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‘Two to three times as many people:’ Idaho hunger group tries to keep up

During a normal year the Hunger Coalition in Bellevue serves around 4,000 people in need. Now, since the start of COVID-19, Kristin McMahon, the communications and development supervisor at the Hunger Coalition, says those numbers greatly increased. “By the end of...

Some library patrons find a new appreciation for books amidst COVID-19

Even when the Community Library went online, Ketchum residents yearning to read never stopped.  “We saw a 200 to 300% increase in the use of our various digital platforms,” Jenny Emery-Davidson Ph.D, the executive director of The Community Library, said....

New affordable housing complex looks for tax credit to move forward

Ketchum may be one step closer to a long awaited new affordable housing complex.  Ketchum City Council unanimously approved $1.4 million in funding toward a 55-unit affordable housing project on the current site of Ketchum City Hall. The funding will...

Owner of group of Idaho coffee shops dies at age 55

Todd Rippo, owner of the local Java chain of coffeehouses, died earlier this month. Java, which fields locations in Ketchum, Hailey, Twin Falls, Downtown Boise, and Boise's Hyde Park, will continue to operate. An obituary did not list a...

An event that’s not cancelled: Wellness Festival to go on for 2020

Sun Valley’s annual Wellness Festival is coming up - and unlike so many other events, it hasn't been cancelled. This year, organizers moved the event entirely online. It features different speakers presenting on timely topics relevant to the pandemic.  “It’s a...

Festival’s cancellation leads to likely loss of millions in tourism spending

The annual Sun Valley event the Trailing of the Sheep Festival brings in thousands of tourists. Now, with the event canceled by its board of directors, Sun Valley is expected to lose millions in tourism money.  The Trailing of the...

Ketchum home goods store listed for sale

A Ketchum home goods store is up for sale.  Huck and Paddle opened in 2014. It sells a variety of home and gift items, including pillows and candles made by Huck and Paddle.  The listing on BizBuySell shows an asking price...

Brewery starts to go statewide with large new expansion set to open

Last September, BoiseDev told you about the Warfield in Ketchum’s expansion plan. The two-year project is almost complete. “It’s up and running from a brewing standpoint. We’ve brewed a few batches, maybe six or seven batches on the new brewhouse,” Ben...

‘Bikepocalypse:’ National bike shortage showing up in Idaho shops

The coronavirus pandemic set up a summer of outdoor activities. For some retailers, that led to a flurry of sales, without enough inventory to make everyone happy. It’s what one Ketchum bike shop owner calls the “bikepocalypse.” Paddy Mcllvoy, the...

Sun Valley sees shift in tourism: conferences out, longer stays in

Tourism is the biggest contributor to Sun Valley’s economy. According to the Chamber of Hailey and Wood River Valley, skiers and other visitors accounted for 78% of the region’s $1.8 billion local gross domestic product.  Scott Fortner, the executive director...
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