and roping matches provided recreation for cowboys moving dogies from the stockyards of Texas to the railyards of Kansas. When cattle drives faded into history, the contests lived on in Wild West Shows. (Many early rodeo riders doubled as boxers. That’s why buckles resemble those on prizefighters’ belts—or so the legend goes.) 60 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

Mainstays No matter the level of competition, rodeos typically include seven basic events. They fall into two categories: “rough stock” events feature bucking bulls and broncs and “finesse” events require a high level of skill and cooperation between horse and rider. Debbie Maxwell, executive secretary of the Idaho Cowboy Association, provides a quick rundown: Saddle Bronc: The cowboy is judged on how well he sits in the saddle of a horse bred to buck. Anything less than an eight-second ride is disqualified. Bareback Riding: These wild, high-flying rides without saddles also have to last eight seconds and are judged on form. Bull Riding: Cowboys try to hang on atop an angry, writhing animal typically weighing between 1,700 and 1,800 pounds. Team Roping: Two horses and two riders synchronize roping the head (or horns) and back feet of one steer in this timed event. If the first rider (header) starts too soon, he’s “broken the barrier” and penalized 10 seconds. If the steer’s foot (or feet) breaks free, a five-second penalty is added. Barrel Racing : Cowgirls gallop at breakneck speed around barrels in this timed event. Five extra seconds are added for tipped barrels. Calf Roping: One rider. One calf. Calf gets a head start. Rider has to chase it down, dismount, flip the calf and tie three legs together as quickly as possible. “Breaking the barrier” (starting early) adds 10 seconds to the time.

Josh Adams at the 2012 ImPRA Finals, Hailey.

Steer Wrestling: Steer gets a head start. A hazer rider keeps the steer running straight while the bulldogger chases him down. Bulldogger dismounts, wrestles the steer to the ground. Fastest time wins. 10-second penalty for “breaking the barrier.”

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levels/ associations

Three levels of rodeo are represented in Idaho. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) stages 15 high-stakes Gem State competitions including the acclaimed Snake River Stampede running July 16-20 (see prorodeo. com for a complete listing). The semi-professional Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association and the amateur Idaho Cowboys Association sponsor or co-sponsor more than 50 competitions. They range in size from Hailey’s Fourth of July rodeo, a showcase attracting more than 5,000 spectators, to the much smaller but equally impressive Custer County Rodeo held July 18 in Challis. And this year the big boys at the Professional Bull Riders Association (PBR) will make a stop in Hailey on July 26.

Fairfield Rodeo queen proudly carries the U.S. flag. The Fairfield rodeo is July 12th and 13th this year.

Kids of all ages love the Days of the Old West Rodeo, Hailey, 2012.

brent bellon auto technician for 17 years sun valley auto club Bronc riding at the Fairfield rodeo, 2012.

kids and special events

Special events often make their way into the lineup. Kids take part in stick horse races, goat wrestling and mutton busting, a timed event featuring youngsters riding sheep the length of the arena. Frenzied adults attempt to milk wild cows. Chuckwagon races involve horse-drawn wagons accompanied by riders racing around the arena at a death-defying pace. Don’t worry about the livestock. Lisa Lappe director of the Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association said, “Every precaution is taken to care for the animals and make sure they aren’t hurt. Bucking horses are probably better cared for than show horses. All the animals are highly valued.” It’s OK to feel nostalgic, get teary-eyed at the national anthem, grin at the little buckaroo in the chaps and over-sized hat, and root for the good guys—they’re all good guys. You may even come away singing “whoopee ti yi yo” and longing for a simpler life swaying in the saddle, riding through the sage. Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 61

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Professional Bull Riders

head to hailey for annual sun valley classic

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) cowboys are back in Hailey, Idaho, this summer to test their skills in the Sun Valley PBR Classic. The O’Gara family and Rocky Mountain Bull Bash Production have come together to put on this don’t-miss event, Friday, July 26, 2013 at 7:00pm at the Hailey Rodeo Grounds. A rockin’ two-hour concert by Texas country music great Luke Kaufman will follow. Thirty-five bull riders from around the world will test their skills against bulls that weigh up to 2,500 lbs! The object is to stay on the bull for a full eight seconds without getting bucked off. The bulls are not ordinary by any means. Bulls in this competition are born to buck much like racehorses are bred to run fast. They are experienced and are usually between three and seven years old. Silver 62 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

Springs ranch in Bellevue, Idaho, is supplying the bulls for the event. The cowboys use sticky tree sap to prep the bull rope and this helps them get a better grasp. The bulls are loaded into the pen and the riders mount. Helmets and thick Kevlarlike vests protect the riders’ heads and chests. The flank strap, which is tied around the back end of the bull, tickles him just enough

to make him buck harder—and the harder the bull bucks—the more possible points can be earned. Points are accumulated separately for the rider and the bull. Two judges will score the rider and the bull, awarding up to 50 points each. The combined total (up to 100 points) is the final score. The Sun Valley PBR Classic is considered a qualifying event for the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the top 40 bull riders in the world will come together to compete for their chance at $1,000,000. Tickets for the PBR Classic are available at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce, Atkinsons’ Markets and at www.sunvalleypbr.com. Get yours now before they sell out!

tap your cowboy boots At the event, country artist Luke Kaufman will be performing music from his latest album, “Beyond the Bunkhouse.” Don’t miss this fabulous two-hour concert!

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behind the scenes of

idahos rodeo culture

While rodeo is, by definition, a sport that tests the skills and speed of cowboys and cowgirls, it is also an iconic part of Western culture. The first professional rodeo documented in North America was in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in 1872. Since then, the sport and its traditions have been passed down through generations, especially here in Idaho, where cattle, horse and ranch work have a rich history. Today, there are over 100 rodeos each year in the Gem State. The season begins with high school events in April, followed by the collegiate and professional rodeos that run through Labor Day weekend. Competitors travel throughout the state during the season ready to compete for winnings in places like Riggins and Mackay, Salmon and Shoshone, as well as many other unique, small towns throughout the state. Here we’ve rounded up some behind-the-scenes shots of Idaho’s rodeo lifestyle. TEXT AND PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Hayes 64 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

salmon high school

rodeo team members, R.J. Cotant, left, and Justin Kohntopp, prepare for the calfroping event at the District 1 High School Rodeo in Challis.

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lost river mountain range

Backdropped by the and the tallest peak in Idaho, Mt. Borah, rodeo fans play a game of beer-pong during the annual Mackay Rodeo at the fairgrounds in Mackay. Billed as “Idaho’s Wildest Rodeo,” more than 2,000 fans travel to the small town of Mackay every June to enjoy the festivities of the event. The weekend begins with a parade through Mackay town followed by a two-day rodeo, camping and partying.

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inspect the stock at the 63rd annual rodeo in Riggins. Located at the confluence of the Salmon and Little Salmon rivers in west central Idaho, the town of Riggins has hosted the event during the first weekend of May since 1948.

matthew lopez,

a sophomore from Salmon, sits for a portrait after competing in the bullriding event at the District 1 High School Rodeo in Arco. Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 67

kayla gutman

waits for her heat before competing in the barrel-racing event at the District 1 High School Rodeo in Mackay. Although only a first year contestant, Kayla is one of the top qualifiers in the district.

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for as long as possible during his bull-riding heat at the District 1 High School Rodeo in Leadore. With a population of 105, the remote ranching community of Leadore sits in the Lemhi Valley between the Lost River and Beaverhead Mountain ranges along Highway 28 near the border of eastern Idaho and western Montana. The Leadore Rodeo is the third event of the season for athletes in District 1. In total, there are six rodeos throughout the District 1 circuit. Cowboys and cowgirls compete in Challis, Mud Lake, Leadore, Mackay, Arco and Salmon before finishing the season at the high school state finals in Salmon.

belt buckles

are worn with pride by any cowboy, like this cross buckle worn by Matthew Lopez in Salmon.

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Old/New

west PHOTOGRAPHY Kristin Cheatwood

valley innovators

The neighborhoods of the Wood River Valley are filled with incredible and inspiring people. On the following pages we profile a handful of our neighbors, Valley locals who are helping keep the pioneering spirit of the West alive. { the barrel racer }

Haillie Taylor BY Kira Tenney

Plain and simple, Haillie Taylor is an all-around cowgirl. Long blond hair flowing, big silver belt buckle shining, this 19-year-old can jump off a galloping horse and have a goat on its back with its legs tied up in a matter of seconds. She has been riding since she was a baby, and she always says her “pleases,” “thank yous,” and “yes ma’ams.” A quintessential element at the heart of the West, rodeo is about speed, guts, boots and dirt—and Haillie has been competing in it since she was seven years old. Over her career in the arena, Haillie has wrangled high results in barrel racing, goat tying, pole bending, girls’ cutting, team roping and breakaway roping. Last summer, Haillie qualified in five events for the Idaho State High School Rodeo Finals, and although she just missed Nationals by half a point, she did finish fifth in the qualifiers and then went on to the Silver State International Rodeo to claim fifth in breakaway roping. Haillie’s family moved to Bellevue from Boise when she was in second grade and her parents, Kelli and Brad, who were practically raising the infatuated young lady atop ponies and horses, found rodeo as a solution to her continually asking to go faster in her English riding lessons. Haillie beamed, “It’s fast and adrenaline-paced and it takes a lot of skill to ride horses that quickly while keeping them in control and knowing what they’re doing.” Haillie was recruited by Grand Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado, for their rodeo team. In between her fall and spring college rodeo seasons (and her plan to compete in 20-30 rodeos

this summer), she is studying to be an elementary school teacher. This, she points out, will leave her summers free to continue whipping up dirt on the western stage. Haillie noted that, “I thought I was ready to leave the Valley, but now I really miss the Pioneer Mountains every morning. The mountains are what make it home.” Nonetheless, Haillie has taken an ingrained Sun Valley riding practice with her to Colorado, as she remarked, “When I was growing up in Idaho and first started riding on my own, I’d always go ride on the trails and in the ditch plates. That was the best thing; it was better than riding in the arena every day. The trails in the Wood River Valley are still my favorite.” While at Grand Mesa, Haillie has three scheduled practices with the rodeo coaches every week, but on the other days, this Idaho girl gets the horses out on the open range, riding the way she grew up. Whether it was competing on national television and in front of thousands of people at Nationals when she was in middle school, or having a goat’s collar break and chase her horse away in the goat-tying competition of a Junior Rodeo, this all-around cowgirl has had one wild ride. Will we be seeing Haillie Taylor back in Sun Valley as she rocks the rodeo in the years to come? That answer is certainly a “Yes, ma’am.” The Wood River Valley mountains draw both the old and new back every time. Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 71

{ idaho ranchers }

The Sherbine Family BY Kate Elgee

On a starry summer night in the year 1871, in a covered wagon somewhere on the plains near Alder, Montana, a little girl was born. One day, she would decide to visit her sister in the small town of Bellevue, Idaho—taking a train that wound through the wild Indian territory of the Snake River Plains. Her name was Martha Montana Spray. Sometime during the dusty 1880s, in Lisbon, Ohio, there was a young man gazing westward with a curiosity that eventually made him hop in a stagecoach and hobble toward the red sunset. He found work transporting train passengers from a small town in central Idaho, named after the Shoshone Indians, across the hot plains and into the snowcapped valleys of the north. His name was George William Sherbine. One day, George picked up a very fine-looking young woman in Shoshone, fresh off the train from Montana. Her name was Martha and she needed a ride into Bellevue because she was going to visit her sister. George and Martha married on May 15, 1892, and bought a small piece of land near Stanton Crossing—some of the first homesteaders to settle in the Wood River Valley—where, five generations later, their greatgreat-grandchildren still live. Today, things on the Sherbine farm (which moved near Baseline Road in the 1930s) are a little different than they were 100 years ago. With 15 machines, eight four-wheelers, six housing units, a combined 1,200 acres (plus 2,500 rented), 500 cattle and 14 employees, it is barely recognizable from the original dusty farmhouse staked out by George. William Thomas Sherbine (better known as Rocky) now manages the ranch with his father, William Lumiere, where they grow hay and barley and raise cattle. As Rocky explained, “It took a long time to slowly get it going—almost 60 years—and it’s just been over the last 15 years we’ve been able to build our operation a little bit.” Today, they sell all of their barley to brewing companies Coors and Budweiser. “This is a nice valley for growing malt barley—it likes the high elevation and cool temperatures,” said Terry, Rocky’s wife and Wood River

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High School sweetheart (who also does the accounting for the farm). In March, it’s calving season on the ranch. They spend the winter feeding and bedding the cattle and, once the calves reach a year old or about 850-900 pounds, they are sold to a feedlot near Idaho Falls to “finish ‘em out” before being sent to the slaughterhouse. But before the Sherbines have finished calving, they have to start planting seeds for the year’s crop. “With the cows, it’s pretty much a 365-day-a-year job,” said Rocky. Rocky, together with his son Isaac, work from dawn to dusk to keep the ranch running—just like his father and his father’s father before him. “I probably started working before I could talk,” laughed Isaac. “I’ve been working my whole life.” While advancements in precision agriculture, like GPS and GIS technology, center-pivot and wheel-line irrigation systems, and automatic mowers and balers, have streamlined a few of the more grueling processes, expenses (and competition) are still high. “A mid-sized tractor that we use around here, a new one, is $250,000. Add other expenses, fertilizer, fuel … I don’t think a 160-acre farm would even support one family anymore. You just gotta keep tryin’ to get bigger,” said Rocky. Fluctuating climates and extreme weather patterns have affected the farm as well. “For the last 20 years, it’s been more of a concern than it used it be,” said Rocky, glancing nervously at the snowless hillsides in February. “We used to get a lot more snow than what we get now, and droughts are always a big concern.” Another nationwide dry spell like the one in 2012 “would be ugly for the U.S.,” said Isaac. “You’re really at the mercy of Mother Nature when you’re farming, even with all the high-tech stuff and everything else,” said Rocky. Isaac is the great-great-grandson of the original George William Sherbine and is now learning the ropes to take over the ranch. “I did the snowmobile racing thing for a while” he said, with a shrug (which continued on page 122 actually meant he competed in the

{ distance paraglider }

Nate Scales BY Kira Tenney

“It’s spectacular!” Nate Scales declared. “You’re up there on what is essentially an upgraded bed sheet and shoestrings that European society somehow made into a toy that can climb to elevations of over 20,000 feet.” Sound appealing? If for some reason it doesn’t, Nate, a Sun Valley local and record-setting cross-country paraglider, will change your mind the moment you see his wide blue eyes and magnetic smile light up at the mere mention of the word “paragliding.” After growing up spending summers in the Wood River Valley with his grandparents, Nate made the official move here in 1990. Turning the over-stimulating summer-camp atmosphere of Sun Valley into his year-round playground, Nate started working at Ski Tek in Ketchum. One day, local resident Dave McCormick came into the shop to ask if the employees wanted to go paragliding. While his co-worker declined, Nate jumped at the opportunity to literally learn how to fly. McCormick took Nate out to Greenhorn Gulch, more or less “threw” him off the hill three times, and then said, “Now you know everything I do.” Instantly hooked, Nate immediately moved to Salt Lake City, which has a large paragliding community of all levels, and

after a couple of years of doing nothing but paragliding all over the world, he moved his home base back to Ketchum. “This place is good because we’re right at the divide between mountains and desert; and it’s called ‘Sun Valley,’ so it’s always nice, “he said.” “Here, there’s nobody in the mountains. If you go to Jackson or Salt Lake, there’s one range and it’s crowded, while in Sun Valley we have so many mountains and so few people that the adventures you can have are unlimited. We can fly around eight different ranges and beyond.” On July 31, 2012, Nate took off from Baldy and set a new U.S. Mountain Distance Record, U.S. Foot Launch distance record and an Idaho State Record by flying 198 miles in exactly eight hours all the way to Three Forks, Montana. Although paragliders carry GPS units, Nate usually doesn’t have a stated goal, but simply takes off with warm clothes, lunch and water—his only plan being to maximize adventure and to go as far as the day will allow. But as Nate comes in for a landing after another day driven by “having the most fun possible,” the adventure is only halfway over— now he has to figure out how to get home. Nate doesn’t let roads confine his flying, and he’s usually out of cell phone range, so he’ll walk to the nearest road, which could be a couple of hours away, and then simply look forward to meeting the person who will inevitably drive by and pick him up. “People are always really friendly,” Nate continued on page 122 Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 73

{ backcountry pioneer }

Galen Hanselman BY Dana DuGan

Idaho is a haven for backcountry pilots. And here’s why: There are more unpaved strips in the Gem State, 80, than any other state in the lower 48. “A lot are in Forest Service areas and on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land and in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area, which is really unique. Church (the late Idaho senator) was very specific that those strips in the wilderness area wouldn’t be closed. He wanted it accessible to people,” explained pilot Galen Hanselman of Hailey. “My joy is flying and going places and sharing it with others,” Hanselman said with a smile. “There’s a niche of pilots who look for these out-of-the-way places. Backcountry pilots are different. Some do it for camaraderie and will fly together and some do it to get away. I like to explore things and go to places where people haven’t been before.” The founder and former owner of Sentinel Fire & Security, Hanselman has lived in the Wood River Valley since 1962. He became a pilot in 1980, though his love of planes goes back to his “dirt poor” 74 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

boyhood in Ohio. In the early 1950s, a neighbor used to pop by in his Super Cub. “I thought I was pushing the envelope with technology—my father got me building radios. All of a sudden, my idea of technology was just blown out by the idea of flying,” said Hanselman. The fascination continued, thanks to Ben Hurtig, who ran the Sun Valley Gun Club for decades. “He brought a headset to me to fix,” Hanselman said. “When I returned it to the airport, he asked if I wanted to go for a ride. It was my first time in a small plane. I was hooked.” Hanselman shook his head, happily remembering, “That was half a million dollars ago.” He then erupted with what one becomes familiar within his presence: an explosive laugh. “I used it in my business quite a bit to load up a crew and tools and go anywhere in Idaho. It allowed me to greatly expand the region I worked in,” he explained. After selling his business, flying gave Hanselman the opportunity to do something he really wanted to do, which was to fly. “I’d heard about these airstrips in the backcountry. The curiosity opened up the avenue,” he said. He considered making a video to support his habit of flying but realized the project made more sense when approached as a guidebook. Out of this was born Q.E.I Publishing, a one-man show with Hanselman as pilot, researcher, writer, photographer, continued on page 122

{ cowboy poet }

Bryan Dilworth BY Mike McKenna

For as long as there have been cowboys working cattle across the ranges and prairies of Idaho, there have been poets riding amongst them. “When you’re riding with the same group of people, day after day, year after year, everyone has heard all your stories and your jokes and they really don’t want to hear ‘em anymore. But if you can put ‘em to a rhyme, they’ll listen,” explained Bryan Dilworth, a cowboy poet who owns a ranch south of Bellevue. Born in Hailey and raised in Carey, Bryan grew up “stealing rides” from his uncle’s ranch and was first exposed to cowboy poetry at a young age. His grandparents would cut out poems from Western Stockman Magazine and hang them on the fridge. Bryan quickly learned to love to read, thanks to the words of legends like Will Ogilvie, Bruce Kiskaddon and Badger Clark. For Bryan, and lots of folks like him, cowboy poems capture the true essence of life in the West in a fun, rhythmic style. The first stanza from “Ridin’” by Badger Clark offers a good example: “There is some that like the city/ Grass that’s curried smooth and green/ Theaytres and stranglin’ collars/Wagons run by gasoline /But for me it’s hawse and saddle/Every day without a change/ And a desert sun a-blazin’/On a hundred miles of range.” “It’s hard to remember all the little things in life, but you can remember all the poems,” Bryan said about an art form that has traditionally been passed down orally. That’s why printed collections can be hard to come by, especially old, classic “pieces.” Bryan’s search for books for his impressive library of cowboy poetry even led him to explore Australia, where the unique style of verse has long been popular. Cowboy poetry’s heyday was between the 1880s and the early 1940s. But despite losing mainstream popularity after the start of World War II, cowboy poetry never actually died out. It just went quiet for a spell. Its revival began in the early 1980s when the popular Elko National Cowboy Poetry Gathering was born and Johnny Carson was featuring cowboy poets on the “The Tonight Show.” “I don’t know if poetry evolves with the person or the person evolves with the poetry,” Bryan mused about a passion that now finds him reciting poetry at all sorts of gatherings. Over the last half-dozen years, Bryan has shared pieces everywhere from senior centers and elementary schools, to festivals like the big one in Elko and the growing one in Shoshone each September called the “Lost’n Lava Cowboy Gathering.” “Cowboy poetry talks about pulling cattle through terrible storms and about dealing with horses and people. It talks about having respect for God, people, animals. It’s something we need to keep alive,” he said. “ We need to bring back the cowboy way.” Bryan has more than four hours worth of cowboy poetry memorized, but he can’t recite it all “without making a mistake,” he joked. As we wrapped up our interview while sitting in the Hailey Coffee Company on a rainy Thursday morning, he shared one of his favorites from Will Ogilvie, which begins: “The hooves of the horses - O’ Witching and Sweet/ is the music earth steals from the ironshod feet/ No whisper of lover, no trilling of bird/ Can stir me as hooves of the horses have stirred.” Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 75

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Clint Eastwood BY Laurie Sammis

The first thing you notice when speaking with Clint Eastwood is his voice. It’s that voice: The voice beneath the hat of Old West gunslinger Will Munny in Unforgiven (1992). It’s the voice of the man who allegedly wore the same poncho, without ever having washed it, as the “Man with No Name” in all three of his Sergio Leone spaghetti Westerns—A Fistful of Dollars (1964), For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966). It’s a voice that sounds a bit like a dry and dusty rattlesnake, minus the rattle. But coiled, and waiting to spring. It’s not a voice that you want to mess with. After all, this is a man who spent a good majority of his career making movies about violence—good or bad, heroic or demonic. But beneath it all, Clint Eastwood also seems like a regular guy. He is at ease in Sun Valley, a place he describes as somewhere he felt he could be himself. “My parents had a place here and, later on, I just starting migrating back. And pretty soon I got to know people up there and I bought a house,” he said. “I liked it because it was never 76 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

commercial in the sense that it was just a madhouse with people tripping over one another.” That was before the filming of Pale Rider (1985), which was shot on location just outside of Sun Valley in the Boulder Mountains. “I thought Sun Valley would be the right place,” he recalled. “I knew as much about it as anybody down here [in Hollywood] and I scouted around and found the locations and went ahead with it.” “When we did Pale Rider, I thought of the fall up there because I had been up there in September and October,” he added, “And I thought what a wonderful time to film because the trees are turning. In fact, I remember we were shooting one time in the town and I looked up; it had been a cold night, and I looked up the next day and all the trees up on the hill were turning. The aspens had all turned gold overnight. And there was snow on the ground. So I said, we’ve got to stop what we are doing and go up there and shoot some shots right now.” And that’s what they did. Because when Clint Eastwood makes a suggestion, people listen. After all, this is a man who said “Go ahead, make my day.” And he meant it too. Which is why it works. So when Clint Eastwood says … he loves Sun Valley because it feels authentic and not commercialized, you know he means it. I wouldn’t argue with the man.

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David Stoecklein BY Kate Elgee

“Taking a picture is telling a story,” explained renowned Western photographer David Stoecklein, while sitting in his Ketchum gallery surrounded by longhorn skulls, woven riding blankets and leather saddles. “I’m trying to communicate a story in every photo I take.” Although Stoecklein grew up in Pennsylvania and his work became famous in the 1980s through an impressive client list that included Coca-Cola, Reebok and Chevrolet, his lens was eventually drawn westward. “I always wanted to be a ski bum, so I brought my camera with me and moved west to ski,” he said. A self-taught photographer, Stoecklein shot skiing photos around the slopes of California and Utah until finally settling in Sun Valley with his wife Mary in 1979. Local ranchers and fishermen like Jack Goddard and Ray and Mike Seal (who, coincidentally, became his first unwitting models) introduced him to “the Idaho life.” “You can’t be a great photographer, or a specialist like I am, unless you do the activity you’re photographing. In other words, you can’t be a ski photographer if you’re not a skier,” Stoecklein said, which is how he got involved with ranching. He owns a working ranch near

Mackay, Idaho, splitting his time between the Lost River Valley and his home in Sun Valley. “It was sort of a relief for me to come here after the high-pressure world I was living in, and take pictures of Idaho and cowboys. It was the reality of working with people that are from the land, that work with the land. It was so relaxing to photograph people just doing what they do,” he said. Captivated by the “spirit of the West,” and particularly by those stoic and lonesome figures gazing toward horizons that are so often at the center of his work, Stoecklein said he recognized not only a niche but a mission. “It has been my goal for the last 30 years to completely document the West—to preserve it through my photography,” he said. Toward that end, he has produced over 50 books throughout his career. To truthfully capture the “story” of the cowboy, Stoecklein said it was very important to first study and understand his subject—to gain their respect and trust. “I make an effort to know what the people are about, to understand their personalities and show them the way they’d like to be shown. Unless you know the subject, you won’t get them to open up to you,” he said. “That’s very important.” That is why Stoecklein is able to reveal a cowboy’s soul in ways other photographers can’t, in one sideways glance or taut profile, in one calloused and cracking hand. It’s also continued on page 122 Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 77

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LEFT PAGE (left to right) Nez Perce infant in cradleboard, circa 1899; Nez Perce man circa 1899; Typical Nez Perce man, circa 1911; Yellow Bull-Nez Perce portrait circa 1905.

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first glance, the Appaloosa looks more like a Rorschach than a horse. A paint-splattered testament to how genetics determine appearance, it possesses the leopard, or LP gene code, that gives it the dappled pattern and spots that have become so identifiable with the breed. It is an enigma of sorts, floating in a composition of spots that comes in 13 base coat shades of brown, black, roan (red or blue flecked with gray), buckskin (gold) and gray, and six different spot configurations that are constantly re-imagined into each horse. Some of the more famous Appaloosas include Cojo Rojo, a black-blanketed Appaloosa ridden by Marlon Brando in the 1966 movie “The Appaloosa,” or Zip Cochise, who was ridden by John Wayne in the 1967 movie “El Dorado.” But perhaps the horse with the highest celebrity status would be the 16.2-hand (a hand is four inches) bay leopard Appaloosa and Grand Prix dressage horse, Pay N Go, who gave the performance of his life at the request of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney in 1998 during memorial services for his wife, Linda McCartney, in Manhattan, New York. Under the direction of his owner and rider, Pam Fowler Grace, Pay N Go entered the sanctuary of the crowded Manhanttan church, performed a Spanish walk (an exaggerated motion where the horse extends his leg in front of him with each step), completed a one-and-one-quarter pirouette, bowed and

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saluted. Upon receiving a standing ovation, horse and rider exited the church just as gracefully. Pay N Go was the first inductee into the Appaloosa Sport Horse Hall of Fame and became forever immortalized by model horse makers Breyer as a toy replica and striking example of the leopard spot pattern. But as varied as its cloak of colors and markings is the Appaloosa’s career as a sport horse. The “Appy” can just as likely be found setting records on racetracks as he can herding cows on the open plains—take, for example, 1936 Kentucky Derby winner Bold Adventure, who then went on to sire the colt Assault, who won the Triple Crown in 1946 (a feat only 11 horses have captured in the over100-year history of the sport). No accident of nature, the horse evolved out of a breeding program begun by the Nez Perce tribe more than two hundred years ago. But the Appaloosa’s story begins much further back in time. While still debated in some circles, a commonly held belief among historians is that the Spaniards brought the Andalusian horse, many of which were spotted, to the U.S. through Mexico in the late 16th century. A cross between an Arab-Moorish and a Vilanas (a coarse Western European horse), the stippled Andalusian was an athletic and powerful cavalry horse with an easy gait, making it a great riding horse. The predominant theory is that the

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The Appaloosa Horse Club has registered more than 700,000 horses and 15,000 Appaloosa owners in 27 countries.

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Chief Joseph wearing headdress in 1900. Decendents of the famous Nez Perce chief’s horse are believed to still be roaming around ranches in the West.

Andalusian, mixed with a helping of mustang, is the predecessor to the modern-day Appaloosa. But it took nearly a century from the time the spotted horse stepped onto American soil before it arrived in Idaho. New Mexico’s Pueblo Indians began trading Spanish horses they’d won in the Pueblo War of 1680 to the Shoshone tribe, who subsequently brought the horses to Nez Perce territory in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming. It was along the Palouse River that white settlers first saw the spotted animal and dubbed it “a Palouse horse,” or “Appaloosey.” The importance of the breed to the Nez Perce, or Nimi’ipuu (which means “the people”), cannot be understated. It was the horse of the people, and in their hands, the Appaloosa, or Ma’amin, became a gifted athlete, warrior, hunter and friend. Selective breeding allowed the Nez

appaloosa museum What began as a small collection stuffed into the corner of an office in Moscow, Idaho, has grown into a state-of-the-art museum. The Appaloosa Museum on the Idaho/Washington border in the heart of Palouse Country was officially established in 1975. An expansion in 1997 nearly doubled its size and the collection now includes a theater, a hand’s-on kid’s area, a massive library of books, magazines and videos and a gift shop. Exhibits themes range from early evidence of spotted horses to the role the Nez Perce has played with the bred to modern highlights from the Appaloosa Horse Club.

Perce to preserve traits they most valued: speed and agility; a kind temperament balanced with exceptional nerve on the battlefield and the buffalo hunt; and endurance to carry their people across their land (nearly 17 million acres of mountainous terrain). The Nez Perce would cull inferior horses by trading or gelding them, and by the late 1800s they had amassed vast herds of strong, healthy, and superior horses. But all that was about to change. The Nez Perce saga played out like a scene in a Hollywood Western, minus John Wayne or a happy ending. Despite attempts made by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to broker an alliance between the Indians and the U.S. government in the early part of the 19th century, life in the Palouse became increasingly difficult as gold brought white settlers en masse onto their lands. An 1855 treaty allowed the tribe to keep most of its ancestral land, while yet another in 1863 shrunk their acreage by 90 percent. Heinmot Tooyalakekt, or young Chief Joseph, as he was known, and his Wallowa band were among the factions of Nez Perce suspicious of government overtures, refusing to sign treaties shrinking their rights and thus becoming a “nontreaty band.” In 1877, Joseph feared an impending attack by the cavalry and moved over 800 tribe members on horseback toward Canada. While the tribe left some horses behind, they took 1,800 head of cattle and horses, crisscrossing 1,300 miles while attempting to sidestep the military. After almost four months of hardship, the Nez Perce’s ordeal ended in a six-day standoff in Bear Paw, Montana, less than 40 miles from the Canadian border. Chief Joseph surrendered and told his captors: “Hear me, my chiefs, I am tired; my heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.”

Allies Apollo (#9), races toward the finish line on July 10, 2010 at Tulsa Fair Meadows, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The surviving members of the band were moved to reservations and their horses seized, destroyed, or sold to cattlemen, settlers and the odd Wild West show. The cavalry encouraged crossing the Appaloosa with draft horses in an attempt to vanquish the breed’s prowess as a warhorse, diluting it to near extinction. The Appaloosa horse was nearly lost. It took a Western Horseman magazine story written in 1937 by Francis Haines, a history professor from the North Idaho College of Education, to shine a light on the plight of the Appaloosa. An authority on Northwestern tribes, Haines interviewed Nez Perce tribal members, photographing them and the few remaining horses on the reservation in Lapwai, Idaho. The story caught the eye of a farmer named Claude S. Thompson in Moro, Oregon, and within a year, the piece kick-started a movement to restore the Appaloosa breed. The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was founded as a breed registry by Thompson in 1938, and with a handful of other Appaloosa enthusiasts, he began his quest to locate horses with three traits 82 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

deemed to be singular to an Appaloosa: a visible white sclera around the iris of its eye, striated hoof patterns and mottled skin around its nose, eyes and genitalia. By the 1970s, the ApHC was the third largest horse registry for light horse breeds, and on March 25, 1975, Idaho Governor Cecil B. Andrus signed a bill naming the Appaloosa as the state horse, in large part due to the efforts and lobbying of a man by the name of George Hatley, who became known as “Mr. Appaloosa.” George Hatley’s parents put him on his first Appaloosa when he was just a boy. Each morning, they’d slap the horse on the hips and off it went, delivering young George to the Irene Country School, a one-room schoolhouse he attended near his home in Union Flat Creek, Washington. That Appaloosa left an impression on Hatley and, years later, after completing a stint in the Navy, he hitchhiked from California to Oregon to meet Thompson at the newly formed ApHC and talk horses. Shortly thereafter it was decided that Hatley, at only 23 years old, had the energy and vision to become the club’s executive secretary. He accepted a silver dollar as his first paycheck and took the club’s entire contents home to Moscow, Idaho, in a shoebox— paperwork on 200 Appaloosas and 100 members. Hatley ran the ApHC with his wife Iola out of their home in Moscow for 64 years until his death at age 87 in 2011. In the process, they helped put the Appaloosa back on the map by: publishing Appaloosa News, (now Appaloosa Journal, the club’s official magazine); organizeing the first national Appaloosa horse show; establishing the National Appaloosa Sale; putting together the first

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Appaloosa image from Rita Nicholson’s coffee table book “Native Treasure.”

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ApHC studbooks; and setting up the foundation for the Appaloosa Museum. Today, the club resides in a commercial space in Moscow, with the museum adjacent. In 1991, a “living exhibit” was installed behind the museum, where each summer and fall a different Appaloosa is pastured. When she met George, Iola didn’t know a thing about horses. But George changed all that. He gave her an equine education, complete with riding lessons. The year that Iola got her pick of foals the Hatleys owned, she chose an Appaloosa colt named “Apache Double.” One of the most successful Appaloosa racehorses ever, he won 18 of his 21 starts. “I always could tell when a horse was good,” remembered Iola. “Something about their hips that could tell you. This horse was so calm, he’d win a race and then go eat grass.” In 1973 at the Portland Meadows Sweepstakes, Apache Double ran 5 furlongs in 1 minute, 40 seconds, a record that, while tied, has yet to be beaten. The ApHC has registered more than 700,000 horses and, as of 2013, over 15,000 Appaloosa owners in 27 countries count themselves as members. It’s a breed registry with a preference for color, meaning that while color is appealing, it’s not essential. According to Steve Taylor, executive director, “Just because you breed an Appaloosa to an Appaloosa doesn’t mean you’ll get a spotted horse. About one third of the horses registered each year are solids.” Unlike other registries, the ApHC permits Appaloosas crossed (known as outcrossing) with other breeds to register. “Because the genetic pool was originally so small, you could breed your ApHC mare to an American Quarter Horse, Jockey Club Horse (Thoroughbred) or World Arabian Horse. Native Americans raced their Appaloosas from the beginning, so it made sense to outcross them with Thoroughbreds,” said Merida McClanahan, marketing director for the ApHC. Rosa and Jon Yearout, members of the Nez Perce tribe and owners of M-Y Sweetwater Appaloosa Ranch, have been breeding Appaloosas since 1974 and aim to preserve bloodlines from what they call the Old Herd, reputed descendents from Chief Joseph’s horses. These ancestors of horses who escaped the attention of the U.S. government and found their way onto ranches around the West where they were prized stock horses. “Foundation lines are found in horses that most resemble the original Appaloosa bred by the Nez Perce. It’s as close as you can get to what an Appy should truly be,” explained Rosa. M-Y Sweetwater Appaloosas attract Appaloosa collectors from all over the world. “We get a good mixture of buyers—a lot of people want to use them as jumpers. I once saw our stallion, Ciikowis Timina (meaning Brave Heart in Nez Perce), jump over a 6-foot-high round-pen fence like it was nothing. Not a long running jump, just one, two strides, up, up and over!” said Rosa. Athletic ability aside, Yearout believes their horses are iconic of the original breed. “I think a lot of people are intrigued with the Nez Perce story and our family’s story. We try to keep in touch with our historical connection through our horses,” she explained. What began as a horse from another continent and evolved into an amalgam, bred by a tribe who made him part of their culture, is today an all-purpose equine, beloved by rock stars and ranchers, at ease in the stockyards or a crowded cathedral in Manhattan. He is far more than a genetic phenomenon, he’s a horse of the people.

appaloosa facts ★

A true Appaloosa doesn’t have to possess a spotted coat, but, according to the Appaloosa Horse Club, it must have the following traits to be registered as an Appaloosa:

– A striated line pattern defining its hooves.

– Mottled or freckled skin around the horse’s eyes, muzzle and genitalia.

Appaloosas come in a wide range of color and pattern combinations:

– Leopard: a solid white horse with dark spots all over its body.

– Few spot leopard: a mostly white horse with a bit of color around the flank, neck and head.

– Snowcap: blanket of white generally covering the horse’s hips with a contrasting base color.

– Snowflake: The opposite of a leopard, a dark horse with white spots. White spots tend to increase as the horse ages, distinguishing it from a traditional roan.

Two spotted horses can produce a solid foal; Mother Nature makes the call.

“Maamen,” which is the Nez Perce word for Appaloosa, comes from the word, “Mormon” (in the Nez Perce language there is no letter ‘r’). At one time, the Mormons were thought to have traded spotted horses with the Nez Perce, hence the name.

Spotted horses carry the LP gene, or leopard gene, which determines their coat color and pattern.

The breed standard falls between 14.2 to 16.2 hands tall (a hand is 4 inches).

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Appaloosas typically weigh between 950 and 1,200 lbs. In their expedition throughout the Northwest, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark encountered the Nez Perce tribe and their horses, and Lewis had this to say regarding the Appaloosa in a journal dated 1806: “Their horses appear to be of excellent race; they are lofty, elegantly formed, active and durable; in short, many of them look like fine English coarsers and would make a figure in any country. Some of these horses are pided (sic) with large spots of white irregularly scattered and intermixed with the black, brown, bey (sic) or some other color.”

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LEFT: Miles Daisher wingsuit flying while filming “Human Flight 3D� in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland, 2009. RIGHT:Miles Daisher and Julian Boulle B.A.S.E jump with wingsuits from Independencia Peak during Adrenalina Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico, on May 27th, 2011.

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miles The High-Flying Adventures of Idahoan

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Standing on the Perrine Bridge one midwinter morning, Miles Daisher is pointing out the birds flying a hundred feet below us. A red-tailed hawk and a few crows are battling a gusty north wind. Farther below, the Snake River—slow and olive green—spreads east and west. It is a grim, steel-grey day outside Twin Falls, Idaho, but Daisher, the world’s most prolific BASE jumper, is fired up. “It’s time to go base jumping!” he belts out. We had met only five minutes earlier, yet now, for no apparent reason, he is willing to jump off a bridge for me. In one perfect motion, Daisher leaps up and is standing on the five-inch-wide guard railing, 487 feet above the river. Just a few feet behind us 18-wheelers blast by and the entire truss-arch structure shakes as they pass. Daisher stands on the railing talking to me as if he were standing in his living room. Then he looks to the horizon and says, “What a beautiful day. Three, two, one, see ya.” And he jumps. One full back flip later, exactly two seconds of free fall toward the earth, he pulls his chute. Twenty-four seconds later he is on the south bank of the river. Daisher is 43 years old, fit and athletic, with a ready smile and rosy cheeks. You would be hard-pressed to find someone as infectiously upbeat and energetic. Sarah Murphy, a friend of Daisher’s who speed flies with him on occasion, says, “Miles creates his own atmosphere.” There are times when he’s telling a story that Daisher will roll his eyes wide open and impishly cock his head to the side with a grin. At first blush, he looks like a crazy man, but, ultimately, it’s too amusing. One cannot help but smile with the man. BASE jumping is a sport of jumping off high objects. The acronym stands for “Buildings, Antennae, Spans and Earth.” In BASE jumping, everything is measured in terms of seconds. Jump off the Perrine Bridge and you have two seconds to pull your chute; wait four seconds and it might not fill with air. Wait six seconds and you’ll be at the end of your fall. 86 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

TOP: Jon Devore, Miles Daisher, Luke Aikins and Mike Swanson of the Red Bull Air Force Team soar over the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, CA, October 2011.

In the world of human BOTTOM: Red Bull Air Force athlete flight, there seems to be an Miles Daisher high fives spectators at endless number of ways to the Red Bull Soapbox Race at Piedmont hurtle a body through the Park in Atlanta, GA, June 2012. air. The basics are skydiving, BASE jumping, paragliding and bungee-jumping. But then there is rope jumping (leaping off cliffs with a climbing rope attached), and sky-yaking—a sport Daisher pioneered, in which he jumps out of a plane in a kayak. Of all these endeavors, big mountain proximity flying is Daisher’s favorite—and certainly the most dangerous. It entails hiking thousands of feet to the top of spectacular sheer cliffs in places like Baffin Island, Canada, or Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Daisher then jumps off a rocky precipice wearing a “wingsuit,” a nylon suit that, when extended in flying position, facilitates human flight. “It takes a little bit of free fall to get air speed,” Daisher explains over lunch. “At about seven seconds you are picking up forward speed. By about 10 or 12 seconds you are going full speed … that is, if you get in the right position at the beginning. If you are in a nice dive, your arms are back, legs back, head down, screaming like an eagle, you are doing 150 to 170 miles per hour.” For a frame of reference, consider that Jimmie Johnson won the Daytona 500 this year averaging 159 mph. It is important to remember that while Daisher is moving forward

If you are in a nice dive, your arms are back, legs back, head down,

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an eagle, you are doing 150 to 170 miles per hour.”

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at 170 mph, he is also falling toward the earth at 50 mph. The mass of a jumper and the acceleration of gravity are constant, so when it comes to speed, the key variable is drag. For instance, if one gets in a “head-down, pencil dive,” TOP: Miles Daisher as Daisher terms it, one can really get sets the World Record moving. The top speed Daisher has for B.A.S.E. jumping in September 2005. Miles logged to date is 220 mph. launched 57 times off And then there are the cliffs. the Perrine Bridge in Proximity flying is named as such Twin Falls in a single because one of the objectives of the day—climbing nearly sport is to fly as close as possible to the 29,000 vertical feet walls of the cliffs from which one has total. just jumped. Daisher calls it “dancing BOTTOM: Miles Daisher with your shadow.” When pushed as to B.A.S.E. Jumping at Riu how far away the cliffs might be when Hotel in Guadalajara, he is zinging along at 170 mph, he says, Mexico, October 2011. “maybe five feet.” To the outsider, the fundamentals of human flight are not obvious. A military veteran with extensive freefall experience explained the basics. (Because he’s still in active duty, he requested anonymity.) “The biggest difference between a BASE jump and a skydive freefall is that the rush of a BASE jump is much greater,” the veteran explains. “Free fall out of an aircraft and typically you are at terminal speed, 110 mph to 120 mph, as soon as you exit. You are starting to fly immediately … all of those forces are on the flying surfaces and you are stabilized. “In a BASE jump or helicopter jump, you have to fall first. And drag, or lack of drag initially, is the key. When you are falling subterminal velocity, anything can happen, because there is nothing to press against, there is no pressure initially. So, these BASE jumpers have to be super calm … and be in position so that when they get up

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TOP: Miles Daisher with the Red Bull Air Force Team in Mexico, October 2007.

to speed and dump the chute, they are ready to go.” Though he has never been in one, Daisher refers to this potential danger as a “flat spin.” A jumper, if he doesn’t get his body position under control, can end up on his back, spinning like a top. It’s not unlike what temporarily happened to Felix Baumgartner, a friend of Daisher’s, who recently set the skydiving world record by jumping from a balloon at 128,000 feet. Daisher (and much of the world) was watching when Baumgartner was spinning wildly, and admits, “There was a moment there when everyone was holding his breath.” But once Baumgartner fell in to the thicker atmosphere, he was able to use his hands and legs to stabilize the spin and get in a position to open his chute. Daisher’s fascination with flight, particularly human flight, began when he was young. The son of an Air Force pilot, Daisher went to countless air shows as a kid. One Fourth of July in Ohio, however, a 9-year-old Daisher watched a man skydive for the first time. He vividly recalls thinking, “That’s it! That’s what I want to do!” But it wasn’t until he was 25 and living in Squaw Valley, California, that he did his first skydive. The late Frank Gambalie, a skydiver and noted BASE jumper, was his roommate. He convinced Daisher to put the $1,500 class fee on a credit card and go skydiving. “September 6, 1995,” Daisher recites the day proudly. He did 11 jumps in three days. A year and a half later he started BASE jumping. At the time I interviewed him he was sitting on 3,251 BASE jumps, more than anyone else in the world. 88 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

When it comes to BASE jumping, it is hard to ignore the fact that a disproportionate number of jumpers die practicing their sport. In the short time I spent with Daisher he mentioned, without prompting, three different friends who had died in accidents. (I subsequently read about a fourth, Dan Osman, who died rope jumping.) Shane McConkey was Daisher’s good friend and his main jump partner. But in 1999, while ski-BASE jumping in the Dolomite Mountains, McConkey failed to deploy his wingsuit. Gambalie, Daisher’s former roommate, died that same year after making a successful but illegal BASE jump off El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Gambalie drowned in the frigid rapids of the Merced River trying to escape park officials. And then, most recently, Eli Thompson died while filming with Daisher, “Human Flight: 3D” (not yet released) in Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Certainly every sport has its risks of equipment failure, human error and unexpected environmental events. What sets BASE jumping apart is that the consequence of any one of these failures is so definitive. Still, in the world of risky sports, one truism seems to hold: everyone is calibrated differently. The military veteran, for instance, has spent countless hours jumping out of aircraft at heights at which 747s fly (while the top altitude of military jumps is classified, it is thought to be at least in the 35,000-to 40,000-foot range, perhaps higher.) When I asked him if he had any interest in BASE jumping, he replies, “No, I’m scared of heights.” When I asked Daisher if he was a regular kayaker, as well as a skyyaker, he says he wasn’t a very good one. Then he adds, “I’m scared of it. You can drown, you know.” Will Burks is an extreme skier, speed flier and a friend of Daisher’s. Burks has done his fair share of BASE jumping and has skied some of the world’s steepest mountains. But he acknowledges a shift in his own approach to dangerous sports. “Risk came into my mind after having kids,” he says. “Doing some of the more extreme things comes with guilt. Sometimes I think, what if?” Burks now does much more ski flying (flying a small parachute with skis on) than BASE jumping. Daisher’s wife, Nikki, is an occupational therapist who met Daisher in Squaw Valley when it was the cultural Mecca for BASE jumpers and other extreme athletes. Nikki has 80 skydives under

ABOVE: Miles Daisher and his daughters, Dorothy and Audrey Daisher, 2009.

her belt, but only one BASE jump. It wasn’t for her, but she seems to put absolute trust in her husband’s skills and thoroughness and is totally supportive of what he does. When Daisher goes BASE jumping, it is analogous to another man going golfing. The couple has three children, ages 8, 6 and 4. The oldest, Dorothy, is a cheerleader and, more specifically, “a flier” on the squad. Daisher says with pride that she can already “huck standing back flips.” Dorothy has asked her dad for a pink princess parachute. Remarkably, Daisher supports his family of five by either jumping off of things or teaching others to jump off things. A few years ago, he started a camp for aspiring BASE Perrine Bridge jumpers called Miles D’s Festival BASE camp. To participate, Founded in 2005, the Perrine one must have done 100 Bridge Festival was started as a way to raise awareness and supskydives or have a paraglider port for children in the Magic rating of P3. It’s a five-day Valley. The festival features a fun camp during which Daisher run/walk, lots of kids’ programs says the emphasis is on safety including a carnival, an art show and fun. and, of course, lots of B.A.S.E. In addition, the energy jumping events. Held the second drink company Red Bull pays weekend in September, check out perrinebridgefestival.com for Daisher a salary to participate more information. in events and, as Daisher AVOVE RIGHT: Miles Daisher sky-yaking at South Lake Tahoe, CA, August 2009.

says, “to be a billboard. Basically, they bought my head.” He gets paid to jump into special events like football games and NASCAR races. He showed me one video in which he jumped off a hotel roof in a Superman costume, opened a parachute, then landed in a swimming pool where there were hundreds of party guests cheering wildly. In advance of what’s called the Red Bull Flugtag—a multi-city event in which people are challenged to launch human-powered aircraft off a 30-foot pier—Daisher recently made a national commercial to promote the event. In it, he was filmed doing an indoor jump at Washington, D.C.’s, Gaylord Hotel. He showed me the planned flight path on his laptop: it comprised jumping off the top balcony, free falling, opening his chute, turning, going under one overhang, then clearing two different balconies, flying through a fountain and then hitting a 30-foot-by-30-foot landing spot. Looking at the confines of the building, it seemed absurd that he would be free falling, then flying a parachute through the hotel atrium. Daisher insists that he had some “wiggle room.” He explains that if he didn’t like the way the jump was going, he could stall out on a balcony, or bank left or right to hit two alternate landing zones that he admitted were “small.” This is a credo he learned from his father, the Air Force pilot: “You never paint your self into a corner. Always leave yourself an out, or two, because sometimes you’re going to need it.” This summer Daisher will be in Europe five times to participate in the ProBASE World Cup. It begins with a target landing competition from the Sapphire Tower in Istanbul, Turkey, an event Daisher won last year. Then there will be wingsuit speed competitions in which fliers go head to head trying to outrace each other to a predetermined finish line suspended in the air (held in Innfyorden, Norway). Finally, there are wingsuit terrain competitions in which competitors must fly around a course set in the mountains near Kjerag, Norway. After the European events, Daisher will return to Twin Falls where he and Nikki hold the annual Perrine Bridge Festival on the second weekend in September. It is a fundraising event organized to benefit kids in the Magic Valley with special needs. The Perrine Bridge Fest grew out of a record-setting event Daisher held in 2005. For the original event, Daisher received pledges for each jump off the bridge he could complete in 24 hours. He began at midnight and jumped until 8:30 p.m. the next continued on page 121 Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 89

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MACKAY Idaho holds on to its character (and characters) BY Mike McKenna / PHOTOGRAPHY Craig Wolfrom

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ackay is one of those small Idaho towns where everyone waves to one another when passing by. It can actually make it a bit challenging for locals to drive, seeing as how they always have to be ready to wave. That’s because to not return a wave is about the most egregious thing you can do. It’s almost as bad as simply nodding, but still better than the wave usually offered to people with 5B or California license plates. Mackay is an old mining town, nestled at the “Top of Idaho,” as their motto goes. Tucked beneath the state’s highest point, Borah Peak (12,662 ft.), the town of Mackay (5,891 ft.) has a rich Western history as deep as the Lost River Valley it calls home. Most of Mackay’s residents are as rugged as you’ll find in any Old West town, with good senses of humor, tough hides and

deceptively soft hearts. And while the views of the surrounding mountains are as sweet as any you’ll ever find, Mackay’s future is as cloudy as a tailings pond. Even though it’s only a short distance, as the crow flies, from the swank and sophistication of Sun Valley, Mackay is a world—or at least a half-century—away. Digging into History Settlers began inhabiting the valley between the Lost River Range and the White Knob Mountains in the late 1800s. Soon thereafter, copper, lead, zinc and silver deposits were found just southwest of town in the White Knobs. By the turn of the century, the settlement along the Big Lost River was booming. People came in droves to make their fortunes in “Copper City,” as the community was being called. By 1901, a new

town was founded and named Mackay (pronounced Mac-key) after the primary owner of the White Knob Mining Company. The dam that formed the Mackay Reservoir just north of town was completed the same year the Titanic sank, 1918, and was quickly—and “vigorously,” as the reports stated—filled with fish. Mackay soon earned a reputation it’s held on to pretty steadily ever since, as being one of the best places to fish for trout in the West. Thanks to the booming mines, the Oregon Short Line brought the railroad to town, including a Union Pacific run called the “Fishermen Special.” The end of World War II marked the beginning of the end of the mining boom. By the time Richard Nixon was sending his buddies into the Watergate Hotel in 1972, mining had essentially stopped in the area and the train no longer ran to Mackay.

Main Street, Mackay

clockwise from top left: Billie Sherwood tending bar at perk’s bar. Mouthwatering burger and tater tots at the mine hill grill. anna oxley of the Spice of Life Bakery serves up delicious donuts and sells huckleberry scone and pancake mix all over the Northwest, including locally at Country Cousin in Ketchum. Floyd Deats serving up beer, wine and guns at the Sports Stop. mackay high school, home of the Miners, a traditional football and basketball powerhouse. 92 sunvalleymag.com | summer 2013

Nowadays, the town’s biggest employer is the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) outside of Arco, which produced the world’s first usable electricity from nuclear power in 1951. Ranching and farming for hay and barley have long been staples and continue to give the community a working-class Western feel. Besides being a hub for fishermen and farmers, Mackay is a popular destination for big game hunters, hang gliders (launching off nearby King Mountain), ATV and snowmobile riders, mountaineers and mountain lovers. The town of around 600 now boasts the tagline: “Idaho’s Best Kept Secret.” Mackay Moonshine During Prohibition there wasn’t much of a secret about where some of the best spirits in the country were being made. “Mackay Moonshine” became famous and earned the town the title as the nation’s “Moonshine Capital.” And it turns out that Mackay’s hard-drinking ways aren’t just part of its past. The town has a handful of watering holes, including one that’s been serving ‘em up for more than a century. Located on south Main Street, smack dab in the heart of town, is Perk’s Bar. It’s been called Perk’s, after owner. I.T. Perkins, since 1916 but there’s been a saloon of some sort or another on the property since the town first became incorporated. On an overcast Saturday afternoon, photographer Craig Wolfrom, our entertaining and popular local tour guide (and former Ketchum resident) Steve Spen-

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“Idaho’s Wildest Rodeo” kicks off the summer in Mackay, offering a parade and both timed and stock events. The Mackay Rodeo will be held on June 22nd. Fireworks Over the Reservoir highlights Mackay’s Independence Day celebration. Events for kids and adults of all ages are planned for July 4th. The Custer County Fair runs from July 28th through August 3rd this summer. The old-fashioned county fair includes homemade treats, fashions from the 4-H Club, livestock showing and auctions, and plenty of fun for the whole family. The 2nd Annual Top of Idaho Fun Run will take place on August 17th and offers 5k, 10k and half-marathon options. The annual MacKay Free Barbecue is a long, proud tradition sponsored by local residents and businesses that’s billed as “Tons of Meat! It’s a Mackay Treat!” This year it will be held on September 3rd at Tourist Park. The Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering with be held at the Mackay High School on September 3rd. Check out mackayidaho.com for more information or a full rundown of all the local events.

gler and I bellied up to the historic bar and talked about life in Mackay. “Mackay is one of the last vestiges of America’s Old West culture. We still have ranchers and farmers and hunters here,” Steve said. Originally from Michigan, Steve moved to Mackay almost 20 years ago to help run his family’s ranch, the Crow’s Nest, just south of town. “The original Idaho Western subculture still exists. It exists in places like Mackay where real people live,” said Steve, who was greeted warmly everywhere we went during our two-day tour, from watering holes to grabbing donuts at the Spice of Life Bakery, to stopping for burgers at Mine Hill Grill or while casting flies down at the river. “Mackay is full of a great collection of characters,” Steve said about his beloved community. “It’s a rich collection of people, which makes for a real characterrich environment ... but everybody still actually cares about everybody else.” Billie Sherwood was born and raised in Mackay and tends bar at Perk’s. And even though she’s left a few times, she keeps returning. “I keep moving away and then I just keep moving back. There’s something about this place, about living in the mountains,” she said while serving us up a 7 and 7. “Most of the people around here are real nice and even the people you don’t like, if they’re in trouble, you’d drop everything to help them out.” A couple of blocks away, on Custer Street, you can find Mackay’s newest bar. The Sports Stop opened in late January. The small beer and wine bar also serves as a sporting goods store that sells firearms and fishing tackle—which makes the place, in the eyes of some, heaven on earth. “It’s great to be able to pick up your new gun and grab a drink at the same time,” Steve said with a big smile. “Incorporating all that stuff makes the place more interesting,” owner and bartender Floyd Deats explained. Floyd and his wife Donavee are originally from Minnesota and moved to Mackay more than a dozen years ago. After first visiting to do some elk hunting, the Vietnam veteran and his “right-hand man,” as he called his wife, began spending summers in the Lost River Valley before finally deciding to call the place home for good. “It’s just a real nice community. You know everybody,” said Floyd, who’s also an avid golfer and spends many summer days playing the local nine-hole River Park Course. Eating, (More) Drinking & Being Merry Whether you’ve been hitting the links, the river or the hillsides in search of game, the best place in Mack-

getting there

In the summer, the quickest way to get to Mackay from Sun Valley is by following Trail Creek Road, which leads over the summit and intersects with Highway 93 a few miles north of town. It’s primarily a dirt road that’s not for the weak of heart—or at least those willing to change a flat tire—that can be covered in around an hour. When Trail Creek Summit is closed (usually October through April), it takes just under two hours to take Highway 75 south to Highway 93 north, which runs right through town.

recreate Surrounded by the highest mountains in Idaho, topped out by Borah Peak (12,667 ft.) just north of town, Mackay is a mountain lover’s paradise. Camping, hiking, fishing, boating on Mackay Reservoir, ATVing, golfing at the River Park Course and hang gliding off of King Mountain (just south of town, in Moore) are the big warm-weather draws for Mackay, which is also a popular spot for big game hunters in the fall. The Big Lost River and its tributaries offer some of the best fly fishing in the West. Pick up a copy of Angling Around Sun Valley: A year-round guide to fly fishing in South Central Idaho by Mike McKenna for seasonal details of fishing in the area. For more information on recreation activities in and around Mackay, check out mackayidaho.com/ recreation.asp or call the Lost River Ranger District at 208.588.2224.

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For nearly three decades now, Amy Lou’s Steakhouse has been serving up “good old home cooking” for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Amy Lou’s also offers up a small bar with TVs and a jukebox in the back. The Mine Hill Grill is a favorite lunch and dinner spot for both locals and visitors alike. Their burnt lemonade and Kit-nKaboodle burger always hit the spot. Open from 9am to 7pm every day except Sundays. The Spice of Life Coffee House, Bakery and Gift Shop makes what are deemed by many as the “best donuts in the world.” Their maple bars and small breakfast menu are pretty tasty, too. Open Wednesdays through Saturdays starting at 5:30am. Garden Patch Pizza is known for their homemade pies and their cabbage patch soup and is open from 3 to 9pm every day except Tuesdays. Burger Time Express offers up a classic burgerstand style experience, open daily from 11am to 7pm, closed at 6pm on Sundays. Ken’s Club is affectionately called the “Pio of Mackay.” The restaurant and full bar are famous for their Prime Rib and their simple motto: “Where good friends meet.” The bar opens at 4pm daily with dinners served from 5pm until closing (9pm), Monday thru Thursday, 10pm on weekends.

ay to grab dinner is the town’s other full bar, Ken’s Club, located a couple doors over from Perk’s. The “Pioneer Saloon of Mackay,” as Steve put it, is famous for their massive cuts of Prime Rib. Heck, their “Cowgirl Cut” is 16 ounces. Much like its next-door neighbor, Ken’s is also steeped in history. Built in 1901, the building was home to a saloon downstairs while Madame Marty Lee ran a brothel on the second floor. Eventually local protests forced the Madame and her 30 or so “sporting girls” to move their merriment to just outside of town. While we were taking in the history and tap beer at Ken’s, another group of guys hanging out at the bar chatted us up. They were from Hailey and Boise and were on one of their annual “boys weekends” to drink and fish (and drink some more) in Mackay. After hearing we were there to shine a little spotlight on Mackay in Sun Valley Magazine, Hailey resident Mike Johnson called out a sentiment felt by many fans and locals of the town. “Mackay’s awesome,” he said. “Keep the spotlight off it.” A couple of hours later, just before the yellow light for “Last Call” came on from the signal behind the bar at Perk’s, we ran into each other again and Mike and his buddies—and several locals—bought us “Sun Valley Magazine boys” some drinks. After extolling the hidden virtues of Mackay, talk eventually turned to the future of the place. “I don’t know what the future of this town is,” Bill Green said. Bill owns Perk’s and first came to Mackay when his own future was pretty cloudy, too. “I got drunk in college and I ended up here,” he said with an easy smile. “I liked it enough, so I decided to stay.” Shake, Rattle and Roll On the morning of October 28, 1983, the largest earthquake ever recorded in Idaho rocked the Lost River Valley. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the Borah Peak earthquake is the largest (measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale) and most damaging (an estimated $12.5 million between Mackay and Challis) that Idaho has seen in recorded history. According to Amy Lou Krosch, who was serving up breakfast at her café and steakhouse in Mackay that morning, it was also pretty high on the scary factor, too. Bear, moose, mountain lions and elk are what they’ve long been used to dealing with. Earthquakes weren’t something they’d dealt with before—or pretty much since. “We’d never been in one before. We didn’t know what the hell was going on,” Amy Lou said, while pouring us cups of Sunday morning coffee. “It was shaky. You could see the earth roll and the dust got so

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bad you couldn’t see across the street.” Nowadays, the streets of Mackay are being strolled more and more by retirees and second homeowners from places as far away as Alabama and Arizona, and as close as Pocatello, Blackfoot and Ketchum. People like Sun Valley’s world-renown Western photographer David Stoecklein, who owns a ranch north of town. “It’s the most beautiful valley in the Western United States,” he said about the Lost River Valley and its community. “It’s peaceful. It’s just a wonderful little place. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like it.” Despite the fact that some locals might not be too excited about it, having more and more tourists, second homeowners and retirees like the place may very well be the key to the future for Mackay. But that’s okay with a lot of other folks, so long as Mackay can hold on to its rugged, Old West ways. A native Idahoan, Amy Lou is a pretty good example of a true Mackay local. A great-grandmother who described herself as “ornery” and hit me for making the faux pas of inquiring about her age, Amy Lou still does everything from taking the orders to making and serving the meals at her café. While fishermen and farmers help keep her business humming along, her favorite patrons are motorcyclists. “The bikers love me,” she said. “If I were younger, I’d be a biker bitch.”

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Besides ample camping options in the area, Mackay offers a solid variety of hotels. The Wagon Wheel Motel & RV Park (208.588.3331) has an old-school, rustic feel. The Bear Bottom Inn (208.588.2483) offers a newer feel and a seasonal restaurant, pub and motel. Amy Lou’s (208.588.9903) offers newly remodeled rooms. For those in search of a more uniquely Western experience, the Windysage Farmstay Bed & Breakfast (208.716.8269) is located on a working goat ranch and the Wild Horse Creek Ranch (208.588.2575) off Trail Creek Road is a popular dude ranch.

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While both Ken’s and Amy Lou’s have bars that accompany their restaurants, there are a couple of options for those folks who say “eating is cheating.” Perk’s Bar is a landmark in Mackay. The classic Old Weststyle watering hole is over a 100 years old and features a full bar, a couple pool tables, a jukebox, a spectacular Brunswick back bar and plenty of interesting history. Perk’s is open daily to 2am. While the Sports Stop may not have much history yet, it has quickly picked up a following with both locals and mountain sports and beer-lovers passing through. The simple bar offers canned beer, boxed wine, a pool table and a couple of dart boards, as well as a small selection of sporting goods. Open daily from 9am until closing.

clockwise from top left: frank malkiewicz and bill jones (left to right) enjoying coffee at Sammy’s One Stop. Mackay still holds on to it’s Western roots like the remenants of an old clock and cigar store. sylvia and george pehrson enjoy a dance at Perk’s Bar on their anniversary. As long as the light is green, they’ll still serve ‘em up at perk’s bar. steve spengler, Sun Valley Magazine’s tour guide, shows off a beautiful rainbow trout he landed at the Big Lost River. amy lou krosch cooks up breakfast at her cafe and steakhouse. SUMMER 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 95

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got down on one knee to ask Sierra to marry him. An overwhelming, “Of course, Yes!” captured in still photos by Andre’s camera was proof. This was really happening. Sierra’s mother, Karen Dickens, a Ketchum local and owner of Primavera Plants & Flowers, was so touched by the couple’s story that she encouraged her daughter to enter contests to tell their story to win prizes such as a dress or honeymoon package. Sierra was scouring the Internet and like many brides went to TheKnot.com, a website where brides-to-be can learn about planning a wedding. TheKnot was having a contest for a $100,000 Dream Wedding; however, the contest was just days from closing. With Andre’s video production experience they were able to put together a stunning application video and submitted it just in time. Unfortunately, they received a call from TheKnot that they were not finalists but rather fifth runners-up. Andre said, 100 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

“I knew it would just work out somehow.” And it did; in a last-minute change of plans TheKnot added another finalist spot. The couple went on a marketing frenzy using social media such as Facebook and Twitter to encourage friends, family and strangers to vote for them. With only three voting days left they were determined to make every second count. Andre skipped work to hand out flyers and ask people in coffee shops to break for a moment and vote. The stars aligned for the couple and they won the Dream Wedding contest! For weeks, though, the couple had to keep their victory a secret. Finally, on January 3, 2013, they were able to tell family and friends that they would be married at the Citi Pond at Bryant Park in New York City on Valentine’s Day the following month. There was just one catch. Andre and Sierra had to give up all major details of their wedding to the mercy of voters across the

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expressed their deep love for one another in vows they wrote themselves. The couple also participated in a traditional Japanese sake ceremony, symbolizing the past, present and future, honoring Andre’s heritage. If one thing could set the wedding over the top for this couple, it was when the guests broke out into a flash mob, dancing in sync to urban gospel chorus Djore A Cappella singing “Higher.” Sierra’s encore presentation was a figure skating performance on the ice rink. This special couple is so grateful for having won and is thankful for TheKnot and all those who were a part of their wedding. A fantasy honeymoon is part of the Dream Wedding. The couple is asking fans to vote for their pick–which is a charity trip to Asia to visit orphanages and give back in every way possible. Visit www.sunvalleymag.com/ sierraandandre for a voting link to help them go on their dream honeymoon. Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 101

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Travel up a long dusty canyon road and you will find the Hook Draw Saloon (a private saloon southeast of Ketchum) and the ideal setting for the couple’s Western-themed rehearsal dinner party. This party was the perfect way to keep in step with Morgan’s Idaho roots and show Bray’s East Coast guests what the West is all about. The attire was upscale Western for the ladies—mostly cocktail dresses and cowboy boots and hats. The men stuck with jeans and some wore shirts and, well, some did not. They drank, they danced and even tried their luck at roulette.

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Like most late-August days in the Wood River Valley, this one was picture-perfect for a wedding. With eight bridesmaids and one bridesman by her side, Morgan looked elegant in a Vera Wang gown and Jimmy Choo heels. She even styled her own long hair and Brie Wetmore Fowler, her maid of honor, did her makeup. The bridesmaids wore lavender, a rich accent color. Her handsome groom wore Ralph Lauren and was accompanied by nine groomsmen. Wedding planner Taylor Sturges organized a gorgeous ceremony and reception that took place in an expansive and green open area at Golden Eagle Ranch. Details like paper lanterns and about 200 votive candles made the clear tent from That’s 104 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

Entertainment glow against the dark sky and reflect off of the nearby pond. Judith McQueen catered the celebration and offered unique and delicious choices for everyone. Local photographer Hillary Maybery captured the excitement of the rehearsal and authenticity of the wedding beautifully. While the couple appreciated their beautiful wedding and reception, Morgan said, “Having our friends meet and everyone get along during the week” were their favorite moments. Another favorite was the band. Marmalade Hill from Salt Lake City rocked the party and kept it going all night. Morgan and Bray now live happily ever after in Mercer Island, Wash., with their two children.

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Affordable luxury with top-of-the-line products for natural nail and glowing skin care. Indulge your senses and experience a complete beauty bar with facials, waxing, manis and pedis, haircut and full hairstyling services, spray tan and Happy Hour Fridays. Come pamper your feet, hands and face on your special day! 208.788.1355 www.chicnailandbeautybar.com

Natural beauty and romantic design are brought together to create the perfect secluded mountain venue. Nestled in the Sawtooth Mountains, Galena Lodge offers the perfect backdrop for your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or a small intimate dinner. A unique mountain setting with incredible handcrafted food. 208.726.4010 www.galenalodge.com

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catering

judith mcqueen entertaining

Judith McQueen Entertaining’s events exemplify the quintessential Sun Valley experience. From classic destination weddings to memorable local fare, we provide world-class catering and event coordination—making your entire experience weightless and, more importantly, fun for all. 208.788.7716; www.judithmcqueen.com 106 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

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idaho rocky mountain ranch

Privacy and breathtaking natural beauty create the picture-perfect setting for your wedding or private party at historic Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. Charming accommodations, excellent cuisine and a gracious staff provide a perfect celebration event. Martha Stewart Weddings named IRMR an outstanding wedding destination venue. 208.774.3544 www.idahorocky.com

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wood river inn

Luxurious comfort and unmatched hospitality create the perfect setting for you and your out-of-town guests. Enjoy spacious rooms with luxurious triple sheeting for effortless enjoyment and a refreshing night’s stay. Our locations place you steps away from fine dining and shopping, making us the place to stay in the Wood River Valley. The Wood River Inn: 877.542.0600 www.thewoodriverinn.com The Tamarack Lodge: 800.521.5379 www.tamaracksunvalley.com

event planning & rentals

absolute weddings

Absolute Weddings is a full-service wedding and event planning business that has been operating and making dreams come true in this Valley for over 10 years. We will help you with all details, from invitations and save-the-dates, to appointments, vendor selection and budgeting. Absolute Weddings’ hands-on approach allows you to relax and enjoy this special time with friends and family, and we will take over all details to make your event, day and experience stress-free. 208.720.4713 www.amandaseaward.com

barbara’s party rentals

With 26 years of experience, Barbara’s Party Rentals has everything you need to make your special event perfect. Classic and transparent tents, wedding and party planning, beer and wine sales, tables, chairs, linens, dance floors, and casual to elegant place settings and clever accessories to personalize every detail. They’re the local know-it-alls that you can trust to deliver quality to your event. 208.726.3778 www.barbaraspartyrental.com

that’s entertainment

At That’s Entertainment, we believe that every wedding should be as one-of-a-kind as the bride and groom at the center of it. We carry a wide variety of everything from tent styles to china to specialty linens to help you create a setting that is uniquely your own. 30 guests or 300, simple or sumptuous—we will work with you to bring your vision to life. 208.726.8800 www.thatsentertainmentsv.com Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 107

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Petal Pixie is a floral and event design studio. Our designs lean toward a natural, sometimes wild, feel with an elegant and timeless quality. 208.684.4079 or 801.891.8478 www.petalpixie.com, kim@petalpixie.com

primavera

Primavera Plants and Flowers is Sun Valley’s premier florist specializing in weddings, parties and home décor. Orchid plants, blooming and foliage plants, baskets, candles, pottery and planters. Gourmet gift baskets, fresh, silk and dried flower arrangements. We deliver and wire flowers anywhere. 208.726.7788 www.primaverafloristsunvalley.com

sue bridgman florist

Specializing in innovative and stylish floral design, Sue Ellen Bridgman Florist is the leading floral design studio in the Sun Valley/ Ketchum area. Our reputation for quality and service is built on years of creating beautiful and spectacular weddings, parties, conventions, and distinctive events. From the exotic and bold, to the simple and elegant, we can do it all. 208.725.0606 www.bridgmanweddings.com

tara bella floral designs

Tara Bella specializes in beautiful destination weddings and eye-popping special events. Celebrated for her unique style and meticulous attention to detail, Tara Ooms and her talented staff tailor custom elegant floral designs for every occasion. Ooms’ passion for flowers shines through with the grace and hospitality that only a true Southern belle could possess. 208.788.4046 www.tarabellaflowers.com

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photographers

kristin cheatwood

Kristin began her photographic career in the field of motorsport racing, with images published in numerous national and international magazines. Seven years ago Kristin decided to turn her artistic eye toward capturing the joy of weddings. Kristin’s ability to capture unique moments, coupled with a refined sense of composition and intimate, photojournalistic style, has earned her a reputation as a soughtafter wedding photographer in the Sun Valley area. Kristin is also available worldwide. 208.721.1641; www.cheatwoodphoto.com 108 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

dev khalsa

I am a documentary photographer at heart, but to me photographing weddings is more than simply capturing the moments before me. Providing truly great images goes beyond technical expertise. It requires insight, intuition and the ability to connect on an emotional level. Success, for me, is measured by the amount of laughter and tears my images provoke. My goal is to create images that are bold, authentic and enduring. As a wedding photographer, I am devoted not only to creating spectacular images, but also to ensuring a wonderful experience for my clients. 208.788.2849 www.devkhalsaphotography.com

hillary maybery photography

I’m easygoing and down to earth. I love things daring, to laugh, flipflops and strawberry margaritas. My style is fresh, vibrant, with a dash of fashion. I photograph every detail— from the decor to the shoes, kisses, hugs and laughter. I love Sun Valley and destination weddings! 208.928.7333 www.hillarymaybery.com

kirsten shultz photography

An award-winning editorial and wedding lifestyle photographer, unobtrusively documenting the beauty of the day as it unfolds. Recently featured in Martha Stewart Weddings. Available in Sun Valley and worldwide. 208.481.0138 www.ksweddings.com

stationery & invitations

willow papery

Celebrating in Sun Valley? Let Willow Papery help. A full-service stationery boutique, Willow Papery carries a wide range of invitations, gifts, greeting cards, wrapping paper, ribbon and Kristy Logan Jewelry. We’re also here to assist with last-minute printing needs: menu cards, place cards, gift tags and so much more. 208.726.0456 www.willowpapery.com

wedding attire

sheepskin coat factory

Sheepskin Coat Factory is the local place to rent tuxedos and related formal wear for men who want to look handsome on their wedding day or for any special occasion that calls for a suit or tuxedo. Ladies may also find elegant sheepskin coats for a winter wedding. 208.726.3588 511 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum

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Rod Kagan’s Tri-Point 4 Steel, 1991, 18’ x 12’ x 9’

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53, Bronze, 1993, 8’ x 10’ x 9’.

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ROD KAGAN A LEGEND Lives on BY Kate Elgee PHOTOGRAPHY Gail Severn Gallery

Sculptor Roderick H. “Rod” Kagan, who passed away at home in Sun Valley December 2010, has been called one of Idaho’s greatest artists. Winner of the 1984 National Endowment for the Arts, his sculptures have been displayed in art museums, public spaces and private collections throughout the country. But Idaho, thankfully for us, is where he called home for almost 40 years.

A native-born New Jersey boy, Rod grew up working at his father’s butcher shop by day and building hot rods by night. “From the time he was very young, he was building things, making things and collecting things,” said Gail Severn, owner of the Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum—things like model airplanes, cars and trains. He had a natural eye for mechanical functionality and an obvious aptitude for engineering, but he also saw something in these grease-stained and rusting materials that most others missed—a curious beauty. “I never knew anyone so fascinated with junkyards,” said Severn. “It was part of his upbringing; learning how to see shape, how to use these materials and how to take something that was already made and repurpose it. It all informed his ability to appropriate them into his art.” When Kagan moved out West in 1973, touring the alpine ski mountains, he found a budding art scene forming in Ketchum. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVCA) was only a couple years old at the time, but it created “a real sense of community in the arts that I think gave people

permission to be artists, to follow their chosen path. It was like an incubator of ideas,” said Severn, who met Kagan through one of the SVCA gatherings. It was within this “incubator,” among the other artists and big names of 1970s Ketchum, that Kagan’s sculpting career began to take shape. Two years after moving to the Valley, he hand-built an octagonal “compound” out Chocolate Gulch, which served as his home, studio workspace and gallery. In his studio, he had drill presses and welding torches, grinders and air compressors, hydraulic lifts for moving up to 900-pound structures and a metal operating table to cut designs out of bronze and steel. Here, he created well over 1,000 sculptures throughout his career. And in his backyard, he had mountains. “He was an avid outdoorsman,” said Severn. In Sun Valley, he found the mountains, rivers, skiing and hiking that originally drew him westward. “Here he had everything he needed,” she said. During his exploration of the Wood River Valley’s trails, hik-

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Boulder Columns, Bronze, 1988-1989, 9’. Totem Bench #26 Bronze, 1993, 24” x 84” x 12”.

Rod Kagan in his studio, 2009.

rative, a number of which can be found at the Rod Kagan Park near the YMCA in Ketchum. Kagan began constructing his totem series in 1978, exploring construction and material in a process that evolved into both his column series and reclining totem series. He was always exploring new ideas, form and shape, although the strong verticality and stacked shapes of The Idaho Columns are arguably some of Kagan’s most recognizable and famous work. Abstract and industrial, they stand up to 25 feet high and are, in the

ing through gullies and aspen groves, he stumbled upon something that would shape his career for years to come—abandoned Idaho mines. Creaking and dusty, they whispered of a Western history long since dead. “He was very much engaged in the history of this place,” said Kristin Poole, artistic director of the SVCA. The scraps of pulleys, wheels, cables, gears and linkages that he collected from these mines would later become part of his series called “The Idaho Columns,” historic pieces rewoven into a new and yet ancient nar-

Ron Kagan Honest & True Celebrate Kagan’s work with a new coffee table book this August. Essays and stories complement more than 100 images and plates, offering a unique look at the life of one of Idaho’s most important sculptural artists.

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words of Poole, “commanding in their presence.” Coming from a long trajectory of modernism and cubism, she said, “He came of age, art historically, when there was a huge movement away from Representation and the Illusionistic approach, moving instead toward Abstraction and building things out of nontraditional materials.” The naming of his earlier sculptures as numbered totems is also significant, said Poole, because it echoes back to the history of Native American culture and traditions in Idaho. “He had a very personal relationship with the land,” she said, explaining that totems were created to pay homage to the natural systems of the Earth. “Because his totems have so much to do with the mountain shape—that triangular form, the very vertical nature of them—I think he was honoring the place that he lived in that very simple way.” While Kagan was very involved in the local history and

art community, he also had an ear tuned in to global movements. Influenced by European sculptors like Brancusi and Arnaldo Pomodoro, his later work evolved into “more sophisticated and refined” structures of bronze, said Severn. But even during the 1980s and ’90s, in series like “Doric,” “Ionic,” “Corinthian” and the “Reclining Lady” series, he maintained the same reoccurring geometric shapes—the triangular and rectangular forms, inspired in part by the mountains of home. “We always felt that he was underplayed during his lifetime, but that was the way he liked it,” said longtime Sun Valley friend, Sonia Baker. His work is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum, Schneider Museum, Boise Art Museum and in 38 major cities throughout the U.S. “But you would never know it from talking to him,” said Baker. “He quietly went about his life and his work.” As Poole explained, “I think

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42, Painted Steel, 1982, 18’ x 18’ x 18’.

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Totem #29, #32 and #30 Bronze 1994.

there has to be a meditation and a peace involved when you’re building things at the level and scale that Rod was. He wasn’t a gregarious person, but you can tell by the depths of his friendships what a kind and loving man he was.” Every spring, Severn told how he would travel around the U.S. to visit each of his pieces and polish them for collectors. “They were like his offspring,” she said. “And I think it’s part of what endeared him to people so much. He was very rare among artists in that way.” Today, around 100 of his “offspring” still sit in the outdoor sculpture garden of his compound, some worn by the elements and overgrown with grass, others towering high against the mountains. Like a quiet graveyard, you can wander among his life’s work, perhaps catching whispers of that gentle artistic spirit, now as much a legend of Idaho history as the ones that originally inspired him. You can visit Kagan’s work at the Rod Kagan Park on Saddle Road in Ketchum, which was dedicated for the artist in 2011 and contains six of his “Idaho Columns” (donated by his brother Tim Kagan). You can also tour his sculpture garden and home by appointment through the Gail Severn Gallery. Contact 208.726.5079 or info@gailseverngallery.com. Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 115

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Since the westward expansion of the early 1800s, American artists of every genre have sought to capture the raw, untamable, rugged and sometimes mysterious nature of the Wild West. This summer in Sun Valley, Idaho, that tradition continues. BY Kate Elgee Cowboy artist r.s. riddick With both historic and contem& Painter Glenn Dean porary exhibitions, featuring Wood River Fine Arts, an artists like Albert Bierstadt, R.S. Expressions Gallery, recently Riddick and Andy Warhol, the announced the addition of Cowlocal galleries of Sun Valley are boy Artists of America (CAA) keeping our Western history member R.S. Riddick as one (and our world-class cultural art scene) very much alive. With cul- of its prominent new artists for tivated and thoughtful gatherings the summer. At the 2012 CAA show at the Cowboy Hall of like these, it’s no wonder that Fame in Oklahoma City, Riddick ArtPlace named Ketchum as one achieved Gold Medal Awards of the “Top 12 Small Art Towns for oil, watercolor and drawin the U.S.” for 2013. ing as well as the Anne Marion “Best of Show” Award. It was Hunt Slonem at GILMAN the first time in CAA’s 49-year The newest collection of works history that one artist received by celebrated contemporary all four of these awards. Also artist Hunt Slonem will be represented this summer will introduced during his summer be nationally acclaimed painter exhibition, “Here Comes the Glenn Dean. Dean’s inspiration Sun,” at Gilman Contemporary for landscape painting was first (June 15-July 29). Featuring a kindled when he saw the work lush body of artwork, this show of such early California Impreswill debut an array of paintings that delight in the color, texture sionists as Edgar Payne, Guy Rose and Maynard Dixon, who and expression for which the influence Dean to this day. His artist is renowned. A master at award-winning paintings evoke capturing both the inner and the color, depth and solitude of outer beauty of his chosen subject, Slonem is fascinated by the the Southwest desert, coastal California and the mountainous manipulation of paint and he Sierra Nevada. works quickly to create jarring woodriverfinearts.com color juxtapositions that, when combined with his trademark etching style, capture the light and dazzle viewers with an ethereal beauty. An artist of international prestige, Slonem’s artwork hangs in over one hundred museums worldwide. gilmancontemporary.com 116 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

“Best of the West” This summer’s “Best of the West” exhibition at Broschofsky Galleries will feature an array of artists’ styles, subjects and interpretations of the American West. Historical works date back

Expressions Gallery, Crow King bust by Dave McGary.

Ewoud De Groot, Piping Plover, Oil on Canvas 32” x 32” at Broschofsky Galleries.

as far as 1832, with early explorer artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Karl Bodmer and George Catlin. These prints document encounters with Native American and wildlife during expeditions into uncharted wilderness, providing each artist’s different interpretation of the territory. Edward Curtis’ 30-year project, “The North American Indian,” illustrates his photographic documentation of every tribe west of the Mississippi from 18981928. Russell Chatham, David Dixon and Tom Howard display their very dissimilar styles and accounts of our surrounding landscapes. More contemporary takes on the American West

range from Ewoud De Groot’s unconventional meditative works to Andy Warhol’s pop art depiction in the “Cowboys and Indians Portfolio.” Other artists include Michael Coleman, J.C. Dye, Glen Edwards, Jack Koonce, William Matthews, Gordon McConnell and Theodore Villa. brogallery.com Gordon stevenson at OCHI This summer, Ochi Gallery will present their third solo show with Gordon Stevenson (a.k.a. Baron Von Fancy), which will include a variety of works by the tonguein-cheek artist. His loud, bright abstractions, his word-type sign

Hunt Slonem’s Gold Butterflies 48” x 48” oil on canvas at Gilman Contemporary.

Jennifer Bellinger, Golden Barrel Cacti, oil.

wood river studio tour Jen Galpin, Red Shift.

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Will Caldwell, Basque Wagon.

This fall, The Wood River Studio Tour will celebrate local artists living in Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley with a two-day tour. Between 10:00am and 5:00pm, the warehouses, workshops, studies and galleries of the Wood River Valley will be open to the public, providing an opportunity to meet the artists, explore the wide range of locally produced art and gain a peek into the underground network of our talented, creative community. wrvstudiotour.org More than 51 of the over 185 local working artists are participating in this valley-wide event. An artist education series, mosaic project and opening gala and group exhibition complete a full weekend of art.

Kneeland Gallery, Thom Ross, Deadly Moonrise, 26” x 44”.

paintings, a collection of objects and other playful works will make up the exhibition opening July 5 at Ochi Gallery, Walnut Avenue location. ochigallery.com Thom Ross “wild Meets West” Exhibit During the “Wild Meets West” July exhibition at Kneeland Gallery, noted Western artist Thom Ross will challenge viewers with his distinctive paintings, asking them to reexamine what they know about the history of the West. An avid historian, Ross’ themes frequently include whimsical moments from the past which are factually based but not widely documented,

such as Indians playing croquet or Ping-Pong. His contemporary style, which involves the use of a completely red under-painting on his canvases, imparts a vibrancy and excitement seldom found in the more traditional style of artwork used to depict historical figures and events. Included in this exhibition will be vibrant canvases by Linda St. Clair and Gampi prints from Chicago-based Pete Zaluzec. kneelandgallery.com JENNIFER BELLINGER contemporary Realism Jennifer Bellinger’s contemporary realism oil paintings cover a broad spectrum of subjects, from still life and animals to

landscape. The summer show will feature desert botanical paintings which she refers to as “Garden Still Life.” Her work captures the early morning light of the Arizona desert, with a focus on strong designs rich in color. Bellinger’s paintings are

complimented by the beautiful work of nationally recognized Idaho artists: jeweler Michele Black, furniture-designer Wes Walsworth, and sculptors Russ Lamb, Dave LaMure Jr., Ken Newman and Lou Whittaker. JenniferBellingerFineArt.com Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 117

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Local Art Galleries

Whether a passionate collector, a hands-on artist, or simply a casual gift buyer, Wood River Valley visitors and residents alike celebrate the arts. Boulder mountain clay and art gallery 491 E 10th Street, #A10 Ketchum, ID 83340 208.726.0773 or 208.726.4484 bouldermtclay@gmail.com www.bouldermtnclay.com

GAIL SEVERN GALLERY 400 First Avenue North • Ketchum, ID 208.726.5079 • www.gailseverngallery.com

Hunt Slonem Bunnies and Circles oil on canvas 40 x 30 inches at Gilman Contemporary

gilman contemporary 661 Sun Valley Road • Ketchum, ID 208.726.7585 www.gilmancontemporary.com

Gwynn Murrill, Deer 8, Bronze 77.5” x 74” x 38”, 3/6

Susan Ward, porcelain vessels

The Gallery features work by Susan Ward and the clay artists of Boulder Mountain Clayworks. Local artists selling one-of-akind clay art as well as functional ware of the best quality are shown here. Orders for dinnerware can be placed and special orders for anything from serving dishes to lamp bases are encouraged. The Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm most days but Sunday. The Gallery is located across from the Knob Hill Inn, on Highway 75 north of town. 118 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

Celebrating 37 years featuring contemporary painting, sculpture and photography: Jenny Abell, Victoria Adams, Nicolas Africano, Squeak Carnwath, Linda Christensen, James Cook, Kris Cox, David deVillier, Raphaëlle Goethals, Morris Graves, Michael Gregory, Rod Kagan, Jun Kaneko, Margaret Keelan, Lisa Kokin, Gary Komarin, Hung Liu, Lynda Lowe, Robert McCauley, Laura McPhee, Gwynn Murrill, Ed Musante, Marcia Myers, Luis González Palma, Robert Polidori, Joseph Raffael, Christopher Reilly, Jane Rosen, Brad Rude, David Secrest, Mary Snowden, Julie Speidel, Jack Spencer, Mark Stasz, Allison Stewart, Boaz Vaadia, and Theodore Waddell. Visit Severn Art Services for all your custom picture framing, art installation needs, packing and art shipping. Follow us on Twitter Gail_Severn.

Tom Chambers, A View From the Bridge, photo montage

Since opening our doors in 2007, we have been recognized for both the quality and variety of exhibitions we bring to the Valley. Presenting photography, paintings and sculpture from nationally and internationally recognized artists in a vibrant and relaxed setting. The gallery is both committed to encouraging the appreciation of contemporary art as well as giving back to the community that supports us.

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Kneeland Gallery 271 First Avenue North • Ketchum, ID 208.726.5512 • fax: 208.726.3490 art@kneelandgallery.com www.kneelandgallery.com

Stephanie Freid-Perenchio, a documentary photographer driven by her passions, travels to remote places around the world to document humanitarian and political crises that few ever witness first-hand. In the past ten years, she has traveled to Afghanistan, North Korea, and all of the East African countries. For the last four years, Stephanie has headed south to Nashville to photograph the behind-thescenes and on-stage moments that define the Nashville “country rock” scene. When it’s time to hunker down in her hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho, her focus shifts to the Rocky Mountains and the plight of the wolves in North America. Exhibit runs June 1 – October 1 and includes: North Korea, The Spectacle of Isolation; The Tao of Motherhood; The Majesty of Elephants; and The Fusion of Country and Rock. stanley town square Gerheim Gallery 250 Niece Street •Stanley, Id 208.774.6941, www.thadgerheim.com

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STAY BEAUTIFUL. continued from page 89 day. By the end, Daisher had made 57 jumps and had hiked the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest from sea level. Last year, the festival raised $60,000, which went to support speech therapy, physical therapy and wheelchair lifts for children with special needs. One event likely to be added this year will be a Rail Jam: two jumpers race in opposite directions on the bridge railing to a specified point and then jump off. There will be a “dunk tank” suspended from the bridge and perhaps an event in which jumpers battle with padded pogo sticks on the railing. Daisher is also trying to organize a demonstration of a new sport he calls “human archery.” Wingsuit flyers will jump from planes or hot air balloons and try to fly their bodies through 30-foot by 30-foot paper targets suspended from helium balloons. By his very nature, Daisher is constantly thinking about new sports, new ways to fly through the air, new venues from which to soar. He can speak about the skyscrapers of the world like a learned architect. In his eyes, they are all potential perches from which to leap. And so there is always another jump in his mind’s eye. Just before he has to leave to pick up his kids from school, Daisher suddenly remembered one more video he desperately wanted to show me—a jump from the Petronas Towers (1,483 ft.) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The video opens with a shot from Daisher’s helmet camera looking straight down the tower wall. He’s obviously standing on a tiny ledge. Just watching the video is enough to induce a gut-in-yourthroat sensation of falling. Having watched dozens of BASE-jumping videos, I remark to Daisher that I had never seen “that view.” Daisher breaks a big smile and looks at me like I am the crazy one: “No one sees that view, dude. There are three people in the world who have seen that view.” Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 121

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continued from page 72 X-Games for two years and travelled to Russia for the Red Bull Revolutionary Machines Tour in 2009). “Probably from here on out, I’ll just be at the farm.” Isaac lives in the house down the road from his parents, while his two sisters, Ali and Abby, have started their own families in nearby towns. The majority of the Sherbine family, now large in number and spread throughout the West, remains close to the original homestead of George and Martha. Perhaps, after five generations in Idaho, it’s something in their blood that keeps Rocky, and now Isaac, close to the home where their roots run deep—working the same soil and sweating under the same sun as their pioneering forefathers. “It’s all I know,” said Rocky. “I never did think of college—I just knew there had to be work done here.” Sitting tall and erect, he added, “Anyway, I stayed long enough, there’s no gettin’ out. I was born and raised that way— it’s all I know.”

Galen Hanselman

continued from page 74 drafter and publisher of high-quality pilot guides and charts for unexplored regions. “I have a book that you have to have in your airplane,” he said. In 1993, he published Fly Idaho, and followed it up with similar guide books to places like Baja and Utah. Hanselman’s also completed state-commissioned, intricate, handdrawn aeronautical maps for, among other places, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, and two editions for the state of Idaho. 122 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

“There’s a growing appreciation of the work I’m doing,” Hanselman said. In fact, he’s a bit of a celebrity. Hanselman, a board member on the Idaho Aviation Foundation, speaks to such groups as the Salt Lake City’s Short Wing Piper Club. But it’s still the flying for which Hanselman gets up in the morning. “Idaho is recognized as the state for backcountry flying because of our strips. We’re so lucky we have this,” he said. One of Hanselman’s very favorite spots is Soldier Bar on the Big Creek tributary of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. “There’s a bench on one side of the river with a dead end, cliffs on both sides. It’s best described as three 500-foot runways, end to end, but not straight. It takes some skill. I like the fishing there,” Hanselman said while pointing to his fishing gear in the corner that always goes with him. “It’s a beautiful area—salmon still run up the river, native cutthroat (trout) are there. You got to watch your step. One day I came across four rattlesnakes. Don’t stick your hand under a rock without looking,” he laughed. “It keeps the weak of heart out of there. I also like the trails. During the 1901 Gold Rush at Thunder Mountain, everyone was staking claims by following Indian trails through the mountains. It’s kind of neat to retrace those routes.” Of course, not all of his stories are quite as peaceful. There are tales of close calls, stranded planes and risky rescues. He once hauled a pregnant woman off the Middle Fork on a rafting trip. “I think she was ready to go home, too,” Hanselman laughed.” I didn’t ask questions.”

Nate Scales

continued from page 73 said with a smile, recounting stories of being given rides and taken into people’s homes with the utmost hospitality throughout the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Bali and all over Europe. Over the years, Nate has competed in national and international races. Fellow paraglider Nick Greece, who broke Nate’s foot launch distance record a couple of days later by

going 204 miles, described Scales as, “One of the best in the country. Nate has flown more committing lines than most people in the world. He’s a mentor to a bunch of us that are now on the U.S. team.” Nate’s goal for this summer is to fly farther than 204 miles and, of course, to have fun. He’ll also probably take advantage of the agreement he has with his very supportive wife, Lisa; that she’s not allowed to worry if he’s not home by lunch the next day. He’ll also take his daughters, Ripley (7) and Daisy (4), up for a couple of rides with him. “Our deal is that the girls have to beg to go up. Most kids dream of flying, but mine actually can. Knowing that anything is possible is probably the best thing I can give them,” he said. “We’re pretty lucky because we live in the best place on earth.”

David Stoecklein

continued from page 77 why he has been hailed as one of the best photographers in the West, recognized with awards and an ever-growing list of clients like Stetson and Marlboro. Stoecklein is highly acclaimed for not only capturing the identity of an entire culture, but also for capturing a very important slice of American history. “The West is uniquely American,” said Stoecklein. “And I want to show what it was like while I was alive,” because it’s a story that “deserves to be remembered.” Two of his three sons, Drew, Taylor and Colby, have followed in their father’s footsteps, photographing the West as they live and see it today, carrying on their father’s tradition of storytelling. “The stories that I tell are the same stories that have been told since the beginning of time,” said Stoecklein. “There is a famous photo of mine of a guy with a lantern and a calf, which is just the story of the shepherd taking care of his flock, and that goes back before Christ. Many people have told it before—it’s just how I interpret and tell that story differently each day. And after 43 years, I still can’t wait for the next photo shoot.”

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Enoteca and Ketchum Grill both proudly serve Lava Lake Lamb products.

From Their Fields to Your Plate local restaurants take advantage

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Restaurants have been around since the 18th century. And boy am I glad I wasn’t around prior to that time, since dining out is one of my favorite things to do. Our weekends generally revolve around where we’re eating out for lunch and dinner. Getting out of the house on a beautiful summer afternoon or evening, walking to town and enjoying the plethora of restaurants our wonderful area has to offer is the icing on the cake when it comes to a great day in the Valley. Lately I’ve been noticing how local items are being increas124 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

ingly integrated into our meals at restaurants. From local grass-fed beef and lamb, to potatoes grown in Buhl, to the cup of coffee freshly roasted in Ketchum to cap off the night. So, here’s a rundown of some local purveyors who supply restaurateurs around Sun Valley:

Teton Waters Ranch Teton Waters Ranch hails from Idaho’s own Teton Valley and deals in 100 percent grass-fed beef. The founders take great pride in ownership (which includes their 5,000-acre ranch) and the stewardship of that land. Part of their commitment includes the creation of a 10-acre wetlands and the planting of thousands of trees. In the spring, the wetlands hosts migratory birds and provides a water source in an otherwise arid landscape. “We are invested in our land and our cattle and work hard so that our cattle can roam in open pastures, grazing a mix of native

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and irrigated grasses,” said Jeff Russell, Teton Waters’ owner. “Our cattle have never been administered any antibiotics, growth hormones or any other type of growth- promoting drugs.” Teton Waters Ranch beef can be found locally at CK’s Real Food, Sun Valley’s Trail Creek Cabin, Boca and Ketchum Grill. www.tetonwatersranch.com Other Tasty Options: Niman Ranch, Snake River Farms.

Lava Lake Lamb Kathleen and Brian Bean are the visionaries behind Lava Lake Lamb. Since 1999 their mission has been to produce fabulous grass-fed lamb while protecting the land their sheep graze on. Lava Lake’s lambs roam freely over nearly a million acres of range. Impressive, right? Lava Lake Lamb is 100 percent free of added hormones and antibiotics, herbicides or pesticides. The company’s reputation is as glowing as the taste of this delicious lamb. Lava Lake Lamb is served at almost a dozen local restaurants, including: CK’s Real Food, Ketchum Grill, Globus, The Cellar Pub and The Ram in Sun Valley. It’s a growing business with nine employees. “The markets for Lava Lake Lamb are expanding every year,” said Mike Gordon, the business’s marketing manager. “Three years ago we teamed up with Mountain States Rosen to help distribute our lamb nationally. In the summer months, it’s in stores nationwide.”

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M&M Heath Farms Mike Heath, owner of M&M Heath Farms, put 300,000

miles on his last truck. Traveling between Twin Falls, Hailey and Ketchum every week all summer long, Heath sells his organic produce and vegetables at farmers’ markets. “We sell a lot of our organic produce in the Wood River Valley, Magic Valley and the Treasure Valley through our participation with Idaho’s Bounty, which has become our biggest market opportunity,” said Heath. The Idaho potato is one of Heath’s biggest sellers. “Because our potatoes are organic, we can’t use chemical sprout inhibitors, so we can only use cool temperatures to control sprouting. Our first hand-dug spuds are available in July and we can keep them fairly well into April,” said Heath. You can find M&M’s organic produce at CK’s Real Food, Ketchum Grill, The Lodge and The Ram at Sun Valley, and during the summer farmers’ market season at Cava Cava. Other Tasty Options: Shooting Star Farm, Wood River Organics.

Yellow Belly Ice Cream Lacie Hernandez, owner of Yellow Belly Ice Cream, has spunk and an upbeat personality that’s

idaho’s bounty You can have farm-fresh local produce year-round with a few clicks on the computer. Follow the steps online at idahosbounty.org and then swing by an Idaho’s Bounty pick-up facility. This brilliant idea was the brain child of Kelley Weston, Lara Theis, James Reed, Kaz Thea and Judy Hall. Begun in 2008, Idaho’s Bounty is a growing distribution service. Here are some reasons to join: 1 You can eat local! 2 You’ll be supporting a local non-profit. 3 You’ll be supporting local farmers and ranchers. 4 You’ll be eating healthy!

5 The produce, beef and other products are exceptionally good. 6 You can choose to order as much or as little as you like. 7 You deserve to treat yourself well and to eat the healthiest

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Cloverstone Bakery’s gluten-free cookies can be found locally at Java, Atkinsons’, the Konditorei and Main Street Market.

nearly as addictive as her ice cream. Focusing on small batch production, Lacie’s number one ingredient (milk) comes from CloverLeaf Creamery in Buhl. “I’ve also been known to browse the local produce at the market for fresh fruits like berries, pears and plums. Last year I bought flats of blackberries from Waterwheel Garden for delicious sorbets. I also use fresh herbs to help intensify flavors,” said Lacie. In her third year of business, Lacie’s ice cream is available yearround at Big Belly Deli. Some of her most popular flavors are Sun Valley Burn, Salted Caramel and Lime Cardamom Yogurt. But don’t ask Lacie about her favorite ice cream—she prefers sorbet. Contact Lacie for special orders at yellowbellyicecream@gmail. com. Other Tasty Options: Toni’s Ice Cream.

Lizzy’s Coffee Liz Roquet started Lizzy’s Coffee in 2008, leaving her job at Icebreaker Clothing to indulge her entrepreneurial spirit. Lizzy’s specializes in exceptional coffee, and for her restaurant clientele, being local means something. “Restaurateurs come to us with a desire to make the coffee experience in their restaurant or

Colleen Teevin, Cloverstone Bakery owner.

café top notch. They’re already making amazing food, and understand how important the coffee service is in completing the experience for their customers. I personally train each of our accounts in drink preparation per the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s best practices,” explained Roquet. Roasting coffee right smack dab in the middle of town at 971 Main Street in Ketchum, the coffees are freshly roasted for each customer, and Liz is readily available to offer support for them with any challenges they may face. Lizzy’s Coffee is featured locally at Rolling in Dough, Galena Lodge, Della Mano, Il Naso, and Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. Anyone can purchase Lizzy’s Coffee online at www. Lizzysfreshcoffee.com and freshly roasted orders will ship the next day nationwide. Other Tasty Options: Hailey Coffee Company.

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teins found in wheat, barley and rye. Many people have adverse reactions to eating gluten, with symptoms ranging from stomach problems to foggy brain and vertigo. So, fear not if you are gluten intolerant; Cloverstone Bakery’s cookies, muffins and dough all taste incredible and won’t upset your tummy. You’d never know you were eating gluten-free food. Cloverstone now supplies gluten-free pizza dough to Rico’s Italian Restaurant, Bald Mountain Pizza, Red Oven Pizza, South Valley Pizzeria, McClain’s Pizzeria and Wise Guy Pizza Pie in Ketchum and Boise. Their fabulous gluten-free muffins and cookies (the pumpkin muffin is perfection as I can attest to personally) are found at Java Coffee in Ketchum and Hailey, the Konditorei, Atkinsons’ in Ketchum and Hailey, and Main Street Market. Cloverstone Bakery is growing daily and started “expanding to the Boise area last fall and has started the same process for Twin Falls,” said Teevin.

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The Wood River Farmers’ Market is another great way to get your local produce straight out of the ground. Here are some of the dedicated farmers at the markets (Tuesdays in Ketchum and Thursdays in Hailey) each week.

Wood River Organics: Owned and operated by Judd and Heather McMahan, this 50-acre farm is two miles west of Bellevue. Wood River Organics features salad greens including mesclun mix, spinach, kale, swiss chard, arugula and bok choy as well as root vegetables like beets, onions and carrots.

Shooting Star Farm: Operated on a one-acre farm in Hailey, Shooting Star is owned by Dan Freeman and Carol Murphy. Shooting Star grows lettuce, tomatoes, squash, pea shoots, kale, swiss chard, spinach, carrots and radishes with only soil, sun and water. Tip: Keep an eye out for their morel mushrooms during the season, and look for Dan playing the guitar and singing at the market or at Ketch Em’ Alive on Tuesdays. Nighthawk Farm: Two years ago, Robin Engelhardt was in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. Now, he’s the owner and operator of Nighthawk Farms in Bellevue. With a 5,000-square-foot vegetable garden, Robin sells various vegetables and fruits at the Farmers’ Markets. King’s Crown Organics: Making the trip from a farm along the Snake River in southern Idaho, Nate Jones is the face and farmer behind King’s Crown Organics (dubbed “Nate and Annie’s” to locals). Nate’s quick smile and truck full of cucumbers, squash, eggplant, watermelons, cantaloupe (to die for), tomatoes and corn can be found weekly at the Ketchum Market.

Prairie Sun Farm: What started out as a backyard garden passion has turned into a small business. Fairfield’s Jeff and Carol Rast are the owners of Prairie Sun Farm which grows lettuce, mixed greens, radishes, herbs, peas, beans, strawberries and, in the late summer—cherries, onions, squash peppers and beets, all on one acre of land! Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 127

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There is no better place on the planet to eat than Sun Valley and its surroundings. To make sure your dining experience is exceptional, we present some of the Valley’s finest restaurants. american bun valley Got the burger urge? Bun Valley will cure your cravings. And these are no ordinary burgers. From choices like the Southern Belle, Panchedda, or Veal Parmesan to the fried pickles and house-cut fries, the menu at Bun Valley will wow your senses. And be sure to try one of their liquid nitrogen shakes or smoothies such as the Huckleberry Blue or Salty Chocolate Therapist. Complement your burger adventure with a vintage cola or a “Ketchum’s Killer Meal without the Killer Price” Grill Open 11:30am - 10:00pm Daily Burgers, Salads, Wings, Hoagies Fresh Cut Fries and More HD Satellite TV Sports “All the Games, All the Time”

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selection from their list of over 50 beers. And yes, they offer gluten free buns. Open lunch and dinner daily. 230 Walnut Ave Ketchum. 208.726.BUNS (2867), www.BunValley.com $, , , L, D

the cellar pub Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 136. 400 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, 208.622.3832, thecellarpub.com, $-$$, , ,  , D

cavacava CavaCava is an upscale Mediterranean restaurant with an open theater and a large outdoor deck for alfresco dining in our warmer months. Although classy, our atmosphere is relaxed and casual. CavaCava is available to cater your event, whether it’s a dinner for two, or a wedding party of 200, let CavaCava entertain you! CavaCava, food so nice, you’ll say it twice. 230 Walnut Ave., Ketchum, 208.727.1800, cavacava-sunvalley.com, $$$, , , L, D

cornerstone bar and grill Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 137. 211 Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.5233, cbgketchum.com, $$-$$$, , ,D

java coffee and café Truly a great coffeehouse! Baking from scratch daily. Serving the finest Fair Trade and organic coffees. Sound like a local and order the “Dirty Hippie Burrito” and a “Bowl of Soul.” Wake up and live! 191 4th St., Ketchum; 111 S. 1st St., Hailey, 208.726.2882, javabowlofsoul.com, $, , B, L

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the kneadery Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 144. 260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.9462, $-$$, , , B, BR, L

pioneer saloon Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 147. 320 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.3139, pioneersaloon.com, $$-$$$, , ,D

sawtooth club Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 149. 231 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.5233, sawtoothclub.com, $$-$$$, , , , D

asian fusion dashi Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 139. 220 N. East Ave., Ketchum, 208.928.7703, dashisunvalley.com, $$-$$$, , ,D

sushi on second Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 150. 260 Second St., Ketchum, 208.726.5181, sushionsecond.com, $$-$$$, , D

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local favorites like the Bacado or Godfather. Each sandwich starts with a fresh La Brea baguette. We roast our own turkey and beef daily and our homemade meatballs for Shelley’s Meatball Sandwich are a Valley favorite. All of our soups and salad dressings are made from scratch and our desserts are all fresh-baked just for us. Come on in … It’s all good downtown. 14 East Croy, Suite A, Hailey, 208.788.8844, shelleysdelionline.com $, , ,L

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Not sure where to eat tonight? Let Sun Valley Magazine’s Yum! blogs help you decide! Local restaurant reviews are online at sunvalleymag.com/yum.

bars, pubs and grills grumpy’s It started as a place the working man and local could come, have a beer and burger and not be bothered. Today, Grumpy’s is a favorite of locals and tourists alike. We are a little hard to find, but not hard to find out about. Grumpy’s hosted Rachel Ray for a lunch segment on “40 Dollars a Day in Sun Valley” in 2004 and was most recently mentioned in USA Today’s “LIFE” section. But don’t just read about us, come in and discover the local’s hangout. 860 Warm Springs Rd., Ketchum, GrumpysSunValley.com, $, , ,L, D

lefty’s bar & grill Lefty’s has been a local and visitor favorite for 20 years and for good reason. Lefty’s has a great casual dining menu including killer burgers served on fresh baked bread, monster hot sandwiches, wings, salads and our specialty, fresh cut French fries. For families, Lefty’s has all the foods kids love, at a price you’ll love. There is no better place to watch sports than Lefty’s, whose motto is “All the games, all the time.” Live music on the deck.  231 6th Street, Ketchum, 208.726.2744, leftysbarandgrill.com, $, , ,L, D

sawtooth brewery Local beer enthusiasts Paul Holle and Kevin Jones just celebrated their one-year anniversary as Ketchum’s only local brewery. The brewery does not feature a restaurant, but encourages you to bring in your own food from local restaurants. Many will deliver directly to the tap room. Sawtooth Brewery rotates their taps seasonally, carrying at least eight of their delicious concoctions as well as several guest taps. 600 N. Main St., Unit A-120, Ketchum, 208.806.1368, sawtoothbrewery.com, $, , 

eclectic world globus Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 141. 291 E. 6th St., Ketchum, 208.726.1301, globus-restaurant.com, $$-$$$, , ,D 130 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

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Enjoy progressive Mediterranean-style cuisine with a “farm-to-table” sourcing of fresh ingredients in a comfortable atmosphere. Executive Chef Andrew Nix, who has worked alongside Top Chef Richard Blaise and Iron Chef Chris Hastings, brings the finest ingredients from near and far like fruits and vegetables from regional farmers, beef from local ranchers, or Benton’s® bacon from Tennessee. He knows how to bring out the flavors of the dish. The entire menu changes daily to ensure the freshest and finest quality ingredients. Nix’s countless creations include Cucumber Avocado Gazpacho or the tempting Stuffed Morels and Squash Blossoms; or enjoy entrées such as Shrimp and Polenta, Idaho Lamb Chops, and Roasted Free-Range Chicken prepared in their wood-fire pizza oven. Advanced Sommelier (CMS) and General Manager John McCune has spent years honing his craft at some of America’s finest establishments, including The Yellowstone Club and The Lodge at Sea Island, GA. He will take guests’ palates on a journey through the extensive wine list representing all of the world’s great regions; perhaps landing on a crisp rosé from southern France, a limited release sangiovese from Washington state, or robust Italian Super Tuscan. The chef’s nightly prix fixe menu will wow your senses and is always complemented with classically paired wines. Perfect for a date or a night out with family and friends, you will experience something truly unique at CavaCava. Reservations encouraged 208.727.1800. www.CavaCava-SunValley.com Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 131

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european cristina’s restaurant and bakery Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 138. 520 East 2nd St., Ketchum, 208.726.4499, $$-$$$, , ,B, BR, L

roundhouse Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 148. Mid-mountain on Bald Mountain (River Run side), 208.622.2800, sunvalley.com, $$-$$$, , ,  , L, D

french michel’s christiania Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 149. 303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.3388, christianiarestaurant.com, $$-$$$, , ,  , D

italian enoteca Wood River Fine Dining Association member.

480 Washington St., Ketchum, 208.726.7776, ilnaso.com, $$-$$$, , , D

Review and menu highlights on page 140. 300 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.928.6280, ketchum-enoteca.com, $$-$$$, , D

smoky mountain pizzeria grill Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill is a comfortable, casual, dynamic family restaurant in downtown Ketchum. Our extensive menu features unique pizzas and pastas, delicious salads, sandwiches, grilled steaks, hamburgers and more. You’ll also find a kids’ menu, an exciting selection of seasonal appetizers, entrées and desserts, daily lunch specials, an extensive beer & wine selection, TV’s, catering and fast, friendly delivery service. 200 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, ID. 208.622.5625, smokymountainpizza.com, $-$$, , , L, D

il naso restaurant and wine bar Owner Sam Turner invites you to enjoy his warm, inviting restaurant. Il Naso is special whether you drop by to have a burger and beer at the wine bar, or to relax in the candlelit dining room. The extensive wine list and knowledgeable staff will help you choose just the right bottle to enhance your dining experience. Large parties welcome.

regional northwest the grill @ knob hill Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 142. 960 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.8004, knobhillinn.com, $$-$$$, , , , D

trail creek cabin Wood River Fine Dining Association member. Review and menu highlights on page 151. 1.5 miles east of Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road, 208.622.2800, sunvalley.com, $$$, , ,  , D

vegetarian/vegan glow live food cafÉ Glow is an organic, vegan, live food café. We support local farmers and use local produce when possible. The menu consists of energizing superfood smoothies, green juices, organic live vegan entrées, loose-leaf teas, and nutrient-dense decadent desserts. We offer custom desserts, party platters, and classes. 380 Washington Ave., #105,
Ketchum, 208.725.0314, glowlivefood.com, $-$$,  , B, L

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Fine Dining Wood River

Volume 7, 2013

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Valley Eateries

At-a-Glance Guide to Restaurants

Dear Friends, In Nicholas Lander’s laudable book, The Art of the Restaurateur, he quotes the ultimate restaurateur’s restaurateur, the late Jean Claude Vrinat, as to the one essential factor in any successful restaurant: “restaurants must come from the heart.” Any restaurateur must possess three qualities: a love of food, a love of wine and a love of one’s fellow human beings. The restaurateur/members of the Wood River Fine Dining Association each present their own vision of what they want their restaurants to be. Certainly, in addition to providing what their customers want to eat and drink, each presents their vision in surroundings meant to enliven one’s dining experience. At their essence, the restaurants featured in this Guide provide not only great food and wine, but also a vital social role at the heart of living in the Wood River Valley. The restaurants featured in the Wood River Fine Dining Guide have embraced a ‘locavore’ approach, sourcing from within 100 miles for our local organic produce: potatoes, lettuce, herbs, dozens of squash varieties, dried legumes and edible, decorative flowers. We use local dairy—farm fresh milk, artisanal cheeses, and organic farm-fresh eggs. Although all of these items may not be found in every one of our restaurants, we all work to avail ourselves of local product wherever possible, including local organic lamb, local free-range chicken and farm-raised trout. Many of us even grow our own vegetables and herbs. Restaurateurs derive their professional name from the French verb restaurer: to restore. Each restaurateur in the Guide understands the inextricable link of trust between customer and restaurateur. Providing creative healthy food, delicious wine, and a lively environment in which to savor one’s meal is the chosen path of each restaurant listed here. At its inception, the Wood River Fine Dining Guide began with the idea that the best restaurants in Ketchum would provide information about each of their eating establishments so that customers could make informed choices about not only where to spend their money, but their valuable time as well. Our Association has become a family, a force, a significant contribution to our regional farm communities and the social heart of our community. We share ideas. We share customers. We share a friendship that comes of our work together. We share in giving back to our community and non-profit organizations. It is a great and exciting responsibility. Each of us possesses a passion about creating and presenting fresh experiences to our dining customers. WE are strong because we love what we do, and together we will strive to do what we love.

Sincerely, Roger, Jill, Paige, Erik, Meg, Cristina, Tyler, Wendy, Scott, Anne, Duffy, Bob, Jolie, Ellie, Michel, Tom, Mark, Whit and the Sun Valley Resort

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wood river fine dining Restaurant Location Contact Cuisine The Cellar Pub 400 E. Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum 208.622.3832 American www.thecellarpub.com Cornerstone Bar & Grill 211 Main St., Ketchum 208.928.7777 www.cbgketchum.com Cristina’s Restaurant & Bakery 520 E. 2nd St., Ketchum

208.726.4499

Urban Western Cuisine

Casual European bakery, catering, and take-away

dashi 220 N. East Ave., Ketchum 208.928.7703 www.dashisunvalley.com

Modern Asian/New American

Enoteca 300 N. Main St., Ketchum 208.928.6280 www.ketchum-enoteca.com

Traditional Italian

Globus 291 E. 6th St., Ketchum 208.726.1301 World Cuisine www.globus-restaurant.com The Grill at Knob Hill 960 N. Main St., Ketchum

208.726.8004 www.knobhillinn.com

Northwest Cuisine with a European influence

Ketchum Grill 520 East Ave., Ketchum

208.726.4660 www.ketchumgrill.com

New American with Idaho emphasis

208.726.9462

Idaho American

The Kneadery

260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum

The Konditorei Sun Valley Village 208.622.2225 www.sunvalley.com

Austrian/German

Michel’s Christiania 303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum 208.726.3388 www.christianiarestaurant.com

Traditional French

Pioneer Saloon 320 N. Main St., Ketchum 208.726.3139 American Steakhouse www.pioneersaloon.com Roundhouse

mid-mountain restaurant on Bald Mountain

Sawtooth Club 231 N. Main St., Ketchum

208.622.2800 www.sunvalley.com

European/American

208.726.5233 www.sawtoothclub.com

Creative American dining room/casual bar

Sushi on Second 260 Second St., Ketchum 208.726.5181 www.sushionsecond.com Trail Creek Cabin

1.5 miles east of Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road

208.622.2800 www.sunvalley.com

Asian Fusion Western

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The Cellar Pub where valley folks say

the cellar pub, boasting the Valley’s

best Alaskan cod fish and chips, is nestled below Sun Valley Road, just a stone’s throw from Main Street. Reminiscent of the legendary “Cheers” bar, where everybody knows your name, The Cellar Pub is a favorite with locals seeking the perfect après-ski atmosphere. It provides a convenient venue for catching up with friends, old and new. The Cellar Pub features traditional pub fare, in addition to its more unique entrées. The beloved bangers and mash, flat iron

“cheers!”

steak salad, and Idaho lamb or Kobe sliders are just a few examples. The variety of cuisine is sure to please every appetite. In addition to the menu favorites, The Cellar Pub offers its patrons a full bar and features a selection of draft beers, fine wines and spirits from around the globe. Bigger than a nook, yet intimate and cozy, The Cellar Pub is a warm and inviting pub that ensures fun times with every visit. It also offers the competitor in all of us a

venue to cheer for your favorite team, or to challenge friends to a game of shuffleboard. Run by pillars of the Ketchum food service community, The Cellar Pub is owned and managed by a team of local all-stars. This family-like group pays close attention to quality service and the overall experience for every visitor to The Cellar Pub. Please check our website to view The Cellar Pub’s complete food and drink menus at www. thecellarpub.com and please like us on Facebook.

contact

Phone: 208.622.3832 Location: 400 E. Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum Hours: Open daily, 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Full bar, beer, wine, shots Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American Service: Dine in, takeout Website: www.thecellarpub.com 136 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

specials

The Cellar Pub offers Happy Hour daily from 4-6 pm and includes $1 off drafts, $2 domestic beers, $3 well drinks and half off wings. Check out our daily drink, shot and food specials. Tuesdays we offer $2 Kokanee pounders, Wednesdays we offer $1 Rainier cans and Thursdays it’s Man Night with $2 Bud and Coors bottles and $5 Chili bombs. Fireball whiskey shots are available every day for only $4! Open early Sundays during the NFL season. Come on down!

Cornerstone Bar and Grill among the best ski restaurants in america it’s wild west meets haute cuisine at Cor-

nerstone Bar and Grill. Longtime locals Meg and Erik Vorm welcome you to a Main Street venue as stimulating to the eye as it is to the taste buds. Recipient of the prestigious AIA Honor Award, the Cornerstone (built in 1884) remains the only building in Ketchum listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside its modern décor, you’ll enjoy a seasonally changing array of game, seafood and vegetable dishes, complemented by hand-crafted cocktails and a list of beer and wine that’s both familiar and eclectic. It’s a local twist on the city-style grill, with an open kitchen featuring buffalo strip loin encrusted with coffee and cocoa nibs, nightly fish specials and the famous mac and cheese. Regular items also include vegan and gluten-free dishes and a better than you’d expect children’s menu, all with a Main Street price point, so there really is something for everyone. Call to reserve the Mafia Table downstairs in the intimate stone-walled Grotto, or watch the action from above in the spacious Skybox, surrounded by historic bricks fired in old Ketchum, or make a night of it in the bustling main level bar with its comfortable banquette and Main Streetwatcher-booth. Check out the guest bartender every Wednesday and bring the kids for Happy Hour Playdate in the Skybox. Watch the calendar for Pirate Night, Abba vs. The BeeGees, and Use Your Words: an original poetry, prose and music event and other themed party nights. The Cornerstone Bar and Grill always serves up a night to remember, making it the new Ketchum tradition. contact

Phone: 208.928.7777 Location: 211 Main St., Ketchum Hours: Bar, 5 pm to midnight;

Dining, 5 pm to 11 pm, seven days a week Beverages: Full bar, wine list, beers Reservations: Recommended and encouraged Type of Cuisine: Innovative American with French blessing Service: Bar, dining, above-average children’s menu, private parties Website: www.cbgketchum.com

menu highlights

Cornerstone’s menu is thoughtful and inspiring. “Sinfully delicious,” says one diner of the coveted Mac and Cheese. The Buffalo Strip Loin and Sweet Potato Fries are not to be missed and the Grilled Caesar (yes, grilled, meaning warm) is simple, yet delectable.

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Cristina’s Restaurant and Bakery european-style trattoria and paticceria

for 20 years, cristina’s restaurant

and Bakery has been serving up a delicious array of seasonally inspired recipes for a devoted clientele who come to the charming, salmon-colored house in Ketchum to enjoy the company of friends, good conversation and satisfying food. “Food is really about people and friendship,” says Cristina. “In Tuscany, it’s not just about the food. We sit at the table for four hours, but we don’t eat for four hours. We talk, we laugh, we cry.” From her signature soups to her freshly baked breads and breakfast pastries, everything Cristina offers in this cozy, European-style trattoria is steeped in her Tuscan heritage. Choose from traditional Tuscan recipes such as Spezzatino of Beef and Tortellini in Brodo, along with homemade pastas, fresh salads, thin-crust pizzas and a variety of daily specials. And don’t forget the deli, which overflows with a tantalizing assortment of hot and cold entrées, salads, appetizers and imported and domestic cheeses, salami and olives. Cristina’s cookbooks, Cristina’s of Sun Valley and Cristina’s Tuscan Table, have garnered raves from sophisticated reviewers to legions of local regulars and Cristina’s Tuscan Table was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s favorite 25 cookbooks of the year for 2008. Her new book, Cristina’s of Sun Valley Con Gusto! was published in November 2012. All the cookbooks are available at the restaurant. If you dream about the perfect meal, you can find it by following Cristina into the pages of her books or . . . you can come to Cristina’s restaurant. As Cristina says, “At my table, there is room for everyone!”

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what i love

I love to be home in Italy, where pasta is a gastronomic religion, wine is always on the table, and passion flows delicately unrestricted. We Italians have a natural spontaneity and sensual self-indulgence when it comes to food and friends, to family, and of course soccer. I love Fall for the softness of its colors and the balance it brings to our souls. I love Spring because it signifies new beginnings. I love storytelling because it consoles us for endings with endless new beginnings. And . . . I love life as a narrative with its beginnings, middles, and endings.

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Phone: 208.726.4499 Location: 520 East 2nd St., Ketchum Hours: Breakfast, Mon-Sat, 7 am to 11 am Lunch, Mon-Sat, 11 am to 5:30 pm Sunday Brunch, 9 am to 4 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal, plus sunroom dining Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Casual European Service: Dine in, takeout, bakery, private dinners

dashi

casual, local, independent

focusing on local, organic and

sustainable products, dashi is the newest addition to the Ketchum dining scene. The new restaurant, opened by Chef Tyler Stokes, who has a spontaneous, openminded approach to food, has built a reputation in the Valley as someone who cooks with passion, integrity and respect for both food and the diner alike. The health of the customer and the environment is very important at dashi as we use only the best local ingredients and products that have been produced with sustainable practices and strong animal husbandry. dashi focuses on modern Asian cuisine with a strong New American influence and a commitment to local products and farmers. The menu at dashi is dictated by the seasons and the inspiration that each one

brings. The freshest, most sustainable seafood is presented in sushi rolls, sashimi, salads and plated entrées designed to show the quality and versatility of each individual fish. Local, organic and natural meats are featured, as well as wild game and fowl. dashi features homemade ramen noodles made with our homemade stocks and broths and served in traditional Japanese ramekins. Enjoy popular steamed pork buns, local apple salad, wagyu beef shabu shabu, wild shrimp summer rolls, seared foie gras, togarashi fried calamari or miso soup to start then move onto an entrée of black cod, diver scallops, baby back ribs, organic chicken, grass-fed beef, local lamb and elk, or daily fish specials. Everything is made in house at dashi including desserts and assorted daily spun ice creams.

The atmosphere at dashi is modern, clean and casual, and large windows encase the dining area with some of the best views of Baldy in town. dashi is in the new “bistronomic” school of restaurants, juxtaposing three-star cuisine with humor and accessibility. By doing away with dress codes, white tablecloths and elaborate floral displays and replacing them with hip music and a lively relaxed atmosphere, we are helping to redefine what fine dining means. The formal service and wine list is a strong point of focus and specializes in the best that the Pacific Northwest and California have to offer as well as some Old World selections. The beer list is not to be overlooked and features the best craft beers available and a large selection to choose from. Sake is a must at dashi as we have an extensive selection of the finest, premium Japanese sakes to enjoy.

contact

Phone: 208.928.7703 Location: 220 N. East Ave., Ketchum Hours: Dinner, 5 pm to 10 pm Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Modern Asian/New American Service: Dine in, take out Website: www.dashisunvalley.com

menu highlights

Don’t miss the local’s favorite Steamed Pork Buns. In fact, order two (or three) and make a meal of them as one local diner suggests. Another go-to starter is the Daily Sushi Special or Summer Rolls (containing wild Gulf shrimp, cucumber, mango, fresh herbs, butter leaf and peanut sauce). Our Wok BBQ Baby Back Ribs, smothered in hoisin and served with kimchee, rice and scallions, are fingerlicking good down to the last bite.

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Enoteca scott and anne mason, owners of the hugely successful Ketchum Grill, have recently filled a gap in town with the much anticipated opening of their new restaurant and wine bar, Enoteca. Located in the historic Lane Mercantile Building, at the very center of town on the corner of Main Street and Sun Valley Road, Enoteca (think Italian Wine Library) serves traditional Italian food in an atmosphere that blends modern urban with mountain-town Italy to create a uniquely Idaho feel. At Enoteca you’ll find a beautiful assortment of Italian wines, regional Northwest selections and wines from local (Sun Valley second home )“Valley Vintners.” Local and Regional Beers are available on tap as well as unbelievable Apple Wood Fired Pizzas, House Cured Meats, Idaho Lamb and their own housemade desserts. Besides their creative entrées, one can order from a delicious selection of small plates, making Enoteca the perfect place to refuel after the day’s activities, après ski with friends or to enjoy a romantic date night. Space is limited, so reserve in advance for the best options or walk in and grab a seat at the bar.

about enoteca

Nestled into one of Main Street’s most iconic buildings, Enoteca was once The Mercantile, an upscale clothier nearly 30 years ago and, most recently, Starbucks. The renovated space is not recognizable as either of the former. In fact, the rustic industrial decor is just the kind of atmosphere to settle into for drinks, appetizers and the main dish and even feels cozy enough to stick around for dessert. Don’t miss out on the Idaho Lava Lake Lamb meatballs or the wood-fired pizzas Enoteca offers. Their extensive beer and wine selection will complement any entrée.

contact

Phone: 208.928.6280 Location: 300 N Main St. (corner of Sun Valley Rd. and Main St.) Ketchum Hours: Open 4 pm daily Beverages: Beer and wine Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Traditional Italian Website: www.ketchum-enoteca.com 140 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

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restaurant and wine bar

Globus

��� organic • sustainable • world cuisine

paulette phlipot

local

Cider Glazed Wild Alaskan Salmon

if your palate demands flavorful and adventurous cuisine, then a unique dining experience awaits you at Globus. Located in downtown Ketchum since 1992, Globus serves delectable and satiating world fare where patrons often come more than once a week to try Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman’s fresh and creative daily specials. In the summer, outdoor deck seating is a treat, and if there’s a chill in the air, Globus owner Wendy Muir has you covered with a selection of pashminas. Muir’s choice of bold colors in the dining room adds vibrancy to the chic mountain town dining scene. Chef Stadelman, with the assistance of Sous Chef Bryon Bain, prepares seasonal menus using regional products and premium ingredients to create exceptional dishes. Included are Lava Lake Lamb Dumplings, Wild Alaskan Salmon with Charred Artichoke Puree and Cider-Soy Marinated Pork Tenderloin. Alongside Chef Stadelman’s original dishes are the ever-popular Globus mainstays of Crispy Fish, Green Thai Curry and Pad Thai, which are always prepared to satisfy a craving. Salads bursting with flavor include the seasonal Butter Leaf with Asparagus and the delicious menu staple of Cucumber “Noodle.” Inventive soups, tasty vegetarian dishes and a range of pork, beef, chicken, and fish fill the diverse Globus menu. All desserts are made in-house, offering a sweet ending to a meal of bold flavors and tangy spices. A celebrated and superior wine list hand-selected by Muir also features flights of premium chilled Japanese sake and an exceptional list of craft beers to accompany the array of world cuisine Globus offers. Internationally renowned photographer Laura McPhee, a frequent visitor to the Wood River Valley, equates Globus with the likes of Ming Tsai’s Blue Ginger. And upon The Food Network’s Rachel Ray’s visit to Globus, she said the calamari is “the best on the planet.” Discover for yourself why Globus is one of Ketchum’s finest.

contact

Phone: 208.726.1301 Location: 291 E. 6th St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: World Cuisine Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website: www.globus-restaurant.com

about globus

Executive Chef Ryan Stadelman has helped propel Globus from its humble roots as a mere noodle shop to something decidedly more sophisticated. Classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Minneapolis, Stadelman uses a broad spectrum of culinary influences and cooks with passion, creativity and refinement. This is apparent in all of his artfully presented creations, including his many gluten-free options.

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The Grill @ Knob Hill northwest cuisine with a european influence come enjoy a meal at The Grill @ Knob Hill in the newly remodeled Knob Hill Inn. Restaurant owners and longtime locals Bob and Jolie Dunn, formerly of Warm Springs Ranch Restaurant, have created an environment that is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated. Chef Mark “Sparky” Anderson produces a simple yet refined menu with a Rocky Mountain influence using the highest quality meats, poultry and seafood available. Every evening the restaurant also offers creative specials to complement a menu sure to please Sun Valley guests and locals alike. Menu highlights offer distinctly Northwest cuisine and a variety of American and European classics. Entrées include Idaho ruby red rainbow trout, fresh seafood, prime steaks, local lamb, wienerschnitzel and succulent fried chicken. Warm homemade popovers and honey butter grace each table. The diner also can choose from an extended bar menu consisting of smaller plates, “Felix’s” calamari, steamer clams, lollipop lamb chops and delicious pizzas, to name a few. Finish the evening with some classic Warm Springs mainstays—mud pie or homemade fruit cobbler. Our newly renovated Sun Valley hot spot utilizes natural materials and rich earth tones that harmonize with the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Enjoy lighter fare or dinner in the dining room, in the lobby by the fireplace or at the cozy revamped bar. Another new addition is the semi-private fireplace room that allows for additional dining for individuals or groups and access to an intimate outdoor patio. The location is ideal for holiday parties, company events, rehearsal dinners and weddings. The summer space is spectacular, with a covered and heated terrace and extensive lawn seating in the beautiful garden. With views of Baldy and to the north, The Grill @ Knob Hill is one of the best outdoor spots in the Valley. contact

Phone: 208.726.8004 Location: 960 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Northwest Service: Dine in, takeout, private events Website: www.knobhillinn.com

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things we love

Outdoor dining in the garden or under the terrace, Cozy lobby bar with fireplaces, Refined and comfortable dining room, Warm and friendly staff, Small plates, Popovers and honey butter.

Ketchum Grill

adelaide mason

among the best ski restaurants in america

if you want to dine next to a celebrity,

you’d best get a reservation at the restaurant run by Ketchum’s celebrity chef. That would be Scott Mason, whose Ketchum Grill is in one of the charming old houses left standing in the face of demand for grand accommodations. And the bonus is the fabulous food, featuring Mason’s famous innovations, ultrafresh ingredients and service that combine to earn Ketchum Grill a nod as one of the eight

best ski-town restaurants in America by Snow Country Magazine. The cuisine is “New American, with Idaho emphasis,” which means such entrées as Grilled Black Canyon Idaho Elk, Braised Idaho Lamb Shank and Duck with Mountain Huckleberries. Mason and his wife Anne (pastry chef for the restaurant) are supporters of the movement to promote local, seasonal food, with a dedication to healthy, natural and homemade.

new restaurant!—enoteca

Welcome to Ketchum! It’s 4 pm and you’ve had a glorious day hiking. You might be tired, or you might be energized. That’s where the Ketchum Grill and Enoteca (KG’s long awaited offspring) can help! The last thing you want is to spend the night cooking and cleaning. Drop in at Enoteca (Italian for wine library) where you will find the best wines of Italy and the Valley’s best applewoodfired pizza, local beer, housemade prosciutto and salame. If the center of the universe is the corner of Sun Valley Road and Main Street—then that’s where you’ll find us—in the historic Lane Mercantile Building. Call for reservations at 208.928.6280.

There is an excellent wine list, as well. The boyishly handsome Mason is usually seeing to the fish, the steaks, all the great stuff that comes out of the kitchen. But on occasion he’ll come out to meet and greet. Asked what celebrity customer made the Masons know they had “made it,” they replied: “Lance Armstrong. But JFK Jr. was a regular in his day.” Oh, did we forget to mention Mason bikes to work most days, even in the winter?

contact

Phone: 208.726.4660 Location: 520 East Ave., Ketchum Hours: 5 pm to 10-ish nightly Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended at www.ketchumgrill.com Type of cuisine: New American with Idaho emphasis Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering Website: www.ketchumgrill.com Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 143

The Kneadery

five b studios

best breakfast in the northern rockies

the kneadery has been locals’ and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for nearly 40 years. Established in 1974, The Kneadery combines wholesome fresh food with a rustic Idaho atmosphere. Whether you’re headed out for a day of hiking, or spent the morning skiing the slopes, you’ll want to fuel up with a wholesome, nutritious meal at The Kneadery. All meals start with the freshest ingredients—locally baked organic breads, farm-fresh, cage-free eggs, seasonal fruit and top-quality meats. From the huge omelets and pancakes, to the fresh salads and burgers, there’s something for everyone. Great food is just the beginning at The Kneadery. Service with a smile and the authentic décor complete the package. Owners Duffy and Sheila Witmer have been collecting the Western artwork that fills The Kneadery and the Pioneer Saloon for decades. Come see why so many have made The Kneadery Ketchum’s best restaurant for breakfast for more than 15 years. 144 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

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Gina Penn - 19 years. Gina is the heart and soul of The Kneadery; she is also the mother of two boys and a marathon runner. Jimmy Roberts - 19 years. Jimmy is responsible for cooking over 3,500 eggs a week. Milagros Ortega - 8 years. Originally from Lima, Peru, Mili has been “heating up” The Kneadery’s kitchen for years. Nancy Gove - 5 years. We scored “Mama Nance” after 18 years of great service at the Pioneer Saloon. Steph Rowley - 2 years. After 5 years of service at the Pioneer Saloon, Steph is our newest edition. Buck - 25 years. Buck has been eating at The Kneadery daily for 24 years—he swears by the pancakes. contact

Phone: 208.726.9462 Location: 260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum Hours: 8 am to 2 pm daily Outdoor dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer and wine Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: Idaho American Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu, catering

Konditorei a sun valley tradition reimagined for a new era, the Kon-

ditorei offers a fresh take on the classic alpine café experience for breakfast and lunch. Lunch dishes range from smoked chicken spatzle with artichokes and spinach to nutella crepes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. To satisfy sweet tooth cravings, the café offers a full complement of artisanal coffee and hot chocolate drinks, plus house-baked European pastries. At any hour, the Konditorei maintains the heritage of Sun Valley with Austrian-influenced décor in a quaint, bustling café.

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things we love

• Authentic house-baked Austrian pastries; also available for take-away. • Relaxing on the patio in the heart of Sun Valley Village. • Feeling the vibe of an authentic Austrian konditorei without leaving home. • Stopping by the New York-style Short Line Deli or a la Mode next door for a delectable grab-and-go sandwich or irresistible shakes and sundaes.

Phone: 208.622.2235 Location: Sun Valley Village Hours: 7 am to 5 pm daily Outdoor Dining: Seasonal Beverages: Beer, wine, specialty coffee drinks Reservations: Not necessary Type of cuisine: Austrian/German Service: Dine in/outdoor patio Summer 2013 | sunvalleymag.com 145

Michel’s Christiania 1959 “the christy” 2013

no other restaurant is as steeped in ski history as Michel’s Christiania. Since 1959, “The Christy” has set the standard for fine dining in Sun Valley. On the walls are photographs from owner Michel Rudigoz’s time as coach of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ski Team during the golden years when a number of Sun Valley locals became ski champions, including Christin Cooper, Abbi Fisher-Gould and Maria Maricich. Olympic Gold Medalist Picabo Street gave a signed pair of skis to adorn the wall, as did Italian Champion Alberto Tomba. But you don’t have to be a ski aficionado to enjoy a meal here–Ernest Hemingway came so frequently he had his own table! Salmon with sorrel sauce, filet mignon with morels, lamb shank and fresh Idaho Red Trout are just a few of the tantalizing entrées that keep locals and tourists coming back year after year. Michel’s authentic recipe as well as superior Idaho potatoes makes “pommes frites” an unforgettable treat! Classic French dessert selections include crème brulee, fresh fruit sorbets, profiteroles and tarte tatin. Rudigoz, formerly of Lyon, France, made Sun Valley his home in 1972 and the restaurant his creative expression since 1994. Every evening you will find him lighting from table to table in the dining room, warmly greeting guests. The Olympic Bar’s warm, casual atmosphere encourages patrons to enjoy a wide selection of classic specialty cocktails as well as the full dining menu. From the vineyards and maison bourgeoises of Burgundy, Executive Chef Laurent Loubot cultivated a love of classic French cuisine and fine wine. Laurent honed his culinary skills in France and New York before settling in Sun Valley. Chef Laurent’s innovation and exceptional attention to detail help make “The Christy” the place to dine in Sun Valley. He leads our culinary team nightly in creating Michel’s signature French Cuisine! contact

Phone: 208.726.3388 Location: 303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum Hours: Bar, 4:45 pm; Dinner 6 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Beautiful, seasonal patio dining Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Traditional French Service: Dine in, bar service, private parties Website: www.christianiarestaurant.com 146 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

menu highlights

“Our A-List bartenders, Jan Hegewald and Jeremy Scherer, are busy every night mixing classic cocktails and their own special creations to complement the season. Try Michel’s fav: “Blanc Cassis” pairing white wine with a splash of Crème de Cassis liqueur. Enjoy a Blanc Cassis with our house-made pate de compagne appetizer! Bon Appétit!”

Pioneer Saloon old west meets new

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no visit to ketchum is complete without

a stop at the steakhouse affectionately known as “the Pio.” Owner Duffy Witmer has been working door to floor for 30 years to make sure everyone who comes into his saloon has a memorable meal. Prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, ribs­—you won’t leave unsatisfied. The Pio is typical of an earlier Idaho when ore wagons rattled down Main Street and business was done with a handshake over a beer. An interior décor of natural woods, mounted game and period firearms helps create an authentic saloon atmosphere. You can stop in for a drink at the cowboy bar any night and choose from a wide variety of beers, wines and liquors. Mosey on in to the dining room where most seats give you a view of a busy kitchen cranking out delicious, tender beef, grilled trout and overstuffed Idaho bakers. The Pioneer Saloon sits in the heart of Ketchum, the gateway to the Sawtooths and a mile from Sun Valley, the oldest and most elegant ski resort in America. The surrounding area is a recreation-lover’s paradise year-round and, since 1950, The Pioneer has become a traditional stop. This is the place for tourists, locals and anyone with a big appetite for history and great food. “If you haven’t been to the Pio,” says Duffy, “you haven’t been to Ketchum.”

a bit of history

contact

Phone: 208.726.3139 Location: 320 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Not accepted Type of cuisine: American steakhouse Service: Dine in Website: www.pioneersaloon.com

The Pioneer Saloon. . . or the Commercial Club, as it was called originally, was opened in the 1940’s as a gambling casino operated by Otis Hobbs. A few years later the casino closed and the American Legion took it over and it was used as a meeting hall. For a short time, the building was converted into a dry goods store. Around 1950, the building was reopened as a gambling casino by Whitey Hirschman, who named it Pioneer Saloon. Although never legal in Idaho, gambling flourished in Ketchum until 1953 when the law intervened. Whitey operated the Pioneer as a bar and a colorful antique store until the spring of 1965. In the mid ‘60’s, the Pioneer was redesigned as a restaurant. The present version of the Pioneer Saloon dates back from 1972—hence, the phrase “Where were you in ‘72”, the theme of our annual Pio Days celebration held each November. Duffy and Sheila Witmer have been the sole owners of the Pioneer Saloon since 1986.

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Roundhouse

baldy’s original mountain restaurant

Perched midway up Bald Mountain on the River Run side, the Roundhouse was built in 1939 by Sun Valley’s founding father, Averell Harriman. He named the octagonal-shaped structure after the railroad switch houses of the day. In 1941, thousands of Americans and ski enthusiasts worldwide became familiar with the Roundhouse through the classic movie, “Sun Valley Serenade.” Today, this restaurant is a culinary destination not to be missed. Serviced by the Roundhouse Gondola, the restaurant is now accessible for summer and winter dining. Offering selections from Northern European Alpine cuisine, the Roundhouse is open for lunch both in summer and winter. An exquisite wine list with a broad variety of selections and delectable homemade pastries complete the unforgettable dining experience at the Roundhouse. contact

Phone: 208.622.2012 Hours: Lunch daily 11am to 3pm Outdoor dining: Yes Beverages: Wine, beer, specialty cocktails

Reservations: Recommended; Type of cuisine: Northern European Alpine

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things we love

• Often called one of the Northwest’s most unique restaurants, the Roundhouse dining adventure begins with a soaring gondola ride up into the alpine paradise and towering peaks surrounding Ketchum and Sun Valley. • Lunch on the deck in summer offers a fun repast for hikers and bikers needing a break from Baldy’s challenging terrain.

Sawtooth Club downtown ketchum at its best originally opened in the 1940s when it was a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway, The Sawtooth Club has been a mainstay in Ketchum’s downtown scene longer than just about anyplace in town. For the last 26 years this Main Street institution has been guided by the creative vision of owner and chef Tom Nickel. Always busy with a great mix of locals and visitors, The Sawtooth Club offers a unique blend of steakhouse classics and creative interpretations of American bistro fare. “We’re inspired by our guests, our staff, our personal travel and our colleagues from other restaurants to keep the menu fresh, varied and interesting. And we are committed to offering food that is both healthy and sourced from close to home whenever possible.” From the MesquiteGrilled Ribeye Steak brushed with savory gorgonzola butter, to the unique Chicken Senegalese, the famous Rack of Lamb, Wood Grilled Breast of Duck or the Cajun Shellfish Pasta, everything on this irresistible menu is distinctive and delicious. One taste and you’ll know why—in five different years a local readers’ poll has recognized The Sawtooth Club as the “Valley’s Best Overall Restaurant.” After dinner, or all on its own, the long and welcoming bar, cozy fireside couches and eclectic “café menu” make The Sawtooth Club’s bar just about the most popular watering hole in town. Here you can relax around the large central fireplace and enjoy an order of their todie-for baked brie en croute or a pound of fresh steamer clams with one of their handcrafted cocktails, 20 wines by the glass or 10 international microbrews on tap. The Sawtooth Club really does have everything you could ever want for your night on the town. Don’t miss it. The Sawtooth Club . . . Still and always, this is downtown Ketchum at its very best! contact

Phone: 208.726.5233 Location: 231 N. Main St., Ketchum Hours: Bar, 4:30 pm; Dining room, 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: Spacious deck Beverages: Beer, wine, full bar Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Creative American dining/casual bar Service: Dine in, takeout, kids’ menu Website: www.sawtoothclub.com

accolades

“Don’t let the relaxed ambiance lead you to the conclusion that its forte is only steaks, though it does have the best in town!” — The Los Angeles Times “The favorite for mesquite-grilled steaks and seafood, and the place where locals hang out late at the long and welcoming bar.” — Life Magazine “They certainly deserve the honor as “The Valley’s Best Restaurant”.— The Idaho Statesman

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Sushi on Second modern global cuisine sushi on second is second to none in Ketchum

for creating a magical evening of food, friends and fun. Established in 1994, it is the Valley’s oldest sushi restaurant. But don’t let age fool you. Head Sushi Chef Zach Venzon is at the center of a talented crew of young sushi chefs that delight in creating dishes that are as appetizing to look at as they are to eat, like their famous “Who’s your Daddy?”, Citrus Sun and Galena Summit Rolls. Julia Child, after reading their menu, wrote on it, “Bon Appetit to Sushi on Second,” which is framed in the entry. Also see why Bon Appétit Magazine wrote, “Sushi on Second, the best sushi I’ve had in years.” The menu consists of global cuisine mixed with a healthy dose of Northwest experimentalism that creates a truly unique culinary experience. Chefs John Rust and Ashley Weber are behind their nightly specials, which keep local diners coming back, often twice a week. Be sure to try the sushi, of course, but some of John and Ashley’s current creative dishes include Paprika Panko Crusted Alaskan Halibut with a Cilantro Créme Fraîche over curried rice, SOS Tiger Rolls hot crispy won-tons filled with Crab, Shrimp and cream cheese served with a sweet chili sauce, Hawaiian-style Kalibi Baby Back Ribs, Seared Ahi Carpaccio with an Avocado Tartare and Grilled Washington Sockeye Salmon with an orange ginger glaze over a Shitake mushroom Bok Choy saute to name a few. The full wine, champagne, beer and sake bar is fitted with a flat-screen television to see the latest scores, snow and fishing reports. But whether you are sitting in one of the two private, screened tatami rooms or at the 20-seat sushi bar itself, all eyes in the restaurant invariably wind up on the sushi chefs. Knives a-blur, they chop and slice the finest seafood available, which is flown in fresh from locations such as Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji and Japan by their own seafood import company, Idaho Seafood. Come in and taste why Sushi on Second has been consistently over the years voted Ketchum’s best restaurant for sushi and seafood. To take a virtual tour of the restaurant or to check out our full menu, go to www.sushionsecond.com and please like us on Facebook. contact

Phone: 208.726.5181 Location: 260 Second St., Ketchum Hours: 5:30 pm nightly Outdoor dining: No Beverages: Wine, beer, sake, soft drinks Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Asian fusion Service: Dine in, takeout Website: www.sushionsecond.com 150 sunvalleymag.com | Summer 2013

Trail Creek Cabin an unforgettable experience that inspires tradition

the unparalleled ambiance of

Trail Creek Cabin has made an evening here a family tradition for years. Once seated in the cabin or on the patio and deck, diners relax with one of the Cabin’s many specialty drinks. Perusing the menu, diners will find an

impressive variety of Rocky Mountain fare which includes wild game—appropriate for the Cabin which once hosted renowned author Ernest Hemingway—Idaho trout, lamb and steak. Seasonal fresh cobblers served with housemade ice cream complete the evening.

While sleighs were the first mode of transportation to the Cabin, guests now find their way to this historic restaurant on bikes, walking or on horse-drawn wagons in summer and snowshoes, cross-country skis or sleighs in winter. Driving also is an option.

contact

Phone: 208.622.2019 Location: 1.5 miles east of the Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road (1/2 mile past the Sun Valley Club) Hours: Dinner, Tuesday through Saturday 5:30pm to 9:00pm Deck Bar: 4:30pm -9pm, June 26 through Sept. 12 Beverages: Wine, beer, specialty cocktails Reservations: Recommended Type of cuisine: Rocky Mountain Service: Dine in

things we love

• Cooling off at the deck bar with cocktails overlooking Trail Creek. • Enjoying live music several summer evenings a week. • Biking or walking out for dinner on the Baldy View Terrace.

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