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Winter Snow Plowing in Sun Valley…Head’s Up!

Sun Valley Idaho Snow PlowPlan Ahead for a Safe, Snowy Winter

It looks like we may be in for our first storm of the winter starting today and running into the week end.  Her’s a few important tips and information from the City of Hailey snow plow guys.

The Public Works Department’s primary objective during the winter storm season is to provide safe transportation, emergency vehicle access to all citizens, and support education and commerce during adverse weather conditions. The City of Hailey has prepared equipment and personnel to meet the special needs associated with snow removal. Another important part of this preparation is to inform citizens of their role in the snow removal process.  With this in mind, the City of Hailey would like to share a few tips Read the rest of this entry »

7th Annual Hailey Idaho Turkey Trot

Hailey Idaho Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run on Thanksgiving DayOne way I usually feel a little better about that third piece of pie on Thanksgiving is to head over to the annual Hailey Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run on Thanksgiving morning.  Daryl Fauth from Blaine County Title has been putting on the event for 7 years now. Way to go Daryl!  It’s a really fun community event and the turn out is becoming more and more impressive every year.  Last year the Trot attracted about 500 participants.

Just head over to the Community Campus in Hailey at the crack of  10AM on Thanksgiving morning for the start.  Be sure to bring the kids, strollers, dogs and your free Turkey Trot beanie from last years race.  Its a great chance to see 500 of your best friends out on the streets of Hailey and get a little exercise at the same time.  Plus, it’s a guaranteed guilt reducer for the feeding frenzy later in the day.

The course winds around Deerfield, Foxmore and Curtis Sub and then down the bike path and back to the finish.  They have hot chocolate and coffee at the start for everyone which is great because the run goes off rain or shine.

See you there!

Hailey, Idaho Holiday Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Party

christmas tree lightingIt feels a little weird that we are already running headlong into the holiday season.  My lawn is still green, there are lots of leaves still on the trees and we don’t have much snow on the mountain at all.  But, time marches on and the Holiday Lights Parade and the Tree Lighting Party is scheduled for December 2nd, at 6:00 p.m.

The hard working guys from the City of Hailey Street Department as well as all the local merchants will have Hailey’s Main Street lit up like, well, like a Christmas tree.   Plus, the official Hailey Christmas tree will also be lit up for the season and that is always fun to see.

The light parade starts on the corner of Pine and Main and then heads North to end up at the Meriwether building courtyard.  That’s where you’ll find Read the rest of this entry »

Old Glory in Copper Ranch Condos Hailey, Idaho

American Flag on Hailey Idaho CondoAn interesting controversy  has arisen in our little town of Hailey, Idaho that has actually gained national media attention.   I’ll simply report the facts.   Steve and Robin Perfect rent a condo  in the Copper Ranch development in Woodside.  Their son is fighting in Iraq.  They have been flying a flag in his honor outside their condo since he was  deployed several months ago.  The homeowners association requirements in the complex do not allow for items to be displayed in the common areas. This includes flags, bird houses, wind chimes, plants, etc.

Some of the neighbors had issues with the flag being displayed and brought it to the attention of the managers of the homeowners association. The management asked the residents to please remove the flag since Read the rest of this entry »

Friedman Memorial Airport Relocation Status

Friedman Memorial Airport Relocation in Hailey Idaho Prime PropertyI thought I’d chime in on the status of the relocation of Friedman Memorial Airport.  This project has been underway for several years now.  Its’ been an ongoing process that is sometimes tough to  monitor and keep track of the most recent activity. So many interests have their own opinions and positions about how it should be handled and who should be in charge of the current process and future management.

I was present at a Hailey Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meeting recently and had a chance to speak with County Commissioner Tom Bowman.   He indicated that this is a very interesting transition time with ai port relocation process.   He said that the FAA is currently in the process of completing an Environmental Impact Study (EIS)  on the alternate relocation sites.  This report will ultimately determine Read the rest of this entry »

Paper Day in Sun Valley, ID

Idaho Mountain Express Paper Day.  All things real estate and homes for sale around Sun Valley, IdahoAround Sun Valley, Wednesday is known as Paper Day.  You can just say it’s Paper Day and most people will know what day you are taking about.  Wednesday.  This is the day that the Idaho Mountain Express prints their main weekly copy of the local  newspaper.  The Wood River Journal also used to publish a paper on Wednesday but they no longer do.  Now, they just have a few articles posted in the Idaho Mountain Express.   Plus, a few years back, The Idaho Mountain Express started publishing a Friday edition that isn’t as widely read or anticipated, except for Dr. Spa (more on that topic later…) Wednesday is still Paper Day.

Valley residents love Paper Day.  It’s a great way to catch up on local happenings and events.  Local government reports from Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley Planning and Zoning and City Council meetings usually make the headlines.  Local color stories are popular, too.  Affordable housing,  real estate and development activity and airport relocation and land use issues get constant attention as well. 

There is a great sports wrap up section for all the local prep sports events.  Arts and entertainment events are showcased.  Letters to the editor are fun to read if you’d like to get riled up over a current topic.  Plus, most of the articles talk about people you know and there’s a good chance you will see a picture of a pal, or maybe even Read the rest of this entry »

Hailey Ice and Rodeo Grounds Update


Hailey Ice and Rodeo Grounds Update

Working with its Parks & Lands Board, the Sawtooth Rangers, Hailey Ice and other volunteer groups, the City of Hailey, owner of the Rodeo Grounds and the Hailey Skatepark, is putting it’s Master Plan for the entire rodeo grounds property into action that is going to create diverse year-round recreational activities for all ages in our community.

In April of this year the Hailey CityCouncil called for a General Obligation Bond election to ask voters whether they are willing to pay for $3.5 million of the project.  They were willing and the bond past by a large margin.  Awesome!  Way to go citizens of Hailey. 

The Hailey Rodeo Grounds is an integral part of the City of Hailey. The grounds have been leased to Sawtooth Rangers for 63 years, since 1947. The 4th of July Rodeo is an institution and the old arena was a long time icon before it was demolished right after this year’s 4th of July Rode0. Read the rest of this entry »

If you…You Must Live In Idaho

The joy of buying real estate and living in Sun Valley, Idaho I received an email from a good client and friend last night and I could not resist posting if for all to read.  Jeff Foxworthy pretty much hits it on the head with this one.  All good natured fun, all true.  Plus,  it’s a great testament to the friendly and down to earth people who live in the great state of Idaho who love our fickle and fun climate.


 If someone in a Home Depot store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you live in Idaho.

 If you’ve worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you live in Idaho.

 If you’ve had a lengthy telephone conversation with someone who dialed the wrong number, you live in Idaho.

 If you measure distance in hours, you live in Idaho.

 If you know several people who have hit a deer more than once, you live in Idaho.

 If you have switched from “heat” to “A/C” and back again in the same day, you live in Idaho.

 If you can drive 75 mph through 2 feet of snow during a raging blizzard without flinching, you live in Idaho.

 If you design your kid’s Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit, you live in Idaho.

 If the speed limit on the highway is 55 mph — you’re going 70, and everyone is still passing you, you live in Idaho.

 If driving is better in the winter because the potholes are filled with snow, you live in Idaho.

 If you know all 4 seasons: almost winter, winter, winter’s almost over, and road construction, you live in Idaho.

 If you find 10 degrees “a little chilly” you live in Idaho.

 If you actually understand these jokes and forward them to all your IDAHO friends, you live in Idaho.

Welcome to Fall in Sun Valley, Idaho

Fall Leaves on bike path bridge south of Sun Valley and Ketchum IdahoWhat a Summer! After a rainy start in June we flew headlong into a great season filled with family activities and fun. The Fourth of July at the Hailey rodeo and parade, hiking the trails, fishing the Big Wood and Silver Creek, mountain biking the hills, golfing the valley courses, running the rivers and playing in the lake at Redfish, wonderful Sun Valley Summer Symphony, art gallery walks and the grand finale of Wagon Days with many more great times with friends and family mixed in between. Who could ask for more!

 As we run headlong into October and bid farewell to Summer, the first few yellow aspen leaves have begun to dot the valley floor as we prepare for Fall. The valley is a little quieter, the fish a little more eager to take a fly and its easier to find a parking place in front of Atkinsons in Ketchum.

 The next few months are known as “slack.” This brief period between Summer and Winter gives us all a little well deserved time to relax, regroup, collect our thoughts and get prepared for our next favorite season. Winter!!

We look forward to chatting with you in the months to come. Don’t be a stranger!

Hailey, Idaho Just Got A Little Prettier

DSC_0065Thanks to the talents of local artist, Tom Teitge, Hailey, Idaho is the proud benefactor of a brand new mural.  The mural is located on the southern wall of the PM Brown building at 221 River Street in Hailey.  Standing approximately 16 feet high by 12 feet wide, the mural depicts a shapely woman wielding a sledgehammer over an anvil.  She is in the process of smashing a sword and bending it into the shape of a farming plow.  The quote at the bottom of the mural reads “Swords into Plowshares.” 

I think its a great addition to the visual landscape in Hailey.  It does a great job of dressing up a large cinder block wall and serves as a great foreground for the great views of Carbonate Mountain in the background.  Hopefully, this will lead to more community interest in other art related projects throughout the city of Hailey.