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Community News Building Material Thrift Store Founder To Retire


Environment News Montana Professor Digs Deep Into River Bed Ecology

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A Northern flicker (Colaptes auratus) scouts the scene on Saturday at Silver Creek Preserve. These woodpeckers range from Alaska to Nicaragua and can be found in almost any habitat with trees—but not dense, unbroken forest—including woodlots, groves, towns… For information about this image, see “On The Cover” on page 3.


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fter nearly 20 years at the helm of the Building Material Thrift Store, Bruce Tidwell is retiring from the nonprofit he helped create. “Bruce has been the heart and soul of the BMTS since it first opened,” said Scott Boettger, a BMTS board member and executive director of the Wood River Land Trust. “He’s also put his back into it, literally.” Proceeds from the BMTS are donated to the Land Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit. “Seeing the magnitude of waste going from construction sites and into the trash stream was overwhelming. Something had to be done about it,” Tidwell said. After a serendipitous trip to Baltimore, where Tidwell, who was then a contractor, saw an organization that was saving construction materials and then selling them to less privileged members of the community, he brought the idea to the Wood River Valley. And the BMTS immediately took off. “As soon as we opened on January 1, 1999, we’ve been busy,” Tidwell said. “It made people sick to see so much stuff go the landfill and now it doesn’t have to. It’s amazing how things have snowballed from such humble beginnings.” Tidwell estimated that, since it opened, the BMTS has saved “thousands, if not millions, of tons of materials” from going to the landfill. Donations to the BMTS come from throughout the Valley, but the role that local contractors play is extremely important. “Just about every contractor in the Valley supports us,” Tidwell said. “They have been huge for us. They’re the continuity that keeps us going and takes us to new donors.” Located in the Woodside Industrial Park in south Hailey, the BMTS has been successful because it not

Bruce Tidwell. Photo courtesy of Wood River Land Trust

only stops the flow of construction waste to the dump, but also as a way to help support the mission of the Land Trust—to save, protect and restore land, water, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities in and around the Wood River Valley. “I always joked when we were picking up materials that we’re helping people create open space in their garage and they’re helping us create open space in the county,” Tidwell said.

In honor of Tidwell’s service to the BMTS, a Special Sales event is being planned for later in the spring. Meanwhile, those of us who love open space and the positive environmental impacts Bruce has helped create will be celebrating his work for generations to come.




“A river isn’t just a river. It is water and power,” said Professor Ric Hauer, director of the University of Montana’s Center for Integrated Research on the Environment. Hauer was in town last week to share his groundbreaking research on gravelbed rivers such as the Big Wood. The Wood River Land Trust, The Community Library, the cities of Hailey and Ketchum, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited and Flood Control District No. 9 all sponsored this timely and important presentation. Before presenting his study to a standing-room-only crowd at The Community Library in Ketchum last Wednesday night, Hauer gave a presentation to a group of local political and government agency leaders over lunch. “The most important feature, the one that plays the largest role and has the biggest impact on the landscape, from species as small as microbes to as large as ungulates, is the river,” said Hauer, who joked he’s been in academia since kindergarten. Hauer explained that gravel-bed rivers can be found all over the West and throughout the world. Up until recently, however, our understanding of these rivers, their impacts and how best to manage them, was inaccurate. That is why most of our attempts to heal gravelbed rivers, or control them in “natural” ways, as well-meaning as those attempts have been, have failed. “We try to take these highly complex, nonlinear systems and make them linear and predictable and low risk and they are anything but,” Hauer said. Hauer explained that while we have long viewed such rivers as vital, the reality is that rivers run from valley edge to valley edge and are constantly changing paths above and below ground. This why we see effects like aquatic insects in wells miles away, or radon—a

byproduct of moving water—coming up in homes nowhere near the river bed. “The river is way more expansive than just the water running within its banks,” Hauer said. “It is much, much larger than its channel.” He went on to explain that the surface water and the groundwater (aquifer) of gravel-bed rivers aren’t separate systems but are all part of one ever-changing river. “There’s a high rate of groundwater and surface water exchange. It’s all one system, from valley wall to valley wall,” Hauer said, showing pictures of aquatic insects normally associated with the river being found in wells miles away from the main channel. During seasonal surges and flooding episodes, gravel-bed rivers use cut-andfill alluviation to move material like rocks, trees and soil around to create new habitat. This natural action of gravel-bed rivers rebirthing themselves in sections is especially important to the health of floodplains. “The magic happens in floodplains,” Hauer said. He said approximately 80 percent of the bird populations in the West use floodplains as part of their survival, and they are far from alone. Floodplains are the focal point for a high diversity of species, from insects, amphibians and trout, to moose, deer and bears. “Rivers flood,” Hauer said. “That’s what they do. You can put up a levy but the water is just going to rise up through the surface and flood anyway.” Members of the audience nodded in agreement after witnessing so much groundwater flooding in the Valley last spring. “The idea that there are 500-year floods or 100-year floods is a fantasy,” Hauer said. “They happen much more frequently than that.” “On the individual level, it’s heartbreaking,” he said, but warned the consequences of not letting the river flood are dire to every species relying on

Scientific illustration shows the complexity of organisms that benefit from gravel-bed river floodplain ecosystems. Illustration courtesy of Ric Hauer

the river, including humans. The more channelized a river is and the less room it has to expand, the less it is able to support wildlife of every kind. “As you reduce the complexity of the river, it reduces the complexity of the biological community,” Hauer said. “When we lose that habitat, we lose way beyond just some bird species. If we don’t do something about it, we’re going to lose nature as we know it.” When asked what we could do for the Big Wood River, the entertaining college professor said it all begins with education. “Knowledge is the answer,” he explained, imploring people, organizations and legislatures to make ecologically-based management decisions. “This is not so complicated that it can’t be done,” Hauer said, adding that if we can find places to let the river act

naturally, it can heal itself. “Let the river do the work.” After the question-and-answer session at the library, Scott Boettger, executive director of the Wood River Land Trust, reminded the audience that one of the best things we can do now to help the Big Wood River is to save the places we still have that have functioning floodplains, such as Colorado Gulch in Hailey. “The Land Trust is looking at what we can do to actually prioritize our protection efforts,” Boettger said. “Obviously, we’re not going to able to afford to buy up all the development in the floodplain. First and foremost, we need to protect those places that are not developed yet, and make sure they’re here not just for today, but for tomorrow also.” Hauer’s lecture can be viewed at

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Company of Fools’ 22nd season of theatre continues with “Clybourne Park” Feb. 21-March 10 at the Liberty Theater in Hailey. For a story, see page 8. Courtesy photo by Kirsten Shultz

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Idaho Legislature Considers Controversial Bill on Abortion Reversal In an effort to give women more information about their choices, Senate Bill 1243 was heard and approved Monday by the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee. The legislation would make it a law to give an informational brochure regarding a so-called reverse abortion pill to women seeking medical abortions.


Medical abortion involves taking two drugs. Mifepristone thins the lining of the uterus and loosens the connection between the embryo and the uterine lining. The second pill, misoprostol, softens and opens the cervix and causes contractions to end the pregnancy. The procedure is done in very early pregnancy, before a surgical abortion is viable.

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The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology said that available “research seems to indicate that in the rare situation where a woman takes mifepristone and then changes her mind, doing nothing and waiting to see what happens is just as effective as intervening with a course of progesterone.” The brochure the legislature will vote on begins with this line: “It is the public policy of the state of Idaho to prefer live childbirth over abortion,” and goes on to reference Title 18 Idaho Code, section 601, regarding Idaho’s policy to interpret all “state statues, rules and constitutional provisions” to “prefer live childbirth over abortion.” The failure to give out the information by a healthcare provider would incur a civil penalty though would not be considered a criminal act.


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Khoi Pham. Courtesy photo by Beth Ervin

Teenage girls hold feminine hygiene kits delivered by the surgical mission. Courtesy photo by Louann Randall




hoi Pham, a senior at Wood River High School, has a GPA of 3.8. With his parents, he emigrated from Vietnam to the Wood River Valley two years ago. An only son, Pham and his parents are happy they are living in the United States. “In Vietnam, I was in a specialized school which concentrated on learning English so I could adjust more quickly to the culture change,” Pham said. “I feel accepted, and our family loves living here. We have no regrets.” Most people’s first impression of him is that he is rather quiet, he said. “When people get to know me and I can be more comfortable in a new situation, I can speak clearly, open up and enjoy my time with new friends,” he said. Pham is also successfully adapting to new and challenging academic requirements. “I know I need to work hard, but I know I am getting a firm foundation,” Pham said. “The main educational difference I have noticed is that subjects like chemistry are taught in fresh and interesting ways. For example, we used to just memorize everything in my former school, but at Wood River, my chemistry class focused on understanding principles and having hands-on experience instead of leaning facts by rote. It has given me a good background for studying pharmacy, a field I may want to pursue.” Pham’s main passion is art. He credits his art teacher, Betty Ervin, as a mentor both in the classroom and in his new way of life.

“I try to be open-minded and attempt new methods of creating art,” he said. “I enjoy the process of developing my own style. Right now I like watercolor and the variety of ways I can use it, with journaling and also sketching, as I can do this wherever I go.” Currently, Pham is illustrating a book with written entries and accompanying re-creations of scenes from his neighborhood and other places in Vietnam. “What I like about this is that I can go back to things I wrote or painted earlier and see just how I felt,” said Pham. Pham showed his book publicly on Monday, Feb. 12, for the high school’s Personal Project Showcase, featuring sophomore projects. Since he was not here as a sophomore, he did his project this year. Pham enjoys giving back to his community, which has welcomed him and his family. As a member of the WRHS Art Club, he volunteered to paint in the Valley with fellow students, he said. “We brightened up Safe Haven Homes of Bellevue and enjoyed decorating the Hailey Post Office for Christmas.” After graduation, he will be able to continue enhancing his skills. Pham has been awarded a summer scholarship to the prestigious San Francisco Institute of Art. Editor’s Note: Anyone who would like to recommend a Blaine County School District student for The Weekly Sun’s “Student Spotlight” feature should contact JoEllen Collins at tws

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ouann Randall, a registered nurse in the post-anesthesia care unit at St. Luke’s Wood River, was recently part of a 10-day surgical mission to Liberia, West Africa, with Children’s Surgery International, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis, Minn. This is the eighth time Randall has made the trek. The team included four surgeons, five anesthesia providers, two pediatricians, several nurses and several others managing the logistics. Joining Randall were her two brothers; one is also a nurse in California and the other is a certified registered nurse anesthetist from Minneapolis. The team’s surgeries included a cleft lip, cleft palate, hernia repairs and pediatric urology surgery. More than 150 children were screened, and 100 patients were operated on over four surgery days. Patients traveled from different places in Liberia to Duside Hospital after hearing about the free services on the radio or by word of mouth. Duside, in the Firestone District, is operated by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company and in 2010 was named one of the best hospitals in the country. “In some of the villages and areas of Liberia it is still believed that a child born with a cleft lip has an evil spirit and will be left in a field to die,” Randall said. “We had a mom last year that ran away from her village with her baby boy and hid because the father wanted to kill him. She heard about the surgery team and brought him to have the cleft lip repaired and then went to live near other relatives for the baby’s safety.” On the pediatric ward, Randall took care of the children post-surgery. “On the last morning, we had 47 patients,” she said. “They all spend the night at the hospital, as many travel some distance. We work with the local nurses, sharing care responsibilities, and we educate them as we work together.” Randall said there were two cases that stood out for her on this mission. An 8-year-old girl, Catherine, with a cleft lip and her mother were shunned in the small remote village they lived in. Catherine wasn’t able to attend school because of the cleft lip and because of how cruel the other kids were to her. “The day after her lip was repaired, as I came onto the patient ward, she climbed into my arms,” Randall said. “Her auntie had brought her and traveled quite some distance. We both had happy tears.” Another case that was meaningful for her was a 1-month-old baby boy, named Godknows Flomo,


Louann Randall, R.N., holds a baby post-surgery while on a surgical mission in Liberia. Photo courtesy of Louann Randall

who also had a cleft lip and palate, and a very young mother. The cleft lip was repaired but he was too small still to fix the palate. Randall’s efforts didn’t begin and end with her care of patients post-surgery. She said she went to Liberia early and spent two days deworming 4,000 schoolchildren. Randall’s brother, Lynn Randall, helps procure donations of used medical equipment to Liberia and elsewhere through Children’s Surgery International. “I was able to have 600 washable feminine-hygiene kits shipped,” Randall said. “The project is with Days for Girls, an international nonprofit [based in Bellingham, Wash.]. They discovered that in many areas of the world—and this is true in much of Liberia—girls have no feminine-hygiene products and often either stay home from school every month during menstruation or use leaves, mattress stuffing, dirty rags, etc. “These kits have washable products and will last 3-5 years. Another woman in the Wood River Valley and I have set up a team to sew the kits and had many helpers from the area work on the 90 kits that I carried in my suitcases. We will continue to have sewing days each month with the hope of shipping more in June.” tws

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A new event called MRKT 208 will be held at the Ketchum Innovation Center during Gallery Walk in Ketchum, from 5-7:30 p.m., on Friday, Feb. 16. Wood River Valley native and Paralympic athlete Muffy Davis will be on hand to discuss her run for the Idaho Legislature in District 26. There will also be wine, shopping, light bites and artwork, with Valley-based entrepreneurs on hand. MRKT 208 will be a monthly event held in either Ketchum or Hailey.


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Hailey Native Josey Competes In Olympics

Shaun White may have lead the pack of men’s halfpipe riders who competed in the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games qualifying runs on Monday night, but it was Chase Josey, 22, of Hailey, who had the Wood River Valley’s attention. As of press deadline on Tuesday, Josey, who placed seventh in the qualifying runs, was set to join three other Team USA riders—Shaun White, Ben Ferguson and Jake Pates—in the finals among a total of 12 riders. As of press deadline the results of the finals were not available. For results, visit olympic. org/olympic-results.

The Chamber Announces Winners Of Annual Community Awards

Now in its third year, The Chamber’s Annual Community Awards celebrate Valley businesses, individuals and organizations that are committed to the Wood River Valley and lead by example. Nominees for Best Customer Service, Best Community Service, Best Community Improvement, Nonprofit of the Year and Business of the Year were read off before the winners were announced at The Chamber’s Annual Dinner at 7Fuego restaurant in Bellevue. “This year saw the biggest participation from our members in regards to nominations and voting,” said Todd Hunter, board president. “The Chamber’s Community Awards are voted on by its membership, so it really is an award from a jury of your peers.” Geegee Lowe won for Best Community Service; Idaho Lumber won for Best Customer Service; Red Door Design won for Best Community Improvement; The Senior Connection won for Nonprofit of the Year; and the Limelight Hotel won for Business of the Year.

100 Men Who Care Announce Donation to NAMI-WRV

100 Men Who Care, the Wood River Valley’s only men’s philanthropy group, kicked off its sixth year by donating $9,500 to the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Wood River Valley (NAMI-WRV) affiliate this week. Marty Lyon, founder of the local chapter of the men’s organization, presented the 95 checks totaling $9,500. The group is still soliciting new members to increase the amount. They hope that at least six new members will join by their next meeting on Tuesday, April 10, at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, to help boost their giving potential and reach their goal of achieving a minimum of 100 members donating $100 apiece. NAMI-WRV was an early recipient of donations from the group Men Who Care, when they first received support in 2013, with an initial donation of $1,600. The membership has swelled from 16 to 95 in five years.   “We are so thankful for this award from 100 Men Who Care,” said Chris Koch, NAMI-WRV board chair. “We will use these funds to continue our Stigmafree campaign to help bring public awareness to mental health issues that our community struggles with.” Funding will be used to support ongoing well-being programs and help continue NAMI-WRV’s three ongoing free support groups in the Valley. Marty Lyon, founder of the 100 Men Who Care organization, echoed his enthusiasm, saying, “NAMI-WRV has grown tremendously over the past five years. We are glad we can be part of this important campaign and happy to help NAMI-WRV continue to provide essential services that the Valley benefits from.” Lyon continued, “I started 100 Men Who Care to bring awareness to the amazing things nonprofits are doing in our community.”

Two More Events Are Canceled


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Organizer of the Snowball Special Fat Bike Race, Rebecca Rusch, announced that the event has been canceled due to hazardous, icy conditions at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. Originally scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 17, it is the third big Nordic event canceled this winter. The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley also announced that the annual event known as the Paw ’n’ Pole, scheduled for Feb. 25, has been canceled due to lack of snow.

Plane Experiences Trouble At Friedman

A minor aircraft incident occurred at about 9:20 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Friedman Memorial Airport.  “It was not a crash,” said Chris Pomeroy, airport manager. “Upon landing on runway 31 and rolling out, a Beechcraft Duke twin-engine piston aircraft had its nosewheel collapse. Airport Operations and Hailey Fire Department were on scene in less than a minute. There were no injuries to the lone occupant.” Friedman was closed for approximately 50 minutes while airport personnel coordinated release with the FAA and secured a crane to help move the aircraft off the runway. No commercial airline flight interruptions were experienced with only a few delays to general aviation aircraft. The cause of the landing gear failure is unknown and will Photo courtesy of Hailey Fire Department be investigated by the FAA.


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Demolition Takes Place in Downtown Hailey

The former Hailey Medical Clinic and Blaine Manor is under demolition by Ideal Demolition of Emmett, Idaho. Owned by Blaine County, the 2.75-acre lot has some interest by a developer hoping to build on the site.


The Center To Present Viet Thanh Nguyen Lecture

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ current lecture series will continue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, with a presentation by award-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. Nguyen’s lecture, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum, is presented in conjunction with The Center’s BIG IDEA project, This Land Is Whose Land? that runs through March 31, 2018. Nguyen’s debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was also a finalist for the 2016 PEN/Faulkner Award. His collection of short stories, “The Refugees,” was released in 2017. Nguyen and his family came to the U.S. in 1975 as refugees during the Vietnam War. Tickets for the lecture are $35 for members of The Center, $45 for nonmembers and $15 for students and educators. For more information about the Lecture Series, visit or call The Center’s box office at 208.726.9491.



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utstanding fly fishing continues this month as the mild winter weather continues in the Sun Valley area. Skiers may be having an off season this winter, but fly anglers are all smiles right now, as high catch rates and sizable fish continue to be the norm. We see no change in this pattern in the immediate future, so get your waders on and get out there! Fly anglers that have been on Silver Creek the past few weekends are sending us pictures of one giant brown trout after another. These are normally the pics we see taken in the darkness of a summer night while Mouse fishing. This February, the “hog shots” on the Creek just keep coming. It is the perfect conditions of warm enough weather and just enough tint in the normally gin-clear spring creek waters. The weather is very comfortable, allowing anglers to stay out throughout the course of the day. Couple this with the tint in the water that keeps the big fish out in the open and on the hunt all day and you have the makings of an epic fishery. We have about two weeks left to fish Silver Creek before the season closes for spawning. The fishing is almost all Streamers and is relatively easy for those that can cast big flies decent distances. Even if you can get your fly only halfway across the river, you have a great chance to catch a nice fish. Try to stay on the bank while you fish, so the fish don’t feel your presence in the water. DO get in the water for releasing the fish and especially for photos. It is super-important to “keep ’em wet” while releasing. Try to get your photo of the fish partially in the water, or a quick lift for a picture with the water still dripping off the fish. Keep in mind that handling fish is a skill set that is as important as casting, reading the water or any other part of fly fishing. The Big Wood and Lower Lost remain very productive fisheries with the typical winter flies like Zebra Nymphs and Tie-Down Midges. Anglers can expect a nice combination of Nymph fishing and dry-fly fishing throughout the day. With March quickly approaching, keep your eyes open for the Little Black Stonefly. This wingless bug should start showing up soon. If you see it, tie on a Prince Nymph and swing your fly close to the bank. Happy fishing, everyone!

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hat a fabulous idea puppy parties are for socializing young puppies. However, the best puppy parties do have some guidelines that should help any doggie gathering. First, be sure you have lots of enclosed, safe space for the party. When several dogs meet—puppies or older dogs—it takes only a second for one of them to go missing and find itself on a dangerous roadway. Safe and fun dog relationships need space; the closer the confinement, the more likely there is to be a fight. Secondly, invite dogs or puppies of equal size, age and personality. Timid or more concerned puppies can become overwhelmed easily by more rambunctious puppies; do not force them to stay in playtime if they want to leave. It is not “socialization” if a puppy or even an older dog is forced to stay when they are not comfortable. Casually but quickly remove the dog or puppy and take them home. Another time, in very short intervals, might be more appropriate for that particular dog or puppy. Third, keep puppy parties short and sweet. I suggest a time of only half an hour. Then all the dogs get called to their owners and given treats, and are put away or go home. Lengthy times of hearty play can make puppies very tired. When puppies (or older dogs) get tired, they get grumpy, just like children. Then the risk of fighting increases. If you see play escalate into more aggressive behavior, stop the play and go home. The more puppies or older dogs practice what is called “ritualized aggression,” the more likely they are to be more aggressive with other dogs, as a rule. Quit while you are ahead, always! Puppy parties are not the time for owners to socialize with their friends and not pay attention to the dogs; it is a time to supervise happy play and make it an educational experience for all the puppies or dogs. Useful obedience skills can also be incorporated in the party by having the puppy sit before being released into play, or being called out of play for a treat. Then the puppy is released back into play. Puppy parties can also be designed so that only human friends come to meet the puppy. It becomes a great training opportunity to teach the puppy not to jump on guests and for puppies to find out that strangers are friendly. The best case is to have treats readily at hand. Have guests come at 10-minute intervals. Have your puppy on a leash as each person arrives. Step on the leash so the puppy cannot run out the door or jump out of control. Then reward sitting, over and over again. After guests arrive, you can have a short gathering and serve hors d’oeuvres while your puppy learns to lie nicely on a target mat or

A successful puppy party includes great supervision to keep everyone safe and happy. Photo by Fran Jewell

bed, learning not to beg. Again, short and sweet is the key to a successful puppy party. Puppies can become stressed very easily and this gives them an opportunity to have a good experience with lots of positive reinforcement. Puppy parties can be incredibly useful and teach proper socialization. “Free-for-all” play can quickly escalate into aggressive behaviors. Supervision and creativity are the key to a great time for all! 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 or call (208) 578-1565.




ove can be fickle. One month you are enamored with summer blossoms, the next with autumn colors. Never do you think you will fall in love with winter-dried grasses. But winter plants showcase a desiccated architecture which I find charming. Some grasses crumple early in the season, only to be released come springtime. But others fight on. They stay upright all winter through the storms and the winds. They create a vertical disparity to the rounded snow forms, the deep browns and ochres in stark contrast to the whites. As I walk, I like to pay tribute to these plants and acknowledge their stoicism. I think of them as wearing their spare, but still beautiful, winter garb. After a winter storm, the snow piles high, circling the stems. At first a meadow is full of grass surrounded by lumps, but as days pass, the snow recedes, leaving behind gullies. These lumps and gullies catch the sun’s rays in different ways. When the sun is low, either in the early morning or late afternoon, long shadows undulate over the mounds or sink into the gullies. When the sun is overhead, the shadows stay deep around the base of the plants.


Leslie Rego, “Winter Grass,” nib pen and ink, watercolor, white gouche.

A winter meadow is a structural delight. Each type of grass showcases a different texture: some bulky, others slim, some with seeds, others with just the blade. The different heights poking through the snow give vague reference to the contours of the

landscape come springtime. I am always intrigued by how many I can recognize in the abbreviated form by which they appear during the winter months. Yes, this winter, with such little snow, I am in love with the dried grasses!

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

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here is no one diet that is right for everyone, so it’s important to follow a healthful eating plan that’s packed with tasty foods and that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind. Not everyone has the same needs; young athletes and elderly individuals, for instance, have completely different dietary needs. It’s important for individuals to meet their body’s needs with not only food but also a healthy lifestyle. From obesity to mental health, today’s teens face multiple challenges that impact their health and wellbeing—not just now, but for years to come. 4H keeps Idaho strong and believes in the power of young people to take action and lead positive health outcomes in their lives and communities. Our health allows us to take care of ourselves and our communities. Healthy living programs teach youth to lead lives that balance physical, mental and emotional health. In Blaine County, 4-H Teen Advocates for Healthy Living work with faculty and staff to implement the 4-H Healthy Living program, including teaching Food Smart Families in their communities. Teens cover nutrition, food preparation, cooking and shopping skills. Teen Advocates:

with specialized training and with that training they work with other teens, also known as Healthy Hands, to bring healthy living education to youth in Blaine County. Healthy Hands will receive training from and work with Teen Advocates. Together, they will partner with local organizations to maximize their youth impact. Youth learn everything from proper handwashing, food preparation, my plate, the importance of physical activity, mental and emotional health, and more. In 2017, over 700 youth received 260 hours of Healthy Living instruction from 4-H Teen Advocates. The Healthy Living Teen Advocates’ success was shared with 4-H community partners: The Hunger Coalition, Bloom and Hope gardens, Sawtooth Botanical Garden, and the Blaine County Recreation District.

Teens who participated in the Healthy Living program reported an increased awareness and consumption of healthy and nutritious food choices, such as fruits and vegetables and drinking more water. Teens also encouraged their families to eat meals together, had an increased desire to volunteer more, planned to work on local community projects, want to make a difference in their community, and gained a greater appreciation • Receive training on the best healthy living for healthy living. strategies in January each year If you are a teen or know of a teen who might • Volunteer within the community and county, be interested in becoming a Healthy Hand for promoting healthy living Healthy Living, please contact Kathi Kimball at • Gain excellent leadership experience for col- lege applications and future jobs • Have the opportunity to attend the National IMPACT, University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Summit on Healthy Living each year Youth Development; 4-H Healthy Living Teen Advocates teach nutrition education classes; Teen Healthy Living Advocates return from; 11/16 the National Youth Summit in Washington, D.C.,





sometimes like to think about certain animals in terms of a ratio: how scary would it be to be up close and personal with that animal versus the size of the animal? This ratio becomes an index, with larger numbers indicating that I would have a significant fear of being trapped in an enclosed space with the tiny but vicious critter in question. One of the most hair-raising species, thusly quantified, for me, would be our local pine marten. More accurately called the American marten or Martes americana (because Europe has their own species called the pine marten and the basic rules of “called it first” apply in this case), this animal is a regular to the woods around these parts. They are very intimidating up close, though they are smaller than your house cat. When a marten gets cornered and bares its teeth and lets loose its growl, there are few people I know that wouldn’t jump back with a loud squeal. A marten’s growl sounds like a chainsaw cutting through gravel. Like a garbage disposal with a stray fork stuck in it. Like the engine brakes on a big rig. There are many stories from up and down this Valley that paint a picture of how scary that noise can be. Hut-keepers of our local backcountry ski huts will know the sound of a marten in the middle of the night: a tapping along the floorboards, barely audible above the breeze outside the walls. But, a sudden, pull-start rumble sound erupts if anybody decides to swing their feet down off the bed to the floor to check on the food stores. Even more unnerving is to light a lantern in the darkness and suddenly see a pair of iridescent eyes hanging in the darkness at the other end of the hut, nodding and waving gently back and forth, but remaining unblinking, unwilling to leave the kitchen. I have heard tell of a marten trapped in a non-lethal cage in the ski patrol shack on top of Baldy,



In Support Of The School Levy Vote

I recently served as an Educator for a Day at Wood River High School. I was pleased to work with such highly motivated teachers and very bright students, while sharing my experiences as a state legislator. I am writing in support of the school levy vote, which will be held March 13. Both our boys attended Blaine County District Schools, from Hemingway to Wood River High, and have gone on to satisfying careers. I supported our schools then and I support them now. Our Board of Trustees has made good efforts over the last two years to reduce costs in the district and has assured us that they will continue to do so. The proposal to allocate upon an affirmative vote a portion of the 2009 Plant Facilities Levy is a responsible way to move the district forward without an impact to our property tax bills for the next two years. The fixed funding our school district receives has decreased in value in relation to the overall budget based upon real 2018 dollars. This is the best option to keep our schools strong. Let’s vote yes and move forward. Wendy Jaquet Ketchum resident


Now Is The Time To Support Schools

Because our public schools are integral to the social fabric of our community, I will vote in favor of the ballot question to support them on March 13. Our whole community benefits from Blaine County School District in many ways: BCSD is a major, high-quality employer. It maintains facilities that benefit not only students, but also people of all ages who use those facilities—especially the Community Campus— for meetings, adult education, health, and creative pursuits. Most of all, the school district works diligently to educate every child who enters its doors. Through personal volunteerism and professional collaborations, I see important positive attributes in our local public school system: relatively small classroom sizes; talented and caring teachers, staff, and administrators; safe and welcoming buildings; innovative technology; and an excellent diversity of in-school and extracurricular programs. These same attributes do not exist in schools in other parts of the state which lack local funding support. Now is the time for us to make a resounding statement in support of high-quality public education in our community. Especially in the current context of the larger political climate, it is the time to be absolutely clear that we will not become complacent about a system with such great reach. It is the time to acknowledge that we have strong educational resources here, and we know that those resources cannot be maintained, much less improved, by withdrawing financial support. On March 13, we can rise to the occasion of endorsing this fundamental community asset, our local school district, and do so without experiencing an increase in taxes. We simply will be authorizing the reallocation of funds from an existing plant facilities levy. For me, the choice is clear and compelling to show up and vote in favor of this supplemental levy. Jenny Emery Davidson Hailey resident


Skin In The Game

The American marten or American pine marten (Martes americana). Public domain photo - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

years ago. It took hours of deliberating before anybody was brave enough to get close enough to the trap to move the creature outside. Then, there are the reports of a year full of martens causing headaches in a certain popular structure north of town. The employees diligently trapped and relocated the troublesome martens, but the problems continued. Suspicious that the same martens were returning again and again, somebody spray painted blue the tail of one particular trapped marten before relocating it. They were rewarded with a frustrating (if fascinating) data point: after dropping the marten off miles away and on the other side of Galena Pass, they found a blue-tailed marten back in their kitchen within days, stealing cookies and hiding them in the rafters. Hannes Thum is a Wood River Valley native and has spent most of his life exploring what our local ecosystems have to offer. He currently teaches science at Community School.

Heads up and an open heart for kids in our Valley. Although my husband and I don’t have children or grandchildren in the schools, we appreciate the value of offering our kids the best educational opportunities possible, especially in a state where education standards are so low. One of the reasons we live here is because our community prides itself on going above and beyond. On March 13, voters in Blaine County can support a strong school system by voting In Favor on the supplemental levy that is on the ballot. This measure will enable the schools to continue to offer the small class sizes and educational opportunities that kids need to succeed in today’s world. It will maintain the classroom environments we have now in our schools. Please join us in voting In Favor on the levy to keep public education in Blaine Country on solid ground. Robin Leavitt Ketchum resident


Library To Offer Olympic Viewing

Throughout the next two weeks The Community Library in Ketchum will screen the Winter Olympics from PyeongChang in the Young Adult Room and Regional History Center. Stop by and enjoy the Winter Games at the Library.


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The Wood River Women’s Foundation calls Ketchum Works home, regularly hosting board and committee meetings in the conference room.



eing mobile and having the ability to work anywhere is key for most business people in 2018. In fact, many offices are disbanding as technology has advanced and made it easier for people to work on the go. However, working on the go or from home can still present challenges. If you are working from home, you might find yourself with constant interruptions of the home workload, family, etc. If you are on the go, and meeting in coffee shops, you might lack the privacy you need, or also have interruptions. Ketchum Works is a shared office space amongst different nonprofits, traveling business people, and entrepreneurs. The space provides opportunity for local and nonlocal people in need of an office space in downtown Ketchum to rent space by the day, week, month or annually with a low-cost annual membership fee (need

not be a member to rent space, but members have perks). The space boasts a large conference room with audiovisual tools, the fastest Internet in town, a snack kitchen, a second smaller meeting room, lounge space, hot desks, cubicles and office suites. Members enjoy the ability to access the full office space 24/7 and to rent spaces at a highly discounted rate. Join us for our Open House this Friday, Feb. 16, from 2-5 p.m. and for our Grand Opening Party from 5-7 p.m. We will be serving hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and giving away door prizes. (208) 622-9300 – 191 Sun Valley Rd., Ketchum, cattycorner to Smoky Mountain Pizzeria


Blaine County Education Foundation Awards 34 Teacher Grants

In the Blaine County School District, teacher grants are awarded to bring innovative ideas, concepts or enrichment materials to the classroom. The teacher grants provide materials above and beyond what teacher budgets provide. Due to the support of donors and grants from such as the Wood River Women’s Foundation, the Blaine County Education Foundation was able to provide an increase from nine teacher grants in the 20162017 school year to 34 for the 2017-2018 school year. Shawn Shumacher, a Hemingway STEAM School kindergarten teacher, spearheaded a teacher grant for handheld digital microscopes for the entire school to be able to use for their science and technology experiments. These microscopes can be used with laptops and Chromebooks and allow students to get close and personal with various specimens. “Our teachers are doing a great job using materials to help engage and offer more hands-on learning for their students,” said Kristy Heitzman, executive director of the Blaine County Education Foundation. Alicia Hollis, a former teacher in the Blaine County School District and member of the Teacher Grant Committee at BCEF, knows firsthand the positive effect teacher grants can have on students’ learning experience. Teacher grants often create momentum around innovative teaching concepts that spread from teachers, to other schools and across the district. An example of this is Break Out Boxes, which encourages students to use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open locked boxes. Break Out Boxes were granted at Wood River Middle School for sixth- and seventh-grade teachers Sheila Gnash, Rachel Ziegler and Lindee Williams; Carey School; and to Hailey Elementary teachers Lisa Thilmont, Tracy Munk and Wanda Baxter.

Dental Bill Makes It To Floor Of Idaho Legislature On Monday, Rep. Ilana Rubel presented a bill on the House floor to restore preventive dental care to families on Medicaid. “After a long debate, I’m thrilled to report it is now on its way to the Senate and we are one step closer to helping Idaho families,” Rubel said. Since dental coverage was stripped away from the adult Medicaid population by the Legislature in 2011, 33,000 Idahoans in extreme poverty have been living in pain, suffering infections and developing very serious (and costly) health problems. “They desperately need access to oral healthcare,” Rubel said. “HB 465 will dramatically improve the lives of tens of thousands of people, and save taxpayers money by addressing dental problems when they can still be cost-effectively addressed.”

Left to right: Aly Wepplo, Maya Sharpe, Troy Rucker, Chris Carwithen, Claudia McCain, David Janeski and Scott Creighton comprise the cast of “Clybourne Park.” Courtesy photo by Kirsten Shultz

POIGNANT POINTS OF VIEW COF to stage ‘Clybourne Park’



ompany of Fools will produce Bruce Norris’s searingly funny play, “Clybourne Park,” from Wednesday, Feb. 21, to Saturday, March 10, at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey. The winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, “Clybourne Park” will be staged in conjunction with The Sun Valley Center’s BIG IDEA project, “This Land Is Whose Land?” Norris’s critically acclaimed response to Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 drama “A Raisin in the Sun” takes on the ongoing conversation about race and gentrification with biting wit. Set in the same house in two different decades, 50 years apart, “Clybourne Park” is a satire that asks viewers to consider what makes a neighborhood feel like home, and how it can be preserved. “The author wrote this play nine months after [President Barack] Obama was first elected—talk about a change in neighborhood,” said director Denise Simone, one of Company of Fools’ founding members. “He couldn’t possibly see the changes that were ahead after those eight years. As I look at what our nation is grappling with, and what people have been given seeming permission to do today, it’s a fascinating time to do this play.” Simone directs a cast featuring COF company member actors Chris Carwithen, Scott Creighton, David Janeski, Claudia McCain and Aly Wepplo, alongside New York City-based actors Troy Rucker (“The Buddy Holly Story”) and Maya Sharpe (“Hair” on Broadway and the West End),

“What attracts me to this piece is having seven clear points of view onstage,” said director Denise Simone. “It’s a constant juggling of views, and the playwright never settles on one point of view.” Courtesy photo by Kirsten Shultz

with COF season apprentice Chris Henderson (“The Diary of Anne Frank”). The characters in “Clybourne Park” are constantly battling for their personal views to be heard. “What attracts me to this piece is having seven clear points of view onstage,” Simone said. “It’s a constant juggling of views, and the playwright never settles on one point of view. Hopefully, people will leave the theatre discussing, arguing and trying to figure out where they land.” “I realized that everyone in this play is fiercely protecting something, whether it’s their community, pain, their spouse… etc.,” McCain said. “It’s a fierce protection of what you believe is the thing that will make you OK and safe, and you have to fight for it.” The production features scenic design by Joe Lavigne, lighting design by Amanda Clegg-Lyon, costume design by Elizabeth Weiss Hopper, sound design by Russell Simone Wilson and stage management by resident production manager K.O. Ogilvie. Simone believes the house,

where all the action takes place, is the final character in the play. “It’s a beautiful Chicago bungalow-style home in act one,” designer Lavigne said. “Then, there are years of the neighborhood declining with the prominence of ‘white flight.’ So, when we see the house in act two, it reflects those changes. We have two people and fifteen minutes to do the set change at intermission. This [limitation] was heavily taken into consideration for the design.” “I think this play is a comedy of discomfort,” Janeski said. “As an audience, we recognize things are funny, but can we laugh at them because they are uncomfortable topics? Regardless, this play will spark a lot of conversation.” Tickets for “Clybourne Park” may be purchased at, by phone at (208) 578-9122 or at the Liberty Theatre box office starting one hour before curtain. Company of Fools’ box office is located at the Liberty Theatre, 110 N. Main Street, in Hailey. tws

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EVENTS CALENDAR, CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE ‘CANCER REHABILITATION’ WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14 12:15-1:15PM / ST. LUKE’S CLINIC / HAILEY St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag Health Talk titled “Cancer Rehabilitation.” Although cancer treatments are saving lives, survivors often feel residual complications that compromise quality of life. Physical rehabilitation can help improve overall body strength and range of motion around the surgical site, and reduce fatigue and pain. Deb Lister, occupational therapist, and Katie Quaglia, physical therapist, will discuss these benefits and the services offered through St. Luke’s Rehab Clinic. A representative from Wood River YMCA will also be present to discuss their LiveStrong program. This talk will take place at St. Luke’s Hailey Clinic in the Carbonate Rooms. All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs at (208) 727-8733.

KETCHUM COMMUNITY DINNERS WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 14 6-7PM / CHURCH OF THE BIG WOOD / KETCHUM Weekly free hot dinners are provided to anyone who wishes to join. Find Ketchum Community Dinners on Facebook for more information and weekly menu updates

BROOKS HARTELL WED FEB 14-SAT FEB 17 7-10PM / DUCHIN LOUNGE / SUN VALLEY Enjoy piano music by Brooks Hartell at the Duchin Lounge from 7-10 p.m.


THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 11AM / GALENA LODGE / KETCHUM Experience the winter landscape and learn about the fascinating history of the area with an informative and free Forest Ranger led tour of the Galena Lodge area, every Thursday at 11 a.m. on the porch at the Galena Lodge. Tours will depart at 11:05 a.m., last approximately an hour and a half and cover one to two miles. Because of the nature of this tour, leave pets at home. Snowshoe rentals are available at Galena Lodge. Dress warmly in layers, wear insulated boots, gloves, hat and sunglasses. Bring water and a snack. For more information call the SNRA at (208) 727-5000 or Galena Lodge at (208) 726-4010.

BC DEMOCRATS MEET & GREET THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 6PM / KETCHUM CITY HALL The Blaine County Democrats will meet for a discussion with Muffy Davis, who is challenging Steve Miller (R) for State Representative for District 26, Kaz Thea, Hailey City Council member, and advocates for the Blaine County School District facilities levy.

‘ANGST’ THURSDAY FEBRUARY 15 6:30PM / COMMUNITY SCHOOL / SUN VALLEY The non-profit IndieFlix Foundation is sparking a global conversation about anxiety through screenings of its brand-new documentary, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety.” Community School will hold a free screening of the documentary in its theatre to open up a dialogue between families, community leaders and experts. The event will feature a viewing of the 56-minute film, followed by an informative panel discussion, led by local mental health professionals, educators and school counselors. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health challenge in the U.S., impacting 54 percent of females and 46 percent of males, with age seven being the median age of onset, according to the World Health Organization. While anxiety disorders are highly treatable, only one-third of those suffering receive treatment. Everyone involved in the development of “Angst” has a personal experience with anxiety– from the producers to the interviewees. The film is appropriate for ages 10 and up.





his Valentine’s Day why not partake in the gift of health, and the best news is, this advice won’t cost you anything. Since heart disease is the leading cause of hospitalizations and death in the United States, now is a great time to implement habits and lifestyles that will promote a healthy heart. Healthy lifestyle changes can reduce your risk of heart attack by 85 percent. No medicine can do that! 1. Eat a Mediterranean diet, one that is plant-based and high in fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, olive oil and fish, complimented by other lean meats. Stay away from processed foods, including sodas. Avoid added carbohydrates, with the exception of whole grains. 2. Don’t smoke anything. Smoke will oxidize bad cholesterol and potentiate its ability to damage your arteries and cause heart attacks—and the chemicals cause cancer. 3. Lose weight. Obesity is an inflammatory state that leads to heart attacks as well as malignancies. Any inflammation in one part of your body is transmitted to other areas, including the arteries of your heart. Keep your BMI [Body Mass Index] between 20 and 25. 4. Be active! Regular activity is more important than intermittent, more vigorous exercise. Stay off the couch. Exercise for a minimum of 150 minutes per week and preferably push toward 300 minutes per week. 5. Drink red wine judicious-

ly. If drinking a glass of red wine at dinner doesn’t offend your sensibilities, doing so can reduce your risk of heart attack by about 30 percent. It will, unfortunately, also increase your risk of malignancy by the same amount, so know your personal risk based on your family history. What most people don’t understand is that the healthy habits mentioned above have an immediate effect on the health of our entire body, especially our hearts. Weight loss generally takes time—the pounds didn’t come on overnight, nor will they melt away overnight. But, as soon as we make the described changes, there will be an immediate, positive effect on the physiology of our body. Beneficial changes will begin on a cellular level that will prevent future disease processes. So even though the desired weight loss may not be apparent in the beginning, remember that weight loss is not the whole picture. Stay with the essential habits mentioned above. Make them a lifestyle. Be patient. This is not a “dress-for-success” technique. Over time, these habits will make a huge difference in your overall health. Don’t have a physician? Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health, (208) 727-8733, for help finding the right provider for you.

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Sun Valley Opera Makes Donation To The Argyros Performing Arts Center

Board members and friends of Sun Valley Opera, along with two of the Costa Jackson Sisters who performed the following evening, gathered near the construction site on Main Street at the Limelight Hotel on Monday, Jan. 29, to present a $10,000 check to Tim Mott for the Argyros Performing Arts Center.

Mott is a Sun Valley Performing Arts board member, chair of the Argyros Performing Arts Center Planning Committee and co-chair of the Campaign Committee. Sun Valley Opera is the lead performing arts nonprofit donating to APAC and is very excited to have a new “home base” in which to present their concerts and events. “We are thrilled about the major cultural improvement the addition of the Argyros Center will bring to our community,” Edwin Outwater III, chair and CEO of the Sun Valley Opera, said. “We intend to be a prominent and prolific presenter in this truly state-of-the-art venue.”

Jordan Steps Back From Legislature To Concentrate On Gubernatorial Run Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, will step down temporarily from her District 5 legislative seat to concentrate on running for governor full time. “It has been my privilege to be elected by and to serve the people of the fifth district since 2014,” said Jordan. “My priority is my constituents and the people of Idaho. I cannot fairly serve my constituents and run for governor. This is necessary to win the Democratic primary and to move toward victory in November. I’m all in for Idaho.” Jordan will appoint a long-term substitute to fill her seat for the rest of the legislative session, instead of resigning, as she announced last week. Jordan was elected in 2014 and reelected in 2016 to the District 5 House Seat A. As a representative, she served on the House Environment, Energy & Technology, Resources & Conservation and State Affairs committees.


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The Environmental Resource Center will host an Open House to celebrate the start of the organization’s 25th year. Swing by and learn how local animals are affected by the less than average snowpack, solve animal tracking mysteries, ask questions about recycling in the Wood River Valley and pick-up complimentary native seed packets for the spring. Complimentary beverages will be served and all ages are welcome. ERC is located at 471 Washington Avenue in Ketchum. For more information, visit, call (208) 726-4333 or email alisa@ercsv. org.

Warren Miller Day will be celebrated on Saturday throughout the Valley. Many people have asked how to honor his life. Since he didn’t want a public memorial service, he requested people to hit their favorite run or do something else they love in his memory. Saturday, honor his wishes and take a run and post to Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #ripwarrenmiller. Tagged photos and videos may be selected for use in the authorized Warren Miller documentary now in production. Rest in pow, Warren.


The Sawtooth National Recreation Area Headquarters offers Saturday snowshoe treks for the whole family. The tours are free to kids 17 and under, and a limited number of snowshoes will be available. Be sure to register as soon as possible and reserve snowshoes if needed to ensure a spot on the tour. Children eight and under must be accompanied by an adult. Tours will be guided by Sawtooth National Recreation Area employees and volunteers who are knowledgeable about winter habitats and animal tracks. The tours will last about an hour and a half and distances will be based on how far families want to go, averaging 1-1.5 miles. For more information and to register call (208) 727-5000.

Tori Gagne’s art reveals unique and captivating equine imagery conveying the power, motion and beauty of the horse in the wild and in various locations around the world. On view at Lipton Fine Arts, Gagne’s series, “Moonlit Dance,” depicts the horse in an unusual world of dreams and magic as well as imagery from other equine projects. Gagne will be in attendance for Gallery Walk, and proceeds from the night will benefit Swiftsure Ranch. For more information, contact Tori Gagne at (612) 991-6089.

SKIJORING FUNDRAISER SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 6-9 PM / MAHONEY’S / BELLEVUE With the cancelation of the annual Wood River Extreme Skijoring event, the organizers will turn their attention instead to a fundraiser for the 2019 event. Come join the fun at Mahoney’s Bar and Gill. There will be raffles and more to help raise funds. For more information or to donate items, contact michelle@

COMEDY NIGHT FRIDAY FEBRUARY 16 8-10PM / OPERA HOUSE / SUN VALLEY Keith Barany has been called “One of the wittiest comics working today” by The New York Post. Television appearances include the Jimmy Kimmel Show and Seinfeld, where he also worked a writer. He is a nine-time USO tour headliner, and has shared the stage with comedians such as Bob Hope, John Stewart and Brian Regan. With an easy conversational style in his material and his audience interaction, Keith creates truly unique moments without victimizing the people who watch him. Tickets are $20 and are online at, or are available at the Guest Information Center in Sun Valley.

APRÈS-SKI LIVE MUSIC SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 2:30-5:30PM / RIVER RUN LODGE / KETCHUM Hit the slopes and then decompress with tunes from the reggae hip hop band, Pause 4 the Cause from Boise, at River Run Lodge in Ketchum.

SHARE YOUR HEART BALL SATURDAY FEBRUARY 17 5PM / LIMELIGHT ROOM / SUN VALLEY INN Join the community for the 16th Annual Share Your Heart Ball, a benefit for Camp Rainbow Gold. The community gathers to bring love. hope and support into the challenging world of childhood cancer. Enjoy camp games, a silent auction, live auction lots and dancing with No Limits. Visit to reserve a spot and learn more.


9:30PM / SILVER DOLLAR / BELLEVUE Enjoy live music this and every Friday night at the Silver Dollar Saloon in Bellevue. This week, groove to tunes by Kim Stocking Band.



Welcome Ben Winship and Eli West to the Sun Valley Opera House. These two musicians are spearheading the new acoustic folk music scene in the Northwest, around the country and internationally. Look forward to an evening of fantastic musicianship, harmony singing, original songs and storytelling. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available at the Sun Valley Recreation Office, or by calling (208) 622-2135.

See the Sun Valley Suns take on St. Nicks Hockey Club. All Suns home games in Hailey begin at 7 p.m. with three 20-minute periods. Games last twoand-a-half hours. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children and free for kids 10 and under accompanied with a paying adult. Only cash or checks are accepted, no credit cards. Call (208) 720-5076 for details.

APRÈS-SKI LIVE MUSIC SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18 2:30-5:30PM / WARM SPRINGS LODGE / KETCHUM Hit the slopes and then decompress with tunes from The Andrew Sheppard Band at Warm Springs Lodge in Ketchum.




Joe Fos entertains with timeless piano music at the Duchin Lounge from 7-10 p.m.

Experience serenity and sunny skies on a magical sleigh ride through the Sun Valley trails. The one-hour sleigh ride passes by historic sites, such as Hemingway Memorial and Trail Creek Cabin. All sleigh rides start and end at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. Tickets, $30 for adults and $15 for children 18 and under, may be purchased at the Sun Valley Nordic Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with departures every hour.



5:30-6:30PM / ST. CHARLES CHURCH / HAILEY Weekly free hot dinners are provided to anyone who wishes to join. St. Charles Catholic Church is located at 313 1st Street, Hailey.

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