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‘There’s no affordable housing’: Essential workers face big housing challenges in Idaho resort community

Jeff Emerick was born and raised in the scenic, tourist destination and resort area that is Blaine County. But as time went by, Emerick saw past the initial beauty of the county and started feeling the effects of the...

Sun Valley area holds town hall on COVID: How the resort area is unique and what it plans

Blaine County held a virtual town hall meeting Thursday night to go over the area’s COVID-19 status. Similar to most counties in Idaho, Blaine County’s positive case numbers are growing. It is averaging 32.9 cases, per 100,000 residents.  Dashboard Blaine created a...

Data shows shifts in Ketchum economy this year in wake of pandemic

Since recovery from outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the resort town of Ketchum started to feel busy again. For a time, Blaine County had more cases per capita than any other county in the country. But new data shows...

New project in Wood River Valley to increase affordable housing options

Officials and developers broke ground on a new project aimed at helping people find affordable homes in Hailey.  The project called Blaine Manor Family and Blaine Manor Senior is a 72,000 square-foot two-building complex. It will provide a 30 unit...

Sun Valley Resort releases winter plan: tweaks and adjustments

Sun Valley Resort released its plan for the upcoming winter season. As in past years, Sun Valley plans to open Bald Mountain on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. They plan to open Dollar Mountain on December 12. Plans for guests The...

‘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...
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Pick up something tasty from one of the many local restaurants listed in the takeout and delivery guide.

Several delicious options to chose from this week on our takeout and delivery guide. We’ll keep updating this with...