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BY KAREN BOSSICK

Republicans moved a reception and dinner for Donald Trump Jr. and his partner Kimberly Guilfoyle to Stanley Tuesday night after security challenges and COVID restrictions made it difficult to land at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey.

The couple was to have landed at the Smiley Creek Airport, instead. They were schedule to arrive at 5:15 p.m. but didn't show up until 7. Attendees were asked to dress in red for photos to appear as if they were painting Blaine County red.

The dinner cost $2,800 per individual and included Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who skipped a vote on education funding to attend the dinner after having just come from a Trump Rally in Nevada. Attendees had to complete a Secret Service questionnaire on line. A small group of protesters organized to greet attendees at the home where the dinner was held.

Custer County where the dinner was to be held recently enacted mandatory face masks and other COVID precautions following a record numbers of vacationers there this summer. The county has reported 54 confirmed cases of COVID since the first was confirmed in Idaho on March 13.

It had 12 active cases as of last week, putting it in the moderate risk category for transmission of the virus. The county had only amassed five cases as it entered July and seven as it entered August.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Alan Blinken is hosting a special event for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris at 6 p.m. Sept. 17.

His nephew Tony Blinken, former Deputy Secretary of State for the Obama Administration, National Security Advisor to Vice President Biden and now a Senior Adviser to the Campaign, will provide  updates and answer questions via Zoom that evening.

Normally, Blinken said, a campaign event would have been at his home. But it’s being staged via Zoom because of COVID.

To learn more contact Luke Branscum at lbranscum@joebiden.com. To RSVP click on https://secure.joebiden.com/a/0917-idaho?attr+100885199.

 Blaine County Democrats are also planning a socially distanced Candidate Picnic at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Reinheimer Ranch south of Ketchum. Live music will start at 3:30 p.m. Attendees should bring their own picnic. Beer and wine will be provided.

Blaine County Commissioner Jacob Greenberg and legislators Muffy Davis, Sally Toone and Michelle Stennett will offer brief remarks.

 

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