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Massive Elk Herd Finds Home North of Hailey, Idaho

First, the animals are locals, so they won't pad the number of liberals living in Blaine County. Two people have recently told me about the herd (one almost had a collision). It's large. I haven't yet seen it because the animals gather near the road a short time before sunset, which is past my usual bedtime, and it's an hour to drive there from home.

Medical Camp Under Construction in Camas County

FAIRFIELD, Idaho (KLIX)-A dozen new cabins designed specifically to accommodate Idaho children dealing with medical challenges are set to be built near Fairfield. Camp Rainbow Gold announced one of the cabins is already standing and will serve as a prototype for the other cabins that will also serve other children and veterans facing health challenges. A group of donors under the direction of Blackrock Homes are joining resources and man hours to build the ADA cabins along with two shower houses at Hidden Paradise for Camp Rainbow Gold. The nonprofit helps families with children experiencing pediatric cancer diagnosis. “To see what Blackrock and this team are doing for us, leaves us speechless,” said Elizabeth Lizberg, Camp Rainbow Gold CEO/Executive Director in a prepared statement. “Our kids and families are going to think they are glamping—these new cabins are that nice. And to have Blackrock Homes leading with such an incredible donation is really a game changer for Hidden Paradise.” The prototype cabin will be a test to make sure the facility meets the needs of other groups like the Epilepsy Foundation, Camp Kesem, and others. Hidden Paradise is the only camp of its kind in the state, according to Camp Rainbow Gold.

Funding for multiple major water infrastructure projects with federal ARPA and state surplus funds approved

The Idaho Water Resource Board voted to spend approximately $87 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on a number of major water infrastructure projects statewide in its regular meeting on Friday held at the Community Campus in Hailey. The post Funding for multiple major water infrastructure projects with federal ARPA and state surplus funds approved appeared first on Local News 8.

Ketchum (ID) Fire Department Buys New Engine; Wait Time 27-30 Months

The city of Ketchum is spending more than $700,000 on a new fire engine, reported. But the new vehicle isn’t expected to arrive until sometime in early 2025. The city council approved the expenditure in a vote Monday night, the report said. A fire official told the council...

Loam And Gravel Society (Episode 5): The Queen of Pain

Episode 5 (and 5.5) picks up in Ketchum, Idaho, where our friend Karl Kroll—who you can learn more about in this Rider and Rig—and partner Rachael head to Rebecca’s Private Idaho to race “The Queen of Pain.”. This is Karl and Rachael’s first organized race, and...

Ketchum looks at temporary zoning changes to boost housing supply

The city of Ketchum is proposing temporary changes to its zoning code to address the housing shortage and to respond to recent development trends staff feel are moving the city in the wrong direction. The resort city’s comprehensive plan, which was written in 2014, calls for a “strong and diverse...

Ross Fork Fire Closure Area Reduced

SMILEY CREEK, Idaho (KLIX)-The closure area surrounding the Ross Fork Fire in the Sawtooth Recreation Area north of Ketchum has been reduced in size as containment nears 50 percent. According to the U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest, on Saturday public lands to the east of State Highway 75 were opened up to the public as well as areas north of Cabin Creek including Pettit Lake. Access to Alturas Lake is still off limits. All areas, including trails and roads, within the new closure area are closed to the public. The Forest Service warned visitors to stay away from areas that have burned because they pose a serious threat.

New fire reported in Blaine county

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — A new fire has been reported near Winn Compost at the end of Ohio Gulch Rd. This is located north of Hailey. Smoke from this fire is drifting over east fork and other areas, according to the Blaine County Sheriff. Residents are asked to...

Two Arrested in Hailey on Felony Drug Charges

HAILEY, Idaho (KLIX)-Blaine County authorities say they allegedly found cocaine, a triple digit amount of cash, and firearms following a recent search warrant at a couple's Hailey home. Kerry and Karen Christiansen are facing multiple felony drug charges after the Blaine County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Enforcement Team (Net) searched their home in Hailey. Kerry is charged with five felony counts including possession of a controlled substance, trafficking in cocaine, unlawful possession of a firearm, and introduction of major contraband into a correctional facility. Karen is charged with one felony count of possession of a controlled substance. Investigators say they took into evidence more than four pounds of cocaine, $302,000 in cash, and 19 firearms and ammunition. Both were booked into the Blaine County Detention Center.
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Leaders in Learning: Skyview High School debaters advance to national tournament

BOISE, ID (CBS2) — Five members of the Skyview High School debate team competed at the inaugural Calvin Coolidge Cup debate tournament in Hailey, Idaho this past weekend. Members of the team took the top 3 spots, scoring cash prizes and earning invitations to the Coolidge Cup National Championships next July in Vermont.

Evacuation Orders Lifted Near Ross Fork Fire, Roads Remain Closed

SMILEY CREEK, Idaho (KLIX)-Evacuees can now return to their cabins near Smiley Creek as evacuation orders have been pulled back to a ready status, however some roads remain closed. The Blaine County Sheriff's announced Friday morning that the evacuation status for areas around the Ross Fork Fire at a READY status, meaning people in the area should be ready to evacuate at a moments. The small community of Smiley Creek and Sawtooth City had to be evacuated as the fire moved eastward more than a week ago. Some places may not be accessible due to a a closure order by the U.S. Forest Service-Sawtooth National Forest that remains in place for forest areas, roads, and trails. State Highway 75 remains open, but the sheriff's office said it could close at a moments notice. According to fire officials, the Ross Fork Fire is now at 28 percent containment. Recent rains have helped slow the fire, however there is still the potential for dry conditions along with wind to increase fire activity during the weekend. Much of the fire activity is burning within the perimeter. Stage 1 fire restrictions are in place for the Sawtooth North Zone limiting where campfires can be used.

Jackson Dominates Wood River, ID. for 2nd Win in 2022

Despite some changes in personnel, Jackson remains a serious contender in 3A football. The Broncs improved to 2-1 after a 55-12 win over Wood River from Hailey, Idaho back on Friday. Jackson had a tremendous first half and scored just every way possible. Xander Witt was a star for the Broncs with a pair of touchdown receptions in the first half. The first one went for 12 yards and the 2nd one covered 50 yards. Witt also came up with a pick-six in the 2nd half on a play that went for 40 yards.

Blaine County P&Z approves Greenhorn First Responder Housing

HAILEY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) —Affordable and available housing is an ongoing issue in Blaine County, even for first responders. The cost of living can range for a one-bedroom to two-bedroom housing unit anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000 a month, causing headaches for local fire chiefs. “It’s getting harder and harder...