Our valley’s towns are like rivers of gold, they are full of precious nuggets: your stories.
As this magazine approaches its 20th year, it does so with a new design and a new mission, to pan for those nuggets. We are here to celebrate the people of this valley, to reveal your stories, present your passions and investigate what matters to you.
With this in mind, we are proud to introduce a new feature, the Sun Valley Guides. Highlighting three residents, we present their stories and let them be your guides to their slice of Sun Valley life. Step into the warmth of a pre-dawn bakery; tinker alongside Elbie in his shop; and discover what a housewife can achieve with a vision and some muscle.
In our two arts profiles we strive to sample the passions this valley can incite. Meet the Boise-born couple whose Camas Prairie-inspired rugs help Afghan weavers climb out of poverty. Follow Jules Frazier’s 20-year odyssey chronicling rodeo queens, a journey that began in 1985 when she was crowned Miss Hailey Rodeo.
As summer rolls into the valley it does so on a cruiser. A sunny-day inventory of the streets of Hailey, Bellevue and Ketchum serves up countless of these retro rides. Clearly, we are in the grip of cruiser fever. Michael Ames was sent to investigate the rise of this beach-born phenomenon in our mountain town.
Among the biggest news events of 2005 was a 40,000-acre wildfire in the Sawtooth Valley. The devastation of a piece of our favorite playground deserved closer examination. We tasked Shea Andersen to explore the catastrophe.
I hope you enjoy this issue of the Sun Valley Guide, and I welcome your comments and thoughts on it and on what you would like to read in future issues. After all, this is your magazine. Thanks for being with us and I hope you continue to enjoy your journey through life in Sun Valley, with us as your guide.
Jennifer Tuohy, Editor
Ames is a multi-purpose writer for the Sun Valley Guide/Idaho
Mountain Express and author of The World Beard and Moustache
Championships: The First Official Book. When not recovering from
semi-regular knee surgeries, Ames also works as an instructor with the
Sun Valley Ski School. Come summer, he can be found river-walking,
golf-scrambling and thinking that he should learn to enjoy fishing.
Currently, Ames is in the market for a custom cruiser to call his own.
Press Club Awards, 2005
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