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Tamarack is closing Wednesday...

by Maggie O'Mara

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KTVB.COM

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 7:50 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 11:11 AM

When Tamarack Resort first opened, it was HUGE! Everyone wanted to go, experience it, ski it, etc.

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Now, just a few years later - the resort is CLOSING this Wednesday, and 100 people are losing their jobs! :(

Tamarack has a special place in my heart because I got married there last summer. It was a wonderful place to say "I DO" and spend time with family and good friends. Now, all reservations, weddings, and special events planned there are being cancelled. Ski passes are being refunded. But, don't count Tamarack out yet. We're hoping someone (or a corporation) with deep pockets shows up and saves the day! We need a big money buyer! It would be a shame to see Tamarack gone forever...

If you read The Idaho Statesman on a daily basis, you'll notice something different about it today - it's smaller! The paper is downsizing the daily to save money in this tight economy.

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It's now the size of The Idaho Press Tribune. I think I like the smaller, more compact version! It was easy to read, and the best part is - it fits in my purse so I can take it with me on the go. How do you feel about it? I'd be interested to know...

This weekend my husband James and I went to Sun Valley and spent Saturday night at the Share Your Heart Ball.

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All the money raised goes to Camp Rainbow Gold... and this summer camp is unlike any other - because it's for kids who are battling and surviving cancer. James is a camp volunteer, so it really means the world to him...

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I've done stories on camp before, and it's just an amazing thing to be a part of... the kids all go to camp for a whole week free of charge in Sun Valley - and they get that special "summer camp" experience that every kid should get!

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This year at the ball, there was a tribute to Briana Flanders - a little camper who lost her battle with cancer last year. Her parents put together an emotional video of what camp meant to her - her struggle to fight her brain tumor and her courage at the end... everyone from camp misses her.

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Briana Flanders

But, the positive news here is even in this recession - people were SO GENEROUS that night... It was a great feeling to see so much money going to sending kids like Briana to camp. That giving spirit is what Idaho is all about!

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