Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Claim your Guide to valley life

Summer issue of Sun Valley Guide now available

Express Staff Writer

The summer issue of the Sun Valley Guide is on stands now throughout the Wood River Valley.

A colorful "queen" of Hailey adorns the cover of the newest issue of Sun Valley Guide magazine, essential reading for anyone who calls the Wood River Valley home.

This queen was crowned 21 years ago, as she rode through the Hailey Rodeo Grounds on a borrowed horse. Becoming Hailey's rodeo queen set Jules Frazier on a two-decade-long photojournalistic journey, on which she chronicled the lives of rodeo royalty across the West. Read about her adventures and see the fruits of her work in the summer 2006 Guide, available now.

Flicking through the pages of Express Publishing's flagship magazine, the discerning reader will notice a few changes. The magazine has undergone a complete redesign and its focus has shifted from its early origins as a useful guide for tourists to a complete resource to all things Sun (and Wood River) Valley. If you live here, play here, work here, or just want to be here, it's time to take a new look at the Sun Valley Guide.

The summer issue covers a wide range of subjects: from wildfires to weddings, from Keith and Paula Perry to Sharon Davies and Terry Reid, and from hiking in the heavens to feasting on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.

Delve into an in-depth examination of last summer's voracious Valley Road Fire, which scorched 40,000 acres in the White Cloud Mountains north of Ketchum.

Cruise along on a pedal-powered wave and find out exactly why that laid back ride, the cruiser bike, has its grip on our mountain towns.

Meet the woman who has carried Expedition Inspiration founder Laura Evans' flame back into Idaho with a series of inspired climbs that raise money for the breast cancer research charity.

Explore the unique and spectacular wedding locations our valley has to offer and get lost in the first piece of original fiction to be published in the Guide, "Madding Sky," by novelist and newspaper editor Gregory Foley.

Find these and many other must-read stories in the magazine the Idaho Press Club has named the best magazine in Idaho two years running. The free magazine is on stands around the valley now; call (208) 726-0719 for the location of your nearest copy.

If you don't read it, you won't know what everyone's talking about.

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