for valley arts
by PAT MURPHY
places as relatively small as the Wood River Valley can boast of such a
large percentage of supporters nurturing so many arts and culture
activities for so many months out of the year with so many events as the
Wood River Valley.
despite what pros in the field would consider a dreary lack of
professionally equipped facilities to properly showcase performing arts
and other events that need more than jury-rigged make-do quarters.
ago, a New York-based consultant tossed cold water on hopes of
developing a centralized arts and culture complex on five acres owned by
the city of Sun Valley next to Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church.
not needed right now, the consultant concluded.
But this is indisputable: existing facilities need vast improvement
and/or expansion, and planning should continue for the eventual addition
of a performing arts venue.
the Sun Valley Arts Foundation, which has sort of become the conscience
of the valley’s cultural future and spearheaded the study of facility
needs, is in place and can maintain momentum.
for better facilities was never clearer than last weekend when the
Caritas Chorale performed in The Community School gymnasium—a giant
echo chamber suitable for crowds of howling sports fans, but
acoustically a nightmare for showcasing 80 splendid voices and the
11-piece brass and percussion musicians providing intricate
valiant performers gave two bravura concerts under trying, frustrating,
makeshift conditions that included a temporary acoustical backdrop. In
conducting themselves bravely as they did, chorale members set an
example for the community to persevere in developing facilities that do
justice to crafts of so many devoted participants and supporters of arts
state-of-the-art facilities as a long-range goal should be a snap for
this community, which has mastered the art of achieving the difficult.
St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, for example, materialized out of
dogged local generosity and determination to have a hospital. And
ambitious longtime plans for the Janss Community Center are slowly
valley’s year-round arts and cultural activities already attract
thousands of devotees, imagine the economic consequences and cultural
fame for the area if first-rate facilities were developed to attract
more of the nation’s finest performers, artists and literary figures.
vigorous arts and culture program is not only the essence of a community’s
soul, but arts and culture make good business sense.
U.S. retail products, none is more vital to every home and business as
electricity. Without electricity, simple household appliances,
manufacturing industries and telecommunications can’t function.
has just won a landmark victory over a major supplier of electricity and
natural gas that should put the electric power industry on notice it can’t
get away with gouging consumers, even if it does have a friend in the
Companies has agreed to pay California $400 million to settle charges
that it conspired to drive up prices in 2000 and 2001, and also agreed
to reduce by $1 billion the remainder of a 10-year contract for energy
in the state.
now will go after several other energy giants who’re accused of
gouging and creating false shortages.
a moral victory for California as well. When California energy prices
soared, Gov. Gray Davis’ claims that energy companies were conspiring
to gouge were belittled by the Bush administration’s supreme energy
czar: Vice President Dick Cheney claimed higher prices were only the
result of oil shortages, and thus drilling should begin immediately in
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
obvious conclusion is that the vice president (a) isn’t the energy
expert he’s cracked up to be or (b) he’s merely another commonplace
politician willing to exploit a public emergency for the Republican’s