Wednesday, July 4, 2007

New pedestrian mall is born

Ketchum scrambles over final Fourth Street hurdles

Express Staff Writer

Alex Alberti, a Ketchum Streets Department employee, puts finishing touches on the new Fourth Street Heritage Corridor in downtown Ketchum in preparation for a ?4th on Fourth? Fourth of July party. Photo by Willy Cook

Visitors and locals will celebrate "4th on Fourth" with a variety of musical performances and a Kids' Carnival on a just completed section of the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor mall in Ketchum.

Festivities will get underway at 4 p.m. with a ribbon cutting to mark the finish of this Heritage segment from Walnut to Leadville avenues. The celebration will run until about 10 p.m. There will be a variety of musical performances ending with a concert by rock/pop artist Paul Cox and Friends.

There is a small charge for the Kids' Carnival but the music is free. Food, beer and soda will be available.

Following word last week that new streetlights for the corridor would all need to be sent back, the city has managed to make do with the 10 good street lights it salvaged. Ketchum City Administrator Ron LeBlanc said 26 new poles were ordered, but the majority were damaged in shipping. Also, cones used to cover bases of poles are missing.

Last minute details of getting the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor ship-shape prior to the holiday included Ketchum Planning Director Harold Moniz and volunteers planting dozens of flowers on Monday around newly-installed trees. This had Moniz quipping that he should be in charge of "Planting and Zoning."

If you're planning holidays ahead, tickets will go on sale Friday for the Coors Light Basecamp Music Experience & Atkinsons' Market Ketchum Criterium, both of which will place over Labor Day weekend. Tickets are available starting at 10 a.m. through Ticketweb.

The three-day festival lineup includes Chris Isaak, Kenny Loggins, Matisyahu, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Brandi Carlile, Rose Hill Drive, Joseph Israel, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Wisdom and more to be announced.

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