The silver lining of the recent COVID crisis is that it has brought out the best in our community. Blaine County has answered the call President John F. Kennedy made many decades ago, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your…

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ArborFest and the Fourth of July parade return There hasn’t been a lot to celebrate in recent months. But now that we have begun to crush the COVID curve locally, it’s about time we found some reasons to rejoice. That’s why The Chamber is happy to announce that two hallmark Hailey events will be returning—albeit…

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Helping one another survive the crisis While the number of people infected with COVID-19 in Blaine County is considered high, with around 500 confirmed cases, that number is shattered by the amount of local people whose lives have been damaged and threatened in other ways. Thousands of locals lost their jobs. Hundreds of Blaine County…

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They say that all heroes don’t wear capes. Apparently, some of them wear aprons and deliver pizzas. Originally founded in west Ketchum before moving to Main Street over a decade ago, Rico’s Authentic Italian restaurant has been feeding local families tasty pizza and Italian dishes since 1982. So when the pandemic hit and thousands of…

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We think that the Wood River Valley is one of the best places in the country … and it’s pretty tough to argue with us. Recreation: Check Plus From the ski slopes and mountain biking trails to hiking, fishing and even team and youth sports,  we  are world class. Natural Beauty: Check Plus Everywhere you…

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The City of Hailey needs your help. The Local Option Tax (LOT) will sunset if our population goes above 10,000, as is expected in this year’s census. City leaders with the support of The Chamber would like to extend the “tourist-based tax” for 30 years. The following information explains the tax, what it’s used for…

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If you want to find a hidden hero of the coronavirus, you just have to look at one of the essential businesses. Heroes are working the checkout stands at markets and gas stations. They are delivering pizzas, letters and packages. They are manning the hardware store so that homes can stay safe and repairs and…

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There’s an old saying that life’s roughest seas show the strength of our moorings. The tempest created by the coronavirus is certainly making life rough for many people. Thankfully we have places like The Advocates to hook our anchors to as we ride out the storm. The Advocates has been helping survivors of domestic violence…

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Computer Talk Services offers some guidance The way we communicate with our clients, our co-workers and even our friends and family has changed.  It is one of the biggest and most far reaching impacts of the coronavirus. But social distancing and being quarantined doesn’t mean we can’t still have good communication. To help figure out…

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Blaine County’s Emergency Manger Chris Corwin  Most of the time, Chris Corwin’s job is kind of boring. As the Disaster Services Coordinator for Blaine County, Chris spends a lot of time planning for things that he hopes never happen. “That’s my job. I kind of sit back in the shadows trying to get prepared,” Chris…

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