Wednesday, June 27, 2007

News Briefs

Zions Bank to host BAH

Members and guests of the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau are invited to a "Business After Hours" event on Thursday, June 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Zions Bank, 291 Washington Ave., in Ketchum.

The event is an opportunity for members to get acquainted with new businesses in town. There will be door prizes donated by local businesses.

Zions Bank supports a number of local community causes including sponsorship of the annual Ernest Hemingway Festival in September.

Weed mitigation ends this week

A noxious weed mitigation program on public lands within the Ketchum city limits should be completed by the end of the week.

Chemical applications with an approved herbicide will be "used as sparingly as possible and in strict accordance with the chemical's label," said a news release from the Parks & Recreation Department.

Notices will be posted and staff will be present to direct path users away from recently sprayed areas. The herbicide used dries quickly and is then safe to touch, the release said.

Questions should be directed to the Parks & Recreation Department at 726-7820.

Car safety seat checks scheduled

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center will hold the next car seat safety check from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, June 27, in front of the hospital south of Ketchum. A certified child passenger safety technician will help install car seats before your baby is born, and can refit an older child to a new seat.

For more information, call 727-8776.

Deadline nears for
grant applications

Nonprofit organizations in southwestern Idaho have until Sunday, July 1, to submit an application to the Idaho Community Foundation for its regional competitive grants program. Government entities including schools may also apply.

In 2006, the foundation awarded $232,719 in competitive grants to 97 nonprofit organizations or projects.

Prospective applicats should visit the foundation's Web site at to lean more about the process and apply on line. Organizations may also call (800) 657-5357.

Council Circle to hold festival

The Council Circle will hold a Summer Fun Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, July 1, at Hop Porter Park in Hailey. There will be a barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs for a small charge. Admission, games and crafts are free.

Everyone is welcome to come discover this grassroots, community-funded after-school program that provides free groups for adults and children.

Ketchum agent earns CCIM

Ketchum real estate agent Matt Bogue with Colliers International has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member designation by the CCIM Institute. The designation was awarded May 3 in Indianapolis.

Bogue is among only 6 percent of commercial Realtors who hold the distinction. He completed 240 hours of graduate level education, presentation of a portfolio of qualifying industry experience, market analysis, user-decision analysis and investment analysis.

CCIMs are recognized experts in commercial real estate brokerage and leasing asset management.

'Weed out' at Animal Shelter

There will be a "weed out" at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley on Saturday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. The shelter, located on a slight hillside west of Hailey, is surrounded by open land. To help out, bring tools and gloves, if you have them, although drinks, gloves and a few shovels will be available.

ESS parent company to be bought

Oakley, the parent company of Ketchum-based Eye Safety Systems, one of the world's largest suppliers of military, law enforcement and firefighting protective eyewear, announced on Wednesday, June 20, that it has entered into a merger agreement with the Italian company Luxottica Group.

Luxottica Group is a global leader in eyewear, owning companies such as Ray-Ban and Sunglass Hut, and will acquire all outstanding shares of Oakley for an approximate total of $2.1 billion. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2007, but is subject to approval of Oakley shareholders and various governmental approvals.

A representative of ESS said the company doesn't anticipate any changes in its future operation.

Symphony Center meeting set

On Thursday, June 28, at 9 a.m. the Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commission will consider the rezoning application for the proposed Sun Valley Symphony and Performing Arts Center.

Citizens are encouraged to join in the discussion. The meeting is on the planned site at Sun Valley Resort, near the Sun Valley Lodge. Commissioners will gather at the bus turn around located at West Lake and Old Dollar Road.

Help Dollars for Scholars

Dollars for Scholars in Blaine County is holding a fundraiser dinner Thursday, June 28, to raise money for college scholarships for Wood River students.

All donations remain in Blaine County, awarding students from all four high schools: Alternative, Community, Carey, & Wood River. Nearly $24,000 in scholarships was distributed to deserving 2007 graduates.

The Texas barbecue, including a hosted bar and silent auction, will be at the home of Paula & Darrel Rubel, at 21 Hidden Lake Drive in The Valley Club at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $75 per person. To reply. contact Paula Rubel at 788-9079 or e-mail

Raise funds for firefighters

"Show 'n Shine," a car and motorcycle show, will be held on Saturday, June 30, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Zaney's River Street Coffee House, located at 208 N. River St. in Hailey.

The show will raise money for the Zane Martin Fund, with donations going to support emergency services in the Wood River Valley. There will be a $10 minimum entrance fee to display cars and motorcycles, which will line the block in front of the coffee house. Customers will vote on their favorites and winner's of the "People's Choice" awards will receive gift certificates to Zaney's.

The fund was created in honor of Zane Martin, a Wood River Fire & Rescue volunteer firefighter who was killed in a motorcycle accident last year. He owned the coffeehouse along with his mother, Sue Martin.

Criterium to return, with music

The Ski Tour and Bravo Entertainment are planning to bring back a popular athletic competition, the Ketchum Criterium, and a weekend of music from nationally known bands over Labor Day weekend.

The concerts will be held on Friday Aug. 31, through Sunday, Sept. 2, at 6 p.m., on a stage on the south end of East Avenue in Ketchum.

The Ketchum City Council approved the concert series and location for the concerts.

Preliminary discussions are under way to revive the Ketchum Criterium. Participants would include U.S. Cycling Federation Category 1 and 2 and pros from the Intermountain and Northwest region.

The Ketchum City Council placed the Ketchum Criterium on its agenda for discussion Tuesday, June 26.

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