Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Sun Valley Resort Yells Fore-ward. Wine Auction Cancelled - Library Mulls Opening
The Sun Valley Museum of the Arts’ glamorous Wine Auction is a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. But SVMoA staff promise to come up with some smaller events for fans of wine and art.
Saturday, April 25, 2020


Sun Valley Resort will open its golf courses on Friday, May 1. Practice facilities open Wednesday, April 29.

It will, of course, have a new look.

Practice stalls will be staged 10 feet apart.

This graph prepared by Paul Ries shows four new reported cases of coronavirus in Blaine County as the total number of cases approaches 500.

Members only will be allowed at Elkhorn for the time being. There will be no guest or public play until further notice. Tee times will be allowed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and no walk-ins are allowed. Reservations are preferred by email at or phone at 208-622-2251 for Sun Valley and 208-622-2271 for Elkhorn.

The Sawtooth putting course will not open until health authorities allow social gatherings.

Only one golfer is allowed per cart and walking is encouraged. But no push carts are available.

Nine holes are available on Elkhorn and Trail Creek to begin with. Eighteen holes is scheduled to open at both courses on Friday, May 8.

There will be no use of clubhouse facilities, other than the pro shop, for the time being. No scorecards, pencils water stations or towels will be provided.

When golfers are finished, they should return the cart and leave the property.

The Valley Club and Big Wood Golf opened last week. Big Wood golf course has been extremely busy, said one employee.


The Sun Valley Museum of Art has cancelled its 39th annual Wine Action because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Director Christine Davis-Jeffers said organizers decided to cancel the event, which had been scheduled for July 16 through 18, to protect the health of Wood River Valley residents and event attendees.

“This decision isn’t easy, but it’s the right one,” she said. “Safety is our top priority.”

The Wine Auction is the museum’s largest fundraiser of the year, funding its K-12 arts education programs. In 2019 the event raised $1.8 million—40 percent of the museum’s operating budget.

In its place, the museum is developing a series of smaller tasting and dining experiences, as well as special events through the year, to continue the connection to its vintner friends, chefs and supporters of the arts. They will be announced later.

Wells Fargo Private Bank has committed a gift of $50,000 this year to support SVMoA’s programs.

SVMoA still hopes to offer public museum access, visual arts exhibitions and events, arts education and late summer concerts as soon as it is safe to do so.


The Community Library will hold a virtual discussion from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 30, to present plans for a phased reopening.

Staff will also discuss what library services are available now and what library services it’s planning to offer soon. They’ll discuss the summer reading programs and describe what changes shoppers can expect at the Gold Mine.

Presenters will be executive director Jenny Emery Davidson, children’s and young adult director DeAnn Campbell and Gold Mine stores managing director Craig Barry. Programs and education manager Martha Williams will moderate questions.

The program can be livestreamed at Questions may be submitted in advance to

 A recording will be available for later viewing at

The library and Gold Mine stores shut down on March 19 in response to Gov. Brad Little’s shelter-in-place order for Blaine County. But the library’s mission to enhance the cultural life of the community has not been on hold these past six weeks, said Martha Williams. “Our staff has been thinking of new ways to serve the Wood River Valley, and we’re eager to begin taking these steps safely and thoughtfully.”


Housekeepers and other workers involved with cleaning services may resume operations as long as they adhere to health and safety procedures intended to prevent coronavirus transmission.

Blaine County Commissioners are asking workers to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Wear a mask and clean gloves at all times while performing cleaning activities.
  • Do not perform cleaning activities while occupants are present.
  • Abide by social distancing practices while performing cleaning activities. Ensure all cleaning rags and towels are properly washed and sanitized.
  • Do not reuse cleaning rags or towels between cleaning engagement.

Having household workers return to work not only helps with home sanitation but can reduce stress for people who would otherwise be living in unsanitary conditions, said Blaine County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg.


Molly Page is rallying volunteers to bring some of the potatoes that farmers are giving away in Picabo to Hailey. She's arranged for five pickup trucks to load them up and bring them back. Volunteers may help load at 9:30 a.m. today at the potato pile, which is a mile east of Picabo on the right just past mile marker 190 (turn right before the sign that says Silver Creek Seed).

Those who'd like to help can meet the pickups in Hailey or Ketchum between 12: and 12:30 p.m. to unload the potatoes. Volunteers should wear a mask and gloves, and bring cardboard boxes and/or five-gallon buckets. Some boxes and masks will be available for people to use.

For more information visit Blaine County COVID-19 Mutual Support Group.


The Wood River Valley will have to wait a little longer for its annual spring cleaning.

The Environmental Resource Center is postponing its annual Clean Sweep.

The ERC has held Clean Sweep—an opportunity for community members to come together to pick up trash laid bare by winter snowmelt—since 1994. This year’s Clean Sweep had ben planned for May 2.

“Last year’s turnout was the best ever for Clean Sweep,” said Alisa McGowan, ERC’s program director. “We are working on new and creative ways to keep the momentum going so we can all continue to be here for our environment.”


Blaine County gained five new cases of coronavirus on Friday for a total of 490 . The state has gained 34 new cases for a total of 1,870.



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