Sun Valley

11:32 am
Mon March 10, 2014

How A Blind Idaho Athlete Shoots Targets In Paralympic Biathlon

2013 file photos of Paralympian Omar Bermejo training for biathlon in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A legally blind skier from Sun Valley, Idaho finished in 14th place in the opening biathlon competition at the Paralympic Winter Games this weekend.

Rookie Paralympian Jake Adicoff missed multiple rifle targets to take himself out of contention in the 7.5 kilometer event held in Sochi, Russia. This combination of cross country skiing and marksmanship unfolded on the same course used for the Winter Olympics last month.

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3:11 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Sun Valley Lodge Closing For 9 Month-Long Remodel

Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Sun Valley Resort plans to close Sun Valley Lodge for nine months starting in September for an extensive remodel.

Resort officials tell the Idaho Mountain Express that a three-story, 20,000-square-foot spa will also be added to the northerly wing of the lodge near an outdoor swimming pool. Work on the spa is scheduled to start in April.

The resort in the announcement on Monday says the Lodge Dining Room will be eliminated.

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10:27 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Avalanche Warning Issued For Sun Valley Region

The National Weather Service has issued an avalanche warning for central Idaho's Sun Valley region.

The Sawtooth Avalanche Center says the area got between one and a half to three feet of new snow, and that combined with strong winds have created a high avalanche danger. The warning includes the mountains around Fairfield, Galena Summit and Stanley.

Idaho News
8:53 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Autopsy Finds Heart Defect Killed Young Idaho Skier

Torin Tucker.
Credit Dartmouth College Athletics

An autopsy has determined that a rare heart defect killed a 20-year-old Dartmouth College cross country skier last weekend.

Torin Tucker, a junior from Sun Valley, Idaho, died while competing at a cross country skiing marathon in Craftsbury, Vt., on Saturday.

His death certificate says he suffered sudden cardiac arrest as a result of a problem in the left coronary artery. Medical research says the condition is rare and is frequently associated with sudden death during intense physical activity.

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Idaho News
8:11 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Young Sun Valley Native Dies During Ski Race In Vermont

Sun Valley native Torin Tucker, 20, died in Vermont Saturday while competing in a ski race. He was a student at Dartmouth College.
Credit Dartmouth College Athletics

A college student from Sun Valley died over the weekend while competing in a skiing event in Vermont.

Torin Tucker, 20, was a member of the Dartmouth College cross-country ski team. He died Saturday during the Craftsbury Marathon. His cause of death hasn't been determined. A school spokesman says Tucker died at the event after attempts to resuscitate him failed. Dartmouth says it will fly flags at half staff Monday and Tuesday to honor Tucker's memory. 

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10:06 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Avalanche Warning Issued For Sun Valley

Credit AlistarHoward / Flickr Creative Commons

Officials with the National Weather Service have issued an avalanche warning for central Idaho's Sun Valley region, warning that both natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely.

The Times-News reports the warning will remain in effect until further notice for the Sawtooth, western Smoky and Soldier Mountains as well as for alpine terrain near Galena Summit.

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Winter Olympics
10:10 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Sun Valley, Idaho Skier Hopes To Continue His Family Legacy At The Winter Olympics

This is Wing Tai Barrymore's home mountain, Sun Valley's Baldy.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A young man from the Northwest with a famous last name hopes to make his Olympic debut in a new medal event at the 2014 Games in Sochi -- freestyle skiing in the halfpipe.

Some people talk about the "circle of life" -- this one's generational. Or in the lingo of freeskiing you might call it a "double-alley-oop-flat-spin 1080."

Our story begins with a family patriarch. He began a long career making ski movies by filming the 1960 Winter Olympics. The name: Dick Barrymore.

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3:38 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

'Craters Of The Moon' Cast On Hand At Boise's Best Of Sun Valley Film Fest

The film Craters of the Moon screens in Boise Saturday.
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The best of this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) screens in Boise Saturday night. The Best of SVFFest will feature two award-winning films; STUCK, about a one-night stand, and Craters of the Moon, which is about a couple who gets lost and stranded in the snow.

Here's the trailer from Craters.

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5:42 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Sun Valley Tax Votes Shine Spotlight On Challenges Facing Small Town Airports

File photo of planes waiting for a take off slot at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho.
Credit DieselDemon / Flickr Creative Commons

A ballot measure in the Sun Valley area is emblematic of the challenges facing small airports across the West. Residents of Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho decide Tuesday whether to raise city taxes to subsidize commercial airline service.

Voters in the neighboring Idaho resort towns are being asked to raise the lodging and rental car tax, and in the case of Ketchum add a 1 percent retail sales tax, although groceries and gas would be exempt from the higher tax.

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School District Lawsuit
10:45 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Blaine County Schools Settle With Energy Company After 18-Month Legal Battle

The Blaine County School District has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a Seattle-based company contracted to do a multimillion-dollar green energy project on Sun Valley-area schools.

The district announced the settlement Tuesday with McKinstry Essention Inc. to end an 18-month legal battle.

The Times-News reports settlement includes an exchange of final payments by each side.

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Flash Floods
4:02 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Flash Flood Warning In Effect For Parts Of Fire-Ravaged Blaine County

Credit Mel Meier / InciWeb

The Beaver Creek Fire burned more than 174 square miles and endangered the towns of Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley last month. The once-enormous blaze is fully contained.

But residents in the area now have to be on alert for another danger: flash floods and mudslides over the charred land. The Times-News reports that 18 inches of mud came into the Croy Creek Canyon area overnight.

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Bowe Bergdahl
7:42 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Parents Of Idaho POW Call For Diplomatic Solution With Taliban

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 11:17 am

The parents of America's only prisoner of war in the current conflict in Afghanistan are urging the U.S. to reach a peace agreement with the Taliban and bring their son home. The end of June marks the fourth year Idaho soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been in captivity.

On Saturday his parents spoke out at a rally Bowe's hometown held in his honor.

Jani and Bob Bergdahl talk of a son who sought adventure in travels around the world. At 20, they say, he took apart and rebuilt his 1978 KZ-1000 motorcycle.

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Bowe Bergdahl
7:12 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Idaho Town Marks Soldier's 4th Year In Taliban Captivity

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue June 25, 2013 9:58 am

Yellow ribbons and black prisoner-of-war flags are lining the streets in Hailey, Idaho today. The town is preparing to honor captured soldier Bowe Bergdahl.

The 27-year-old Army sergeant has been a prisoner of the Taliban for almost four years. Family and friends are getting ready for what they hope will be the biggest and last local rally to bring Bergdahl home.

Members of a POW support group mount flags along Hailey's Main Street. Donna Thibedeau-Eddy has traveled here from Pocatello, Idaho, to participate in the Bergdahl event.

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Sun Valley Film Festival
5:30 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Hollywood Comes To Sun Valley For Film Festival

An Unkindness of Ravens is a work in progress that will be shown at the Sun Valley Film Festival.
Credit Courtesy of the Sun Valley Film Festival

Sun Valley is no stranger to film. Several movies have been shot in the Wood River Valley, including 1985’s “Pale Rider” starring Clint Eastwood.  Last year, after finishing his latest story, screenwriter Ted Grennan came up with an idea that would add to the local film scene.    

“I really didn’t know what I was going to do next and a friend called and I said ‘What about a film festival in Sun Valley,’ and he said ‘there are film festivals everywhere.’ And I said ‘there is not one in Sun Valley’ and he said you might be on to something,” explains Grennan.

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Sun Valley Film Festival
5:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Sun Valley Film Festival Begins With Advice On Screenwriting

The Sun Valley Film Festival gets underway today.
Credit Courtesy of the Sun Valley Film Festival

The Sun Valley Film Festival gets underway today with its first ever Screenwriters Lab. Writer and actor Will McCormack will lead the three hour discussion.  You might recognize McCormack from a few appearances on the Sopranos or the film Syriana. 

But lately this actor turned screenwriter is best known for his breakout movie Celeste and Jesse Forever. He wrote that film with Rashida Jones who appears on the sitcom Parks and Recreation.

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Film Festivals
5:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Documentary Explores The Feminist Struggle In India At Sun Valley Festival

The Family of Woman Film Festival is underway in Sun Valley. One documentary that will be shown this weekend comes from Nisha Pahuja, a filmmaker who splits her time between India and Toronto. Her film, “The World Before Her,” looks at two different groups of women.

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Film Festivals
10:52 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Film Festival In Sun Valley Focuses On Women And War

Credit Courtesy of Family of Woman Film Festival

Most of the films you’ll see this weekend at the Family of Woman Film Festival in Sun Valley come from overseas. The festival will feature films from Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, and India. Only one film comes from the U.S. The Invisible War, which exposed the sexual assaults in the U.S. military. That documentary was recently nominated for an Academy Award. 

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6:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Sun Valley Becomes Hub For Healing Vets Through Sports

U.S. Paralympic National Team members including Sean Halsted (left) race during a high-performance training camp in Ketchum/Sun Valley earlier this February.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A ceremony in Sochi, Russia a few days ago started the one year countdown to the 2014 Winter Games. Here in the Northwest, the Sun Valley, Idaho ski team has set a goal to get at least six of its skiers or snowboarders on Team USA in Sochi. 

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Winter sports
8:18 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Nordic Skiers Flock To Sun Valley Festival

Participants in a skate ski race in downtown Ketchum.
Credit Nils Ribi / Sun Valley Nordic Festival 2012

This year marks the fourth annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival.  It includes the longest running cross-country race in North America.

The festival illustrates why Sun Valley is sometimes called Nordic Town USA. People get pretty excited about bundling up and cheering on a group of skiers to a snowy finish line.

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Technology and Social Media
6:00 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Skippy: Sun Valley’s Stone-Skipping Robot

Eleven Inc.

Web surfers from anywhere in the world can remotely skip a stone across a Sun Valley lake this week.  A robot controlled through a person’s computer keyboard and the Internet makes this possible. 

Skippy stands about three feet tall and two feet wide along the shore of a private, mountain lake near the Sun Valley resort. 

Daniel Murphy directs Interactive Production at ad agency, Eleven Inc.  The San Francisco firm designed, engineered, and built the robot. 

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