20 Years Ago
From August, 1979 issues:
Plans were in full swing for the annual Wagon Days celebration in
Ketchum. Chairman Jerry Seiffert, Ketchums mayor, announced that Wayland Weddell of
Lynden, Wash. had been contracted for the third consecutive year to bring a hitch of
Belgian horses to pull the Big Hitch.
Wagon Days committee chairman were parade chairman Max Thompson,
secretary and publicity chairman Don Rosebrock, treasurer Jed Gray, wagonmaster and
entertainment chairman Richard Hart, barbecue chairman Gary Vinagre and Sunday events
chairman Tim Gardiner.
Sun Valley reported collections of $37,064 by the July
25 due date and Ketchum reported only $9,409. Through June, Sun Valleys total was
$268,064 ($227,916 bed taxes and $41,033 liquor taxes) and Ketchums was $110,474
($84,677 bed taxes and $24,669 drink taxes).
Iconoclastic Ketchum police officer Don Mason, 34, turned in his
badge number 13 and announced his retirement from the force after eight years of service.
Friends planned a "graduation party" at Silver Creek Saloon in downtown Ketchum.
Mason was known for carrying his flower filigree handled gun while in
uniform, and for wearing his white bow tie while in civilian clothes. He took to wearing a
Sioux Falls Pork Products hat while he walked through the bars to try to prevent trouble
before it happened. He formerly taught English at the University of Wyoming and worked as
a Grand Teton Park ranger.
Phase Four snowmaking will provide artificial snow to the top of Baldy
on College and Warm Springs Face. Both runs are heavily used during the opening weeks of
Sun Valley Companys entire rate proposal package was approved by
Sawtooth Forest supervisor Paul Barker. The approval means that daily ski lift rates will
be $16, half day $9 and discount rates $9.50 and $7.50 respectively.
Greyhawk developer Paul Schuler, 56, was killed in a motorcycle
accident in the Copper Basin about 34 miles northwest of Mackay. Schuler was founder of
Greyhawk Development Co., the developer of International Village Condominiums and Greyhawk
Village Condominiums at Warm Springs.
A Ketchum citizens group complained to the city council that
walking in the streets is unsafe and even dangerous. Ketchum City Council member Jack
Corrock said, "You step off the curb, and youre on your own. Its
frightening." A petition signed by 89 local residents asked the city to paint and
maintain crosswalks on the main thoroughfares in the center of town and to provide
pedestrian access on all downtown streets where no sidewalks now exist.
At about midnight Monday, Ketchum police officers Rich Williams and
Earl Peck scared the bear up a tree and kept her there until Idaho Department of Fish and
Game officers Ted Chu and Lee Frost arrived with a tranquilizer gun.
They shot the bear with tranquilizer darts. Within 10-12 minutes, the
bear fell out of the tree and dropped about 22 feet to a foam rubber pad placed below,
which served to break the animals fall. The officers heaved her 250-pound body into
the back of a pickup truck for a ride to the Baker Creek area.
The unbeaten Ore House womens slow-pitch softball team coached
by Barry Luboviski and Bob Sarchett won the Ketchum Womens Softball League city
tournament championship 15-3 over Nedders Belles. Leading the Ore House were hitters
Melinda Markey and Terry Tracy, and pitcher Lori Sarchett. In all, there were 15
womens teams in the tournament.
League awards included Rocky Johnson as "Coach of the Year,"
Vern Thomas Plumbing as "Best Uniforms," Cathy Hill as "Most Valuable
Fan," while Ned Bell and Carol Soucy captured the "Billy Martin and Reggie
Hailey Mayor Emory Dietrich has promised to review a temporary cab
franchise awarded to Edward Penney one month ago. This week, the Hailey City Council heard
complaints from customers and Taxi-Limo, a competing cab company. Loren Day, owner of
Taxi-Limo, which also operates at the Hailey airport, told the council that several
disputes between Penney and his drivers have been averted in the past weeks.Its
difficult to vote against God.
Nevertheless, the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission voted to
deny a conditional use permit to a Seventh Day Adventist group. The group was seeking to
build a 120-seat log church on the corner of Deer Creek Road and State Highway 75. Nearby
residents objected to the church proposal, causing church member Phil Sisti to tell the
commission, "I dont know why people have objections to Gods home being
The building was given to the school district in 1959 by the
miners union for the grand total of $1. Since, it has been used for classroom space
and most recently for lunch storage. The board agreed to a 25-year lease for the senior
During the second annual Northern Rockies Folk Festival held in the
Ketchum and Sun Valley area, repairs were made on Ketchums 90-year-old Lewis Fast
Freight Ore Wagons. Local blacksmith Tom Riney volunteered to do the work, with the advice
and assistance of Ken Burrell. They reinforced the tire rims with boltsin full view
of passersby on the Sun Valley mall.
For the first time, the Ketchum Rotary Club sent two local
16-year-old youngsters overseas as part of the Rotary International Youth Exchange
program. Tammy Ehrmantraut of Bellevue and Terry Basolo of Hailey flew off to Finland. The
Rotary Club footed the bill for $500 of the $953 round-trip air fare for each exchange
student. They will also receive a $50 per month allowance while in Finland from the Rotary
Jefferson retired from the school district after 28 years. In addition
to his years as a classroom teacher, he spent 15 years as principal at Hemingway
Elementary School in Ketchum, four years as junior high counselor, and five years as
assistant superintendent of schools.
Organizers staged a benefit jog-a-thon on behalf of Bellevue resident
Rose Bergin, 19, a former Wood River High School track and cross country standout who
recently underwent major surgery to treat a malignancy. Organizer Cindy Swaner estimated
over $6,000 was pledged to the Rose Bergin Fund. About 80 joggers and walkers, ages eight
to 78, went along tree-lined Broadford Road, raising money through pledges.
Hailey City Councilman Bill House resigned his official duties in a
letter to Hailey Mayor Emory Dietrich. House, who often voted in the minority on the
council, said his job as local manager for Mountain Bell Telephone simply precluded him
from devoting enough time to the council position.
The setting was a Hotel Grande motel room, with static flickering
across a television screen and red satin sheets on the bed. A bondage book and sexual
fantasy magazines were strewn across the covers with an empty box of amyl nitrate tablets
and silk pajamas. The cardboard mannequin wore a black lace corset, bra and garter belt.
Window designer was Sheri Seggerman, a community photo instructor at
the Sun Valley Center who had received a lot of artistic freedom from store owners Connie
Maricich and Millie Wiggins in 18 months of creating the window displays. "The
kinkier the windows were, the more they seemed to like them," said Seggerman about
the store owners.
One anonymous critic, however, didnt like the Hotel Grande window
and scrawled "This window is disgusting
" across the window in red
lipstick. A similar comment was slipped under the door of the store on a frayed cocktail
napkin. Seggerman thought the lipstick comment actually added to the overall design, but
Maricich and Wiggins elected to wash it off.
Sun Valley visitors wont have to worry about the Avventura window
displays much longer. The store will move to a new location on Leadville Avenue in Ketchum
in the fall. And Seggerman is planning to leave the area and seek new
horizonspossibly for Fredericks of Hollywood.