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The Sun Valley Guide magazine is distributed free twice yearly to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area communities.

Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper will receive the Sun Valley Guide with their subscription.

Sun Valley Guide editor, Jennifer Tuohy

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Summer in Sun Valley is a whirlwind event.

This community of active, intelligent and highly motivated people packs more fun into three short months than most do in a decade. From live music every night of the week, to hiking, biking and fishing; summer in Sun Valley is never short on fun.

In this issue we delve deeply into this highly anticipated season. It is our hope that, after reading it, you will emerge with a fresh perspective on some of the valley’s favorite activities.

We take you behind the scenes of the season’s hottest musical extravaganzas. Experience a day in the life of a Sun Valley Summer Symphony musician and look back at 30 years of the Northern Rockies Folk Festival. Also, discover history hidden along the bike path, and explore a new playground just over Trail Creek. Even jaded locals may be surprised at what they learn.

It has been my mission, since assuming editorship of this magazine, to highlight the people of this valley, its heartbeat; they make this place special and through them we learn about this place we call home.

In Fifteen for a Day, follow a Hailey family as they go through one of the most important days in their family’s life: the quinceañera. An ancient Hispanic tradition, the quinceañera—an elaborate celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday—still survives in rural Idaho.

In our returning Sun Valley Guides series, meet the people who have carved their place in this valley’s heart through their dedication to animals. Kristy Pigeon, Nappy Neaman and the Acker brothers have made the Wood River Valley a better place, for both four-legged and two-legged creatures alike, through their love of horses, goats and pets of all sizes.

So, go ahead, delve into this guide to life in Sun Valley, and, if you don’t discover something about mountain life that you didn’t already know, then I’d love to hear from you.

Jennifer Tuohy


Linda Anderson grew up galloping bareback on ponies across her family’s farm in North Dakota. A seven-year Wood River Valley resident, she’s fortunate to share her mountain journeys with Trax (the best horse in the world), and to be married to George Giroux. George is, for many reasons (not the least, his acceptance of his wife’s equine passion) known as the best husband in the world.

Betsy Andrews is a lifelong animal lover, so she was delighted to talk with some of the valley’s best known animal experts for her Sun Valley Guides article. She lives in Hailey with her dog, June, and her cat, Tesserwell, who was the most important man in her life until she met Miles Etchart last fall. Much to Tesserwell’s chagrin, Betsy and Miles will be married in June.

Gregory Foley is the editor of the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper. He has a particular interest in European affairs, having lived in France from 1977 to 1980 and seasonally from 1989 to 1992. His magazine and newspaper writing has been repeatedly recognized for its excellence by the Idaho Press Club and other major press organizations. He lives in Hailey.

Barbi Reed, owner of Anne Reed Gallery, has had a camera in hand since she was nine. Having set foot in over 40 countries, she has had assignments with non-profits in Africa and Tibet. "I was fortunate to have been asked by Amy Tamayo to photograph her quinceañera," says Barbi, who met the Tamayos when she was photographing for the exhibition, Dos Culturos, for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. Barbi’s current passion is photojournalism, however; if you look carefully, you might find her art photographs under her pseudonym, Enna Deer (Anne Reed spelled backwards).


Sun Valley Guide

Pam Morris

Jennifer Tuohy

copy editor
Barbara Perkins

Linda Anderson, Betsy Andrews, Dana DuGan, Gregory Foley, Jason Kauffman, Sabina Dana Plasse and Timi Saviers

Willy Cook, Todd Kaplan, Paulette Phlipot, Chris Pilaro, Barbi Reed, David N. Seelig, Kirsten Shultz and Kevin Syms

art director
Evelyn Phillips

production manager
Tony Barriatua

business manager
Connie Johnson

ad production & web site designer
Colin McCauley

graphic artists
Colin McCauley, Erik Elison,
Erica Niemi and Chris Seldon

marketing/sales director
David Thouvenel

advertising executives
William Pattnosh, Gayle Kerr and Jeff Blais


Idaho Press Club Awards, 2006

Magazine writing: Serious Feature

1st: A Valley Ablaze, Shea Andersen, 2nd: Surviving the Sawtooths, Michael Ames. Honorable Mention: Real Estate, Greg Stahl

Magazine writing: Light Feature

1st: Van Gordon Sauter, Pat Murphy, 2nd: Seventy Years..., Betty Bell, 3rd: The Cruiser Cometh, Michael Ames. Honorable Mentions: From Khorossan to Ketchum, Michael Ames; 50 years of Family, Rebecca Meany; A Griffon's Tale, Jennifer Tuohy

Magazine Photography

1st & 2nd: Chris Pilaro

Idaho Press Club Awards

2004 & 2005

1st place General Excellence


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