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Wildfires continue to burn across Idaho as temperatures reach scorching, triple-digit highs. Firefighters say they’re getting the upper hand on one big fire, but another is raging unchecked in terrain that hasn’t burned in 80 years.

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Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.

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The Sharps Fire, burning near Bellevue in the Wood River Valley, spread into the Sawtooth National Forest.

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A musical called The Band’s Visit is the biggest hit on Broadway right now. It’s based on an Israeli film of the same name. At the Tony Awards this month, the play was nominated 11 times and took home 10 awards. One of the biggest sweeps in recent memory.

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After neighborhoods in Hailey flooded earlier this year, leaders in the community are now looking at mitigation measures to prevent the water from rising too high in the future.

Safeguarding the Della View neighborhood from another big flood is a top priority. Some of the proposals up for discussion include raising or lowering certain parts of city streets, elevating homes in flood-prone areas, improving storm drain infrastructure and building berms along the Big Wood River channel.

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Next week, Blaine County Commissioners will review an application for an eclipse-watching camp in the Wood River Valley that could accommodate up to 3,000 solar spectators.

The organizer has christened what could spring up on a 13-acre vacant lot in Hailey “EclipCity.” The temporary campground would have 832 spaces measuring 20 by 20 feet that would be available for an estimated $350 a spot.

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The Big Wood River again rose above flood stage this week. It’s the fifth time since early May. Damage assessments from the devastating flood season are finally set to get underway.

State and federal emergency management officials will meet with county and city leaders in the Wood River Valley the week of June 26 to examine the toll spring flooding took on infrastructure in the region.

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The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission has approved the construction of an eight-unit apartment complex to be built in the Woodside subdivision. The Wood River Valley has suffered in recent years for its lack of affordable housing.

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With flooding affecting much of southern Idaho this spring, the National Weather Service revised its predictions on just how high the Big Wood River will rise.

Last week, the Weather Service projected the Big Wood reaching a peak of 7.88 ft. on Friday. While it didn’t get that high – the river topped out at 7.57 feet that day – meteorologists expect the river to approach the record of 7.93 ft. Tuesday.

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Wood River Valley residents continued to battle floodwaters over the weekend. Officials distributed sandbags as worried residents moved to fortify their homes throughout Blaine County. 

The Big Wood River continued to rush along at flood-level stages. The river hit a peak level on Friday night, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began reinforcing the Broadford levee in Bellevue. On Saturday, Governor Butch Otter arrived in Hailey to meet with local officials.

Each day, librarian Randy Kemp has seen Warm Springs Creek rise and rise by his Ketchum home.

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Last weekend, the Fiddlers of Idaho State Championship was held in Hailey. Those with the top scores have now advanced to the national championships in Weiser this summer. 

There was competition at all levels, from the “senior senior” division of 70 and above, to the “small fry” division of eight and younger.

Contestants were judged on three fiddle songs: a waltz, a hoe down and a tune of their choice. But who wasn’t there was as important as who was.

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The mayor of the central Idaho town of Hailey says the county's commissioners are obstructing efforts to move the local airport out of the community by refusing to rezone potential replacement sites.

Mayor Fritz Haemmerle says business interests want a close-by airport and are influencing Blaine County commissioners into keeping the current airport and potentially expanding it.

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The Bureau of Land Management wants to get more people riding mountain bikes on 20 trail systems around the West. The agency has a new set of bike maps to show off those trails, including two in Idaho.

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The body of a missing Idaho hiker has been recovered.

Officials say 25-year-old Lucas Richardson was located Wednesday on the Devil's Bedstead Mountain in the Kane Creek Drainage. His body was recovered Thursday morning. Sheriffs in Blaine and Custer counties announced the news on Facebook

 

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Twenty-five-year-old Luke Richardson was last seen on September 12th. The Vermont-native, who was living in Hailey, was last spotted on the Summit Creek Trail. His tent and coat were later found in his home.

But after eight days of looking extensively in difficult mountain terrain, officials called off the search. Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey says crews had scoured 51 square miles and logged almost 2000 man hours. Searchers used military helicopters, drones and dogs, and rescuers from Idaho and Montana.

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