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The City of Ketchum was one of the first Idaho communities to issue a mandate to wear a face covering in public places, in its effort to curb a rising tide of COVID-19 cases. Public Health Order 20-03 was the result of a robust debate by Ketchum officials. In the weeks that followed, a number of other cities, counties and public health districts have had their own debates regarding face masks.

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The City of Ketchum became the latest community to mandate face masks in public, with a 3-1 vote Monday night. Moscow, Hailey, Driggs, McCall and Boise made the move last week.

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Earlier this week, President Donald Trump suspended several temporary work visas through the end of the year, which could hurt the ski industry in the Mountain West.

 


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Blaine County tested a sample of residents for COVID-19 antibodies in April as part of a study, and some of the initial results are in.

 

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Before the coronavirus pandemic, nonprofits had big plans to encourage Idahoans to fill out the 2020 census. Across the state, face-to-face events were scheduled to educate people about the importance of filling out the form and to help them complete it in person. But the stay-at-home order hindered many of those efforts.

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Idahoans came together in peaceful protests and vigils across the state Tuesday evening in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last week.

 


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From New York City to Seattle, cities across the country are closing streets to cars to make more room for pedestrians and cyclists during the pandemic. Late last month, Boise voted to pilot blocking off part of 8th Street to cars and on Monday, Ketchum City Council approved closing part of a downtown street.

 

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For tourism destinations like Sun Valley, events are more than opportunities for gathering and celebration — they mean the promise of flights touched down, hotel rooms booked and meals eaten at local establishments.

 

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At one point, Blaine County, home to Sun Valley, had the highest per capita rate of COVID-19 cases in the entire country. It required an all-hands-on deck response from first responders, many of whom didn’t get a break before wildfire season picked up in April. 

 

 


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Blaine County's social distancing rules that go beyond the state's stay-at-home order were set to expire on Sunday. The restrictions say residents can’t travel outside the county to purchase items they could find in the county, hotels and short-term rentals can’t house visitors, and the construction industry is nonessential. So far, the county, Ketchum and Hailey extended these rules to the end of this week.

 

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Doctors and nurses are on the front lines of responding to the coronavirus in Idaho, and by default, their families are, too. Charlotte Stevenson, a freelance writer, is the spouse of an emergency room doctor in Ketchum. She shared how her family has been coping with the virus.

"I think there's definitely an element, always, of being the partner of an ER doctor where you've had to accept a different lifestyle and a different level of risk."


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Last week, Blaine County Commissioners voted 2-1 on an ordinance to add local restrictions on top of the statewide stay-at-home order to further promote social distancing.

 

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Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw says his resort community “is very much like a ghost town right now.”

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Restaurants, museums and libraries are closing all over Idaho to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Some are shuttering voluntarily, while others are doing so by order of local officials.

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On a Saturday afternoon in December, Mariana Santini opened her locker in the basement of the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. It was her first week of work as a food runner. She greeted co-workers in Spanish, and then went upstairs to the lobby to begin her shift.

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Affordable housing in the resort town of Ketchum hit another roadblock last week. A project there will not receive low income housing tax credits that would have made more affordable units available.

 

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Hempitecture and its co-founders Matthew Mead and Tommy Gibbons made Forbes Magazine’s annual "30 Under 30 list," honoring individuals 30 years or younger who have started companies or made other significant achievements.

 


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This weekend, the Sun Valley area celebrated an industry that was around even before skiing. The Trailing of the Sheep festival tells the history of the sheepherding industry in the valley that is still very much alive today.


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If you arrive in Ketchum from the south entrance, on the right side of the road you’ll pass a fenced-off lot that has been excavated and looks abandoned.

 

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Earlier this summer, three dozen cyclists huddle together at a ranch between Ketchum and Mackay. They range from newcomers to pros, and they’ve come to Idaho from as far as Singapore, Hawaii and the Netherlands.  


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Two years ago, Ruby Horton was sitting in a room at the Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. She was there to support her father, who was a panelist at the Sun Valley Forum.

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The city of Ketchum released its budget proposal for fiscal year 2019-2020 last Friday. This comes as the city grapples with a shortfall in expected revenue for the coming year.

 

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The Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve protects one of the darkest places in the United States and provides stargazers a pristine view of the heavens. Communities in and around the reserve recently signed on to a management plan for the sprawling reserve.

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Sun Valley’s long history has established it as one of the most famous ski resorts in the country. However, a consultant says it’s lagging behind other winter destinations.

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Rita Wilson has starred in movies, on television and on the Broadway stage. She's also the executive producer of the movies Mama Mia! and My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Plus, she's a singer/songwriter. Her lastest album is "Bigger Picture" and on Saturday, Feb. 16, she'll perform at the new Argyros Performing Arts Center in Ketchum.

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