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There Is Still Plenty to Do This Week Page 10-11

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A Valley That Rallies

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Bake Sale to Raise for Wildland Firefighters

Wanting to give back to the firefighters, these Wood River Middle School students have been busy baking cookies, brownies and cupcakes. For the past couple of days, these ladies have been accepting donations in exchange for some delicious treats at Atkinsons’ Market in Hailey. The generosity of the Wood River Valley has exceeded their expectations. So far they have raised $625 and have set a goal of $1,000. Every dollar will be directly donated to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, which provides supports to fire fighters and their families in times of need.

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Local acupuncturists are combining efforts to offer free acupuncture treatments for firefighters. Call Rosemary Cody in Hailey (720-7530) or Sandi Hagel in Ketchum (721-7792)

Tempest Resumes With Free Performance

The nexStage Theatre wishes to extend our deepest gratitude to the first responders that have fought day and night to protect our beautiful valley. As the producers of the 14th season of the Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, we feel tremendous pride to be part of such a generous and resilient community. As many may know, nexStage’s production of “Tempest” was supposed to occur last weekend in the Ketchum Forest Service Park, but three of the four performances were cancelled. On Friday, August 23, as long as the town has not been evacuated and conditions are safe, the nexStage will be opening our doors to the community for a free performance of “Tempest.” We invite all of the Wood River Valley to a free night of Shakespeare in the comforts of the air-conditioned indoor theatre. We are proud to be a part of this wonderful community, and we cannot wait to see you at the show. “Tempest” will commence at 6 p.m. and the show lasts approximately two hours. Snacks and beverages will be available in the lobby beginning at 5 p.m. Please call the nexStage at 208-726-4TKS to reserve your free tickets. While walk-ins will certainly be welcome, space can only be guaranteed to those who reserve in advance. Saturday and Sunday performances are TBA.

irefighters gasped as they saw a quarter-mile wall of fire coming out of Greenhorn Gulch. “The Beast,” as one firefighter would call it later, was pushing downhill in timber straight toward them as they hastened to put hoses around some 20 multimillion-dollar homes they had been assigned to protect. “Trees were torching and the fire seemed like it was dripping off trees, setting roofs on fire, siding on fire,” recalled Bart Lassman, Wood River Fire and Rescue chief. “We’d hose them down. We’d knock down the flames on one house, drop our hoses and move on to the next house and do the same thing there. We’d disconnect and leapfrog to the next house but, in some cases, the fire was moving faster than we could.” “Just as we thought we were winning the battle, fire roared down Imperial Gulch. Before we even knew the house at the bottom had been set on fire, it was fully engulfed.” The Beaver Creek Fire, which rampaged across parched sagebrush, grasslands and tinder-dry pine forests threatening 10,000 homes, started with a single lightning strike on Wednesday, August 7. A few days later, firefighters were battling what some called the most intense firefight they’d ever waged. Bureau of Land Management official Mel Meier said her agency put a hundred firefighters on the fire when it started, along with a hundred more on the nearby McHan Fire, which was threatening Soldier Mountain and a nearby golf course. “We really thought we had it contained that first day. But a bunch of thundercells rolled through less than 24 hours later and it exploded,” she said. “Be prepared” On Friday Laurel Simos got the call at her home in Boise. Be prepared to head to Hailey, the caller told her. The logistics coordinator was on the road by Saturday, the Rolodex in her mind rolling through orders she had to place as she tried to plan for a Type-1 fire—the highest level of complexity. “The adrenalin really gets going—you have two hours to pack and hit the road. And your mind is racing a million miles an hour because you’re trying to figure out what you need to order. And, at the same time, you’re wondering what it’s going to be like. Are you going to lose homes? Are people going to get hurt, or killed?” she said. Even as she drove on, the fire twisted

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and streaked its way through dry timber in Deer Creek. Spurred by humidity in the single digits and tinder-dry fuel, it sent flames shooting 40 feet above sagebrush and a couple hundred feet above pines trees. In Hailey, Simos looked at three sites for crews that would be soon be arriving from as far away as Arizona and New Mexico, including one near Deer Creek where the fire was entrenched. She settled on a field on the Peregrine Ranch near North Buttercup Road because it was big enough to put a large camp and it was accessible but not right on the highway. Local disaster expert Chuck Turner helped her contact a local contractor who laid excavator fabric across the bike path and set sand on top of it so they could bring in semis without damaging the path. By Sunday, workers were erecting a dozen yurts that Simos had found in Twin Falls, turning them into beige headquarters for crews like Air Ops, Weather Forecasting, Media Information, Human Resources and even the Finance Department that would pay the firefighters. “We have to start from scratch with each fire,” said Simos. “If we couldn’t have gotten yurts, we would have gotten

trailers.” Cache vans from the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise soon began arriving with enough gear and food to take care of 250 firefighters, with the expectation that more would be added as the number of firefighters grew. Incident Commander Beth Lund and her Great Basin Team would assume command Monday morning. So far yet so close On Sunday, Mila Lyon, Judith Kaye and a few others climbed to the top of Driveway Gulch in East Fork Canyon where they observed the smoke plume in the distance. They expressed concern for the backcountry beyond and for Deer Creek, which had been clogged with smoke that morning. None knew that in a few short days all of them would have been told to either leave their homes or be prepared to leave their homes. But it had been one of those summers where sparse winter snowfall melted early, opening up hiking and mountain bike trails ahead of time. After two years of drought, creeks in Greenhorn Gulch and Oregon Gulch dried up in July. And

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BEAVER CREEK FIRE story • for current information, visit

There Will Be Better Days Ahead BY KAREN BOSSICK


week after things began heating up with the Beaver Creek Fire, valley residents got the news they’d been hoping and praying for: “We’ve made some progress and it’s starting to look a lot better,” Fire Information Officer Tracy Weaver told more than 300 people who attended a briefing Monday night at the Community Campus. Two hotshot teams worked to secure Timber Gulch above the Cold Springs neighborhood Monday, reducing the threat to Ketchum and Sun Valley. That enabled authorities to lift pre-evacuation orders for Ketchum and Sun Valley residents east of the bike path. Residents of Indian Creek, The Heatherlands and Ohio Gulch were also allowed back into their homes but told to be prepared to evacuate should something go haywire. The Wolftone area in Deer Creek looks “pretty secure,” Incident Commander Beth Lund said. And cloud cover had enabled crews keep the Baker Creek fire on the ridgeline while

widening Baker Creek Road to offer more of an open canopy. “We feel that the threat’s reduced, but it’s not gone away,” said Lund, noting that 9 percent of the 105,000-acre fire had been contained. One hundred sixty miles of fire line would need to be secured to have 100 percent containment, noted Weaver. Lund praised firefighters for doing “some really good work” in The Starweather area where some houses are tucked into cottonwoods. There were spot fires in several places in that neighborhood and even gas meters melted. “Cottonwood is fickle. It likes to fall over and we don’t want trees falling over on our firefighters,” Lund said, adding that firefighters would patrol the area for some time to come. The fuels are so dry that they’re burning completely, which is better than burning incompletely, Lund added. “I think the next couple days we’ll feel pretty good about everything except the north end (near Baker Creek),” she said. “That’ll take another five to six days.”

“We’re going to reopen for business and come back strong.” –Larry Schoen

Blaine County Commissioner

Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson said rehabilitation will start before the Great Basin Incident Team leaves. And by the end of the week, a Burn Emergency Rehab Team will be in place to determine which areas are most susceptible to erosion from gully-washing storms. A spokesman for Sun Valley said sales groups have been working the phones throughout the fire and most groups “are sticking with us.” Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall told a reporter following the meeting that he was confident that Wagon Days would go forward, although a final decision

based on Monday night’s fire behavior wouldn’t be made until late Tuesday. “We’re going to reopen for

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GIVE ‘em a bandana


ant to do something to thank the firefighters? Crown them with a bandana. Sheriff Gene Ramsey said he was in Atkinsons’ Market a few days ago when a firefighter asked him where he could find a bandana. Bandanas are valued pieces of equipment by firefighters who use them as sweatbands and to cover their faces while working in the smoke, said the Beaver Creek Fire’s Incident Commander Beth Lund. Valley residents can donate new or used bandanas to valley police stations, which will get them to the firefighters. Brownies and chocolate chip cookies, while appreciated, are not needed as the firefighters have plenty of food. Food and other gifts can be donated to The Hunger Coalition can also take donations as it expects a big bump in demand from people who lost income while business was shut down tws during the fire.


Thursday’s Bipartisan Commission Housing Forum Postponed Due to Fire Due to the Beaver Creek Fire, the Bipartisan Policy Center Regional Forum scheduled in Sun Valley on Thursday, August 22, has been postponed. If you made a reservation at the Sun Valley Resort, you may cancel your reservation without a penalty. Please call (208) 622-4111 or 1-800786-8259 to cancel your reservations or you will be charged and considered a no-show.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but we feel this decision is in the best interest of all our forum participants. Please look for an updated invitation in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Loy, BPC’s events coordinator, aloy@ or (202) 2042400.

Brian Boitano Fundraising Event Cancelled The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club is cancelling the Brian Boitano event for this Thursday, August 22, due to the Beaver Creek Fire. They will be refunding all of the tickets that have

been purchased and will reschedule the event for a later date. If you have any questions regarding the cancellation, please call the Figure Skating Club office at 208-622-8020.

Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament and Events Cancelled The 2013 Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament and related concert of Huey Lewis and the News have been cancelled. President and Tournament Director Georgie Fenton stated on Mon-

day, “Due to the uncertainty of the conditions of the fire and the air quality, we’ve been forced to cancel the event.” For more information, visit: www.

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hen autumn allergies smite us, we look around for a scapegoat and—ta dah!—goldenrod is everywhere, in blazing yellow prominence against the browning landscape. We ignore more likely allergen sources, like grasses and sagebrush, with their inconspicuous and colorless flowers. A plant has no need to attract pollinators if it relies on the wind, sending billions of pollen grains out on the breeze (and thus to our noses) to improve the odds of pollinating another flower. On the other hand, the pollen grains of goldenrod, as is true of all insect-pollinated flowers, are comparatively fat and sticky so that they will adhere to visiting insects and be transferred by them to another flower. In order for a person to be affected by goldenrod pollen, they would have to stick their nose right into

the flower, just like a bee would! Goldenrod blooms are a great source of nectar and pollen for native bees and honeybees, wasps, beetles and butterflies. The larva of many moths feed on the foliage as well, and sparrows and finches eat the seed in fall and winter. While you are sticking your nose into the goldenrod looking for pollen, check for swollen lumps in the stem. These galls are the overwintering home of insect larvae. Don’t let goldenrod’s yellow exuberance tempt you to add native varieties to your home garden! A bit of rich soil transforms it into a garden thug, taking over your beds. Check the nursery instead for better behaved goldenrod varieties. Check ERC Sun Valley on Facebook for fall classes and events. tws


124 Concerned Citizens Sign and Deliver “Fresh Food and School Gardens in Blaine County Schools” Petition to BCSD On August 19, residents from the local area delivered a petition to Paul Bates, Blaine County School District board chairman, Shawn Bennion, vice-chairman, Kathryn Graves, trustee, Kathy Baker, trustee, and Liz Schwerdtle, trustee, signed by 124 people so far. The petition was created on’s petition site and states, “I support the School Food Proposal submitted to the BCSD on August 13, 2013, to integrate good nutrition and nutrition education into the curriculum to create an optimal learning environment.” The petition and the School Food Proposal were created by the School Food Action Group of Blaine County. Their facebook page is at www.face- In many ways, Wood River Valley residents are more food conscious than the average U.S. population, and more affluent, and yet our school district is lagging behind in implementing nutrition education, school garden programs, comprehensive farm-toschool programs, and preparing fresh meals from scratch on premises. To read the petition, go to: http:// MoveOn’s petition website was built to give progressive individuals and organizations the online tools to start and win their own grassroots campaigns.

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Heather Wheeler, executive director of the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI), announced today that Sarah Michael has joined CTAI as the new mobility manager for the ITD’s District 4, an eight-county region in south-central Idaho that includes Blaine, Camas, Lincoln, Twin Falls, Jerome, Gooding, Cassia and Minidoka counties. The District 4 mobility manager provides a high level of professional transportation expertise to public and private agencies. The manager facilitates implementation of local transportation planning and public outreach and builds partnerships with local officials and organizations to improve mobility options and resources within the district. Michael was elected to three terms

as Blaine County commissioner, and has also served in executive roles in the legislative, administrative and advocacy arenas in California state government. “Public transportation issues have been my passion and I am thrilled to join CTAI and advocate for better mobility options in Idaho,” commented Michael. “My goal is the growth of public transportation options and mobility throughout the eight-county region. Improving mobility in light of higher gas prices and an aging population is critical. This will improve our local economies and quality of life.” Vanessa Fry, who served as mobility manager in Region 4 for three years, has left to pursue graduate studies at BSU.

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Patzer’s Little Sisters Expands Focus Trevor Patzer was given the Unsung Heroes of Compassion Award from His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his work with Little Sisters. COURTESY PhotoS BY KAREN BOSSICK


revor Patzer started out wanting to pay for a million years of education by the year 2050. A million years that would save a quarter of a million Nepali girls from being married off as young as 7, having to work in child labor or even being sold into sex trafficking. Now the Sun Valley native’s dream has expanded, as he’s introducing the girls and their families to once-foreign ideas such as preventative health care, the need for safe drinking water and washing hands, and even the idea of postponing marriage until age 25. “Our mantra is 25/27,” said Patzer. “We tell girls: If you become pregnant, your life changes forever. Focus on school, your studies, your career. Don’t worry about getting married until you’re 25. Don’t worry about having children until you’re 27.

Having a professional life, getting married later, having only one or two children… that’s how you break the cycle of poverty.” Patzer is the founder and director of the Little Sisters Fund, a humanitarian endeavor supported by many Sun Valley-area residents. Since he founded it in 1998, it has offered high-quality education to 1,500 girls, about 250 of whom are now working as nurses, teachers, engineers. A couple of those women have started non-profit organizations of their own. Two graduates are now attending the University of Virginia on full scholarships. One woman, now 25, makes more money in nursing in a month than her father makes in a year. Patzer will share an update on the Little Sisters Fund in a free presentation at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ketchum’s Community Library. “Education is the most pow-

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erful predictor of progress in society,” he said. “We give girls an education so they can be successful in life. Before, these girls probably would’ve spent their lives planting rice or taking care of goats. Now, the sky’s the limit.” One measure of success is an exam that Nepali students must pass in order to continue studies into the 11th grade. Countrywide, 36 percent of all girls pass the exam. Little Sisters students have a 100 percent pass rate. Of the 50 Little Sisters who took the test last year, 17 placed in the top 5 percent and 22 more in the top 13 percent. Little Sisters doesn’t run a school but, rather, provides schooling for girls. “Parents have been very receptive to our trying to help their girls. They don’t want bad

things for them. But, given the economics, sometimes they feel like they have to marry them off at a young age or take them out of school to work. In rural areas 40 percent are married by 14. By 16 over half are pregnant or have had a child,” Patzer said. In addition to providing schooling, Little Sisters has taken on three new endeavors: • The organization trains teachers how to encourage critical thinking, group work and multi-sensory learning as opposed to memorization. • It’s teaching girls about things they don’t necessarily learn in schools, such as the importance of washing hands and brushing teeth and the necessity of boiling water to ensure its safety. It’s teaching them about menstruation and other taboo subjects, helping them to

understand what’s going on in their bodies. And it’s educating them about sexually transmitted diseases, the use of condoms and pregnancy. • It’s providing vaccinations for tetanus and de-worming, both big problems in Nepal. Little Sisters also provides multi-vitamins and emergency healthcare for broken bones and rheumatoid heart disorders caused from not treating strep throat as a child. It costs $3,000 to educate a girl for eight to 10 years in private English-speaking schools in and around Kathmandu, including supplies and uniforms. It costs $1,500 to educate the same number in rural areas. Info: tws

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nd now experiencing the fires and smoke in our “clean” mountain air, we indeed get the true vision of the severe air pollution in China and how that affects our whole world. Troost does talk about that. However, as well, you may have read that Virginia-based Smithfield Farms, the world’s largest pork producer, might be getting acquired by China’s Shuanghui International, also known as Shineway Group, the world’s largest meat processor. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. must still approve the transaction, so we’ll see, I guess. The consequences of this proposed merger are that this business transaction will get very close inspection before approval. After reading this book, I certainly hope so!! I have been very fortunate to have traveled throughout the world; however, I have not been to China. Maybe you have. I warrant that you probably didn’t get to travel most of the parts that Troost was able to see. As you can tell by the spelling of

this author’s name, part of his heritage is Dutch and, since my mother was Dutch, I can easily say that Troost’s point of views is very much in keeping with his heritage. The Dutch have a very special, unique and wonderfully wry way of accepting and looking at things; this is what Troost has done in writing this book. Troost has written travel essays for Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The Prague Post (the other half of his heritage). He was hired as a consultant by the World Bank, so with that in mind, you know that he has a lot of good credentials to write a travel book on China. Troost brings to the armchair traveler a very humorous and informative tale of what life in many parts of China is like. He makes you feel like you are right alongside of him and sharing his adventures. As well, he interjects much information about the history of China. So, for your armchair China travel adventures, pick up this book and give it a read. You’ll enjoy it and it may lead you on to the other books that Troost recommends at the end of the story. Additionally, he has written some other travel books you may want to read: “The Sex Lives of Cannibals” and “Getting Stoned with Savages.” Give us your feedback at tws


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Crews Prepared Owl Rock for Last Stand STORY & PHOTOS BY KAREN BOSSICK


lex MacDonald winced as he watched a Type 2 helicopter buzz over his luxurious log home, the helicopter’s rotors whumping as it passed over. Had he been on the roof, MacDonald could have reached out and touched the helicopter, which resembled a mosquito with a long dangling proboscis. As it was, the force of the wind from the bird blew a shingle off the roof. A second later, a wall of crimson fire retardant rained from the sky next to an 8-foot fire break a dozer had etched in the dust on the ridge overlooking Owl Rock and McDonald’s home. “We didn’t have as many resources during the Castle Rock Fire in 2007,” MacDonald said. “They’re trying to make a last stand here. If the fire gets through here, there’s too much fuel between here and Ketchum. It’s going to go.” Firefighters had been driving the narrow winding dirt road above St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center to McDonald’s house for three days to prepare for the firefight they were nearly certain was coming. A couple of the turns are so tight they couldn’t get big fire engines up there. But that didn’t prevent them from carting up thousands of feet of half-inch fire hose that they laid around MacDonald’s house and stretched out near the fire break. Mark II pumps sitting near a pond outside the home were set to pump 50 gallons of water per minute.

“These aren’t your garden hose variety hoses. We want to cover the house and soak it so embers won’t have a chance to light it afire,” said David Lovenberg, a structural firefighter from Boise. Lovenberg looked down onto the highway that runs past Cold Springs on its way to the hospital and then up toward a ridge above Timber Gulch where a smoke cloud could be seen rising a few hundred feet into the sky. “It seems like it’s pretty calm right now, but it was pretty active an hour ago as 25-mileper-hour winds came through here,” he observed. “We dropped retardant the other day, but it was so windy it ended up on the house. This is our last line of defense before Ketchum so we’re going to try to paint the whole hillside in red.” Indeed, Incident Commander Beth Lund had likened the area a day earlier to “a wick” of unburned forest. If firefighters couldn’t corral it, it could not only take out Ketchum but Bald Mountain and Sun Valley’s multimillion-dollar ski lodges, high-speed quads and gondola. The lavender, yellow, red and blue garden flowers cloaking MacDonald’s home stood in stark contrast to the thick smoke that had wrapped itself around the hillside since Tuesday. Firefighters, aided by two dozers, two helicopters, three engines and more, had cleared brush and moved a woodpile, with MacDonald and his son— also named Alex MacDonald— besides them every step of the way. “Look around—it’s pretty clear

These are definitely not your garden variety hoses.

Firefighters explain the course of action they will take to homeowner Alex MacDonald.

we are getting ready to kick butt up here,” said John Kennedy, the operations section chief. Firefighters even had enough time to rope off a heavily trafficked section of lawn to keep people from trodding on and ruining it. “Usually, we have less than a day to do all this. But we’ve been here three days—we believe we’ve put in the best defensible space money is going to buy,” said Brandon Hoffman, a U.S. Forest Service structural specialist from Utah. “We feel like we have got an excellent chance of saving these structures. Especially since a lot of the fire is going into the 2007 burn, which is slowing it down.” Even if the house hadn’t been there, firefighters would have been making their “last stand”

there, Hoffman added. “It’s open country where you can make things happen,” he said, likening the process to performing triage at a hospital. “We’ve gotta make this right. We’ve gotta make this the best we can.” Hoffman helped himself to a handful of gummy hot-cinnamon bears—what he called “firefighter’s food” because of its hot nature. Safety for the firefighters is paramount, he said. “See those slopes—we can’t fight a fire in there. And we can’t get the big vehicles up there that we need to fight it safely. The No. 1 rule is firefighter and public safety. We don’t bend it. We don’t flex it. We don’t break it, ever.” If the public doesn’t give firefighters a defensible space,


firefighters almost have to walk away, he said. “It takes 72 hours to make a good defensible space. That’s why we need a lot of people. The majority don’t take defensible space seriously. If I had a cabin, I would never want to put firefighters at risk, having them clean up my mess.” Having done all he can do, Lovenberg was now at the point of sitting back and waiting, fully aware he could be standing on ground zero in an instant. “It gets your adrenaline going as you get closer to showtime. But we’re here to protect these structures. And we’ll do what we can to save them,” he said. “Hopefully, it won’t get that far.” tws

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BEAVER CREEK FIRE story • for current information, visit

Baldwin Home Gets Readied for Fire Heidi Baldwin says she has felt like a gypsy moving from one home to another as evacuation after evacuation takes place.



t seems like a perfect Sunday afternoon for a dip in the saltwater pool built into the mountainside. But Heidi Baldwin has put away her lawn chairs in her handsome 6,000-square-foot home at the end of Owl Rock Road. And fire hoses run from her pool to the lawn above. It’s all because of an enemy that can’t be seen from her enclave in the woods: fire smoldering on the ridge above Timber Gulch; fire that has left the first floor of her home smoky, even though the sky above is a light blue and the water cascading from small manmade pools is positively tranquil. “The fruit on the trees are almost ripe, there are animals… and it still feels very alive around us,” says DeSiree’ Fawn, Baldwin’s daughter. “It’s just so unreal when you know the devastation just beyond those trees,” she says, looking up through thick woods that shield the property from any semblance of fire.

Gary Fraize takes a break in front of a sheepwagon outside Heidi Baldwin’s home.

Even though the fire is bearing down, Baldwin is calm, even a gracious host to a handful of reporters and photographers who have descended on her property. She knows she’s done all she can do. “She learned a lot from the Castle Rock Fire, and she did a lot to her property afterwards,” says Fawn, who spent much of Sunday running to Atkinsons’ Market to replenish the cooler with drinks for the firefighters assigned to protect the home which sits up a dirt road two miles south of Ketchum. Indeed, Baldwin, who designed and built her house two years ago, surrounded her home with stonework and irrigation. She took the weedwhacker to the meadows around her house in early July. She picked up branches and other debris.

She moved the lawn chairs inside so firefighters wouldn’t stumble over them. She pulled the furniture away from windows where, she says, the heat can get intense. And, she says, she will turn the lights on when she leaves so the firefighters can see in the smoke. Firefighters pushed her lawn furniture in the pool during the Castle Rock Fire, she reminisces. Tory Canfield, Rebecca Rusch and Greg Martin are among Ketchum firefighters assigned to protect the home, along with firefighters from Montana and Florida. Sunday afternoon they catch their breath and begin the waiting game after having spent the morning putting 3,500 feet of hoses and sprinklers around the structure.

Ketchum firefighter Tory Canfield consults with Rebecca Rusch and Greg Martin.

“Some of these firefighters come from places where it’s 200 feet above sea level so to come to 6,500 feet is taxing their lungs,” says Baldwin, as she watches the calm interrupted by a wind gust that sends leaves hurtling toward the ground. Baldwin says she felt like a gypsy after both of her daughters’ homes were evacuated. “I’m moving from place to place,” she says. But she’s grateful to those for whom she’s entrusting her home. To acknowledge that, she sticks a series of Post-It notes on her door: “No one home.” “Thank you!” Don’t worry about the house.” “We evacuated.” tws And “Be safe.”

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a broader understanding of your total investment portfolio. Once you’ve gone paperless, you’ll no longer have to worry about misplacing your stock certificates or deal with the delays associated with selling your shares. You’ll receive a statement of ownership from your brokerage firm, the company that issued the stock, or its transfer agent, making it easy to track your holdings. You also won’t have to worry about your stocks reverting to the state as abandoned property after you pass away, a common occurrence with physical stock certificates owned by individuals who have neglected to designate beneficiaries. Dealing with paper stock certificates can at times be difficult and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. A financial advisor can help you navigate the process or answer any questions you may have. Lori Nurge is a First Vice President/Investments and Branch Manager with Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, member SIPC and New York Stock Exchange. She can be reached by calling the firm’s Ketchum office at (208) 622-8720 or toll-free at (877) 635-9531.

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ago Azul is located across Croy Street and just west of the Hailey Public Library. Don’t let its nondescript exterior fool you; once you have the pleasure of eating there, it is sure to become a regular stop. Sandra Castillo came to the United States in 1976 where she and her family settled in California. Sandra began working in the famous food trucks there for 12 years but, due to health issues, she had to resign from her cooking position. Sandra and her husband moved their family to Nampa, where she began to cook food for her friends on the weekends. The demand was so great that people began to place orders on a regular basis. In 2000 Sandra and her family moved to Hailey. In 2003 she opened an Hispanic convenience store where she sold

food for her admiring fans on the weekends, and once again the demand grew. She received a call from a friend who owned Lago Azul at the time and she took over the business in October of 2003. From that time until now she has had the pleasure of serving her clients who, after a few visits, become like extended family. During the years Sandra has gained many loyal customers that allow her to cook whatever comes to mind. Many of her dishes have been created that way and, thanks to everyone, they have become house favorites. Sandra says, “I would like to thank everyone for all their support in the last 10 years that I have had the privilege of serving them. I promise to use the freshest ingredients and to make my food as I would for my family. I have been doing what I love to do.” Your friend and cook, Sandra Castillo tws

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et’s begin this report with a HUGE thank you to all those involved with keeping everyone safe this past week as the Beaver Creek Fire rages on. Your efforts and expertise are appreciated beyond belief! Please continue to be safe out there, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. So, you’re tired of the smoke and stress about now? Silver Creek is the place to be in the afternoons and evenings. The mornings still are fishing well, but the smoke layers come in at night and linger until about 11:00 a.m. and things are normally clear by 1:00 p.m. So if you want to catch a break from town, but not get too far away, come on down to the Creek. Bring Callibaetis, Baetis and Hoppers for the afternoons. If you are around morning or evening, P.M.D and Trico are also important. The Lost River is also a great place to get away, and probably the best fishing near the Valley these days. The Trico action in the morning is spectacular. The afternoons are mostly Nymphing with small beadheads like Pheasant Tails and San Juan Worms. A little Zebra Nymph fished under a small Parachute Adams is another good choice. If you go for the Trico action in the morning, get there early and have some Trico Hackle Stackers with you. The South Fork of the Boise is closed to fishing and will probably remain closed well into the coming weeks. At least until things stabilize and road conditions can be checked for safety. The Big Wood is also an area that one should avoid. There is some good fishing, but PLEASE stay out of areas where fire suppression is in full swing. Stanton Crossing and areas south of Bellevue are o.k. to fish, but as of now we would ask, and recommend anglers stay south of the Star Bridge on Broadford Road. In coming weeks and months we should see ash entering many river systems, with that in mind the fish are going to have a lot to deal with over the next 1 months, so please handle every one of them with care. Don’t take them out of the water and handle the little ones as gently as the big ones. Next seasons spawning months could be jeopardized, so the little guys are going to be very important in the Big Wood River. Be safe, but get out and fish. It will help you leave the fire behind for a few hours at least. Happy and Safe Fishing Everyone!

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Yoga and Breath with Victoria Roper - 8 to 9:15 a.m. at Pure Body Pilates, Alturas Plaza, Hailey Animal Shelter Hikin’ Buddies Program, take a Shelter dog for a hike - 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Adam’s Gulch Trailhead (weather permitting). Info: 788-4351 or Yoga w/Leah - 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Wood River YMCA, Ketchum. Adults work out while children do yoga. For YMCA/child watch members. Info: 7279622. Books and Babies - 10 a.m. at the Bellevue Public Library. White Clouds Mountain Bike Ride - 10 a.m., leave from Pete Lane’s in Sun Valley Village. $39. Info: 622-2281 Story Mania - 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Hailey Public Library. A book-lovin’ story hour with new themes and a craft each week. All ages. Info: HaileyPublicLibrary. org or 788-2036. Bouncy Castle Wednesdays - 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wood River YMCA, Ketchum. Info: 727-9622. FREE to the community Free Care Seat Safety Check - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, in front of the main hospital entrance. Info: 208-727-8733 Fit and Fall Proof - 11 a.m. at the Senior Connection in Hailey. Info: 788-3468. Hailey Kiwanis Club meeting - 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. New Moms Support Group - 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the River Run Rooms at St. Luke’s Hospital. Info: 727-8733 Gentle Yoga with Katherine Pleasants 12 to 1 p.m. - YMCA, Ketchum. Info: 7279600. Intermediate bridge lessons - 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church Community Room, Sun Valley. Reservations required, 720-1501

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*** The staff at the Weekly sun or SunValleyBridge. com Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan - 3 to 4:30 p.m. 416 Main Street, North entrance, Hailey. Info: HansMukh 721-7478  Intermediate bridge lessons - 3 to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church Community Room, Sun Valley. Reservations required, 720-1501 or WRHS Chess Club - 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Rm. C214 at the Wood River High School, Hailey. FREE for all ages. Info: 450-9048. Help the Hope Garden - 6 to 7:30 p.m. in The Hunger Coalition’s Garden, Hailey. Butter up in sunscreen and join us for fun harvesting, weeding, seeding and laughing together. No notice necessary. Info: 720-1521 NAMI - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill support groups for friends and families of persons living with mental illness - 6 to 7 p.m. at the NAMI-WRV office, Hailey. Info: 309-1987. S Lower Broadford Boys - 6:30 to 10 p.m. at The Wicked Spud, Hailey. No cover

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Yoga Sauna - 8:10 to 9:40 a.m., Bellevue. Info: 720-6513. Welcome to Sun Valley Hike - 9 a.m., hour-long hike on the White Clouds Trail. Leave from Pete Lanes in the Sun Valley Village. FREE. Info: 622-2281 Help the Hope Garden - 9 to 10:30.m. in The Hunger Coalition’s Garden, Hailey. Butter up in sunscreen and join us for fun harvesting, weeding, seeding and laughing together. No notice necessary. Info: 720-1521 Yoga and the Breath w/Victoria Roper - 9 to 10:15 a.m. at the BCRD Fitworks Yoga Studio, Hailey. Barre Class - 10 a.m. at Studio Move, Ketchum. $15 drop-in, or $105 subscription for nine August classes. Info: Debra at 208-721-0444 Stella’s 30 minute meditation class (beginner level) - 11 to 11:30 a.m. at the YMCA, Ketchum. FREE. 726-6274. Connection Club - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. Info: 7883468. Movie and Popcorn for $1 - 1 p.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. CANCELLED THIS WEEK: Wood River Farmers’ Market, locally grown, raised and hand-crafted products - 2 to 6 p.m. on Main Street, north of Sturtos, Hailey. Duplicate Bridge for all skill levels - 3 p.m., in the basement of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Ketchum. Info: 726-5997 Wheels and Wine - 4 p.m., leave from Pete Lane’s in Sun Valley Village. Stroll through Sun Valley on 2-wheels and end with a wine tasting. $39. Info: 622-2281 S Carter Freeman - 5 to 7 p.m. at Silver Dollar Salon, Bellevue. No cover FREE Souper Supper (meal to those in need) - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the St. Charles Parish Hall, Hailey. S Ketchum Town Square Tunes presents the local trio Triple Crown - 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the Ketchum Town Square. Ladies’ Night - 6 to 9 p.m. at The Bead Shop/Bella Cosa Studio, Hailey. Info: 788-6770

Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan  - 6 to 7:30 p.m. 416 Main Street, North entrance, Hailey. Info: HansMukh 7217478

Sun Valley Brewery, Hailey. No cover S Throttle Back, out of So. Idaho, playing some old school country - 9:30 p.m. at Silver Dollar Salon, Bellevue. No cover

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Welcome to Sun Valley Hike - 9 a.m., hour-long hike on the White Clouds Trail. Leave from Pete Lane’s in the Sun Valley Village. FREE. Info: 622-2281 Free Sun Valley Story Tour - board a Mountain Rides bus at 10:15 a.m. outside the Visitor Center, Ketchum. Info: 788-7433 Fit and Fall Proof - 11 a.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. 788-3468. Therapeutic Yoga for the back with Katherine Pleasants - 12 to 1 p.m. at the YMCA, Ketchum. 727-9622. Afternoon Bridge - 1 to 4 p.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. 788-3468. Duplicate bridge for players new to duplicate - 3-5:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church Community Room, Sun Valley. Reservations required, 720-1501 or jo@sunvalleybridge. com. Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan  3 to 4:30 p.m., 416 Main Street, North entrance, Hailey. Info: HansMukh 7217478

Proctor Hike - 9 a.m. leave from Pete Lane’s in Sun Valley Village. 29/adult, Kids 12 and under free. Info: 622-2281 ‘Move Into Kindergarten’ Storytime with Debra Drake - 10 a.m. at the Children’s Library at The Community Library, Ketchum. FREE. Info: 208-726-3496 x217 Saturday Storytime - 10 a.m. at the Children’s Library in The Community Library, Ketchum. FREE. Info: 726-3493 Fourth Annual Prayer Run for Bowe Bergdahl - meet at Hop Porter Park around 1 p.m., and then go to Wicked Spud for lunch around 2 p.m. Info: Casey Jackman 208-709-2317 Town Walk with Shelter Dogs around the community - 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Ketchum Town Square. Get exercise and meet some Shelter Dogs. FREE. Info: 208788-4351 Wheels and Wine - 4 p.m., leave from Pete Lane’s in Sun Valley Village. Stroll through Sun Valley on 2-wheels and end with a wine tasting. $39. Info: 622-2281 Restorative Yoga with Katherine Pleasants - 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. - YMCA, Ketchum. Info: 727-9600. 14th Annual Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest - TBA. Tickets/Info: 208-726-4TKS S J.R. Brown - 6 to 9 p.m. on the deck at Lefty’s Bar & Grill, Ketchum. No cover

_ Sun Valley Ice Show featuring U.S. 2013 Canadian Silver Medalists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier. Tickets/Info: 6226135 or This is a benefit performance for the Wildland Firefighter Foundations and will feature Kimmie Meissner. Sugg. donations $20 for gen. admission bleacher seating. sunday, 8.25.13

White Clouds Mountain Bike Ride - 10 a.m., leave from Pete Lane’s in Sun Valley Village. $39. Info: 622-2281 Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan  6 to 7:30 p.m., 416 Main Street, North entrance, Hailey. Info: HansMukh 7217478 S The Leana Leach Trio in the Duchin Room. 8:30 p.m. to 12 p.m. Pop, rock, boogie and blues. S Jimmy Mitchell - 6 to 9 p.m. on the deck at Lefty’s Bar & Grill, Ketchum. No cover 14th Annual Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest - TBA. Tickets/Info: 208-726-4TKS

monday, 8.26.13

14th Annual Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival presents The Tempest - 6 p.m. at the nexStage, Ketchum. The show is FREE, call to reserve your FREE Tickets/Info: 208-726-4TKS S Lattes & Lyrics, singing and steaming from the soul starring Tyia Wilson, singer/songwriter and Brett Van Linge, celebrity barista - 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The Coffee Grinder, Ketchum. Info: 208726-8048 S Lucky Tongue - 8:30 p.m. at the

College of Southern Idaho’s fall semester begins. Register for coursework now by visiting the CSI Blaine County Center at the Community Campus in Hailey or by calling 208-788-2033 Welcome to Sun Valley Hike - 9 a.m., hour-long hike on the White Clouds Trail. Leave from Pete Lanes in the Sun Valley Village. FREE. Info: 622-2281 Toddler Story Time - 10:30 a.m. at the Bellevue Public Library. Connection Club - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. Info: 7883468. Fit and Fall Proof - 11 a.m. at the Senior

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n encourages and thanks you for shopping local *** Connection, Hailey. 788-3468. Gentle Yoga with Katherine Pleasants 12 to 1 p.m. - YMCA, Ketchum. Info: 7279600. Laughter Yoga with Carrie Mellen - 12:15 to 1 p.m. at All Things Sacred (upstairs at the Galleria), Ketchum. Duplicate Bridge for all skill levels - 3 p.m., in the basement of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, Ketchum. Info: 726-5997. Basic Bridge Lessons - 3 to 5 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church Community Room, Sun Valley. Reservations required, 720-1501 or jo@jomurray. com. Feldenkrais - 3:45 p.m. at BCRD. Comfortable clothing and an inquiring mind are all that is needed to join this non-competitive floor movement class. Gentle Iyengar Yoga with Katherine Pleasants - 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. - MOVE Studio, Ketchum. All levels welcome. Info: NAMI - National Alliance for the Mentally Ill “Connections” Recovery Support Group for persons living with mental illness - 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the NAMI-WRV office on the corner of Main and Maple - lower level, Hailey. Info: 309-1987 Help the Hope Garden - 6 to 7:30 p.m. in The Hunger Coalition’s Garden, Hailey. Butter up in sunscreen and join us for fun harvesting, weeding, seeding and laughing together. No notice necessary. Info: 720-1521 _ Charity Trivia Night - 8 p.m. at Lefty’s Bar & Grill in Ketchum. $15 per team up to six people - 1/3 of entry fee goes back

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tuesday, 8.27.13

Yoga Sauna - 8:10 to 9:40 a.m., Bellevue. Info: 720-6513. Barre Class - 9 a.m. at Studio Move, Ketchum. $15 drop-in, or $105 subscription for nine August classes. Info: Debra at 208-721-0444 Proctor Hike - 9 a.m. leave from Pete Lane’s in Sun Valley Village. 29/adult, Kids 12 and under free. Info: 622-2281 Help the Hope Garden - 9 to 10:30.m. in The Hunger Coalition’s Garden, Hailey. Butter up in sunscreen and join us for fun harvesting, weeding, seeding and laughing together. No notice necessary. Info: 720-1521 Connection Club - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. Info: 7883468. Children’s Library Science time w/Ann Christensen, 11 a.m. at the Children’s Library of The Community Library, Ketchum Let’s Grow Together (Wood River Parents Group) - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Wood River Community YMCA, Ketchum. Info: 727-9622. FREE to the community Rotary Club of Ketchum/Sun Valley meeting - 12 to 1:15 p.m. at Rico’s, Ketchum. Info: Guided Meditation - 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Wood River, Chapel. Info: 727-8733 Blood Pressure Check - 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. Info: 7883468. BINGO after lunch, 1 to 2 p.m. at the Se-

nior Connection, Hailey. 788-3468. CANCELLED THIS WEEK: Wood River Farmers’ Market, locally grown, raised and hand-crafted products - 2 to 6 p.m. at 4th Street, Heritage Corridor, Ketchum. Sewcial Society open sew - 2 to 5 p.m. at the Fabric Granery, Hailey. Duplicate bridge game for those new to duplicate - 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wood River YMCA, Ketchum. Reservations required, 720-1501 or jo@ SunValleyBridge. com Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan  3 to 4:30 p.m. and 6 to 7:30 p.m., 416 Main Street, North entrance, Hailey. Info: HansMukh 721-7478 Weight Watchers - 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Senior Connection, Hailey. Info: 7883468. FREE Hailey Community Meditation 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Pure Body Pilates, across from Hailey Atkinsons’. All welcome, chairs and cushions available. Info: 721-2583 Kundalini Yoga Group - 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. at All Things Sacred, at the Galleria, Ketchum. FREE. Info: 408-859-7383 FREE Fly Casting Clinics w/Sturtevants - 6 to 7 p.m. at Atkinson’s Park, Ketchum. All abilities welcome. No pre-reg required, just bring your rod, or use one provided. Info: 208-726-4501

Free acupuncture clinic for veterans, military and their families 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Cody Acupuncture Clinic, Hailey. Info: 720-7530.

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wednesday, 8.21.13

Pesky Grape Seeds - 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of Redfish Lake Lodge. Info:

friday, 8.23.13

Stanley Arts Festival - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Stanley Idaho. Live music and food. Info: Recovering Wild Salmon with Steve Hawley, sponsored by the Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association - 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum and again at 8 p.m. at the Redfish Center & Gallery. Info: FREE S Carter Freeman - 6 to 8 p.m. on the lawn of Redfish Lake Lodge. Info:


saturday, 8.24.13

Concert in the Park - 6 to 10 p.m., at the West Magic Resort. Info: 487-2571 or visit Stanley Arts Festival - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Stanley Idaho. Live music and food. Info:

Sawtooth Salmon Festival - 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the Stanley Museum grounds. Educational booths, live music, salmon spawning tours - all free to the public. Wild Salmon dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. - $15/adults and $10/kids. Info:

sunday, 8.25.13

National Park Service Birthday - celebrate the 97th anniversary of the National Park Service with a visit to Idaho’s largest national park unit, Craters of the Moon. Entrance free at all National Park Service Sites today. Stanley Arts Festival - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Stanley Idaho. Live music and food. Info: S Caitlin Canty - 5 to 7 p.m. on the lawn of Redfish Lake Lodge. Info: S Willie Nelson and Family - 7 p.m. at the Botanical Garden in Boise. Doors open at 5:30. $55. Tickets are available by calling 866-468-7624 or at

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Wagon Days, presented by the City of Ketchum. Schedule of events/info, visit or call 1-800-634-3347. tws

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On Mr. Kesey’s first glider ride he felt there was a story to be told as Juan flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. PHOTO: SUSAN LITTLEFIELD

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Disaster Generates Love Fresh Fruit Dessert BY TOM CRAIS, M.D., FACS


s a small boy, I vividly remember fright and fear during hurricanes such as Flossy and the distinctive aftermath from that hurricane’s incredibly destructive force. The previously powerful concreteand-steel seawalls were twisted, gnarled, uplifted and displaced yards away from their original workplace. Giant oak trees were uprooted, and buildings were destroyed. Lives were lost. As a preadolescent, I remember the U.S. Army amphibious ducks navigating through our flooded streets. Much later, as a medical student at LSUMC in New Orleans, I distinctly remember volunteering in the morgue during Hurricane Camille; many lives were lost and the condition of the unfortunate souls who perished is best left not described. I have also witnessed the devastation of Hurricane Katrina where my family home was swamped with filthy water up to the ceilings along with thousands more. During each and many other similar but less-well-known natural disasters, I reflect well on with 60-year-old-and-younger memories of neighbors helping neighbors. I remember an elderly Catholic priest out in the flooded streets assisting wherever he could and later that week at Sunday Mass recalling his constructive comments of how the disaster brought love out of people and how that love brought

people together to help people who showed up each other weather the out of nowhere to help. storm. What acts of FAMILY The cleanup would LOVE! not infrequently last a On Friday of this year or more and, as life past week, I had the slowly returned slowly to joy of watching peo“normal,” the love genple unknown to each erated by the hurricane other help a rancher in Tom Crais would slowly diminish, western Croy Canyon as honey out of a jar. kennel and load 30 dogs So too the love generated by and 20 horses to move them out the wildfires that I have expeof harm’s way. It was amazing rienced and visualized just this watching the anonymous friends past week. work together as a team with Last Friday, after a long and unknown animals simply trying full week of toil and play in the to be ahead of the danger zone Valley, I arrived home about to come. I heard the owner say 5 p.m. An urgent voice on my to one man who came to help phone immediately alerted me move the horses, “You came all to a “mandatory evacuation.” In that way to help,” and then she less than 30 minutes two famisaid, “Ohhh,” looking right into lies were at my home helping me his eyes with heartfelt gratitude and my animals pack up and be and tears in her eyes, “God bless loaded up to escape the unknown you!” impending danger of the rapidly All of us will have our lives approaching Beaver Creek Fire. and routines and livelihoods As some of us were loading up disrupted on every level of inthe horses, one neighbor came convenience and loss. Hopefully, out and asked me if it was OK loss of life will not occur. And, to pack my suitcase for a few most of us will be blessed by the days’ absence. I said, “Please expressions of human kindness, do.” She responded, “Good, it’s love, sacrifice and dedication to done already.” She then asked if each other and from the IN10-year-old Rayanne could pack CREDIBLE FIREFIGHTERS my shaving kit. I replied, “Of on the ground and in the air who course.” Again, “It’s being done!” risk their own lives with each Shaving kit completed, Rayanne waking moment they spend on then utilized her 4-H skills and our behalf. They are relentless in had all four goats — including their self-sacrifice and dedication. We truly are blessed to two 2-month-olds — squished have… THE LOVE OF HURRIinto the trailer like a family CANES AND WILDFIRES! going to the beach in summer. tws There were no less than seven

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ow with all of the delicious fresh fruits available at the Farmers’ Markets, this beautiful, easy-ascan-be to make delicious dessert is one you’ll for sure enjoy. Top it with some of your no-churn ice cream to make this dish even more delectable. Free-Form Fruit Tart Serves 4 to 8 (depending on sizes served) Pre-heat oven to 425º F.

Ingredients for the freeform pie crust: 1 1/4 C. flour 1/2 tsp. salt 3 Tbsp. sugar 1 stick butter = 8 Tbsp. (room temp is best, but if not, cut into small pieces) 3 Tbsp. very cold water (plus more if necessary) Directions for making pie crust: Whisk flour, salt and sugar in a medium sized bowl. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is well blended and looks like cornmeal. You can use two knives, forks or a pastry blender, but if you have a processor, do the following: For the first 2 steps process the dry ingredients with a quick onetwo pulse; then add the butter and process until blended and mixture looks like cornmeal. If you’ve used a processor, place your ingredients in a bowl. Add the water and mold with hands in order to make into a ball. Try to handle as little as possible so that the crust remains very light and flaky and does not become “heavy.” Place ball on a large piece of saran wrap; then place another sheet of saran wrap on top and flatten ball. Take a rolling pin and roll the top saran wrap sheet till your dough ball becomes a rough round of 9 or 10 inches (the thickness of the dough should be less than 1/4 inch) Remove your top saran wrap sheet, pick up the bottom saran sheet with the dough and quickly flip it out on a cookie sheet or pizza pan that has been lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Remove that saran sheet so that your dough is all by its lonesome on the prepared baking sheet. Now you are ready

to place your desired filling in the middle of the dough. Filling ingredients for freeform pie crust: Pitted, peeled, sliced soft fruit; thinly sliced apples, pears; crushed almonds or walnuts, raisins or currents (plumped or not) are all good filling choices. With fruit, you can toss them with crystallized ginger bits, cinnamon and/or sugar, honey and melted butter, lemon rind and whatever else you like. 2 Tbsp. melted butter Final directions: Place fruit, and whatever other ingredients you choose, into the middle of the dough, leaving a good 1 1/2-inch free border all around. Fold the edges of the crust up and around the fruit, pinching the outer edge dough together. Brush the dough with 2 Tbsp. melted butter and save some melted butter for brushing on the fruit itself. I also place a bit more sugar on the top of all. Place the free-form pie, which is on the lined cookie sheet or pizza pan, in your pre-heated oven until the dough is nice and brown and the fruit is bubbling (about 30 minutes but start checking after 20 minutes). Remove from oven, cool on a rack and serve warm dusted with confectioners’ sugar and ice cream or crème fraîche or whipped cream. For easy access and printing of this and past recipes, visit Margot’s blog Call Margot for personal cooking help or hosting at 721-3551. tws

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World Hunger Crisis BY JONATHAN KANE



n the new sci-fi thriller Elysium we are faced with a world divided. The year is 2154 and, due to overpopulation, disease and a general breakdown of social conventions, Earth has been turned into one giant shantytown for the poor and disenfranchised. What has happened to the rich? Well, they have their own colony—a floating space station reminiscent of Kubrick’s 2001 A Space Odyssey. Like a perfectly designed Southern California gated community, Elysium, as it is called, is a world of infinite pleasures, riches and, with the help of a machine that cures all sickness, a place where no one dies of disease or illness. The premise, written and directed by Neil Blomkamp, the 33-year-old South African director who gave us the excellent District 9 in 2009, has lofty ambitions but, with a Hollywood ending, falls just short of the mark while at the same time being eminently entertaining. District 9 was quite a debut and ended up being nominated for a best-picture Oscar. Made for a paltry—by today’s standards—$43 million, the movie was a marvelous allegory for illegal immigration and gave a lot of bang for the buck. Elysium is his long-awaited follow-up and delves into the great sci-fi premise of class warfare. The film is also greatly helped by two Hollywood stars—a luxury that goes along with a big budget. Jodie Foster plays the ice queen (a part she could be typecast in) that defends Elysium from the masses stuck on Earth. In the lead is the excellent Matt Damon. Damon has become a true treasure of the cinema being able to convey the American everyman better than any actor working today. His performance alone is enough to make this tws movie one to check out.


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ood River High School senior Brandon Wagla really put his money where his mouth is when, for his senior project, he attempted to feed himself on $2 a day to highlight how half the world lives. The move was so extreme that he had to end the project after one week due to health concerns. As he explained the reasons for attempting something so radical, he said, “We’ve never been the most financially secure family. It’s never been super-bad, but we have never spent a lot or had a super-abundance of food. Also, I really like helping people and helping the community and if I see a need, I feel compelled to fix it. If we are not doing everything we can to help others, how can we expect others to help us when we need it?” Wagla’s project was completed on August 9 and was essentially a detailed report of his experience. “Basically, I had three goals to accomplish. The first was to experience hunger and poverty over two weeks. The second was to learn and research and raise awareness in the community. I was able to study a lot of statistics like the fact that in 1997 the global total spent on the military was $780 billion and the total spent on hunger relief was $8 billion. If we could swap those numbers, world hunger would be obliterated. There are also tremendous consequences on adult health. A child that experiences hunger five times in his life will have tremendous future consequences. My third goal was to raise food for The Hunger Coalition. I did this by putting up flyers for food drops at Albertsons and the YMCA and by soliciting individuals. “I first got interested when a website,, organized a peanut-butter-and-jelly jam slam that offered college scholarship money to students that could collect the most jars of peanut butter. But I found that it was hard to get people to donate. So I felt it would be cool to advocate that hunger is bad if I went through it myself. Fifty percent of the world does it and it’s awful, so hopefully it would be easier to raise awareness if I could live on $2 a day. So I made up a menu and set strict times of the day for breakfast, lunch and

Read This Entire Edition at “No one should live like that. People were shocked by what happened to me but they should know that we all have a role to play.” –Brandon Wagla dinner. Breakfast consisted of three eggs with a piece of cheese for 50 cents. All I drank with every meal was water. For lunch I had a bologna sandwich – one piece and one piece of cheese, two pieces of bread and no condiments for $1. For dinner, two Ramen noodle packets, but after a week I had to stop because I lost too much weight. Then The Hunger Coalition offered their support and diet on their menu. I received a small family box of food and some luxury items like hamburger and chocolate milk. I didn’t lose any weight and felt like I ate like a king. I learned that food is a precious commodity. No one should live like that. People were shocked by what happened to me but they should know that we all have a role to play. We need to raise awareness and work together to fix the tws problem.”

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BEAVER CREEK FIRE, THE HEAT IS ON, from page 1 temperatures hit the high 80s, even the low 90s, meaning that no one had to break out a jacket at night. The last time that happened was 2007, the summer of the Castle Rock Fire.

A Very Large Air Tanker, one of two DC-10s available nationally to fight fires, was put out of action after its engine malfunctioned fighting the Greenhorn Gulch fire Thursday afternoon.

Carbonate Ridge smoked and flamed Saturday.

Friday’s fire brought out so many people to fire stations Saturday morning that information specialists had to map out new areas by hand until they got updated maps.

Incident Commander Beth Lund spent a worried afternoon on Thursday trying to get more resources for the intensifying fire.


Big shoes to fill By Tuesday, August 13, the fire had grown to 40,000 acres, already approaching the 48,520 acres the Castle Rock Fire burned in 20 days. Helicopters plied their way up and down Deer Creek Canyon, gathering retardant at Clarendon Hot Springs as they tried to hold the fire at the Wolftone hiking trail. Deer Creek residents had been evacuated. And Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson had closed all recreational areas south of Baker Creek as the fire neared within a mile of Baker Lake. So many people attended the first fire briefing held that night at Ketchum City Hall that officials had to hold a second meeting to get them all in. Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall introduced Incident Commander Beth Lund, one of two female incident commanders out of six. “I told Beth she’s got big shoes to fill. Jeanne Pincha Tully, who led the fight against the Castle Rock Fire in 2007, did such a great job that there’s a lot left to burn,” Hall noted. Lund, who now works out of Ogden, Utah, ingratiated herself with the crowd by describing how she was familiar with Idaho, having raised her two children in Lowman where they attended a one-room schoolhouse. She knew what it was like to live through an evacuation, she would say later, since her family had been evacuated during the devastating Lowman Fire of 1989, which burned so hot that there were places nothing grew for more than a decade. Competing for resources Still, listeners could hear the concern in her voice as she questioned whether she’d be able to command the resources necessary to fight the fire as she thought it needed to be fought. “There are 38 to 40 large fires in the West all competing for 111 hotshot crews,” she said. Even tonight we have structures threatened in Park City—they got the tanker that had been promised to us.” On Wednesday, the fire claimed its first structure—a small cabin at Clarendon Hot Springs and ran over two campgrounds. By Thursday morning the fire had claimed 45,000 acres. But it showed no signs of abating. Thursday afternoon, a grimfaced Beth Lund paced the dusty ground in the fire camp, alternating her attention on the growing plume of smoke in sight of the fire camp and her cell phone. “Not very good,” she muttered, her gaze turned toward the ridge between Deer Creek and Greenhorn where 200-foot-tall trees were torching another hundred or 200 feet in the air. “Not a good day. You have an angry fire here.” Jake Brollier, information officer from Denver, explained how firefighters had tried to attack the fire with a dozer but had to fall back and put containment lines in elsewhere when it proved too intense. “We can do a burnout a mile out from the dozer and get the ground all black, but burning embers from the trees torching can start spot fires two miles farther,” he said. “We gave it our best, but this fire is not going where we want it to go. It’s doing what Mother Nature intended. At the end of the day, you have to say it’s a good day when you don’t get anyone hurt.”

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The VLAT An air of excitement began running through the camp about 2 p.m. as workers began coming out of the beige yurts and scanning the skies. A Very Large Air Tanker, also known as a DC-10, was expected in 30 minutes and everyone wanted to come out and see it since they don’t get to see it on every fire. “I’m afraid to go to the bathroom because I’ll miss it,” said Simos, rubbing her eyes from having been awakened in the middle of the night by two ATVers doing wheelies around camp. “He’ll be here for a while,” Brollier assured her. The DC-10, one of only two in use by the Forest Service, can carry 12,000 gallons of fire retardant in its belly-mounted tank. It can release it all at once or in increments. Eventually, it did show, immediately following a smaller lead plane that scouts the terrain and radios back, telling where to drop retardant. By this time the fire in the Deer Creek-Greenhorn area had intensified. Greenhorn residents had already been evacuated by deputies going door to door. And the sheriff issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents from Timber Gulch to Zinc Spur Thursday morning. Firefighters had wrapped the Greenhorn guard station in foil, put sprinklers around multimillion-dollar homes lining the canyon, and cleared brush. Even 1,300 sheep were pulled out of the area. Now, with the firefight intensifying, the DC-10 followed its lead aircraft into the thick smoke, dipping down behind the ridge as it dumped retardant on the angry, churning flames. But its mission was cut short when it developed engine trouble and had to return to Pocatello. A handful of helicopters continued the fight, making three-minute circuits in and out of the canyon, dumping water on the flames before returning to ponds in nearby Golden Eagle to suck up more water. Brad Koeckeritz was one of two men in Air Ops maintaining constant communication with the helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and placing orders for additional aircraft. “We set up a pattern where they go up the right side and make a drop and come back out on the left side. We’re constantly adjusting where we drop things,” he said. “It’s best to use retardant when possible,” said Simos. “Water often evaporates before it even hits the fire. But retardant sticks around. The residue stays on the ground and can keep the fire from moving through, even when it dries. And it makes nice nutrient-rich fertilizer later on.” That said, firefighters didn’t mind seeing the water swooshing from the sky in Greenhorn Gulch. Firefighters were just getting hoses hooked up at one home when a helicopter moved into the area, laid over on its side and dropped a load of water. As soon as it had dumped its load, another flew in, dumping a load on the other side of house. “All of a sudden, we were putting our hoses off that house and heading to the next,” Eric Mathieu told fire commissioner Jay Bailet. Fodder for a picnic By 6 p.m. East Fork Road looked like a parking lot, so many people had stopped to watch the fire. The sky above Ketchum had turned an ugly purplish brown. “The noise is ear-splitting,” said one onlooker as helicopters rotated in and out. “Reminds me of Vietnam,”

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said another. A couple with a picnic dinner oohed and ahhed as black carbon soot boiled into the air, indicating where the fire was burning hottest in drought-stressed timber. Ash and scorched pine boughs rained down on the bike path one mile to the north between Cold Springs and the hospital, blowing a hole in a bicyclist’s tire when she ran over one. Those walking down the path to see the firefight at Greenhorn Gulch felt stinging on their legs, only to realize they’d been hit by burning embers. “This is scary. I’m getting all choked up just thinking about it,” said Deanna Schrell, who bicycled to East Fork from her home near Gimlet. Back in the canyon, trees had been cremated and one house incinerated. Even the guard station, which had been wrapped in foil, had suffered roof damage. And now officials had ordered a pre-evacuation notice for residents of East Fork, who had only one way to get out alive should the fire take off down their canyon. Calm before the firestorm John Darnall of the Filer Fire Department stumbled out of his fire truck the morning following the fire, eating from a bowl of dried Fruit Loops as he shed the smoke-smudged yellow and green firefighter’s uniform he was wearing during Thursday night’s stand in Greenhorn. “It just went where it wanted to go,” he said of the fire. “It was so smoky in there we couldn’t tell whether we were protecting a guard station or a house.” Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell showed up at the fire camp about 11 a.m., after having flown over the fire earlier in the morning in a Blackhawk helicopter. The governor, wearing a trademark cowboy hat, listened intently as Lund outlined the challenges the firefighters had ahead of them. And he promised 20 Idaho National Guardsmen to assist local officers guarding neighborhoods and controlling traffic. Kole Berriochoa, operations section chief, stared at the smoke cloud that was rising 15,000 feet in the air and worried about the land and his firefighters’ safety. A resident of Mountain Home, his grandfather ran sheep through the valley and he has spent plenty of time in the backcountry around Sun Valley. “We tell our firefighters not to take risks, but they take more risks when they get close to losing someone’s home. Last night during the Greenhorn Fire one of the veterans grabbed a kid and pulled him behind the structure and let the fire go by. I’m glad he was there. I’m glad he knows how to protect himself,” said, Berriochoa, who was stationed with 300 firefighters at the spike camp at Baker Creek. He paused: “A lot of times we come into black and wait for fire to go around and then we come in behind it.” “These guys go out and we worry,” added Simos as she listened. “We listen to the radios as they paint a picture for us of what’s happening in the firefight. And eventually, they come in and all they want to do is eat and go to bed.” “GO NOW!” The Sun Valley Summer Symphony cancelled its remaining five concerts Friday morning. The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference followed suit, cancelling their conference, which was scheduled to begin on August 16.And Sun Valley cancelled its ice show, something employees said had never been done before.

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BEAVER CREEK FIRE story • for current information, visit With East Fork now evacuated, Dick Dorworth headed into Atkinsons’ Market to pick up a few groceries before heading south. “I took care of my art. Now I’m going off to climb at City of Rocks,” he said. “I figure that’s as good a place to wait out the fire as any.” As pre-evacuation orders started mounting for residents of Hailey, Ketchum and even Sun Valley, Sarah Hedrick sent her employees home early. But, with the highway clogged by road construction workers and evacuees, it took them three hours to reach Hailey. With highway traffic at a near standstill, sheriff’s deputies began driving up and down the bike path. “I get nervous every time I hear sirens,” Hedrick said. “Here we go again. They cancelled the symphony, now the writers’ conference. I don’t know if my business can survive another fire.” An unwanted visitor There was good reason for worry. Friday, the fire came out of Deer Creek and danced its way right down into people’s backyards. As the smoke inversion lifted, the winds picked up again, sending spot fires dancing across the mountain slopes above Starweather, Zinc Spur and other mid-valley neighborhoods. With the temperature hitting 93 degrees, the humidity at 7 percent and erratic winds gusting 30 miles per hour on the ridgetops, it went every which way—and loose, as the fire blew up from 64,000 acres to 92,000 acres. Neighborhood after neighborhood turned into ghost towns, save for firefighters laying hoses. The sheriff’s call line plugged as it tried to relay 9,700 evacuation and pre-evacuation notices: “Take your essentials, belongings and pets and GO NOW!” “We were especially concerned about those areas with one way out,” said Wood River Fire and Rescue’s Bart Lassman. Not Hailey!!! Firefighters who had been cutting trees in hopes of reducing torching from 200 feet to 10 feet suddenly found themselves stumped as the wind blew flames one way, then another. The same devil wind fueled fires burning in Timber Gulch north of Greenhorn Gulch, causing smoke so thick that the sheriff’s department shut down the highway at three points rather than take the chance of head-on collisions. Kim Nalen was on the roof of her house in Cold Springs watering it down when the fire came ripping over the Timber Gulch ridgeline. “Everyone was leaving. I said: I’m staying because I’ve got to protect my roof,” she says. Plumes rose in the sky, throwing firebrands out up to two miles away from the actual fire. Flames lapped at the backyards of homes in Starweather. Cottonwood seeds and debris under cottonwood trees ignited like paper doused with gasoline. And pines torched, forcing the evacuation of Indian Creek and Ohio Gulch and The Heatherlands. Neighborhood after neighborhood turned into ghost towns, save for 698 firefighters, aided by 14 helicopters and five heli-tankers. Flames swirled like a tornado on the ridgetops overlooking Hailey. As night fell, dozens of fires could be seen along the slopes on the west side of Highway 75. And people who had questioned the decision to evacuate East Fork Canyon, thinking the fire would continue its march northeast

rather than due east, suddenly saw why officials had done what they’d done. As the fire approached Croy Canyon, someone tweeted that Kevin Swigert needed help getting his 30 horses and four dogs out of his home in that canyon. Within an hour, all were moved. Too close for comfort At 2:30 in the morning the fire crested the ridge on Carbonate and started backing down into Democrat Gulch and Croy Canyon. Officials roused sleeping firefighters, even as they issued evacuation orders for people living in the Della View, Sherwood Forest and Queen of the Hills neighborhoods. With the wind at their back, firefighters established a black line along the road. Then they did a burnout around the animal shelter and homes on Rodeo Drive. Helicopters dropped Ping-Pong balls timed to ignite a burnout. In the end, they were able to protect the BMX course with fire retardant. But Rotarun Ski Hill was blackened. “If the fire had kept going, it could’ve gotten established across the road and burned into Hailey,” said Information Officer Tracy Weaver. Idaho Power, meanwhile, lost 12 poles on lines coming from Carbonate and four more along Croy Creek Road, even though workers had cleared brush around the bottom with a Brush Hog and painted them with fire retardant up to 20 feet. “They burned off at 35 feet— that’s how high the sagebrush was torching,” said Blaine County Commission Larry Schoen. Chatter intensified on phones as the 120 hotshots and 140 structural firefighters from the Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue and Wood River Fire and Rescue units checked on one another: “Are you guys okay?” “You guys safe?” Mila Lyon, who had left town after being evacuated from Indian Creek, sent an e-mail to friends: “I’m reminded of the preciousness of clean air and sunshine that it is so easy to take for granted.” Then she added as an afterthought, “To paraphrase… it is darkest just before dawn.” Early morning wakeup call Overnight, with the early morning evacuations, the number of people staying at the Community Campus burgeoned from about 30 to 80. Some of those with pets stayed in the parking lot in campers and horse trailers. Others stayed inside in rooms that had been designated for families, couples and single men and single women. Hundreds of valley residents had already flocked to motels in Twin Falls or spaces at the Blaine County Fairgrounds in Carey and the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Shoshone. Dayle Ohlau and her family evacuated once from their Sherwood Forest neighborhood in Hailey as fire raced up Carbonate; then they returned. They were reawakened by a phone message saying they needed to evacuate again about 2:30 in the morning as fire had spilled over the ridgeline. Saturday morning she sat in the Community Campus filing a report for KECH Radio about the fire and talking about how surreal it had been to wake up to the orange glow. Keith and Paula Perry, meanwhile, went to bed thinking they could never be evacuated from their home on Queen of the Hills Drive. “For that to happen would mean all of Hailey would’ve gone, in my mind,” said Keith Perry. But the couple got a call from

their daughter in Arizona in the early morning hours telling them they needed to evacuate after she saw a picture of the fire on Carbonate that had been posted on Facebook. “I was about ready to get up to come to work anyway,” said Keith Perry. As fire gained momentum, the number of people following the Great Basin Incident Team’s Facebook page went from 42 to 185,000. “We’re survivors!” By Saturday morning 10 private engine crews sent in by insurance companies had established themselves, providing structural protection for a hundred homes valued in the millions of dollars. The firefighters sprayed Thermogel on the homes, which keeps fire from burning through, said one of the men as he gassed up his truck at the Sinclair Station in Ketchum. “You can rejuvenate the Thermogel by spraying water on it,” he added. “When done, you can hose it off the building and it fertilizes the plants around the house. It’s like MiracleGro.” The smoke was so thick in Ketchum Saturday morning you couldn’t see Baldy from Main Street Ketchum. But that didn’t stop people from flocking to Town Square to find out what had transpired overnight. They came so early the fire information officer had to pencil in the latest fire expansion on Friday’s map as he awaited new maps. Mary Crutchfield came from the Sun Valley Lodge where she had moved because she couldn’t breathe out Warm Springs. “It’s pretty full but there are a few rooms,” she said. “I’m so glad Starbucks is open because you can come down and talk to the community. You can crack a few jokes and know we’ll survive— we’re survivors,” she added. “You would have thought we had a new airport—all the air noise we got with planes flying over our house in Elkhorn to Baker Lake last night and fighting Timber Gulch,” said Bob Nicholson. “You could see the ridge on fire at the far end of Adams Gulch,” said Mary Beth Flower, who lives near the Bigwood Golf Course. “It was scary.” The Community Library expanded its hours to give people relief from the smoke. But Chateau Drug, which never closes, closed at noon Saturday, leaving a note that it would remain closed Sunday. Carey Rodeo grounds opened for campers, as

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Apples are washed before being given to firefighters.

These two visitors from South Carolina bought a couple facemasks at River Run Auto Supply. “They’re a little bit uncomfortable, but it’s kinda fun to wear them,” said one.

Bryan Furlong signs a Thank You board outside Zions Bank in Ketchum. The bank handed out Otter Pops last week in a bid to brighten things. Even firefighters have stopped by to help themselves to the Otter Pops, said Jeffra Syms.

A hotshot crew from Elko, Nev., walks down the highway toward the Engel home in Clear Creek.

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BEAVER CREEK FIRE, THE HEAT IS ON, from page 15 well. In the midst of it all, Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsay kept his sense of humor. “We’ve had a few absurd incidents,” he said. “I had one person come in and say, ‘I see an empty desk.’ He was ready to move into it for his own use.”

The fire has generated the attention of a lot of national media, including Reuters and NBC-News.

Firefighters like to see the signs locals have left near fire camp and other venues.

The Red Cross and Salvation Army partnered to offer evacuees three meals a day, including pancakes, hamburgers and spaghetti. Meal times are 8 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.

Hey, our homes are threatened, too! By Saturday, national media, including Reuters and NBC News, were on the story yakking about how the fire threatened luxury getaways owned by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis in Idaho’s wealthiest county. And 10,000 homes — nearly everyone in the Wood River Valley, except for East Hailey and Bellevue—were under evacuation or pre-evacuation orders. In total, 2,250 homes were evacuated, including those from Glassford Heights to the SNRA. Blaine County Recreation District Director Jim Keating joined Don Shepard and Erin Zell in packing up bikes, curtailing what had been a great year businesswise for Galena Lodge, 24 miles north of Ketchum. “If you have to use a fire shelter, you want to stick your face in the dirt. Breathe the dirt,” information officer Bonnie Strauser told one group of news media as she described how to use a fire shelter. “And don’t get out of your shelter no matter what happens. As bad as it is in the shelter, it’ll be hundreds of times worse out of the shelter.” “We’re at Level 4. At level 5 we start calling in Australians and firefighters from other countries. We call in let-my-people-go favors—to any firefighter who’s available,” Information Officer Lori Iverson told another group. On Saturday afternoon, more than 500 people crowded into the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater, some sitting and standing in the aisles. They cheered for Lund as if she were a rock star as she expressed how miraculous it was that only a couple cabins and one home had been lost. Lund said a Type-2 team from the McHan Fire was assuming control of the west side of the fire, which was almost contained. “Things like to start up in the afternoon and then the fire stays up until 10 or 11 at night,” she said. “The fire is behaving itself around Warm Springs. But you never want to trust a fire.” Lund said they’d been able to borrow Canadian aircraft, with the DC-10 still under repair. But a new emerging fire on the Wasatch front near Salt Lake City and another in Atlanta near Boise had added to those demanding resources. “But we are getting resources,” she said, as she described 10 more engines on way “We don’t have an engine in everybody’s driveway—we just can’t do that. But we are working 12-hour shifts. Every quarter mile of fire has people working it or watching for spot fires. We hope we will have successes little by little.” She addressed Carbonate, where townspeople had been watching flames grow all day. “It’s good when we can back the fire down to the river—that’s where we can get control. I know it looks scary coming down the hill, but it’s a good thing.” Bart Lassman, who heads up Wood River Fire and Rescue, admitted that firefighters had gotten their butts kicked in Deer Creek and Greenhorn. And Lund told listeners that

she was particularly concerned that a wick of unburned forest along Highway 75 near Timber Gulch would provide a path for the fire to get to Bald Mountain. Firefighters worked diligently to control a spot fire in the area near one home Friday evening, she said, trying to keep it away from the unburned forest and the highway. The area was a game changer, she added, but controlled burns could help protect the area. “This fire is a beast and so be prepared: If they tell you to evacuate, go,” said Traci Weaver, information officer. Don’t try to be a hero and fight fire with your garden hose, officials added. Fighting fire with a garden hose is kind of like putting a campfire out with a squirt gun. Dime-sized ash fell as far away as Woodside in South Hailey Saturday night, turning a little black Lab into a Dalmatian. “Whoa!” said one man as a layer of ash fell off his car like snow slides off in winter. But the action had returned north where firefighters hoped to stop the fire before it ran through Ketchum. Preparing for “the last stand” By Sunday, more than 1,200 people, 90 fire engines and 19 aircraft were battling the fire, which was just 9 percent contained. Information officers said it was still highly likely that West Ketchum would be evacuated. About 2,700 people live in Ketchum and 1,400 in Sun Valley. But Sunday morning a thick inversion of smoke smothered fire activity. Smoke can be your friend, counseled Simos, because it keeps fire activity low. On the other hand, it prevents aircraft from flying. And when it does lift, it’s like taking the lid off a pressure cooker as all the hot air is sucked right up, said Abram Davis, a local firefighter. As with Saturday, Joe L’Heureux was the only bicycle technician in Sturtos bike shop. Another person manned Sturtevants main store while owner Olin Glenne floated between the two. Believe it or not, it is worth our while being open, Glenne said. People who have stayed here are starting to go a little stir crazy, he added, so they want to rent bikes. Others need to return bikes. Perry’s was one of the few restaurants open. And at 10 a.m. owner Keith Perry was busy, but there were some empty booths. “We should be making $8,000 a day right now and we’re making a third of that,” he sighed. “Even if the fire ends today, we’ve lost the rest of the season. People won’t come. Those who have left won’t come back.” By the end of the day, however, things were looking better. With increased manpower and light winds, officials were thinking they could be turning a corner. And they began shifting resources north of Ketchum where fire was threatening the Fox Creek, Oregon Gulch and Baker Creek area and had prompted the evacuation of residents from Glassford Heights to the SNRA. When people are allowed to return to the forests, Traci Weaver said, she thinks they will be surprised. “I got a chance to go into Greenhorn, and the fire didn’t destroy everything. There’s a nice mosaic pattern—a lot of green left,” she said. tws


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Wagon Days To Continue As Planned In the wake of the Beaver Creek Fire, the City of Ketchum plans Annual Wagon Days Parade FOR THE WEEKLY SUN


s the smoke begins to clear in the Wood River Valley, the City of Ketchum is resuming plans for its largest annual event; Wagon Days. The Beaver Creek Fire, which displaced many of the Wood River Valley’s residents last week, left many wondering if Wagon Days would go on as scheduled. “Safety is our first priority,” stated Mike Elle, Ketchum Fire Chief and one of the three unified incident commanders for the Beaver Creek Fire. “We feel very confident at this time that the Beaver Creek Fire does not pose an immediate threat to the residents or visitors of the City of Ketchum and that there is no reason to cancel events or close businesses.” Mayor Randy Hall announced today that the City will resume planning for Wagon Days, which kicks off Wednesday August 28th and concludes on September 2nd. “The smoke is lifting and businesses are open in Ketchum,” Mayor Randy Hall said. “This fire really tested our community and our resiliency; and the fact that Ketchum keeps coming back speaks to the strength of

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our character. The entire City of Ketchum owes a huge debt of gratitude to all of law enforcement and the firefighters who worked hard and risked all to preserve our way of life.” Wagon Days Headquarters will be open at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the Visitor’s Center in Ketchum. Information on the event will be provided and souvenirs will be available for purchase. A full schedule of events is available at wagondays. org. As residents begin returning to their homes following the

Beaver Creek Fire evacuations, more events in Ketchum will be resuming this week including Ketch’em Alive, the live concert

series in Town Square and the Ketchum Farmer’s Market. tws

“The smoke is lifting and businesses are open in Ketchum. This fire really tested our community and our resiliency; and the fact that Ketchum keeps coming back speaks to the strength of our character.” –Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall


Options for Feeding the Fire of Hunger

The full effect of the Beaver Creek Fire may come after the flames have been extinguished. For those displaced physically and economically by fire, there are resources available to help you. The Hunger Coalition holds three weekly food distributions in Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum. Fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, dairy and staples such as rice, cereal and pasta are handed out at each location. You do not need an appointment to attend The Hunger Coalition’s food distributions; however, it is strongly recommended that you call their office so their knowledgeable staff can connect you with resources to help you manage your individual situation. In addition to weekly food distributions, The Hunger Coalition, in partnership with the Blaine County School District, is providing free lunches for children 18 and under from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. every day this week through Friday, Aug. 23 at Woodside Elementary in Hailey. Accompanying parents may purchase a meal for $3.25. Other community food resources include: The Red Cross has a shelter at the Community Campus in Hailey. They are serving three free meals per day: at 8 a.m., 12 and 5 p.m. Souper Supper provides free hot meals every Monday and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Charles Parish Hall, 311 South 1st Avenue in Hailey. Info: 788-3024. For seniors, the Blaine County Senior Connection provides lunch five days per week, Monday through Friday at 721 South 3rd Avenue in Hailey. Info: 788-3468. Concerned citizens wishing to support Hunger Coalition efforts may consider donating money or food or purchasing Stop Hunger Cards at Atkinsons’ Markets and Albertsons. The Hunger Coalition is located at 121 Honeysuckle Street in Bellevue. They are open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone: 788-0121.

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Dear Classified Guys, My friend is a jokester, and worse, I'm extremely gullible. Once when I hired a moving company to move me across town, she called me posing as the company secretary and said they accidentally delivered my stuff to the wrong house. She had me frantically driving around town looking for my stuff. After that, I've learned not to trust her. Now that I'm settled in my apartment, I'm thinking of getting a dog to keep me company. My friend, the jokester, is trying to convince me to rent a pet rather than own one. I've heard of renting an apartment or a car, but a pet? This sounds like another practical joke to me, but she's pretty convincing. She says she found a company in the classifieds that rents dogs part-time so you don't have to take care of them every day. I don't want to look like a fool, or worse, show up on a TV show. Is she playing a gag on me again?

• • • Cash: Your friend doesn't sound like the first person you should call when you need help moving. Carry: Although you never

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know if she plans to put you on a practical joke TV show, her information about renting a pet has some truth. Cash: It may sound odd, but there are a variety of companies that allow you to be a part-time pet owner. For years, many animal shelters around the country have allowed visitors to take pets for a few hours or even overnight. Their philosophy is that it's good socialization for both the dogs and the people. Carry: Some entrepreneurs have taken it a step further. There are hotels, for example, that offer part-time pets to their guests. It often helps the visitors pass the time or reduce the anxiety they feel from leaving their pet at


Cash: Other companies have set up the rental program as more of a time-share. They select dogs with good temperaments and pair the pets with several of their customers. Each member selects a number of days each month to take the dog home. Carry: Although there are many people who could never fathom the idea of leasing a pet, the concept seems to work for some busy professionals or those unable to care for a dog full time. Cash: Regardless of your decision to get a pet, it's probably a good idea to keep questioning your friend's advice. Otherwise, her next practical joke could have you chasing your tail!

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Everyone loves a good practical joke. In fact, it makes for good TV. Today, you can find a show of jokesters on almost any television network. However, there is no mistaking the original prankster show, Candid Camera, created in 1948. For over 65 years, Candid Camera has caught people in the act of being themselves and making us laugh. Although the original host Allen Funt died in 1999, his son Peter Funt carries on the tradition of saying, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera."

My co-worker and I have been playing practical jokes on each other for years. However this last month when his prank backfired, the joke was on him. He knows I love my green Saturn and talk about it often. So one morning on his way into work, he thought it would be funny to let the air out of all the tires. When he saw me at lunch, he hinted at his joke by saying, "I noticed your tires are low on air." Unaware of his prank, I told him it couldn't be my car as I drove my wife's red Honda to work that day. "Then whose green car is that in the parking lot?" he asked with a bit of fear. "Oh that's Phil's," I replied to his dismay. "Our new supervisor!" (Thanks to Dalton B.)

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cost All Line Ads 20 words or less are FREE in any category. After that, it is 17.5¢/per word. Add a photo, logo or border for $7.50/per week in b/w, or $45 for full color. Classified Display Ads are available at our open rate of $10.98/column inch for $150. Can e-mail photo. Call 3091088 The Trader is now accepting consignments for furniture, home accessories and collectibles. Call Linda at 208.720.9206. Blonde Oak Dresser with hand carving - (3 drawer) $250. 788-2566

25 household GLASS TABLE TOP - 36 inch diameter, 3/8 inch thick, clear glass with beveled edge, $40; 208-788-3725. NEW KITCHEN CABINET SECTION - 18” wide, - antique wainscot drawer and cabinet door fronts; no top, $50. 208-788-3725. OAK FILE CABINET- 2 – drawer; 18 W x 28 H x 24 L, asking $35. 208788-3725. 2 New Kichler Brushed Nickel Hanging ceiling lights. Paid $150.00 for each, will sell for $75.00 each. call 788-4347. Banana, Jute, Sisal area rugs - 4’ x 6’ and 6’ x8’. Both for $150. Retail is $1,200. 309-1088 Nice, warm, low operating cost far infrared heaters for sale. Two sizes. Call 788-2012

37 electronics Small flat screen TV $60. 720-1146 XBOX 360 Games - gently used, all rated M. Red Dead Redemption 3-part package (game, map & level book) - $20 OBO; Gun - $10 OBO; Viking, Battle for Asgard - $10 OBO; Conan - $10 OBO; and Turock - $10 OBO. Call 309-1566

40 musical ROSEWOOD MUSIC - Vintage, collectibles and pawn, instrument repair and restoration. Why leave the Valley?! Call Al at 481-1124 SALMON RIVER GUITARS - Custom-Made Guitars. Repair Restoration since 1969. Buy. Sell. Vintage. Used. Authorized Martin Repair

c l a s s ifie d a d pa g e s • d ea d l i n e : n o o n o n M o n d ay • c l a s s ifie d s @ t h e w eek ly s u n . c o m Center. Stephen Neal Saqui, Luthier. 1-208-838-3021 Rehearsal Space for Bands Available - area has heat and restrooms. Call Scott at 727-1480. Voice lessons - classically trained, professionally unionized singer/actress. All ages and abilities encouraged and accepted. Vivian Lee Alperin. 727-9774. Guitar and drum lessons available for all levels of musicians. Our studio or yours. Call Scott at 727-1480.

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50 sporting goods INFLATEABLE STANDUP PADDLEBOARDS – Baldy Sports has complete packages. A great way to beat the smoke. Compact, Affordable & Fun! 928-7891 Go Cart - 5hp, 2 seater, runs great, new tires. $350. Call Scott at 208727-1480. Soccer & Football - Check out our selection of used Cleats! Great prices on SUP’s! Baldy Sports 312 S Main Hailey Recumbent exercise bike $60. 720-1146 Masi Road Bike for sale - excellent condition. $1,000. Call for more info 208-720-5127 We pay cash for quality bicycles, fly fishing and outdoor gear - Ketchum Pawn. 208-726-0110.

55 food market Organic Rhubarb $2.00 a pound. Call 788-4347

56 other stuff for sale PRODUCTS AVON at www. AVON SALES REPRESENTATIVE. AVON, puedes solicitar tus productos y ver los catalogos en linea en Ultra Vari Kennel 32x22x24, for 3050 lbs dogs. New, never used. $99. Call 788-4318 3– 48” FLUORESCENT SHOP LIGHTS – New in the box, bulbs not included; $10 each or $25 for all three. 208-788-3725 Deck Wash-Wood Revitalizer-restores wood back to it natural look. 1 Gallon New, paid $20.00 will sell for $10.00. call 788-4347 Storage containers- ”Lock N Lock” 9 piece assorted size set.Never used, Microwaveable. $20.00 call 788-4347 Professional Fabric Cutting machine. $300. 720-5801 Homelite Portable Generator 1,850 watt. 12V/120V, excellent condition. $250. 720-5801 Portable Generator, Generex 2000 watt, 12V/120V, New, used once. $425. 720-5801

60 homes for sale Eastside Magic $1,900 - fishing or love shack - needs lots of love!!! own the house, you lease the land. rent paid for this year. 720-1146 possible payments or partial trade? SALMON RIVER: 2+2 Home, Apt., Barn, Garage, Bunkhouse, (1,500 sf improvements) on 3.14 level fenced riverfront acres between Stanley-Clayton, $239,000. 80-miles north of WRV. Adjacent 3.76 level riverfront acres also avail. for sale, $139,500. Betsy Barrymore-Stoll, Capik & Co. 208-726-4455. Beautiful 3 bed/2 bath mountain lodge-style home on nearly 2 acres 3.6 miles west of Stanley (Crooked Creek Sub.). Asking $495,000. Jason Roth, Broker, Legacy Group, LLC, 208-720-1256 Fairfield - 3bd/1ba, big fenced yard, fire pit, 2-car garage, outbuildings, chicken coop, woodstove. On 3 lots in town, walk to bars and restaurants. 1,792 sf, 2-story, propane, city water and sewer. Call 208-837-6145. Owner carry.

64 condos/townhouses for sale Sweetwater • Hailey, ID

Started with 49 Homes 46 SOLD • 3 Under Contract Sweetwater Townhomes KEYS TO NEW HOMES COMING SOON. Pricing Available Soon, Call or Stop by For More Information. Green Neighborhood Village open 7 days a week (208) 788-2164 Sales, Sue & Karen Sweetwater Community Realty

66 farm/ranches 10 acre equestrian facility in Twin Falls for sale. Home, guest house, indoor arena, outdoor arena. 208731-5331

68 mobile homes 2012 energy star 2/1 single wide, 110 lb snow load, hardy board siding, metal roof, you move, $45K, 208-309-1433

70 vacation property Hey Golfers!! 16 rounds of golf & 2 massages included w/ luxury 2 BR/ 2 Bath unit on beach in Mexico. Choose between Cabo, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun on availability $2900/ week. 788-0752.

73 vacant land Waterfront Property, 1.5 hours from Hailey. 2.26 acres on the South Fork of the Boise River, North of Fairfield. For sale by owner. $89,000. Call Bob at 788-7300 or 720-2628 19 acres, 2,000’ river front, 4 miles S. of Mackay. Fenced, fishing, wildlife, views, gorgeous!. $140,000. photos available 208-726-3656. 50% REDUCTION SALE by owner - 2.5 acre lots near Soldier Mountain Resort and Golf Course. Great skiing, underground power and telephone completed in scenic subdivision. $24,500. 720-7828. SALMON RIVER: 3.76 level riverfront fenced acres between Stanley and Clayton. Hunting, fishing, riding, views, 80-miles north of WRV, $139,500. Adjacent 3.14 level riverfront acres w/1,500 sf improvemtns also available for sale, $239,500. Betsy Barrymore-Stoll, Capik & Co. 208-726-4455. Hagerman. Vacant lot in North view mature sub-division with own well system. Poor health forces sell. Great neighborhood. Hot springs, Snake River and bird hunting near surrounding area. $29,000, owner consider carry paper. 208 788-2566

77 out of area rental 2bd, 1ba home on Salmon River Furnished - $650 month plus utilities. No smoking. First, last and deposit, pets neg. References requested. Located across from Old Sawmill

Station between Stanley and Challis with easy access to River. Call Denise at 788-2648.

78 commercial rental Cold Springs Business Park 2 Shop/ Storage Spaces for leaseacross from St. Luke’s on Hospital Drive & US 75. Space G: 1680sf with 7’bay door, 9’ ceilings 2 offices Space H: 1122 sf with full bay door and office. Great rates for long or short term. By owner 622-5474 Main Street Ketchum - Ketchum LI / Storage – .85 – 1.00 / sqft / mon. Bellevue Main Street – Office / Retail. Jeff Engelhardt 578-4412, PARKER GULCH COMMERCIAL RENTALS - Ketchum Office Club: Lower Level #2-198sf, #4-465sf. Call Scott at 471-0065.

81 hailey rentals Rental Mid-Valley near bike pathStudio $775.00 + Utilities, Furnished or Unfurnished Garage and W/D 788-9408 or 720-6311Available September 1, 2013 3 BD/2 BA duplex, Just remodeled! No smoking, pet possible, avail early April. $1100/month + utils. Brian at 208-720-4235 or check out www. Nightly/weekly/monthly! 2 BD/1 BA condo, fully furnished/outfitted. Prices vary depending on length of stay. 208-720-4235 or check out

82 ketchum rentals Furnished Two Bedroom/Two Bath Condo near River Run. Recently Remodeled, fully equipped & accessorized. Washer/dryer, Gas Fireplace & Garage. Long term $1,100 per month. Vacation rates available. No pets. 208-309-1222

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201 horse boarding Barn for Rent - 2 stalls w/ 12’ x 36’ runs. Small pasture area, large round pen, hay shed, storage area, heated water. North Hailey near bike path. $200 a month per horse. Call 7882648 Horse Boarding available just south of Bellevue; experienced horse person on premises; riding adjacent to property. Shelter and Pasture available. Reasonably priced. Call 7883251.

202 livestock for sale Gorgeous 5 year old Grulla mare - very sweet, needs a tune up. no buck. $795. 720-1146

205 livestock feed Grass Alfalfa for sale - $220/ton. Call 788-3080

302 kittens & cats Please call Edna Benziger 914319-0692. Blessings and gratitude Big Fluffy Female Kitty needs home; indoor/outdoor. Great w/kids; potty trained (will go outside too). Great mouser. Move forces finding a new home. Free to a good home. 208721-0447.

303 equestrian Shoeing & Trimming: Reliable, on time. If you don’t like my work, don’t pay. (208) 312-5165 Farrier Service: just trim, no shoeing. Call 435-994-2127 River Sage Stables offers first class horse boarding at an active kid and adult friendly environment, lessons available with ranch horses. Heated indoor arena and many other amenities included. Please contact Katie (208) 788-4844.

89 roommate wanted Mature housemate wanted, own room, bathroom, sitting room in comfortable, designer furnished, convenient, West Ketchum townhome. $850 incl. utilities, available immediately. Please call Ana 7200751. Roommate wanted. Mature, moderate drinking, no drugs. 2bd available for 1 person. North Woodside home. $350 + utilities. Wi-fi available. Dog possible, fenced yard. 720-9368. Looking for someone to share the cost of living these days? Say it here in 20 words or less for free! e-mail or fax to 788-4297

90 want to rent/buy Want to rent unfurnished house. Preferably mid valley. Private. Attached garage. Must accept indoor/ outdoor pets. Reasonable rent. 9485386

100 garage & yard sales List Your Yard Sale (20 words or less is always free) ad and get a Yard Sale Kit for only $9.99. Your kit includes 6 bright 11 x 17 signs, 6 bright letter-size signs, 100 price stickers, 10 balloons, free tip book. What are you waiting for? Get more bang for your

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400 share the ride Need a Ride? is Idaho’s source for catching or sharing a ride! For more information or help with the system, visit or call Mountain Rides 788.RIDE.

5013c charitable exchange The Papoose Club is looking for a sound system (via donation) for the KinderCup and Croy Cup races we put on. Please call 208-726-6642 or e-mail Does your non-profit have a service, product or item that you need or could share with another organization who needs it? List it here for free! Say it in 20 words or less and it’s free! We want to help you spread the word. Just e-mail classifieds@

502 take a class FALL 2013 Weekly Writing Groups: Kate Riley is now booking for upcoming Fall weekly writing groups. Four members per group meet for two hour weekly sessions. Contact Kate for more information. http:// Ongoing Weekly Writing groups with Kate Riley. Begin or complete your project! 2013 Writing Retreats and more! Visit

KIDS CLAY - 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. every Friday, Bella Cosa Studio at the Bead Shop Plus, Hailey. Info: 721-8045 Hot Yoga in the South Valley - 8:10 to 9:40 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. $10/donation. Call for location/ Info: 720-6513. Tennis 101. Fun, family, fitness, a tennis program designed to teach the basics to all ages. 9-10:30 a.m. at WR High School, 1250 Fox Acres Road. Register at, (208) 322-5150, Ext. 207.

504 lost & found Found - iPod on bike path bench in Bellevue on Saturday, June 29. Call 928-7186 to claim.

506 i need this DONATE your books, shelves or unwanted cars that you don’t need any more or are taken up space in your house. Free pick up. 788-3964 NEEDED - Aluminum cans - your donation will support public art in Hailey. Drop donations off at 4051 Glenbrook Dr., Woodside Industrial Park or call Bob 788-0018 for pickup.

509 announcements Sun Valley Green Dot clue: Your choice-- quarter, half, or is it a dollar? Find the green dot and give us a holler. On foot, on wheels, not far off the ground, Keep your eyes open and it will be found. Save the Motor Vu Drive-In - In less than 3 months, the majority of American drive-in theaters will face closure with the movie industry’s switch from film to digital. Upgrading to digital projection costs roughly $80,000. Honda has started a drive-in fund to donate 5 digital projectors to drive-in theaters across the country. Please visit the website and vote for the Motor Vu Drive-In to receive one of these donations and keep the first drive-in theater in Idaho open! Jimmie Hicks Cancer Benefit, for Jimmie Hicks, who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer - 2 to 5 p.m. at Barton’s Club 93 in Jackpot, Nev. in the Gold Rush Room. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Prizes include a sterling silver and freshwater pearl necklace from Christopher & Co and much more! An account has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank for those who can’t attend but would still like to help. Deposits can be made to the Jimmie Hicks Cancer Benefit. Stay updated on our events page at under Jimmie Hicks Cancer Benefit. For more info, contact Leslie at 208309-1566 Senior Connection can now accept farm grown produce to serve at the Connection or in Meals on Wheels. If you are overrun with produce and need a place to donate please consider us this summer. Info: Kimberly Coonis, 788-3468 Summer Food Program, free lunch for children 18 and under - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Mon-Fri. at Woodside Elementary (ERC’s Wild Lunch activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 18-27. Free book giveaway on July 9 and 11.) Accompanying parents may purchase a meal for $3.25. Info: 7880121 From Margot’s Table to Yours Specializing in Small B&B styled Menus. Parents, enjoy special time with your family and let Margot do the cooking. Contact Margot for all of your cooking needs including special occasions or parties. 208-7213551 or We pay cash for quality bicycles, fly fishing and outdoor gear - Ketchum Pawn. 208-726-0110. Are you struggling to make ends meet? Not always enough to pay the bills and buy groceries? The Hunger Coalition is here to help. Hundreds


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512 tickets & travel Frequent trips to Boise. Need something hauled to or from? Call 208-320-3374

514 free stuff (really!) FREE BOXES - moving, packing or storage. Lots of sizes. Come and get ‘em or we’ll recycle them. Copy & Print, 16 W. Croy St., Hailey.

510 thank you notes Thanks to all the various people and agencies currently battling those fires west of Hailey; REALLY hit me (as I was biking into Hailey on Wednesday, and saw the very large encampment of firefighters) what a huge --- and MUCH-appreciated -undertaking fighting these fires is!! Endless thanks to all the many people who, over its existence, made eating at Hailey’s (now-sadly shuddered) Golden Elk Cafe sooooo enjoyable -- YET ANOTHER unceasingly unpretentious and very affordable eatery (like the recently-closed Jesse’s Country Grill) the Valley can ill afford to lose!! Bigggg thanks to concerts organizer Will Caldwell, as well as to performers Caitlin Canty and The Heaters, for last week’s seriously kick-ass awesome Ketch’em Alive concert -- and also to Nappy Neaman for showing Hilary S. such a good time!!

518 raves One of the many radiant takeaways I remember from 2007’s Castle Rock Fire was a suggestion one of the firefighters had for residents who were lamenting how tired they were of constantly smelling smoke: Put a dab of Vicks VapoRub on the OUTER edge of each nostril. Besides giving you something relatively pleasant to smell, it also does a very good job of lubricating/moisturizing the membranes of your nostrils (thereby lessening the chances for nosebleeds -- an event that often happens to people when there’s very little moisture in the air anyway, and often happens even MORE frequently when those membranes are incessantly irritated by smoke). Recently re-watched for the third

time -- as was once again completely blown away -- by that superb 2002 Alaskan cop drama, “Insomnia” (with Al Pacino, Hilary Swank and Robin Williams), which I still think features some of the VERY BEST directing work Christopher Nolan (the “Batman” trilogy, “Inception,” “Memento,” “The Prestige”) has done to date. Just be sure to get the WIDE, not the (horribly-cropped) FULL, screen version of it!! :)

600 autos under $2,500 Truck, 1982 F150, 302-V8, Rebuilt with chrome rings. Not so pretty, but runs great. $750. Fairfield area, 7218405

602 autos under $5,000 ‘02 Range Rover LOW MILES!!! Exlnt. cond. int & ext. 4x4. New tires. No road salt or smokers. Needs H2O pump & belt, so price is low. 208788-1498 BMW 318 i CONVERTIBLE – 1994 85K miles, BMW red, standard shift, 5 speed transmission, excellent condition, always garaged, $4,500, call 208-788-3725. Jeep 1974, 258 C1, straight 6, low miles, very sound all the way around, bra top, electric winch with remote. $3750, Fairfield area, 721-8405 66 Buick Electra Convertible, runs, body straight, no rust needs new top and paint. P/W, P/L, power top with A/C. $3,900. 720-1146


606 autos $10,000+ PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE - For all of your automotive needs. Call 208-788-3255

610 4wd/suv 1999 Ford F250 4x4, auto, A/C. $4,500. Call 720-0687 1989 Ford F150, 4WD. 6cyl, 4 speed manual, long bed w/shell. Good tires. Motor replaced in ‘05. Differential rebuilt in ‘08. $1,500. Call Carol at 208-886-2105. 1982 Ford Bronco - 4x4, white, standard 351. New battery, runs good, good tires. 73,000 orig. miles. $2,500 OBO. 208-837-6145.

2006 Buell Blast Motorcycle. Excellent condition less than 3K original miles. $2400 OBO 788-8485

620 snowmobiles etc. 1997 700 RMK - custom paint, skis. Always garaged. $1,500 OBO. Call 208-721-1103.

621 r.v.’s 1984 Chevy pop-up camper van. Great mechanical condition. Locally own & serviced. Record available. $3,400. 721-8045

626 on the water 17’ aluminum canoe w/paddles $499 208-309-1433

611 trailers 1962 Vintage Airstream like trailer by Avion, 20 ft. Call for more details, $4,700. 788-3674 Small enclosed specialty trailer. Perfect to tow with compact vehicle or small SUV. $2,250. 788-3674 1960 Shasta 14ft trailer - $750. Call 720-1146



612 auto accessories FOR SALE: Five VW Michelin tires, rims, and new hub caps. 205 / 65R 15C. $195. Call 720-3125

616 motorcycles Suzuki 2003 RM 125, 2 stroke. Excellent condition $1200 721-8334

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