Monday, June 1, 2020
MARC Offers One-Stop Shopping for Pandemic Resources
Coyotes have been howling on the streets of San Francisco, and hungry monkeys are entering Indian homes and opening refrigerators to look for food in a world where the streets have been emptied due to the coronavirus pandemic. Here? Well, a grouse probably trying to protect its nest pecked a few Nordic skiers on the Horse Creek Trail at Galena Lodge on Saturday. And these moose appear to be a little cranky, as well!
Monday, April 27, 2020


The new Blaine Recovery Committee has launched its online multi-agency resource center called MARC.

The virtual MARC, available in English and Spanish, will serve as a resource where individuals and organizations can find available assistance as the valley deals with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s available at

Aimee Christensen, who is on the steering committee of the Blaine Recovery Committee, praised Luis Alberto Lecanda, who came to Sun Valley from the Bay area to learn to Nordic ski, for creating the website in record time and with maximum functionality and accessibility, including its bilingual capabilities.

Paul Ries' graph shows that Blaine County's number of coronavirus cases continues to edge up--this time with new cases.

“We are diversity-driven and building bridges of hope!” said Herbert Romero of PROJECT.O.O.L.S & PARTNERS.

The Blaine Recovery committee is designed to coordinate needs with resources, not duplicate efforts, said Christensen. And MARC is designed to provide one-stop shopping.

The website, for instance, will show individuals how they can access services like crisis support for mental health needs, as well as other opportunities to keep the mind, body and spirit healthy and connected, said Laurie Strand, who leads the Recovery Committee’s Personal Recovery team.

“Normally, a resource center would be brick and mortar. We can’t do that right now,” said Christensen. “As soon as we can, we will do so.”


The Washington Post reported Sunday that Americans have quarantine fatigue. Researchers tracking smartphone data say Americans have begun venturing out since April 13, perhaps due to the Liberate protests and mixed messages from the nation’s leaders as some states reopen beaches and nail salons.

Idaho’s change in social distancing index from April 10 to 17 showed Idahoans are letting up a little. Of course, the data can’t show whether people were headed off to hike by themselves or doing something riskier.

It will be a couple weeks before researchers will be able to tell if hospital admissions have rebounded, thanks to more people being out and about chancing more risk of transmission.


Idaho’s state park campgrounds hope to reopen May 15 under Gov. Brad Little’s reopening plan, provided the state doesn’t have to reverse course due to a spike in coronavirus cases. It has not been determined whether those from out of state will be allowed to camp in state parks.


Idaho announced just 10 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday but two were in Blaine County. Idaho is approaching 1,900 with 1,897. Blaine County now has 492 cases.


Residents of the Wood River Valley were able to avail themselves of free potatoes the size of Pio’s this weekend, thanks to some generous potato farmers in the area.

Now, Cranney Farms of Oakley is sending $75,000 worth of potatoes to the Bronx after East Side House Settlement charity saw their offer of free potatoes. Potato farms have seen the demand for their potatoes upended by the closure of restaurants that would be using the Russets for French fries.


A story in New York Times Magazine says that scientists could possibly have stopped a pandemic like the coronavirus before it wreaked havoc if they had been afforded the political wherewithal and funding.

“The problem isn’t that prevention was impossible,” said Peter Daszak, a member of a group established by W.H.O. in 2015 to prioritize dangerous viruses for which no vaccines or drugs were already in development. “It was very possible. But we didn’t do it.”

Scientists could design pan-viral drugs and vaccines that would be effective against a wide range of influenza or coronaviruses, if they had the resources, Daszak told Jennifer Kahn. Fortunately, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, more systems of global cooperation and investment have started to emerge led by groups like the Gates Foundation.


Remember when the only symptoms of coronavirus, according to the experts, were a fever, dry cough and shortness of breath? The Centers for Disease Control has added several more symptoms to its official list: Loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, chills, repeated shaking with chills and difficulty breathing. And that list is not all inclusive.


Danish students returned to elementary school last week. But recess has a new look. Instead of touching one another during a game of tag, for instance, they’re stepping on one another’s shadows.



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