The Monument Plant is out on Bald Mountain.

“The Monument Plant is a tall, narrow, cone-shaped plant with flowers clustered around the upper part of its stem. The plants live for many years, blooms only once and then dies. Flowering is unpredictable, but seems related to moisture,” according to Idaho Mountain Wildflowers – Earle. Some think it is on a seven year cycle.  This year, the monument plant seems to be everywhere. We are seeing it in the middle of the upper runs, such as Holiday, Exhibition and Olympic.  If you look out the window as you are riding up the Gondola, you can see this plant as you ride over Exhibition. Because of the cold temperatures in the spring, The mountain is still green and the mountain flowers are in bloom. This is a perfect time to go for a Gondola ride, lunch at the Roundhouse and a nature hike!

Michael Franti & Spearhead return to Sun Valley August 15

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents: Michael Franti & Spearhead at River Run Lodge Monday, August 15, 2011. Tickets available only through the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. This is an outdoor concert.

Sun Valley Resort is offering a special package that includes concert tickets and a one night stay on August 15. Double occupancy: $219 / Single Occupancy $184
For concert & hotel package info call: 800-786-8259

Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, The Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music. His latest release, The Sound of Sunshine, is a kind of musical sun shower, a bright, beautiful and often buoyant song cycle created to bring all kinds of listeners a sense of hope during rough and rainy times. The album marked the highest chart debut of Franti’s career on the Billboard Top 200 and continues to find success on the charts with singles "The Sound of Sunshine", "Hey Hey Hey" and his latest release "I’ll Be Waiting". Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world as he continues to bring his unique sound and inspiring message to fans everywhere.

"To play for people and share your songs with them is to make a real connection," says Franti. "And as a musician I was on tour with put it recently, ‘Our fans didn’t come to us from a reality show. They came to us from reality.’ And so, we mean something in their lives. We’re the music they put on when they drive their little kids to school, or hang out with the person they love at night. So they have an investment in the music. And that means so much because this music is very personal to me too."

"Known for mixing rock, rap, reggae, soul and other styles into a musical gumbo all his own, Franti delivers songs that will force the listener to stand up and ‘Shake It’" – Associated Press