Monday, June 1, 2020
Life's Basic Necessity Reopened on Friday
The Sawtooth Botanical Garden has reopened but is asking visitors to be respectful of others.
Saturday, May 2, 2020


One of the hardest things to find during the coronavirus shutdown is a public restroom that’s open.

Even the restrooms at Maverick gas stations have been off-limits for those who have had to make a road trip out the valley!

That’s why it’s so good to hear that the Sawtooth Botanical Garden has officially reopened for business just as everything’s beginning to bud out. And there’s even a restroom that will be open to the public!

Paul Ries noted that Blaine County held steady at 497 cases of coronavirus for the third day in a row. "We've never had consecutive days with no new cases, so this is a first--but not a time to relax. This is the incentive to keep on doing what we've been doing."

The south doors of the greenhouse will be open for those wishing to see the many blooms in the hot house. It’s asked that only one person or family be in there at one time. The Visitor Center reopens on Monday.

Visitors are asked to give one another at least six feet of distance. Face coverings are encouraged. And hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the garden and the greenhouse.

Give kids S P A C E in the sand box. Check out the newly redesigned Serenity Garden, which was made possible by Chip and Kim Nalen. Feel free to exercise some of your pent-up cabin fever by volunteering for one of the many spring tasks at the garden ( Projects include a new Resilience Garden to bolster food security in the Wood River Valley.

And it goes without saying: Stay away if you’re feeling sick.

The garden is continuing to plan for the 25th Annual Garden tour scheduled for July 25. The nature of the event allows physical distancing and other protocols. And it still hopes to hold its Aug. 26 Gimlets in the Garden.

Speaking of the garden, Kelly Odell is now the new Gardens & Facilities Manager, taking over for Kathy Noble who stepped down to devote more time to her own little farm.

And Board Vice Chair Jolyon Sawrey is now the Board Chair, taking over for Susan Flynt who ha devoted countless years and hours to the garden. SBG’s new treasurer is Baylee Colton, a personal banker with DL Evans in Ketchum. Matt Bogue continues to serve as recording secretary.

The board is rounded out by Kathie Gouley, Dean Hernandez, Bill Josey, Cherie Kessler and Frances Cherp.


Sun Valley Resort announced Friday that it will continue with the replacement of the Cold Springs Lift and related terrain expansion this summer as planned. The project should be completed for the coming season.

That’s notable because some ski resorts have cancelled or are considering shelving projects planned for this summer because of losses incurred when they had to close a month early because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sun Valley Resort opened nine holes of golf on both Trail Creek and Elkhorn courses on Friday. And it will offer a special Mother’s Day Brunch featuring cedar planked salmon, brown sugar ham, herb crusted prime rib and turkey breast from Sun Valley Club, available for take-out. Call 208-622-2270 or visit for more information.

President and General Manager Tim Silva thanked the community’s health professionals, first responders and government officials for their efforts to keep the community safe.

“While summer will certainly look different, I am confident that we will all enjoy many of those things that make Sun Valley so special,” he said. “We are all #SunValleyProud.”


The Advocates is revamping its 2020 Black & White Soiree, originally scheduled for June 26.

It will be transformed into a month-long celebration of giving. For every gift received, a ribbon will be added to a visual representation of generosity in the Sun Valley area.


As Idaho allowed retail and some other businesses to reopen, the state reported 20 new confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state has recorded 2,035 cases.

One more death was reported in Ada County. Idaho now has had 64 residents die due to the coronavirus.

Blaine County held steady with 497 cases of coronavirus reported over the past month and a half.


The ideas for social distancing—while first widely employed during the Middle Ages—owe their modern form to President George W. Bush and a 14-year-old girl’s science project, according to The New York Times.

George W. Bush asked his scientists how they might be better prepared for a pandemic after reading John M. Barry’s book “The Great Influenza,” a book that noted that pandemics like the 1917-18 Spanish influenza come about every hundred years.

The 14-year-old, the daughter of a scientist at the Sandia National Laboratories, conducted a high school research project in which she built a model of social networks at her Albuquerque high schoo.  Her father piggybacked on her work to explore what effect breaking up the school’s social networks, class groups and bus groups would have in tamping down disease.

By closing the schools in a hypothetical town of 10,000 people, they determined, only 500 people got sick. Allowed to remain open, half of the population would be infected.

 At first, no one thought lockdown and social distancing could be feasible. But the Centers for Disease control made Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions official U.S. policy. And the Obama administration updated the strategy in 2017.


Tom Cahill, a 33-year-old physician-turned-venture capitalist, has just one suit. But he’s leading a dozen of America’s top chemical biologists, immunobiologists, neurobiologists, chronobiologists, billionaires and industry titans in a search for a cure for COVID-19, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Inspired by the Manhattan Project--a group of scientists who worked hastily to develop the atomic bomb—the Scientists to Stop COVID-19 are sifting through unorthodox ideas from around the world.

The group has disparaged the idea of using antibody testing to allow people back to work, saying that prior exposure may not prevent people from giving the virus to others. And it quickly dismissed the use of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, determining it was a long shot at best.

Among its recommendations: Slashing the time required for a clinical review of new drugs to a week from nine months or a year. And they have pushed the development of the saliva test, suggesting the tests be done at the end of the workday so results are available by morning.


More than 90 vaccines are being developed to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic. But what if manufacturers can’t produce enough syringes, or vials, or the rubber stoppers in the vials or the plungers in the syringes? That’s the question the New York Times posed on Friday.


The FDA has issued emergency-use authorization for remdesivir to treat hospitalized patients with severe COVID-19. The drug, which is believed to have reduced recovery time from 15 days to 11, is not the end-all be-all. But it's a start. Dr. Anthony Fauci says it reminds him of the first breatkthrough in the battle against HIV.



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