It wasn’t a full year ago that some of us, people of sound mind included, wondered whether this town might go up in flames. Ketchum was in existential danger. It started, as these things do, with a strange and beautiful sign: a single plume of black smoke rising from the west, from behind Baldy, near what we would all soon learn was Castle Rock.
The fire tested this community. We sat on porches and lawns that Friday night in August and watched the smoke climb, unaware that within days neighbors would evacuate their homes, morning walks would be health hazards and we would all know, a bit more intimately, how life feels in a war zone. I was in the valley for my good friends’ wedding in late July and had stuck around, looking for a way to move back to Idaho. As we watched prop planes and helicopters strafe Adams Gulch, my friend and editor Jennifer Tuohy told me she was expecting her first baby. She asked if I would like to return and fill her working shoes for awhile. By this point, Wagon Days was cancelled. Streets and stores were empty and cash registers lay still. But the valley hadn’t been licked. In fact, the community pulled together in good and unusual ways.
Building this summer’sSun Valley Guide, we learned how the valley absorbed last summer’s lessons. All of us, it seemed, learned the value of a test, and the theme of stalwart individuals overcoming life’s trials took shape.
Rebecca Rusch, one of
our local world-class athletes, is a natural for this issue. The
"accidental athlete" has built a career on heights of pain and depths of
fatigue. Mariel Hemingway, burdened with the looming double shadow of
fame and tragedy, opens up in these pages about facing down her demons.
Even the wild gray wolf, near extinct in Idaho just over a decade ago,
has found a way back into the game. From wedding mishaps to longboard
surfing on mountain lakes, the Sun Valley Guide likes a good
challenge. A year after Castle Rock, we hope this issue engages readers
with those times when fire crosses the path and we are meant to push
is the Living
editor and a features writer for the Idaho Mountain Express, as
well as a local music promoter and gardening enthusiast. She regards
catching a celebrity in a moment of ease to be the Tour d’Eiffel
worked his way around the
world while making the glorious ascent from investment banker to bike
messenger. He finally arrived in Ketchum two years ago and now writes
full time for the Idaho Mountain Express. When not feeding his
addiction to planning and zoning meetings, Duval finds himself
frequently humiliated on Wood River roads and trails, whether on his
bike or skis.
art production manager
and David N. Seelig
ad production & web
Idaho Press Club Awards
1st place General Excellence: 2004, 2005 and 2007
Magazine Writing: Serious Feature
Magazine Writing: Light Feature
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