It does not take long
to discover that beyond offering a spectacular vacation setting, the
Wood River Valley and its environs comprise an unusual mix of
people—diverse in their expertise and pursuits.
One of the goals of
the Sun Valley Guide is to seek out and bring to light some of these
rare personalities and their talents. Consider, for example, our feature
on John Lane, a man who, with great artistry, brings World War II planes
to life again. By contrast, we also feature the story of two Wood River
Valley men who crossed the vast Frank Church-River of No Return
Wilderness by pack string.
In the Arts
department, one of the shining stars we profile is Dick Brown. He has
taken choral performances in the valley to a brand new level. Also in
Arts, you will get a peek into the quirky world of sculptor R.C. Hink—a
place where wooden trout swim through walls and cowboy boots hold up
four poster beds.
In Living, we learn
what valley residents are doing on the cutting edge of design:
sheepherder wagons transformed into luxurious living spaces and garden
rooms that link a home’s interior to the outdoors.
Those more inclined to recreation will find our article on Olympic gold
medallist Dick Fosbury and his revolutionary “Fosbury Flop” fun reading.
Or perhaps motorcycle touring across Idaho is of interest.
And last, but not
least, there is food. In our Dining department you will find articles on
the perfect summer foods: wine, cheese, and—don’t tell the kids—ice
There is a lot to see
and learn in this lovely valley. We hope that this issue of the Sun
Valley Guide starts you on your way.
— Adam Tanous,
is a columnist and reporter for the Idaho Mountain Express and a Sun
Valley based freelance writer. He is the founder of The Street, launched
in 1999 as Colby College’s original humor magazine.
Dick Dorworth is a columnist for the Idaho Mountain Express and a
freelance writer. He has lived in the Wood River Valley for many years
and, despite a great deal of exploration, has not found better alpine,
Nordic or backcountry skiing anywhere in North America.
Dana DuGan is a staff writer for the Idaho Mountain Express,
gardener and performing arts connoisseur.
Gregory Foley is a staff writer and food columnist for the Idaho
Mountain Express. His recently published novel, “The Clarity of Light,”
was written after he spent four years scouring France for the ultimate
pairings of wine and cheese.
Matt Furber is a staff writer for the Idaho Mountain Express.
Writing is his tool for expressing rewarding experiences found exploring
the outdoors, learning foreign languages and contemplating
cross-cultural differences at home and abroad.
Pat Murphy, a former Florida and Arizona newspaper editor and
publisher and radio talk show host, is a freelance writer living in
Barbara Perkins, associate editor of the Sun Valley Guide and
former editor of the Idaho Mountain Express, when not writing or
designing Web sites, is touring the West on her 100-year anniversary
David N. Seelig is both a freelance photographer and a staff
photographer for the Idaho Mountain Express. He was in New York for
years working as a rock ’n’ roll and sports photographer.
Greg Stahl, a staff writer for the Idaho Mountain Express,
sometimes gets writer’s block. When that happens, he is assigned to
scribe stories about quirky local history and hiking.
Megan Thomas is a graduate of Colby College who returned to her
Idaho roots to work as a reporter for the Idaho Mountain Express while
pursing a graduate degree from the University of Ketchum.
Jody Zarkos is a sports reporter for the Idaho Mountain Express
and sports director at KECH and KSKI Radio in Ketchum. She is a soccer
hack who does not wear shin guards.
Barbara Perkins, Ken Retallic
Michael Ames, Dick Dorworth, Dana DuGan, Gregory Foley, Matt Furber, Pat
Murphy, Barbara Perkins, Greg Stahl, Megan Thomas
David N. Seelig
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