SustainBlaine is pleased to announce its second annual Economic Summit on Tuesday October 8, 2013 at Sun Valley Resort to address a variety of local, regional and national economic issues. The program will begin at 9:00 am and conclude with a no-host cocktail hour giving you to the opportunity to network with your peers and to gain further insight on issues pertaining to you or your business.
This year’s theme is GDP & Beyond, recognizing that straight economic analysis and data provide an incomplete picture of the health and vitality of a region and it’s citizens. In order to more fully assess the overall welfare of our area, we will seek to secure speakers and panelists to address three pillars that affect Quality of Place: Economic, Environment and Social.
As we have done in the past, we will use the popular interactive polling technology to provide instant and confidential feedback from the group giving the audience insight, knowledge and ideas as to how we can shape the future of our Valley.
After cancelling this year’s conference due to the Beaver Creek Fire, Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is delighted to share some good news with you…we have selected July 18-21, 2014 as next year’s conference dates–a new year, a different month, the same wonderful event.
We’ll be back at the Sun Valley Resort, celebrating our 20th year.
We have already begun making plans for a celebration of readers, writers, and the Sun Valley community.
It will be a festive weekend, as the Sun Valley Center for the Arts also celebrates their annual Wine Auction. We are working to ensure you’ll be able to enjoy both events.
SVWC is a festival of ideas and literature with some of the most extraordinary writers and thinkers in the world, the most generous audience one is ever likely to encounter – close to 1,000 people, a good number of whom wield considerable influence in business, politics, media, and entertainment circles, but all of whom love to read – in one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the American West. The conference started 19 years ago and is now considered by many to be the best literary festival in the U.S.
Join the Nation’s Premier Ice Dance Company in their first ever three-week Residency in Sun Valley, Idaho. For a day or the entire time, advanced skaters can join the company in their classes on and off of the ice and rehearsals of existing repertory that will be performed in the upcoming season, as well as brand new choreography by ballet great Edward Villella and Ice Theatre of New York Artistic Director Douglas Webster.
ITNY does not provide housing or chaperones – participants must be 18 or over, or be accompanied by a chaperone. Fees are $500 a week or pro-rated. For more information contact ITNY’s office at 212-929-5811 or by email to email@example.com.
The Beaver Creek Fire gears up for its devastating assault on Greenhorn Gulch Wednesday of last week
Dramatic, uncertain, awesome (in the true sense of the word): It has been a week to remember in Sun Valley. As the Beaver Creek wildfire took control of the topography surrounding our beautiful valley, bending residents and visitors to its will, more than 100,000 acres were engulfed in a week’s time. Upwards of 2,000 homes were evacuated and close to 1,800 fire personnel from all over the nation and all over Idaho stepped into the flames and smoke. Fire visible from the State Highway 75 ran up and down mountains while the air traffic overhead, comprised of attack helicopters, small planes and even DC-10s, worked to beat it back.
And while this crisis isn’t over, when I returned to the Wood River Valley and to my home on Monday, after three days away, things were definitely looking up. Through the valiant efforts of firefighters, many residents this week were allowed back into their homes. In Ketchum, though quiet for August, people enjoyed lunch outside beneath increasingly blue skies, shopped great sales and a few friends I know even enjoyed a round of golf Tuesday morning. In true Ketchum spirit, people were out running and biking the local paths.
Though the crisis is not over, Ketchum, Sun Valley and Hailey are showing signs of normalcy
While it is crucial to emphasize that this fire is only about ten percent contained and the most important thing we can all do is stay out of the way of emergency responders, listen to law enforcement and let everyone do their job, I have to admit, I was thrilled to be home. With my evacuated parents taking up residence with us for a time, Monday night we settled back in, thankful and humbled by the events swirling around us.
Sun Valley is place that breeds fierce loyalty. Very few people simply ‘end up’ here. The vast majority of residents, second homeowners and visitors very deliberately choose Sun Valley for everything that makes it unique. We choose to raise our children amid peace and security. We choose to retire in a place where there is a close-knit community. We choose to vacation amid some of the most spectacular lands in the country offering unbeatable skiing and snowboarding, cross-country, fly-fishing, mountain biking and on and on. We choose Sun Valley.
This isn’t just a place. It is a way of life. It is a valley personified by exactly the type of behavior seen during this fire – that of open invitations to guest rooms, couches, transportation, information. It is a place where neighbors take care of one another; where a familiar face spotted when away from town feels like a member of the family.
Fighting fire -- ski resort style. The snow guns on Leigh Lane on Baldy's Seattle Ridge pumped water to keep slopes damp in case embers hit
Sun Valley Resort is also an exceptional neighbor. This week, many evacuees chose to move to safety and comfort at the Resort, taking up residence at the Lodge or Inn. The company worked closely with firefighters and emergency personnel in helping to protect all that is sacred here, including a symbol of what we value the most — Bald Mountain. Snowmaking guns were turned on full force to protect Seattle Ridge and the area below and everyone fought together, and continue to fight together, to make sure Baldy comes through this unscathed.
Show your support for Sun Valley over the Labor Day weekend and enjoy Wagon Days -- one of the most popular events of the year
As it becomes increasingly safe to return to a more normal routine, my suggestion is that everyone eat at our wonderful local restaurants, shop at the Sun Valley Village and Ketchum and Hailey’s one-of-a-kind boutiques and galleries, frequent our local markets. Stay for Wagon Days over Labor Day weekend — it’s on – and enjoy the most memorable parade you will ever see as well as many other surrounding events. Supporting local businesses might be the most important thing we do once this blaze is contained.
From the ashes will come some spectacular wildflowers, an embarrassment of morels and, probably, some fantastic new backcountry skiing. After the Castle Rock fire, the ski season on Baldy was especially good. Next summer, Sun Valley will be in bloom and Mother Nature’s unbelievably violent housecleaning will inevitably produce new opportunities in and around the Wood River Valley.
Fire teams from Ketchum, Hailey, Wood River and Bellevue all staged outside St. Luke's Wood River Hospital south of Ketchum on Tuesday afternoon while helicopters worked in the distance
Thank you, firefighters doesn’t begin to express it. Thank you emergency services personnel. Thank you neighbors. Please stay tuned to this blog for more information about developments in the Beaver Creek fire, opportunities for the community to come together and opportunities for visitors to enjoy our amazingly special Valley into the fall.
As for me, September is always my favorite month of the year and I am very, very happy to be home.
The Sun Valley Lodge was calm and surrounded by pretty clear skies Tuesday afternoon
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Clint Black is country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black made his debut with hisKillin’ Time album, which produced four straight number one singles on the USBillboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. In addition to his number one singles, he’s amassed more than 30 singles on the Billboard charts.
Known for his more classic, traditional country style, Black was strongly influenced by Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. In his performance in Sun Valley, Black will perform an intimate show – with just four musicians on stage.