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RESORT ANNOUNCES SKI SEASON CLOSING Sun Valley Resort announced on Monday that the final day of skiing on the Warm Springs side of Bald Mountain will be Sunday, April 17. Dollar Mountain’s ski season will end on Sunday, April 3, and the River Run area of Bald Mountain will operate until Sunday, April 10. “It has been an outstanding winter season for us,” said Jack Sibbach, the resort’s director of public relations and marketing. “From being our 80th winter season, to excellent early-season snow, to hosting the U.S. Alpine Championships, it has been a memorable one.” Sun Valley Resort has several activities scheduled for late March and early April. The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation’s Janss Pro-Am Classic is set for March 31 through April 2. The event will include a gala dinner, hospitality tent at Warm Springs, a Weekly Sun file photo cocktail reception, Skiers dress up for “last day” 2015. live music and costumed ski racing. On April 3, the annual “Cold Bowl” pond skim will be held at Dollar Mountain. Registration starts at 9 a.m. and competition begins at 11:30 a.m. There will be a barbeque and other special activities on the deck at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge. Sun Valley Guest Services will hold a “Meet and Greet” on Saturday, April 9, from 2-4 p.m. in the River View Room at River Run Lodge. “Do you look good in yellow? Come and try it on for size!” states the resort’s website. “Sun Valley Mountain Guest Services is looking for team playwers who want to work hard, play hard and bring the fun to our guests!” The resort further announced that season passes for the 2016-2017 ski season are now on sale at a discount. Additional information on tickets and resort activities is available at (800) 786-8259 or

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Community comes together to hold national event BY MARIA PREKEGES


he 2016 Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championships took place March 22-27 on Bald Mountain, where skiers from across the United States, as well as other countries, spent a week racing on the mountain’s Warm Springs side. The week also included events and parties nearly every evening. The races were streamed live on the Internet from Thursday, March 24, through Sunday, March 27. The super-G races were also aired on NBC this past Saturday. I was lucky enough to be a part of this event as part of the TV production/streaming team. I attended every event, interviewing athletes and local residents, as well as visitors who came to the Wood River Valley for the event. I was overwhelmed with what I saw and heard, and I was not alone. From large crowds at the finish line at the base of the Greyhawk run, to the parties in Ketchum and at the base of Warm Springs, I have never seen so many people in attendance and supporting this prestigious event. Many were in agreement with me, including Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas, who spoke about the Parade of Athletes and opening ceremonies that took place Thursday afternoon at Ketchum Town Square. “The tradition of ski racing has come back to Sun Valley with this year’s hosting of the U.S. Alpine Championships,” said Jonas. “Seeing the athletes parade into Ketchum’s Town Square brought a renewed enthusiasm to the next generation of racers and spectators.” Other events that were well attended included the Big Air Exhibition at Dollar Mountain on Friday evening, where hundreds were in attendance. Sun Valley Co. provided shuttle buses from the parking lot across from the ice rinks to help with congestion. There were also two different street parties at Warm Springs – one at Apple’s Bar and Grill and the other outside Warm Springs Lodge – that saw hundreds more enjoying the race-week festivities.

The tradition of ski racing has come back to Sun Valley with this year’s hosting of the U.S. Alpine Championships.” Nina Jonas Ketchum Mayor More than 300 volunteers, helping out in a variety of positions on and off the race course, helped make the event a success. “To put on a race like this, you need an entire community and the entire resort to come together, and everyone did just that,” said Phil McNichol, chief of race. (McNichol is also alpine technical director for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and is former U.S. Ski Team men’s alpine head coach). The competitors were excited with the race courses, as well as the town. Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin said she was impressed with the course layouts and Bald Mountain in general. “The course is great and the hill is very fun,” Shiffrin said. “This is my first time in Sun Valley and I’m enjoying it.” Shiffrin took top honors in the slalom as well as the giant slalom. Men’s slalom champ David Chodounsky won his fifth national race and his third in a row. “I love coming to Sun Valley,” Chodounsky said. “I’ve been here a few times and always had a great time, and this win solidifies that.” Kieffer Christianson, men’s giant slalom gold-medal winner, also enjoyed his stay in the Wood River Valley. “It’s fun to come to a place to race hosted by a

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A look up at the bottom of the super-giant slalom course from the base of Greyhawk on Bald Mountain. The 2016 U.S. Alpine Championships aired on NBC last Saturday.

place that actually wants you there,” Christianson said. “It’s nice to go home with golden potatoes.” Wally Rothgeb, head of the local organizing committee, was excited that the week went so well. “We had racers from all over the country, and even all over the world here,” Rothgeb said. “It was wonderful for these racers to not only see what Sun Valley could do, but what the entire community did this week was amazing. We put on as good a race as anywhere else in the world.” Lindsay Arnold, U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association event manager, agreed: “This is an amazing place. I can only say the best things about the support staff here. This is an exceptional place.” The U.S. Alpine Championships will return to Sun Valley in 2018. After such a successful week this year, people may want to make their reservations early. RESULTS: Men’s Alpine Combined – 1st – Brennan Rubie 2:01:76; 2nd – Kieffer Christianson 2:03:22; 3rd – Hig Roberts 2:04:0 Women’s Alpine Combined – 1st – Galena Wardle 2:04:44; 2nd – Megan McJames 2:04:46; 3rd – Patricia Mangan 2:04:82 Men’s Super G – 1st – Tim Jitloff 1:18:06; 2nd – Ryan Cochran-Siegle 1:18:67; 3rd – Eri Arvidsson 1:18:93 Women’s Super G – 1st – Anna Marno 1:14:04; 2nd – Laurenne Ross 1:14:32; 3rd – Patricia Mangan 1:14:67 Men’s Slalom – combined time for 2 runs, 1st – David Chodounsky 1:43:47; 2nd – Robby Kelley 1:45:83; 3rd – Michael Ankeny 1:46:36 Women’s Slalom – combined time for 2 runs, 1st – Mikaela Shiffrin 1:46:56; 2nd – Lila Lapanja 1:53:29; 3rd – Roni Remme 1:53:46 Men’s Giant Slalom – combined time for 2 runs, 1st – Kieffer Christianson 2:16:62, 2nd – Ryan Siegle-Cochran 2:17:45, 3rd – Erik Read 2:18:68 Women’s Giant Slalom – combined time for 2 runs, 1st – Mikaela Shiffrin 2:17:36, 2nd Resi Stiegler 2:18:09, 3rd – Megan McJames 2:18:56 See page 9 for more pictures of the event.

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HITTING THE SPOT Zoning issues are being finetuned for Ketchum’s alternative performance space BY DANA DUGAN


he Spot, a studio for the performing arts, currently rents a space on Lewis Street in Ketchum’s Light Industrial area. Along with live theatre productions, The Spot is used for performing arts classes, and is the Ketchum base for Footlight Dance Centre classes. The five founders – Peter Burke, Natalie Battistone, Brett Moellenberg, Yanna Lantz and Kevin Wade – are all performing arts professionals. In the nearly two years of operation, they have presented such shows as “Angels in America,” “Spring Awakening,” with an all-teen cast, “Next to Normal,” “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” So far so good. But for The Spot to continue working and performing in the space, the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission and the Ketchum City Council must agree to change the Light Industrial zoning to encompass a new text amendment in the zoning code, and The Spot must modify the building structure and its operations. The Spot had a conditional use from 2014 in the LI2 zone that was for commercial studio space, which includes things like yoga, art and ballet, and occasional performances. “It’s the performances that help us stay afloat,” Wade said. “It’s how we pay rent and the operational costs.” According to Micah Austin, Ketchum’s planning and building director, the city council “wants to do away with conditional use and instead craft a narrowly defined permit for what they’re already doing, which is hold occasional performances for the public.” Among the sticking points for the city are the number of people

at performances, safety concerns, parking and subletting. The founders insist they have no intention of vacating their space for any length of time, but do let others use it for events, including Footlight Dance Centre for classes, the Ketchum Arts Commission, and the occasional music performance. “We value our space as an artistic space,” Moellenberg said. “We want to use it.” Wade agreed: “One of us will always be at events that others present. We’d never vacate the space. They come up with a worst-case scenario, and we have to address that.” The city wants certain structural changes to be made to the building in order to be in compliance with fire department safety codes. Modifications requested include additional drywall, a new double front door, a new bathroom and wider back door access. As well, Monday through Friday performances may run after 5:30 p.m. through midnight. Saturday and Sunday performances can run from noon to midnight. The audience is limited to no more than 100 people at any performance. The owner or primary tenant must produce all events, and be present on site. The amendment also was capped at 30 events over the course of the year. However, The Spot wants to increase that number and will come back to planning and zoning this week, with a final decision being made by city council at its April 4 meeting. “The only reason it has gone back to P&Z is because the wording was changed drastically. It’s a procedural requirement,” Austin said. “This is really good for them and is in their favor. But we know that it’s been frustrating for them.”

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hat do these two words really mean? All too often “sustainability” and ‘”traceability” are used as generic descriptions of a food product to give some sense of comfort to the consumer that their purchase will be a healthy, responsible choice for the dinner table. A USDA study recommends seafood as the primary protein source for meals at least twice per week. Take this recommendation to the seafood counter at your local market and things get confusing. In October 2015, Oceana released a study that revealed that 43 percent of 82 DNA salmon samples taken from restaurants and grocery stores were mislabeled. Take the issue one step further and even when species are correctly labeled, how do we know we are buying a product that is responsibly harvested from a sustainable resource. The Wood River Sustainability Center and local company Pride of Bristol Bay are collaborating to bring seafood lovers access to the finest wild sockeye salmon and Alaska seafood specialties such as halibut cheeks, spot prawns and Bering Sea cod portions. All seafood is not created equal and each product is



sourced from fishermen that maintain the highest standards for care and quality at the point of harvest. Our sockeye salmon is sourced from the world’s largest, sustainable sockeye salmon resource in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The packaging of each fillet and portion is coded to define the river system in which the salmon were harvested. Sustainable and traceable. To order Wild Sockeye Salmon: To order Spring Seafood Share: Pick-up: April 9 at Wood River Sustainability Center, located at 308 S. River St. in Hailey. For more information, call the Sustainability Center at 208.721.3114.

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We didn’t find anyone at all in that area, let alone anyone meeting her description.” Lt. Steve England Hailey Police Department gland said. The woman further told The Sun that there have been other instances in the area when a peeping Tom was suspected.

“He’s very agile, he’s smart, he hasn’t been able to be caught,” the woman said. England confirmed that police have received several calls, going back to last summer, of a prowler in the area. England said police continue to investigate and keep a close watch on the situation, but that with warmer weather coming, the likelihood of prowlers increases. He said anyone suspecting a prowler should call 911 so that police can immediately respond. Idaho criminal code recognizes peeping Tom cases and allows for perpetrators to be charged with “trespass of privacy,” a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. tws

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oin the Environmental Resource Center, Wood River Land Trust and Blaine County Noxious Weed Department for a FREE Tree and Pesticide Management Workshop on Thursday, April 7, from 9–11:30 a.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey. Coffee and snacks will be provided at 8:30 a.m. This workshop is open to all homeowners, landscapers, property managers and interested community members. Participants will learn about integrated pest management and how it is being effectively implemented in the Wood River Valley through the lens of tree disease, soil health and composting as well as bio-control alternatives for noxious weed control. Speakers include: Carl Hjelm of Alpine Tree Service, Inc.; Jeff Beacham of ArborCare Resources, Inc.; and Carl Jorgensen, biological control specialist for the U.S. Forest Service. Three pesticide credits and 2.75 arborist credits are available, and pre-registration is suggested. With the snow melting and spring upon us, we are all eager to dig in and create beautiful landscapes that can be enjoyed by all. Join us in learning how to effectively manage

ailey police have received several complaints within the last year about prowlers, or “peeping Toms,” particularly in the “old Hailey” portion of the city, with the latest report coming the evening of March 17. The report came from a woman living near the corner of Pine Street and 2nd Avenue, who called 911 at about 10:30 p.m. to complain that there was someone on her patio peering through a window. “I was so shocked, I opened the door and was like, what the hell are you doing,” the woman told The Weekly Sun. Hailey Police Lt. Steve England said an officer was immediately dispatched to the

woman’s home, but whoever the prowler might have been was gone. “We didn’t find anyone at all in that area, let alone anyone meeting her description,” En-


he second-degree murder trial for Keith Eric Blankenship remains scheduled to begin on April 12, following determination this month in Blaine County 5th District Court that an impartial jury can be found in Blaine County. The trial, with Judge Jonathan P. Brody presiding, is expected to last about three weeks. The jury selection process was started on March 1 when 177 potential jurors were called into 5th District Court in Hailey to fill out lengthy questionnaires regarding their knowledge and impartiality in the case. In subsequent hearings this month, 43 of the potential jurors were excused from duty, leaving a final jury pool of 134. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Matt Fredback told The Weekly

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Sun that because of limited capacity in the courtroom, the remaining potential jurors will be brought into court for final jury selection in two groups beginning on April 12. “We decided to break it up into two groups, and using the second group in the event we are unable to get a jury from the first group,” Fredback said. Blankenship, 51, is charged in the shooting death of Stephen Michael Romanchuk, a 47-yearold Hailey resident, on or about Jan. 15, 2014 at Blankenship’s home on Deer Creek Road near Hailey. Romanchuk’s body, found partially buried in a pile of leaves at Blankenship’s home, was recovered on May 15, 2014 after Blankenship on the previous day reported the shooting to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that he killed Romanchuk in self-defense. Blankenship was arrested on

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and control weeds while still protecting the environment. For the agenda, visit:, or for more information, call 208.788.3947. Andrea Walton is an administrative specialist with Blaine County; Hadley Debree is executive director of the Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum; and Patti Lousen is project coordinator at the Wood River Land Trust in Hailey.

Sun Valley Bridge Club player Chris Turner ranked fifth among newcomer-intermediate players at the recent North American Bridge Championships in Reno, Nev. Nine other local players placed in various events at the 10-day tournament that drew more than 5,000 players from around the world. Turner took two first places and placed in 12 additional events. Barbara Dali also took two first places and was among the top players in an additional eight events. Other Wood River Valley bridge players placing at the tournament were Chuck Abramo, Judith Baer, Theresa Choma, Sandra Flattery, Jo Murray, Don Walcher, Sue White and Ted Witt. The Wood River Valley has four duplicate bridge games each week, including games for new players. For additional information, visit


The Ketchum City Council on March 22 approved two contracts with the local firm Galena Engineering for sidewalk design and construction management. The first contract, for up to $50,000, is for design for sidewalks on Fifth Street, Sun Valley Road and Second Avenue. Galena estimated $44,500 for the work and the additional sum is intended to cover any changes in the contract. The second contract, for up to $35,000, is for the design of sidewalks, curb and gutter, drainage and street lights for the southwest side of Warms Springs Road between Ninth and Sixth streets. Also included is a half-block section on Eighth Street between Warm Springs Road and Washington Avenue. The contract is being funded by the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency, which earlier approved the project. Conceptual drawings also include sidewalk, parking and center turn lane options. Galena estimated the cost at $31,500. The additional sum is intended to cover any changes in the contract. “We have been waiting a long time for this project and are anxious for it to begin,” said Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas.

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ome 25 percent of the children in the Wood River Valley are adversely affected by domestic violence, which can cause both diminished physical and mental health, according to Darrel Harris, social change coordinator for The Advocates. “It is nondiscriminatory,” Harris said. “It knows no gender, racial, religious, or financial status. For us to think that it only affects the poor is a misguided notion.” Harris, who has worked for 10 years for The Advocates, more formally known as The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, was the presenter at a March 24 Crisis Hotline training session on the “Effects of Domestic Violence on Children.” She was interviewed and provided her comments to The Weekly Sun prior to her presentation. "The children in households of domestic violence are showing diminished healthy brain development because they are living in constant fear and a perpetual state of high alert,” Harris said. “For this reason, numerous studies have shown the prefrontal lobe [of the brain] does not develop normally, as it would for a child living in a peaceful home. “Even if the violence in the home is only verbal, it still has a severe mental impact on the children in the home. There is almost no short- or long-term difference between physical and verbal abuse on children. Just getting through the day when they live in violence is difficult for them.” Harris said children in homes with domestic violence deal with an array of adverse effects. Infants and preschoolers can have poor sleeping and eating habits,

while elementary and middle school-aged children can have separation or stranger anxiety or show signs of aggressive or regressive behavior in the form of being a bully, or being bullied. Harris said high school-age children affected by domestic violence are more prone to truancy, substance abuse and early sexual activity. They can also have difficulty sleeping, difficulty tracking in class, are more likely to act on their emotions and are more likely to drop out of school. There is also a greater chance that teens that date will enter into an abusive relationship in the form of either sexual, physical, emotional, or verbal abuse. Further, some teenagers will choose to be homeless or "crash" at a friend’s house instead of living at home where the violence occurs. Harris said children subjected to domestic violence often adopt the behavior they witnessed as adolescents to carry forward into their own lives, either as the target or perpetrator of domestic violence. "The Advocates is here to help families change their lives,” Harris said. “We offer shelter and housing to women looking for a safe place to go with their children. We even accept pets, which is a big factor in why some women won't leave the violence in the home. “We also have job skills and financial empowerment classes that can help women regain control over their financial status. "There is never a reason to stay in a violent situation. Too many children silently suffer while living in constant fear in violent homes,” Harris said. “I always tell the mothers of children that are living with domestic violence, ‘You are capable of making decisions that are healthy for your family.’” tws

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man who has studied with the Inca of Peru for over 16 years, Fitch has educated hundreds of students in shamanic techniques. “She’s brilliant – world-renowned for her teaching,” Sommer beamed. “The opportunity to work with her here is incredible.” During the retreat, Fitch teaches various divination tools and techniques – a spectrum of methods from the classics, like tarot cards, to other techniques like journeying. “One of my favorite techniques is journeying: using your own internal ability to journey into different levels of reality using a drumbeat,” Sommer said. “The drumbeat alters your brainwave frequency so that you can go into a more dreamlike state that allows you to access different realms. There, you have the opportunity to have direct information and guidance for your life.” The retreat will encompass steps for successful manifestation, stillness practices for creation and divination, stone, shell, egg and leaf-reading practices, how to work in sacred time, adding personal medicine objects for individual wisdom, and much more. “We often outsource the wisdom we are looking for,

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will include a mix of open worksp pods for one to three employees, lar four to seven workers, and several con lounge seating areas. KIC reported that “tenants will ben ergy of working around other entrepre with our mentor force, and participati velopment workshops and classes hos Founded in 2014, KIC is operated Community Development Corporati from the City of Ketchum and priva is guided by a board of directors that City Council representatives, semi-r venture capitalists and business exper KIC describes its purpose as “both businesses and the hub of the entrepre in the Wood River Valley. KIC provid preneurs working to get their compan and grow them into sustainable bus high-quality jobs to the community.” “Since the KIC was launched two proven to be a fantastic resource for broader Wood River Valley entreprene said Rick LeFaivre, a KIC board memb larger long-term home is an exciting st the best small-town venture incubator

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u of your power, you just feel alive and everything you do with your power hapource of freedom, joy and abundance,” Sonia Sommer, pictured above, said.

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KIC is currently located in a 5,000-square-foot building at 100 Lindsay Circle in Ketchum that provides space for up to 10 companies. KIC Director Jon Duval said the relocation will allow the incubator to expand to house additional businesses. “This was actually our initial target for KIC because it’s in the perfect location and the building is a blank slate for us to create our dream incubator,” Duval said. tws

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ith only a few days left in the season on many rivers, it is time to get creative. The Big Wood River is closed to all fishing on April 1. Silver Creek is also closed to all fishing. Both rivers will open back up on May 28. Plan on the Big Wood being muddy for the opener, as spring runoff should peak sometime in May. Silver Creek should be phenomenal on the opener. In the meantime, the Lost River remains open to fishing all year long. Reports have been getting increasingly better on the Lower Lost. When the wind is down, the Midge and Baetis fishing has been excellent. When the wind comes back up, the fishery can be downright difficult. When this happens, switch to Nymphing techniques and cover the water thoroughly and be prepared to use a variety of flies. Be sure to have some Pheasant Tail Nymphs to cover the Baetis and plenty of Zebra Midges for the Midge days. Places to consider for the next few weeks include Carey Lake. This is an excellent time of year to catch a mess of bluegill for a fish-taco fry. Small Nymphs stripped through the water is all one needs. If you are in the area, the Little Wood in the desert stretch can be an OK place to wet a line and catch a few trout. It’s never gangbusters in this stretch, but it is beautiful and a great place to spend an afternoon. Carp fishing in the Snake is going to get better and better as the weather gets nicer. Get your Google Earth on and search for the shallow water flats found all over the Snake River reservoirs. Try to pick the calmest days so that you can see the fish working. Reservoir fishing in both Mackay and Magic should be getting really good. Warming water gets those reservoir fish hungry and thinking about the pre-spawn. They will want to fatten up. Fish near the river mouths and even near seasonal creeks. Anderson Ranch Reservoir and Little Wood Reservoir are also great places to check out and catch a variety of fish. Reservoirs can be fished from a boat, float tube or just off the bank. If you head out on the water, take a friend. Beware of the wind, and have proper floatation and emergency flares and whistles, just in case. Always check the weather first, and have fun. Happy fishing, everyone!

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pportunism is a big word with big consequences, both good and bad! How many times have you called your dog to come to you, he then looks at you and runs off to play with other dogs? At that very moment your dog thought to himself, “I can either go back to my owner, OR go play with the other dogs! What is the better deal? No brainer! Go play!” Or how about, “No one is watching and there is cheese on the counter! FREE TREAT!” Think it’s just your dog? It’s everyone’s dog. Usually, younger dogs are more opportunistic than older ones because they haven’t learned the consequences. Also, there are certain stages of development that are even more opportunistic. Between the ages of about 6 months and a year to 18 months, all dogs will try all the opportunities. This is when living with a puppy can become extremely hard. If you have not prepared your puppy ahead of time with strong obedience skills, this age can be overwhelming for most of us to live through. Where did the opportunism begin? It is a trait inherited from the wolf. Wolf packs do not go after the alpha bull moose unless it is the only meal available. They look for the weakest or youngest, or they will steal another predator’s meal. In fact, it’s the way of nature on almost every level. When we train our dogs, we must understand that unless you are always the better deal, your dog WILL choose whatever else makes him happier. Part of the trick to training is determining what makes your dog happiest, and what choices he will make. Then we, as the dog trainer (we are all dog trainers if we own a dog), will have to limit the dog’s ability to make the wrong choice, or we must live with the consequences. Those consequences for us can be a dog lost in the woods, a dog hit by a car while chasing a squirrel,

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If we don’t understand opportunism, teaching a dog to “Come” reliably, no matter what, is extremely difficult.

or a plethora of other mishaps that can be life-threatening or just annoying. What all this boils down to is: 1. Be sure to make yourself the better deal for your dog. Be sure you own the best treat or the best toy that your dog loves, and that you control it; and 2. Be sure you can limit your dog’s choices so that he is set up for success. It usually means a ballet of positive reinforcement and providing meaningful consequences and limitations. You and your dog cannot have success without them both. In the real world, every dog knows when he interacts with other dogs that if he is not respectful, the other dog will provide a con-

sequence, such as growling or nipping, or the game can end. When he is deferential to your commands, there should be a meaningful paycheck that YOU provide. For dogs to respect us, we must teach them to make the right choices, just like Mother Nature would, and always make ourselves the better opportunity. Fran Jewell is an 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.

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enjoy the transition between March and April. The sun is around for more hours of the day and the world just seems brighter to me. I like to keep a log of when the first plants, usually snowdrops, bloom in my garden. In 2015, they came up on March 8, which was really early. We did not have much snow that year and the weather all week, according to my log, was in the high 50s, low 60s. This year I saw the first snowdrops on March 22. Right now they look a bit bedraggled, though, because there is still a lot of snow on the ground and the weather goes from cold to warm and back to cold, with some snow flurries in between. Most snowdrops flower in winter, before the vernal equinox. They will even pop up with a layer of snow around them. Snowdrops really dislike mild winters and so it is next to impossible to grow them in places like Florida or Texas. They are not native to Idaho, but one of the native areas they originated from is the Caucasus Mountains, where old people living in the mountains

would eat the bulbs to strengthen their brain. An alkaloid from the snowdrop, Galantamin slows the development of Alzheimer’s disease. But it would take a lot of snowdrops, certainly more than I have in my garden, to treat all the people in the world who suffer from Alzheimer’s. Recently, scientists have discovered a way to create Galantamin artificially and now a medicine is readily available. For a long time there was overharvesting of the wild Gallanthus nivalis bulb, especially in the East Carpathians and also Ukraine. There are international quotas set to ensure that the export of wild specimens does not threaten their existence and the snowdrop has been on a restricted trade list for a long time. Nowadays, almost all of the bulbs are artificially propagated. My mother had snowdrops in her garden and I remember her getting so excited every year when the first blooms came out. She would  show me the flowers by gently placing her finger under the petals and lifting up the heads. That way you could see inside the tubular petals. This year I did the same thing. I lift-

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hildren and adults will have a splendid time at the new animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Zootopia.” The studio, mostly overshadowed by its sister company, Pixar, has created a winner of its own with an entertainment that also packs a couple of very relevant social issues. Set in a world of animals, “Zootopia” tells the tale of a young female bunny (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) that dreams of one day becoming a police officer, despite the fact that there has never been a bunny on the force. But this movie is a rallying cry for female empowerment, so the bunny, which goes by the name of Judy Hopps, finishes at the top of her class at the academy and finds herself on her way to the big city of Zootopia for a career as

a police officer. Zootopia is an animator’s dream of vibrant colors and eccentric neighborhoods like Sahara Square and Tundratown. The city is comprised of 10 percent predators and the rest prey, but in this utopia everyone coexists in peace. That is until 14 animals disappear and predators mysteriously become suddenly aggressive in nature. Judy, relegated to the position of meter maid, hopes for more challenging assignments. Through a series of plot twists, she hooks up with a con artist fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) and is given 48 hours to crack the case. What makes the film so successful is its ability to entertain both children and adults alike. Besides the wondrous animation, especially when Judy first arrives in Zootopia, there are funny riffs for the adults on films like “The Godfather.” A

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alena Hansen, a senior at Wood River High School, is fascinated with building things. Her crowning achievement has been to build a working prosthetic hand – something that earned her an A on her senior project. This semester Hansen is carrying a course load that includes engineering, Advanced Placement Physics and Calculus A and B, Government and College English. She is also a member of the Space Club and plays soccer and runs track for the Wolverines. But this future engineer has always liked building things. “I find machines to be so interesting,” Hansen said. “I used to do a lot of art, but now I’ve moved to engineering. “When I was a little kid, I was passionate about Legos. Then I would work with my dad at Ski Tek. We made custom shoe liners molded to the individual’s feet with cork. “My earliest memory was building miniature villages with my sister for ants and then destroying them,” she said with a laugh. “I also built a chicken coop in the backyard and I was on the robotics team for awhile, which was really fun. Then I designed a 3-D puzzle because I really like math and puzzles. Pretty much I like to make new things out of old stuff.” This year is Hansen’s fourth year in an engineering class. “The first year we learned basic engineering, like how to use software and gear ratios,” she said. “The second year we moved on to projects and that is when I built the puzzle. The third year we built a robot.

“Right now my project is to 3-D print a sterling engine which uses hot and cold water and compression gases. I’ve always wanted to learn about engines and I can probably get a working one out of my computer.” For her senior project last semester, Hansen designed a model in a 3-D modeling program, printed it and made a prosthetic hand. “Basically, it’s a harness with a ring and a cable running from the back which attaches to each of the fingers,” she said. “When the user bends his arm, it would close your hand. The result is that you can grasp objects and shake hands.” The hand was made from plastic and was created on a 3-D printer. Hansen’s presentation was a slide show about the design process and then a demonstration. “I did a lot of research on the anatomy of hands and then drew blueprints that went into a 3-D modeling program and saw that it all fit together and the ratios worked,” Hansen said. “It took three tries because there were some problems with the prototype, then it worked really well. “The reason that I did it was because I work with a lot of disabled people and wanted to work with a 3-D printer. The machine exudes a thin layer of plastic which you then layer into the shape you want. The hand took about 130 layers and the whole project took about three months. When it was done, I was pretty excited about the whole thing.” tws

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Caroll Spinney, left, with Kermit Love, who created the Big Bird costume from a design by the late Jim Henson.

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aroll Spinney has played two of the world’s most recognizable and endearing characters, Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, since 1969. “I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story” chronicles the life of the man behind the puppet. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is proud to present a screening of this sunny documentary on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m., inside Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. Spinney’s famous characters have touched generations of children for over four decades. However, few consider the man who brings these characters to life. “I Am Big Bird” traces Spinney’s journey from bullied childhood, to his earliest collaborations with Jim Henson, to celebrated performer and beyond. “This loving portrait peels away the instances that inspired his creation of Big Bird,” states a release from The Center. “As the yellow feathers give way to grey hair, it is the man, not the puppet, who will steal your heart.” Truly compelling is the film’s exploration of the technology behind the artistry. “Have you ever thought about how the person in Big Bird’s costume moves the eyeballs,



arms, head,” asks Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts at The Center. “How does he see out? Where do arms go if you are moving the head that tops out at 8 feet 2 inches? And would you have ever guessed that Big Bird has been played by the same man since 1969?” Get an inside look at Spinney’s masterful execution of his puppet’s mechanics. With practice and precision, Spinney constantly multitasks—his left hand running Big Bird’s mouth, his pinky flicking the eyelids up and down and his right hand moving the puppet’s wing. “The film speaks to Carroll Spinney’s dedication to an art form that many don’t even think of as an art form,” Bretall says. “Puppetry and acting both go back to ancient times and Spinney just happened to have the talent and timing just right as Jim Henson was bringing puppetry to television.” Spinney has received many awards for his work on Sesame Street, including four daytime Emmys, two Grammys and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Through an incredible archive of home videos and footage that dates back to the 1950s, Spinney’s biography offers humor, drama and heart. “What Spinney has brought to the role of Big Bird (and Oscar

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the Grouch, as well) makes one realize just how crucial the people in these costumes are—and that the reason we relate [to] a big yellow bird is because of the deep humanity Carroll Spinney brings to his character,” Bretall says. “Through Big Bird, he’s taught children kindness and compassion—and in this film, [he] reminds us that to have the wonder of a 6-year-old child is a gift.” The running time for “I Am Big Bird” is 90 minutes. Tickets for the documentary are $10 for Center members and $12 for nonmembers. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit or call 208.726.9491. tws

very year, chronic wounds caused by poor circulation, and other medical problems, including diabetes, keep 5-6 million Americans from doing the things they love to do. Due to the increasing burden of chronic wounds on society, wound care has developed into a medical specialty that saves lives, limbs, and healthcare dollars. Over many years, wound care has evolved from gauze dressings to modern treatments, such as: moist wound healing, collagen products, silver antimicrobials, growth factors, bioengineered tissue, negative pressure systems and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. St. Luke’s Wood River has a wound care clinic here to serve the Wood River Valley. Our team includes a registered nurse and physical therapist, and a team of providers including a physician and a physician assistant. We assess each patient and develop an individualized treatment plan in collaboration with other disciplines to achieve the best healing outcomes in the shortest amount of time. According to the American Diabetes Association, the lifetime risk of a foot ulcer in patients with diabetes may be as high as 25 percent. Diabetic foot ulcers are a major cause of morbidity and mortality, accounting for many nontraumatic amputations. Treating a diabetic foot ulcer involves addressing blood sugars, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney disease, offloading the affected limb, and blood flow. We often work closely with the primary care physician to optimize treatment goals. Risk factors for delayed wound healing:

• Diabetes mellitus • Neuropathy – lack of sensation • Shoes that do not fit well • Poor blood circulation • Smoking • Walking barefoot or just in socks with neuropathy • History of a blood clot in the legs • Being overweight • Long periods of standing • Lack of physical activity • Trauma to the legs • Older age – thin, frail skin • High blood pressure • High cholesterol • Poor nutrition • Lower leg swelling • Infection Do you have a wound that just is not healing? Some signs and symptoms of a wound that is not healing include: odor, itching, drainage, redness, swelling or pain for greater than three weeks. Our multidisciplinary approach looks at each individual and the conditions that affect healing, so we not only heal the wound, but decrease the chances of it recurring. We all live here locally in the Wood River Valley, except for our physician, who travels from Boise monthly. We also have telemedicine capabilities to supplement care, if needed. If you have any concerns or questions, do not hesitate to contact the local wound care center at St. Luke’s, 208.727.8889, or contact your primary care physician for a referral. All new patient referrals, please call 208.489.5800.

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‘BUG ZOO’ is accepting teacher signups

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is now accepting signups from teachers who want to bring their students to the 11th annual Bug Zoo, featuring “pollination superheroes” and running from Courtesy photo from April 30 through Sawtooth Botanical Garden May 12. The Sawtooth Botanical Garden’s “Bug Zoo” “Learn about will run from April 30 to May 12. hardworking bees and other pollinators,” said the garden’s education director, Kristin Fletcher. “Get up close and personal with old favorites like tarantulas, chameleons, geckos and snakes.” Student groups will be given an hour-long guided tour. Teachers can call 208.726.9358 for scheduling. Additional information on the Bug Zoo is available at The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is a nonprofit biological center located south of Ketchum along State Highway 75 at 11 Gimlet Road.


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‘EMDR in Therapeutic Counseling’ wednesday march 30

12:15-1:15PM / St. Luke’s Clinic / Hailey

St. Luke’s Center for Community Health presents a Brown Bag Health Talk focusing on “EMDR in Therapeutic Counseling.” Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic modality developed to resolve trauma-related stress and disorders. Gay Miremont, licensed clinical social worker, will explain how EMDR can help someone work through past experiences that may be dysfunctionally stored within a memory network and find more adaptive coping mechanisms. All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. The talk will be held in the Carbonate Rooms. Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs at 208.727.8733.

Snowshoe With A Ranger thursday march 31

11AM / Galena Lodge / Ketchum

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for summer bike camp. He atred Wesley DeK- tended school board meetings lotz, better known as and was on the Blaine County Wesley, 53, of Hai- School District Strategic Planley, passed from this world on ning Committee. Wes will be greatly missed Wednesday, March 16. Wesley was born in Los Ga- by his wife, Elise DeKlotz; Sophia Isabel, tos, Calif., on Dec. 10, 1962, children, to Fred DeKlotz and Judith Ana-lena Grayce, and Thomas Walker. He had a passion for Wesley DeKlotz; and his belearning and education – so loved dog, Tigger. Wes is also survived by his much so that he collected an as-sortment of degrees, in- mother, Judith Walker; facluding a bachelor of science ther and stepmother Fred and in mathematics and geology Renee DeKlotz; sisters Cara DeKlotz from HumFe d e r s p i e l boldt State and AnUn ive r sit y; Promise me you’ll a master’s in never forget me, drea DeKlotz Pitsengeotechnical because if I thought you barger and engineering would, I’d never leave.” step-sibfrom Unilings Ken versity of – Christopher Robin to Winnie the Pooh Moody and Cali-for nia, Cynthia Berkeley; Manchester. an MBA We sley from Portland State University; and a lived a life full of love and joy; teaching certificate from The he departed from this world College of New Jersey. He in- far before his time and will spired his own and other chil- be greatly missed by the many dren to pursue education to friends he made around the world. He was a rare, oncethe highest level possible. Wesley was a successful in-a-lifetime person who truly business owner and loved to made the world a better place travel. He lived in Mexico just by being in it. His family asks that those in and Asia for 10 years with his family prior to relocating to the community who loved him the Valley. Wesley loved the take a moment every once in Wood River Valley; on any a while to think of him while given day he could be found they are browsing the craft “shredding the gnar” on Baldy beer aisle in Atkinsons’, drivwith his countless friends and ing up to Galena to enjoy a family. He also loved biking, day of Nordic skiing, hiking hiking and rafting in the sum- up Baldy at sunrise, or walkmer months with his loving ing on the bike path with their pets. These are the places wife and best friend, Elise. Wes was a caring father and where Wesley will live on forferried his children and their ever, as well as in our hearts. A celebration of Wesley’s friends to ski team, school concerts and/or sleepovers. life will take place on June 12, Wes was on the executive 2016. board of Rotarun Ski Area and helped to coach young riders

Experience the magical winter landscape with an informative and free Forest Ranger-led tour of the Galena Lodge area. Learn about the fascinating history of the area, as well as the natural landscape. Join in every Thursday at 11 a.m. on the porch at Galena Lodge. Tours will depart at 11:05 a.m. and last approximately 1 1/2 hours and cover 1-2 miles. Because of the nature of this tour, please 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.

Tribute to Joe Bauwens thursday march 31 5:30-7:30PM / Silvercreek Art Gallery / Ketchum A tribute to Joe Bauwens’ body of photographic work is being held at Silvercreek Art Gallery, located at 331 Leadville Ave. in Ketchum. Hosted by Levie Smith and Silvercreek Art, the public is welcome. The tribute will take place at 6:15 p.m. For more information and to RSVP call Marybeth Flower at 208.720.6990.

Solar 101 Info Session

thursday march 31

6-7:30PM / Community Library / Ketchum Solarize Blaine presents: Solar 101 Info Session. Come learn more about the Solarize Blaine program, a local effort that’s making the installation of rooftop solar cheaper and easier than ever. Speakers will be on hand to explain how the program works, what equipment will be installed, local financing options and tax incentives. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be served. RSVP at solarize-blaine-presents-solar-101-info-session.

Fools Day Celebration

friday April 1

5:30-7PM / Liberty Theatre / Hailey

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Company of Fools (COF) invites the community to its annual Fools Day Celebration. This free community event will feature announcements of the dynamic summer season programming at The Center and of COF’s 21st season. The event will also feature homemade desserts, an opportunity to win COF 21st season tickets, music, wine, great company and festivities. At 6:15 p.m., The Center and COF will announce highlights of their upcoming seasons in true Fools Day fashion. “Fools Day began in 2005 as a way to thank our community and to share our upcoming work,” Core Company Artist Denise Simone explained. “It’s also a fun way to raise awareness of and celebrate our membership program – to emphasize how important membership is to the vitality of the organization and its year-round programing. In addition, membership allows for the first crack at some of the Valley’s most dynamic arts programming and you save money right away!” No tickets or registration are necessary for this free community event. Visit or call 208.726.9491 to learn more.

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events calendar ‘Climate Trauma’ – Presentation friday April 1 6:30-8:30PM / Sawtooth Botanical Garden / Ketchum Presented by eco-psychologist Zhiwa Woodbury, with an introduction by Jennifer Hope, “Climate Trauma: The Cure Is Found Close To The Wound” is a free, initial presentation intended for professionals in the fields of environmental advocacy, education, science and policymaking, as well as mental healthcare providers and holistic therapists in a respectful and heart-based atmosphere. Public presentation is intended to follow within a few weeks of this presentation. Light snacks will be provided. RSVP not required, but appreciated. Contact 208.720.5086 or for details.


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Ride, Stride & Glide Winter Triathlon Sunday April 3

9:30AM / Galena Lodge / Ketchum

Dust off the bikes and break out the running shoes; it’s time for the 15th annual Ride, Stride & Glide Winter Triathlon. Start time is 9:30 a.m. and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Ride a bike 10km, run 4.5km and ski 8.5km on the Galena Nordic trails. Cost is $45 for a two- or three-person team, or $20 for a solo participant. The fee includes lunch following the event. A shorter kid’s course will be available as well, and costumes are always encouraged. These will be the last days of the season for Galena Lodge. The Nordic trails will continue to be groomed by the BCRD; check out for current grooming information.

Dollar Dayz Celebration

Sunday April 3

11:30AM / Dollar Mountain / Sun Valley

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Come out and celebrate the final day of the ski season at Dollar Mountain. See the Cold Bowl Pond Skim, an always-popular local event, featuring adventurous skiers and riders taking turns as they attempt to make it across the “Cold Bowl.” Sign up for the pond skim starting at 9 a.m. (entries are limited). Email to learn more.

Astronomy At The Garden Sunday April 3 8-10PM / Sawtooth Botanical Garden / Ketchum Join Valley resident and longtime Magic Valley Astronomical Society member Tim Frazier for Astronomy at the Garden. Tim will have a “few” of his favorite telescopes on hand. Starting inside at 8 p.m. with a basic night-sky orientation, participants will move outside to observe “Oh Wow!” deep-sky objects, winter constellations and the moons of Jupiter and Earth. Kristin Fletcher, SBG education director, will share lore about constellations visible with the naked eye. Dress warmly for the weather and bring binoculars, if you have them. Space is limited to just 20 participants. Cost for Garden members is $5; nonmembers $10; children under 16 can participate for free. Call 208.726.9358 to pay and reserve a spot.

Signature Salon Concert Sunday April 3 6:30-9:30PM / Private Home Join Sun Valley Opera for an up-close-and-personal concert in a private home with bass baritone Richard Ollarsaba and pianist Mario Antonio Marra. Mr. Ollarsaba, a native of Tempe, Ariz., received his bachelor’s degree in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, where he studied under Mary Schiller. After singing the role of Sarastro in Mozart’s Die Zauberflote, Mr. Ollarsaba was reviewed by The Cleveland Plain Dealer as a “singer of exceptional ability” who “rolled out a bass of unusual beauty.” Richard was also a Metropolitan Opera National Council North Carolina District Winner, and took second place in the regional competition, and was a young artist with Chautauqua Opera, sang the role of Masetto in Piedmont Opera’s production of Don Giovanni and appeared as soloist with the Greensboro Symphony. In addition, he performed at the Tanglewood Festival and was accepted by Minnesota Opera as a resident artist. To buy tickets, visit or call 208.726.0991.

Hailey Chamber Quarterly Meeting Wednesday April 6 8AM / Community Campus / Hailey The Hailey Chamber of Commerce invites local businesses and the public to attend their Quarterly Meeting. The meeting will be held at the Community Campus, Minnie Moore room, located at 1050 Fox Acres Road in Hailey. Registration includes breakfast and ensures you a space in the meeting to hear an update on current Chamber projects. In addition, the Hailey Chamber is hosting a guest speaker from the U.S. Small Business Administration who will give an overview of the programs and benefits available to local businesses. Registration is $25 for nonmembers and $20 for members. Register today at For more information call the Hailey Chamber at 208.788.3484.

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