may cost Ketchum
Secret Service might not cover
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
With Sen. John Kerry having
secured the Democratic Party nomination for president, Ketchum city
officials are closely examining the potential impacts of having the
part-time resident prevail in the November 2004 election.
Police Chief Cory Lyman
talks to the Ketchum City Council about the possible local
consequences of Sen. John Kerry being elected president. Express
photos by Willy Cook
In a special briefing Monday,
March 15, Ketchum City Council members discussed with Police Chief Cory
Lyman and the sole Idaho employee of the U.S. Secret Service whether
security measures for Kerry—as a nominee or as president—could disrupt
life in the generally tranquil resort town.
With Secret Service Special Agent
Robert Harrell, Lyman told council members that a Kerry presidency would
certainly have some noticeable impacts on the city and its residents.
"There will be issues when Senator
Kerry comes, and spends time in our city," Lyman said.
Lyman noted that Kerry started
receiving Secret Service protection Feb. 19, and would certainly gain
increased protection if he is victorious in ousting President George W.
Bush from the White House.
Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz
Kerry, own a home along the Big Wood River on the northern edge of
Harrell, who is based in Boise,
said interruption in traffic flow in central Ketchum would likely be the
most noticeable impact of future Kerry visits.
"The traffic thing will be an
issue," he said. "But I don’t see the senator hopping around to
Because Ketchum only has "one road
in and one road out," Harrell said, some intersections along Highway 75
and Main Street in Ketchum would have to be closed when Kerry travels.
Harrell told council members that
Secret Service throughout the 2004 campaign—and possible ensuing
four-year presidency—would secure a perimeter around the local Kerry
residence during all visits.
"He has a bubble of protection
right now," Harrell said. "If he’s in the house, then we secure an area
around the house."
The Sun Peak picnic area and
public bicycle path that are in proximity of the Kerry residence would
not be closed for long periods, Harrell said.
"I can see a temporary closure,"
Harrell said the Secret Service
does have experience working in the Ketchum area. Last year, agents
provided security in Blaine County for the secretary of treasury, the
vice president and one of the president’s daughters.
"You’ve seen us before," he said.
If Kerry is elected president, he
would not come in and out of the Wood River Valley through Friedman
Memorial Airport, Harrell said.
"I anticipate Twin Falls being the
landing spot," he said, noting that security measures at the Hailey
airport would therefore not need to be increased.
Because Kerry has not formally
declared his Ketchum residence as a "second home," local law enforcement
agencies would generally not be eligible to receive federal funds to
cover their costs for assisting the Secret Service, Harrell noted.
"What we try to do is spread it
out (among local agencies)," Harrell said.
The Bureau of Land Management,
Idaho State Police, county law enforcement and city police would all be
asked to assist in protecting Kerry, the agent said.
The federal government does
reimburse local agencies for protecting primary residences and providing
security for some special outings by politicians. Harrell said the
Secret Service has paid for all security provided for Vice President
Dick Cheney during fly-fishing outings in the Jackson, Wyo., and eastern