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Numbers Never Lie

06/26/12

Numbers Never Lie

When you first hear Glynis McCants share her theories it’s easy to think that she’s not actually a numerologist, but that’s she really a psychic. After learning little more than your birthday and name, Glynis will know more about you and your passions, strengths and struggles than most people who’ve known you your whole life. And you don’t have to take my word for it. It has taken Glynis, the “Celebrity Numerologist,” mere minutes to blow the minds of everyone from Dr. Phil and Leeza Gibbons (check out the short video compilation) to the countless of readers of her best-selling books (like “Glynis Has Your Number” and “Love by the Numbers”) to more than 2,500 happily married couples, to good ole Spud-based...

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Inspiring Hope, One Kid at a Time

06/07/12

Inspiring Hope, One Kid at a Time

If Ralph Waldo Emerson were still walking around, there’s no doubt that the famous American author and scholar would approve of what’s going on over at Hailey Elementary School. The school has, after all, apparently adopted two of Emerson’s classic statements: “The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” And, “No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.” A couple of weeks ago a student from Hailey Elementary came in to the offices here at Sun Valley Magazine. Now, you don’t often get people walking into magazine offices and when they do, the staff is usually hoping they’re bringing donuts. But this young man strolled confidently in and handed me—the first person he saw, and the one who...

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Saving Silver Creek*

05/21/12

Saving Silver Creek*

Anyone who’s spent a little time down there has heard it. You don’t even need to have good hearing to know how it sounds. Silver Creek music is something you feel. As the man often credited with saving the spring-fed creek, Spencer Beebe, wrote in his book Cache: Creating Natural Economies, “‘Silver Creek music,’ something a blind person could enjoy with absolute wonder.” But the song of Silver Creek, so lovely to birds and their watchers, a melody that calls to fly fishers from all over the world, almost became a much different tune. While America was in the midst of celebrating the “Spirit of ’76,” Sun Valley Company needed cash to buy more chairlifts and was selling its 476 acres along the headwaters of Silver...

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Resuscitating America

04/18/12

Resuscitating America

Aaron Swisher is not your run-of-the-mill American. In fact, “Swish,” as his friends often call him, is the type of person that Henry David Thoreau would be proud of. For when it comes to economic theories and the hope for the nation’s future, Aaron Swisher steps to the beat of a “different drummer,” as Thoreau advised. And it looks like the country might be a lot better off we all started tapping along. The West Virginia native, who attended Boise State on a wrestling scholarship, has long had a passion for economics—a passion and knowledge that paid off when he predicted the housing market crash and the following downward national economic spiral long before it happened. Just before it all started to go south, Swisher sold his home in the...

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An Intimate Evening with Jodie Foster

04/12/12

An Intimate Evening with Jodie Foster

Hailey, Idaho’s own Liberty Theatre had the honor of hosting Academy Award-winning actress, Jodie Foster, last Friday night. Foster, who frequents the Wood River Valley with her family during the ski season, appeared at a fundraiser for the Company of Fools, the local award-winning theatre company. Down-to-earth and simply dressed, Foster quickly connected with the intimate, sold out crowd and showed that she not only has a good sense of humor about life, but she also knows our Valley pretty well. Shortly after entering the stage, she joked that she’d never been in the Liberty before, only driven by it “slowly, really slowly.” The evening with Jodie Foster kicked off the Company of Fools’ 17th season and was essentially set up like a Sun Valley...

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Best Children’s Books

03/21/12

Best Children’s Books

Countless studies have stressed the importance of reading to children. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that after food, shelter and passing on annoying family traits, reading is the most important thing you can provide for a child. Seizing on this fact, almost every legal U.S. citizen has written at least one children’s book and most celebrities have written kids’ books that make Dr Seuss seem sane; see, for example, “The Jolly Mon”  by Jimmy “Wasted Away Again in Margaretville” Buffet or Stephen Colbert’s “I Am A Pole (And So Can You!).” So without further tomfoolery, here’s a rundown of one dad’s Top 10 Children’s Books.  The qualifications for rankings are that both the child and parent...

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Making a Snowboard Bench

02/29/12

Making a Snowboard Bench

When you get right down to it, there are lots of great reasons to turn an old snowboard into a bench: It is, for example, a practical way to recycle. It’s fairly easy and inexpensive to do and can be made for indoors or out. It gives you an excuse to use power tools. It’s a great way to honor something you loved and shared many great memories with. It gives you a good reason to buy a new ride for next season. And heck, even most of those old school two-plankers, better known as skiers, admit that they’re pretty cool. Plus, a snowboard bench gives you a wonderful place to sit and ponder some of the bigger questions in life like, “Where should we go après skiing?” While it certainly doesn’t take a carpenter or a master welder...

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Catching a Steelheads Game

02/01/12

Catching a Steelheads Game

Just like the rest of our sports-loving country, Idaho is full of hockey fans. That’s because hockey is just the type of sport us God fearing, beer worshipping Americans love. It’s fast paced, especially live and in person, and usually manages to mash in just enough violence to keep us enthralled. We like to play hockey (participation in the sport has grown by 143% nationally in the last 20 years). We like to watch it (NHL games now draw more fans than NBA games) and that’s why Puckheads all across the Gem State rejoiced when Idaho’s very own professional team first took to the ice in Boise, back in 1997. Aptly named the “Steelheads” in honor of the beloved fish that makes its way from the salty sea to the sweet fresh waters of Idaho, the...

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Winter on the Big Wood River

01/11/12

Winter on the Big Wood River

Fly fishing’s most poetic practice... It’s during the cold and quiet days of winter when fly fishing on the Big Wood River is its most poetic. Snow falls, silence reigns, feathered hooks gently float, fishermen are few and far between, trout are hungry, insects bounce about, the wind shows its strength, eyelets freeze, fingertips numb, the river keeps on flowing. Certainly, winter fishing on the Big Wood is by no means easy. Nor is it as celebrated as its fellow seasons, especially the autumn around here that Hemingway made so famous, “and best of all he loved the fall … leaves floating on the trout streams and above the hills the high blue windless skies.” In the winter, the leaves give way to falling snow and drifting ice. The skies can...

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A Ski Community Celebration: the 35th Annual Fall Game Dinner

11/16/11

A Ski Community Celebration: the 35th Annual Fall Game Dinner

There are many reasons why Sun Valley is considered a world-class ski town. But when the press from places like the New York Times or Ski Magazine celebrate Sun Valley they usually miss the most important reason. Sure, they cite the fantastic history of America’s original ski resort, they laude the culture, arts and cuisine, they marvel at the mountains and boast about Baldy’s long steep runs and lack of lift lines. But they usually miss the area’s most important attribute. The real reason Sun Valley is a world-class ski town is because of the community that calls it home. And there is no better example of the strength, support and pride of the community than at the Annual Fall Game Dinner & Auction fundraiser for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation...

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About This Blog

Whether he’s being out-fished by his trash talking mother-in-law, guiding one of his young sons through the perils of manhood or finding inspiration from the people of the Wood River Valley, Mike McKenna’s award-winning writing is always sure to entertain. Order a copy of Mike's highly-acclaimed book, "Angling Around Sun Valley: A year-round fly fishing guide to South Central Idaho" from Silver Creek Outfitters.

Gone Fishing's awards include: "Best Blog" 2010 & 2011 by the Idaho Press Club, "Best Web-only Article" of 2011 by the Outdoor Writers Association of California and "Best Fishing" & "Best Humor" blogs of 2012 by the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

           

"Angling Around Sun Valley" was selected as the "Best Book" of 2013 by Northwest Outdoor Writers Association!

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