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Summer 2012

Recapping Crosstoberfest

11/05/12

Recapping Crosstoberfest

 Despite cold and snowy conditions—which some cyclocross racers actually said was ideal—the 8th Annual Crosstoberfest was a huge success. Big crowds of bike racing fans and beer lovers descended upon Old Cutter’s Park in Hailey for a weekend full of fun. Loads of local families and racers from all over North America packed the park on Friday night and all day long on Saturday. And it appears everyone was thrilled with the combination cyclocross racing/beer festival. “Everyone had an AMAZING time,” reports, Nancy Glick, who was the wonder woman behind the event. Crosstoberfest’s founder, Billy Olson, told the crowd it was the best one yet. Big kudos goes out the staff and volunteers who made it happen, as well to Scott Sports...

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Cultivating the Growing Craze of Cyclocross

10/23/12

Cultivating the Growing Craze of Cyclocross

Last winter, the Wood River Valley proudly laid claim to the official title of  “Nordic Town USA,” as the best cross-country skiing destination in the nation. But the ways things are going around here, the Valley may have to put in for another title: “Bike Town USA” Earlier this month, the International Mountain Bike Association gave the area the rare recognition of an “Epic Ride Center” for “exemplifying what mountain biking looks like when it’s done right.” Last summer, the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships were held locally and were a huge hit. And now, thanks to the hard work of Eric Rector’s crew at Blaine County Recreation Department (BCRD) and a squad of passionate volunteers, the Wood...

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Miscellany Madness

10/10/12

Miscellany Madness

  “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” People grab the local paper for lots of reasons. Each Wednesday, I pick it up to read Miscellany II, the infamous classified ads section, which, while of zero actual significance, is always a strange and amusing forum. To say that readers of Miscellany II just like funny personal ads (which we do) is a simplification it’s visceral appeal. “Don’t trust the runners in Adam’s Gulch. I nearly biked over my dog when yellow shoes couldn’t keep a straight line. Pay attention!” The ads in Miscellany II consist of everything outside the established ads categories. Submissions can have no personal or business names, no profanities and no slander. Ads consisting of less than 40...

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The Hungry Season

10/08/12

The Hungry Season

For many of us, fall is a wonderful time of year. The crisp September mornings herald the approach of winter, while the days are still warm enough to tease us with the last lingering bits of summer. Outdoor activities can still be enjoyed without the addition of lots of extra clothes. The change of season is palpable and it helps us create a change in focus. At The Hunger Coalition, our minds are focused on the return to school, a steady stream of fresh produce from the fall harvest and upcoming Hunger Awareness Month in October.  Fall brings with it an increase in activity for us as we prepare for what we call “the hunger season,” those months when employment opportunities diminish, utility bills rise and weather conditions impact people on so many different...

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Fall Fitness Tips

10/03/12

Fall Fitness Tips

Fall is finally here. From the crisp, cool air to the brilliantly colored leaves, this is one of my favorite seasons to be active outdoors. Whether you spent the summer scaling mountains or doing laps in the outdoor pool, exercising outside doesn't have to end when the first leaf drops. In fact, fall is a great time to harvest a new routine to re-energize your workout. Consider the following tips and get motivated! Enjoy the foliage.
 Exercising outside feels like a lot less work, especially if you're doing something you enjoy. Relish the cooler weather and take advantage of outdoor adventures before the winter rolls in. Research park trails nearby to enjoy a hike or bike ride amid fall's colorful foliage. Even apple picking or pumpkin gathering with your kids is a...

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Sun Valley’s Signature Food and Wine Festival

09/19/12

Sun Valley’s Signature Food and Wine Festival

The Harvest Festival is putting Sun Valley on the map as a foodie destination, highlighting all of the wonderful culinary delights that Idaho and the Northwest has to offer. Co-Founders Heidi Ottley and Ed Sinnott have searched the country and found some incredible chefs doing amazing things with local ingredients for this year’s festival. All of the demonstrating chefs are leaders in the Farm to Table ideaology and the festival’s acclaimed Sommelier will present how to taste wine. The following is a schedule of events for the weekend.     Restaurant Walk, September 21st, 5pm-7pm Ketchum Town Plaza: Sponsored by Sun Valley Magazine The festival kicks off with a tasting from one of our Idaho adventure companies and Ketchum’s own...

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Saving Sage Grouse

08/23/12

Saving Sage Grouse

“You don’t own the ranch. The ranch owns you.”  That piece of wisdom was shared by John Peavey, a third generation rancher and former state senator, at an August 11th gathering in the heart of the Pioneer Mountains. His words resonated beyond the assembled circle of some 30 participants on The Pioneers Alliance field tour. Just past the cottonwoods and the lulling flow of the Little Wood River lay the open vistas that claim some of the best remaining sage grouse habitat in Idaho and the longest pronghorn migration in the world: The Pioneers to Craters of the Moon National Monument, 2.3 million acres of wild country, which includes 160,000 acres of working farms and ranches that link public lands to the north and south. Peavey’s words struck...

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Sun Valley On Ice

08/14/12

Sun Valley On Ice

Being an ensemble skater in Sun Valley On Ice has given me the opportunity to perform with some of the greatest skaters in the world. While skating in these shows was always an ultimate goal of mine that I finally achieved, I gained so much more from the experience. I have created some of the best friendships with these skaters, and while performing with them is technically considered my job, skating with them in the summers is the ultimate form of fun. The beginning of the summer starts with several weeks of rehearsal with Gia Guddat, who choreographs the show. During these weeks, we spend several hours on the ice every day to perfect this choreography and synchronization.  As the first show of the summer gets closer and our routines have been practiced a thousand times...

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The Challis Wild Horse Relocation

08/10/12

The Challis Wild Horse Relocation

“The white Greenfire mare,” they call her, among other things.  Sometimes they call her “Stella’s mother.”  Other times she is known only by her distinctive color and markings.  But, said documentarian and fine art photographer Elissa Kline, “She doesn’t really have a name.”  Elissa has been photographing this particular white mare from the very beginning of the Challis Wild Horse saga, through births and deaths, fear, loyalty, a violent roundup and a daunting 1000-mile relocation.  “I don’t like to give them names,” she said.  “It seems to take away from their wildness.”  And “wildness”—freedom—for these creatures is exactly what Elissa has been...

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Behind the Wheel with Gary Poole

07/31/12

Behind the Wheel with Gary Poole

Our recent “Wheels” issue was dedicated to tapping into the passion people, especially local people, have for wheeled sports. And while it’s easy to focus on the wheels associated with popular sports like mountain biking, we knew that would be far too limiting. As Hailey resident Gary Poole tells me, “Open up anyone’s garage up here and there’s a bunch of crap.” Maybe there’s a few mountain bikes. You’re way more likely, however, to find an odd combination of other wheeled conveyances: dirt bikes, road bikes, roller blades, roller skis, fly reels, skateboards, Triumph’s and rusty Pontiacs. As the foundation for so much summer activity in the Wood River Valley, including yet not exclusive to mountain biking, the wheel had...

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Ketchum Co-Ed Soccer

07/26/12

Ketchum Co-Ed Soccer

The Ketchum Co-Ed Soccer League is not your average fútbol club. For one thing, it’s huge—up to 10 teams this year and still growing. In a country where soccer tends to get shooed to ESPN2 or FOX Deportes in place of real "American" sports, a soccer league with 240 players (and 12 on the wait-list) is rather impressive for such a small community. “Two years ago we only had eight teams and this year we had enough to make 12,” said Director and Captain, Steve Dondero. They have almost doubled the amount of female players since 2010, as well. "That's something we are really proud of because it shows that the league is becoming less about hard-core competition and more about fun." Yet another thing that separates this league...

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The Sun Valley Story Tour

07/24/12

The Sun Valley Story Tour

What do I do on my usual bus ride from Warm Springs to Ketchum? Nothing, actually. I mess with my phone, glance around at other passengers and mindlessly read every ad in sight --- all of which is perfectly normal: it’s public transportation. The radio’s hardly audible; there are no open windows to enjoy and no privacy. Yet none of this bothers me because I care about the environmental and social advantages that buses offer. With the bus, I really only need punctuality and a basic level of comfort to be satisfied. Everything else treatable. Going above expectations, however, seems to be the rule for this valley’s Mountain Rides. With bus lines from Ketchum to Bellevue, vans from Shoshone and Twin Falls, a website that works and a dedicated staff, our sole...

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MASSV Music Festival 2012

07/19/12

MASSV Music Festival 2012

During a two-day festival in downtown Ketchum, Idaho, the Music and Art Showcase Sun Valley (MASSV) brought what can only be explained as a wild and weird combination of Mardi Gras meets Burning Man with tweak or two of Cirque du Soleil. The eccentricities abounded—two oversized butterfly bicycles, a giraffe body suit with green plumage, an alien head with kaleidoscope eyes, a bejeweled belly-dancer, a vaudeville-style aerial silk contortionist hanging from the stars, burning hula-hoops, glowing laser suits and hundreds of wide-eyed youngsters. Sounds like Bonnaroo, you say? Well, close. But this was our version.   July 13th and 14th, the Simplot Lot was filled with artisans of every genre, trailed by every kind of party-goer. Ravers: check. Grandparents and...

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Marley in the Mountains Festival: Summer 2012

07/18/12

Marley in the Mountains Festival: Summer 2012

Probably the most universal name known to music, Bob Marley is celebrated in 140 countries around the world every February.  Since 2008, Sun Valley has officially joined the party. The now semiannual Marley in the Mountains Festival, which put Idaho on the festival map, had its first summer concert on Thursday, July 12th where legendary ska/reggae band, Toots and the Maytals, “lit up” Atkinson’s Park. What started as a free block party in downtown Ketchum was a peaceful and mellow-mooded tribute to the iconic “Tuff Gong.” The show started at 5pm and continued under the flapping banners of red, yellow and green, with Bald Mountain as the backdrop, and the good vibrations of the Maytals until after dark. The lawn was strewn with colorful picnic...

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Von Fürstenberg Fashion and Philanthropy

07/17/12

Von Fürstenberg Fashion and Philanthropy

Last Thursday, July 12th, Panache Boutique in Sun Valley had what Newsweek declared “the most marketable woman since Coco Chanel” sipping champagne and walking around the store, giving fashion advice to patrons. The famed Belgian-American fashion designer, Diane von Fürstenberg (DVF), together with Kathy Crosson, owner of Panache, held an afternoon trunk show of her pre-fall collection to support the Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research. The annual trunk show philanthropy, now on its seventh year running, donates 10% of all proceeds to a new charity every year. In the past, they’ve given to the Special Olympics World Winter Games and American Cancer Society's Camp Rainbow Gold, said owner Crosson, and this year they got together with Amy...

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Chic Nail

07/16/12

Chic Nail

The last time I had a mani-pedi was on my wedding day nine years ago. I know what you’re thinking, because I am too, yikes! My nails are short and stubby and don’t seem to warrant any polish. I paint my toes quickly and erratically when the summer months arrive, just prior to jamming them  into flip flops. My philosophy until now has been: “I can easily paint my nails, why pay someone?” That all changed when a friend generously bestowed upon me a gift certificate to Chic Nail Beauty Bar (located at 14 Croy St. in Hailey) for a manicure ($20)/spa pedicure ($35). I made an appointment for a Friday afternoon to start my weekend off right and was introduced to a whole new world of hand and hoof care. I received an email for confirming my appointment for a...

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USA Cycling National Championships

07/12/12

USA Cycling National Championships

For every Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival race, including USA Cycling’s National Championships, the Ketchum Fire Department (KDF) had two response teams: an ambulance crew on scene, set to transport, and a crew atop the course with a truck and a backcountry litter. As a new volunteer, I hadn’t predicted the extent of KFD’s race coverage and jumped at the chance to work the cross-country events on July 6th. Having not been to an elite mountain bike race since the 2000 NORBA Championships in Deer Valley, I’d forgotten why field EMTs and paramedics are downright necessary. This year’s River Run course was steep and obstacle-ridden, with rock gardens and a colossal “fly-over” ramp near the base area. Dirt. Pavement. Rocks everywhere. From the...

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Road Tested: A Profile of Local Resident and Race Car Driver Johnny Unser

07/11/12

Road Tested: A Profile of Local Resident and Race Car Driver Johnny Unser

There are people who defy death every day—jumping out of airplanes, summiting Nepalese peaks or riding angry bulls.  For them, there is no fear complicit in the act, just a thrill. They assume a natural calm when faced with personal peril, and there’s a guy who lives right here in the Wood River Valley who is one of them. In the last few minutes before the flags were waved and the Indianapolis 500 began, Johnny Unser used to find peace. “I’d become totally focused on what I was about to do and everything else just went away—it was just me and the car.”  Today, Unser, who is retired from professional car racing, still likes to go fast, but finds happiness in being outdoors in Idaho—hiking, mountain biking, fishing, skiing and...

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Sun Valley Shakedown Festival

07/10/12

Sun Valley Shakedown Festival

Get out your coolers and coozies, festival lovers, because it’s concert season. If Ketchum Alive was the summer’s soft launch for locals, Saturday’s Sun Valley Shakedown felt like its grand opening. Without a doubt, the Shakedown had all the necessary elements for a memorable, and very much a Sun Valley show. The weather was temperate but comfortable, the venue, Festival Meadows, an idyllic mix of horse-filled pastures and jaw-dropping mountain scenery. The artists, JJ Grey and Mofro and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, brought the energy and, in turn, so did the crowd, who “danced” from start to finish. Moreover, Calle 75 Tacos, Bucksnort Root Beer, Wood Fired Pizza, Sun Valley Brewery and Whiskey’s all came to play. Everything just clicked,...

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Migrating Thoughts on Dams and Salmon

07/09/12

Migrating Thoughts on Dams and Salmon

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, the stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise,” said conservationist Aldo Leopold. Whether in the wrong or not, society has historically tended otherwise. Caving to the demands of modernity, we cleared forests to build our homes and mined hills to craft our toys. Then, to power it all (at least in the Pacific Northwest), we started damming rivers. We hastily traded the integrity, beauty and wild salmon populations of the Columbia and the Snake Rivers for hydroelectricity. Conservationists may cry foul, but this issue is hardly black and white and I recommend visiting the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery this summer to grasp the difficult balance of preserving natural communities and...

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Sun Valley Summer Music Festivals:  July 2012

07/06/12

Sun Valley Summer Music Festivals: July 2012

Although there’s always a lot happening around here in July, this year looks like one the best---especially if you love live music. There are three upcoming music festivals in Sun Valley not to be missed, whether you want to boogie or beebop to bluegrass, reggae or electronic.  Here’s the breakdown: The Sun Valley Shakedown Music Festival will be gettin’ bluesy on July 7th, highlighting JJ Grey and Mofro and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band with an official Après Party with DJ Logic at Whiskey Jacques. Tickets are available at Atkinson’s Market or at their website. Recommended:  Sh*t-kickers or dancing shoes (or bare feet).  The Marley in the Mountains Festival, a Mountain Niceness Production, will be presenting Grammy award-winning...

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Gilman Contemporary’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

07/05/12

Gilman Contemporary’s 5th Anniversary Celebration

Gilman Contemporary Gallery, located at 661 Sun Valley Road in Ketchum, turns five this July 6th, and from 5-8pm they will be celebrating with Toni’s Ice Cream, Calle 75 tacos and “Take Five” specialty cocktails.  Five of their newest and most compelling artists will be featured, including Isabel Bigalow, Kevin Sloan, Ashley Collins, Alex Couwenberg and the extraordinary Gerardo Hacer.  “It will be a good mix of abstract and inspirational work,” says owner L’Anne Gilman.  “And we are very excited about having Hacer here.”  Hacer’s work is focused mainly on giant metal origami-inspired sculptures painted in bright colors.  “It is probably some of the most unique artwork I have ever seen,”...

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DAS BARBECÜ: A Company of Fools Presentation

07/03/12

DAS BARBECÜ: A Company of Fools Presentation

This “lightning-paced” musical will be debuting on July 4th with a “Pay What You Feel” opening night, running through July 28th at the Liberty Theater in Hailey.  Writer Jim Luigs has taken Wagner’s world-famous opera, the Ring Cycle, and spun it into two acts of Texas hilarity.  With plenty of big laughs, big hats and sassy southern humor, DAS BARBECÜ is not your everyday opera-inspired play.  “The show is the perfect summer entertainment—it’s colorful, it’s musical and it’s hilarious,” says Denise Simone, Company of Fools’ core company artist.     Even if you’re not a big fan of Wagner, or opera in general, you will still be able to enjoy the witticisms and...

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Death to Day Jobs

07/02/12

Death to Day Jobs

Ochi Gallery perfectly titled its recent show: “Death to Day Jobs.” To begin with, the opening featured six local artists (Charlotte and Chatham Baker, Andy McCabe, Rudi Broschovsky, Aaron Pearson, Tal Roberts) who still have day jobs. Considering the cans of Old Milwaukee, the tank tops and the usual mess of bikes crowding Lewiston Street, the name seemed to fit the audience equally well. Organized by Chatham and Charlotte Baker, in collaboration with Ochi, as an exhibition of young and local talent, the show embodied sound philosophy: support your passion, whether that’s art or anything else. Wrote artist Aaron Pearson on Ochi’s blog: “I loved painting and drawing when I was little, and never really stopped loving it.” Just as some of us will...

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Chipping Meets Charity This Summer: Golfers Can Now “Play It Forward” with The Giving Tees

06/21/12

Chipping Meets Charity This Summer: Golfers Can Now “Play It Forward” with The Giving Tees

Ever wanted to round out that Sunday golf swing with the warm, fuzzy feeling of philanthropy?  Well, now you can.  Craig Pollard, owner of Global Tour Golf, has recently launched his new charity called “The Giving Tees” out of Vista, California, and since 2011, has taken it nationwide.  “As a company, we are always looking at ways to add value to a round of golf,” explains Pollard.  “Creating a product that all golfers use with the benefit of helping worthy charities seemed like the perfect match.”  No pun intended.   Pollard is himself a two-time cancer survivor and amputee. After starting Cancer for College, which began as a small charity golf tournament in 1993 at his alma mater, University of Southern...

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Sun Valley Caretakers

06/19/12

Sun Valley Caretakers

The lights never go out on Baldy. Each winter day come 4 o’clock, when most of us skiers and boarders are getting pushed off the mountain, the live-in apartments that are located in every on-mountain lodge at Sun Valley, begin flickering to life. Unbeknownst to many, people actually live in the Seattle Ridge Lodge, in Lookout, in Roundhouse and even in Warm Springs. They live on the mountains during the whiteouts and the heavy storms, during the striking sunrises that stretch over the Valley and the sunsets that wander westward into the wilderness.They watch full moons cast shadows in forests and herds of snowcats, while they graze nightly on the bumpy slopes nearby. They also have jobs to do. Sun Valley refers to these individuals as simply the “caretakers” and...

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Ranch Fest: "A Barn Party on The Wild Idaho Prairie"

06/06/12

Ranch Fest: "A Barn Party on The Wild Idaho Prairie"

For a semi-private, “invite-only” (but not really) party, Ranch Fest 2012 sure had quite a turnout.  Lisa Simpson, of Idaho-band Finn Riggins, estimated between 400-500 people in attendance, with numbers that grow modestly every year (they have purposefully avoided advertising and imposed a strict “no d-bags” policy).  “It started as a family party, back in 2006, and over the years turned into this,” says Lisa spreading her arms over the acres of tents, VW vans, campers, “mustache” trucks, U-Haul trailers, and a few sleeping bags curled up in the dirt with a dog and a red keg cup.  For the last five years running, the Bouiss family has generously donated their land to make the festival possible—celebrating...

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A Self-Scoring Quiz on Ambition

05/30/12

A Self-Scoring Quiz on Ambition

 In a survey of a thousand career people by McCall's Publishing Company in New York, fewer than 10 percent of those surveyed said they owed their success to "luck," "the breaks" or "knowing the right people." Most of them cited theirs reasons for success as "strong ambition" and "always wanting to be a success." The same survey reported 81 percent were satisfied with their jobs. Ambition can serve as powerful fuel in reaching higher levels of success, there's no doubt about it. The following quiz will help you and your family members determine if you need to get more ambition going. Answer the following questions with a YES or NO and then refer to the directions (below) on scoring your answers. Good luck....

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The Longest Putt: the 2012 Ketchum Wide Open

05/29/12

The Longest Putt: the 2012 Ketchum Wide Open

Before anyone could even say “Roosevelt,” the Ketchum Wide Open stole my putter. Now the only memento I have from the day is a foggy memory of a wild bar crawl and a few thoughts on the tourney’s enduring greatness. I now realize is that the trick to winning the Open, which turned an incredible 29 years old this year, is balancing the game. See, half the tournament is a legitimate, two person mini-golf game, in which you and a partner need a putter, a ball and a scorecard. The other half is a semi-legitimate drinking game. Hence my fogginess (and the missing putter). Saturday’s winning team, whose name is hilariously unsuitable to print, had to balance both like champions, as sobriety was technically a handicap. Since the 10 holes were all watering holes...

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Tying Some Up for another Season Opener

05/23/12

Tying Some Up for another Season Opener

While sifting through bins of flies, you usually notice the names of the flies more than anything else. From the Sex Dungeon to Trixie the Hooker Hopper, you can tell there’s always a back-story to every fly in a shop.  Fly-tying has always been a way to pass the dark winter nights.  When the sun sets at five, it’s easy to turn on the boob tube and settle in to a pile of feathers and thread.  I personally cue up some South Park or something equally offensive and get creative.  Sturtevants helped inspire a few more crazy fly-tiers this spring at their free fly-tying classes. Held twice a week at their Hailey store, local guides Carl Evenson, Paddy McIlvoy and I shared our expertise with some Valley residents willing to go to the dark side. From...

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