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Sun Valley Tour de Force selects Hunger Coalition as beneficiary


By Eric Valentine

t’s the organization that feeds the Valley that will reap the benefit of one of the Valley’s newest and most generous nonprofits. Sun Valley Tour de Force announced last week that The Hunger Coalition has been named their next event beneficiary. Sun Valley Tour de Force received roughly 20 applications from local nonprofits of all sizes, each of them vying for the coveted partnership, which includes two years of donations, marketing support, public relations, and an introduction to new donors from outside the Valley. “We were thrilled to see so many organizations apply for the partnership,” said Maya Blix, co-producer of Sun Valley Tour de Force. “There are many deserving organizations in the Valley and it was a true pleasure to learn more about those missions and the wonderful people working tirelessly every day to advance their impact.” Sun Valley Tour de Force, which will be held July 23–25, 2020, includes three days of events for drivers, sponsors and guests. Events feature high-speed runs at Phantom Hill, the Huckleberry Drive from Ketchum to Smiley Creek Lodge, hosted sponsor events, the downtown car show packed with rare collectibles, supercars and adoring fans, and the Saturday evening Cars & Comedy, the chief fundraising event of the weekend hosted at Limelight Hotel. The Hunger Coalition (THC) currently serves over 18 percent of the county—just under 4,000 people, half of whom are children—and manages over 10 food-related programs, including a food pantry, community farm and garden, and children’s food An architectural rendering of The Hunger Coalition’s planned facility in Bellevue. Photo credprograms. While the organization is currently serving one in six local people, studies it: The Hunger Coalition show that one in three are considered food insecure or one crisis away. In order to Partnering with Sun Valley Tour de Force comes with countless benefits. THC will close this gap and double the number of people it serves, THC is transitioning to a new property that will triple its size and provide more stigma-free opportunities for gain exposure to a new audience of donors, build stronger community awareness and locals to access food. The dream is of an updated facility and expanded farm, com- association with a professionally produced, reputable event. The benefits of this partmunity kitchen, heated greenhouses, and a discounted grocery market. With plans to nership will long outlive the event itself. When harnessed properly, this opportunity offers recipients the possibility to create lifelong break ground on this dream in May of 2020, this donors and take an organization and the people it partnership comes at an essential time for the orserves to new heights. ganization. We are at a pivotal phase in our organization.” “We are proud to help promote The Hunger Coa“We are at a pivotal phase in our organization,” lition and we know that our drivers and guests will said Jeanne Liston, executive director of The HunJeanne Liston, feel confident giving to such a worthy cause,” said ger Coalition. “With the demand for stigma-free Executive Director of The Hunger Coalition Whitney Werth Slade, Sun Valley Tour de Force programs like Volunteer for Veggies and Bloom co-producer and Intrepid Events, Inc., president. Truck on the rise, we are determined to provide In October 2019, Sun Valley Tour de Force presented its first beneficiary, Idaho more opportunities for our neighbors to access food in dignified ways and be a part of BaseCamp, with a donation worth over $100,000, which included a check for $65,000 a multidimensional solution to food insecurity. “This incredible opportunity with SVTdF will help propel us forward to meet this and a 2018 Ford Sprinter van. In 2018, its first year, Sun Valley Tour de Force donated ambitious goal, and we’re excited to welcome SVTdF guests into our Good Food Com- $16,000 to Idaho BaseCamp. munity.”

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Mountain Humane Has New Leader Of The Pack Annie McCauley promoted from development director to executive director By Eric Valentine


he Valley’s world-class animal shelter may be nearly 40 years old, but its new leader, who has been taking family vacations here just as long, views it as a startup. “We reinvented ourselves when we moved into the new building and we’re still in our startup phase,” said newly appointed executive director Annie McCauley. “We’re still learning how to live in our building, how to align our budgets to the new facility; we learn every day.”



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‘The Weekly Sun’ Sets, ‘Wood River Weekly’ Rises Longtime Valley paper reemerges under new ownership By Eric Valentine


ou may have noticed something different in the news last week: The Weekly Sun wasn’t a part of it. Well, we’re back, under a new name and under new ownership. Some things have changed and will change. Other things haven’t and won’t. Some Things Change Let’s start with what you’ll notice first: the new name. The Weekly Sun is now Wood River Weekly. We hope you like it, and we feel it captures the spirit of our paper. We understand the importance of covering the entire Wood River Valley, from north of Sun Valley and Ketchum all the way to Picabo and Carey. Similarly, we’ve changed our logo to something a little retro and unexpected. It reflects our propensity toward covering the expected in hopefully a unique but approachable way. And then there’s new owners, longtime Valley residents and veteran Weekly Sun staffers Chris Seldon and Mandi Iverson. Yes, the people who have designed the newspaper for years and have been the managerial backbone of each issue and special edition now own it and run it. Seldon is also a local volunteer firefighter and Iverson a fifth-generation Valley resident. Both have done graphic design for several Valley publications in addition to The Weekly Sun over the years. Some Things Don’t We believe in a solid balance between news coverage and lifestyle stories. We wanted to keep it that way, so we’ve made sure to bring news editor Eric Valentine and arts and events editor Dana DuGan along on this journey. Valentine, an award-winning com-

munity journalist and marketing copywriter, has been with the paper this past year. He brings a particular voice to the paper we wanted to keep intact. DuGan, a longtime Valley resident, has had her finger on the pulse of this Valley for decades as an award-winning reporter for multiple publications. She is a valued resource and liaison between the Valley’s thriving art world and the audiences who seek it. Patty Healey, a 40-year Valley resident, remains our copy editor, kindly reminding us of proper AP style, when to use or not use serial commas, and reviewing every single feature and blurb we publish for not just typos or errors, but whether an element or a note seems missing. Some Things To Look For Our paper’s tagline—“Your Voice In The Wood River Valley”—is not empty words. To be your voice means we need to listen, to you, the reader. We don’t write stories for the politicians or the producers. We write them for the residents, visitors, business owners and audiences. So, when an issue is being covered that doesn’t capture something you feel is important, or if an issue you feel is important isn’t being covered, let us know. We can’t run every story requested, but we can promise that no letter to the editor will go unread. Our emails are on page 3 of this paper each week. Use them! Soon you’ll see that our social media and online presence will expand. Don’t worry, we don’t plan to or want to digitize entirely. We believe in the kinetic and visceral pleasure of picking up a newspaper and reading it over a cup of coffee in your favorite spot. We also believe a user-friendly website and viewer-friendly social media platforms play important roles in keeping a community informed. For more information about contacting us with questions or concerns, editorial or advertising-wise, please check out page 3 and get in touch. It’s how we will stay in touch with the community we love.


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Mayor-Elect Martha Burke becomes Mayor Martha Burke at a swearing-in ceremony last week. Photo credit: Kiki Tidwell

Burke Nominates Government Teacher To Hailey City Council

Hailey Mayor-Elect Martha Burke is filling the seat she left vacant with a high school government teacher. Burke nominated Heidi Husbands, a government teacher at Wood River High School who has lived in Hailey for more than 20 years. At its Monday, Jan. 13, meeting, the city council gave their official nod of approval. Burke held the council position herself since 1994, but vacated it when she was elected mayor in November. “Husbands demonstrated during an interview with Burke that she has held a lively interest in local government during her residency in Hailey, expressing a sound, balanced knowledge of Hailey politics, both past and present,” city officials said in a statement to the press. According to the city, Husbands resides in northwest Hailey, which is an area of town currently not represented on any of Hailey’s boards. Prior to living in Hailey, she lived in a 300-square-foot residence in Ketchum. Other business discussed at the council meeting included Mayor Burke’s nomination of a Planning & Zoning Commission member to fill the seat left open by Sam Linnet, who was elected to council in November. Interviews for that seat are still in progress. A dozen Hailey residents submitted interest to Mayor Burke to serve on various boards or as a city council appointee, the city said.

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The ladder truck that was at the center of Ketchum’s fire department overhaul dilemmas last year will be an instrumental piece of equipment for a nonprofit out of Jerome. In 2019, the City of Ketchum purchased a 2019 Pierce Ascendant Aerial Ladder Truck to replace the 1987 Sutphen Aerial Platform Ladder Truck. The 1987 ladder truck was taken out of service when the aerial tower component became inoperable. Enter Care Convoy, based in Jerome, which is a project of Global Peace Partners, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization dedicated Neil Bradshaw (Ketchum mayor), to bringing improved medical Todd Jaynes (Care Convoy), Gordon care, training and emergency Carter (Charity Anywhere Founresponse teams where they dation), Lieutenant Keith Potter are needed most. They find (Ketchum Fire Department), Bill places for items that are no McLaughlin (Ketchum fire chief), longer being used. Specifically, Michael David (councilmember) and Courtney Hamilton (councilmemthe truck is being donated to a ber) send off Ketchum’s 1987 Sutfire department in Agua Prieta, phen Aerial Platform Ladder Truck. Mexico. Keith Potter was a firefighter in Jerome and aware of this organization. Keith made the arrangements for the donation.



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Gray V. Gray Will Go Away

According to the Blaine County Courthouse, the case between incumbent Ketchum Rural Fire District commissioner Jed Gray and his challenger Gray Ottley will be dismissed at the request of Ottley’s lawyer. Official paperwork, however, had not yet been filed as of press deadline Tuesday. Ottley trailed Gray by one vote after November ballots were tallied, but when it was learned that the election had certain anomalies, including incorrect ballots and possible duplicate votes, the challenger felt it appropriate to take the matter to the courts. “I was pleased that Gray decided to withdraw his complaint. It probably would have led to another election, which would be an expense to the county and the taxpayer,” commissioner Jed Gray said. “I applaud his efforts and thank him for allowing me to move forward in my efforts with the district.” Gray said he has been working with the county to make certain the election anomalies do not occur in any future election. “This just goes to show you, your vote counts,” Gray said.

Fish & Game Uses Non-lethal Means To Move Mountain Lion

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The Center Focuses Scholarships On Arts, Humanities

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is letting students and families know that applications for its 2020 Scholarship Program are now available; the deadline for submission is Thursday, Feb. 20. Now in its 22nd year, The Center awards five different types of scholarships to local educators and students (home schooled, public and private) to further their education in the arts and humanities. The scholarship program is made possible through funds raised at The Center’s annual Wine Auction and private donations. “To date, The Center has given $932,396 in scholarships to enable local students and educators to pursue their artistic passions,” said Katelyn Foley, director of Education and Humanities at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. “Every year I am amazed by the generosity of our donors. It is inspiring to see how this money transforms students’ lives and how thankful the students are for these amazing opportunities.” Applications and detailed information about The Center’s scholarship program can be found at Questions about the application process may be directed to Jordyn Dooley at or (208) 726-9491, ext. 126. Scholarship winners from 2018 show off their accomplishment. Photo credit: Sun Valley Center for the Arts

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Mike McKenna


By WRW Staff

typical day for Mike McKenna, executive director of The Chamber of Hailey and the Wood River Valley, is anything but typical. You could meet him up and down the Valley, anywhere from the cheery red Visitor Information and Welcome Center at the gateway to Hailey, to ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours gatherings, visiting with local business owners, and at special events from the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot to the blowout Fourth of July festivities. McKenna, literally, is everywhere. “It’s definitely never boring,” Mike said. “My favorite part of the job is that we are different things to different people. We strive to assist everyone, from first-time visitors to the area from all over the region and the country, to local businesses, to lifelong residents. We help market businesses, showcasing what makes this whole Valley unique and amazing, as well as our one-of-a-kind community. We want to enhance, highlight, and celebrate our amazing quality of life.” A typical atypical day involves “meetings, meetings, meetings,” Mike laughed, “with everyone from small business owners to political leaders, community leaders, and everyone in between.” It also involves picking up the phone, responding to emails, and chatting with people who pop into the Welcome Center with wide-ranging questions and requests. Need a recommendation of the right place for your family to stay while in town? Mike and his two colleagues have lots of ideas. Interested in learning how to Nordic ski? They will point you in the right direction. In town for a hockey tournament at Hailey Ice and need a place to feed the team? No problem. Have questions about a great spot for a birthday party or a wedding to remember? They’ve got you covered. “Those are the more common types of questions,” Mike explained. “Then there are the others. We’ve gotten phone calls asking for help in tracking down long-lost friends or wondering why a street hasn’t been plowed yet. Like I said, it’s never boring!” Mike, a Boston native, fell in love with the Wood River Valley as a young man after college, but the area caught his eye years before that. He explained, “When I was a kid, The Wide World of Sports was on one Saturday and they were covering the Nationals for skiing on Baldy. I remember stopping in my parents’ living room and thinking, ‘That’s the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life.’ Years later, after college, I drove through, but it wasn’t until I was living in Seattle that my friend proclaimed that he was ‘done with the rain’ and we moved here. My first job was working on a tree farm, landscaping.” He didn’t know it at the time, but Mike had roots in the Wood River Valley. “It turns out I have a great-uncle who was the first captain of the Idaho National Guard,” Mike said. And his roots deepened quickly when he fell in love with Brooke, a Wood River Valley native, at the Pioneer Saloon over cocktails and artichokes. Now, the two are raising fifth-generation Idahoans, sons Jack, 11, and Sam, 9. Raising his children in Hailey is one of Mike’s great joys. He coaches Sam, a Squirt hockey player, cheers on Jack, a Peewee hockey player, and

also coaches Jack in Travel All-Star Baseball Little League. A writer at heart and by trade, Mike also finds the time to keep up with several columns and is an award-winning journalist and author. Down time is spent pursuing his passion for fishing and anything that can be ridden on two wheels. Five questions for Mike: WRW: What are you reading? MM: Don Quixote. I’ve actually never read it and it’s great. The book I read before was by Christopher Moore, one of my favorite authors. I highly recommend him—very funny.

WRW: Any memorable date-night spots with Brooke? MM: We recently had two really nice evenings out, one a dinner at Ketchum Grill and one dinner at the Limelight Hotel before an event at The Argyros.

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WRW: What’s your favorite family fun spot? MM: The boys love Lefty’s and it’s always nice to enjoy the deck and live music at The Wicked Spud in the summer. WRW: Is it true that you’re something of a fishing aficionado? MM: I’ve written two books on fishing, including Angling Around Sun Valley (editor’s note: named the Best Book of the Year by the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association). I love to fish, whether it’s on the Big Wood, hiking up to Norton Lake, or on any of our world-class area waters. WRW: What’s your perfect day in the Wood River Valley? MM: I’m a warm-weather guy, so my perfect summer day would start with sleeping in and getting a great cup of coffee and some treats with my family at Hailey Coffee Company. Fishing would definitely be on the agenda next, followed by lunch outside. We have so many great al-fresco dining options, I’d have to see what kind of mood I was in before choosing. Getting a bike ride in would be the highlight of the afternoon, followed by a nice dinner and finding a great spot on the lawn to enjoy the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. Since it doesn’t get dark until after 10 p.m., I think I’d finish out the day sitting on my front porch with Brooke having a beer or a glass of Prosecco and watching the sun set. That would be pretty perfect. Next time you see Mike lining people up for a parade, starting the Turkey Trot, greeting visitors at the Welcome Center, or making the rounds up and down the Valley, be sure to say hello and ask him pretty much anything. “We really do believe there are no crazy or stupid questions. Just try us!” said McKenna with a laugh. Find out more about The Chamber at or call (208) 788-3494. This is the first in a new weekly feature in the WRW. If you would like to recommend someone that the community should get to know better, please email us at production@woodriverweekly. com with the subject line Someone to Meet.

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5:30-7PM / WRMS / Hailey

Parent and student Open House will be held at the Wood River Middle S seating. For more information, visit or call (208) 578-50



10AM / Regional History Museum / Ketchum

Regional History Museum in Forest Service Park will host the exhibit “C rated by Nicole Potter, Regional History Museum librarian, the exhibit fea Pacific Railroad Publicity Department during the 1940s and 1950s. These w into visiting Sun Valley for some winter recreation and relaxation.



5:30-6PM / St. Thomas / Ketchum

Taizé is a weekly candlelit service of meditative silence, song, and praye located at 201 Sun Valley Road.


SNOWSHOE WITH A RANGER 11AM / Galena Lodge / Galena

Matt Green and director Jeremy Workman on the streets in New York City in “The World Before Your Feet.” Photo credit: Greenwich Entertainment

Walk A Mile In His Shoes Sun Valley Center will present ‘The World Before Your Feet’ BY DANA DUGAN


ow well do you know your town? For over eight years, Matt Green, 39, has been walking every block of every street in New York City, encompassing five boroughs and more than 8,000 miles. And he’s not done. He figures he’s 98 percent there, with a few random areas yet to cover. Hosted by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, a documentary about Green’s walk, “The World Before Your Feet,” will be shown at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. Green will be in attendance at the screenings. In a scene from “The World Before Your Feet,” down“I’d always been a walker,” he said in a phone town Flushing, Queens, Feb. 4, 2013. Photo credit: interview last week. “I started a walking group; Matt Green we’d walk on weekends. I’d post and a dozen random people would show up and we’d go for dinner Workman, asked if he could walk along with his after.” camera. The walks became his raison d’être; the journey, “There wasn’t a plan to make a movie at first, the purpose. In 2010, he gave up his civil engi- but he shot about 500 hours, over three and a half neering job, his apartment, and most of his pos- years,” Green said. sessions and took off on a walk across the country. The film was selected for countless film festi“It took about five months,” he said. “I was vals, including South By Southwest, where it was thinking nine months, at about 15 miles a day.” picked up by Greenwich Entertainment. Jesse Once he started going, he got into a groove, and Eisenberg eventually came on as an executive prowas able to double his mileage to about 30 miles ducer. a day. I ask if he can conjure up a block just by hearing “It was so cheap. People let me shower, and the address, eager to see if he’d know my block. camp at their houses,” Green said. “When I got to “One interesting thing is that most of what I reIdaho, I crossed through the skinny part south of member, I don’t remember where I was. But I’ll Coeur d’Alene.” remember random details.” Oh well. Green found that you can learn about your town Now he leads walks in which he encourages or city by simply walking it, talking to people, tak- people to talk about what they’re seeing and expeing your time. Upon his return to New York, he riencing, and he does some teaching. was inspired to do the same in his own city. “People will have things to look at, and things to “That idea of just going to every block of a place talk about,” Green said. “Mostly, you walk with a stuck in my head,” he said. “I wondered, could I go destination, even if you have no deadline. It’s the to all five boroughs?” act of getting there.” Now, 39, Green began exploring both on the While in the Wood River Valley for the film ground and online. He posted about his walk. He screening, Green will present to students on Fricouch-surfed and even now doesn’t have an apart- day, and guide a snowshoe walk in the woods at ment of his own; he catsits instead. 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. “It’s just a normal part of my life now,” he said. Participants will gather at The Center to carpool “I work on the project every day, though what it to the destination together. The walk will be folconsists of has changed over the years. In the early lowed by an optional no-host gathering and chat days, every day I was walking a little, plus doing with Green at Galena Lodge for drinks and snacks. a bit of other stuff, researching all these things I To sign up for the walk, or to buy tickets for the was interested in. The balance has shifted. Now I two screenings, visit, or call do catch-up on the writing.” (208) 726-9491. In 2014, a friend of Green’s, the director Jeremy

Weekly Snowshoe with a Ranger tours run through March. Participants w a 1.5-mile, 2-hour tour exploring the history of mining at Galena Lodge an landscape. Tours are free to the public and open to all ages. Snowshoes can call (208) 727-5000.



5PM / Senior Connection / Hailey

Hosted by Karen Saks and Teresa Beahen Lipman, this will be a fun afte



6-7:30PM / Community Library / Ketchum

Author Greg Hoetker will read and sign his novel, “A Leg in Oklahoma unanswered questions that have long surrounded the 1995 Oklahoma City while also examining bigger questions about love, death, trauma and closu



6PM / Limelight Hotel / Ketchum

In the Lounge, enjoy free live musical entertainment. The family-friendly joy. Blaze and Kelly will be in town to play from Boise on Thursday; Doub Saturday; Kevin Ware will take the stage on Sunday; and Jimmy Mitchell w



7:30PM / Campion Ice House / Hailey

Over the course of two nights, the Suns will take on one of their most co week at home. The games will benefit Camp Rainbow Gold. Saturday’s ev retiring. Free admission for Cordes look-alikes; otherwise, tickets are $10 information, visit or



8:30PM / The Mint / Hailey The son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings literally spent his childhood on a tour bus, destined for a career in music. For two decades, he’s played hard rock and outlaw country music widely. For tickets, visit



9PM / Whiskey Jacques’ / Ketchum

Music at Whiskey’s will feature Dammit Lauren and The Well live! An a or at the bar.

School. Parents should arrive early for parking and 030.

Captured in Sun Valley” through the ski season. Cuatures photographs taken in Sun Valley for the Union were designed to entice and excite potential guests

er. All are welcome. St. Thomas Episcopal Church is

will meet on the porch at Galena Lodge before taking nd the winter ecology and tracking of the snowy n be rented at Galena Lodge. For more information,

er-work event with libations and snacks.

City,” which considers conspiracy theories and bombing. In the novel, Hoetker offers some answers ure.

y Lounge also offers a play room for families to enblewide will play on Friday; Carl Massaro will play will entertain on Monday.

onsistent rivals, the East Coast Gutter Snipes, this vent will honor sports reporter Jeff Cordes, who is for adults, $5 for kids over 5 years old. For more

alternative rock band, from Montana. For tickets, visit

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9:30PM / Silver Dollar Saloon / Bellevue

Music at the iconic Bellevue saloon will be DJ Diva spinning at 9:30 p.m. There is never a cover charge and there’s a free shuttle home for those who need it.



The ERC and Ann Christensen will host a winter tracking workshop beginning at the ERC office before heading outside on snowshoes through the fields and woods north of town. Participants should bring snowshoes, warm clothes, and water. Suggested donation $10/ERC members and $20/nonmembers. For more information, call (208) 726-4333 or visit



9AM-5:30PM, 10AM-4PM / Atkinson Park / Ketchum Sponsored by the City of Ketchum and Ketchum Recreation Department, the 13th annual Adult 4v4 Pond Hockey Tournament, playing for the Golden Shovel, will be held at the Christina Potters Ice Rink at Atkinson Park. On Saturday, B (intermediate) division, 24 teams (sold out). On Sunday, A (advanced) division, still have room for more teams. Sun Valley Brewery will provide concessions and beverages. Register at



11AM / Town Square / Ketchum The Ketchum version will be held at 10 a.m. at Ketchum Town Square and will feature music, local activists and speakers, including Rep. Muffy Davis. All are welcome. There will also be a Women’s March at the Capitol in Boise at 9 a.m. celebrating the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, with many speakers, including Idaho State Sen. Cherie Buckner-Webb.



9AM-4PM / SNRA / Ketchum Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center instructors will offer a field day covering avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification, and other basic snow and avalanche concepts. This field class is a great way to learn before you take a L1 class. Sign up at the Thursday night classroom session. There is a $40 suggested donation. The location is generally near the SNRA and Galena Pass. For more information, visit



10AM / Bald Mountain / Ketchum The annual fun-filled snowboarding slalom takes place at the top of the Warm Springs run. Races will start at 10 a.m. There will be an awards ceremony at 4 p.m., with an after-party to follow. To register and for more information, visit



2:30-5PM / River Run Lodge / Ketchum After a lively day on or off the mountain, enjoy the music of McKenna Faith on Saturday and Dammit Lauren & the Well on Sunday. There is no cover and everyone is welcome.



9PM / Whiskey Jacques’ / Ketchum Music at Whiskey’s will feature McKenna Faith. Nashville-based Faith is a high-energy, boot-stomping country singer/songwriter originally from Northern California. For tickets, visit or at the bar.



12-2PM / Church of the Big Wood / Ketchum Boulder Mountain Clayworks, The Hunger Coalition and the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood will host the 10th Annual Empty Bowls. During this signature community event, attendees purchase locally made ceramic bowls for $20 per bowl, then fill the bowl with made-from-scratch soups, salads, chili, bread and dessert donated by local chefs and caterers. There will be more than 300 handcrafted and hand-painted bowls from local artisans to select from this year.


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10:30-11AM / Community Library / Ketchum

Each night there will be two games consisting of three rounds each. All ages are welcome.



Story Time, held weekly in the Children’s Library with Lee Dabney, features themed story time with high-quality children’s books, songs, and a fun craft or activity. Story Time is suitable for ages 3 and up. For more information, visit

11AM / Community Library / Ketchum Science Time is held weekly with local expert Ann Christensen in the Children’s Library’s treehouse.



12:15-4PM / Alturas Elementary / Bellevue MON JAN 20


12-12:30PM / Hailey Library / Hailey Baby Time will be held weekly for caregivers whose babies are aged 0-18 months. The drop-in program incorporates nursery rhymes, tickling and gestures to help parents teach babies language and motor skills. A registered nurse will be on hand the third Monday of each month. Details at


Environmental Resource Center will offer the free Science After School program at Alturas Elementary School, weekly through February. The program is open to fourthand fifth-grade students at Alturas Elementary. All materials and snacks are provided. Preregistration is required and space is limited. Attendance for all six sessions is preferred. For information and to register, contact Alisa McGowan at or call (208) 726-4333.



6-8PM / Community Library / Ketchum


7-10PM / The Mint / Hailey Get your A-game on for a night of fun competition at The Mint’s weekly table-tennis nights. Bring a friend, eat some dinner, and grab a drink. The action gets hot. For more information, call (208) 788-6468.



6-7:30PM / Community Library / Ketchum Kim Brown Seely will share tales from her new book, “Uncharted: A Couple’s Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing from One Life to Another.” Honest, self-effacing, and full of humor and generosity, this unforgettable memoir is at once a breathtaking adventure tale and a lyrical meditation on the changing nature of love.

Free English as a Second Language for adults, cada martes. Abierto a todos los idiomas que quieren aprender ingles o mejorar sus habilidades. ¡Gratis! Open to adults of all languages who want to learn English or improve skills.



10AM-4PM / St. Luke’s WR / Ketchum The American Red Cross and St. Luke’s Wood River Volunteer Core Board will hold a blood drive in the Baldy and River Run Conference Rooms at St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, south of Ketchum. To schedule a blood donation appointment, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit Sponsor code: Ketchum, or call (800) 733-2767.



Dancers Leap Into Professional Performance Footlight Dance students participate in recent show at The Argyros BY DANA DUGAN


rare dance performance in early January marked the second collaboration between the Argyros Performing Arts Center and American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Isabela Boylston. Born in Sun Valley, Boylston began dancing with Footlight Dance Centre. Over the past several years, she has returned twice to present dance performances at the Sun Valley Pavilion, and last winter at The Argyros. Then, as now, fellow ABT dancers Calvin Royal III and James Whiteside came along. Young dancers from Footlight Dance Centre also danced in the performance. “When Isabella was coming to do another show, she called me and said this is my vision for my next show at The Argyros,” said Hilarie Neely, director of Footlight Dance. “She asked if we’d like to be a part of it? It was so sweet. That’s the kind of person she is. We were part of the entire production. Her vision was to have kids involved so the audience could see how you start at a young age and keep working, and if that’s what your passion is, you continue.” Ultimately, it handily revealed the long and often arduous progression from school to professional. Because each year advanced Footlight dancers tour schools with what are known as Lecture Demonstrations, they already had a ballet piece ready to go, about migratory birds. “Meanwhile, Isabella was putting together live music, and the dance, for her and her friends, Calvin Royal and James Whiteside, who’re both with ABT, too,” Neely explained. The mixed holiday program was accompanied by Michael Scales, a pianist with ABT, and the young singer, Kenton Chen. “It was so beautiful,” Neely said. “He sang a few pieces, each unique and lovely.” The Footlight dancers performed in two pieces; the younger students danced to a holiday piece, “Carol of the Bells,” and the advanced girls danced to the classical

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Dancers from Footlight Dance Centre posed onstage with American Ballet Theatre dancers Isabella Boynton, front center, James Whiteside, left center rear, and Calvin Royal, left center right. Also pictured are Kenton Chen, center front, and Michael Scales, center rear, at the Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum. Photo credit: Jennifer Simpson

“Holberg Suites” prelude by E. Greig, both of which were choreographed by Neely. “It was a beautiful performance, the audience went gaga,” Neely said. “The variety was perfect. Everything about the four days was so positive and giving.”

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January 15 - 21, 2020


Resolution-Friendly Food


Your New Year’s goals should shed pounds, not pleasure By Eric Valentine


food column this close to New Year’s typically means tips on how to stay true to newfound dietary restrictions. Often that means sacrificing flavor, and fun. That sacrifice, in the name of lower calories, brings a lot of folks right back to where they started, and by year’s end they make the same resolution again. So here are some calorie-neutral things you can do to your cooking that bring savory pleasure to common-sense healthy food. These things won’t make you skinny or fat, but they will increase your satisfaction with whatever foods are in your current diet.

Spice Of Life Spices are perhaps the most underutilized aromatic arrow in the culinary quiver. And several of them are powerful anti-inflammatories—so powerful the Arthritis Foundation actually promotes increasing consumption of: garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne. After a long day on the mountain, hot soup can hit the spot. Consider adding spices before or instead of salt. If you warm up with tea, cinnamon or ginger may be the trick. Stock Up As the weather reduces our temperature, it increases our desire for soup. Consider making a homemade stock that can be used to not only make a full-fledged soup but can also be used to add flavor to the rice or quinoa you might be using to replace heavy pastas and fried potatoes. Making a stock is something a novice cook can do with relative ease. It involves using bones (left over from your meals or bought frozen from the store) and boiling them in water. The key is adding things like garlic cloves, peppercorns, onion, celery and the ends of root vegetables like carrots into that water. Add some spices—savory, thyme, rosemary and herbs de provence are terrific options—and let that pot boil for at least an hour. Your next step involves straining the liquid from the solids and letting it drain into another pot. And there it is: stock that can be used to start your next soup or finish off your favorite side dish. Oil Up Diets try to steer us away from using heavy oils in our cooking. That’s fine. But fats from certain oils have health and flavor benefits, too. Finding ways to add intensely flavorful oil in very small amounts creates dishes that taste gourmet and unique, rather than dull and dietary. Fennel oil is one such product and it’s slowly becoming a trend in the repertoires of acclaimed chefs. You can order fennel oil online sometimes more easily than you can find it in a

Oil derived from the fennel plant is all the rage. Photo credit: free images

store. Just make sure you are getting an edible form of it. Fennel oil is often combined with other essential oils meant to be burned and smelled, not necessarily eaten. A few drops of fennel oil into things like ground beef or ground lamb can create eye-popping and mouth-watering meatballs. In the same way, truffle oil can be drizzled over roasted potatoes, scrambled eggs, pasta and other tubers, fungi and root vegetables to put ordinary veggies and carbs over the top without adding things like bacon or cheese. Editor’s Note: In the spirit of a new decade, the 2020s, we find it fitting to present a column that offers a unique vision on particular topics. Which topics? Specifically we’ll cover Food, Wellness, Lifestyle, Arts and Business. We’ll rotate coverage each week and we encourage readers to send in ideas for us to look into. Label your emails VISION 2020: Food, VISION 2020: Wellness, and so on. Let your voice be heard and your vision be read.

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January 15 - 21, 2020


Fishing R epoRt



inter has arrived in full force here in the Wood River Valley. The past few days have seen good snowfalls locally, and the snowpack for area rivers has increased to roughly 75 percent. We still have a long way to go this winter, and more mountain snow means more water for area rivers. Silver Creek has been “hot” on some days and “cold” on others. If you’re fishing Silver Creek during the right conditions (calm, overcast, mild days), the winter streamer bite can be quite good. A good rule of thumb to follow in regard to fly selection is “bright day, bright fly and dark day, dark fly.” Typically, fishing your streamers on a slow, steady swing will produce more action than actively stripping and moving your fly. That will come as the weather and water warms. It’s a bit cold on the Big Wood River at the moment, so concentrate your fishing during the warmest part of the day. Ski in the morning, and fish in the afternoon! Nymphing with tiny midge pupa imitations, BWO nymphs, and small black stonefly imitations is the way to go. Trout love to group together during the winter in slower, softer water; find a few of these winter holes and you can be into fish all day long. The South Fork of the Boise River has been fishing well for those willing to make the trek, with stable winter flows of 300 CFS. Before you go, check the road conditions and the weather; the road into the canyon can be treacherous during heavy snow, ice, and bad weather. Don’t forget your tire chains, survival kit, and extra food and water. Nymphing is the name of the game right now, and it’s hard to beat a big stonefly nymph followed by your favorite midge pupa. A big, meaty streamer fished low and slow in some of the deeper holes can produce a big fish or two. General waterfowl hunting season closes on Jan. 24, and we are still doing guided duck and goose hunts. Give us a call if you’d like to get in on the action before the season closes. Happy Fishing Everyone!

Multiple Dog Households


By Fran Jewell

hen I was a kid, it was extremely rare to see homes with more than one dog. In fact, we were the only people in the neighborhood to have a dog! Now, it is commonplace to have at least two dogs, if not more. I have been living with multiple dogs for 25 years. We learn a lot about dog behavior if we keep our eyes open and look through a dog’s eyes instead of our human eyes. One of the biggest problems I see with having more than one dog is the human belief that all of our dogs should be treated equal. Quite often, I go to work with a new puppy where an older dog is enjoying retirement. The older dog is happy to just hang out, sleep on the sofa, or wake up for a walk or treats. The new puppy comes along and the owner feels compelled to allow the puppy the same privileges that the older dog has earned. The puppy is allowed on the sofa, to take a walk without a leash along with the older dog, or eat next to the older dog even if the puppy finishes first then pushes the older dog out. And the puppy is already sleeping in bed with the owners. When I ask the owners why, the response is usually, “How can I make Phoebe stay on the floor if Romeo is sleeping on the sofa or in our bed?” The answer is sometimes hard for humans to swallow. In the dog world, life is not fair. Dogs have a natural hierarchy that most of us don’t really understand. In the human world, we are all equals, or at least we strive to be. In the dog world, older dogs should have the respect of the puppy or younger dog. Teaching a puppy to respect an older dog is just as important as it is to teach a puppy to respect people—not bite, not jump on us, not to growl, and so on. The way we treat puppies should make it clear to them that the older dog should be respected.


Multiple dogs can be so much fun and so rewarding, but treat your new puppy like a puppy, not like an older dog that already knows the rules. Photo credit: Fran Jewell

How? We feed the older dog first. The older dog can have privileges they earned long ago, such as sleeping in our bed or on the sofa. Go for walks without the puppy. Leave the puppy home when you go to the store, but take the older dog. Feed the older dog first and don’t let the puppy bother the older dog. Give the older dog special time and attention. And for the safety and wellbeing of the puppy, keep the puppy in a crate at night much like you would leave a child in a crib. It’s also important for the puppy’s development to have time alone with you, too. Teach the dog to have a relationship with you alone so the puppy doesn’t learn to depend

upon the older dog. If the puppy is always with the older dog, or always with you, you could be setting the puppy up for separation anxiety. If you have had a friend that has had a dog with severe separation anxiety, or experienced it yourself, it can be overwhelming to deal with and cost a fortune in destroyed items in your home. Remember moderation in all things. The new puppy should spend time alone with you, time with the other dog, and time by herself. In the dog world, all things are not equal. Treat your older dog with special privileges the puppy doesn’t get.



Leslie Rego, “Silhouettes,” pen.

A Hwy 20 in Picabo (208)788.3536


By Leslie Rego

lder leaves are tenacious throughout the winter season. They cling to the tree’s limbs, truly a testimony to an indomitable spirit. The male and female catkins also persist. They remain dormant during the cold months, but nevertheless add texture and beauty to the sparse landscape. Like the alders, the draping branches of the birch trees are heavy with twisted and curled leaves. On snowy days, the slender twigs appear like cascading waterfalls and on a frosty

morning the waterfalls look like sparkling icefalls. Aspens drop most of their leaves in the autumn. By wintertime, the tree is bare, although I will see a leaf or two tenaciously hanging on through fierce winds and snowstorms. As I am writing, a bird settles on an aspen branch, becoming a silhouette against the sky. The tiny creature appears like a paper cutout and I think of the paper dolls I used to make with my mother, a string of them holding hands. We would use newspaper. The starkness of the black-and-white

newsprint seems to reflect the barren appearance of the bird and branch. The bird is long gone by the time I finish. Only open air is left between each slender twig of the tree, but the fleeting memory of the winged soul remains etched on my paper. 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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Hope And/Or Faith

thing with feathers that perches on the soul.” I have certainly always hoped for a positive outwo young girls are resting in the poppy come of work, hoped that I was doing the right fields near their homes, gazing at the cloud thing, hoped that my relationships would be formations dancing in a clear sky over Cal- meaningful and lasting. Hope is certainly also a ifornia’s San Fernando Valley. They are sharing mechanism by which we survive disappointment their dreams: does that puffy cloud really look like and pain, thinking another day may bring hapthe knight on a white horse, ready piness. to swoop me up and carry me off What I just perceived in a fresh to a life of elegance and glamour? way, though, is that faith is a rather What other fantasies are embodied different idea. I’m not talking here in the shapes we visualize? Oh, we about religious faith, which is a say, “I hope our dreams come true.” belief that we are spiritual beings Later, we cross our fingers and then capable of a relationship with God share our palms with each other in or a power stronger than ourselves, the hope that life will shine like the certainly a personal, deeply studsun above. ied concept. Do we as adults still “hope” for Instead, I looked anew at faith things that we may, deep down, as a necessary step toward fulfillknow are most likely unattainable? ing dreams, as it connotes positive “I hope I win the lottery,” “I hope JoEllen Collins—a longtime energy. If we have faith in our vimy new man is someone good for resident of the Wood River sions, we have already taken a step me.” These hopes depend on acci- Valley— is an Idaho Press to realizing them. We believe that dents of fate or on other people for Club award-winning colum- the outcome will be as we intendnist, a teacher, writer, fabric ed. Faith is a way of saying YES, fulfillment. On New Year’s Day, I attended artist, choir member and even before we realize the dream. a workshop with a few people to unabashedly proud grandma It means that we are already aimknown as “Bibi Jo.” consider the prospects for the fuling toward a goal, knowing that fillment of our dreams, no matter our age or how our inner self accepts its attainable possibilities. experienced we are. It seemed a lovely way to We are not just crossing our fingers, nor awaiting greet 2020. One particular discussion involved a magic wand or genie in a bottle. the words we might choose when thinking about Although the childhood Disney refrain of facilitating the positive results of our efforts. “When you wish upon a star” still occasionally I had always defined the words “hope” and skips across my adult mind as a tempting delight, “faith” as synonymous in their relation to human instead I plan to choose feasible though challengdesire. However, I now see them as two different ing goals and then take actions toward realizing approaches to intent and result. them, one step at a time, with a strong faith they I love Emily Dickinson’s image, “Hope is the will materialize.




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Bird Time


By Harry Weekes

n the first Saturday of the new year, I heard the first birdsong since the fall. A male chickadee perched high in the willows to my right delivered his identifying two-note “feebee” call. There was both clarity and also urgency in his voice. Urgency is the wrong word. It was insistency combined with what felt like a kind of wonder. As in, “I can do this?!” A remembrance that in the repertoire of ways to interact with the world, he could sing. The bird sang repeatedly and clearly enough that I found him, 75 yards away, fluffed up, beak open, calling in the early morning light. As I watched, another bird flitted along, and landed beneath him. Just as quickly as they appeared, they were away. He didn’t call again. Since learning about Carl Linneaus’s Flower Garden Clock, I have been thinking about time and, by extension, all of the things we can learn from the natural world if we pay close attention. After my encounter with the chickadee, I stood by a pond for 20 minutes until a group of Barrow’s goldeneyes (nine of them) ran across the water, lifted into the air, then made two spiraling circles before gaining enough altitude to fly off toward the west. Their wings whistled as specifically and loudly as the chickadee’s call. Next, the mergansers, led by two males who had shown up since the last time I was here, slapped their ways across the pond in the opposite direction, did one big loop and also took off to the west. Their wings whistled, but quite differently—more hushed and less frequently. As I headed back up the canyon, I could hear small groups of goldeneyes take to the air, just by the whistles. I wondered, Is this a clock of sorts? If I lived right here, would I be able to tell it’s a little after 8:00 a.m. based on the fact that the ducks are moving? Would I be able to tell it is early January because that’s when I hear the chickadees? Said more generally, would I know the days are getting longer because the chickadees never call until after the solstice? There is an imprecision to natural clocks that reflects the complexity of any multivariate system. More accurately, there is a variability with which humans seem uncomfortable. Maybe the ducks fly because of a specific amount of light. Maybe it’s snowing hard, so the goldeneyes stay on the pond all day instead of going out. Maybe the light, temperature, and barometric pressure

Black-capped Chickadee. Their name reputedly comes from the fact that their calls make a distinctive “chicka-dee-dee-dee”, an alarm call. The number of “dees” depends on the predator. Image credit: unknown, public domain photo, accessed via Wikimedia

are why mergansers move. Maybe they just fly when they want to. Or, the worst, in any kind of timepiece, maybe they fly because they are scared of me. In other words, my very presence changes the system. Can you imagine if looking at your watch changed what time it was? There are important things to be learned from the natural world. When those birds took flight, so did curiosity. Could I tell species of ducks by the whistle of their wings? Are they heading toward the river because that’s where they hunt during the day? Do the heavier ducks stay behind or similarly leave, but on a later schedule? There are the subtler things, too: that variability becomes precision over time, which requires patience; that certain things don’t experience the world linearly at all, but rather in small and large cycles; and perhaps the biggest to me, that there is so much we don’t and will never know even in the simplest things. It would be cool if all of our clocks taught us such humility. Harry Weekes is the founder and head of school at The Sage School in Hailey. This is his 48th year in the Wood River Valley, where he lives with Hilary and two of their three baby adults—Penelope and Simon. The other member of the flock, Georgia, is currently fledging at Davidson College in North Carolina.

WRHS junior Claire Watson. Photo credit: Claire Watson

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ood River High School junior Claire Watson understands that so much of who she is starts and ends with her home. “My grandparents have lived with my mom and me my whole life,” Watson observed. “I think this is a quite unique and special opportunity I have. Before my grandfather’s passing this year, I would spend almost every summer fishing, exploring and spending time with him and my grandmother. My grandma has always been such an inspiration and is the main reason I started playing and studying music.” Watson’s grandmother’s influence echoes through much of her daily life and endeavors. She is a member of WRHS’s Colla Voce—an all-girl choir that meets every morning at 6:45 a.m. and has just finished its caroling season, where members traveled the Valley fundraising for their competition in California later in the year. “Colla Voce has brought me 15 sisters that I never would have had and a space to safely create and learn musically,” Watson said. “It’s the best part of my day.” The lifelong Valley resident credits her ability to perform in the Colla Voce program and, specifically, Mr. and Mrs. Stimac, who she says taught her to come out of her shell. “Before my sophomore year, I was incredibly shy and unwilling to put myself—let alone my music—out there,” Watson recalled. “I always had an aching sensation that I had something to say, though. Music has inspired me to open up and express myself like I never have before.” Currently taking A.P. Spanish and A.P. English, Watson is also involved in Next Generation Politics, the Sun Valley Music Festival education system, the Compassionate Leaders program and performs in plays and musicals with companies like St.Thomas Playhouse and The Spot. She just finished playing Jellylorum in Cats, the musical, and before that played Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof. “I plan to attend college in order to further study music,” Watson said. “I also hope to continue acting and musical theatre.” From there, Watson intends on going into special education where she seeks to intertwine her passion of music and use it as a therapy tool for special needs children. “By volunteering for Higher Ground, I recognized my love for special education,” Watson explained. Watson also has an affinity for seeing beyond the surface of things. “If I could make one thing better about the world, I would most definitely want to implement more understanding and acceptance into everyone’s life. I think misunderstandings and lack of acceptance are the causes for many world issues. If everyone had a little more respect for those different than them, I believe many issues would be resolved,” she said. Watson says her mom is her biggest supporter and the strongest person she knows. “Her hardworking and honest skills are things I hope to pick up and learn from,” Watson said. “My mom has never once doubted me, and I don’t know what I’d do without her. She is the reason I am who I am.” Mom should be proud. Editor’s Note: Anyone who would like to recommend a Blaine County School District student for the Wood River Weekly’s “Student Spotlight” feature should contact


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Understanding Reverse Mortgages

• Own the home free and clear or owe very little on the current mortgage that can be paid off with the proceeds • Live in the home as their primary residence • Be current on all taxes, insurance and association dues and all federal debt • Prove they can keep up with the home’s maintenance and repairs Payouts are based on the age of the youngest spouse. The younger the age, the less money can be borrowed. Reverse mortgages offer two terms ... a fixed rate or variable rate. Fixed-rate HECMs have one interest rate and one lump-sum payment. Variable-rate loans offer multiple payout options: • Equal monthly payouts • A line of credit with access until the funds are gone • Combined line of credit and fixed monthly payments for a specified term • Combined line of credit and fixed monthly payments for the life of the loan Traditional reverse mortgages, also called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage, or HECM, are insured by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). There are no income limitations or requirements and the loan funds may be used for any purpose. The borrower must attend a counseling session about the HECM, its risk, benefits, and how much can be borrowed. The final loan amount is based on borrower’s age and home value. FHA HECMs require upfront and annual mortgage insurance premiums but can be wrapped into the loan. Proprietary HECM loans are not federally insured. Lenders create their own terms, including allowing loan amounts higher than the FHA maximum. Proprietary HECMs don’t require mortgage insurance (upfront or monthly), which may result in more funds available. Proprietary reverse mortgages typically have higher interest rates than FHA HECMs. Advantages • Create a steady stream of income during retirement • The proceeds aren’t taxed or risk borrower’s Social Security payments • Title and rights to the home are retained by the homeowner • Monthly payments are not required Disadvantages • The loan balance increases over time rather than decreases as with an amortizing loan • The loan balance may exceed the property value, eliminating inheritance • The fees may be higher than traditional mortgage loans • Any absence of the home for longer than 6 months for non-medical or 12 months for medical reasons makes the loan due and payable More information is available about reverse mortgages from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or Federal Trade Commission or


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everse mortgage loans are like traditional mortgages that permit homeowners to borrow money using their home as collateral while retaining title to the property. Reverse mortgage loans don’t require monthly payments. The loan is due and payable when the borrower no longer lives in the home or dies, whichever comes first. Since no payments are made, interest and fees earned are added to the loan balance each month, causing an increasing unpaid balance. Homeowners are required to pay property taxes, insurance and maintain the home, as their principal residence, in good condition. Reverse mortgages provide older Americans, including Baby Boomers, access to their home’s equity. Borrowers can use their equity to renovate their homes, eliminate personal debt, pay medical expenses or supplement their income with reverse mortgage funds. Homeowners are required to be 62 years and older and meet the following requirements:

A Case For Safe Driving St. Luke’s Wood River Emergency Department


n the Emergency Department, our staff is ready to assist you when you need us. Our skilled and compassionate, board-certified emergency medicine physicians and staff are trained to treat trauma of all kinds. However, some trauma is preventable. We, the staff of St. Luke’s Wood River Emergency Department, want to draw your attention to motor vehicle accidents. We have seen an increase in the past year, many resulting in serious injuries and, sadly, fatalities. There isn’t one particular reason, so we hope to draw your attention to some key safe driving measures in hopes of preventing more trauma that is preventable, and that all too often results in tragedy. Before you get on the road: • Always wear your seatbelts. • Consider putting your cellphone on “do not disturb” mode while driving, use Bluetooth technology or put your phone where you cannot see, hear or reach it. Many of us have witnessed drivers holding their phone and the steering wheel or even looking down. It only takes a second for an accident to occur and you may not even be moving fast. Multitasking is a myth—the area of the brain that processes moving images decreases by up to a third when listening or talking on the phone. • Always drive with your headlights on; a car is visible for nearly four times the distance with its headlights on. Safe driving habits: • Always use your turn signals. • Pay attention to all signs. • When stopping at a stop sign, spell S-T-O-P to yourself before proceeding. Always turn your head to look left, then right, straight ahead, then left again before proceeding. • When a light turns green, look left, then right, straight ahead, then left again before proceeding through the light. Notice all vehicles and ensure that someone else is not going to run the light. • Watch for cyclists and pedestrians! Our Valley is full of residents and visitors alike who enjoy the outdoors and may be distracted. Keep an eye out for them on roads, crosswalks and in parking lots. • Be patient. Honking, driving aggressively, or weaving through traffic can cause dangerous distractions and crashes. • Scan ahead for wildlife. Keep your eyes moving. Notice what is happening on the sides of the road and check behind you through your mirrors every 6-8 seconds. Speed: • Obey speed limits and drive at a speed appropriate for road conditions. Vehicles are harder to control on wet, icy roads. How many times has someone sped by you only to end up one car in front of you at a stoplight? As speed goes up, the survival rate in crashes goes down. Going over the speed limit or too fast for conditions accounts for nearly a third of all roadway fatalities. • Leave early; plan to arrive 10 minutes before the appointed time. Speeding does not increase your ability to arrive on time, rather it only increases your chances of not arriving at all. Impairment: • Focus on the road. There are so many distractions in and out of the car—the kids, the phone, the touch-screen technology, the Christmas lights and more. Driving distracted is as dangerous as driving impaired. • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and other drugs impair judgment and reaction time. There is no safe limit for drinking before driving. • Prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs may cause dizziness, sleepiness and/or slow reaction time. If your medication carries a warning, have someone else drive or use other transportation. • Do not drive fatigued. Take regular breaks, get another driver to relieve you, or get off the road and find a safe place to rest. • Together, we can eliminate preventable deaths. Taking sensible precautions like buckli ng up, avoiding distractions and never driving impaired will not only help avoid a trip to the Emergency Department, it can save your friends, neighbors and even you. We are here to take care of you but would much rather see members of our community and visitors on the slopes or in the grocery store!

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s we know, mental health challenges profoundly impact families, close relatives and friends as they cope with loved ones. The NAMI [National Alliance on Mental Illness] Family-to-Family course teaches the knowledge and skills to effectively cope and thrive through these challenges. Led by trained NAMI family members who have relatives living with mental health challenges, the course follows a structured format in a strictly confidential setting. Areas of focus include: • • • • •

How mental illness affects your loved one Cutting-edge research linking the brain to mental illness Latest medications Focus on your care alongside the care of your loved one Advocating for better treatments of your loved one

Meetings are held in Hailey twice weekly, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and are free of charge starting Jan. 28 for six weeks. The course examines several categories of mental illnesses and mood disorders, insights into brain function and the latest on medications and their best uses. Crucially, we learn how best to cope with families and loved ones. We get to tell our stories. We are not alone. Better communication strategies allow us to move away from the negative emotions of frustration, despair, guilt and grief toward empathy and self-care. Key principles of recovery and rehabilitation are addressed, leading us into advocacy and overcoming stigma (always a challenge!). A guest speaker provides a first-account experience with and recovery from mental illness. Finally, we will meet and hear from people advocating for change. Please join us as we help ourselves alongside our loved ones. Knowledge is power! You’ll gain: Information Insight Understanding Empowerment



Resilience As A Rockin’ New Year’s Resolution



ew Year’s resolutions often involve specific goals, such as changes to diets, training and behaviors. They can also be notoriously difficult to keep as we bump up against challenges; studies estimate that 80 percent of resolutions fail. Change can be hard! Consider an alternative approach to creating positive outcomes and a higher quality of life this year: cultivating resilience. Resilience is often defined as the ability to bounce back after getting knocked down, a quality we employ in the wake of difficulty. This form is often termed “reactive resilience.” We’d like to promote an alternative: “proactive resilience.” With proactive resilience, we plan ahead: it cultivates the qualities of care, engagement and awareness that prepare us for the vicissitudes of life. Upping our resilience changes our general approach to life rather than focuses on specific goals, although strengthening our resilience greatly affects what we can achieve. Resilience can be developed! It’s not a static characteristic that one has or doesn’t have. Research points to the vast capacity we humans have of cultivating resilience via habits and attitudes. Three are: acceptance that life is change, engagement with that change, and strengthening social connections. Rather than turning a blind eye to signs of

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re you concerned about another war in the Middle East right now? Let’s look at actions that our U.S. government took to make us less dependent on foreign oil. Back in the depth of the 2008/2009 recession, the Department of Energy launched a loan and loan guarantee program1 to finance energy infrastructure and for new energy technology that had yet to demonstrate a history of being commercially viable. Since their first loan in 2009, this DOE Loan Programs Office has loaned or guaranteed loans of over $31.98 billion through 2018 in “high-impact, energy-related ventures” which couldn’t find traditional loans from private lenders. Sometimes people remember sound bites of one particular company that failed in this loan program (Solyndra) but, overall, the entire portfolio has achieved amazing success, financially and for our mission goals; substantially more energy has been now produced here in America and more than 27.1 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions have been avoided. Energy projects cumulatively through 2018 have generated more than 54,597 gigawatt hours of power, annually now enough to power 950,000 homes2. Interest paid back to the program (and American taxpayers) has totaled $2.41 billion, there have been well over $9 billion in loan principal repayments, and of the portfolio companies in the fund, 78 percent are now ‘investment-grade’ borrowers, and loans are being paid on time. After the government’s lead, private investors came in with substantial funds into these projects and companies, providing a leverage effect from the government guarantees, which rippled out exponentially in economic growth in income and jobs. I was reminded of this program’s success in listening to the Interchange podcast’s recent review of most influential stories of the decade.3 In 2009, Tesla was in ‘dire straits’ and running out of money, but the DOE came in with a $465 million loan to Tesla, which was matched by an investment by Daimler automotive corporation, and which “enabled it to reopen a shuttered auto manufacturing plant in Fremont, Calif., and to produce battery packs, electric motors, and other powertrain components. Tesla vehicles have won wide acclaim, including the 2013 Car of the Year from both Motor Trend and Automotive magazine, and Consumer Reports recently rated Tesla’s Model S as tied for the best car ever rated.”4 Tesla fully repaid back this loan in 2013, nine years early, delivered 367,500 vehicles in 2019, from starting their first production only 7 years earlier, and TSLA stock was the best performing auto stock of the decade.5 Moreover, Tesla built a system of charging stations nationwide that helped people feel comfortable buying an electric car and tipped the entire world into a new future of electric cars replacing old, oil-dependent technology. Bottom line: Good job, DOE, in helping our nation become energy independent and less carbon-emitting through good lending! Less war for oil! FY2018_APSR_FINAL.pdf 2 Ibid 3 4 h t t p s : // w w w. e n e r g y. g o v/a r t i c l e s / m o n i z - t e s l a - r e p a y ment-shows-strength-energy-department-s-overall-loan-portfolio 5 1

disruption to our status quo, proactive resilience sees change as an opportunity to learn, grow, and even reorganize at a higher, more efficient level. And it’s hard, and not even advisable, to go at it alone! We are relational creatures, and connecting around creating change greatly increases the chances for success. We at the Sun Valley Institute work to enhance proactive resilience on a community level, in the face of economic and environmental uncertainty. We look forward to sharing more, learning more, and working together this coming year. Wishing us all a happy and resilient 2020!

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here really is nothing quite like Rotarun.The small ski area is easy to overlook, nestled in the mountains off Croy Canyon west of Hailey. That is, except for Wednesday and Friday evenings, when night skiing at Rotarun lights up the hills like a skiing version of the Batman signal. The “Little Mountain with a Big Heart” has been quietly helping people fall in love with skiing, snowboarding and our little slice of Ida-heaven for over 70 years now. “It’s been a Hailey icon for local families for generations,” said Scott McGrew, executive director of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) and volunteer general manager of Rotarun. “The place is universally loved.” Founded in 1948 by Swiss-born Olympic skier Janet Winn, Rotarun offers 440 feet of vertical, covering 15 acres of skiable terrain and is served by a lone Poma lift. The single and simple-to-use lift is part of Rotarun’s appeal—it allows skiers and boarders a chance to get off the lift whenever they’d like. The price is also nice, as the nonprofit Rotarun is now free—making it quite possibly the only free ski area on the planet. “It’s a brilliant learning theater for all levels, from introduction to refinement,” said Scott. “It’s a great place to learn to ski, but you can also build worldclass skiers at Rotarun.” Olympic skiers like Picabo Street and Christin Cooper, as well as Olympic snowboarders like Chase Josey and Kaitlyn Farrington, have all carved countless turns at Rotarun. But Rotarun is about more than just producing great skiers—it’s about community and the role skiing has always played locally. “Skiing has driven our community since 1936, when Sun Valley opened,” said Scott, who grew up in the Wood River Valley and has traveled all over the world during his skiing career. “It’s part of our culture and it pulls us together. It creates a stronger, healthier, safer, more cohesive home for all of us. This community understands the power of winter sports.”




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Wood River Weekly - 15 January 2020  

Wood River Weekly - 15 January 2020