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Mayor Bradshaw Names Wagon Days Grand Marshals

Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw has named two prominent Valley arts advocates— Kathy and Patsy Wygle—as the 2019 Wagon Days Grand Marshals. For over 50 years, the Wygle sisters have been at the center of theater arts in Ketchum. On Aug. 31, they’ll be at the center of a parade—the Big Hitch Parade, which kicks off at 1 p.m. that day. Kathy Kathy Wygle served over 20 years at the helm of the nexStage Theatre, ensuring the tradition of theater and culture remains in Ketchum, introducing generations of community children to the arts. In 1977, she founded Laughing Stock Theater Company, and in 1992 became executive director of the Sun Valley Repertory Company, which later became the Sun Valley Performing Arts/nexStage Theatre. When the nexStage owners decided to sell, Wygle led a community effort to raise money and purchase the property. Years later, as she planned to retire, Wygle rallied the community again to raise funds. Tim Mott and the board of the nexStage mounted a campaign, which culminated in the construction of the Argyros Performing Arts Center. Patsy Patsy Wygle has been a theatrical force in the Valley for decades, too. She and her late husband, Keith Moore, began performing musicals for Laughing Stock in 1988. Although they were both New York City devotees, they decided to come out for a year to help Kathy run the nexStage. That was 12 years ago. While working and teaching at the nexStage, Patsy and Keith also headed the Upper School theatre program at Community School for six years. Wygle is led by the conviction that everyone should have the experience of art and theater in their lives. The Wygles continue to run Laughing Stock Theater Co. in Ketchum, producing the annual Shakespeare Festival and A Christmas Carol. They also run after-school classes and “Summer Stages,” a summer performing arts camp held in July. “Kathy and Patsy have made significant and lasting contributions to this community and its culture for many years,” said Mayor Bradshaw. “They are the perfect pair to celebrate at this year’s Wagon Days celebration.” The community is invited to honor the Wygles as the 2019 grand marshals at a reception on Friday, Aug. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Ketchum Town Square. Food and beverages will be available. A Barn Dance follows the event from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Ore Wagon Museum with music by Old Death Whisper. Wagon Days 2019 gets underway at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, with the traditionThe Wygle sisters, Patsy (left) and Kathy. Photo credit: City of Ketchum al reading of cowboy poetry at the Ore

AUGUST 14 - 20, 2019 Wagon Museum. The centerpiece event is the Big Hitch Parade, one of the largest non-motorized parades in the Pacific Northwest featuring museum-quality buggies, carriages, carts, stagecoaches and wagons. The Big Hitch Parade starts Saturday, Aug. 31, at 1 p.m. Weekend festivities come to a close after the Street Party following the parade with music by one of country music’s promising newcomers, Brandon Lay. For more information about the 2019 Wagon Days Weekend, visit:

Worthingtons Worthy Of Each Other For 60 Years

No gifts, please. That’s what the Worthingtons write on their invitation to the community to celebrate what will be their 60-year wedding anniversary, an event that will take place Saturday, Aug. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Community Baptist Church in Hailey. But at a time where roughly half of all married couples divorce and many couples prefer not to tie the knot at all, the idea that love can last past six decades may be the present many of us need. “We talk before we decide. We do things together,” Ken Worthington says about him and his bride, June. “We both have the travel bug. We’re both teachers. I think that’s one of the big things. Do things together.” Together, Ken and June Worthington raised Ken and June Worthington celefour children, Robert, DuWayne, Alan and Lollie. brate 60 years of marriage. Photo Together, they purchased 20 acres from Ken’s credit: Ken Worthington mother in 1980 and built a home there. They live there together today. Today, Ken enjoys playing and singing in the Valley senior centers and heading up Fiddlers Inc., the organization that sponsors the Idaho State Fiddlers Contest in Hailey each year. June stays at home and enjoys the grandchildren and church on Sundays. She has written two books and published a few poems. Ken and June met in Cambridge, Idaho, where they were teaching school. They were married there in 1959, moved to Oregon that year and taught there until they moved back to Ken’s mother’s farm in Gannett. Ken taught two years in Carey while June started the special education program in Blaine County. Ken attended library science classes and received a master’s degree from Utah State University, then worked as a librarian at Wood River High School until his retirement in 1996. June received a master’s degree in special education from Idaho State University and taught in a one-room classroom for special-needs children until she retired, after 23 years, in 1990. Although the Aug. 24 celebration runs all afternoon, the special program of songs and readings takes place at 2:30 p.m. When asked if the program would include a renewal of their vows, Ken said, “We haven’t gotten that far yet.” They have time.

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Suzanne Hazlett, an artist and co-founder of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour, works on her piece, “Maelstrom,” in her studio in Ketchum’s light industrial area. Hazlett’s studio will be among about 40 on the tour this weekend. For a story, see page 12.


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n alleged drunk driver’s failure to brake in time for a temporary traffic signal along Highway 20 has taken the lives of three little girls from Mountain Home. The incident has residents across the region emotionally reeling, with many contributing to an online fundraising effort to help the children’s father—who was also injured in the accident—cover funeral costs and medical bills. The Accident On Saturday, Aug. 10, at approximately 1:19 a.m., Blaine County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 20 at milepost 173, east of Hot Springs Landing. The collision occurred at the site of a temporary traffic signal for the Idaho Transportation Department’s bridge construction project south of Bellevue. Upon arrival, deputies located a white 1995 Dodge pickup truck in the roadway, with extensive front-end damage, which was driven by Matthew R. Park, age 46, of Fairfield. The second vehicle, a blue 2000 Dodge Neon, driven by Somchai Ray Lee Lurak, age 26, of Mountain Home, had extensive rear-end damage. Also in the Dodge Neon was front-passenger Emma Weigand, age 26, of Mountain Home, and three young female children in the rear seats: 6-year-old Aneena Lurak, 5-year-old Kya Lurak, and 3-year-old Drayka Emyka Rayshell. The two older girls died at the scene. The youngest child passed away later at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Boise. All three children were in carseats. From the investigation, deputies determined Lurak and his passengers were traveling westbound on Hwy. 20 and were stopped at the construction site. Park was also traveling westbound on Hwy. 20 and collided with the rear of the Dodge Neon in the westbound lane. Debris from the collision lay along the roadside through the weekend. The Aftershock Lurak (the father) was flown by air ambulance with serious injuries and is currently listed in critical condition. On a GoFundMe campaign page, Lurak’s elder sister Amanda wrote, “My brother is awake. He has been told about everything. He is devastated but is trying to keep his spirits up.” As of press deadline Tuesday, the GoFundMe campaign surpassed $27,000 in donations from more than 500 people in two days. “We had our grandson die in February and people donated. I am paying back. So so sad for your loss. I know there are no words to express the loss you are feeling,” wrote one of the donors, Mattie Vialpando, on the page’s public comment section. Weigand was initially transported to St. Luke’s in Ketchum. Weigand was later transferred to

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Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise for her injuries—a broken arm, according to a post by Amanda Lurak. Park, the driver of the Dodge pickup, appeared uninjured and declined medical assistance, the Sheriff’s Office said. The Aftermath Deputies reported Park showed signs of intoxication and was given field sobriety tests and provided breath samples. Park was arrested and transported to the Blaine County Detention Center and has remained in custody. Park was arraigned Monday afternoon on two counts of felony Aggravated Driving Under the Influence and three counts of felony Vehicular Manslaughter. Bail was set at $400,000. Prosecutors asked for bail to be set at $750,000. A preliminary hearing has been set for Aug. 22 in Magistrate Court. If probable cause that Park committed a felony can be established there, he will then be sent to Blaine County 5th District Court for arraignment, where he can make a plea and a judge could reset the bail amount.




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Bauer’s Career Bauer brings over 20 years of experihe City of Sun Valley has hired ence in the area to the job. He started as Wood River Fire & Rescue Cap- an on-call member of Wood River Fire tain Rich Bauer as its new fire de- & Rescue in 1994 and was hired in 1999. partment assistant chief, whose primary He became a paramedic in 2005 and was role will be to oversee operations of the promoted to captain in 2007, where he Ketchum Rural Fire District, a job that oversaw Wood River Fire & Rescue’s previously fell to the Ketchum Fire De- technical rescue or special operations partment. programs like rope rescue, avalanche Commissioners for Ketchum Rural re- rescue and swift water rescue. He was cently decided to end also the EMS training their contract with the for Wood River I’m grateful for the officer City of Ketchum and Fire. opportunity to work have their operations “I was super excitwith Sun Valley. They have ed for the opportunity overseen by the Sun Valley Fire Depart- a great leadership team when the position came ment. Part of the mo- and I’m excited for the to light and have been tivation for this move unique opportunity to lead really wanting to grow was to have Ketchum my leadership skills,” Rural’s own fire chief, the transition of Ketchum Bauer said. “I’m gratethe position that Bauer Rural into the Sun Valley ful for the opportunity Fire Department.” will be taking on. to work with Sun Val“One of my primaley. They have a great ry responsibilities is to Rich Bauer leadership team and I’m lead and manage the Sun Valley Fire Department excited for the unique volunteers that live at Assistant Chief opportunity to lead the the Greenhorn fire statransition of Ketchum tion and the Griffin Butte fire station and Rural into the Sun Valley Fire Departto take care of the rural water supply in ment.” Ketchum Rural,” Bauer said. Bauer, who started work one week Bauer’s Outlook ago, and the Sun Valley Fire Department Ketchum Rural will not see any break will take over Ketchum Rural operations or decline in service during this transistarting Oct. 1. Ketchum Rural covers all tional time, said Baur, who sees the tranrural areas of northern Blaine County sition as only positive and leading to even from East Fork Road north up to Galena better resources for residents. Summit. “If anything, there will be a higher level of service because the rural fire depart-



Sun Valley Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Rich Bauer. Photo credit: Rich Bauer

ment never had their own fire chief before,” Bauer said. “The level of service is going to be better. It’ll be a good thing for the community and will improve quality of life for all citizens.” Already members of Ketchum Rural are living at the rural fire stations and are trained on maintaining and using the apparatus. Many are high-skilled EMTs

who Bauer anticipates staying at their stations in their current roles. Bauer himself lives out East Fork, only two miles from the Greenhorn fire station, making him an easily available asset to the firefighters there. “I think it’ll be a seamless transition,” Bauer said. tws



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year, 86 percent of students were white and 13 percent Hispanic, compared to the now 54 percent of s schools Valley-wide prep for the start of enrolled white students and 42 percent Hispanic. a new school year, staff across the Blaine According to a recent article in IdahoEdNews, 39 County School District attended an Aug. 13 percent of Latino students in Idaho in grades K-3 meeting that featured Luis Cruz, a 30-year teach- read below grade level compared to 19 percent of er and administrator who co-authored Time for white students and only 24 percent of Latino stuChange, which examines how schools can better dents in Idaho scored proficient in math on 2018 close the student achievement gap experienced, standardized tests compared to nearly half of white just about, everywhere. students scoring proficient or above at 49 percent. The “achievement gap” refers to the disconnect A number of teachers have completed the ENL in student performance between the five student certification process or are in the process, includsubgroups: white, Hispanic, Limited English Pro- ing Wood River High School social studies teacher ficient (LEP), economically disadvantaged, and Maritt Wolfrom, who was instrumental in bringstudents with disabilities. There are 3,467 students ing Cruz to the Valley after seeing him speak sevin the district pre-kindergarten eral years ago at a conference. through 12th grade and the dis“Luis is charismatic and inMy hope is that he spiring trict has the job of ensuring that and has worked at a vadoes make us reflect riety of schools in California,” resources are allocated appropriately to each of these subgroups on our practice. Having Wolfrom said. “He challenges to ensure that all students suc- thoughtful leaders with a you to be reflective in your pracceed. bigger picture than Blaine tices and to look at your proceConcerns have been raised County School District dures and policies. He makes within the school district, paryou ask, ‘Are we perpetuating ticularly by parents and I-CARE helps us reflect.” any sort of stereotypes or rac(Idaho Citizens for Accountable, ism? Are the things we’re doing GwenCarol Holmes hindering or helping students?’” Responsible Education) that the Blaine County School district is not doing enough to Wolfrom came back from District Superintendent her original meeting with Cruz close this divide. “I would hope there’s concern inspired but overwhelmed, deabout it because our charge as given by the State termined to spread his message to the rest of the of Idaho and our Board of Trustees is to ensure all district. of our students master the state standards and go At Cruz’s presentation to the district—titled beyond,” said district superintendent GwenCarol “How Can We Collectively Create School Cultures Holmes. that Eliminate Gaps?”—he began by explaining Holmes describes a “perfect storm” of issues how he got into education and then delved into the in the school district that creates the achievement problem of explaining the teaching profession and gap. Among them, new rigorous standards from its difficulties to those not in the profession. Wolthe state combined with demographics that include from and Holmes agree that many in the district much more poverty and more diversity in ethnicity who criticize efforts made to close achievement and race. Holmes said another factor in the mix is gaps are unaware of the difficulties present and the a change in what is expected of educators. efforts being made. “It used to be expected that I taught the content The main message of Cruz’s talk is that schools or curriculum,” Holmes said. “Now it’s expected need to ensure that all students get what’s needed that I ensure that every child learn; there’s a differ- to succeed at high levels (i.e., grade level or highence between teaching and learning.” er). To do that, current educational systems never Another ingredient in the storm is a tight bud- designed to benefit all students need to be redeget, meaning the district can’t spend its way out of signed by changing policies, practices, procedures, the achievement gap problem. and mindsets. Policies and procedures need to be Nonetheless, Holmes and teachers within the equitable, not equal, in order to help the students district have taken certain measures to help bridge that need help the most, such as Spanish-speaking the gap, including how resources are budgeted or students stuck in the poverty cycle. (for needs of students versus equally across sub“There was a time when kids could be successgroups), more investment in English as New Lan- ful with a couple skills during an agricultural and guage (ENL) teachers, and investment in teachers industrial economy,” Cruz said. “We didn’t need getting ENL certifications. critical thinkers but people who could provide laA major contributor to the achievement gap, bor. Society has changed to a global/information Holmes acknowledges, is due to those who speak economy. Every child that walks into your classEnglish as a first language. This is in large part due room, into your office, into your school, has to to changing demographics. In the 2000-01 school learn at high levels today.” tws




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LOCAL ACCOUNTANT SAYS SHE’D BRING ‘FRESH PERSPECTIVE’ TO SCHOOL BOARD Alexis Lindberg will vie for Ryan Degn’s seat in November



t will be a Bellevue resident, a longtime Hailey accountant and a nonparent who will challenge for one of three open seats on the Blaine County School District Board of Trustees in November. Alexis Lindberg, a certified public accountant at Becker, Chambers & Co., P.A., in Hailey, announced she will be seeking election to the board seat currently held by Ryan Degn. Degn announced last month he would not be seeking re-election to the Zone 1 (Bellevue, Picabo, Carey) seat he was appointed to in October 2018. Lindberg vied for the seat back then, but was ultimately not selected by the school board to serve. When trustee positions need to be filled in non-election years, the school board vets and selects the replacement. Lindberg said she is focused on two key issues affecting the school district Valley-wide: the relationship between the superintendent and the trustees and the communication gap between the district and concerned parents, teachers and residents. “The perception by the public is that the superintendent is managing the school board and not the other way around,” Lindberg said. “I think I can get in there and relate to people and assess the situation in an unbiased way.” Regarding communication between concerned residents and the district, Lindberg said her biggest campaign promise is that she will be always listening. Lindberg said she is not formally associated with the vocal grassroots groups I-CARE (Idaho Citizens for Accountable, Responsible Education), but has been following their concerns closely over the last year.

“I will make it a priority to listen to the public’s comments, requests and suggestions, and bring those interests to the board and administration,” she wrote in her official candidacy announcement. As the Zone 1 representative, Lindberg’s other priority would be supporting the need for continued success at Carey School, which serves K-12 students in Picabo and Carey. “I don’t want people to forget how important that school is for this district,” Lindberg said. “Enabling Carey School to continue its long tradition of superior education and athletic success will be a top priority for me.” The fact that Lindberg does not have children in the school district is something she sees as a positive. “You don’t have to have children to understand how important it is to a community for children to have a good education,” Lindberg said. Instead, for Lindberg, it’s about being a concerned citizen. She described her interest in the school board position as a way of giving back to the community. “A trustee’s job of managing a multimillion-dollar budget, 500 employees, and 3,400 students requires strong executive skills, and I am eager to apply my skills in leadership and collaboration to improve public education in our county and restore public confidence in our school district,” Lindberg stated. The school district election is Nov. 5, 2019. Currently, only Kevin Garrison (Zone 5) has formally announced his candidacy. Ellen Mandeville (Zone 3) announced that she will not be seeking re-election this fall. CPA and Bellevue resident Alexis Lindberg. Photo credit: Alexis Lindberg

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Health Advisory Issued For Magic Reservoir: Harmful Algae

The South Central Public Health District (SCPHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a public health advisory for Magic Reservoir. Results from recent DEQ water testing show the concentration of cyanobacteria (sometimes called blue-green algae) in the reservoir are now at unhealthy levels and have formed a harmful algal bloom (HAB). This is the third health advisory issued for a reservoir in south-central Idaho. The first was issued on July 8 for Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir, and is ongoing. The second advisory was issued July 25 for Mormon Reservoir, and is ongoing. The public is advised to take the following steps to protect their health in all three reservoirs: • Avoid exposure to water in reservoirs under a HAB health advisory. Make sure children, pets, and livestock are not exposed to the water.

Do not drink water with a HAB advisory. Boiling and disinfecting DO NOT remove toxins from water. • Do not allow pets to eat dried algae. • If fishing in HAB water, remove all fat, skin and organs before cooking. Toxins are more likely to collect in those tissues. Wash hands after handling. “We are issuing an advisory because these toxins can be so damaging—especially for animals who drink or play in the water,” said Brianna Bodily, SCPHD public information officer. “Until this advisory is lifted, we urge you to choose a different reservoir to fish and recreate in.” HABs are not unusual in warm summer months and typically shrink quickly as the water temperature drops in mid to late fall. SCPHD will issue another press release when DEQ tests show Magic Reservoir, Mormon Reservoir and Salmon Falls Creek Reservoir are at safe cyanotoxin levels again.



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Hikers may have more connected open space soon if a Wood River Land Trust fundraising effort hits $500,000. Photo credit: Wood River Land Trust


Fundraising effort would expand Hailey Greenway to 468 acres



he Wood River Valley’s most prominent environmental protection group has launched a fundraising campaign to secure 118 acres of open space adjacent to Mountain Humane animal shelter and connecting it to the popular Draper Wood River Preserve. If successful, the effort would bring the Hailey Greenway to 468 acres, making it one of the most expansive protected areas for wildlife, community access, and connected floodplain in the Valley. “It could be a win-win for the whole community,” the Wood River Land Trust said in its statement to the press, which had been embargoed until Wednesday, Aug. 14.

together roughly 350 acres and a dozen projects that make up the Valley’s premier river access known as the Hailey Greenway. The area contains one of the rarest and most important habitats in the arid West: an emergent wetland. Fed by groundwater springs, the Croy Canyon wetland is a consistent source of fresh water and refuge for the area’s wildlife throughout the year. The property also contains an important migration corridor for elk and deer traveling south in the fall and north again in the spring. According to the Land Trust, studies have shown that 85 percent of all native wildlife species—both aquatic and terrestrial—require riparian and/or wetland habitat at some time during their life. This includes elk, waterfowl, songbirds, beavers, amphibious and fish species.

The Ecosystem The plan involves the Wood River Land Trust working with the Army Corps of Engineers, the City of Hailey, and Blaine County to remove the old fill material under Lions Park, enabling the river to once again flood the Croy Creek wetlands. “We know that this is the best chance to deal with the cause of the destructive flooding downstream in the Della View neighborhood,” says Scott Boettger, executive director for the Land Trust. “This property will help further the vision of the Hailey Greenway— bringing access to a healthy river, abundant recreational opportunities, and improved living for both wildlife and people.” For 20 years, the City of Hailey, local landowners, and other donors have been piecing

The Economics Like any piece of real estate, the open space comes with a price tag; specifically, $500,000. Already, $310,000 has been raised, but given the numerous other projects the Land Trust has in the pipeline, says spokesperson Matthew Steinwurtzel, the financial goal needs to be reached by Nov. 1. “We need everyone’s support to meet this goal,” Steinwurtzel said. The Land Trust has put together a six-page color brochure on the importance of the 118 acres. And on Wednesday, they released that information to the media and the public. On Thursday, Aug. 15, Mountain Humane will host a special event introducing the project. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Prospective donors can RSVP to Sarah@woodriverlandtrust.or or call (208) 788-3947. tws For more information on donations, visit

Bird watchers and other outdoor enthusiasts enjoy Hailey’s open space acres. Photo credit: Wood River Land Trust

Species large and small would benefit from the expansion of the Hailey Greenway, connecting 118 acres near Mountain Humane to the Draper Wood River Preserve. Photo credit: Wood River Land Trust



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Two Fire Chiefs, Two Retirements

Both the Hailey and Wood River Valley fire departments will be replacing their chiefs this fall. The City of Hailey announced it will bid farewell to Fire Chief Craig Aberbach, who retires on Sept. 30. Wood River Fire & Rescue announced it’s saying goodbye to Fire Chief Bart Lassman, who retires Oct. 3. Lassman served the department for 34 years. Aberbach took his position with Hailey in 2013. The Weekly Sun is planning an in-depth story on the duo in a future issue.

F-18 Jet Alarms Some Valley Residents

That was not an earthquake, a thunderstorm or someone breaking into your car on Sunday. That was an F-18 fighter jet flying over the Wood River Valley, taking off from and landing at Friedman Memorial Airport. The sound set off some residents’ car alarms and rattled people’s dishes in their china cabinets, according to comments made by the public on the airport’s Facebook page. “The sound of freedom!” wrote one commenter. “Absolutely awesome,” wrote another.

An F-18 graces the Friedman Memorial Airport runway. Photo credit: Friedman Memorial Airport

St. Luke’s, Valley Golf Clubs Team Up To Raise Funds

St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation and the Elkhorn, Bigwood, Sun Valley and Valley Club women’s golf committees will co-host the 2019 “Rally for the Valley” women’s golf fundraising tournament. Event organizer Marilyn Hofman said, “Everyone wants to keep the donations local. This year we’re excited about playing to donate to the Emergency Services Endowment in support of the extraordinary care our board-certified emergency doctors and staff provide to our community.” At last year’s Rally for the Valley, about 90 women played 18 holes of golf while also raising over $37,000 for St. Luke’s Women’s Health. Proceeds from this event were used to help purchase an MRI breast system for St. Luke’s Wood River’s Women’s Imaging Center. With golfers competing in costumes and with decorated golf carts, this year’s Rally will be held at the Elkhorn Golf Club on Tuesday, Aug. 20. The public is invited to play or participate in a social hour following the tournament. If you are interested in participating in the tournament or social event, please contact Tate Mills, (208) 622-2271 or

Chamber’s After-Hours Event To Focus On Women-Owned Businesses

The Chamber of Hailey and the Wood River Valley is inviting businesses and the public to attend a special Women in Business “Business After Hours” session at the Pure Body Bliss Studios at 91 East Croy Street, Suite B, behind The Mint, in Hailey. It will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Pure Body Bliss Studios was founded 13 years ago with the goal of helping people be healthier and happier, especially focusing on women. That’s why co-owners Alysha Oclassen, Jacqui Terra and Gabby Rivelo have decided to focus this month’s Business After Hours on empowering and connecting women in the local business community. “We really love to help build up women so that they can become stronger than they think they are,” Alysha said. “But while our mission is to empower women, we are absolutely there for our men folk, too. They are always welcome.” The community is invited to attend this free

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monthly event to find out more about Pure Body Bliss, to meet local business owners and to catch up on Chamber-related news and events. Food and beverages will be provided, and don’t forget to bring your business cards to enter a special “BAH” raffle. For more information about Pure Body Bliss Studios or to get involved with the Women in Business BAH, please call (208) 720-3238, email or contact The Chamber at or (208) 788-3484.



Update: Sun Valley Summer Road Work

In the fall of 2017, Sun Valley voters approved a $17.5 million bond for road and pathway improvements throughout the city. Construction activities have been under way for the second year of the four-year program. As the project moves into the neighborhoods, residents should expect minor and temporary delays due to single lanes. Here are the latest updates from the city: Traffic Updates Flaggers and/or a pilot car will be at Prospector, Proctor, Wedlen, Mayleaf, Bluebell, Hardrock, Lupine, Blue Grouse, Independence, Fireweed and Thistle directing traffic around construction operations. Roads will remain open to traffic at all times. Week Look Ahead The CRABS (cement recycle asphalt base stabilization) rehabilitation process will occur on Prospector, Proctor, Wedlen, Mayleaf, Bluebell, Hardrock and Lupine. Prospector, Proctor, Blue Grouse, Independence, Fireweed, Thistle and Hardrock will be paved. A new curb and gutter will be installed along South Village Way. Roadway culvert replacements and drainage improvements will continue on Lupine. What To Expect Work is generally anticipated to occur between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Night and weekend work is not expected. Work will include, but not be limited to, general construction noise, dust, equipment backup alarms and ground vibration. Access to residences will remain open at all times, although access points may be shifted to accommodate construction.

Ketchum Woman Arrested For Felony Domestic Battery

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, at approximately 2:45 a.m., deputies from the Ketchum Police Division of the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a possible domestic incident at the Crestview Apartments in Ketchum. Upon arrival, officers found Katherine Alexandria Brown, age 26, of Ketchum, attempting to leave the scene in her vehicle. Upon investigation, officers also found a 32-year-old male with visible injuries from an alleged domestic altercation with Brown. Brown was charged with one felony count of domestic battery and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence (excessive). Brown is being held in the Blaine County Detention Center pending arraignment.

Hunger Coalition Poses Matching Gift Challenge

Through the month of August, The Hunger Coalition is matching donations, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000, thanks to a generous matching donor. They have currently raised $32,369 of the $50,000 needed from the community to unlock the matching gift. The organization is seeing a record demand for its services across nearly all of its programs this year. In April, programs associated with The Hunger Coalition hit an all-time high in the number of families accessing food from their food pantry. The only way these programs will continue to answer the growing demand for healthy food access is through community generosity, the coalition said. Donations can be made directly on The Hunger Coalition’s website: donate/ or checks can be mailed to 121 Honeysuckle St., Bellevue, ID 83313.

Luke Mauldin. Photo credit: Melodie Mauldin




n a time of increased emphasis on STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] and its career paths, Luke Mauldin is an unabashed lover of the arts. At just 15 years of age, Mauldin pursues this passion through whatever means he can, splitting his time between singing, acting and drawing, both in and out of the classroom. As a sophomore at Wood River High School carrying a 3.5 grade point average, Mauldin’s schedule is replete with opportunities to hone his technique as he takes classes in choir and art in addition to biology and geometry. “I’ve been in choir since eighth grade, and I’ve loved singing for as long as I can remember,” Mauldin said. “Both my mom and dad are actors and they do a lot of musical theater, so it’s always been in my life.” With a father trained in classic opera and a mother committed to acting, Mauldin certainly grew up in an environment that encouraged his artistic inclinations. In addition to singing, he began his acting career at a young age. “My first production was when I was seven, and I was in The Music Man at the nexStage Theatre,” he said. “That was my first production—I was Winthrop—and I’ve been doing it ever since.” Since then, Mauldin’s repertoire has grown significantly. This summer alone he just completed a read-through of Fiddler on the Roof with St. Thomas Playhouse, and he is looking to audition for a production of Cats. “I really enjoy the musical theater aspect,” Mauldin said. “You get to let go and just get into a rhythm a lot. I really enjoy that it’s all part of a story.” Mauldin’s love of art stretches beyond traditional forms of drawing and acting to the undeniably modern. Like most teenage boys, he enjoys video games—but for an entirely different appeal than the simple act of playing.   “Video games are art,” Mauldin said. “They’re just moving art that you get to control a part of. Animators are artists creating different worlds, which interests me so much. That would be one of my dream jobs.” Regardless of the medium, Mauldin’s attitude has crystallized as he has found his community of genuine art lovers in the Valley. “The arts are important, and they’ve taught me that, more than anything, what’s important is being who you are and letting go of anything that isn’t you,” Mauldin said. tws

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oppers! That’s the name of the game right now on all of our area fisheries. We’re seeing big numbers of grasshoppers on our waters, and the fish are taking advantage of an easy meal. The hoppers are big and plentiful, and best imitated with a large foam pattern like the Morrish Hopper in size 6, 8 and 10. All colors are effective—orange, yellow, tan, olive, etc. One of our favorite colors is pink! Give it a try!

Lots of other patterns will work. Don’t be afraid to experiment or use tried-and-true patterns like the Dave’s Hopper (it’s incredibly effective on the Big Wood). Be sure to use the appropriate leaders and tippet when hopper fishing. Leaders of 7.5 to 9 feet in 2X and 3X are good choices. You need a heavier leader to turn over large, wind-resistant flies, and heavier sizes will prevent breakoffs from aggressive eats. On Silver Creek, savvy anglers favor fluorocarbon over monofilament; fluoro is much more abrasion resistant, and that is critical when a toothy 22-inch brown eats your hopper! The Tricos are still strong on Silver Creek, although the action has been starting later with the recent cooler morning temperatures. Small BWOs continue to be mixed in with Tricos, so keep an eye out for these bugs and be ready to switch patterns. As mentioned, the hopper fishing on Silver Creek has been quite good. If the afternoon looks warm and windy, get down to the Creek! Anglers on the Big Wood are catching fish on a variety of flies—hoppers, small attractor dries and caddis, copper johns, zebra midges, princes, hoppers, and even streamers. With the above-average flows on the river and the cool nights, the Big Wood has been a fantastic fishery. We’re looking forward to the Western Red Quill (Hecuba) in a few weeks; it should be special! Now is the time to explore the waters of Copper Basin and the Upper Big Lost. Cover lots of water and fish your favorite hoppers and attractor dries. Keep an eye out for flying ants… big cutthroat love them! The Lower Big Lost is still high at 420 CFS, but some good fishing can be found. Hopper/ droppers, skating craneflies, and double nymph rigs are all great choices. It’s a great time to be an angler here in the Wood River Valley! Happy fishing, everyone!

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ost people think separation anxiety occurs when their dog becomes destructive when they leave the dog home alone. The reality is that separation anxiety begins long before that. Sometimes it begins when a dog starts following an owner around the house, never letting the owner out of its sight. Other clues about the beginnings of separation anxiety can be a dog that constantly asks for petting or leans continually on the owner. The dog may even sleep on the owner’s feet or constantly “needs” to be in bed with its owner. Feeling that this is affection, or “bonding,” many owners freely return the demand for affection, unknowingly engaging the dog in further “needy” behavior and dependence upon the owner to soothe the dog’s discomfort. In essence, this is a clash of our basic species characteristics. What we humans see as affection and support and nurturing can in fact be devastating to an insecure dog, furthering the dog’s dependence and ultimately creating fear and anxiety in simple daily living. The more nurturing we see ourselves and the more we adore the dog’s need for us, the worse the dog’s anxieties can become, the more dependent the dog may become. At this point it becomes incredibly tempting to take your dog with you so it doesn’t feel left out or destroy the house. Then, all of a sudden, leaving the dog in the car while an owner runs into the store becomes a barking nightmare while the dog screams for the owner to return, terrified of being left alone. The owner quickly returns to the dog to stop the barking which, unfortunately, lets the dog know that barking is a successful way to get the owner to come back to the car and even further perpetuates its dependence upon the owner. Pretty soon the owner cannot leave the dog in the car at all, because now the barking has turned into tearing up the interior of the car when the dog is overwhelmed with fear. Simple everyday tasks become a nightmare for the owner because the dog has become so destructive, afraid or anxious while the owner is gone. Where this all began is in the very simple gestures that are unrecognizable as demands for petting and subsequent cooperation by the owner. The owner unwittingly tells the dog in those simple gestures that he likes the dog’s needy behaviors. The need becomes obsession, and the obsession becomes dangerous anxiety attacks for the dog when its owner is gone even for brief moments. While not petting the dog is not the answer, paying attention to how we humans nurture independence is important. Petting and giving love to a dog that is lying nicely in its bed by the fireplace lets the

Photo credit: Fran Jewell

dog know that you like him comfortable by himself. Calling the dog over when the dog is engaged in independent behavior to give him pets still allows the owner to be affectionate, but nurtures the dog’s independence. Have a party when leaving the house, with special treats, instead of having a greeting party when returning. It lets the dog know that the owner being gone is a good thing. Coming home should be no big deal and not worth the anxiety of anticipation. While separation anxiety is a huge problem for many dog owners, it can be helped with dedication and consistency. Most of the time it can be prevented. Seeing the signs early can help us to examine our behaviors with our dog to see if we are encouraging healthy independence or dependence. Once it has started, an owner must be willing to potentially make changes in the way they demonstrate their affection, among other important things. As with almost all canine behavior problems, an ounce of prevention is always worth a pound of cure—and new furniture or car interiors! If you see the beginnings of separation anxiety, seek qualified professional help before the problem becomes dangerous and very difficult to stop. Seek canine professionals with certifications from well-known organizations with extensive experience. 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.





arry Lopez (an American author best known for his books on natural history and the environment) writes in The Rediscovery of North America, “I remember a Nunamiut man at Anaktuvuk Pass in the Brooks Range in Alaska named Justus Mekiana… I asked him what he did when he went into a foreign landscape. He said, “I listen.” Barry goes on to write, “To approach the land as we would a person, by opening an intelligent conversation. And to stay in one place, to make of that one, long observation a fully dilated experience. We will always be rewarded if we give the land credit for more that we imagine, and if we imagine it as being more complex even than language.” I thought of these words as I sat on a log in a sunny meadow brimming with an assortment of wildflowers. I gazed around me and saw penstemon, bog orchid, buttercups, tiny yellow violets, monkshood, and gentians, to name a few. Scattered amongst these were bushes of elderberry, the white blooms transitioning to dark purple berries. Just with the few flowers I mentioned, several flower families were represented: the orchid family, the buttercup family, the lily, rose and pea family, mint parsley and borage family, figwort and composite family. When I looked up all of the families of flowers, I was astonished by how many were present in just a small meadow. Within all of these families were serrated, lobed, linear, plus many more shapes of leaves. There were diskflowers, rayflowers, racemes, tubular,

Leslie Rego, “Meadow,” watercolor.

funnel-form, and umbel-shaped flowers. The roots of every type of plant differed, running the gamut from bulbs to rhizomes to tubers. And this was just the flowers! I looked around and thought of the complexities of the different types of trees. On the edge of the swaying grass were aspens, western Douglas firs, willows, and lodgepole pines. One great big Douglas fir spread its branches in the center of the meadow. There were sulphur butterflies, swallowtail and checkered butterflies, plus many other insects and bugs. And then there is the teeming

underground life! Language is complex. Nuances abound in speech. There are different interpretations of almost everything we utter. But as I looked around and listened, I realized that nature goes beyond language to a place of extraordinary intricacy. 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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hatever special alchemy governs fireflies in Connecticut, it is the long humid days of July when the cauldron bubbles most. Two minutes from my in-laws’ house is a damp meadow, ringed by various layers

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and levels of trees. When it gets completely dark, we pull our car to the side of the road, climb out, and stand. It takes a couple of seconds for the headlight shine to loosen its grip on vision, but I hesitate to say that your eyes ever adjust to what’s in front of you. The collective noun for beetles (which

The Lampyridae are a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera with over 2,000 described species. They are soft-bodied beetles that are commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous use of bioluminescence during twilight to attract mates or prey. Photo credit: Bruce Marlin, public domain photo, accessed via Wikimedia

fireflies are) is colony or swarm. I think hallucination is more accurate. Looking across the field is like standing next to an enormous and full stadium at night, where all of the people are taking pictures with the flash on, and somehow you have grown to gargantuan size. This feeling is most obvious when one of thousands of fireflies lights up within inches of your face, its disorienting proximity bends space, adding a kind of immediate relief as the near beetles pop out and the others recede. Little living lights flicker on the ground, in the grasses, throughout every level of the visible canopy, and in the air, an incessant mixture of stationary pulses and miniature tracers. Somewhere there are frogs croaking, but it doesn’t seem to be right here. In fact, fireflies produce this dizzying array of lights without any noticeable sound, which adds an ethereal quiet that somehow manages to muffle the entire space. I am almost overwhelmed with questions: How many are there? Where do they spend their days? Why don’t we have these in Idaho? Why does this all end in July? How does someone actually study this? What did the American Indians think of these displays? This onslaught has an interesting and tangible reverse effect on me, which is this: I actually don’t want to know the answer to these questions.


Paper Recycling The Right Way!

Old habits are hard to change, but change they must! We used to toss all kinds of paper into our recycling bins— those days are OVER! Hamilton Manufacturing in Twin Falls, a family-owned company since 1962, founded on environmental citizenship, buys our paper recycling. Their process only works if it is the correct material. They need office paper and newspaper, which can be watered down and “melted.” Glossy or waxy paper (magazines, postcards, milk cartons, etc.) does not melt; paperboard (cereal boxes, egg cartons, etc.) might be recyclable in the future if we do the right thing now. We need to remove the glossy advertisement page from COX inside our newspapers, and the clear plastic window from our envelopes.

If we change our ways and send them just what they need, we can continue to sell our newspapers and office paper to them. They create superior recycled products sold nationally and internationally in the areas of insulation, erosion control and others. From our waste they can produce organic, nontoxic and biodegradable products. We can be a part of this valuable process with minimal effort. Please, be intentional about your paper recycling, and ensure the Wood River Valley’s role in this important industry! Narda Pitkethly Ketchum resident





ating more fruits and vegetables is a great way to improve your nutrition. It can be as easy as adding fruit to a bowl of cereal or adding grated carrots and zucchini to pasta sauce. These tips can help you get started. Make it easy • Keep a bowl of fruit within easy reach on the kitchen counter or your desk at work so that you can grab a piece of fruit when you’re hungry. • Buy packaged, ready-to-eat fresh vegetables and fruits. These cut down on preparation time. • Keep dried fruit on hand for a snack that is easy to take with you when you’re away from home. • Use the microwave to quickly cook vegetables. • Pump up the flavor • Dip raw vegetables in low-fat salad dressing, hummus, or peanut butter. • Toss raw or cooked broccoli and cauliflower with lowfat Italian dressing and Parmesan cheese to make a flavorful side dish. • Roast vegetables and fruits to bring out their flavor. Just drizzle them with a small amount of olive oil and bake them in the oven until they are tender. • Season cooked vegetables with lemon juice and a small amount of olive oil. For extra flavor, add fresh herbs such as basil, tarragon and sage. • Try baked apples or pears topped with cinnamon and honey for a delicious dessert. • Stay focused • Keep track of how many fruits and vegetables you eat each day. You are more likely to eat more fruits and vegetables if you write down how many servings you get.


• Have a goal. Start with small goals you can achieve easily. Then set larger goals as you go. For example, you might want to start by eating one extra serving of fruit or vegetables a day. When you have achieved that goal, your next goal could be to include an extra serving of fruit or vegetables at most meals. • Take small steps • Mix sliced fruit or frozen berries with yogurt or cereal. • Add apple chunks, pineapple, grapes or raisins to tuna or chicken salad. • Make fruit smoothies by blending together fresh or frozen fruit, fruit juice and yogurt. • Add dried or fresh fruit to oatmeal, pancakes and waffles. • Add lots of colorful vegetables, such as red cabbage, carrots and bell peppers, to green salads. • Top salads with dried cranberries or raisins, or with sliced pears, oranges, nectarines, strawberries or grapefruit. • Add extra vegetables, such as grated zucchini or carrots, spinach, kale and bell peppers, to pasta sauces and soups. • Add lots of vegetables to sandwiches. Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and avocado slices are flavorful choices.

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Believe me, there are lots of questions I do want the answers to: What’s up with all the shark sightings? Where are the jellyfish? And why has it been such a ‘cougar-y’ year at home? But the case of the fireflies is different. Even as they conjure up a thousand questions, each burning as intensely and bright as the earnest little beetles in this field, there is something in their mystery that I don’t want to know, that I don’t want known. It is like a living wave of pure curiosity washes over me. Just as their winking appears to bend the physical space in front of me, they also expand my mental space, creating a truly awe-inspiring mysteriousness encapsulated in my final responses to one of my family’s questions: “Why do they do this?” “We don’t really know.” I let that linger, as the pat response of “communication” seems so completely unsatisfactory and simplistic in relation to the scale of what is happening in front of us. Then I add, “But they do.” As I said, a hallucination of fireflies. Harry Weekes is the founder and head of school at The Sage School in Hailey. This is his 47th year in the Wood River Valley, where he lives with his wife Hilary and their three kids—Georgia, Penelope and Simon—a nice little flock.





ey there! It’s the Blaine Bug Crew again, coming at you with another noxious weed! This weed is called Russian knapweed and it is all over deserts, mountains and many more dry and arid places. As noxious weeds go, it is a rather new invader to Blaine County. Russian knapweed is a perennial plant that reproduces mainly by creeping roots. In addition, a single plant is Russian knapweed is a deep-rootcapable of producing ed long-lived perennial. Some more than 1,200 seeds. stands have been in existence for These seeds vary in 75 years. It forms dense colonies color from gray to ivo- in cultivated fields, orchards, pasry and are produced tures, and roadsides. Public domain from August through photo accessed via wikimedia September. The erect stems are openly branched and typically 45 to 90 cm tall. The leaves are oblong on the upper part of the plant and become deeply lobed the closer they are to the root crown. Russian knapweed produces many flowers, which range in color from pink to blue. Flowering typically begins in June and continues through September. Russian knapweed forms dense infestations across habitat types in the arid West. It is a significant pest of rangelands, roadsides and waste areas, and can invade grain and other crops. There are two new biological control agents. The bugs that kill Russian knapweed are Jaapiella ivannikovi, which is a gall midge, and Aulacidea acroptilonica, a gall wasp. These bugs will help us get rid of Russian knapweed. If you know of a Russian knapweed outbreak, don’t hesitate to report it to the Blaine County Weed Department at (208) 788-5574. Thank you—and may you have a weed-free day!


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hirty-five percent of respondents in a recent annual Gallup poll that dates back to 2002 identified real estate as the best long-term investment option compared to 27 percent who identified stocks. The top choices included real estate, stocks, savings accounts and gold. Even with the remarkable prices of the different U.S. stock indices recorded in 2019 through April and May, homes have the highest confidence in the minds of the respondents. This seems to be based on the stability of the housing market and the expectation that home prices will continue to rise. Homeowners build equity from both appreciation as well as reducing principal with each payment made. These same factors exist for investors of rental homes in predominantly owner-occupied neighborhoods. Real estate has another dynamic working to produce favorable investment results due to leverage. Leverage occurs when borrowed funds are used to control an asset. When the borrowed funds are at a lower rate than the overall investment results, positive leverage occurs, which can increase the yield from an all-cash investment. Gold and savings accounts must be funded with cash. The maximum borrowed funds allowed for stocks is 50 percent and, generally, at a rate higher than typical mortgage rates. Homes are a particularly attractive investment because you can enjoy them personally by living in them. The interest and property taxes are deductible, and gains on the profit are excluded up $250,000 for single taxpayers and $500,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. Many people consider an investment in a home for a rental property an IDEAL investment: Income, Depreciation, Equity Build-up & Leverage. If you have questions or are curious about the process, contact me at or (208) 309-1329.


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Highway 75 Roadway Repairs Set For Remainder Of August

The Idaho Transportation Department will begin repairs this week on Idaho Highway 75 on various stretches of roadway between milepost 118 and 132 on both north and southbound lanes. Weather permitting, crews are anticipated to complete work by the end of August. “We are working to fix areas of the highway which saw substantial damage over the lengthy winter months, including the corner of Elkhorn Road in Ketchum,” said ITD area foreman Brad Lynch. “This should improve the driving experience for motorists throughout the Wood River Valley.” Some areas will require a detour while work is being performed. Motorists are advised to exercise caution and follow signs which will be in place to safely direct drivers through the area. Repairs are expected to take place between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Work will not be performed over Labor Day weekend.

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Cindy Kirk works in a studio at her home in the mid-Valley. Kirk will be welcoming visitors during the Wood River Valley Studio Tour. Photo credit: Kirsten Shultz


Seventh Annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour To Be Held



he seventh annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour serves a trifecta of participants, said Suzanne Hazlett, participating artist and co-founder of the nonprofit organization. The tour, which will take place Saturday and Sunday throughout the Valley, and includes several associated events, is unique in that it brings people to the artist to view the process, enjoy the space and even purchase something if it catches their fancy. “It’s an invitation to our community to step into a studio, not as a retail experience, [but] immersion experience,” Hazlett said. “We’ve always wanted to serve the artist by presenting them in a professional way. For visitors, we want the experience to be approachable. It can feel intimidating to approach artists, and daunting if you lack understanding. But when you’re standing there alongside the maker, hearing about how they were inspired to create, all that melts away. And we serve our sponsors who make this possible. We want to serve each of those elements.” Each studio has its own personality, and medium. There are painters, sculptors, tile and leather workers, photographers, mixed-media artists, jewelers and woodworkers. “Some of the studios are quite spectacular,” Hazlett said. “Some are rather modest. It’s good for visitors to see what’s possible. Some are within homes, or small outbuildings on their own property. It doesn’t take a commercial space to become invested in one’s creative self.” As well, there will be five plein-air artists who work outside. They will be set up together on the east side of River Street, with easels. Every event is open, with free admission, including the Mosaic Project exhibit at the Ketchum Innovation Center, which has been “extraordinarily supportive,” Hazlett said. “With them, we created social media markets for the artists. We want the artist to use their own voice; it’s another opportunity to have exposure, try something new, and experiment.” Hazlett said they receive calls and emails from artists who are new to the Valley. The organization also has a “verified list of more than 220 professional visual artists in the Valley, which is 1 percent of the population,” she said. The only criteria for the artists is that they must live and work in the Wood River Valley. This year, there are a few newcomers to the tour. Cindy Kirk, who makes fashionable leather purses and satchels, heard about the tour only last year. Another artist encouraged her to participate. “I just kind of jumped in,” Kirk said. “That’s the way I roll.” Kirk, a trained seamstress, made her first bag about six years ago. “But I needed to get beyond the hobby stage,” she said. “I was totally self-taught, so there was a lot of trial and error. In 2017, I really went for it, and am now in six stores. I call myself a seamstress-designer-manufacturer-entrepreneur, not a leather craftsman.”

A piece by Sally Metcalf is made from bigleaf maple bark with woodpecker holes. The bark was sustainably harvested and dried. Metcalf then soaks and bends the wood into shape, before pinning it with handforged copper pins, and waxed linen, in a method known as twining. Photo credit: Sally Metcalf

Kirk’s studio is at her home in the mid-Valley. She said she will have a small table outdoors with refreshments for visitors. Some artists may have locations outside the corridor, and will have the “luxury of fewer visitors, so may offer demonstrations,” Hazlett said. “Some studios might have hundreds of visitors. We greet and discuss, answer questions. That’s the whole point.” Another newcomer is Sally Metcalf, a fiber artist. Sally and her husband moved to the Wood River Valley two years ago from the McKenzie River Valley in Oregon. “One of my criteria for finding a new home was a thriving art community in a small town that I could get involved with,” Metcalf said. “The tour seemed like a good group and I was very pleased that I was able to join.” Metcalf, whose studio is in Hailey, said she “dabbled in most mediums until I found my passion in basketry. I have been weaving for almost 30 years and I still get so much pleasure and satisfaction out of gathering and manipulating materials into beautiful objects. I think people who see my work are genuinely amazed that basketry can be so much more than containers for laundry, fruit or pencils.” Rather than functional, Metcalf’s finished baskets are sculptural art pieces. “What’s fun and special is we do have evolving and changing artists every year,” Hazlett said. “Avid followers will find a different experience, as artists have evolved, but also participants change.” A new tour program makes its debut this year, too. Designed by graphic designer Judy Stoltzfus, of Hailey, it’s full of photos, information and maps to each of the studios. “What’s emboldening about participation is that it’s an opportunity for other people to take their art seriously,” Hazlett said. “This is us, this is our community. The artists want to receive those visitors. It’s really something that is essential, to me, and has always been important.” tws


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9:30AM-1PM / Adams Gulch / Ketchum Sponsored by Mountain Humane, Hikin’ Buddies gives hikers an opportunity to take a shelter dog for a hike, or hang out and socialize with the smaller dogs. Just north of Ketchum, turn left at Adams Gulch and follow to trailhead to pick out a buddy. Adoptions are available onsite, as well.



10-11AM / Sawtooth Botanical / Ketchum Discovery Club, for children ages 2 to 5 and their adults, will meet to explore, do yoga, and interact with the Garden and each other. The Botanical Garden is located at 11 Gimlet Road. The program continues through Aug. 21. For more information, contact or call (208) 726-9358.



5-8PM / Redfish Lodge / Redfish Lake Music from Stanley presents live music on the front lawn, next to Redfish Lake, every Sunday from 5-7 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m. Food and beverages are available at Redfish Lodge.


JAMES MCMURTRY LIVE 8:30PM / The Mint / Hailey

The great singer-songwriter James McMurtry will play at The Mint, upstairs. He will be joined by Bonnie Whitmore, a country singer from Texas who grew up touring with her family. For tickets, visit



10AM-5PM / SV Center / Hailey Sun Valley Center for the Arts Creative JumpIn series will offer a two-day beginner class on how to create custom leather sandals that are perfect for summer. Sandals 101 – “I Made Them Myself!” will be held at The Center in Hailey. For more information or to register for this two-day class, visit or call The Center’s box office at (208) 726-9491.



6:30PM / Forest Service Park / Ketchum The Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival and Laughing Stock Theatre Co. will present one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved comedies over seven nights. Audiences may sit in bleachers, or in their own chairs, at the park. Refreshments and picnics are welcome but don’t pop any champagne corks during the show. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. The show will continue on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 21, 23 and 24. For tickets, call (208) 721-7048 or visit




Campeones del clima como Jay Inslee y Yo vemos oportunidad en la nueva realidad de la energía. Los costos de la energía solar han bajado tan dramáticamente que un propietario podría ahorrar $400-600 por año al conseguir por solo tener un proyecto solar para la comunidad. En un proyecto solar para la comunidad, propietarios individuales, en lugar de pasar por el gasto de poner un arsenal solar en sus tejados, alguien mas se encargue de construir un proyecto que pueda crear energía solar con menos costoso. El propietario se compromete por adelantado como suscriptor para tomar una parte de la energía procedente de la planta solar para compensar su propio uso de energía residencial. El promedio que utiliza una residencia es un estimado de 11.000 kWh (kilovatios hora) por año y la gente no save que entre más energía utilizas en Idaho, mas paga. En mi factura actual del verano, los primeros 800 kWh de electricidad. Al mes mis usos de casa cuesta 8.54 centavos por kWh y los siguientes 800 kWh cuestan 10.27 ¢ por kWh. (Que es por lo cual el cambio de bombillas de luz, instalación de aislamiento y sellado de ventanas que están goteando hace mucha diferencia en el bill- ser eficiente en la energía ayuda mantener el costo mas bajo. La mayoría de los proyectos comunitarios están diseñados para que los propietarios de viviendas Obtengan un ahorro al tener energía solar; 2-4¢ energía solar reemplaza kilovatios por kilovatios uso de poder regular de un propietario residencial ¢ 8-11. El propietario no recibe esos electrones reales, como la energía solar consigue colocar en los cables de transmisión con una mezcla de otras fuentes de generación, pero la utilidad mantiene seguimiento de los kilovatio por hora que el propietario generado en el poder de la planta solar de comunidad y deduce los kilovatios-hora de su factura mensual de electricidad hogar. En Idaho, los gobiernos de la ciudad y el condado pueden ser propietarios en proyectos de energía. Hay un proyecto solar comunitario propuesto en del Condado Glendale Road y sitio del puente, por, creo, $1 al año de renta al condado. Pero si el Condado de Blaine hiciera este proyecto solar para la comunidad, ya sea en este sitio o en Ohio gulch, podría crear ahorros en el presupuesto del Condado y para los propietarios. He añadido los presupuestos del condado de Blaine para la electricidad en el 2019 y parece que el costo anual de el bill electric es de aproximadamente $117,000 con los cobros recientes. Tomaría cuatro acres de una granja solar para la comunidad que generaría alrededor de 800 kilovatios de energía solar para provenir 100% del consumo de electricidad del condado. Esto tal ves podría hacer el proyecto un poco mas grande y crear lugar para que los propietarios pudieran comprar subscripción para comprar energía y ahorrar con los cobros de luz. Tal ves podrían dividir el proyecto y reservas parte para los propietarios de ingreso bajo con tarifas aun mas bajas. Creo que seria orden de pre venta para los propietarios que querían ayudar al condado financiar el proyecto. Imaginen poder ayudar a ciudades que tienen planta de alcantarillado y este tipo de proyectos. Ellos también pueden encontrar ahorros para sus ciudades también.


HAILEY FARMERS’ MARKET 2-6PM / Main St. / Hailey

Each week, Wood River Farmers’ Markets bring together consumers with regional farmers who offer organic and locally grown foods. The Hailey Farmers’ Market takes place on Main Street between Carbonate and Galena streets and offers comradery, fresh produce, crafts, and other items.



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4PM / SV Center / Ketchum Just prior to the free Evening Exhibition Tour of “Mirage: Energy, Water, and Creativity in the Great Basin,” guests are invited to view historical photos and help The Center to fill in the blanks. At the very least, it promises to be a fun trip down Memory Lane. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate The Center’s 50th year of service to this community,” said Kristin Poole, artistic director at The Center. “We’ve uncovered some great history and many hilarious photos, and now we’d appreciate the community’s help in sharing their memories and helping us identify some of the people and events of the past.” Photographer Laura McPhee will attend this exhibit and discuss her photographs, which will be displayed. For more information about this special event, visit or call (208) 726-9491.

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6:30PM / SV Pavilion / Sun Valley

11AM-5PM, 10AM-5PM / Various / Ketchum



The Sun Valley Music Festival (formerly Sun Valley Summer Symphony) will continue with its free programs held at the Sun Valley Pavilion. On Saturday, enjoy the ever-popular “Pops Night: Music of George Gershwin,” and on Sunday, it will be Mason Bates and “Music Inspired by Outer Space,” with vocalist Sasha Cooke. Monday is Musicians Choice Chamber Music. For the full schedule, visit

The annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour is underway with its Mosaic Project Online Auction. Friday through Sunday, it will host the Group & Mosaic Project Exhibition at the Ketchum Innovation Center, 180 6th Street West. For more information, see story on page 12, and visit wrvstudiotour. org.



6:30PM / Mahoney’s / Bellevue Hurdy Gurdy Girls will open the show this week, followed by headliner country music singer/songwriter and recording artist McKenna Faith. The shows are always free, and family-friendly. Mahoney’s is on Main Street in beautiful downtown Bellevue.



11AM-1PM / Silver Creek / Picabo The Idaho Conservation League will host a guided nature walk at Silver Creek Preserve to explore the natural world with The Nature Conservancy. For information, visit



7PM / Sawtooth Brewery / Hailey



Sequestrado will play outside at the Sawtooth Brewery & Tap Room on River Street in Hailey. There is never a cover for the Brewery’s summer music series.

6-9PM / Lefty’s / Ketchum


Music on Lefty’s sunny deck will continue all summer. On Saturday, see Ian Timony, and on Sunday, Hat Trick will perform. Lefty’s is located at 231 6th St. E., in Ketchum.


5-7PM / Pure Body Bliss / Hailey


The Chamber of Hailey and the Wood River Valley will host a special Women in Business BAH at Pure Body Bliss Studios at 91 East Croy Street, Suite B, behind The Mint, in Hailey. Pure is co-owned by body workers Alysha Oclassen, Jacqui Terra and Gabby Rivelo. “We really love to help build up women so that they can become stronger than they think they are,” Oclassen said. “But while our mission is to empower women, we are absolutely there for our men folk, too. They are always welcome.” Guests may meet local business owners and catch up on Chamber-related news and events. Food and beverages will be provided, and don’t forget to bring your business cards to enter a special “BAH” raffle. For more information contact Pure at (208) 720-3238, or or call (208) 788-3484.


1-3PM / SNRA / Ketchum Discovery Stations will be held at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Visitor Center, north of Ketchum. These are free, hands-on, family-oriented learning stations focusing on different aspects of the SNRA. For more information, call (208) 7275000.



10:30AM-5PM / Elkhorn Golf Club / Sun Valley



There will be free live music in Town Square this week. Enjoy the bench- and artfilled public space, Leroy’s Ice Cream and much more.

Elkhorn will host a women’s golf fundraising tournament with proceeds going to Emergency Services. Golfers play in costumes with decorated golf carts. The public is invited to play or participate in a social hour following the tournament. For more information, contact Tate Mills at (208) 622-2271 or



7PM / WR Campground / Ketchum

2-6PM / River Run / Ketchum

5-7PM / Town Square / Ketchum



Join Sawtooth National Recreation Area specialists for talks on nature and more. For more information, call (208) 727-5000.

Wood River Farmers’ Markets bring together consumers with regional farmers. The Ketchum Farmers’ Market takes place weekly at its new location in the lower permit lot at scenic River Run. Along with fresh produce and crafts, there will be live music, food trucks and more.



9:30PM / Silver Dollar Saloon / Bellevue Live music is every Friday at the iconic Bellevue saloon. There is never a cover, and a free ride home is available should you need it.





9:30AM / SNRA Visitor Center / Ketchum

5:30-7PM / Sun Club / Hailey

There will be a ranger-led nature hike at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area Visitor Center, north of Ketchum, along the Harriman Trail, exploring the history of the area, and looking for plants, signs of animals, and birds. Junior Rangers and families are welcome. For more information, call (208) 727-5000.

Men’s meetings second and fourth Tuesday each month. Both genders are invited to attend on the first and third Tuesday each month. All meetings are held at The Sun Club, 731 N. 1st Ave., Hailey.

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“When we are healthy and strong ourselves, we are better able to take care of the people in our lives who are important to us. We are also better members of our community. That’s why self-care and self-worth are so important,” said Alysha Oclassen. Alysha founded Pure Body Bliss Studios in Hailey 13 years ago to help people be healthier and happier. The experience of being the sole proprietor of a small business has been, in her words, “incredible,” but after becoming a mom a couple of years ago, Alysha was ready for a change. That’s why she is delighted to now have Jacqui Terra and Gabby Rivelo as business partners in the movement and massage studio. “For anything to grow, it has to change,” Alysha said. Offering Pilates, yoga, dance training and massage, Pure Body Bliss has a team of 10 instructors and therapists. Every member of the team is a female, which is fitting because empowering and connecting women especially is at the core of what Pure Body Bliss is all about. “We want to support women. When women come together and support each other, it’s magic,” Alysha explained. “When we stay true to our sisterhood, instead of being and speaking negatively about each other, we can all be amazing. How cool is that?” Alysha and Jacqui primarily grew up in the Wood River Valley and the former dancers had performed together many times with Footlight Dance Centre. Their love of movement led them rather naturally into careers as yoga and Pilates instructors. Jacqui is also a certified transformational life coach. The two have teamed up to form Wanderful Bodies, which offers soulful exercise and travel retreats and videos. Gabby is fairly new to town and her energy and enthusiasm have meshed well with the team at Pure Body Bliss Studios. The three women have created a partnership that Alysha said is “really nice, comfortable and kind,” and has inspired her with “how amazing we can be when we work together.” Getting more women to work together is the theme for the August Business After Hours, which Pure Body Bliss Studios will host on Thursday,



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The Classic Sudoku is a number placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so that each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once. From left to right: Jacqui Terra, Alysha Oclassen, Gabby Rivelo. Photo credit: Mike McKenna

Aug. 15, at 91 East Croy Street, Suite B, behind The Mint, in Hailey. The BAH will run from 5-7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Women business owners are especially invited. “We really love to help build up women so that they can become stronger than they think they are,” Alysha said. “But while our mission is to empower women, we are absolutely there for our men folk, too. They are always welcome.” For more information about Pure Body Bliss Studios or to get involved with the Women in Business BAH, please call (208) 720-3238 or email

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