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Tennis champ holds serve in Idaho. by laurie sammis Photography by tim brown


Dreams Meet Reality

Creating four dream-come-true homes in the Valley. By karen bossick and mike mckenna


Of Purple Mountains and Halcyon Skies

How a new era of land conservation may save the West. By adam tanous


Beaver Creek Fire Photo Essay

A photo essay of the massive fire that threatened the Wood River Valley for nearly a month. photography by yancy caldwell, wyatt caldwell, steve dondero, cody haskell, max monahan and mark oliver.

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20 From the Editor 22 Contributors


Art & Galleries

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88 Budding Creatives The Emerging Art Scene in Sun Valley.

29 Local Buzz 92 Bright Lights Worshipping Sun Valley- style, U of I’s Architectural Art Lighting Tips from Influence, Calendar of the Local Galleries. Year’s Best Local Events. 43 Gift Guide Fun and Unique Local Gift Options anyone can enjoy. 47 Body & Soul Om Spaces, Women’s Health Tips, Making your own Om Space. 55 Get Out There Gear Consignment Shops and Storage for Toys.

96 Stock Options Local Restaurants offer Simmering Soups.

Home showcase pg. 106

100 Restaurant Guide A Guide to the Valley Eateries.


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A comprehensive guide to architects, builders, designers and landscapers in the Wood River Valley. on the cover

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efore we begin the introduction to our fall issue, it seems appropriate to first pause for a moment. To stop and express our gratitude to the many firefighters who flooded into our Valley to help fight the Beaver Creek Fire that marched down our hillsides and over our neighborhoods this past August. The Beaver Creek Fire descended upon us with a ferocity and magnitude that was both terrifying and chilling. We stood spellbound, watching in disbelief as conditions conspired, deteriorating into the “perfect storm” of intense heat, driving wind and dry brush. Nearly everyone was touched, as business halted and mandatory evacuations increased with each passing day, and, in a matter of mere hours, a monster of great magnitude was created. It threatened to engulf our homes, devour our scenery and destroy our livelihood. Thankfully, it never happened. More than 1,800 men and women from all over the country arrived with tents and packs, saws, axes and shovels, to help local firefighters and emergency personnel defend a small valley in Idaho that most of them had never seen before. I spoke with a woman from New Mexico, another man from North Carolina and a crew from Oregon. And while the national news reported on the homes of celebrities and Hollywood elite, InciWeb faithfully reported on the facts and our local media provided emergency evacuation updates for residents. And, as we have always done when faced with a challenge, we came together as a community and opened our homes and our hearts to help one another, as well as all those who helped defend our homes and our way of life. And defend it, they did. We escaped with no loss of life and only one home and a couple of structures lost to the fire. In the days and weeks that followed, while the fire continued to rage west of our hills and homes, signs went up from Ketchum to Hailey and all points between offering our thanks and gratitude to all the firefighters. In the process, I think that perhaps we saw our world differently. We experienced it from the perspective of true gratitude and appreciation, and, when it was over, our blue skies and alpine scenery never looked so stunning. Even as small sections lay smoldering in wisps of smoke and residents returned slowly after the flight from their homes, we welcomed one another back home. We went out to eat and shopped locally and dined out on nights we might not otherwise. We celebrated a community that extended far beyond our borders and were reminded, once again, about the power of working together towards a common goal. So, perhaps that is introduction enough. This issue of Sun Valley Magazine is our special HOME Annual. It is about the men and women that help us build the tangible parts of our dream here in the mountains of Central Idaho. And in these pages, they are celebrated for their creativity in designing and building our dream homes (view four Valley dream homes, from contemporary to rustic, on page 64) and our sacred spaces—whether they are the “Om Spaces” in our own homes and backyards (page 47) or the more public places where we worship communally (page 30). Discover the unique group of architects mentoring and guiding one another and supporting their alma mater here in the WRV (page 34) or the emerging artists that can be discovered in local galleries and studios. And in a true testament to working in partnership, read Adam Tanous’ feature story “Of Purple Mountains and Halycon Skies” (page 74) to learn about the spirit of collaborative land conservation that is helping to preserve the West. This issue is about coming home. It is about new beginnings and becoming whole. It is about gratitude for all that we have. Our valley is still beautiful. Our way of life was rescued and will be preserved for future generations and visitors to enjoy. Thank you to all of those who worked to ensure that future.


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MARGOT RAMSAY (Om Spaces, Page 48) first realized her love for the Wild West during summers in college at the University of Virginia, when she led backcountry expeditions throughout the country and internationally. She graduated with degrees in Spanish and science, and headed west for a teaching position at an alternative boarding school for boys situated on a working ranch. After a few years of taming cows, as well as teenage boys, Margot decided to go back to school for nursing. These days you will find Margot nursing, writing and running after her three-year-old, Angus, with husband Carter at their home in Ketchum.

Born in the Sun Valley Hospital in 1963, TIM BROWN’s (Mats Wilander, Page 78) unique perspective is evident in both his photography and videography work. Whether a voyeuristic angle or an insider’s view, he manages to capture the most intriguing aspect of any given subject. Difficult to pigeonhole, Tim is capable of lending his distinctive eye to architectural themes, sporting and musical venues, commercial advertising campaigns and fine art imagery. Tim brings a sincere curiosity to each assignment, ensuring he gets the composition, the edit, the shot. He’s worked for The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated, Men’s Journal and is producing the video series, “USOpening...Doors with Mats Wilander.”

TESSA SHEEHAN (Galleries & Artists, Page 87) moved to the Wood River Valley at five years old and, after studying journalism and mass media at the University of Idaho, she circled back home. Today, you can find her traveling the world, exploring the Valley’s mountain trails, volunteering at local events, at a local yoga studio or listening to live music. Through it all, she has a camera hanging on her hip, waiting to catch the next fleeting moment of life in Sun Valley.

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Our editor, MIKE McKENNA (Dream Homes, Page 65), began his literary career as a poet along the Great Bay of New Hampshire. After working as an award-winning newspaper columnist and magazine staff writer in California’s Sierra Nevada, Mike returned to Idaho several years ago to work for Sun Valley Magazine. He first fell in love with the Gem State (and his locally raised wife, Brooke) nearly 20 years ago. An avid fly fisherman, Mike is the author of the highly acclaimed guidebook, “Angling Around Sun Valley,” and can be found casting in local waters just about any day of the year. He lives in Hailey with his wife and their two young sons/fishing buddies, Jack and Sam. 22 | Home annual 2013-2014

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Nature of Worship

The Language of Sun Valley’s Sacred Architecture BY Alec Barfield

In the last decade, the resort communities of Ketchum and Sun Valley have been blessed with three modern expressions of the traditional church building: St. Thomas Episcopal (2001), the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood (2005) and Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church (2006). All three share an organic architectural approach, one that ties a rsurrounding tered,AIA each building spiritually toc hthe beauty of the mountains, valleys and rivers.

“We don’t expect our homes to last for centuries—we expect our churches to,” Father Justin Brady said during a Ctour ofE C T S M c L A U G H L I N & A S S O C I A T E S A R H I T Our Lady of the Snows, Sun Valley’s award-winning Catholic P O B O X 4 7 9 _in S U Nthat V A L L Eexpectation Y, I D 8 3 3 5 3 Pis H _ the 2 0 8 . 7 hope 2 6 . 9 3 9 2 that FaA Xwell_208.726.9423 W W W. M C L A U G H L I N A R C H I T E C T S . C O M church. Included designed church will also captivate us, its architecture an St. Thomas enduring expression of our deepest values. As with any house For years, St. Thomas Episcopal was smaller of worship, the architect must be conscious of a unique than some neighboring mansions. Around the spiritual function and the means through which his or her millennium, the growing parish and its interdecisions will facilitate the religious experience, something faith guests, including the Wood River Jewish Community and Alcoholics Anonymous, that varies from faith to faith. 30 | Home annual 2013-2014

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THIS PAGE The St. Thomas Episcopal church, on Sun Valley Road, is a convex A-frame sandwiched between a rock foundation and a shake roof. opposite page The stunning Our Lady of the Snows church, designed by parishoner Jim McLaughlin, shines bright on Sun Valley Road.

needed room to breathe. But the project faced a dilemma in that “everyone felt very comfortable with the church they had and didn’t want it to change,” remembered John Stewart, the Bellingham, Washington-based architect charged with the task of designing a new place of worship. The original building was a soft but noble design, which had “good bones” that everyone agreed should remain unchanged and simply be added on to. The heart (and bones) of St. Thomas is a slightly convex A-frame sandwiched between a rock foundation and a sweeping shake roof, cut short to expose a cedar skeleton. In the gap is an artistic spate of windows, with a cross spanning the center and a commanding view of Mt. Baldy anchoring the background. Considering the roof’s angles, as well as the use of natural color and materials, the building achieves a fitting alpine vernacular. “Without a doubt, it represents the mountain,” said Stewart of the original aesthetic, all he had to do was add 6,000-square-feet. The solution involved keeping the integrity of the old church on Sun Valley Road and expanding downhill: adding administrative space, a concrete patio and a children’s school. As in the sanctuary, none of the additions are awash with light, keeping the atmosphere intimate. The beams that do filter light through evoke a celestial energy. Stewart’s ability to make inspiring connections with St. Thomas’ surroundings is also expressed in the maze of patio, which wraps around the church, joining it with a throng of welcoming cottonwoods. Home annual 2013-2014 | 31

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At Our Lady of the Snows, located just up Sun Valley Road from St. Thomas, the liturgical priority of the Eucharist is manifest in nearly every aspect of the design. “A problem with some churches,” said Father Brady, “is not knowing where to be directed.” Upon entering Our Lady, the focal point of the altar comes slowly but surely. Designed by local architect and long-time member, Jim McLaughlin, the church is an emphatic work, characterized by a dormered steel roof that thrusts its cedar beams over a stone facade blanketing the exterior. A circular window above oversized doors punctuates the entry, beckoning the eye inward. The open sanctuary of Our Lady is similarly hypnotic. In the middle of its cruciform layout, directly above the altar, hangs a mystical glass and fiber-optic sculpture that truly centers the interior’s energy. Designed by artist Sharon Marston, the piece is widely interpreted; for some it’s the presence of the Holy Spirit, and for others it’s simply a collection of snowflakes. 32 | Home annual 2013-2014

Regardless of what one sees above the altar, McLaughlin devised the sanctuary to be as dramatic as the structure itself. “I wanted people when they walked in to feel that they were in a very special space,” he said. Between the high ceilings, a glass perimeter and Marston’s sculpture, Our Lady feels sacred. “It’s one of those things where people don’t know why they’re responding to a building in a certain way,” observed McLaughlin. “They just know they like it.” The alluring chandelier, the lovely hidden gardens and the drama of the building itself all serve this end. McLaughlin’s work is the articulation of an attitude that places art above “flow space.”

Church of the Big Wood

Likewise, around 2001, the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood (CBW) needed to expand. “The vision of this congregation,” explained Pastor Bob Henley, who moved from the Midwest at the time of construction, “was that they wanted this space to

Organic Religious Architecture

Considering their spiritual function, church designs should encourage what Henley describes as delighting in “creation,” and thereby the Divine, by virtue of good architecture. At St. Thomas, the most remarkable feature is a matchless view of Bald Mountain, framed perfectly in the sanctuary’s opus of windows. At Our Lady, it is also an indoor-

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give back to the community.” The completed building, which currently occupies 33,000-square-feet on the banks of the Big Wood River in Ketchum, includes a gymnasium, offices, a full commercial kitchen, a teenage worship space and a versatile sanctuary. According to the Ketchum-based architect Janet Jarvis, there was a desire to keep the design, despite its enormous scale, fairly quiet. “They wanted it to be low-key and to not have the architecture be too imposing,” she said. When approaching the Church of the Big Wood, this is precisely the feeling: earth tones color the rambling exterior, where the focus is on a hybrid portico, the columns of which Jarvis constructed using local river rock. To the right, a tower of the same stone harbors a simple cross, the only clear indication of the building’s purpose. Inside, the sanctuary is a clean and acoustically brilliant space that can accommodate anything from Sunday sermons to the Sun Valley Opera. Light fills the room through large windows, offering a moving portrait of the Big Wood River. An equally symbolic feature is the sanctuary’s fan shape, added Pastor Henley, because “when we gather, it’s about the community of people.” For CBW, the building’s spiritual function is highly social, providing space for uses beyond Communion. The breadth of its outreach, as a result, goes beyond that of its smaller counterparts. As Henley explained, CBW was intended to be “a people’s church,” meaning its size and versatility were essential to its spiritual purpose. “There is a window onto the beauty of God’s creation that we experience here in the Valley, like few other places,” remarks Pastor Henley. What he sees at work in Jarvis’s design of CBW is an intentional nod to the Wood River Valley’s natural cathedral. Of his years behind the Big Wood’s pulpit, Pastor Henley remarked, “One of the joys of being a preacher is looking out the window to see God’s handiwork.”

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THIS PAGE The Church of the Big Wood occupies 33,000square-feet along the banks of the Big Wood River. opposite page (clockwise) St. Thomas Episcopal Church stands proudly along Sun Valley Road; An architectural illustration of St. Thomas Episcopal’s nave, packed full of parishoners; The altar of St. Thomas’ beautiful church offers awe-inspiring views of Baldy.

outdoor stroke that defines the experience, as one is drawn to the altar past scenes of horses at pasture, lush gardens and evergreens. As Father Brady acknowledged, “You can see the outside world and are therefore called to remember our relationship with it.” Finally, at CBW the sanctuary connects the congregation to nature through immense windows that reveal surging waters, profoundly symbolic, coursing past the pews. “There are corresponding values,” insisted Father Brady, among the religious communities here, like “the recognition that art and worship, the invisible and the visible, that these things aren’t diametrically opposed. That they all fit together.” Pastor Henley erchoed the sentiment: “Aesthetics and art are a part of the beauty God gives us.” For decades to come, the incredible architecture of the area’s newest churches will speak to the value that Ketchum and Sun Valley put on beauty, particularly that of the natural world. Although an unmistakably mixed bag, St. Thomas Episcopal, Our Lady of the Snows and the Church of the Big Wood come together as three organic designs that celebrate the paradise in which their members live, play and worship. SV mag

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Came a Tribe from the North

the Tradition of vandal Architects in Sun Valley BY Kate Elgee

Over a century ago, under the gloomy skies and rolling wheat fields of the northern Idaho Palouse, the state’s first and oldest university was built. In a style reminiscent of leafy East Coast campuses, architects laid sweeping lawns, brick-and-mortar clock towers, busting Gothic structures and stained-glass windows flanked in limestone. With a style that visually referenced tradition and time, they created a pastoral genius loci, or “sense of place,” that would shape the state, and its namesake college, for years to come. Now overgrown with ivy and bustling with students, the University of Idaho has been continuing to grow on this foundation. The College of Art and Architecture program (CAA), established in 1920, has been consistently producing some of Sun Valley’s most talented and notable architects. Local Vandal alumni include Jim McLaughlin of McLaughin & Associates Architects, Mark Pynn of Mark Pynn Architect LLC, Nick Latham, Buffalo Rixon and Michael Bulls of Ruscitto | Latham | 34 | Home annual 2013-2014

Blanton Architectura (RLB), Michael Doty of Michael Doty Associates, Architects, and Mark de Reus of de Reus Architects. Having won national awards and fellowships for their work in Sun Valley, these Idaho graduates are the brains behind many of our landmark buildings. With projects like the Sun Valley Pavilion, the Bald Mountain lodges, Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Whiskey Jacques, Moss Gardens and many award-winning residential homes, they have designed the spaces that have

shaped our community, our identity and our landscape—in other words, our “sense of place”—for the last 40 years. There are currently over 20 graduates from the University of Idaho’s CAA program living and practicing in the Wood River Valley, meaning Vandals comprise almost half of the architects registered with the Mountain Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). “There is a strong community of Vandals here,” said Mark Pynn (Class of ’79), who was an important member of the foundation that rescued the CAA back in 2005 (after it had been absorbed into the College of Science and Letters) and is currently a member of the advisory council for the college. “It’s a great design-oriented school,” he said, adding, “a college of art and architecture.” Based on the idea of theorists like Walter Benjamin, the program focuses on having no division among artistic disciplines. CAA Dean Mark Hoversten explained, “We are unique in that we have programs of art and design, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, virtual technology and design, graphic design, fine arts and information design all under one roof. It’s rare to have them as one integrated program,

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THIS PAGE Blanket Bay, acclaimed as New Zealand’s finest luxury lodge, was designed by Sun Valley architect Jim McLaughlin. opposite page Cold Springs Crossing, designed by Michael Doty, is the latest example of the University of Idaho’s architectural influence in Sun Valley.

but we feel that each of these departments informs, and is informed by, the other.” “It’s a great program that produces a lot of fine architects,” said Jim McLaughlin (Class of ’71). “It provided me with a well-rounded education that really prepared me for the field.” When he arrived in Sun Valley in the early ’70s, fresh from Moscow, Idaho, he was the first Vandal to start practicing architecture locally. Since then, he has brought in many U of I graduates to work for him, including 25-year employee Bernie Johnson.

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Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho has long been considered one of the best colleges in the Northwest and nothing exemplifies the school’s strengths more than its architecture program. The unique, nationally accredited program combines classroom learning, design studios and hands-on programs, allowing students to develop a solid creative foundation in both art and architecture—something you won’t find in most architecture programs.

Left to right: Michael Doty, Jim McLaughlin and Mark Pynn all are U of I graduates.

Similarly, after Nick Latham (Class of ’73), a few years behind McLaughlin, established himself in Sun Valley, he brought up young Vandal bucks like Michael Bulls (Class of ’02), Buffalo Rixon (Class of ’93), and professional engineer Scott Heiner (Class of ’86), now all three are partners and/or principles at the firm. Both Bulls and Rixon credit Latham as “a huge mentor and influence.” And now they are showing the dormer-and-drip-molding ropes to architectural intern Mike Smith (Class of ’09). Only a few months from taking his test to become a licensed architect, Smith will complete a three-generation legacy of Vandals working at RLB. “It was quite a shock stepping out of the academic environment and into the professional world of architecture. Academia and the professional practice are two very different animals,” explained John Rowland (Class of ’05) who works at de Reus Architects. But having U of I alumni like John McLaughlin and Mark de Reus (Class of ’77) to turn to for advice and support made all the difference. As John explained, “Having a close-knit community of peers is invaluable.” There is an important element of mentorship among the Vandals of Sun Valley, between the inexperienced and the established architects, that keeps younger graduates rotating in—an element that is hard to find in larger firms in the city. As Nicole Ramey (Class of ’06) of Michael Doty Associates explained, “I could have gone to work for a corporate firm in Boise. In fact, I did for a while. But I would have been swallowed up by such a huge conglomerate. I wouldn’t have had the freedom of experience or the working relationships I have here.” Home annual 2013-2014 | 35

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Ramey first started her career as an intern for Michael Doty (Class of ’81), straight out of high school. She took a few years off to get her Masters of Architecture at U of I, and when she graduated, Doty hired her back. “He supported me the entire time. He’s been a great mentor and obviously a huge influence on my career,” she said. When asked why he preferred to hire U of I grads, Doty explained, “There is a loyalty and camaraderie among Idaho students. I choose to hire them because I know the education system they went through—I went through it myself—and I know they will come out well-equipped and well-rounded.” The main employment markets for U of I grads nowadays are Seattle, Portland, Boise 36 | Home annual 2013-2014

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and northern Idaho. But for such a small community, Sun Valley has a highly concentrated number of talented graduates-turnedarchitects. McLaughlin, who was on the Idaho Licensing Board for 10 years, explained: “In the ’90s, we had 25% of the architects in the state—over 100 architects—living in our little community. I think we’ve lost a few over the years to the economic downturn, but the numbers are still up there.” Even with the housing market crash, architects in Sun Valley have “stuck together,” as Dean Hoversten stated. “The program at U of I is small enough that it creates a sense of allegiance,” he said, almost like a family. “It’s no wonder why many of our best graduates end up in Sun Valley. It’s a great place to work and a great place to live.” Working on fascinating projects, with a sophisticated awareness of design and concept, these Idaho architects have created an aesthetically meaningful genius loci for our home in Sun Valley—a strong sense of place and community, at once traditional and contemporary, cultured and yet comfortable. And one that is still “keeping it in the family.” SV mag

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2013-2014 From Music and Foodie Festivals to Recreational and Sporting Events, we round up this year’s highlights. So start marking your calendar for Sun Valley’s Can’t Miss Events!

for an up-to-date calendar and event coverage.

October 10-13

October 19-20

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.

Celebrating the deep and growing local art scene in Sun Valley (see “Budding Creatives” page 88), the first annual Wood River Studio Tour will showcase more than 50 Valley-based artists of all kinds. The two-day tour will include studios from Bellevue to Ketchum, an artist reception and even a “Bike the Tour” option.

Trailing of the Sheep

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.

October 18-20 Crosstoberfest

Combining cyclocross and Oktoberfest, this annual bike race usually involves riding through snow or trudging through mud (and then sampling beer from the 30-some breweries that post-up booths at the event).

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Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Wood River Studio Tour

November 22 – January 3

sun valley Winter Wonderland Festival

The Second Annual Sun Valley Winter Wonderland Festival will feature a village light display, Winter Wonderland Gala, holiday window stroll, Gingerbread decoration, a Bogner 80th Birthday Bash and more.

November 28

11th annual turkey trot

Before you start indulging yourself on Thanksgiving, come run (or walk) a 5K to benefit local charities. Wind through the new Draper Preserve/ Bow Bridge course and enjoy the brisk fall day. The event had more than 600 participants last year.

January 25 – February 2

Sun Valley Nordic Festival

The Sun Valley Nordic Festival is a week filled with Nordic skiing, demonstrations, races and seminars right here in “Nordic Town USA.”

December 7 – December 28

hailey hometown holiday celebration

Weekly holiday celebration in Hailey Holiday Square with Santa, cocoa by the fire and the Hailey Holiday Raffle. Support local businesses this holiday season.

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Crosstoberfest - a bike and beer fest


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December 14

The Holiday Bazaar is an important fundraiser for The Papoose Club, whose mission is to support local youthoriented groups through fundraising activities and events in the Wood River Valley.

A holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike, the tree lighting ceremony will get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Lighting starts at 5pm.

papoose club annual holiday bazaar

December 10-29

shipwrecked! a company of fools production

The adventurous Louis de Rougemont invites you and your family to hear his amazing story of bravery, survival and celebrity that left nineteenthcentury England spellbound.

Sun Valley Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 24

Christmas Eve Celebration

This free celebration kicks off at 6pm with the Sun Valley production of “Nutcracker on Ice,� followed by the annual Torchlight Parade down Dollar Mountain. Fireworks, public ice-skating and a cameo by Santa Claus.

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2014 January 10-11

laugh out loud tour

Back by popular demand (because they always sell out), it’s Chicago’s legendary comedy theatre company, The Second City! The Second City on Tour features the next generation of comic greats performing a diverse array of sketches and songs, as well as off-thecuff improvisation that can provide completely unexpected comic brilliance. The Second City provides a hilarious and insightful look into contemporary American culture.

January 18-19

Idaho Pond Hockey Classic

The Pond Hockey Tournament, held at the outdoor ice rink at Atkinson Park in Ketchum will host two days of double-elimination, 4-on-4 hockey with both “A” and “B” teams, beer and BBQ.

February 1

April 3-5

The 2014 Boulder Mountain Tour will be host to the American Cross-Country Skiers (AXCS) National Masters Championships. Celebrating its 39th year, this is one of the largest cross-country ski races in the country.

The leading fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, The Janss Cup pairs local skiers and snowboarders with former pros for themed race days, costume contests and “the best party on snow.”

Boulder Mountain Tour

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good people a company of fools

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

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March 13-16

The sun valley film festival

“Vision Comes into Focus” during this four-day film festival in Sun Valley, with avant-garde independent films, mixed media, shorts, premieres and previews from Idaho filmmakers.

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Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival

June 27-July 6 Ride Sun Valley

This mountain bike festival has eight days of races and events on Sun Valley’s 400+ miles of continuous singletrack, including the 5th Annual Idaho Pump Track State Championships, the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships and the Sun Valley Beer Festival.

July 11-13

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.

July 17-19

Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction

This 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.

August 8-10

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.


September 18-21

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

The area’s premiere foodie event! This food festival in Ketchum and Sun Valley features a local restaurant walk, chef demonstrations, a martini and caviar party, a river guide culinary competition and food and wine tastings for the whole weekend.

August 29-September 1 Wagon Days

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body and soul

48//valley om spaces

Locals share their sacred places.

50//places to get your zen on Creating personal meditation space.

52//top 10 women’s health tips Staying healthy all year.

Tener Rogers’ om space.

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locals share their sacred places BY Margot Ramsay

Everyone knows that this Valley has some incredible homes. Temple in Board Ranch Diane Crist is well versed in the art of “being From the outside, these amazing abodes created by the awardShe has been meditating since 1972 and wining architects and builders that reside locally can be deceiving. quiet.” has been practicing yoga all her life. “For me, Hidden away in some of these homes, deep in the heart of these meditation simply makes life easier,” Diane said. domiciles, you may find something surprising. Far from the hustle Her family’s move to Ketchum in 1979, after deciding to “take a break” from their suburban exisand bustle, there lives a piercingly quiet and blank space. It’s a tence in San Francisco, also made life easy. As she place where you may just discover, and then relax in, your own “After a year, we decided that Ketchum “Zen.” These personal temples, spaces for yoga or spots simply to explained, really was home, and we’ve lived here ever since.” find balance, are becoming a popular addition to homes. The central role that meditation and yoga We checked in with a few Valley homeowners to learn more have played in Diane’s life prompted her to recruit about the om spaces in their homes. husband and builder John Majors to design and

Posada Yoga Tower

Jim and Karen Posada are more than familiar with the wilds of Idaho—they not only live in it, they have a front-row seat from the yoga tower in their home situated on a sprawling 160-acres in the Pahsimeroi Valley. The Posadas lived in the Bay Area and bought a vacation home in Challis in 2002, and Karen explained, “The more time we spent in Challis, the more time we wanted to be 48 | Home annual 2013-2014

there permanently.” The Posadas enlisted the help of local architect Jeff Williams to design the house. “It’s a contemporary ranch house with open views of the Valley, and nowhere is that view more powerful than from the studio tower where the phenomenal aspect of the home is a 360-degree experience,” Williams said. The tower was the “pièce de résistance” for Karen and it’s the only structure on

build her “om space” in 2010, which has become a sanctuary of sorts. Diane’s meditation space is situated near the river on her property out Board Ranch and, as she says, is a “luxury tree house.” The building design was done by her husband, but Diane explained, “I made the decisions on the interior, which is decorated with artifacts from Bhutan.” As for the benefits of her luxury Zen sanctuary, Diane explained. “We meditate there each morning. It is a gift to our spiritual life.”

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the second level of the home—a sort of refuge of quiet from the rest of the commotion in the house. Karen said that her yoga tower is simply a “space outside of the normal living activity,” and that she and Jim often have coffee there in the morning and love to greet the day in this serene spot.

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Everything for above and below the sheets

THIS PAGE (clockwise) Architect Michael Doty created the Rees and Foley meditation space with a yoga/meditation/ guest room in mind; The Rees and Foley sacred space is a loft; Diane Crist’s luxury tree house meditation space. Diane Crist’s space is decorated with artifacts from Bhutan. OPPOSITE PAGE The yoga room at the Posada house offers incredible views.

Yoga Oasis North Ketchum

Carol Rees and her husband, John Foley, have been solid fixtures in the Valley for a collective 35 years. John has been here for 10 years and Carol for 25. They bought a house in 2011, just north of Ketchum, to accommodate their family of three, which includes the couple and their Weimaraner, “Bhodi,” who Carol says “keeps them on their toes.” When they decided to remodel their home in 2013, Carol and John solicited the help of architect Michael Doty to add a second story onto their home and create their “yoga/meditation/guest room.” Carol says about designing their space, “We both have regular meditation and yoga practices and wanted an appealing spot with plenty of light.” The yoga room has a barn door that can be closed for privacy and Carol explained that the room’s interior is sparse to reduce distraction and maximize the experience. “Having this yoga room is a great reminder and opportunity to practice each day,” she said, explaining that having the room upstairs adds to the feeling of the space. “The sun coming up over the ridge is so peaceful that you can’t help but bring that state of mind with you through your day!”

Meditating Mid-Valley

Kathleen Krekow, her husband Karl, and their four children moved here from Seattle 12 years ago for what she calls, “the common reasons”—the mountains, community, open spaces and the accessibility to skiing, biking and hiking. Karl is retired, and Kathleen is a long-time hospice volunteer and also works for Idaho’s Bounty. The couple designed and built their home and Kathleen explained, “In some ways our entire home was designed to be an om space; welcoming, inviting and not precocious.” Kathleen says that she didn’t intentionally create a meditation space in her home, but that one organically evolved, as did her practice. After the dissolution of her weekly meditation group in Hailey, Kathleen began practicing in her home and invited members from her former group to join. “I was very surprised I wanted to do this, as I am somewhat private and have never opened my home in such a way,” she said. “Two years later, we are stronger than ever!” Kathleen and her group practice in the den each morning with meditation cushions and a bell to open and close sessions. It’s a dynamic spot that she says transforms with the seasons. It seems that the Krekow’s om space has fostered peace throughout the home, as Kathleen’s 17 year-old son, Nick, summed it up, “Things have gotten a lot better around here since you and dad started meditating!” Home annual 2013-2014 | 49


Tener Rogers’ om space.

Spaces to Get Your Zen On creating personal space to meditate BY Margot Ramsay / PHOTOGRAPHY Tal Roberts

Let’s all take a minute for some “ommmm,” shall we? As time for ourselves steadily declines in the hurry-up world in which we live, moments to meditate, relax or just “be” become more, well, sacred. Carving out a space in our lives, whether literally or figuratively, for this practice is essential to creating balance. The idea of having an entire space dedicated solely for your “om” moments, or just a sort of getaway situated conveniently in your home, might sound like an impossible extravagance, but it is actually something that you can create—without putting serious dents in either your time or financial budgets. We talked to a Valley architect and a local yoga 50 | Home annual 2013-2014

instructor about how to create a Zen space in the comfort of your home. Jeff Williams is a local architect who has practiced in the Sun Valley area since 1992. “I took a real interest in Zen-type spaces when I was in design school,” he explained. “I was convinced that spiritual, sacred spaces were important. If not spiritual, at least ‘centering.’”

Jeff has designed a number of these spaces for Valley homes and understands the importance of a quiet spot in your home. As he explained, “Today’s need for such a space would be to try and help the occupant slow the world, the mind down.” In traditional Japanese residential architecture, Jeff said that “designers would create a space, often just an alcove, where they would put an item of spiritual focus or perhaps aesthetic focus—an icon, a poem in calligraphy, a vase with a single orchid—it was the object of meditation or just a reminder of the importance of simplicity, elegance and perhaps reality. Our lives these days are lopsided toward the external noise of the world and these spaces, ideally, would help us find a balance.” Taking a verse out of Williams’ thoughts on Zen spaces, you might just start with a simple corner of your home to carve out as a quiet space. Find a spot in your home that is especially comfortable and feels good and claim it as your own. You can hang prayer flags over your space to divide it from the rest of the home. Or you could “use a room divider to actively block off the rest of your life,” said Tener Rogers, a local yoga teacher and masseuse. “The actual act of putting up a room divider can symbolize that separation between your space and your home, which is the most important part in creating a quiet space.” Tener’s Zen space for herself as well as her yoga clients came to her organically, in the form of a log cabin that was given to her by a friend and moved onto her Deer Creek property. When creating your own space, Tener said, “Less is more. It doesn’t take much to make a wonderful space.” Other than delineating the space as your own, a crucial component to creating a Zen space (whether you are converting a whole room, like an office or playroom, or just making a section of your home your own) is to clean out the space both physically and emotionally, Tener explained. The space needs to be clear and neutral and for Tener, a mother of two youngsters, her yoga studio feels that way simply because it is the one place where there are no toys. SV mag

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om space tips Once you have found a space, cleaned it out and made it as “blank” as possible, you can start to bring in a few influential pieces from your life. Tener said that she recommends tapping into the five senses as your guide when building your personal om space. See: Choose a color of the room that makes you feel inspired and gives you a feeling of peace and serenity. “For some people, this might be a warm and yummy yellow, or a cool blue that is calming,” Tener suggested. For your visual appeal, bring in some element from nature in the form of rocks, shells or plants. You can also set up an altar, which is not religiously affiliated, but is simply filled with photos of things that inspire you, like a quote that you really like or fresh flowers. Smell: Scents can be a strong mood shifter, according to Tener, and she recommends essential oils or candles to set whatever atmosphere you prefer. Sound: To further set the feel of your space, bring in some type of soft music that is simple and pleasing to you.

Touch: Some people prefer a soft carpet that’s plush and cushy, while others want hard floors so that they can utilize a meditation cushion or a yoga mat. To create your quiet space, you can build an elaborate sanctuary or make it as uncomplicated as a meditation cushion in a closet. The point is to take time and breathe. Though it’s great to create an actual space dedicated to this practice, you can do this anywhere. Just grab a mat, light a candle and breathe your way into some Zen.

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Be sure to schedule a mammogram every one to two years. If you do it around your birthday, you will have a built-in reminder. Mammography scholarships are available at St. Luke’s, thanks to community generosity and the Idaho affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Include a variety of vegetables at each meal every day. Go to the local farmers’ markets or grocery store and look for bold, bright, beautiful vegetables to fill your plate. Homegrown, organic or heirloom veggies will almost always vary in color, size, and shape from those conventionally grown.


Throughout the day, take a moment to close your eyes, relax and take some deep, full breaths to center yourself. These mini-breaks will add quality minutes to your life.


It is the single most important thing you can do for your health. In the new book “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg says adding a new routine and sticking with it until it becomes a habit can lead to transforming other parts of your life—such as a better social life, more successful career or happier family.

8. STAY HYDRATED Water to our bodies is like sunshine to flowers. Strive for at least eight glasses a day.


Sleeping seven to eight hours per night helps regulate hormones. Active minds and bodies need down-time to rejuvenate.


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56//in the valley of gear

Ideas for organizing and storing gear.

58//giving new life to used gear Local shops are recycling sports equipment.

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“I think it’s a lot like my life in general— a big pile of fun stuff, all the things you have to have— somewhat organized— but if the ship ran any tighter it would take too long and things would most likely get lost.” —jake nelson fashion. So he created a custom cabinet that pulls out to store all of Muffy’s alpine skis and another one for Nordic skis. She has a dedicated area for bikes (Muffy has nine), a waxing bench and shelves for skis once they’ve been waxed. Muffy keeps the garage as clean as possible and makes sure to hang up bikes after she uses them and always puts her six pairs of alpine skis and 14 pairs of Nordic skis back in their cabinets after a ski, until they’re again ready to be ripped upon again.

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In the Valley of Gear

ideas for storing your mountain toys BY Margot Ramsay / PHOTOGRAPHY David Seelig

If you live in the Wood River Valley, it’s practically a prerequisite that you become some variation of a “gearhead.” Between the hiking, biking, skiing and fishing, and the virtually endless options available to us in this Mecca of outdoor recreation, the necessary gear begins to add up and soon needs some space of its own. A few local mountain-sport enthusiasts shared the creative ways that they store their precious and abundant gear. Gear Organization by Muffy

Muffy Ritz is a Ketchum sports legend. These days you’ll find her working at Glow Live Foods slinging kale and the like during the morning hours, and in the afternoons you’ll likely find her sweating it out on the trails, doing some sort of intense exercise that would put most of us mere mortal folk to shame. Muffy came to the Valley in 1990 to be an assistant Nordic coach for the Sun Valley ski team before she started VAMPS 56 | Home annual 2013-2014

in 1996. VAMPS (which stands for “Vomen and Muffy’s Programs”) is considered one of the nation’s most successful cross country ski programs for women of all abilities and, between that and her passions for alpine skiing, epic mountain biking and camping, Muffy needed an organized space to house her surplus of gear. Muffy said that when she married her (now former) husband, who is a contractor, he wanted to customize the garage to hold all of her gear in an orderly and user-friendly

Clay and Stephanie Sammis have their hands full with three active and sports-inclined boys under the age of nine. Stephanie says in the summer of 2011 she and Clay decided to make a life change and moved from California. As Steph says about the move, “We thought, ‘Life’s too short, so why not?’ It was just supposed to be for one year, but now we are here indefinitely!” Now permanent fixtures in a mountain town, Stephanie’s kids are serious gear aficionados and, between kid and parent toys, they have a full garage. Stephanie said that gear is “Clay’s department,” and that the family enjoys a variety of sports, including (deep breath): skiing, mountain biking, hockey, skateboarding, backpacking, camping, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, tubing, hiking, fishing, swimming, soccer, football and baseball. To indulge themselves in that unbelievable list, the Sammis family’s gear is stored in an incredibly organized system of racks, shelves and bike hooks—the only way to even consider finding the proper equipment for each sport. When asked about it all, Clay came up with an abbreviated list of gear that includes 13 bikes, nine skateboards, nine spinner rods, three paddleboards, 10 wetsuits, 14 life vests (he forgot to mention the 24-foot boat and trailer), 14 pairs of skis and


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this page (Clockwise from top left) Jake Nelson’s fly fishing storage is a ‘97 Suburban; Fly rods are stored in Nelson’s Suburban; Muffy Ritz’s gear storage in her garage. OPPOSITE PAGE Muffy Ritz’s garage gear storage is neat, clean and expertly arranged.

three tool chests with around 1,500-pounds of Clay’s tools to keep all the gear in working condition—good luck with that!

Fly-fishing out of a ’97 Suburban

Fly fisherman Jake Nelson has “chased the fish” since he was a child in western Washington. Jake said he really got into fly fishing during his college years in Pullman, Washington, where he met other “fishing psychos” and chased after his fair share of steelhead, trout and bass. Jake moved to Sun Valley in the fall of 2000 and, once he experienced a Wood River Valley summer, he was, literally, hooked on the place. As Jake explained about fishing in the Valley, “I treated my addiction to fishing as a hobby for as long as I could, but eventually felt happiest being on the river all summer and that’s when I got into guiding.” Jake now spends his summers as a guide

for Silver Creek Outfitters. His gear is housed in a 1997 blue Suburban that he says has enough room to comfortably seat his guests and space in the back to keep “just-in-case clothes, rods, waders, tools, dirt, dog hair and whatever else people leave in it.” As Jake explained, “Anyone who fishes needs to be able to get their gear and drive to the water. For me it’s every day, so I have a system for keeping my fly rods strung up, ready to rock and inside my vehicle.” Jake’s set-up includes bungee cords to hold rods and chairs, which are in the “wading-boot zone” of the Suburban, selectively placed behind the left back door which Jake says hasn’t opened in three years. Besides his “miscellaneous tub” that houses back-up jackets and socks, Jake’s most important piece of equipment is his cooler, which he says he lives out of all summer. As Jake says about his Suburban, “I think it’s a lot like my life in general—a big pile of fun stuff, all the things you have to have somewhat organized— but if the ship ran any tighter it would take too long and things would most likely get lost.” Home annual 2013-2014 | 57

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Giving New Life to Used Gear

two local shops are recycling sports equipment BY Mike McKenna / PHOTOGRAPHY Dev Khalsa

If the good, albeit somewhat unreliable, people at websites like Wikipedia ever decided to give an example of the proverb “One man’s treasure is another man’s trash,” they’d be well advised to use a mountain sports mecca like Sun Valley. Most ski towns are, after all, basically lifesized playgrounds and there’s no better example than America’s first such resort. The main reason people visit or move to Ketchum and the rest of the Wood River Valley is to play—to ski and hike, to fly fish, kayak and bike. And playing in the mountains, or even playing team sports, requires some serious gear. So it’s only natural that all that gear will eventually get old or replaced by newer, nicer or more technologically advanced 58 | Home annual 2013-2014

stuff. But instead of letting old or used gear rot away in the corner of the garage before it makes its way to the landfill, the idea to basically recycle the stuff to other sports lovers is catching on. That’s why consignment-style sporting good stores are popping up around ski towns all over the country, from the White Mountains to the High Sierra to our idyllic Valley in the heart of the Northern Rockies. When it comes to mountain bikes, fly reels or ever kids’ soccer shoes, one man’s trash

can definitely be another’s treasure. There are now two such consignmentstyle sporting goods stores in the Wood River Valley, both owned and operated by long-time locals.

Baldy Sports

Sondra Van Ert knows a thing or two about recycling when it comes to alpine sports. After becoming a teenaged national champion ski racer, she was eventually told she was too old to keep skiing competitively. So the Wood River High School grad took up snowboarding and made the U.S. Olympic team when she was in her early thirties. Sondra and her husband, Aaron Blaker, had been living in Montana and harboring a couple of dreams: to move back to the Valley and to open an outdoor sporting goods store. Aaron has long worked in the sporting goods world in the Northwest and even helped open a Play It Again Sports in Boze-

this PAGE Baldy Sports offers a range of items from clothing and shoes to hardgoods like snowboards and bicycles. opposite PAGE Baldy Sports owners Sondra Van Ert and husband Aaron Blaker opened Hailey’s first gear consignment store.

man, a franchised national chain that buys, sells and trades sporting goods. He liked the concept behind selling both new and used items and they both thought the idea would work well locally. “Ever since the economic downturn, things have changed a bit. More and more people are looking for a good deal on gear,” said Aaron, who has a gift for fixing up classic old bikes like vintage Schwinn cruisers. The couple opened Baldy Sports in Hailey in July and have been pleased by the response of the community. They sell both used (on consignment or for store credit) and new (clearance and over-stocked items from brand names) gear of all kinds, everything from the “Wall of Cleats” to demo skis, mountain bikes, socks, team sports Home annual 2013-2014 | 59

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1 They are environmentally conscious: It keeps one less thing from winding up in the landfill. 2 They’re compassionate: It allows someone else to find happiness and create great memories with something you no longer need. 3 They’re smart: It allows you to try new sports for less money, so you can decide if you actually like mountain biking, kayaking or skijoring before you invest heavily in it. 4 They’re kind: It helps support locals and a couple of local businesses. 5 They make financial sense: It can help you get the money you need to buy some brand new gear from your favorite local sporting good shop!

gear and lots of skateboard stuff. The latter has certainly stoked fans of Hailey’s worldclass skate park. “We’re really trying to make it a familyfriendly place,” Sondra said. “Not every family can afford to ski on Baldy. We give 60 | Home annual 2013-2014

THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Skateboards a-plenty at Baldy Sports; Terra Sports on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum offers consignment goods and a way for folks to cash in their old gear.

them some affordable options to still be able to get out there (to places like Rotarun in Hailey or Soldier Mountain in Fairfield) and have fun.” “Maybe you don’t have quite enough money for that sweet new bike or snowboard at Sturtevant’s, but you probably would if you sold your old one,” Aaron said about the concept behind Baldy Sports. “So we can help you out and let someone else enjoy your old gear.”

“We’re really trying to make it a family-friendly place. Not every family can afford to ski on Baldy. We can give them some affordable options to still be able to get out there and have fun.” —sondra van ert “Instead of filling landfills you can let the next person play,” Sondra explained, adding that part of the appeal of this business model to many people is that it embraces the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mentality. “We realizing that we don’t have to be such a disposable community,” she said. “And that’s pretty neat.”

Terra Sports

James “Jimmy” Terra and his wife, Kirsten, knew that the idea of opening a consignment sporting goods store in Ketchum was a good one. The life-long locals had bounced the idea off lots of friends and the response was always positive, despite the fact that such a store had already recently failed to catch on locally. There was a short-lived sporting consignment store in the Ketchum Industrial Park. But most folks felt the need for such a shop was there and that the location of the previous consignment shop in town is what did it in. “It was all about finding the right place,” Jimmy said, “and we found it.” The unique building next to the Country Cousins Store in Ketchum was just what the Terras had been looking for. It gets great foot traffic and is big enough to display everything from kayaks to float tubes, snowboards to mountain bikes. Terra Sports is also an official Nova Disk Golf distributor and carries the Famous Idaho Potato t-shirt and clothing line. “This town is flooded with retail sporting goods shops. We provide an option for people who maybe don’t have quite as much money to spend or are looking to get into a new sport without breaking the bank,” Jimmy explained, adding that they also help folks get money from their old gear, that can go towards getting new stuff to play with. “We take away the stress of selling your old gear,” he said. “So you can start thinking about what you’re going to get next.” Home annual 2013-2014 | 61


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Four Valley Dream Homes Revealed

Creativity. It is the source from which innovative design, functional simplicity and vibrant living spaces are born. The “Dream Homes� in this issue are all remarkable in their creativity. They remind us that the keys to finding or building a dream home are as much about creativity as they are about size or shape, location or budget. They are about creating dreams come true.

LEFT PAGE (Clockwise from bottom left) 1. A cabin in the woods. 2. The Baker residence, rustic contemporary. 3. The Wright residence, wood paneled glory. 4. The Martin residence, a remodel done right.

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The water features, designed by Eggers Associates, add to the natural splendor of the home.

Architect: Candace Tillotson-Miller Builders: Dembergh Brown Builders Landscape Designer: Kurt Eggers Landscaper: Nichols Landscaping Interior Designer: Jennifer Hoey Smith

A Cabin in the Woods

hen most of us let our thoughts drift towards the natural splendors of southern Idaho, we usually think about mountains and rivers, about the wind-swept high desert, the swaying grain and alfalfa farms and, of course, potatoes. Few folks think about cabins nestled in the woods. For such places are usually associated with ponds in New England or the north woods of Wisconsin, not Sun Valley. But that’s the great thing about the heart of Idaho, it’s full of surprises. When Alan and Mary, who are ski instructors in Minnesota, were searching for an ideal Western town for a second home, the Gem State hadn’t even crossed their minds. They were, after all, in search of something that would feel like their old cabin in the north woods of the Badger State. “We stumbled into Sun Valley never even considering it as a place to call home,” said Mary, who asked to keep the couple’s last name confidential. “But that changed pretty quickly.” After eight years of searching for the perfect place, the alpine-sports addicts were about to build in Montana and had even hired an architect, Candace Miller. But shortly after arriving in Sun Valley for their first visit, those plans came to a screeching halt. “We absolutely fell in love with the town and the community,” Mary said, citing Ketchum’s two terrific independent bookstores, Iconoclast and Chapter One, as huge selling points. “Sun Valley was the one place where the summer had as many great possibilities as the winter does,” Mary enthusiastically explained. “There are endless possibilities of things to do around here.” After deciding that the Wood River Valley was the right place, they jumped in whole hog trying to find a corner of it to call their own. And when they found their dream spot, nestled in an aspen grove in Rainbow Bend, tucked by the bike path, well within earshot of the Big Wood River, they knew it instantly. The next challenge was to find the right team to build their somewhat-unique-for-Sun Valley dream home. Since Candace already did work in Idaho, she jumped back on board and was soon joined by Chad Brown of Dembergh Brown Builders and interior designer Jennifer Hoey Smith. The project was off and running. “It was a really enjoyable experience. We called them our ‘Dream Team:’ Candace, Chad and Jennifer,” Mary said about the process of building their home, which included Chad sending them shots of the progress at the end of each week. “We would get so excited for Fridays,” she said. And as for the finished product, she and Alan couldn’t be more pleased with their 4,600-square-foot home. “It has that cabin-in-thewoods feel. We love it,” Mary happily stated. “It was an absolutely gorgeous location and we really tried to capitalize on the natural elements of the site,” SV Candace said about an architectural design that included keeping it mag cutting very few trees and incorporating the surrounding local colors, which are a mutated palate of grays and lots of The appliances in all four homes browns. “The site lent itself to accept a cottage-style home were provided by Fisher Applivery nicely.” ance. Check out sunvalleymag. “The details really shine on this house,” Chad said, com for details on these and about a project that relied heavily on the use of reclaimed other amenities. material. “It was just a heartfelt, fun team project and it’s really reflected in the work.” BY Mike McKenna / PHOTOGRAPHY Kevin Syms Home annual 2013-2014 | 65


Owners: John and Peggy Baker Architect: Michael Blash Builders: Bishop Builders Interior Designers: Thomas Riker and James Dolenc

Modern Harmony


ohn and Peggy Baker’s modern mountain “Harmony House” has the feel of a village. It was designed as three separate buildings, nestled against the hillside to make it feel cozier and less imposing. “It was a challenge stepping into the steep hillside trying to disturb as little of the slope as possible, while retaining natural landscaping,” said builder Jim Bishop. “We excavated very cautiously and tried not to over-excavate, especially going down three levels.” The result is a cedar and steel home with a mix of pitched and horizontal roofs. A drivethrough covered car entry under the living room links two sides of the home, which offers fabulous views of Trail Creek, Bald Mountain and the remains of one of the world’s first ski lifts on Ruud Mountain. “The idea was to have a house through which you could look up and down the Valley,” said Ketchum architect Michael Blash. The master bedroom suite, which features blinds that roll to the floor at the push of a button, sits on the third floor of the 12,000-square-foot home. A patio outside its sliding door offers a great spot to watch the sledding hill John and Peggy create each winter for their three children. The three-story home is served by an elevator, but it’s a two-person spiral steel and mahogany staircase crafted by Cimarron Lofting in Hailey that takes visitors’ breaths away. Stair treads seem to float inside the steel sheet paneling, while a chandelier designed by Kirkland, Washington, craftsman Charles Loomis dangles through this architectural masterpiece. Blash used a contemporary take on a Craftsman-style home inside with patented steel beams rather than rustic log beams, stone walls set off by molding and floor-to-ceiling windows. Custom-designed cabinets feature veneers, which allow mahogany and walnut grains to wrap across drawers. The Montana slate in the fireplace is tight and precise. Even the laundry room is clearly not an afterthought with its architecturally clean lines. Latticework or trellis on the ceiling of the master bath softens the ceiling and brings it down. The mahogany trellis is repeated in the entry, in some cases to cover mechanical gadgetry. Thomas Riker and James Dolenc, interior designers from Chicago, added contemporary touches that echo the Western surroundings, such as a large-scale equestrian painting in the entry above a tabletop carved from a tree. At Peggy’s request, a built-in spice rack overlooks a commercial oven in the kitchen. A trough of river rock sits under the sink in the master bath, while another vanity sink features a see-through fish tank. A hot tub that can hold 10 people is embedded in the hillside. There’s an outdoor chess board, as well as a furnished lanai with an outdoor barbecue that provides an extension of the inside patio room, thanks to sliding doors that disappear. The stone retaining wall in the room, which is set off by sculptures of five climbers ascending it, goes all the way down. “What’s really cool about this house is how you can get out at every level. It’s comfortable. It flows. And even though the kids’ bedrooms are on the other side of the house from our bedroom, it works,” explained Peggy, who is clearly delighted with the finished product. “The entire house is exquisitely detailed from top to bottom. Clean modern lines right down to cabinetry.” BY Karen Bossick / PHOTOGRAPHY Tim Brown 66 | Home annual 2013-2014

Cimarron Lofting’s state-of-the-art, mahogany and steel spiral staircase adds a unique element to the Baker’s home.

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The American Institute of Architecture Idaho awarded this home the “Best Use of Wood� for 2012.

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Owners: Roberta and Laura Wright Architect: Mark Pynn Builder: Richard Walsworth Designer: Mark Pynn Landscape Designer: Bruce Hinckley of Alchemie

A Forever Home

t was their dream property in a built-out Warm Springs neighborhood. But, given a compact 1.7-acre lot, it was going to be a challenge to get all the amenities Robert and Laura Wright wanted in their forever home. Ketchum architect Mark Pynn solved that by flipping the house, designing a reverse floor plan that put the living room, dining room and kitchen upstairs where high ceilings and a beautiful view of Bald Mountain could be maximized, while three bedrooms, a rec room, laundry and heated garage were placed on the bottom floor. And the results have been impressive. The 3,300-square-foot home won a 2012 award for “Best Use of Wood” from American Institute of Architecture Idaho. “We call it the ‘cost-effective Craftsman house,’” said Pynn. “The home has a tight footprint—there’s not a lot of square footage. But it’s very cost effective and very efficient in terms of space. The living space offers the appearance of a large home with a very rich finish.” The home, which features red cedar shingles, wraps around an outdoor patio with a fiveman hot tub and outdoor fireplace. The Rumford fireplace, made of Montana slate, was designed so that the chimney could be used for a fireplace in the first-floor master bedroom and the second-story living room. There are three terraces upstairs, including a large one that looks out over neighboring houses towards Bald Mountain. The placement of terraces at different corners ensures the Wrights can find sun or shade, regardless of the time of day. The Wrights wanted the romance and quality of woodworking associated with the early 1900s Craftsman-style. Nowhere is that more evident than the staircase in the center of the house, which expresses beautiful carpentry and the natural beauty of Douglas fir and American cherry hardwood. The staircase guides visitors upstairs, bypassing the private living quarters downstairs. It leads to the great room, which features vaulted ceilings created from energy-efficient structural insulated panels with natural American cherrywood veneer. The garage is disguised with the same panelized natural cedar shingles as the house. A rec room with a pool table for the couple’s three children is tucked behind the garage. The wall between it and the garage can easily be removed should the Wrights decide they want to convert the rec room to a second car garage after the kids grow up. And the master shower features a 6-by-6-foot-8-inch mosaic of Ketchum’s downtown and Bald Mountain that Laura Wright drew, laid out and cut. “It adds a nice personal touch,” said Robert Wright, who works for Microsoft. “Mark [Pynn] helped us find creative tradeoffs that fit our budget without sacrificing quality,” Robert explained. “We’re going to have that house the rest of our lives and we’re going to be happy with it. It’s not the most grand or luxurious house, but it’s a quality house that will stand the test of time. It’s aesthetically pleasing but also unique. We’ll never see another house like this.” BY Karen Bossick / PHOTOGRAPHY Fred Lindholm Home annual 2013-2014 | 69


Architect: Nick Latham Builders: Sawtooth Construction Landscape Design: Kurt Eggers Landscaping: Nichols Landscaping Interior Designer: Sarah Latham, White Canvas electrician: Advanced Data and Electric

Curb (and Community) Appeal

There are some homes that connect to more than just the owners. Some houses are somehow able to touch those who regularly pass or live nearby. They almost become like old friends we rarely speak to, but still care deeply about. The dovetailed log home that shares a block of Walnut Avenue in Ketchum with The Community Library is just such a place. Known for the massive evergreen that rises high above it and has long sparkled with thousands of lights each winter, some locals refer to the home as the “Christmas tree house.” “It seems like everybody knows this house,” Devon Jolley said. Devon was the project manager for Sawtooth Construction, the lead builders for the home. He explained that the task seemed a bit daunting when they first began rehabbing the nearly 10,000-square-foot home that had been essentially abandoned for years. “When we showed up, it was a very nice home that had been let go. The place was in tough shape,” Devon said, about the damage years of neglect had done to the home and grounds. “Even the tree was in rough shape.” Luckily, the new owners of the home, Gary and Susan Martin, wanted to fix the place up. And, as Devon said, “They wanted to do it right.” As soon as the team of architects and designers, landscapers and painters began to descend upon the home, neighbors and passers-by started praising their efforts. “Everybody knows that house. It has a certain mystique about it,” Gary said, explaining that he and his wife have received compliments about the remodel all over town. “People are very excited to see it put back together.” Perhaps the biggest challenges of putting the home back in the spotlight—or at least the Christmas tree lights—were the electrical elements. The squared-log walls of the home are each roughly a foot-and-a-half thick, making running wire awfully tough. But it does give the sweeping home, which looks a lot smaller from the outside, a very unique style and feel. The thick log walls basically look the same on the inside as they do from outdoors. Longtime local “Sparky,” Mel Speegle of Advanced Data and Electric, was tasked with tackling the power issues. “The Magician,” as Devon called him, was able to overcome all the challenges the home provided. The largest—or, at least, most important—one being to get the lights on the tree restored. “It’s incredible what it looks like now from what it was before,” Mel said, as we toured the home he’d spent a year working on. “They’ve really done a nice job and the people around here appreciate it.” Thankfully, the “Christmas tree” will once again light up the night sky in Ketchum, making all those SV online folks who have their own special relationship with the mag house that sits beside it happy. exclusive “It’s a very special place,” Gary said. “We knew Check out more photos of this it needed to be restored to its happier days. It’s been beautiful house online at www. gratifying to be a part of it and to know others ciate it.” BY Mike McKenna / PHOTOGRAPHY Ray J. Gadd 70 | Home annual 2013-2014

With the help of Alpine Aquatics, the water features at the Martin house are home to koi and trout.

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Purple Mountains and

Halcyon Skies

How A New Era of Land Conservation May Save the West BY Adam Tanous

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On the surface, the West is a simple place. At times it seems to

be all land and sky. Yet the simplicity of the landscape belies the fact that equally complex and grand efforts are underway to preserve its wild nature. The notion of conservation came early—in 1872— to a nation that had only 37 states and a giant swath of scarcely explored Rocky Mountain territory. By signing the Act of Dedication, President Ulysses S. Grant created Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. Instantly and forever, 2.2 million acres were preserved.

In 1976, with the help of Jack Hemingway, then commissioner of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Bill Janss, owner of the property, The Nature Conservancy was able to purchase 479 acres along Silver Creek. PHOTO ©Ami Vitale

This was the relatively smooth and easy path wilderness and wildlife conservation followed for the next 100 years or so. Acts of Congress ushered along by presidents set aside big chunks of federal land for posterity. President Theodore Roosevelt alone put nearly 230 million acres and 150 national forests under protection. Conservation efforts in the 21st century have become dramatically more complicated. For one, since the 1862 Homestead Act, the U.S. government has transferred 270 million Home annual 2013-2014 | 73

acres—10% of all U.S. lands—to private landowners in 160-acre parcels. As a result, much of the conservation work being done today less often involves a tract of federal land and an act of Congress and more often requires negotiations between multiple private landowners, advocacy groups and myriad federal and state agencies. Second, modern conservationists have taken a decidedly wildlife-centric approach to their work, largely because it makes scientific sense. In evaluating conservation projects today, the operative questions fall along the lines of: where are the traditional water flows, habitats and migration routes? Such geography usually transcends property lines, both public and private. Finally, conservationists have faced head-on the fact that conservation goals can only be achieved while preserving the way of life and livelihood of those who own the land. This new reality of the conservation terrain has brought to the fore a new tool: the conservation easement. To some, it is an abstract legal concept. To others, it is what will save the West from itself. A conservation easement is a legal agreement entered into voluntarily by a landowner and a unit of government or land trust. The agreement constrains the owner, and all future owners, from exercising certain rights so as to achieve specified conservation goals. There might be restrictions as to water use, cattle grazing or subdividing property. Generally, the market value of a property will be less after an easement has been placed on it than what it was before the easement. That differential is the value of the easement. Easements can be bought or sold by various entities, held or donated like other assets. There are significant state and federal tax advantages tied to conservation easements as well. To see how the new reality of conservation in the West is coming along in Idaho, we’ll take a look at a handful of regional projects

Saving Chinook Salmon There is no better example of the intricacies of the modern conservation movement than what is transpiring in the Upper Salmon River drainages, specifically the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi valleys. It is a story that began 40 years ago. On December 28, 1973, an unlikely environmental proponent, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act (ESA). For the first time, the ESA set out a framework for identifying and “listing” species in danger of becoming extinct. What’s more, the act established in legal terms the connection between wildlife habitat and species survival. The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service were charged with not only recovering and 74 | Home annual 2013-2014

Conservation By the Numbers


Visitors to National Parks in Idaho in 2012.

6 million

Acres of state and private forests and rangelands in Idaho.

$39,245,141 in Land & Water Grants to the state since 1965.


Federally Endangered and Threatened Species in Idaho.


Acres of landscapes and habitat conserved in Idaho by The Nature Conservancy since 1976.

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THIS PAGE The Nature Conservancy, Wood River Land Trust, the Idaho Conservation League, government agencies and local ranchers work to negotiate conservation easements to protect pronghorn migration paths, as well as sage grouse, elk (pictured here) and mountain goat habitat in the Gem State.

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THIS PAGE (Top to Bottom) A horseback rider crosses Lava Lake Ranch; Landscape at the Lava Lake Ranch region near Hailey; Horseback riders cross some of the 75,000 acres of Lava Lake Ranch that have been permanently protected with conservation easements.

maintaining populations of species on the ESA “list,” but also protecting critical habitat that enabled recovery. Chinook (king) salmon are an ESA endangered anadromous fish that travel from the Pacific Ocean up the Columbia, Snake, and Salmon rivers to spawn in the tributaries of the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi rivers. After hatching, the juvenile fish live in fresh water for 12 to 18 months before returning more than 900 miles to the ocean. As to why the fish are on the edge of extinction has been fiercely debated for decades. Two likely culprits are the hydroelectric power dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers, as well as the diminished and damaged spawning grounds in the Upper Salmon area (Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers). Many conservationists argue that the dams slow the water down such that the trip back to the ocean is often not survivable. However, removing the dams and returning the river flow to its original state has not been a political reality to date. The Bonneville Power Administration, the federal agency that markets the electricity from the dams, instead has provided, by order of the Snake River Basin Adjudication—an agreement among the U.S. government, the Nez Perce Tribe and the State of Idaho—millions of dollars to address the second problem, restoring the fish habitat in the upper end. And this is where organizations like The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the Lemhi Regional Land Trust step in to work with private landowners and government agencies. Mark Davidson, who until recently was the central Idaho conservation manager for TNC, explained to me that the drivers for fish recovery are “improving the water flow and eliminating migration barriers, such as diversion structures and culverts. This might be as simple as adding a screen to a ditch that would prevent fish from swimming into the fields and becoming fertilizer.” In 2003, when Davidson first began working in the area, the Chinook were traveling Home annual 2013-2014 | 75

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THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Kids of all ages enjoy the Boardwalk at the Hailey Greenway; Pahsimeroi Valley in all its glory. RIGHT PAGE Silver Creek Preserve.

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only 13 river miles up the Pahsimeroi River from the confluence with the Salmon River. Virtually all of the tributaries to the Pahsimeroi and Lemhi rivers were dry or disconnected from their main stems. The degraded habitat was also impacting threatened steelhead and bull trout. TNC and Davidson’s first deal to start rebuilding a river network in the Pahsimeroi Valley was to purchase the 1,800-acre Alderspring Ranch. As owner, TNC put a conservation easement on the property that improved water flows into the Pahsimeroi River. They also sold off 200 of the river acres to Idaho Fish and Game. TNC then sold the ranch—at a much-reduced price due to the easement on the property— to Glenn and Caryl Elzinga, a ranching family willing to run their business with the restrictions. “This deal was the first of its kind in the landscape,” Davidson said. “And we were able to demonstrate to the locals that we weren’t there to put everyone out of production. We were trying to find some sort of balance between resource need and human use.” While there are many variations of what might be included in a conservation easement—water management practices, development restrictions, grazing practices, rules for timber harvesting are some—the Alderspring Ranch deal became a model of sorts for many to come in the valley. Davidson pointed out that between the Lemhi and Pahsimeroi valleys, over 12,000 acres have been put under conservation easements. And, he said, there is the potential to include another 40,000 acres in the near term. Tom Page, a Hailey resident, bought property in the Pahsimeroi Valley in part because of the opportunity to make conservation gains. Page and his brother, Michael, control—between deeded property and grazing allotments—nearly 150 square miles in the valley (96,000 acres). Last year he put 1,700 acres of his Big Creek Ranch under a conservation easement. A conservation easement on another 5,700 acres will close this year, which, Davidson said, will likely double the Chinook habitat in the region. Page detailed what he sees as the key elements of conservation projects today: “infrastructure, legal protection and habitat restoration.” The first involves improving irrigation systems and headgates, adding fish screens to diversions, moving from flood irrigation to closed systems— essentially improving efficiency through good practices. The conservation easement “codifies all of those best practices, whether having to do with grazing practices … or agreements with the neighbors as to when certain water ditches will be closed during the year.” Needless to say, the easements are complex legal documents involving, among other things, water rights, property lines, diversion gates, grazing schedules and in-stream flows. Finally, fish habitat restoration involves physically reconnecting tributaries to the main stem of a river, perhaps through excavation or simply re-watering—negotiating with landowners to put water back into dry tributaries. The difficulty is not lost on Page. “All of the easy stuff has been done,” he told me. “The fact that private landholders are using these conservation easement tools on such a large scale makes people nervous.” The real sticking point is water. As Page put it, the question comes down to: “Is water better spread out for irrigation or does it have value

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“We focused on the fish. Because, if you focus on the fish, you take care of so many other species—the wetland birds, the insects, the trumpeter swans, Virginia rails, and soras.” —Dayna Gross, Silver Creek watershed manager

in the river? If you think there is value, and you are getting paid for that value (via selling a conservation easement) as part of your business model for your ranch, well, some people really disagree with that.” Looming over all of this activity is, of course, the Endangered Species Act. “In the Upper Salmon, the misconception is that it’s a bunch of redneck ranchers over there,” Davidson told me. “The reality is that these guys are really thinking hard about how do we survive in light of the fact that the ESA hovers over everything we do … that the U.S. government could swoop in and shut them down on a ‘take’ (violation of the ESA).” Ultimately, Davidson, TNC and the landowners want to see the ranches be ranches. “We’re talking about the ranchers’ livelihood, how they send their kids to college, or put food on the table,” Davidson said. “So, we have to structure a deal that enables them to produce crops, to maintain their livelihood.”

Watersheds of the Wood River Valley In south central Idaho, specifically the Wood River Valley, conservation efforts have more to do with the threat of development than with

endangered species recovery. The model example is Silver Creek Preserve. In 1976, with the help of Jack Hemingway, then commissioner of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and Bill Janss, owner of the property, TNC was able to purchase 479 acres along Silver Creek. Dayna Gross, Silver Creek watershed manager, said that in the 1980s TNC realized that owning the property was not enough to protect the full scope of the diverse ecosystem. So the organization began using conservation easements on lands surrounding the preserve as a means to protect the whole watershed. “We focused on the fish,” Gross said. “Because, if you focus on the fish, you take care of so many other species—the wetland birds, the insects, the trumpeter swans, Virginia rails and soras.” John and Elizabeth Stevenson donated the first easement neighboring the preserve. Bud Purdy followed the Stevensons’ lead by donating an easement on 3,400 acres (both ranchers have subsequently added more acreage). To date, over 12,000 acres surrounding the preserve have been protected through easements. In addition, another 300 or so acres were purchased by TNC, which increased their deeded acreage to 851 acres. continued on page 102 Home annual 2013-2014 | 77

At home with

mats wilander Tennis Pro Holds Serve in Idaho

For international tennis star and seven-time Grand Slam title winner Mats Wilander, the game of tennis is about sound. And he has the expertise to be an authority on the subject. Wilander, who became a Valley local after moving his family to Idaho from Connecticut, burst on the world tennis stage as an unseeded 17-year-old player, winning the 1982 French Open and becoming the youngest Grand Slam male singles champion on record at the time. He won his fifth Grand Slam title at the age of 20, the youngest man in history to have achieved that feat, and became No. 1 in the world in 1988. He is also one of only a few men to have won Grand Slam singles titles on grass, clay and hard courts—joining the likes of Jimmy Connors, Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in that distinction. BY Laurie Sammis • PHOTOGRAPHY Tim Brown

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Mats at his home near Triumph, Idaho.

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Mats has been called the “John McEnroe of Europe.” Originally from Sweden, Wilander brings an enthusiasm and passion for the game that he says has “given him so much” and which he began playing on a converted factory parking lot in his small Scandinavian hometown.

In fact, it was the sound of tennis, or more specifically, the

sound of the ball that drew Wilander to meet Cameron Lickle, the man who would become his business partner in Wilander On Wheels (W.O.W.), a revolutionary mobile tennis concept that involves Wilander, a Winnebago and an effort to bring the fantasy tennis experience to players at clubs and courts all over the country at a more affordable price. When Wilander isn’t touring around the U.S. with W.O.W. or commentating on TV and blogging for Eurosport at Wimbledon and the Opens, he can be found enjoying the peace and quiet of his ranch in Idaho with his wife of 26 years, Sonya, and their four children. We sat down with the international tennis star and Sun Valley local on a sunny afternoon in July to find out just what drives a seven-time world champion and International Tennis Hall of Famer, on and off the court.

SVM: How did you get started in the game of tennis? MW: My dad started playing when he was in his mid-40s. He had

watched the Davis Cup on TV and the very next day he went out and turned the parking lot at the local factory into a tennis court and started playing. Eventually he gave me a racket and I started playing, too. Ice hockey and soccer were what you played in Sweden. They still are. So my tennis career was really a series of small coincidences. I had been playing small tournaments and really enjoying it. And when I was 13 we moved away from the town where I grew up. That meant we moved away from my ice hockey team and soccer team, and I was pretty shy and couldn’t imagine joining another team at that point in my life. So I just focused more on the tennis.

SVM: What originally brought you to Sun Valley? MW: We first came here in the late-’90s for Christmas vacation

THIS PAGE (top to bottom) Mats rang the bell of the New York Stock Exchange on August 27, 2013, while in town for the US Open, pictured here with Duncan L. Niederauer, CEO of NYSE, (center) and Cameron Lickle (right), Mats’ W.O.W. business partner; Mats along with some of his W.O.W. participants at a camp in Brookside Park in Ellington, CT.; John McEnroe looks on as Mats serves to his brother Patrick McEnroe at the US Open Champions Doubles match, September, 2013.

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with some friends who have a house in Smiley Creek. We were living in Greenwich, Connecticut, at the time, which used to be more rural but just became more and more manicured as Wall Street moved further and further out. Finally, in 1997, we bought property and built a house here. I grew up in Växjö, a small town in the south of Sweden with 500 people. It was great for kids in a small town. That’s not why we moved here, but it’s nice. We moved here for the outdoors, nature, sports. We ski, play hockey.

ABOVE (back row left to right) Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Conners, Ilie Nastase, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt. (Front row left to right) Mats Wilander, Stephan Edberg, Gustavo Kuerten, John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg and Jim Courier all pose as part of a group of past # 1 ranked men’s tennis players at the ATP dinner in New York, August 2013 before the start of the US Open.

SVM: What is the most important element of your life here in Sun Valley? What could you not live without? MW: The most important thing about living out here is that in nearly 23.5 hours out of each day, there is absolutely no noise pollution. Nothing. You can’t hear a manmade noise. It’s just the sound of the wind and the sound of the river and whatever comes rolling in … thunder maybe. It is so relaxing. It takes me right out of my daily routine while I’m on the road. It’s more than the views. It’s the sound that is not there. The sound of nature. SVM: What is your favorite Sun Valley: a) sound b) taste c) touch? 
 MW: Sound: East Fork River and Cove Creek, which I can hear from our bedroom window. I’m not sure if it’s the bed or the company, but it’s my favorite. Taste: That clean smell of nature; simple and pure. Touch: Would have to be the temperature. The weather is amazing here. Some say weather isn’t that important. Yes it is. I have traveled all over the world and the weather here is the best in the world.

SVM: What local WRV charity do you feel most strongly about? And why?
 MW: There are so many that we all support locally: The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Advocates, YMCA or Firefighter’s Ball. But my real passion has been DEBRA of America, which is working to raise awareness for the genetic disease EB [Epidermal Bulluyosa]. My son has a mild form of the disease and our daughter is a carrier as well. But I’m not doing it for them. I’m doing it for all the others that have this horrible disease. I have also launched the MW (Mats Wilander)

Foundation as a way to help raise awareness and offer support for the families with children affected by EB. These families need financial support for the treatments that are available.

SVM: What was the idea

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behind Wilander On Wheels (W.O.W.)? MW: The idea started four or five years ago when I was participating at one of these tennis fantasy camps, which are usually four-day events in Hawaii or Arizona or Burlington or wherever, where me and a couple of other tennis pros play tennis with you for four hours a day. I am such a lover of tennis that I often would go out and play in the evenings with participants, many of whom felt the same way. They just wanted to play. Well, I got stuck in an airport with one of the participants while trying to get to one of these events. He happened to be a weatherman in Las Vegas, which they say is the easiest job in the world. But we were stuck in Detroit and we were missing a whole day and we thought, “This is B.S. because we aren’t playing tennis, we’re sitting in Detroit.” And, on top of it, my friend, the Las Vegas weatherman, was thinking, “Hey, this is getting really expensive,” so I just said, why don’t I just drive down to you guys next time and we can both avoid being stranded in Detroit. And he said great and Wilander on Wheels was born.

SVM: How did you get W.O.W. going? MW:: I met Cameron Lickle at Zenergy one day. It was the sound of

his playing that made me stop. Tennis is all about sound: the sound

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A Perfect Storm


t all began around midnight on Wednesday, August 7th. A lightning strike ignited a fire to the west of Hailey. For the next 24 days, the Beaver Creek Fire would consume 111,490-acres, threaten hundreds of homes and force thousands of residents

and visitors to evacuate. A second straight low snow year coupled with beetle-killed trees, low humidity and strong winds created the ideal conditions for a perfect firestorm. During its peak, the Beaver Creek Fire was the nation’s #1 fire priority. More than

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1,800 firefighters from across the country came to fight it, accompanied by the National Guard and the American Red Cross. The idyllic Idaho valley of the Big Wood became a war zone, where the fire threatened to win—almost reaching the road, Highway 75, by

Greenhorn Gulch and dancing for days just above Hailey on the face of Carbonate Mountain. Amazingly, no lives were lost and only one home was destroyed! Local residents will be forever grateful to the heroic efforts of the firefighters. -Mike McKenna

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Acres burned during the fires peak from August 15-18 alone.

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Roughly the size of Ketchum’s Castle Rock Fire in 2007 (which burned 42,000 acres)






OPPOSITE PAGE 1. As the day shift ends, a crew of hardworking firefighters retreats from battle on the fire’s third day in the foothills of the Soldier Mountains, near Fairfield. BY STEVE DONDERO THIS PAGE (Clockwise from top left) 2. The view from the top of Saddle Road in Ketchum, overlooking Zenergy, as the fire makes its way north towards Baker Lake. BY CODY HASKELL 3. Nearly a dozen helicopters flooded the skies like this one refilling a bucket in Greenhorn Gulch before heading back into the firestorm. BY STEVE DONDERO 4. Locals Will Roth, Mark Ryskiewicz, and Danny Gariepy watch as the fire creeps over into Greenhorn and Timber Gulches. BY YANCY CALDWELL 5. Firefighters from 33 different agencies throughout the country came to battle the Beaver Creek Fire. BY MAX MONAHAN 6. Two days after it started, the Beaver Creek Fire burns its way past Willow Creek, near Fairfield. BY STEVE DONDERO

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Thank You

— on behalf of the people of Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley Bellevue and everywhere in between. Signs of all sizes and shapes lined the highway saying thanks to the courageous firefighters for their heroic efforts.




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THIS PAGE (Clockwise from top left) 1. A silhouette of the burned trees from the Castle Rock Fire in 2007, taken from the top of the West Fork of Warm Springs Road watching the progress of the Beaver Creek Fire just before the road was closed. BY WYATT CALDWELLL 2. Incident Command Post (ICP) for the over 1,800 firefighters, on Buttercup Road in Hailey. A plume of smoke looms to the west, over Deer Creek, as the fire continued to spread north. BY WYATT CALDWELL 3. The Stinker Station in Hailey, with views of Carbonate Mountain on fire in the background. BY MAX MONAHAN 4. The reflection of the fire seen on one of the Greenhorn Gulch ponds that provided quick turn-around for helicopter pilots—these ponds proved critical in keeping houses safe despite the massive inferno. BY STEVE DONDERO





THIS PAGE (Clockwise from top left) 5. A MAFFS C-130, one of a half-dozen planes used on the fire, lays down a retardant line near Imperial Gulch in the mid-Wood River Valley, as the flames head towards Greenhorn Gulch. BY STEVE DONDERO 6. A burned-out fence, near the Golden Eagle subdivision in Greenhorn Gulch. Of the hundreds of homes threatened, miraculously only one house was lost. BY MARK OLIVER 7. A helicopter drops water on flames near the base of Carbonate Mountain in Hailey. BY CODY HASKELL. 8. One of seven Air-Crane helicopters returns to battle after refilling its tank with 2,000 gallons of pond water. BY STEVE DONDERO

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The emerging art scene in Sun Valley. photograph: tessa sheehan

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Budding Creatives

the emerging art scene in sun valley BY Kate Elgee

Has “emerging art” become a dirty word? While some would argue that “aspiring,” “newly-exhibiting” or “undiscovered” are politically more fitting, L’Anne Gilman of Gilman Contemporary in Ketchum explained, “You want to be careful about pigeon-holing an artist as ‘emerging.’ While it can generate interest, unfortunately, to some, it has a negative connotation. But we are hoping to change that.” This criticism is mainly due to its slippery definition—although most agree that all “promising yet unrecognized” artists are considered “emerging,” others insist on its synonym with “young.” Australia’s National Association for the Visual Arts went as far as to define it as “[one] that will have practiced 88 | Home annual 2013-2014

as a professional artist continually for less than 5 years.” But, as Gail Severn of the Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum points out, “There are emerging artists who are recent graduates, but even more who waited to pursue a career in art until after they’d lived another life—had

babies or owned a business. Then there are those that have been creating art their entire life but are just now gaining notoriety.” Despite its ambiguous definition, both Gilman Contemporary and Gail Severn have been doing their best to promote emerging artwork in Sun Valley. “We considered it part of our mission when we opened,” said Gilman. “We felt that the emerging art scene here, especially for local artists, was very important and yet underdeveloped.” Gilman Contemporary has had a local artist show almost every year since 2007, including now big names like Valerie Stuart, and this October they will be presenting Wendel Wirth, a local contemporary photographer who mentored with Gilman while getting her Master of Fine Arts online. “The directed study with L’Anne helped a monumental amount,” said Wirth, who

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THIS PAGE (Clockwise from top left) David Haslett’s “Milky Way #1”, Black marble with calcite crystals at Gail Severn Gallery; Wendel Wirth’s Fairfield winter photograph at Gilman Contemporary; Deborra’s “The Triad,” Wood River Studio Tours; OPPOSITE PAGE Ochi Gallery’s “Death to Day Jobs” opening, summer 2013.

had been practicing photography for 18 years while shooting advertorial and product shots for her (now closed) local pet shop. “So few photographers have the opportunity to learn the gallery aspect of a show, how they work and what they want and need from me, as a beginning artist.” Wirth isn’t the only emerging artist doing solo shows in Sun Valley, young local talent like Aaron Pearson, Chatham Baker and Andrew McCabe all recently had exhibitions at Ochi Gallery. Pauli Ochi, daughter of owner Denis Ochi, has been making strides for the young art community in the Valley. “There is a lot of art here,” she said, “But not a lot of it is local or young. I think these shows are important because they inspire other ‘young’ artists.” Shows like the 2nd annual Death to Day Home annual 2013-2014 | 89

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“Local artists can’t expect representation—they need to get comfortable marketing themselves and searching for other avenuesto display their work.” —brooke bonner Jobs exhibition each spring, which featured 11 budding local artists, helped “bring everyone together,” Pauli said. “Artists need to be talking to other artists. The more people are aware, the more it will catch on.” Unfortunately, showing emerging art isn’t always a realistic endeavor for galleries—while they appreciate the potential, it is admittedly a risk for their business. “It’s hard,” said Gilman. “We would love to do more shows like that, but it’s just not possible financially.” Brooke Bonner is a fine art photographer and owned Green Antelope Gallery in Bellevue for seven years. As she explained, “There is limited wall space in galleries. I know that better than anyone. Local artists can’t expect representation. They need to get comfortable marketing themselves and searching for other avenues to display their work.” That’s one reason Bonner helped create the Wood River Studio Tour, together with Suzanne Hazlett, which begins this October. Over 50 artists from all over the Wood River Valley will open their homes and studios for two days, allowing locals to meet the artists and explore our Valley’s network of talented creatives. The tour also provides an ongoing Artist Education Series, which helps beginners learn how to present shows, take quality photographs of their work, market their art or create a digital presence. “There are a lot of wonderful artists out there, and this is a great opportunity for them to gain exposure and learn the industry,” said Bonner. Chatham Baker, one of the local emerging artists recently featured at Ochi Gallery, noted, “This town has a very sophisticated art scene, but there is a gap somewhere between the coffee shop shows and the well-established galleries. I would love to see the rise of artist co-ops, more street art and alternative displays.” Because the physical space for a show is typically expensive to rent and renovate, and gallery walls are both limited and competitive, 90 Home annual 2013-2014

photogrpahs: wood river studio tour

THIS PAGE (Top to bottom) Dev Khalsa’s “Untitled” icicle photograph; Steven Hout’s art panel, lighting and room screen “Untitled #49”, created with handmade paper, dogwood and willow, copper and brass sheeting. Khalsa and Hout are a part of the Wood River Studio Tour— a group of over 50 artists from the Wood River Valley opening their homes and studios to clients for two days each fall, allowing locals to meet the artists and explore our Valley’s network of talented creatives.

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THIS PAGE Melinda Tidwell’s “Facinating” media collage on paper, matted at Gail Severn Gallery.

these “alternative displays” are becoming more and more popular. Many young artists are moving their work where the rent is free and easy—to the streets. Innovators like the British street artist Banksy have resurged the 1980s Graffiti Movement, and in metropolises like Buenos Aires, they have tours of some of the best and freshest in urban art—using the city streets and subway trains as their own avant-garde galleries. In Ketchum, on a much smaller scale, they have planted the seeds for something similar. The “Cover Art Project” has four Idaho artists wrapping vinyl images around utility boxes, otherwise awkward and ugly structures made beautiful by local hands. Hoping to gain momentum in 2013, it’s “aimed at beautifying the city’s existing infrastructure,” according to the Ketchum Arts Commission. Another ever-expanding and rent-free space where many artists have turned is online. Barbi Anne Reed, former owner of the Anne Reed Gallery in Ketchum, recognized the potential in this forum and decided to turn her entire gallery virtual. ARTProjectA, as it’s called, explains on its website that they “recognized the growing need for easier access to affordable fine ART that is also high quality, distinctive, and unique.” Whether popping up on street corners, hanging on virtual walls, displayed prominently in galleries or being produced feverishly in dark studios, it seems that art—especially here in Sun Valley—will always find a way.

When The Coffee Grinder in Ketchum opened in 1976, the goal was to not only bring great coffee and tasty treats to America’s original ski town, but to also help expand the local art scene. Founded by now famous wildlife painter Debbie Edgers Sturges, “the Grinder” was the first citystyle coffee house in the Valley. And its goal to marry local art with coffee has been undeniably successful. It’s a goal that continues, thanks to current owner Nikki Potts. The walls of the Grinder are adorned with the work of local emerging artists of all kinds, from photography to encaustic paintings to handcrafted wooden bowls. “There is so much local talent, it’s extraordinary,” Nikki said, explaining that the rotating art at the Grinder offers a different type of feel. “This kind of art display has a certain vitality and uniqueness

ABOVE Silvercreek Realty Group in Ketchum—It’s a gallery and also a meeting place for realtors and home buyers. Richard Rush’s painting hangs on the back wall.

that you don’t get from mainstream galleries.” Unique is definitely a good word to describe what’s going on at Silvercreek Realty in Ketchum. The place looks a lot more like an art gallery than it does a real estate office. “It’s a lot more inviting and less intimidating than a regular real estate office,” agent Margaret Sundholm said. Since Silvercreek Realty is a paperless company, they decided to replace the file cabinets of traditional offices with art, explained the office’s founder, Levie Smith. The real estate office/gallery has been well received and features the work of a variety of artists that rotates in conjunction with the monthly Ketchum Gallery Walks. Of course, the future of art lies in the hands of the kids, and thanks to the annual Hanging Art Exhibit at the Community Campus in Hailey, the future in the Wood River Valley is looking good. Sponsored by Hailey Rotary and the Blaine County Recreation District, each year a selection of juried art from local 6th through 12th graders is on display at the multifunctional campus. “It’s just a terrific way to support young artists,” said Teresa Gregory, the ABOVE The Coffee Grinder in Ketchum has long been a sweet spot for emerg- Community Campus coordinator. -Mike McKenna ing artists to display their work.

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expert lighting tips 1 “The most effective time to consider lighting is when you are building your home. Consult a lighting engineer who is an expert on not only path lighting, but considers beam spread, hot spots, tract flexibility, ceiling heights and bulb intensity, “ advises Gail Severn of the Gail Severn Gallery.

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2 “When considering lighting for your home, don’t get too hung up on the designer fixtures. Concentrate on having your artwork lit the right way and let the artwork stand out, “suggests Frederic Boloix of Frederic Boloix Fine Arts. 3 “It’s more important to purchase great artwork you love. It will look amazing in any location in your home,” recommends Gary Lipton of Lipton Fine Arts. 4 “Depending on the composition of your painting, it shouldn’t be over-lit. Subtle lighting can create a much more dramatic effect in many instances,” advises Julie Harvey of Harvey Art Projects. 5 “There’s no ‘recipe’ for lighting … each artwork requires some degree of unique thought/strategy. Using the same fixtures and bulbs throughout a residence does not always serve the art. Distance, angle (glare factor), medium, even the wall color and texture influence the design and decision process toward optimal lighting. The investment in lighting is (nearly!) as important as the investment in the art,” explains Andria Friesen of Friesen Gallery. 6 “Lighting the artwork in your home can be as simple as you want it to be and is not as daunting as some may think. In my own home, my artwork is lit with everything from side-table lamps to lights that clip on to the art itself. For those who have the opportunity to install ceiling art lights, it is important to consider the distance they are from the wall. My preference is to see a home with inset directed lights verses track lighting whenever possible,” L’Anne Gilman of Gilman Contemporary Gallery recommends.

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To many of us, Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” episode represents the pinnacle of just how beloved homemade soup can truly be—men and women of all ages waiting in a line snaking around a busy city corner, enduring ridiculous “soup ordering” etiquette—all for a mouthwatering bowl of soup. The Valley is filled with restaurants that take their soups very seriously, but without the brutality or attitude of New York City’s bustling streets. Here are a few local standouts that we feel perfectly capture that “heartwarming feeling” of a cup of soup waiting for you after a long, full day. 96 | Home annual 2013-2014

CK’s Real Food

“I’m into soup,” said Chris Kastner (CK himself) at CK’s Real Food in Hailey. CK takes his soups to heart and keeps several on the menu year-round. He takes inspiration from magazines and cookbooks, but relies primarily on what the local farmers are producing that time of year for his supplies. It’s garden driven-soup and it’s mmm-mmm good! “In the late fall, we may have Grilled Tomato soup, Roasted Vegetable



THIS PAGE The sumptuous Butternut Squash soup from Glow Live Food Cafe. opposite page Rasberrys’ Chile and Posole soup will warm you up on chilly Idaho days. Pair it with a salad or crusty baguette for a full meal.

soup and a Gazpacho soup, whereas in the summer we serve a Cherry soup,” CK explained. “Clam Chowder is my favorite soup, using fresh clams and fresh stock. Most of our soups are vegan, with no dairy, butter or meat of any kind. We use Idaho potatoes (instead of cream) to thicken them.” Soup doesn’t have to take a long time to cook. In fact, CK said most take about 20 to 40 minutes. “I love soup for breakfast, or as a meal,” noted Chris. Check out the recipe online for CK’s Savory Breakfast soup as a great alternative to Fruit Loops. Breakfast never tasted so good.


Twins Maeme and Callie Rasberry know soup. Like so many local restaurateurs, the team behind Rasberrys in Hailey and Ketchum try to tailor their soups to what’s seasonal and fresh. They also get ideas from family members. “My grandma always made a fresh Chowder from New England, and we love to use that as a base for our chowders,” said Callie. “One of our favorites growing up (and to this day) is Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings.” Rasberrys have at least two or three soups on the menu every day and always try to offer a vegetarian or vegan soup. “One of our favorite soups in the winter and fall is the Italian Sausage and Potato with fresh Kale,” said Maeme. “It’s a yummy soup that makes you feel warm and cozy.” Rasberry’s Hailey location keeps Chile and Posole soup (to die for) on the menu year-round. Pair your soup Home annual 2013-2014 | 97

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“Soup doesn’t have to be complicated with lots of ingredients. I like to make soups where the flavor isn’t masked by several different elements.” —maxine veloso at Rasberry’s with a big salad and a crusty piece of warm bread and you’ll find yourself afloat in foodie heaven.

For amazingly nutritious, organic soups make a beeline for Glow Live Food Cafe in Ketchum. Glow also emphasizes local ingredients, and in the fall, serves hearty Butternut Squash soup, French Lentil, and White Bean Minestrone. Soups in the cold winter and fall months are cooked to be hearty and nutritionally balanced. Chefs Brooke Hovey and Bryan Winkler create original soups with flavor and flair, often from foods that are seasonally available. “Our soups are original recipes, creative, colorful and always vegan and organic,” said Molly Brown, owner of Glow. Glow’s goal is to emphasize balance in flavor, nutrition and taste. Pop into Glow and warm your insides with some of the healthiest (and yummiest) soup-er fare in the Valley.


The Austrian roots of The Konditorei, which sits in the midst of the Europeanflavored Sun Valley Village, conjure up soups like “Rindsuppe,” a hearty soup that includes sausage, chunks of beef and potatoes all in a rich veal stock that’s been left on the stove to simmer for hours. Even though executive chef Derek Gallegos doesn’t have Eastern European roots, he remembers his dad and grandma cooking soups like Posole and Menudo at a young age. When his dad changed careers and moved from working in the mines to working in the kitchen, Derek started paying attention. “My dad started cooking in diners when I was about 12 years old. He would make the basic soups—Chicken Noodle, Cream of Broccoli and Clam Chowder—and then he started making soups with Asian and Italian influences, which I enjoy making to this day,” said Chef Derek. The Konditorei serves up to 98 | Home annual 2013-2014

THIS PAGE (Top to bottom) Pancetta-Garlic Vichyssoise at the Konditorei (see recipe next page); The Cherry soup at CK’s is a perfect sweet summertime treat; Moose Girls’ Watermelon Gazpacho is refreshing on a warm day.

four soups, including the beloved Butternut Squash Bisque and the Chicken Gnocchi soup, available year-round. Wander up to the Sun Valley Village and indulge yourself in a bowl of happiness.

Moose Girls Café

If you are a soup fan, be sure to put Moose Girls Café in Ketchum on your lunch radar. Last year, Moose Girls (owned by twins Marlene Rinerson and Maxine Veloso) installed a “Soup Kitchen” in the back of their restaurant. On any given day, you can choose from up to eight different kinds of soups. “We saw a need for locals and tourists to have a place to come get a bowl of soup to go, for a quick and easy lunch,” Marlene said. Chef Maxine creates soups like Tuscan White Bean with Chicken, Tomato Basil, Thai Chicken with Jasmine Rice and Carrot Ginger Curry. “I love to make soup,” Maxine said, adding that, “soup doesn’t have to be complicated with lots of ingredients. I like to make soups where the flavor isn’t masked by several different elements.” Head to Moose Girls seven days a week for some homemade soup and fresh, locally-made Bigwood Bread.

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Konditorei’s pancetta-garlic vichyssoise ingredients 2 oz finely chopped Pancetta 2 TBSP butter

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2 TBSP olive oil 4 large leeks, white part only 6 cloves roughly-chopped garlic 2 large peeled Idaho russet potatoes (about 1.5 pounds,) cut into 1-inch cubes 3 cups Chicken or Vegetable stock 2 cups Half & Half directions Cook Pancetta in 6-qt. saucepan over medium heat with oil and butter until nicely browned. Add leeks and garlic, stirring frequently, until garlic and leeks are soft but not browned—about 15 minutes—then add the potatoes, chicken stock and Half & Half. Bring to simmer and cook until potatoes are tender. Puree in batches in food processor or use immersion hand blender, thin out with more cream or stock if too thick. season with: 2 dash Tabasco 1/8 tsp white pepper 1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme kosher salt to taste for garnish: Using a French-style mandoline, prepare potato gaufrettes: Set the wavy edge cutter to 1/16th-inch thickness, push the potato through at a 45-degree angle, turn it 90 degrees and repeat process until you are left with a pile of waffle-cut potatoes. Fry in 350° vegetable oil until golden brown and crispy, drain on paper towels. pancetta chips: Fry 2 oz very thinly-sliced Pancetta in 4 TBSP olive oil until crispy, drain on paper towels. Garnish with finely sliced chives, Pancetta chips and gaufrette potatoes. SV mag

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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 a la mode Sun Valley Resort has a new sweet spot serving gourmet cocoas, sundaes, shakes and sodas. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2243,, $,  , L

the cellar pub From traditional pub fare such as Buffalo Burgers or Fish & Chips to original dishes such as our Flank Steak Salad, The Cellar Pub has something for everyone. 400 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, 208.622.3832,, $-$$, , , , D , yum a blog abou t food

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gretchen’s This classic and very comfortable family restaurant located off the Sun Valley Lodge lobby serves breakfast and lunch daily. Sun Valley Lodge, 208.622.2144,, $$, ,  , B, L, D

cornerstone bar and grill It’s Wild West meets haute cuisine at The Cornerstone Bar and Grill. A local twist on the city-style grill with an open kitchen, all in a historic building on Main Street, Ketchum.

ketchum grill For nearly 22 years, Ketchum Grill has brought your dining experience to the highest gastronomical level, and the best Idaho has to offer. 520 East Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.4660,

211 Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.5233,, $$-$$$, , ,D, yum, $$-$$$, ,  , D

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duchin lounge Named for Marjorie Oelrichs Duchin, The Duchin Lounge is located off the Sun Valley Lodge lobby and has always been a favorite spot for aprés ski entertainment. S un Valley Lodge, 208.622.2145,, $$, , ,  , B, L, D

elkhorn clubhouse The Elkhorn Golf Club was re-designed in 2005 and is now under Sun Valley Resort ownership and management. Enjoy an upscale clubhouse menu for lunch seven days a week. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2143,, $$, ,  , L

the kneadery The Kneadery has been locals and visitors’ favorite spot for breakfast and lunch for nearly 40 years with wholesome fresh food and a rustic Idaho atmosphere. 260 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.9462, $-$$,

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pioneer saloon The Pioneer Saloon is renowned for perfectly aged, tender and flavorful beef, in a setting where natural woods, mounted game and period firearms help recreate an authentic saloon atmosphere. 320 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.3139,, $$-$$$, , ,D, yum a blog abou t food

roundhouse This charming, historical restaurant was first opened in 1939 and remains the only table service restaurant on Bald Mountain. Fine dining and impeccable service beckons guests to savor a leisurely dinner. Mid-mountain on Bald Mountain (River Run side), 208.622.2800,, $$-$$$, , ,  , L, D

the ram Modern steakhouse with organic and local Idaho products, full service. Live music with Larry Harshbarger on the piano. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2225,, $$, ,  , D

sawtooth club The Sawtooth Club has been the gathering place for Ketchum locals and vistitors alike for more than 26 years. The Sawtooth Club is comforting and welcoming with rustic elegance. 231 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.5233,, $$-$$$, , , , D,


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short line deli The bounty of Idaho sustainable food products and specialty deli fare from New York have merged at the newly opened Short Line Deli. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2060, sunvalley. com, $, ,  , L

eclectic world globus 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. 291 E. 6th St., Ketchum, 208.726.1301,, $$-$$$, ,  ,D

european cristina’s restaurant & bakery Cristina’s Restaurant, located in a charming, salmon-colored house in the heart of Ketchum, is a special place where people gather to enjoy the company of friends and to taste the fresh, uncomplicated flavors of Cristina’s Tuscan childhood. 520 East 2nd St., Ketchum, 208.726.4499, $$-$$$, ,  ,B, BR, L

konditorei A Sun Valley tradition gets reimagined for a new era under the masterful hands of Executive Chef John Murcko. The new Konditorei offers a fresh take on the classic alpine café experience for breakfast and lunch. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2235,, $$,


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sun valley club The Sun Valley Club is open for guests and the public and doubles as the Sun Valley Nordic and Snowshoe Center in winter. Sun Valley, 208.622.2060,, $$, ,  , L

trail creek cabin A romantic hideaway since 1937, Trail Creek Cabin is a must Sun Valley dining adventure. The seasonal menu has a Western flare all complimented by a great wine list and a full bar. 1.5 miles east of Sun Valley Lodge, Trail Creek Road, 208.622.2800,, $$-$$$, , , , D, yum

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asian fusion dashi Casual, local and independent, focussing on local, organic and sustainable products, dashi is at the top of the Ketchum dining scene. 220 N. East Ave., Ketchum, 208.928.7703,, $$-$$$, , ,D, yum

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french michel’s christiania Ernest Hemingway came so frequently to Michel’s Christiania and Olympic Bar, he had his own table. Classic french fare in an elegant setting. 303 Walnut Ave., Ketchum, 208.726.3388,, $$-$$$, , ,  , D, yum a blog abou t food

italian enoteca Ketchum’s newest gastronomic addition, with its upscale pizzeria and wine bar. Enoteca has a plethora of small plates to choose from.

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bald mountain pizza A family-friendly restaurant featuring handtossed pizza, pasta bowls and salads. Very casual and fun fare for kids. Sun Valley Village, 208.622.2143,, $$, ,  , D

sushi on second Established in 1994, it is the Valley’s oldest sushi restaurant. But don’t let age fool you. Head Sushi Chef Zack Venzon is at the center of a talented crew of sushi chefs that delight in creating dishes that are as appetizing to look at as they are to eat. 260 Second St., Ketchum, 208.726.5181,, $$-$$$, , D,


regional northwest the grill @ knob hill The environment at the Knob Hill Inn is casual and comfortable, yet sophisticated, with distinctively Northwest cuisine, and a variety of American and European classics. 960 N. Main St., Ketchum, 208.726.8004,, $$-$$$, , ,  , D, yum a blog abou t food

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continued from page 77 TNC has been involved with another very large project on the Heart Rock Ranch, owned by Shirley and Harry Hagey. The ranch is near the intersection of State Highways 20 and 75. Art Talsma, director of stewardship and restoration for TNC, described it as “…the largest stream and wetland restoration project on private land in the state of Idaho.” The ranch itself is approximately 5,000 acres, with wetlands, riparian cottonwood

corridors and grasslands. The ranch includes an additional 20,000 acres of grazing allotments (on BLM land). Ducks Unlimited, TNC, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and private contractors were involved in restoring wetlands, planting shade cover, and restoring Crystal Creek, a tributary of the Big Wood River. Concurrently, the Hageys placed over 2,000 acres into a conservation easement, which they donated to TNC, according to Talsma. Scott Boettger, executive director of the Wood River Land Trust (WRLT), believes that this type of collaboration among the conservation groups is critical to success. The complexity of the projects, Boettger told me, requires the ability to leverage the expertise and funding sources of many organizations, including the Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Program, Trout Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, the Sawtooth Society, TNC and the Idaho Conservation League, among others. With collaboration,

Boettger said, “We have a real opportunity to be proactive in protecting the heart of the valley.” One of the Land Trust’s more prominent projects is the acquisition of the Draper Wood River Preserve in Hailey and the construction of the Bow pedestrian bridge, which connects the east and west sections of the preserve. The preserve comprises 85 acres, a half-mile of riverfront, and connects the Lions Park area to the Croy Creek Wetland Boardwalk, another Land Trust project. “We try to look for projects that will have high recreational benefit while having a lower development value,” Boettger said. The Land Trust also recently completed a large and complicated deal in the Pioneer Mountains. WLRT purchased 1,610 acres of sagebrush-steppe habitat, renaming it the Timbered Dome Preserve. Working with a neighboring landowner, the WLRT was able get a total of 3,580 acres under a conservation easement.

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Protecting Pronghorns A third front in the Idaho conservation effort is in the Pioneer Mountains–Craters of the Moon landscape, a 2.4 million-acre mosaic of federal, state and private land. TNC, WRLT, the Idaho Conservation League, government agencies and local ranchers are working to negotiate conservation easements in the area. The goal is to protect pronghorn migration paths, as well as sage grouse, elk and mountain goat habitat. Toni Hardesty, TNC’s state director, said that there have been approximately 70,000 acres of easements in the region. While there has been success, Hardesty doesn’t underestimate the difficulties in doing this kind of work. Not only do they try to protect species in a given area, but they also have “scientists trying to predict how the geography of those habitats will change as the climate changes.” So there is the added problem of trying to protect wildlife habitats that are dynamic. Another challenge is the complexity of the conservation easements themselves. “The tools we have are great tools, but they take time to understand and for people to get comfortable with,” she said, adding, “funding is always a challenge for these very large scale projects.” And large is the operative term here. As always in the West, it comes back to scale. Conservationists are trying to stitch together an enormous landscape that, by virtue of the Homestead Act and a young nation’s desire to tame its frontier, is fragmented by property lines, water rights and development interests. Throw on top of that the matrix of the Endangered Species Act and legal obligations to Native Americans who first lived on the land, and the challenge becomes daunting. Progress is slow. But it is happening. Ranchers are surviving economic difficulties. They are staying on the land. Fish are finding new tributaries and spawning grounds. Elk and pronghorn are migrating great distances again. Acre by acre the West is becoming whole again. Home annual 2013-2014| 103

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of the ball, the clapping of the people, then the quiet and, again, the sound of the ball bouncing, the ball hitting the strings. When I met Cameron I could just hear this ... bang ... bang … bang. And I thought, “Who is that guy?” I knew he wasn’t a local. I could hear him play and I knew he was good. When I met him, he had just quit the Navy and he wanted to try to play professional tennis. He had played Pete Sampras in an exhibition at one point. We talked about W.O.W. and he was also a nuclear engineer when he was in the Navy. He told me, “Mats, I used to run 400 guys on an aircraft carrier, I can certainly run you in a business.” And that was that. We’ve been on the road for about three months each year ever since.

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MW: You have to move your feet. You have to

watch the ball. And you really have to actually switch your cell phone off so you can improve. Most people use tennis as a distraction to their everyday life, and they will never improve. You can’t use it as a distraction. If you want to get better, you have to focus. You have to actually learn again.

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in the world inspires one person, the world would be a much better place. I do believe that if you are as fortunate as I am, you should give back. Tennis has given me so much. I met my wife through tennis. I have four amazing kids because I met my wife. Everything is because of tennis. Really, I compare myself to those musicians who sit and play at the Duchin Room. They may be making $25 for the night, but they are smiling and playing their best. They are loving what they are doing. And they would love it, the playing itself, if they were playing at the Duchin Room for the rest of their life, or if 104 | Home annual 2013-2014

they were playing on Broadway for a huge crowd. I love tennis: I love to watch it, I love to commentate it. I love to teach tennis and I love to play. I love it. If you love something as much as I love tennis, I think you have a responsibility to keep pushing it. You have to continue to pursue your passion and keep giving back to the sport. Look at what tennis has allowed some players to do. Andre Agassi has raised over $100 million for children’s education. Arthur Ashe raised awareness of apartheid in South Africa; he was the first black athlete to go to South Africa. And there are so many others: Billy Jean King, Martina Navratilova for AIDS. But in the end, I don’t do it for the giving back part, because tennis gives me more than I will ever be able to give back. Doctors, lawyers, bankers … very few of them have found what they would have done even if it wasn’t paying the bills. But a musician, he is doing it anyway for the love of the music. And most of them are happy while they are doing it. Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, they are not in love with tennis. I am. I can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to do what I love to do.

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tennis than they do. See them do more for the game. See the game do more for humanity. Like to see them become better people. By playing the game properly, you become a better person. And I’m not sure that is necessarily true in other sports, but did you know that over the last eight years—ESPN’s top athlete has been a tennis player five times. Tennis is global. Roger Federer is more than just a tennis player, he is an ambassador for sports. I also want to be able to expand W.O.W., to take tennis out to more people. I would also like to use W.O.W. as a way to elevate the level of tennis in North America. We need to develop better players. To do that, you have to have passion for the sport and you have to have access. I would like to put more W.O.W. RVs on the road, get more teams on the road. And wouldn’t it be great to get other athletes to do the same … athletes that aren’t competing any more. What are they doing? For example, let’s get retired basketball players to go into the projects and inspire kids to play basketball for the pure love of the sport. It is hard to say who inspired which athlete. Every one of us is inspired by another athlete. The next Kobe Bryant is out there somewhere. Let’s find a way to reach him or her, find a way to inspire him. Home annual 2013-2014 | 105

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208.721.7424 PO Box 53 Sun Valley, Idaho Founded in 2005, Architectural Resources is a premier furniture showroom that serves as the exclusive dealer for B&B Italia, Poliform and Flexform for the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming. In addition to the numerous collections represented, Architectural Resources provides clients with full architectural renderings for both kitchen and closetry.

Specializing in custom homes and remodels, Bishop Builders Inc. of Sun Valley remains one of the most prominent and sought-after builders in the Northwest. Bishop Builders prides itself on integrity. Their passion for building quality homes is echoed in every completed project—so much so that the firm has been featured in respected magazines and journals like Timber Home Living. Bishop Builders is involved in every project from the very start in order to bring their expertise to budgeting and design.

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Bliss Architecture is a design-focused architectural, planning and sustainable-design firm based in Sun Valley, Idaho. The firm is versed in a wide spectrum of project types, from custom homes to commercial, public and civic buildings. Bliss Architecture’s core philosophy is to provide thoughtful, functional and elegant spaces that are grounded in time, place, craft and environmental sustainability.






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Through conscientious practice, Brunelle Architects strives to match a client’s dream, budget, schedule and site with unique and dynamic architecture. We pride ourselves in applying form, rhythm and appropriate proportions according to situational requirements and scope of work.

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Established in 1993, Michael Doty Associates, Architects is an architecture and planning firm that continuously strives to provide innovative and inspired design solutions based on site, climate and specific client program needs; to develop long-lasting client relationships, and to produce high-quality, technically sound construction documentation. We believe that the positive attributes of good design are far reaching in their abilities to enhance the quality of life on both personal and societal levels.

Eggers Associates is an award-winning landscape architecture firm with a focus on custom residential design. We often are involved in the site analysis and planning at an early stage of the associated architectural design process. We also work on many landscape remodels to update an expired landscape and redesign to accommodate the client’s changing lifestyle.

Fireplaces Etc. is a locally owned family business. From its inception in January 2000, the business has been operated by Luke Andrews and Travis Zerba—brothers that were born and raised in the Wood River Valley. In addition to their professionalism, offering quality products has allowed the business to expand from fireplaces and barbecues to patio furniture. From Fairfield to Stanley, Fireplaces Etc. sells, services and installs hearth products, grills and patio furniture.







Fisher Appliance has been honored to serve the Wood River Valley. Owner Mark Fisher has been a Wood River Valley resident since 1980 and has been working with the local building industry for the past 25 years. Mark values the friendships and relationships he has made over the years and appreciates the loyalty his customers have always shown. Thank you for supporting Fisher Appliance and shopping locally.

We are committed to providing clients with an efficient design that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Building a new home or remodeling an existing home can be a very stressful undertaking, so it is our responsibility as professionals to make it a fun and enjoyable process. We all have our own vision, but it is imperative that we understand what the client wants and needs, and what their ideas are so we can collectively come together as a team to ensure that it is their vision that’s realized, in the end.

Jennifer Hoey Smith, ASID, is known for her awardwinning residential and commercial interior design. Hoey also manages space planning, selection of all interior elements, CAD drawings, specialized kitchen and bath design, selection and procurement of custom furnishings and fine art consultation, as well as selection, in order to make your home the very best it can be.

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Idaho Mountain Builders is a locally-owned custom home builder and home efficiency expert at the forefront of the regional green building movement. Step inside Idaho Mountain Builders, where superior design, craftsmanship and aesthetics combine with state-of-the-art sustainability for uncompromising custom-built homes. Veteran builders and co-owners Tim Carter and Joe Marx believe, “There is no reason why the modern home cannot remain functional and attractive for 50 years or longer. That is true sustainability.”

Ketchum Kustom Woodworks is a full-service cabinetry and architectural millwork company. We offer complete in-house architectural drafting, finish and installation. We specialize in high-quality construction and offer insight into the latest trends in the industry. What can we build for you?

Ketchum Lighting Collective’s owner, Heidi Titus, works with architects, designers and homeowners to create beautifully lit interior and exterior spaces. Heidi’s background in design/architecture influences her work and her showroom. Ketchum Lighting Collective helps the Wood River Valley shine in the best possible light.







At Lee Gilman Builders, we understand that our job goes beyond building and renovating. Our job is to expertly craft a space that will become your home. We are a company that prides itself on our hands-on approach, taking the time to listen and always going the extra mile. The end product? Your house as you always dreamed it to be.

Based in Ketchum, Lloyd Construction has been building custom homes and positive client experiences since 1977. Clients characterize Lloyd Construction as being knowledgeable, accessible, personable and extremely fun to work with. Everyone at Lloyd Construction continually builds working relationships to create a common goal for each project—and everyone benefits from this alliance. Lloyd Construction’s services include new construction for residential or commercial projects and remodels of any size.

Bruce A. Martin has over 26 years of experience in all phases of interior design. He oversees all aspects of a project, from interior architectural design and coordination with architects and contractors, through furniture design, art and accessories selection and installation. He is committed to creating comfortable yet sophisticated environments for high-end homes and commercial projects. Whether he’s designing interiors for a house in San Francisco or in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Bruce’s abilities to listen, apply problem-solving skills and remain open to new ideas are what keep clients coming back again and again.



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McLaughlin and Associates’ diverse clientele and nearly 40 years of experience has presented our team with a multitude of architectural challenges, each with a unique solution. Our goal: to create a sense of place through the application of the architectural process, as well as our attention to detail, results in a product with layers of vitality and enjoyment.

Putting your trust in My Sun Valley Home means your investment will be cared for by the best. Our proactive approach to home care ensures your home will be ready when you arrive. From housekeeping to a full remodel, you will receive the full force of extensive resources My Sun Valley Home has at its disposal.

The Open Room offers a unique selection of furnishings that add warmth and beauty to your home or business. We help you create comfortable and harmonious indoor and outdoor living spaces that will enhance your sense of well-being. We offer a full range of services for local clients, such as furniture refinishing and repair, teak maintenance and winter storage of outdoor furniture.







At The Picket Fence, we’re no strangers to interior design. For the past three years we have had a team of talented, accomplished designers transforming our clients’ visions into realities. Heidi and Massey have used their accredited backgrounds along with their keen sense of style to create personalized interior settings. Their ultimate goal is to evaluate their clients’ needs and assist in developing their own personal sense of style.

Pioneer Cabin Company is a full-service construction company specializing in the procurement and production of quality rustic cabins, structures and improvement for all budgets. We offer off-grid power and remote communications systems and are a great partner to our clients in the responsible development of their properties. We are committed to building and keeping quality and sustainable buildings on the landscape of the American West.

At Mark Pynn Architecture, LLC, we view every project as a unique architectural challenge, requiring a design effort that gracefully and effectively responds to the site and client. From the onset of a project, we work diligently to understand the clients’ requirements and goals. Our commitment to top-quality design, interest in unique project opportunities and requirements, and our limited size assure our clients of the consistent and energetic service of our key personnel, from early design phases to well after completion of the project.

PIONEER CABIN COMPANY Architecturally Authentic Lodging. Delivered With a Doorstep.

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Sawtooth Construction has been leading the green building industry in the Wood River Valley since building the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certified building in Blaine County. Our team has the experience and resources to consult, engineer and construct practical green building design, operations and maintenance solutions for any project—residential or commercial.

Through their wide array of services and quality products, the professionals at Scott Miley Roofing make certain that the roofs they build, repair and service are up to all the challenges the Wood River Valley weather can offer. Locally owned, their commitment to service has earned a reputation for competence, reliability and professionalism since 1992. Services include new construction, remodels, additions, repairs, metal and composite siding, sheet metal fabrication and seamless copper rain gutters.

Jack Smith holds a Doctorate Degree in architecture, is a Fellow of the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and is board-certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Dr. Smith has practiced in the architectural community for over four decades. His portfolio spans a large geographical area including the United States, Canada and New Zealand.

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Since 1996, we at Soundwave have prided ourselves on our work and on offering the highest quality installations available. Whether you’re building or purchasing a new home or upgrading your current system, we will design a system that fits your needs and will create a free, detailed estimate. We understand how important it is to get your A/V system functioning to your liking and the importance of quality service.

White Canvas Designs is an interior design firm pioneered in 2007 by Sarah Latham, LEED AP accredited. White Canvas Design was established to provide answers and solutions to clients’ traditional interior design needs. From furniture to lighting, custom home designs to spatial planning, White Canvas Designs has the professional knowledge and experience to successfully complete any design project.

Distinctive, award-winning, budget-driven design. From powerful iconic concepts to nearly invisible alterations. Making a positive difference in our client’s lives.

WHITE CANVAS DESIGNS interior design 208.726.0987


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Sun Valley Magazine | Fall 2013  

Architecture and Interiors in Sun Valley Idaho