Wood River Valley

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Firefighters continue making gains on the Sharps Fire burning in the Wood River Valley. However, the hundreds of people on the fire lines aren’t getting any breaks from the weather. The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for the region.

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The sky across much of Idaho is noticeably diminished as smoke from a range of wildfires hovers in the atmosphere. As firefighters continue to battle large fires in the western and central regions of the state, meetings to keep area residents up to speed are planned.


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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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An investigation into an April fire at a Sun Valley ski lodge has come back inconclusive.

The Warm Springs Lodge – part of the Sun Valley Resort – caught fire on Wednesday, April 18. The blaze was especially hard to put out as flames burned in a space between the roof and the ceiling meant to prevent ice dams.


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Mountain lions in the Wood River Valley have forced wildlife managers to make some hard choices this winter.

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A nonprofit organization that serves children with cancer was denied the opportunity to develop a camp in Idaho.

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The eclipse is now less than a week away. As anticipation builds for this once-in-a-lifetime solar spectacle, logistical realities are setting in. Communities in the path of totality are expecting to be swarmed and are preparing for hordes of people.


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Just one electrical transmission line serves parts of the Wood River Valley. After years of debate, the proposal to build a second line as a backup is finally before the Idaho Public Utilities Commission.


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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 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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Officials in Blaine County are telling residents water levels in the Big Wood River will rise again.  

Cooler temperatures and a momentary reprieve from flooding in the Wood River Valley are being called “the eye of the hurricane.” Speaking to a group at the Community Campus, Hailey City Councilman Don Keirn invoked the imagery while reminding people there's still plenty of snow yet to melt in the mountains.

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Officials in the Wood River Valley say last winter was one of the deadliest on the books for elk.

 

The numbers? Over 80 animals died from three main causes: eating poisonous plants, getting trampled at a Fish and Game feeding station and injuries from bales of hay falling on them.

 

Around 20 elk were crushed by stacked hay bales over the course of last winter.

 

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A newly published study looks closely at one of the most beloved rivers in Idaho. The Big Wood River runs through the heart of Blaine County. The waterway is used for recreation and it helps fuel the county’s agricultural producers.

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A central Idaho homeowners association is taking steps to eliminate a poisonous plant that has been killing elk in the area.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Valley Club Owners Association in Hailey has prohibited the planting of yews. The exotic shrubs are commonly used in landscaping, but they are toxic to many animals and to humans.

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