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Ketchum is getting back to its roots this Labor Day weekend by celebrating Wagon Days. The annual event reconnects the famed resort city to its Old West origins as a mining town.


Isabella Boylston is one of the most celebrated dancers in the world. A principal with the American Ballet Theatre, she ignited New York City in 2015 in an ABT production of Giselle, and earlier this summer she was the star attraction of the ABT production of Swan Lake at the Metropolitan Opera House.

For over two decades, the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference has distinguished itself from other writing conferences by its focus on ideas rather than the “business” of writing and publishing. And this year, its 23rd, the idea in focus is character.

The annual literary festival this year is guided by the theme: A Question of Character. The audience of around 1,000 will hear and learn from renowned writers exploring the ideas and limitations of character.

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Idaho cities in the path of the total solar eclipse on August 21 are preparing to host hundreds of viewing parties. Some cities are more accustomed to welcoming tourists, like Sun Valley. 

Courtney Gilbert, from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, explained, "Hotels started selling out about two years ago. The city of Ketchum is partnering with the city of Sun Valley to organize a day of activities that will take place in Festival Meadows."

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Actor, artist, TV icon and Idahoan Adam West died Friday night in Los Angeles at age 88. The beloved star of the small screen passed away after a brief battle with leukemia.

A resident of the Wood River Valley for over 30 years, West said he fell in love with Idaho for its rural charm in a December interview with Boise State Public Radio.

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"Batman" only aired for three seasons in the 1960s, but Adam West would remain associated with the role forever.

"You get terrible typecast playing a character like that," West told The Associated Press in a 2014 interview. "But in the overall, I'm delighted because my character became iconic and has opened a lot of doors in other ways, too."

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Ernest Hemingway’s historic home in Ketchum has new ownership. The nonprofit and privately funded Community Library in Ketchum now owns Ernest Hemingway’s home along the Big Wood River.

 

 

Despite the new acquisition, Executive Director of the Community Library, Jenny Emery Davidson, intends to preserve the historical significance of Hemingway’s house.

 

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A new book follows the journey of a Sun Valley family in the 1990s when they're faced with the death of their son.

Rocky Bates struggled from the time he was adopted with medical issues. In the book “Empty Jacket,” his mother Vicky Bates chronicles Rocky’s struggles with illness, his childhood and his sudden death at age ten.

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A report making the rounds of the internet and getting cited in papers around Idaho posits the town of Victor in the far east of the state had the most expensive ZIP code in Idaho. That claim is being debunked.

The report came from website GoBankingRates.com which calculated the median home prices in Victor at just shy of $350,000. With that figure, the website awarded Victor the title of priciest ZIP in the state.

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People flying in and out of Sun Valley have had a difficult time this winter with flights regularly being diverted or canceled due to winter weather conditions.

The chairman of the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority, Ron Fairfax, calls this winter the worst he’s seen in 20 years.

Data from the airport shows 30 flights were diverted between December 4 and December 26. Just two flights were canceled.

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When you think of television icon Adam West, what comes to mind? For most, the Batman theme song plays on a loop. And while that's what West is universally known for, the actor has played a version of himself on the animated series Family Guy since 2000. 

But just as West has been acting for more than 50 years, he's also been painting and drawing for much of that time. KBSX's Matt Guilhem spoke with West about his upcoming art exhibition, his Batman legacy and relocating from LA to the Wood River Valley.

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A former Sun Valley treasurer has been accused of stealing almost $130,000 from the city.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that Angela Marlene Orr pleaded not guilty on Monday to three counts of felony misuse of public funds by a public employee.

Orr is accused of stealing nearly $127,000 from the city through unauthorized direct deposits and by using the city's credit card to pay for dinners and hotel costs during city-sponsored trips.

Orr resigned April 7 after working for the city for nearly four years.

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Ketchum’s water ordinance was put into effect in 1992. To city Public Water Works director Robyn Mattison, the decades-old law shows just how dedicated the city is to water conservation. 

The ordinance bars daytime watering, the idea being that overnight watering when temperatures are cooler is more efficient. Mattison says homeowners are used to the restriction and in the three years she’s been in the position – she hasn’t heard many complaints.

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Sun Valley Co. officials say the number of skier visits to the company's ski area on central Idaho's Bald Mountain last winter is the most in a decade.

Spokesman Jack Sibbach tells the Idaho Mountain Express that the company had 419,000 skier days last winter.

The company says that's the most since the 2005-2006 season with 421,000 skier days.

Sibbach attributes last winter's high number to good early season snowfall, a strong national economy, expanded air service and advertising.

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Twenty-five-year-old Luke Richardson was last seen on September 12th. The Vermont-native, who was living in Hailey, was last spotted on the Summit Creek Trail. His tent and coat were later found in his home.

But after eight days of looking extensively in difficult mountain terrain, officials called off the search. Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey says crews had scoured 51 square miles and logged almost 2000 man hours. Searchers used military helicopters, drones and dogs, and rescuers from Idaho and Montana.

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