Living in Blaine County

Live Here!

Blaine County is located in South Central Idaho, straddling rugged mountains ranges in the north and fertile agricultural lands in the south. The County includes the cities of Bellevue, Carey, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley, all rural communities established during the late 1800’s silver mining boom. Whether you are looking to visit, live or work in the area, the quality of place is second to none! In addition to the numerous recreational opportunities, there are exceptional choices in schooling, a highly educated workforce, excellent public transportation and affordable housing opportunities.

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Snow Sports, Hiking, Fishing and More...

The area is known for its world-class snow-sports, hiking, backpacking and mountain biking, white water rafting on Idaho’s famous rivers, blue-ribbon trout fishing, hunting baldy liftsand so much more! The alpine skiing is world class at the Sun Valley Resort which is America’s first and finest all season resort offering 3,400 of vertical feet on Bald Mountain. In our backyard is the 750,000 square mile Sawtooth National Recreational Area and within minutes of your home are more then 200 km of groomed Nordic trails in the winter and 400 miles of hiking and single track trails in the summer, providing easy access to a multitude of peaks, lakes and rivers! 

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Business and Lifestyle

The quality of place not only provides a healthy active lifestyle, but provides a stable foundation for businesses and entrepreneurs who come to the region to work hard and play hard. flower standThe Sun Valley Region is home to a wide variety of home-grown and imported business success stories such as Sun Valley Bronze, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Smith Sport Optics, Scott International, Power Engineers, and Marketron to name a few. May it be a career in agriculture, healthcare, sales, professional or just becoming a recreational professional, Blaine County offers more than many can imagine for employment opportunity.

 

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Arts and Culture

Tcookinghe breadth and quality of the Wood River Valley’s cultural offerings rivals that of many large cities.  On any given day one can see outstanding theatre, hear a world class musician, see an award-winning author, visit art galleries, or participate in an art class or dance workshop.

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents the broadest scope of year round programming in the arts including museum quality exhibitions, world and popular music  (the Avett Brothers, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt), a celebrated lecture and humanities series (Gloria Steinem, Garrison Keillor, E.O. Wilson), and classes in the visual arts and humanities. The Sun Valley Gallery Association is a consortium of professional galleries that present a huge variety of visual art from regional artists and craftsmen to internationally celebrated painters and sculptors. Local artists and craftspeople turn out their own art at the annual Ketchum Arts Festival, which occurs in early July.

Classical music is presented by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony which offers a 15 day run of free concerts in the summer. In addition to the 100 member + orchestra, the Symphony hosts visiting artists (Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax) and supports the School of Music, a program for students grades 4-12. The newly formed Sun Valley Artists Series presents classical musicians during the fall and winter. During the summer free world music can be heard at Ketchum Alive’s Tuesday night concerts.  Free Jazz also happens every Sunday in Rotary Park.        .

Classes for adults and kids in the visual arts, dance, and theater are offered by Footlight Dance, Sun Valley Ballet School, Company of Fools, NexStage Theatre, and College of Southern Idaho. Ceramics classes and workshops are presented by Boulder Mountain Clayworks, which also provides open studio time for potters and ceramists.

There are numerous opportunities to see or participate in theater as well. Hailey-based Company of Fools offers outstanding theatre--contemporary plays that are produced and performed by professional artists (God of Carnage, Dead Man’s Cell Phone). In Ketchum, the NexStage Theatre annually produces Shakespeare, a children’s play and community productions (Black Coffee). St. Thomas Playhouse also produces classic plays for the whole community as well as drama programs for children.

The literary arts are celebrated by many organizations who regularly host visiting writers and authors. The Community Library in Ketchum has a full slate of mostly free lectures on a wide range of subjects. Hailey Library also offers film, readings and lectures. One of the highlights of the summer is the Sun Valley Writer’s Conference --a conference for readers and thinkers with internationally celebrated humanists, authors, journalists, filmmakers and poets. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts also presents authors (Sir Salman Rushdie, Lois Lowry, David Sedaris) and offers a writing workshop every June featuring award-winning authors.

In the south valley there are concerts and exhibitions at the Sun Valley Center’s Hailey house. In the summer Wednesday night events at the Wicked Spud provide opportunities for local and regional musicians to be heard. The longest standing offering of music in Hailey comes in early August with the Northern Rockies Folk Festival.

The area is rich in history as well and area museums do a great job of telling the story of our past and linking it to our present. The Ketchum Sun Valley Heritage and Ski Museum, the Blaine County Historical Museum (Hailey) and the Bellevue Old City Hall Museum all have artifacts and objects and photos that tell different parts of this valley’s rich and complex past from mining, to the sheep industry, movie stars to Olympians, Hemingway to Ezra Pound.

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Harry Griffith

P.O. Box 4380 | Ketchum, Idaho 83340

Phone: 208-721-7847 | Email: Harry@SunValleyEconomy.org

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