Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Rediscover why we love to live here

New Sun Valley Guide magazine explores life in the valley

Express Staff Writer

The fall issue of the Sun Valley Guide magazine is on stands now.

As life slowly begins to return to normal following the exhausting excitement and terror that was the Castle Rock Fire. It's time to remember what it is that makes this valley such a special place to live.

Published last week, the fall issue of the Sun Valley Guide magazine is on stands now. This resort lifestyle magazine—published by Express Publishing, owners of the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper—contains numerous stories reflecting on and celebrating life in the Wood River Valley.

The cover story is an intimate portrait of the life of a true Idaho cowboy. Boone Campbell grew up in Hailey and attended the Silver Creek Alternative school. Now spending his time on the remotest ranches of the West, Campbell talks to acclaimed writer Van Gordon Sauter, revealing the passion and drive required to live the life of a bona fide cowboy.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this October, local writer Dana DuGan interviewed four valley women who have faced down the beast in their breast. Prue Hemmings, Carol Tessier, Karen Rossi and Shelley Kuder discuss their personal battles and how life in the Wood River Valley had a positive impact on their fights.

We all know Idaho is the Potato State. But what is less well known is that the state's famous moniker is more closely tied to McDonald's French fries than the healthy-looking baked potatoes emblazoned on Idaho license plates. Discover fun facts and a dizzying array of history in Matt Furber's expose "The State of the Idaho Potato."

Another Idaho myth explored in this issue of the Sun Valley Guide magazine is the phenomenon of slack. Idaho Mountain Express Assistant Editor Greg Stahl dives into this contentious issue to discover whether those seasons between seasons are real, or if they spring from a slack state of mind.

Other stories in this issue touch on art in the valley, the booming success of Hailey's new art scene, backcountry unicycling, Community School girls in the slums of Cambodia and the history of the apple in the West.

Pick up a free copy of the Sun Valley Guide magazine at locations throughout the valley or call 726-8060. The magazine is also available online at

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