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From the editor

Life in this valley is a struggle, especially if you are a tiny, newly spawned rainbow trout. If you are an energized, educated 20-something, hoping to forge a life in the fresh waters of the Wood River Valley, it is downright daunting. But no matter your origin, your reasons for being here likely include crystal-clear waters, brilliant blue skies, towering, magnificent mountains and breathtaking vistas. But what also lies in wait for those who persevere here is a sense of community, belonging and camaraderie among fellow survivors.

This issue of the Sun Valley Guide explores these themes. Taken together they provide a snapshot of life in the Wood River Valley, a time capsule of sorts. They explore the challenges, interests, diversions and experiences of the people, places and creatures that live here, right now.

In Born at the Headwaters, follow the life cycle of the valley’s native fish, the rainbow trout, and learn why its greatest challenge is one of man’s creations.

In Generation Lost? Trevon Milliard tackles the most pressing question in our valley’s short history, one that has far reaching implications for the future of our towns: Where have all the young people gone?

Then, take a break, relax and remember why we struggle to make it work here, why it’s a wonderful place to be. Let Matt Leidecker be your guide to some of his most treasured hiking experiences. Follow the native guide as he charts and explores his home turf for a new guidebook, and discovers some surprises along the way.

Finally, embrace the success stories of life in this wild West. Inside Idaho’s Attics takes us on a tour of the conservators of central Idaho’s heritage, a peek inside the museums that may one day be showcasing slices of life in the Wood River Valley circa 2010.

Jennifer Tuohy, Editor-in-Chief





Karl Weatherly (Frontier Modern) specializes in sports/action, contemporary lifestyle and travel photography. After receiving a B.A. in film production from UNC, he pursued studio photography in New York. Karl was chief photographer for Jeep/48Straight and Seattle Seafair and a staff photographer for the Seattle Goodwill Games and USOC (Vancouver Olympics). He is a three-time winner of a national photojournalism award and is represented by Getty Images and Corbis.


Jason D.B. Kauffman (Born at the Headwaters) is a freelance outdoors and environmental writer and photographer. His work explores topics including endangered wildlife, threatened wildlands, backcountry travel, food and sustainable living. He has been published in a dozen publications, including Sun Valley Guide, Backpacker Magazine, and the Idaho Statesman. Jason often collaborates with his wife, photographer Elizabeth Belts Kauffman. View samples of their work at


Trevon Milliard (Generation Lost?), an Idaho Mountain Express newspaper reporter, took the job sight unseen in 2009. He knew instantly upon reaching Ketchum that he had lucked out. Growing up in Whitefish, Montana, Trevon’s no stranger to mountain towns. His favorite activities are backpacking, snowshoeing and mountain biking. Trevon’s work has appeared in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Habitat, the Missoulian and Hungry Horse News.


Matt Leidecker (One Man in the Mountains) moved to the valley when he was 4. Matt guides on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and worked for five years with Sun Valley Heli-Ski guides. He is currently the academic director for the SVSEF He has published a collection of his Middle Fork photographs, as well as two white-water guidebooks. His newest project, Sun Valley Hiking, will be out soon (


Van Gordon Sauter (Inside Idaho’s Attics) was the least successful anchorman in the history of commercial broadcasting. His ratings for the early news in Chicago were so abysmal that the company sent him to France to run the CBS News Paris bureau, a decidedly off-air position. He later became executive vice president of the CBS Broadcast Group.
He lives in Gimlet.