In 1972, during construction of Elkhorn Golf Course and Elkhorn Indian Springs Condominiums projects, workers came across surface artifacts buried near a spring at the base of Dollar Mountain's slope on Elkhorn's side. These artifacts had been created long ago but never discovered. Elkhorn management requested a survey from Idaho State University, and archaeologists from the ISU Museum confirmed these artifacts as remnants of an ancient work area.
Findings including stoned artifacts, pottery fragments, bones, darts and arrow points pointed to an ancient Indian industrial campsite; possibly the most significant Indian site ever discovered in Wood River Valley. Though the precise age of these artifacts cannot be precisely determined, they are estimated to be between 6,000 and 10,000 years old. In recent times, these Indians were known as Tukudekas--meaning "mountain sheep eaters"--since wild sheep provided them with food sources.
Sun Valley Elkhorn Association is a non-profit Idaho corporation that manages Elkhorn.
The number of Elkhorn membership shares is currently 1,642 with two undeveloped, multi-family zoned parcels remaining.
The Elkhorn area covers approximately 4000 acres, which is slightly more than half the area of Sun Valley. Elkhorn Meadows, Independence Creek and Meadow Ridge are 13 subdivisions. Proctor Ridge, Sagecreek and Sagehill make up the rest of Elkhorn. Twin Creeks I & II, Willow Creek. Highlands. And Sagewillow is the last. There are also 24 condominium and townhome associations: Village, Bonne Vie. Indian Springs. Ridge, Sunburst. Summit I, II, VII, Legends. Arrowwood. Morningstar. Highlands Townhomes. Sagewillow Townhomes. Fairway One. Sunpointe Chateau. Sunpointe Villas. Crown Ranch. Elkhorn Springs. Elkhorn Springs Golf Lodges.
The Elkhorn Owned Common Areas Include:
Early board members of the association had the foresight to anticipate the need for additional recreational facilities, thus the creation of the Harker Center. Elkhorn developers, recreactions, constructed the "Willow Tennis Courts' in the early 70's. Because of the location of these courts it seemed an appropriate area to expand. In late 1981, a vote of the membership was taken to construct the Harker Center Building and swimming pool. The majority of the membership was in favor, construction began the summer of 1982 and was completed in July of 1983. This facility includes nine asphalt tennis courts (newly constructed in 1992) a six-lane, 25 yard, pool (with diving well) a hot tub, sauna, wading pool and restroom, the Patty Rosewater Park, along with an owners' lounge and the Administrative Offices.
The following text paraphrases the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association Mission Statement
The Mission of the Board and staff of The Sun Valley Elkhorn Association shall be to maintain and enhance the property value and the quality of life in Elkhorn by:
Providing excellent facilities, amenities and accompanying services.
Prudently managing the finances of The Association.
Proactively keeping members informed of issues affecting them and the broader Elkhorn Community.Preserving the beauty of Elkhorn by guiding the design of attractive residences and landscaping and by protecting Association-owned land.
Assuring compliance with the approved rules, regulations, and governance policies.
The following text paraphrases the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association Assessments
Upon purchasing property in elkhorn, an owner automatically becomes a member of The Sun Valley Elkhorn Association, Inc. Members are obligated to pay any and all assessments levied by the The Sun Valley Elkhorn Association, Inc. Semi-annual assessments of ($367 as of 2023) are billed on November 1st and May 1st. The fiscal year end is October 31st. In addition, an annual amount of ($600 as of 2023) for rental amenity access dues is charged to the owner if the property is used as a long or short-term rental.
The Board of Directors may increase the assessments to meet the cost of maintaining Association property and facilities. The yearly budget and audit are posted on the SVEA website prior to the annual meeting Copies are mailed on request.
The assessment payment (currently $367/semi-annually as of 2023) is an obligation of the property owner. The amount of any delinquent assessment plus late charges and collection costs is a personal liability of the owner and may become a lien upon the property. This lien may be foreclosed in the same manner as is provided in the laws of Idaho for the foreclosure of mortgages on real property.
All correspondence including payments should include your unit or property number. Change of address notices should be sent to the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association Ooffice as soon as possible to avoid unnecessary penalties.
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