Wednesday, June 20, 2007


No burning in Bellevue

At a Bellevue City Council meeting on Thursday, June 14, Fire Chief Greg Beaver reminded citizens that any kind of burning, other than small campfires, is not permitted without a burn permit. That includes the burning of leaves and material in garbage cans.

He added that a total fire ban will be going into effect soon as well, meaning that even those with a permit will not be able to light up.

Because of the dry weather, he urged anyone who spots burning to call 911 as a precaution. For more information, contact the Bellevue Fire Department at 788-9277.

Caddis Capers to teach kids

The trout are out, and it's time to play on the river. Silver Creek Outfitters and Wood River Land Trust are teaming up to host Caddis Capers, a kids' fly-fishing day.

Planned for Tuesday, June 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the workshop will include all the fun of learning about fly casting, conservation and bugs near the Big Wood River.

Caddis Capers is for kids ages 8 to 12. Spaces are limited, and pre-registration is required. The class will cost $15.

For more information, call Morgan Buckert at 788-3947 or e-mail at

Take a trip to the moon

An award-winning episode on Craters of the Moon National Monument, produced for Idaho Public Television's Outdoor Idaho series, will be presented at the park's visitor center theater at 2 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. Idaho Public Television producer Joan Cartan-Hansen will be on hand to present "A Trip to the Moon" and answer questions about the episode's production.

Craters of the Moon is 24 miles northeast of Carey on U.S. Highway 20.

Safe and sane fireworks

The Crisis Hotline will hold its annual fireworks-sale fundraiser from Saturday, June 23, to July 4 in a new location, at the corner of Main and River streets in Ketchum, at the site of the former Bald Mountain Lodge. Residents can receive a 50 percent tax deduction on purchases and support the Crisis Hotline.

The Crisis Hotline is a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week confidential service available to anyone needing help within the community and beyond. For the last 20 years, the hotline has provided crisis intervention and referral services to over 6,000 callers.

Four grants given Rideshare

The Wood River Valley will receive four substantial Safe Routes to School grants from the Idaho Transportation Department.

The city of Hailey will receive $90,595 to add sidewalks on Elm Street, next to Hailey Elementary School. Bellevue will receive $98,874 to create a path leading to its elementary school, as well as crosswalk and sign improvements. Ketchum will receive $104,360 to fill in missing sidewalk sections for Hemingway Elementary School, as well as to improve school zone signs, and install a flashing crosswalk sign on Warm Springs Road.

Wood River Rideshare will receive $21,900 to continue education efforts. The organization helped coordinate all four-grant applications.

All the projects will begin construction in early August and must be completed by August 2008.

Junior golf sign-up today

On Friday, June 29, the city of Ketchum and Atkinson Park will stage the annual Junior Chuck Gates Golf Tournament at Big Wood Golf Course from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The tournament will be open to boys and girls ages 10 to 18. Contact John Kearney at Atkinson Park, 726-7820, for information. Sign-up deadline is 5 p.m. today, June 20. A $15 entry fee will include refreshments.

Hailey BAH on Thursday

The Hailey Chamber Business After Hours will take place on Thursday, June 21, at the Old Town Mercantile Building, 6 West Carbonate St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The evening of community networking will kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the sixth-month anniversary of the Tater Tots children's clothing store.

The hosting businesses in the Old Town Mercantile Building will provide a summer barbecue and goodies catered by Atkinsons' and Full Moon Catering. As well, several businesses will be open with BAH specials.

ERC hike to tackle Baldy

Are you ready to hike? The Environmental Resource Center summer hiking series seeks out local peaks to explore. These are excellent opportunities to learn more about the mountains immediately surrounding the Wood River Valley and a valid excuse to get out of the office on the last Friday of each month.

The first hike will tackle Bald Mountain, on Friday, June 29, beginning at 9 a.m. at the ERC in Ketchum.

The hike is considered difficult, with an elevation gain of over 3,000 feet and a total hiking distance of 10 miles. The hike will be a daylong affair. Wear hiking shoes and bring water, a lunch, sunscreen and a great attitude. No pets are allowed.

For more information and to reserve a spot, call 788-2117.

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