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Election News Local And State Elections Build Steam

Crime & Courts News Hailey Men Are Home From Bundy Trial, But For How Long?

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Caritas Chorale will host “Hooray For Hollywood,” a festive fundraiser inspired by a night at the movies, at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. For a story, see page 12. Photo courtesy of Caritas Chorale

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Crime & Courts News GOP State Legislators Ask Feds To Release Idahoans In Bundy Trial


The Weekly Scene Bellevue Labor Day Parade & Ketchum’s Wagon Days Photos


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ON THE COVER Continued from page 1: ... The view from Muldoon Canyon, in Bellevue, was taken late in August, and shows the smoky sky above a passing storm. Photo courtesy Rob Marcroft For more information on the smoke and air quality, see News In Brief on page 8.

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Shamanic “Raven Portal” Workshop Sept. 29th – Oct. 1st at Best Western Kentwood Lodge, Ketchum Learn valuable North American native wisdom teachings that will assist in personal and collective healing Hosted by Traci Ireland, being taught by Marv and Shanon Harwood of Kimmapii, For more details and to register, please visit:, call Traci (208) 309-3620, or email:

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City of Ketchum A Wagon Days Thank You! Thanks from Mayor Nina Jonas to all who contributed to the success of Wagon Days and to all who attended! Special appreciation goes to City of Ketchum staff, Ketchum Police Department, Grand Marshal Stephen Pauley, VIP sponsors Lunceford Excavation and RJK Entertainment, who directed the successful concert with Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. And to Sun Valley Events and all of the sponsors, local businesses and vendors who helped make this event possible and the best it could be, thank you.

Skate Park Art City seeks proposals from artists interested in creating unique, sitespecific art for the Guy Coles Skate Park. Art will be incorporated into park enhancements constructed this fall. Proposals are due Wednesday, Sept. 6. Visit

Declaration of Candidacy Period Ends Sept. 8 Positions of mayor and two city council members are up for election on No. 7, 2017. Declarations of Candidacy must be filed with the Ketchum City Clerk at City Hall, 480 East Ave. N. no later than Sept. 8, 2017 at 5 p.m. Visit information and forms.

Open Meeting On Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8, contract negotiations will take place between the City of Ketchum and Ketchum Firefighters Local #4758. This is a public meeting and will take place on both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ketchum City Hall.

Public Meetings PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION MEETING Monday • September 11 • 5:30 pm • City Hall CITY COUNCIL MEETING Monday • September 18 • 5:30 pm • City Hall

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eptember is Suicide Prevention Month and, in conjunction, the Wood River Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-WRV) will host its second annual golf tournament to raise awareness about mental health conditions, support its ongoing community programs, and have a little fun. The tournament will take place on Friday, Sept. 22 at Elkhorn Golf Club. Funds raised will go to support NAMI’s free programs in the community. “Funds raised through this event help us pay for programs that we provide to individuals and families who have to live with mental illness on a daily basis,” said Curt ‘Coddy’ Mays, NAMI-WRV board member. NAMI, a national nonprofit organization, was created, and is run, to help people with mental illness throughout the country. NAMI-WRV is one of several Idaho affiliates. Mays said the organization’s mission is a dedication to “improving the quality of life for people with mental illness and their families through support, education, and advocacy, and to bridge the gap between urban and rural mental health services. “We have ongoing interactive support and educational programs that reach out to those affected by mental illness to make living, working, and playing easier,” Mays said. There are many programs within NAMI-WRV, including an active involvement at Wood River High School in Hailey with the Bluebirds, a NAMI-partner student organization that helps with offering resources and services to those living with mental and emotional challenges throughout the Valley. The organization also brings advocacy services, crisis intervention training, as well as their popular stigma-free program, where “individuals, businesses and organizations learn ways to bring the discussions and personal acceptance of those dealing with mental illness on a level par with discussions and personal acceptance with those who are challenged by less stigmatized ailments such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes,” May said. This year, a raffle and dinner will accompany the tournament.

A golfing foursome plays through at the 2016 NAMI golf tournament. Photo courtesy of NAMI-WRV

“The annual golf tournament is a lot of work, but there really is no better way to get outdoors, work on your game, and be with friends, all while supporting a great cause,” said Chris Koch, president of the board. The tournament is open for anyone to participate in the 18-hole team golf competition. “September 22nd will be a high-energy day of games, cocktails, awards, and a chance to meet our staff, volunteers, educators, program facilitators, and generous donors from within and outside the community,” Mays said. “This is a very special day for NAMI-WRV, as the proceeds from this event and the accompanying raffle make our active presence in the Valley possible.” Entry cost for the tournament is $500 for a foursome; $150 for single players, with dinner included; or $50 for dinner only. In-memoriam and sponsor signage can also be purchased for $100. Raffle tickets will be on sale at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum and at Iconoclast Books in Hailey, and online. Each ticket is $10 or three for $20. Tickets will also be available at the event. Prizes include a Sun Valley Challenger ski pass—a $2,200 value—or one of two $250 Atkinsons’ Market gift cards. For more information, visit, or Christina Cernansky at (202) 744-8463 or, or Mays at (208) 721-7473. tws


Join Dedication Of Big Wood River Bridge

Citizens are invited to join the Idaho Transportation Department, members of the Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for the dedication of the new Big Wood River Bridge at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13. Six locally-inspired sculptures designed and created by former Ketchum resident Kay Kirkpatrick will be featured. Kirkpatrick will be present at the dedication to describe her vision and creation of the art. The ceremony will be held near the south end of the Cold Springs trestle bridge adjacent to Idaho Highway 75 south of Ketchum. Representatives from ITD, members of the transportation committee and the advisory committee will make brief presentations about the development and construction of the bridge. Attendees are asked to park at the north end of Hospital Drive and walk on the Wood River Trail to the dedication site. After about 18 months of construction, final work on the reconstructed Big Wood River Bridge was completed on Aug. 17. TheLLR $5.48-million bridge replacement is the latest project of the Timmer81974 man-to-Ketchum corridor, as outlined in the Idaho 75 Final Environmental Impact Statement comADJUSTABLE pleted in 2008. The new structure includes a widened highway to four lanes and improved wildlife DESK RISER passage under the road.

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he 2017 elections are approaching, but many races have yet to be announced. The deadline for filing in most municipalities will be by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8. The deadline for candidates to withdraw their candidacy by filing a notarized statement of withdrawal with the City Clerk is Sept. 23. Deadline for write-in candidates to file their declaration of intent with the City Clerk is Oct. 10. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 7. In almost every town in the state, there are at least two city council seats open, and in many towns there is also a mayoral race. In Blaine County, Ketchum has a mayoral race between incumbent Nina Jonas and challenger Neil Bradshaw. In Hailey, there are two council seats up for election. And in Bellevue, there are three alderman seats are up for election. While many of the incumbents will run for reelection, one council seat in Hailey is open. The Weekly Sun will run interviews with candidates over the next two months. The race for Idaho governor, and lieutenant governor, will be held during the 2018 mid-term elections. In 2018, there are no senator races in Idaho, but the two congressional seats will be open. Because incumbent Rep. Raul Labrador is running for governor, his seat will be vacant. Three other Republicans have announced their run for governor, including businessman Thomas Alhquist and Lt. Governor Brad Little. Two Democrats have filed, including Troy Minton, a homeless man from Boise, who advocates homeless issues, and Michael Smith of Post Falls. Three independents, Michael Richardson, John Thomas Wiechec and Adam Phillips, have declared their candidacies. However, filing doesn’t officially start until the end of February 2018, said Shelby Scott, the Idaho Democratic Party digital and media director. “There are several candidates who have have reached out, who are interested in running. We’re confident we’ll have quality Democratic candidates.” To be eligible to run for governor, one needs to contact the Idaho Secretary of State Elections Division to confirm a registered address, complete a Candidate Filing Form, or, as an independent candidate, collect a specified amount of signatures. In 2018, the filing window is from Feb. 26 to March 9 and the primary will be held on May 15. Then, candidates need to file financial paperwork. For more guidelines, visit and scroll down to elections. “One of the things we look for are well-known members of the community who are involved in local issues, who know what their town and region cares about,” Scott said. “Idaho is difficult landscape for Democrats. But we’re up for the challenge in 2018. I don’t believe the Republicans will be able to nationalize the issues. We don’t run and win on boogieman issues.” Scott added that both parties will provide training for potential candidates. “We travel around the state, and we’d be happy to talk about any issues someone might have about running,” she said. “Maybe they’ll run next time. We’ll talk even if it’s just an inkling.” Scott added that Blaine County, and District 26, is a good area for state politics. “People work hard on elections there,” she said.



Local Author to Read At Community Library Part-time Sun Valley resident and resort employee John DePasquale was born in New York and grew up in Rhode Island. Under the name J Dominic, he has just published his first novel, “Reaching Montaup.” The book, written in prose and rhyme, concerns two boys and their shattered lives in Rhode Island in 1965. Dominic will read from and discuss the novel at The Community Library in Ketchum, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. For more information, visit


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ow long can this go on? Scott Drexler, of Challis, and Eric Parker, of Hailey, will head back to Las Vegas in October to be tried for the third time for their part in the Bundy ranch standoff trial. The Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states that no person shall “be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” This protection against “double jeopardy” is intended to prevent Treatment of: Chronic Depression the government from retrying the same defendant over and Anxiety & Panic Attacks over until prosecutors can get a conviction. Postpartum Depression But there are some exceptions. PTSD In trials that end with a hung jury, or a mistrial, as was the Bipolar Disorder case with Drexler and Parker, the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder prosecution can bring the same charges again. The two men Chronic Pain have already endured two trials Complex Regional Pain Disorder resulting from their involvement in the standoff in April 2014. Fibromyalgia Originally, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen ordered three Suicidality separate trials with groups of defendants that were in three separate tiers. The three groups of defendants Dr. Andrew R. Cohen & Dr. Eric J. Melbihess were based on their alleged level of involvement in the standoff. Cliven Bundy, the 70-year-old rancher, is part of the third, or Provides ketamine infusion therapy by an experienced most culpable, group, along team of physicians, anesthesiologists, and nurse with his sons, Ryan, David and anesthetists in a safe and caring environment. Ammon Bundy, Pete Santilli and Ryan Payne. The Bundys, Santilli and Payne each face 15 charges, CIAL including conspiracy, assault and Y SPE SEPTEMBER R E V A O threats against federal officers, T HUNGER D AWARENESS NVITE I MONTH E firearms counts, obstruction ’R OCTOBER YOU I DA H Oand extortion. Convictions on HUNGER all charges carry the possibility AWARENESS MONTHof many more than 100 years in federal prison. appreciation Under the order, the third tier of defendants, considered the “least culpable,” was tried first. The defendants in that @ group were Richard Lovelien, Todd Engel, Gregory Burleson, and Steven Stewart, Parker and WEDNESDAY, SEPT Drexler. Engel and Burleson EMBER 13 | 5:30 - 7: 00 PM were the only two in that group the jury could agree upon, and HARVEST-FRESH BITES they received sentences for their particular crimes last fall. The FARM TOURS • DRINKS • MUSIC other four still faced charges in BLOOM COMMUNITY FARM IS LOCATED AT THE a second trial, which ended Aug. SOUTH END OF QUIGLEY FARM, HAILEY 22. ENTRY/ACCESS VIA FOX ACRES ROAD, JUST PAST Stewart, of Hailey, and HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD Lovelien, of Westville, Okla., call 208.788.0121 or visit for more info were acquitted on all 10 charges. “We shouldn’t have had to face any of these charges in the ��������� ��: first place,” Stewart said, by phone, finally at home in Hailey. “It’s as ridiculous as it was in the first place. You never know what you’re faced with until you’re there.” Despite his own freedom, Stewart remains frustrated by the trial and what he and Parker endured during their year of incarceration in Nevada. Parker and Drexler were acquitted of some charges, including the conspiracy charges, obstruction of justice and interstate travel in the aid of extortion. Parker still could face prison time for charges of assault and threatening a federal officer, along with underlying weapons charges. The jury also did not

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Steven Stewart and Eric Parker are friends from Hailey. Courtesy photo from Andrea Parker

reach a verdict on assault and a weapons charge for Drexler. The prosecution couldn’t “articulate what the crime of assault was,” Stewart said. “It would have to be transmitted and received. There was no one transmitting or receiving the act. There was no intent or ill will against any officers of law.” In the “second trial, the jury didn’t get to see all the evidence, but they saw the picture of Eric constantly,” Stewart said, referring to a photo taken of Parker with a rifle on the overpass above the standoff. “That picture is the prosecution’s basis.” Stewart missed his kids’ birthdays, his son’s first year of baseball and his daughter’s first boyfriend coming on the scene. “I’ll never get that back,” he said. “I experienced these things through the phone in prison. Recourse? I hope so.” None of the men had met any of the Bundys until they were in prison. And that only occurred because, at one point, they were taken to another facility, and Davey Bundy was on the same transport. “I asked how he was doing,” Stewart said. “We were telling him who we were and he asked ‘What’s your name?’ Exactly! We don’t even know each other. It was an interesting way to meet.” Parker, happy to be home for the time being, will head back to Las Vegas in early October. The next trial will begin Oct. 10. “I have high hopes that more of the truth will come out,” Parker said. “These folks (the first-tier defendants) were there and involved. But I don’t know how much they’ll let us discuss the militarization of the BLM agents. There were arrests in the free-speech zone. Margaret (Bundy) Houston got body slammed. Ammon Bundy was Tasered. Dave was roughed up, and dogs were sicced on him, and there was a deployment of snipers. I saw all that online before we went down to protest.” Parker believes that no one did anything wrong. “We got there and saw an armed response from the feds to the protestors,” he said. “I don’t

believe there was a conspiracy. People were asked to peacefully protest. I hope and pray it comes out in the wash. Not a lot of these charges are applicable to Scott or me since we were acquitted already.” Parker said his lawyer, Jess Marchese, plans on objecting any time the charges for which he was acquitted are mentioned, including extortion, obstruction of justice, and alleged conspiracy. Parker is aware that people have seen that infamous photo of him with a rifle and might prejudge. “I’ve gotten hammered in the media over the past three years, as though I was someone who was anti-government,” Parker said. “We went to protest and stand up for the First Amendment of the Constitution. The protest wasn’t about cows. It was about the heavy-handed nature of what we were seeing online. Things escalated. My thought process was that the BLM was messing with the First Amendment and people’s right to gather and express their grievances. We went to stand in protest. “I’m always armed. I believe in the Second Amendment and I utilize it. In this situation, Tom Collins, Clark County commissioner, said that ‘anybody coming better have funeral plans.’ We have the right to defend ourselves. They tried to intimidate us into not showing up.” Collins later apologized for his remarks. Parker doesn’t believe Clark County will ever find 12 people who agree. “It was really close last time,” he said about the 11-1 decision. “The one juror last time personalized it, and the others said they spent most of the three days of deliberations trying to work with her,” going so far as to send a note to Judge Gloria Navarro asking for her to be removed for lying on her questionnaire about being the victim of a gun incident. Continued NEXT PAGE

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“It’s in God’s hands, as it always has been,” said Parker. “I have to keep faith and moving forward.” The State of Idaho has been paying attention to the proceedings. Dated Aug. 29, a letter drafted by Idaho Rep. Dorothy Moon of Custer County, and co-signed by 32 state senators, plus five retired state senators,

was addressed to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and copied to President Donald Trump, the secretaries of Agriculture and the Interior; the two Idaho senators and congressmen, Judge Gloria Navarro in Las Vegas, prosecutor Steven Myhre and the House of Representatives judiciary committee chair. The letter takes the U.S. Attorney of Nevada (Myhre) to task over the apparent disrespect for the rule of law and the jury system, saying that the third trial would show “blatant disregard for tax funds” used to continue

retrying the defendants. The letter also requests the court to consider time served by Todd Engel of Boundary County, Idaho, to be considered “punishment enough.” Engel was sentenced on Sept. 28, 2016 for minor charges. The letter states, “Further exploitation of these citizens would be an affront to justice and notice to the public of prosecutorial harassment.” tws

Members of the Idaho Legislature sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others regarding the lack of speedy trial and other matters associated with the Bundy standoff trials.

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Whistleblower Wins Jury Verdict

On Tuesday, Aug. 29, an Ada County jury concluded unanimously that the Idaho State Police retaliated against Brandon Eller, a detective, after he raised concerns over a fatal crash investigation. After nearly three years of legal wrangling and a nine-day trial, Eller was awarded $1.5 million in damages and $30,500 in lost wages. Eller accused police officials of meddling in an investigation into a 2011 crash in which a Payette County sheriff's deputy struck and killed a civilian. “The only way ISP was going to be held accountable in any of this was by going all the way through a trial and having a jury render a verdict,” Eller’s attorney, Erika Birch, said. Eller, who still works for the agency, sued under the Idaho Protection of Public Employees Act, which protects “the integrity of government by providing a legal cause of action for public employees who experience adverse action from their employer as a result of reporting waste and violations of law, rule or regulation.” This was the second Ada County jury to support such a whistleblower claim this year. Colonel Kedrick Wills, ISP director, said they were disappointed in the outcome of the trial. “But we respect the legal process and the rights of our employees to pursue their legal rights,” Wills added.

Local Attorney Announces Run For Ketchum City Council

Amanda Breen, Ketchum attorney, has filed her candidacy for Ketchum City Council. “I’ve been a homeowner and entrepreneur in Ketchum since 1999,” Breen said. “I know what a challenge it can be to live, work or start a business in our beautiful city. Every time the City Council makes a major decision, it needs to ensure that the decision has positive effects on affordable housing, business and real estate development, and keeping our tourist economy strong.” Breen plans to emphasize to city officials the diverse opinions that she hears from fellow residents about local issues. “City government must listen to our residents and our business owners before proposing major expenditures, and it needs to ensure that our residents are fully informed and included in all such decisions,” she said. With degrees from Stanford University, the University of Utah College of Law, and University College London, Breen is the managing attorney of Amanda Breen Law, PLLC, focusing her law practice on immigration law and family law. She is also a contract public defender for Blaine County, asserting the constitutional right of indigent defendants to legal counsel. Breen is president of the board of directors of The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault in Hailey; she is Idaho chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; and she serves on the steering committee of the Idaho State Bar’s Idaho Academy of Leadership for Lawyers. For more information, go to and

Creative Spark Winner Picked

Mary Vanderheiden, of Scottsdale, Ariz., won a Will Caldwell painting, “Color After Fire” through an initiative of the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, called Share your Creative Spark. The campaign asked audience members to share what inspires their own creativity. Submissions were accepted during the Symphony’s 2017 Orchestra Festival season. Vanderheiden’s submission was selected in a random drawing of participants.  The purpose of the Symphony’s “Share your Creative Spark” initiative was to stimulate creativity community-wide and bring increased awareness to the importance of the arts in the community. The idea was conceived after Ketchum-based artist Caldwell described the inspiration behind his 1972 painting “Stand of Aspens” that adorned the cover of the Symphony’s 2017 season program. Vanderheiden, a piano teacher, expressed in her “Share your Creative Spark” submission how her piano students were her creative inspiration. “My gratitude is beyond words and I can’t begin to thank the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Will Caldwell enough for the beautiful painting ‘Color After Fire,’” she said. “It will be a valued keepsake of our time in Sun Valley and the amazing evenings spent at the symphony.”

NEWS PHOTOS Twenty second prizes were also awarded in the random drawing. In correlation with the Symphony’s celebration of 10 years performing in the R.E. Holding Sun Valley Pavilion, these winners received a coffee-table book, which documents the inspiration, architecture and construction process of the Sun Valley Pavilion.

National Suicide Prevention Week ‘Take A Minute, Save A Life’

National Suicide Prevention Week runs from Sunday, Sept. 10 through Saturday, Sept. 16. This year’s theme, “Take a Minute, Save a Life,” will focus on raising awareness that suicide is a major preventable cause of premature death on a global level. The Crisis Hotline, based in Hailey, asks people for their help in supporting suicide prevention. The Crisis Hotline is committed to building a more resilient community for those in a crisis situation who need immediate help. Personal crisis knows no economic, age or social boundaries. The Crisis Hotline is available 24/7 to provide a compassionate ear, encouragement and hope, and offers free confidential services through crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and referrals. “My Life Matters,” the Crisis Hotline teen suicide awareness and prevention program, begins in the schools Monday, Sept. 11, to provide presentations to students with real-life intervention strategies. For anyone needing information/materials about suicide to help a friend or loved one, call the Crisis Hotline office at (208) 788-0735. For 24/7 confidential support, call the Crisis Hotline: 208-788-3596 or visit Crisis

Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas works as a brakeman on the Big Hitch Wagon annual Wagon Days Parade in Ketchum. Photo by Dana DuGan

Public School Chief Seeks Increase In Spending

Idaho’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra, is seeking a 6.8 percent increase in education spending for 2018, describing it as a budget with no surprises and no new initiatives. If approved by lawmakers in January, Idaho’s public school funding would bump up nearly $114 million more than what lawmakers allocated this year for a total of $1.78 billion. An ongoing key feature of Ybarra’s budget is more teacher salary funding, which is part of a five-year plan to boost school employee pay. Ybarra wants $46.6 million more for teacher salaries, which would boost pay for new teachers to $35,800 a year for fiscal year 2018-2019. For operational funds, Ybarra requested $27,683 per classroom to be used at their own discretion—a coveted fund that has gradually been replenished since lawmakers slashed it in the peak of the economic recession. The request is about $900 more than last year. The proposal now goes before Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, legislative leadership and other stakeholders for review. Otter will also submit his own education budget for legislative consideration during the 2018 session.

Carol Holding, left in carriage, owner of Sun Valley Resort, and Glenn Jan Days grand marshal, ride in a restored five-glass landau carriage belongin family. Photo by Dana DuGan

Where There Is Smoke There Is Fire Nearby

The West Coast is ablaze, and the thick smoke is spreading through areas far removed from the actual fires. At last count there are 81 fires burning in California and the Northwest, 22 of which are in Idaho. Currently, 12 fires are under the Payette Wilderness fires listing. The total acreage covered by these fires is 31,036 acres, with the Highline Fire being the largest of the fires at 29,036 acres. The Highline Fire began as a lightning strike on July 28, 2017 four miles north of the Chamberlain Basin in central Idaho. The Salmon-Challis National Forest and the Nez Perce-Clearwater Forests are also the sites of several fires each. Smoke from the Ibex Fire (Salmon-Challis National Forest), Bearskin Fire (Boise National Forest), Highline Fire (Payette National Forest), Honeymoon Fire (Middle Fork Ranger District, Salmon-Challis National Forest), and fires burning in Montana continue in the surrounding areas. According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, monitor observations are currently reading in the Moderate to Very Unhealthy level for an hourly reading. This past weekend saw conditions deteriorate each day to levels that reached the Very Unhealthy category for a 24-hour Air Quality Index over the Labor Day holiday.

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The Americanas have performed for 34 years and return yearly to ride in Parade. Photo by Dana DuGan


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KEITH SAKS “One good term deserves another “ More than 60 Sun Valley residents have

already announced support for Keith Saks’ re-election on November 7, 2017. They recognize Keith’s dedication, independent and reasoned decisions on behalf of Sun Valley residents. Sun Vallley is in sound financial shape without tax increases. Let’s keep it that way. Absentee ballots are available. Every vote counts! Bellevue Mayor Chris Koch showers Bellevue parade spectators with sweet treats. Photo by Brennan Rego

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Veterinarian Mark Acker, this year’s grand marshal for the Bellevue Labor Day Parade, waves to the crowd during festivities at noon on Monday. Photo by Brennan Rego

aurice Charlat, of Ketchum, died Friday, Sept. 1, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Richmond, Calif., Dec. 1, 1934. After moving to Ketchum with his wife, Elaine, Charlat was a city council member for four years and also served on the boards of KART (now Mountain Rides) as well as the Sun Valley/ Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau, and Fly Sun Valley Alliance. Charlat was a veteran of the Army and commander of the Ketchum Post of the American Legion from 2005-2009. A short service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9 at the Ketchum Cemetery, followed by

a reception at the American Legion Hall at noon.


Data Provides Checkup For Blaine County School District

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Bellevue resident Les Cameron enjoys driving a John Deere tractor from the 1940s, owned by Bellevue resident Larry Plott, in the Bellevue parade. Photo by Brennan Rego

The Bellevue Elementary School Bears show their school sprit during the Bellevue parade, with principal Mark Sauvageau serving as cheermaster. Photo by Brennan Rego

One measure of academic student performance is the Idaho Standards Achievement Test, or ISAT. “The ISAT is one part of an academic checkup that lets teachers, parents and school leaders know if student learning is on track,” Dr. GwenCarol Holmes, Blaine County School District superintendent, said. Overall ISAT scores for BCSD students are slightly above the state averages. “There are students who are not yet proficient on the assessment and the expectation is that all students can and will be proficient,” Holmes said. “Closing the gap between students who are not proficient and proficient continues to be the focus for our district.” The Blaine County School District Board of Trustees asked for a targeted plan to address the achievement gap last spring. Superintendent Holmes identified student engagement, elementary reading and academic language as the three main focus areas for 2017-2018. “We want all students engaged with their head, heart and hands, and teachers who know all students by name, strength and need. We want all students reading at grade level by the time they leave elementary school.  By developing a deep understanding of the academic language within each content area, all students will improve reading, writing, and thinking like mathematicians, scientists, economists, etc.  All of these are essential to increasing proficiency,” stated Holmes.   In order to gain clarity for instruction and to improve student engagement, Blaine County School District staff began the school year by analyzing the complexity of the standards and sample ISAT items that assess the standards. “Students are more engaged when both students and teachers are clear about what is to be learned and how students will demonstrate what they learned to meet high academic expectations,” said Angie Martinez, director of curriculum, teaching and learning. “By working together, we can close the achievement gap.” Parents may contact Dr. Marcia Grabow at (208) 578-5411 or with questions about the ISAT data.



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slow cool-down is headed to the mountains. With this seasonal occurrence, we should expect to see the first big changes from our summer fishery to our fall fishery. In the meantime, all the same bugs and techniques we’ve used over the past few weeks are still in play this week. Silver Creek is beginning to see more and more Baetis activity—a sure sign that fall is coming. The Trico Spinner Falls begin to wane as the Baetis cranks up. Expect to see a few Callibaetis Spinners mixed into the morning show, as well. The afternoon activity continues to percolate with Callibaetis activity. Expect this to remain strong as long as the heat continues. The Hopper action on the Creek remains outstanding and the fish are also still looking for Damselflies. The evenings on the Creek are a smorgasbord of bugs, and we are quickly approaching the best Mouse fishing time of the season. The Big Wood continues to impress as the fishing remains excellent. Parachute Adams in a variety of sizes is a great choice, as well as Hopper patterns. A Dave’s Hopper on the Big Wood is a deadly fly this time of year. It is also time to start putting the Western Red Quill in your fly box and a few October Caddis also. The Upper Lost is also impressive, with fish being caught throughout the system. It doesn’t seem to matter where you fish; Flying Ants, Royal Trudes, Parachute Adams and Hoppers are all good choices. Anglers may see a few Trico takes in the morning, as well. It’s just a matter of finding flat enough water for a big fish to eat them. The Lower Lost has been slightly underwhelming as the Hopper bite continues. The Nymphing has been okay with Copper Johns and small Tungsten patterns. The Crane Fly action is still happening, and skating flies remains one of the most fun ways to fish the river. The South Fork of the Boise remains stuck between optimum wading flows and optimum boating flows. Smaller boats will have an easier time on the river, and wade-fishing anglers will find things slightly more manageable. Hopper, Flying Ants and Pink Alberts are key—and be sure to have October Caddis in case this bug shows early this year. It’s a good time to fill your fly box for fall. Upcoming hatches include Fall Baetis, Mahogany Duns, Western Red Quill and October Caddis. Happy fishing, everyone!

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requently, we misinterpret dog behavior. We look at dog behavior as if dogs were humans and use our own experiences to explain theirs. This is entirely normal for humans to do, but not always accurate. One of our biggest misinterpretations has to do with anxiety. Some dogs go to great lengths to show us they are anxious. The first sign of anxiety we do seem to notice is “separation anxiety,” if we see destruction of our home when we return to a dog left alone—although, by the time our dog begins to display this recognizable anxiety, it has become extreme. We have already missed the more subtle forms of anxiety and even thought they were something entirely different. How wonderful it is to come home to a dog happily dancing around, wagging its tail and overflowing with excitement to see us. We understand this to be their love for us, at which point we return our love for them with just the same enthusiasm. Greeting parties feel fabulous. Unfortunately, this is the first sign of separation anxiety. While we

humans think of it as love, the dog is saying to you, “Oh! I am so happy you are home. I was so afraid you were never coming back. I love the party when you get home. I hate it when you leave.” Yes, indeed they are now happy, but we need to realize they need to be happy while we are gone. The real party should be when you leave—not when you come home—so your dog looks forward to you leaving, not that you come home. That seems very counterintuitive to we humans. Dogs are literalists; they take things exactly as they are. When we leave home and are afraid our dog might not want to be alone, they feel our own anxiety. This is the first step to setting your dog up to be anxious. Eventually, this anxiety grows until sometimes the destruction while you are gone can become extremely costly for you and your dog. Another form of anxiety we misinterpret is overenthusiasm for many things, or continual excitement. We humans generally think this means our dog is high-energy, which can be true, to some extent, depending on the breed. However, the vast majority of dogs with high energy

The real party should be when you leave—not when you come home— and practiced frequently. Photo by Fran Jewell

are actually displaying anxiety from lack of direction, leadership or structure at home. Dogs that know that there are rules, and know there is positive reinforcement for obeying the rules, are much happier. And almost immediately they become calmer and easier to live with. Anxiety can also be a “needy” dog that we humans misinterpret as that dog’s affection for us. Many dogs that continually need to be petted, or that always lay at your feet, can be dogs filled with anxiety and dependency. We humans, again, interpret this as their love for us when, in reality, many times it is extreme dependence or anxiety.

Recognizing dog anxiety is the first step to resolving it. Solutions come in many forms, depending on the personality traits of your individual dog. In my experience, I will say that almost all anxiety can be reduced with a tailor-made leadership program that fits you and your dog. Fran Jewell is an Idaho Press Club award-winning columnist, IAABC-certified dog behavior consultant, NADOI-certified instructor #1096 and the owner of Positive Puppy Dog Training, LLC, in Sun Valley. For more information, visit positivepuppy. com or call (208) 578-1565.

Let’s Help Fran Jewell In Her Time Of Need Dear readers, Early on Monday morning, July 17, Fran Jewell—a longtime contributor to The Weekly Sun’s Commentary section with her dearly loved “No Bones About It” dog-training column—suffered

a heart attack and was flown to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. Fran is on the road to recovery, and needs our help. I have always considered Fran’s column to be a true gift to our community; now it’s time for us, as a community, to return the fa-

vor, in whatever way we can. I Fran sends her love to her readhave set up a GoFundMe account ers and to all those who have conto help with her medical and liv- tributed. ing expenses. In just a few weeks, Let’s come together now to help we as a community raised nearly Fran in her time of need, $6,500 for Fran. Let’s keep it going! Brennan Rego To contribute, visit gofundme. Publisher com/fran-jewells-medical-fund.





raditionally, totem poles were carved from a single hefty tree by indigenous peoples along the Pacific Northwest coast of both the United States and Canada. Totem poles were created to remember historic events, recount legends, welcome visitors to the village and even to shame individuals when they did something wrong. The carvings were filled with symbolic meanings. Walking through the blackened woods from our recent forest fires, I felt like I was surrounded by our own form of totem poles, paying homage to the recent events of the past few years. The flames had sculpted intricate shapes out of the trees. Sometimes the edges were scalloped out, other times the tip of the trunk was reformed into jagged shapes reminiscent of a hawk or an eagle. Often, I saw holes, created by the extreme heat of the flames, passing through the center of the trunks. It felt as though the fire-forged totem poles were welcoming the new world that surrounded them. New growth was everywhere, at times twisting and curling around

the bottom of the charred trees. The “poles” were certainly recounting the events of the forest fires. There were areas where the fire had hit hard and the trunks were particularly contorted. The bark appeared like a snake skin. In other areas, the fire had scampered through, and the trunks demonstrated only a touch of a misshapen edge. Historically, Pacific Northwest totem poles were never objects of worship. The poles were usually left to rot once a village was deserted. Walking through the burned woods, I felt that our “totem poles” were slowly decaying, but were also taking on a new life. The twisted trunks, scattered through the forest, were like sculptures; they added a striking mix of black bark against the bright colors of wildflowers. The purples of Western monkshood, fireweed, lupine and mountain hollyhock were quite shocking against the deep blacks. A few weeks ago I wrote about the blackened trees shrouded in mist and how they looked like sentinels of a bygone era. Today, they stood proudly, the black etched against a deep blue sky, beckoning visitors to the forest to discover a new wealth of un-

Leslie Rego, “Wildfire Totem Poles,” black and white charcoal, colored pencil.

artist and Blaine County resident. To view more of Rego’s art, visit Leslie Rego is an Idaho Press Club award-winning columnist, earthed stories.

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What would make my heart sing more, though, is if the connections between all kinds of people, he latest flood of news coverage is ines- of whatever their racial, religious and economic capable; the country expresses shock at the makeups, could exist positively all the time, not devastation in Texas, and yet another hurri- just in peril. I regret that it takes something as cane, this one called Harvey, leaves a swath of lost tragic and upsetting as a catastrophe of this maglives and homes. nitude to remind us of our humanity. Most of the citizens of this country react with Why shouldn’t our everyday lives display the compassion and generosity, and, if we watch the sense of compassion and respect for others that waters rise on TV, we also witness leaps to the forefront in this kind of heroic acts of rescue and kindness, situation? Why do we have to seek always expected in the home of the something to extol in our behavior free and brave. I affirm the genshortly after the shock of witnesserous instinct that people exhibit ing shameful conduct toward othin these situations. I also note that ers in Charlottesville? Americans are eager to assist relief Maybe if we could picture more efforts during natural disasters ocoften how we would respond if curring outside our borders. needed to rescue a stranded strangUnfortunately, it seems this comer, one labeled by some as “inferipatible behavior does not always or” or “different,” and then carry transfer to our regular daily lives. that image over to our normal lives, One of the flood victims stated we might be able to call up more that she felt there was a positive often the inherent grace and tolerside to this particular disaster, that JoEllen Collins—a longtime ance lying within each of us. Can the goodness of human nature will resident of the Wood River we join hands together even when be even more evident as people rush Valley— is an Idaho Press not in imminent danger? Can we Club award-winning columto help and house those in need. We nist, a teacher, writer, fabric offer that same spirit of concern for sit in our safe chairs and feel a bit artist, choir member and others while we stand secure and smug, proud of our fellows’ heroics unabashedly proud grandma safe in our normally blessed exisas we watch rescuers and victims known as “Bibi Jo.” tence? treat each other with dignity. Yes, Let’s try continuing to display I too have witnessed many earthshaking and hid- goodwill in our daily interactions with each other. eous events in my life, and have been gratified to At least we can practice tolerance and acceptance, see, for example, onlookers join hands to pull a in order to create a safe environment for all of us. trapped woman out of a car just before she would We need not only to rebuild disaster areas but to have drowned, or long lines of volunteers waiting find the ways to demolish the equally disastrous to help flood refugees. These images abound, and impulses we may harbor in our souls. tws they do make my heart sing to see them.









nicus and the Swedish botanist and zoologist Karl von Linné became Carolus Linnaeus. Today, we still follow the convention of using Latin or Greek roots to name species, or will “latinize” a modern word or name to hew with convention. Why go to all the trouble? A universal system of nomenclature and taxonomy achieves two goals: it aids with distinguishing between similar yet distinct species while also delineating how individual and groups of species are related to one another based on how they are grouped together. Common names, such as sagebrush or mountain lion, suffice for everyday purposes, yet can prove problematic when precision is required for scientific study. Sagebrush may denote any one of about two dozen similar, but unique, species found across the Western U.S., ranging from the Big sagebrush to the Longleaf sagebrush to the Silver sagebrush, just to name a few. Conversely, one species may have multiple common names, such as the mountain lion, which is alternately known as a cougar, panther, puma, or catamount, depending on where one lives. The grey wolf, for instance, belongs to Kingdom Animalia, Phylum Chordata, Class Mammalia, Order Carnivora, Family Canidae, Genus Canis, Species Canis lupus. Regardless of whether it is locally known as a grey wolf, timber wolf, or Western wolf, it is recognized as a single species that goes by C. lupus. The genus Canis (Latin for “dog”) contains other familiar species, such as Canis latrans (the coyote). If a species has distinct populations that are not different enough to be classified as a unique species, they may be deemed a subspecies and given a third Latin name. Our pet Labradors and border collies, for example, are considered a subspecies of the grey wolf, thus their Latin name is Canis lupus familiaris. Going the other way, like a set of nesting dolls, Family Canidae also contains the genus Vulpes, or true foxes. Continuing all the way up the chain eventually gets you to the Kingdom Animalia which, as the name implies, contains all animals, yet is distinct from Kingdom Plantae or Bacteria. How organisms are sorted into taxonomic groups is informed largely by phylogenetics, the study of evolutionary relationships, but that is a topic best saved for another day.

ast week, we learned about the recent designation of the Cassia crossbill as a new species: Loxia sinesciuris. Given how often we celebrate specific species in these pages, it seems like a good time to take a step back and learn about how species get their names in the first place. The study of the scientific classification of natural organisms is known as taxonomy. Aristotle was the first Western thinker to attempt to classify all animals in his Historia Animalium. Within it, he classified animals by characteristics such as whether or not they had blood or lived in water. At the same time, he introduced a binomial naming system to aid with his classification efforts. There was little modification to Aristotle’s taxonomy until the Renaissance, when the discovery of new continents teeming with novel plants and animals, as well as a scientific interest in the medicinal uses of plants, spurred innovation in the field. Gaspard Bauhin was a particularly prolific botanist in the late 16th century who described over 6,000 species of plants and, in the process, was the first person to assign binomial species names based on their “natural affinities.” Bauhin was not the only one naming new species, however, and there was a lot of overlap and confusion. Carolus Linnaeus, known as the “Father of Modern Taxonomy,” finally brought order to the field. In 1735 Linnaeus published Systema Naturae, in which he set out a systematic method of classifying species based on a nested hierarchy of established sets: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. He also established a set nomenclature, in which every species is described and given a binomial name that starts with the species’ genus (a group of closely related species) followed by a specific epithet; e.g., Homo sapiens. Binomial names are italicized by convention, indicating that they are in Greek or Latin. Both these languages had become the lingua francas of educated circles in the former Roman Empire and were still lauded as essential to a classical education during the Renaissance. Science was conducted in a mix of Greek and Latin, making it logical that a universal naming convention would be based in those two languages. It was not just the honey bee that got a new title (Apis mellifera); scholars were also in the habit of conferring themselves with a classical-sounding Sarah Bahan grew up in the Wood River Valley name. Thus, the Polish astronomer and mathema- and currently works as a veterinarian at Sawtooth tician Nikolaj Kopernik became Nicolaus Coper- Animal Center in Bellevue.

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eah Thayer, the new student body president of Wood River High School, has a 3.8 GPA. A female student has not been selected to be WRHS’s student body president for a decade. Leah plans to use her position to help make this year the best possible for all of her fellow students and the faculty she admires. Her immediate personal goals include a successful college choice, some family travel, and success both as a student and with her soccer team. Since she first kicked a soccer ball at the age of 5, Leah developed an enthusiasm for soccer. Currently, she is captain of the WRHS team as a center, receiving an honorable mention in the Great Basin Conference for her work in defense. She especially enjoys playing on the same team as her twin sister and also is currently negotiating for the girls’ team acquiring more access to both the practice and game fields they share with the boys. Leah’s favorite classes have been in science and English, with a focus on writing. She is excited about starting her AP Biology class this semester. The fortuitous existence of the careers available to her is that these two passions can be combined: she hopes to major in wildlife biology and write about that field as a

journalist. She is also busy with Associated Student Body organization chores and a full load of academic responsibilities. Leah credits her skills of communication to her participation in the Model United Nations club and in academic programs that develop these attributes. Leah has also been part of the dual immersion language program since she first started school. She said it has given her a fluency in Spanish, which she continues to study and hopes to use in travel throughout her life. Leah said she fell in love with Switzerland on a family trip to Europe, and looks forward to visiting her brother soon in New Zealand, where he is spending a student year abroad. Leah is excited about exploring the larger world, but she appreciates growing up in the Wood River Valley. “The interaction between people and the environment is unique,” she said. One of the reasons Leah is anticipating a positive future is because she understands that her belief in her generation. “We are willing and eager,” she said. “Today’s young people will rise to the challenges and opportunities ahead.” As are most of her fellow seniors, Leah is involved in creating a college application letter. tws

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Bidder holds his paddle at a fundraiser. Photo courtesy of The Senior Connection



an you believe that summer is almost over? And what a summer it has been, with the Fourth of July celebrations and parade, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the arts and crafts fairs, Labor Day weekend, farmers’ markets, all kinds of conventions and gatherings and—most spectacularly—the total eclipse of the sun. We’ve all been very busy, and it hasn’t stopped yet; there are still some great events coming to the Wood River Valley before the snow flies, many of them tailor-made for the seniors in our community. • From Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 7-9, there will be a three-day Hemingway Seminar in the lecture hall of The Community Library in Ketchum. We are all invited to attend lectures, discussions and movie screenings as we strive to learn more about local author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway. • On Saturday, Sept. 9, the last wildflower walk will be conducted at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. Other outdoor programs will continue into October. • The Wood River Valley HarvestFest will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Wood River Sustainability Center on River Street in Hailey, including a food fair, market, restaurant walk and street party. This is a great chance to sample the foods at Hailey’s many restaurants—and dance to music by The Heaters. There will be a raffle for restaurant gift cards. • The 20th Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival begins its activities on Wednesday, Oct. 4, leading up to the festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Roberta McKercher Gateway Park

in Hailey. The parade is on Sunday, Oct. 8, heading south through Ketchum. These are free events, with a focus on preserving the colorful history of the sheep industry in our area. The Trailing of the Sheep Festival is ranked among the top 10 cultural festivals in the country by many organizations and travel sites. • The Wood River Farmers’ Markets continue on Tuesdays in Ketchum and Thursdays in Hailey until Oct. 12. Greenchile cheeseburger anyone? They’re the best in the Valley! • The Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival will begin on Wednesday, Oct. 18, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 22, with five full days of music from 40 bands at several venues in Sun Valley and at River Run. Watch for notices of free concerts and performances. • Mark your calendar for the 26th annual Papoose Club Holiday Bazaar to be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 2-3. Seventy artists will display their handcrafted goods and foods, and all proceeds will benefit local children’s organizations. Teresa Beahen Lipman, executive director of the Senior Connection, would like to invite members of our community to come and join us for a special Hoedown Singalong on Sept. 21 at about 12:45 p.m. We’ll sing old-time favorites and songs of the West, with musical accompaniment. These events are always a lot of fun and, as usual, the more the merrier. We are also holding a paddleup fundraiser for the Senior Connection—the second annual Cocktails for a Cause, at Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum on Oct. 11. Call (208) 788-3468 for more information.

“Hooray For Hollywood” will include cocktails, wine, hors d’oeuvres, Oscar-worthy food and a memorable music performance. Photo courtesy of Caritas Chorale

‘CINEMAGIC’ UNDER THE STARS Caritas Chorale’s annual fundraiser



oin Caritas Chorale and members of the community for “Hooray For Hollywood,” a festive fundraiser inspired by a night at the movies, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10. Caritas Chorale’s annual fundraiser helps support the nonprofit chorus and allows them to provide free concerts to the public throughout the year. The evening’s events will take place beneath the big tent at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, located at Highway 75 and Gimlet Road in Ketchum. “We’re a community chorus,” said Linda Bergerson, executive director of Caritas Chorale. “There are no auditions, and approximately 60 locals are involved. It is a mix in ages and backgrounds.” Caritas presents performances of classical, traditional and contemporary choral music with and without instrumental accompaniment throughout the year. The nonprofit also strives to promote choral music appreciation and education in community schools, in the wider community, and among its members. “We have a holiday concert coming up in December, as well as a sing-along Christmas concert at St. Thomas Church,” Bergerson said. “We almost always have a major classical work with an orchestral accompaniment by a classic composer. Sometimes we also have a lighter-fare, more contemporary 20th-century music concert. We have worked with the Wood River Orchestra and have worked with different high school chorus groups throughout the Valley.” Funds raised at “Hooray For Hollywood” will go toward

Directed by R.L. Rowsey, Caritas Chorale, a community chorus, will perform at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden on Sunday. Photo by Dana DuGan

paying Caritas Chorale’s director, accompanist, symphonic musicians, the cost of venues and sheet music, travel, advertising and more. “Since we present all of our concerts free of charge to the public, we have to find a way to make money somehow so we can pay our expenses,” said Bergerson. “We are a nonprofit group, but we still need to spend money on some things.” “Hooray For Hollywood” will include cocktails, wine, hors d’oeuvres, Oscar-worthy food and a memorable music performance. “Our music director, R.L. Rowsey, found a medley called ‘Cinemagic’ that we will be taking all of our music from for the night,” said Bergerson. “The earliest movie we are singing from is from the ’30s and the most recent is a Disney cartoon from about 10 or so years ago. Almost all of the songs are recognizable and people are welcome to join in on the choruses.”

In addition to the musical evening, attendees will have a chance to win one of several exciting donated raffle prizes: a Challenger ski pass from the Sun Valley Company; a week for two adults at a Maui condominium; a week in a twobedroom condominium at one of six beachside Mayan Palace resorts in Mexico; a round of golf for four at The Valley Club in Hailey; and a hand-pieced, queen-sized quilt. Raffle tickets are $25 each or five for $100, and are on sale from 4-6 p.m. nightly at Atkinsons’ Market in Ketchum and will be available for purchase at the event. Tickets for this glitzy evening are $150 per person. To learn more about Caritas Chorale or to make a reservation, call Ruth Jones at (208) 622-2704 or visit


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EVENTS CALENDAR, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE HIKIN’ BUDDIES WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 6 9:30AM TO 1PM / ADAMS GULCH / KETCHUM The Hikin’ Buddies program, hosted by the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, is held weekly at the Adams Gulch trailhead in Ketchum from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can take a shelter dog for a hike, or hang out and socialize some of the smaller dogs. No appointment is necessary; dogs go out on hikes on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, the shelter will now be doing adoptions at Adams Gulch during Hikin’ Buddies. An adoption counselor will be on site to help complete the adoption process.



6PM / COMMUNITY LIBRARY / KETCHUM Ketchum native and director of Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance Bill McDorman will discuss “Seeds and Seed Vaults as Economic Engines” at The Community Library. McDorman will talk about the essential and yet largely missing component of this burgeoning new economy: local seeds. The presentation will also explore the many benefits of seed saving— from economic opportunities and sustainability to social value and community wellbeing. He will also share updates about the RMSA’s many accomplishments during the last year and present opportunities for the community to get involved. Gardeners, seed savers and the general public are invited to learn about the local seed movement in communities across the Rocky Mountain region. For more information regarding the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance, contact Belle Starr at For more information on saving seeds, contact John Caccia of the Wood River Seed Library at

HAILEY FARMERS’ MARKET THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7 3-7PM / E. CARBONATE STREET / HAILEY The Hailey Farmers’ Market is now located on the east side of Main Street, on Carbonate Street. Vendors offer a great variety of fresh produce, prepared foods and crafts. Sun Valley Brewery has a beer garden set up, plus live music through the evening. Food trucks will rotate through weekly. For more information visit

TNT THURSDAYS – AGES 10+ THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 7 4-5PM / HAILEY PUBLIC LIBRARY TNT for teens happens every Thursday from 4-5 p.m. Kids, ages 10 and up, meet to play video games. Visit to learn more.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY SEMINAR THURS SEPT 7-SAT SEPT 9 THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY / KETCHUM “Isn’t it pretty to think so?” the last line of Hemingway’s iconic novel, ‘The Sun Also Rises,’ a novel of unrequited love, of the lost promise of youth, of friendship and shifting alliances, will be the focal point of The Community Library’s 2017 Ernest Hemingway Seminar. Keynoted by Paula McLain, author of ‘The Paris Wife,’ the seminar will examine themes in Hemingway’s novel as well as McLain’s bestseller, Paris and Spain in the ’20s, young love, ambition and betrayal. Additional talks will be given by Arlo Haskell, poet and executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar; Emma Sarconi, Hemingway Research Fellow; and Phil Huss, Community School English teacher. The seminar will also include a panel discussion by Boise State University professors, book discussions of The Sun Also Rises, a film screening, and a dinner. For more information, visit info@




A mid-September evening, cocktails made with local spirits, seasonal fruit “shrugs” and fresh herbs, served under 100-year-old willows; hors d’oeuvres with local fresh ingredients; a tour of a burgeoning Bellevue farm; and the pièce de résistance—a four-course, wine-paired, family-style dinner at a long, white-clothed table in the field, with farmers as the honored guests. This is an “elevated” experience in myriad ways, grounded—literally and metaphorically—in the earth that produced the food on the table, elevated by accomplished chefs who, at the last seasonal minute, create extraordinary tastes with whatever is fresh and available. And by adorning a working farm with white linens, community guests and farmers alike are treated to a truly unique fine-dining experience—all above 5,000 feet. The Elevated Table, on Friday, Sept. 15, at Kraay’s Market & Garden south of Bellevue, is a celebration of the autumn harvest and the farmers who provide it. The $200-perplate cost will raise critical funds for Local Food Alliance’s operating expenses and initiatives, and simultaneously implement mission-critical strategies: demonstration of the unparalleled taste of fresh, seasonal, local food; in-

person connections between community members and those who produce their food; and the opportunity to see food production in action through farm tours. No auction or request for donations— just enjoyment and a little education. This inaugural farm dinner was intentionally placed on the eve of our third annual Wood River Valley HarvestFest to provide an additional opportunity to honor our small-family farmers during the height of the harvest season. We owe our farmers a debt of gratitude for their backbreaking work that provides us with good fresh food and well-tended land. For tickets to The Elevated Table, go to localfoodalliance. org; for the Wood River Valley HarvestFest, go to Local Food Alliance is a nonprofit whose mission is to create a vibrant local food system in the Wood River Valley. For more information, visit




ommunity members have a tremendous opportunity to help girls understand the true inner power they possess; to serve as the critical ‘fuel’ that propels these girls forward in life. Volu nt e e r coaches for Girls on the Run help to unleash the strength, bravery, and limitless potential of girls right here in Blaine County. Girls on the Run coaches are as unique as the girls they serve. Just like the girls, many are not runners. They are people who take great pride and care in role-modeling character, connectedness, and inner strength. Girls on the Run coaches are truly a reflection of the girls we serve here in the Wood River Valley. By being themselves, Girls on the Run coaches prove that one person can really make a difference. And, they have a lot of fun, too! Recently, leading youth development expert Dr. Maureen Weiss, University of Minnesota, conducted an independent study to evaluate the effectiveness of Girls on the Run in promoting positive outcomes. Weiss compared

Girls on the Run participants to girls in the same grade who had never participated in Girls on the Run. In addition, she followed girls in Girls on the Run from pre- to post-season to three months beyond the season to determine if seasonlong improvements were maintained after lessons ended. There are over 70 girls waiting to participate in Girls on the Run here in Blaine County this fall, beginning Sept. 11. They need dedicated community members. Learn more about volunteer opportunities to coach with Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley by visiting coaching.


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The two-night Monster Truck Insanity Tour will take place at the Hailey rodeo arena. The monster vehicles will compete in straight-up, tailgate-dragging wheelie contests, heads-up racing, and insane car-crushing, mud-flinging freestyle. The Hailey monster truck lineup is one of the best in the Western United States, featuring Captain USA (defending Hailey Monster Truck champion), Dragon Slayer (former Monster Truck Insanity Tour champion), Kamikaze (a brand-new, stateof-the-art Monster Truck) and Monster Trakker. The Monster Truck Insanity Tour promises a great show and a weekend of motorsports competition and entertainment. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children (3-12) and can be purchased at or at the gate.

The Ketchum Farmers’ Market, located at the intersection of East Avenue and Fourth Street, offers fruits, vegetables, flowers, meats, baked goods and more, available through regional organic farmers.

MIA EDSALL & FRIENDS TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 5PM / KB’S / HAILEY Join Mia Edsall and band members Davis French and Jason Vontver for live music during Taco Tuesdays at KB’s in Hailey.

NEXSTAGE DRAMA CLUB WED SEPT 13-THURS SEPT 14 VARIOUS TIMES / VARIOUS LOCATIONS nexStage Drama Club is back for fall and will run through mid-January. Drama Club Sr. will run from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays at the new Sun Valley Performing Arts headquarters at 120 N. Leadville Ave., Ketchum. Drama Club Jr. will run from 3-4 p.m. on Thursdays at the David Ketchum American Legion Hall in Ketchum. Call (208) 726-9124 or visit to learn more.


SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9 8:30AM TO 3PM / BOTANICAL GARDEN / KETCHUM Three Big Trees, the last summer Wildflower Walk hosted by the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and Idaho Native Plant Society, will be held on Saturday. Participants will become “big-tree hunters” and visit three of the largest trees in southcentral Idaho. Called the superstars of their species, champion big trees have been recognized by the American Forests Champion Trees program since 1940. With more than 700 species in the Champion Trees National Register, these big trees are found in the fields, forests, rangelands, and urban parks and yards of America. Idaho has participated in the Champion Trees program since the mid-1960s, with a shared mission of locating, measuring and recognizing the largest individual tree of each species. Walks are free and happen rain or shine. Bring appropriate outerwear, sturdy walking shoes suitable for getting wet, water, sunscreen, a hat and lunch. This walk is rated easy-moderate; one site is 200 yards over uneven, rocky and shrubby terrain. John Shelly (retired Forest Service land manager and INPS chapter president), Lisa Horton (botanist and INPS chapter vice-president) and Kristin Fletcher (Sawtooth Botanical Garden education director) will lead this walk. Carpooling is encouraged, and no dogs allowed. Call (208) 726-9358 for more information.

ART HISTORY LECTURE THURS SEPT 14 & THURS SEPT 21 5:30PM / THE CENTER / KETCHUM The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is pleased to announce a two-part art history lecture titled “The Aztecs, Conquest & Early Colonial Art of Mexico,” presented by Dr. Courtney Gilbert, the Sun Valley Center’s curator of Visual Arts. Gilbert’s first lecture, on Sept. 14, will focus on the art and architecture of the Aztecs—a Mesoamerican culture that flourished between 1350 and 1521 in what is today considered central Mexico. Using the broader context of the Aztecs’ complex and sophisticated society as a framework, Gilbert will highlight key examples of Aztec sculpture, illustrated codices and urban planning, including Tenochtitlán, the capital of the Aztec empire, now known as Mexico City. Gilbert’s second lecture, on Sept. 21, will begin with the arrival of the Spanish in Tenochtitlán in 1519 and the impact of their conquest of Mexico on art and architecture throughout the remainder of the 16th century. Gilbert will illustrate the ways in which native artists incorporated European styles, imagery and materials into their work and explore how the Aztecs resisted their colonial rulers. Registration for each of the lectures is $10 for members and $12 for nonmembers. To register, or for more information about other upcoming Sun Valley Center for the Arts events, visit or call The Center’s box office at (208) 726-9491.

NUTCRACKER AUDITIONS SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 9 10AM TO 2:30PM / COMMUNITY CAMPUS / HAILEY CSI announces open auditions for parts in the Nutcracker Ballet that will be performed by the Eugene Ballet in December. Parts are open for ages five though high school as Mice (ages 5-7 from 10-10:30 a.m.), Angels (ages 7-9 from 10:30-11 a.m.), Bon Bons (ages 9-11 from 11 a.m. to noon), Party Children (ages 11-15 from noon to 1:30 p.m.) and Flowers (advanced dancers from 1:302:30 p.m.). Auditions are only on Saturday and dancers must be present at these auditions to gain a part. There is a $5 audition fee. Auditions are conducted by Eugene Ballet and will take place at the Community Campus, Footlight Dance Centre studio, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey.

FARM TO FORK TUESDAY AUGUST 29 5PM / KRAAY’S MARKET & GARDEN / BELLEVUE Savor the bounty of the season at The Elevated Table, a farm-tofork dinner in the field at Kraay’s Market & Garden in Bellevue. The evening, a benefit for the Local Food Alliance, will feature a cocktail hour followed by a farm tour and four-course, family-style dinner with wine pairings for the local farm-fresh food from Kraay’s, Waterwheel Gardens, Kings’ Crown Organics, Squash Blossom Farm, Pride of Bristol Bay and Agrarian Harvest. Tickets are $200 available through

MEET-THE-CANDIDATES SERIES MONDAY SEPTEMBER 11 6PM / BLAINE COUNTY COURTHOUSE / HAILEY Blaine County Republicans will continue their meet-the-candidates series with Dr. Tommy Ahlquist, 2018 candidate for governor. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11 at the Blaine County Courthouse, 206 S. 1st Ave., Room 300, in Hailey. Contact to learn more about this public event.

WAKE UP HAILEY TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 12 9-10AM / WR SUSTAINABILITY CENTER / HAILEY Join The Chamber and the Wood River Sustainability Center for September’s Wake-Up Hailey. Enjoy pastries and coffee as guests network with business owners in the Valley. Don’t forget a business card for a chance to win one of many great raffle prizes. Call (208) 788-3484 to find out more.

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This fall, the Sawtooth National Recreation Area will begin reconstruction of the Stanley Lake recreation complex. The project will include relocation of the boat ramp, inlet campsites and restoration of the inlet wetlands. A new campground spur and campsites will be developed, the trailhead will be improved, and a new trail will connect all facilities. Public access to the existing boat ramp, trailhead and campsites will remain open as seasons allow until the new facilities are developed. Phase II will connect a spur off of the existing round-about to Redfish Lake Road in the vicinity of Outlet Campground. Once this connection is complete, access to the Outlet Day Use Area, Outlet Campground, Mount Heyburn Campground, Sandy Beach Boat Launch, Sandy Beach Day Use Area, and Sockeye Campground will need to use the new road off the round-about. In addition, the Outlet Day Use parking lot will be re-constructed and a trail connecting to North Shore Day Use will be developed. Once complete, the segment of road between Glacier View and Outlet will be converted to pedestrian use only. Public access to the Redfish recreation complex should be minimally affected by this project, with short delays expected. Construction will continue through the summer of 2018. 




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