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The Sawtooth Society was busy this week with two incredible events!

The first, held at the Community Library in Ketchum on March 27th, was a presentation of our good friend Pat Lee’s new book “Kickers”.  This exciting book is about the CIA’s recruitment of Idaho smokejumpers to help in a secret war in Laos. 63 people came to the library to hear Lee present his book.

Lee spent the evening giving an intriguing outline, not only of his book, but also of the true events that took place during the Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon administrations.  Lee’s anecdotes of the devious nature of the covert war that lasted 13 years, and of various smokejumpers’ experiences in that war, made for an extremely entertaining evening.  As well as a successful one: Lee sold every book he brought for the event.

If you are interested in Pat Lee’s book “Kickers”, it can be purchased online at

The second event took place on March 31st in Boise at the Bittercreek Alehouse. As a way to start the summer off right – though it doesn’t quite seem like it in the Sawtooths, summer is on its way – the Sawtooth Society hosted a “Volunteer Kick-off” party.

Those who attended sipped craft beers and nibbled on free appetizers while learning about our numerous and varied volunteer projects. Throughout the evening, excitement grew around the many volunteer opportunities available in the beautiful Sawtooth National Recreation Area. It was the perfect way to kick-start another successful summer for the Austin Kraal Memorial Volunteer program. A special thanks to the Idaho Trails Association crew for stopping by and the Bittercreek Alehouse for hosting!

For those who are based out of the Wood River Valley, the Sawtooth Society is hosting another “Kick-off” party at the Sawtooth Brewery in Ketchum on Friday, April 11th from 5 pm – 7:30 pm.  Come enjoy delicious beer, free tostadas from The Haven food truck, and information on our exciting volunteer projects.

Or contact Volunteer Coordinator Dalton Warr for more information:

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