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Winter 2013

Brush Salon Grand Opening

05/29/13

Brush Salon Grand Opening

Nine years ago, Juliette Gutierrez made the change from living in flashy Las Vegas to living in "God's Country" of Idaho. She recently opened the doors of her new salon Brush, located at 660 Main Street (next to the Clarion Inn) in Ketchum. Juliette first came to Idaho on a trip 10 years ago to check out Idaho's revered fly fishing. An avid fisherman, Juliette's jaw dropped when she saw the stunning Sun Valley area and all it had to offer. Six months later she sold her house and moved here, never looking back to those bright Vegas lights. Juliette has been doing hair for over 30 years—and she's got the touch. When she arrived in the Valley she worked at Third Floor Salon in Hailey with Bob and Joanne, where she got her feet well-grounded with...

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Terra Sanctuary

05/23/13

Terra Sanctuary

When Braden Jon Anderson was 4 years old, he would catch bugs and put them in his mother's canning jars for hours of observation and enjoyment. He would put in some grass, a few twigs and a few rocks, like many kids do. He has now turned that hobby into an artform, (and a business) as budding, young artist.     Braden creates beautiful terrariums. He uses an assorted variety of hearty succulent plants, air plants, indoor and tropical foliage as well as other materials including mosses, branches, shells, bones, gems, incense, feathers, and ornamentation. He creates a "terra universe" of natural beauty and unimaginable detail within decorative glass vessels and aquariums. Braden moved to the Valley two years ago from Los Angeles, where...

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The 2013 Ketchum Wide Open

05/22/13

The 2013 Ketchum Wide Open

The Ketchum Wide Open is the Sun Valley's "Greatest (and Most Ridiculous) Golf Tournament."

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Make It a Mother's Day to Remember

05/08/13

Make It a Mother's Day to Remember

Here are some Mother's Day ideas to make Mom feel special!

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Idaho Gives

04/29/13

Idaho Gives

Idaho Gives is on May 2, 2013! On this day, 24 hours is set aside to donate to all of your favorite nonprofits in Idaho.

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Slack: The best season of all?

04/16/13

Slack: The best season of all?

Slack is here and locals can now take a deep breath, or a vacation.

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Janss Pro-Am 2013

04/11/13

Janss Pro-Am 2013

The events, races, celebrities, athletes, parties and people of the SVSEF Janss Pro Am Classic. An inside peak, with team photos and party pics from the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation's annual fundraiser.

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The Hunger Coalition’s Spring Corporate Food Drive

04/09/13

The Hunger Coalition’s Spring Corporate Food Drive

It’s time to empty the pantry and help fill the shelves at The Hunger Coalition. Every spring, local businesses team up to bring much needed non-perishable food and cash donations to The Hunger Coalition during their annual Spring Corporate Food Drive.  Vying for the coveted Golden Can Award for most pounds of food and/or money collected, these community-minded businesses build terrific in-house teamwork while reaching out to family, friends and colleagues for non-perishable food and cash donations. 2013 Spring Corporate Food Drive participants include:  Sun Valley Resort, POWER Engineers, St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, Idaho Mountain Express, Wood River High School, Zenergy at Thunderspring, Webb Landscape and Marketron. The Hunger Coalition...

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The Rosies

04/03/13

The Rosies

Demands from family, work, friends, church and a million other things strain our resources, especially time and money, making us choose wisely where we invest them. For women who have more time than money, The Rosies, a local volunteer group, seamlessly combines socializing with friends, meeting new people, and giving back to our community. Just over a year ago, in February 2012, Kat Vanden Hueval held the first meeting of The Rosies in her living room. “It was an idea I had had for a while after leaving the YMCA when I had my second child,” said Kat. “I decided to give it a go. The idea was to get a group of ladies together and give time while learning about different organizations in the Valley, and having fun doing it.” This is the kind of thing Kat...

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Boarder Profile: Chase Josey and Ryan Roemer

04/01/13

Boarder Profile: Chase Josey and Ryan Roemer

Torn apart by high schools but brought together by a mutual love of fresh pow and pro snowboarder Travis Rice, the Sun Valley bromance of the decade remains as solid as ever. Rippers Ryan “Rome-dome” Roemer and Chase “Bakey” Josey, both 17, of the Sun Valley Snowboard Team, can still finish each other’s sentences. “I can’t even remember when we met—wayyyy back,” said Roemer, flicking his head to knock back shaggy brown hair. “Maybe ... kindergarten?” finished Josey, glancing at Roemer with a raised eyebrow. “We’re bros, fer sure,” they both nodded. Often confused for one another, or even as being the same person, “It’s never just Chase or just Ryan, it’s always Chase and...

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Shredding on Sleds

03/27/13

Shredding on Sleds

There are many ways to get out and enjoy the winter wonderland that we call home. Lots of attention is given to skiing and snowshoeing, but what about sledding? Not snowmobiles—I’m talking good old-fashioned sleds. They are both affordable and tons of fun. Here’s how to have a memorable day shredding on sleds in and around Sun Valley. One of the many awesome things about sledding is that anyone can do it. Young, old, in shape, out of shape, it doesn’t matter. It’s about having a great time in the great outdoors with great people. Call your bros. Call your neighbors. Call your cousins. Call your best friend’s uncle’s mother. Call everyone you know. The more the merrier. Head for the hills! Any hill will do. Some people need look no...

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Sun Valley Film Festival

03/20/13

Sun Valley Film Festival

Sun Valley is no stranger to stardom. This ski resort was made famous by the rich and glamorous, the movers and shakers and beautiful faces of the of the 1940s big screen. Actors and actresses like Gary Cooper, Clark Gable and Marylin Monroe came in big sunglasses and scarves to pose with ski poles and pursed lips on the slopes of Bald Mountain—Hollywood A-listers in search of a quiet found only in the mountains.  Sun Valley even starred in a few films itself, like the 1941 “Sun Valley Serenade” and Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider,” establishing a cinematic tradition for this place since its inception. Last weekend was no different—producers, screenwriters, filmmakers and a slew of Hollywood’s finest ascended on the Wood River...

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Author Tim O'Brien Talks War

03/14/13

Author Tim O'Brien Talks War

As part of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Home Front Exhibition Series, author Tim O’Brien came to the Church of the Big Wood on Wednesday, March 13 to speak to a packed house of eager fans (and one ex-girlfriend). “I want to do a good job tonight, if not for you guys, then for her,” he joked. A homegrown Minnesota boy, O’Brien is now the winner of the National Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for Best Historical Fiction and has been translated into 20 different languages and sold over 3 million copies of his books worldwide. Fair enough to say he’s a big deal. Although he is known mainly for his war stories in novels like The Things They Carried, he said during his lecture that “To talk...

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Sun Valley Bronze

03/13/13

Sun Valley Bronze

When asked about his background in metalwork, Bob Commons, founder and owner of Sun Valley Bronze, simply shrugged and said, “I had eighth-grade metal shop.”  What began in a friend’s basement in 1992, with homemade casting and foundry equipment, has now expanded into a multi-functional, family-run hardware factory with 47 employees and six dogs, right on the quiet Main Street of Bellevue. Bob decided to start the business 20 years ago, he said, because of the lack of quality materials available in Sun Valley. “I was working as a contractor on some very high-end homes, but there were no high-end options available when it came to hardware,” he said. Recognizing a niche, Bob decided to teach himself how to melt and recreate metal parts with...

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Nails by Shannon Bourn

03/06/13

Nails by Shannon Bourn

Beauty is big business. According to the Professional Beauty Association, approximately $40 billion was spent in the United States at over 900,000 salon establishments last year. Sun Valley is in the unique position of being a small, rural town that is also fashion-forward. For this we rely on our local professionals to keep our appearances at their best. Shannon Bourn is one of these particular locals. Peering out from underneath her brimmed cap with warm brown eyes, she tells me she is a native Idahoan. After growing up in Nampa, she migrated to the Wood River Valley where she has been in and out for the last 12 years. Shannon loves the beauty industry. Six years ago she decided to make a career of it and studied to be a nail technician at Academy Di Firenze in nearby Jerome....

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Pamper Yourself Zenergy-Style

02/27/13

Pamper Yourself Zenergy-Style

Zenergy is a world-class destination, whether you live across town or across the country. Located just off of Saddle Road on the north end of Ketchum, it originally opened in 2001 but underwent renovations in 2012 to add an extra 4,800 square feet to the spa. With the recent expansion, there are more ways than ever to spoil yourself. Here are some of my personal favorites:     Gentle Yoga Stretch Mornings are not my forte. Actually, waking up is not my forte. I don’t drink coffee. Gentle Yoga was a great way for me to begin my day. Movements were slow and deliberate with extended holds. It was free of the gravity-defying contortions that people more flexible than me can pull off. Light filtered through the floor to ceiling windows that face Baldy and I...

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11th Annual Share Your Heart Ball

02/20/13

11th Annual Share Your Heart Ball

The Share Your Heart Ball, held annually in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn, is not only an opportunity to eat, drink, dance, donate money and get dressed up, but an opportunity to feel part of something much larger. Now on its 11th year, the Share Your Heart Ball has been raising money to benefit Idaho kids diagnosed with cancer through the American Cancer Society's Camp Rainbow Gold. “We sell out almost every year,” said Kari May, the Distinguished Events Director for Camp Rainbow Gold. With a venue that seats 500 people, they are able to raise anywhere from $500,000 to $700,000 annually. There is a silent auction at the beginning of the night, with prizes like “Silver Oak's Finest,” including a three-liter bottle of 1988 Cabernet,...

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An Evening with Author Pam Houston

02/18/13

An Evening with Author Pam Houston

Author Pam Houston is funny. Like, really funny. I knew from reading a few of her books (Cowboys Are My Weakness and Waltzing the Cat) that she was witty and clever, but she had a group of about 60 fans cracking up like little kids when she was reading from her newest book, Contents May Have Shifted at the Community Library Lecture Hall. Houston was in town on “her own book tour” going to places she was invited—and actually wanted to travel to—on her own dime. “I wanted to go to places where my readers live, places like this,” said Houston. She was brought here in conjunction with the Community Library and Iconoclast Books. (Houston went on an “official” book tour with her publishing house, W.W. Norton & Company, when the book was...

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Sun Valley Nordic Festival

01/25/13

Sun Valley Nordic Festival

Spanning nine days and over 20 events, the 2013 Sun Valley Nordic Festival gets better every year! Anchored, as always, by the prestigious Boulder Mountain Tour, Nordic Fest will be a wild week of parties, lectures, bonspiels, wine tastings, twilight tours and more. Sun Valley, Idaho, with its offering of 200k of groomed trails through a variety of gorgeous networks (Galena, Alturas, Sun Valley Nordic, the new trails at Croy Nordic, etc.), has officially settled into its title of “Nordic Town USA.” The 2013 Nordic Festival has been impeccably scheduled, after two years of practice, ensuring few overlaps and plenty of time to do everything. Scan the calendar, pack the car and stay busy. Nordic Fest is back. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013...

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Sonia Sommer

01/09/13

Sonia Sommer

THE INTEGRATION EQUATION Sonia Sommer Growing up in Australia, Sonia Sommer loved sports— tennis, track and field, triathlons, skiing—she did them all. While working with the Australian Freestyle Ski team, she became an intern at the Australian Institute of Sport, which is where her education in Structural Integration (SI), also known as Rolfing™, first began. Developed by biochemist, Ida Rolf in 1971, SI was born out of her desire to relieve pain in chronically disabled people and seeks to return the body to its natural state of equilibrium by manually freeing up adhesions in fascia (the connective tissue that surrounds muscles). Sommer, who trained in Colorado with Tom Myers, a student of Ida Rolf’s, moved to Ketchum with her former husband 15 years...

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The New Year's Eve Bubbly Bash

01/02/13

The New Year's Eve Bubbly Bash

Back by extremely popular demand, the New Year’s Eve Bubbly Bash at River Run Lodge was again a sold-out success. The Junior Patrons of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts (SVCA) together with Sun Valley Resort sold over 700 tickets this year, and yet there was still a line out the door, a wait-list and even a few ticket scalpers lurking outside. Inside, the free champagne was flowing—huge snowflakes hung from the ceiling, white linen cocktail tables scattered the room and a sea of sharp tuxedos and little black dresses crowded the bar. A Los Angeles-based DJ played all the party favorites, accompanied by live drummers, while the bartenders wiped their brows trying to keep the cocktails full.    Kathryn McNeal of the SVCA said that this year, they...

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The New State-of-the-Art Spa at Zenergy

12/19/12

The New State-of-the-Art Spa at Zenergy

If you’ve ever found yourself in the serene spa at Zenergy at Thunder Springs listening to the soft sounds of water falling as the dark, cave-like surroundings lull you into a place of extreme relaxation and thought, “this is as good as it gets,” you’re wrong! The 4,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art brand new spa at Zenergy is the “ultimate resort-style spa experience,” boasts Derek Agnew, Zenergy’s general manager.   Agnew showed us around the space that houses the new spa at Zenergy and it’s obvious that the spa is going to be exactly what was intended when architect Michael Doty designed the space—a multi-functional, all-inclusive luxury spa with modern details.  Though the existing Zenergy spa will...

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Holiday Artist Collective

12/19/12

Holiday Artist Collective

Local artists gather together together to sell their wares this holiday season

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Wow-Students Help Out Community

11/12/12

Wow-Students Help Out Community

The K-12 students of Blaine Country, ID are learning about the power of generosity and how they can make an impact on their community. Non-profit organization WOW-Students has coordinated with 12 schools, 400 teachers, 125 non-profits and over 4,000 Blaine County students to design an experience that shows the power of giving. Blaine County students are the first ones in the nation to be presented with this opportunity.  Every student in Blaine County will donate to a local non-profit with funds that have been provided by WOW-Students’ financial supporters. The students will engage directly with the non-profits, donate the funds, (approximately $25 per student) and volunteer their time on a specific project the non-profit has indicated it needs assistance in...

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