With the world so fraught with naysayers, how refreshing to see a little
patience and persuasion resulting in unity and civic responsibility.
Two cases in point.
First, two of the Wood River Valleys most contentious
groupssnowmobilers and cross-country skiershave hammered out a plan to end
years of angry disputes over who uses which snow-covered trails in the Sawtooth National
The Winter Recreation Coalition has agreed on boundaries separating skiers
from snowmobilers. SNRA forest supervisor Bill LeVere must approve the plan before it can
go into effect.
The apparent end to this controversy will free up energies of skiers,
snowmobilers and the SNRA to concentrate on preserving the vast and spectacular woodlands
as a model of environmentally friendly multi-uses.
Second, the city of Sun Valley has agreed to join Ketchum and Blaine
County in helping to recruit a housing director and to contribute to development of
affordable housing in the Wood River Valley.
By its action, Sun Valley now recognizes, as have officials in Ketchum and
Blaine County, the urgency of housing for employees whore being forced out of the
area by soaring housing costs.
And if the Wood River Valley doesnt act, how severe can this sort of
One need only look to the resort town of Telluride, Colo., where service
workers now have resorted to pitching primitive shelters and becoming squatters on public
lands in nearby forests.
The snowmobiler and cross-country skier pact and growing support for
affordable housing provide something more.
They serve as models of how problems created by the valleys surging
growth can be solved.