Friday, August 10, 2007

News Briefs


Warm Springs plan before P&Z

The proposed Warm Springs Ranch hotel-condominium complex will be the subject of a pre-application design review presentation at the Monday, Aug. 13, Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission meeting. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Warm Springs Ranch, off Warm Springs Road north of downtown.

Council to mull zoning changes

The Ketchum City Council will meet in a special session on Monday, Aug. 13, at noon. The agenda includes a workshop on changes to zoning ordinances regarding density in the General Residential-High Density zone in West Ketchum. There will also be continued public discussion on a proposal to raise salaries for the mayor and council.

Idaho applies for Climate Registry

Idaho has applied to an organization called the Climate Registry to establish and promote a voluntary statewide greenhouse gas emissions monitoring and reporting system.

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter announced Wednesday, Aug. 8, that the state had applied to become the 38th state member, said Jon Hanian, the governor's press secretary.

The Climate Registry is a California-based, multi-state and tribal group "aimed at developing and managing a common greenhouse gas emissions reporting system," the group's Web site said. "It will provide an accurate, complete, consistent, transparent and verified set of greenhouse gas emissions data from reporting entities," the site said.

The governor sent a letter to the agency asking for membership, which is just a formality, Hanian said. Otter has also designated Toni Hardesty, director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, to be Idaho's representative to the Climate Registry.

Comments on heli-ski permit sought

As part of its consideration of a new 10-year permit to allow Sun Valley Helicopter Ski Guides to continue operating on public land, the Sawtooth National Forest is requesting public comment through Aug. 30, 2007. The company's existing five-year permit is set to expire Dec. 31, 2007.

The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to issue the locally based company a new 10-year permit that includes the same terms, conditions and area of operation as its existing permit. No use of Durrance Peak terrain would be authorized under the new permit.

Sun Valley Helicopter Ski Guides has operated under a special use permit since 1966, Sawtooth National Forest Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson said.

"They are a proven, responsible operator," Nelson said. "They have a record of being sensitive to the needs of backcountry skiers and environmental concerns such as wildlife."

Comments on the proposed issuance of a new permit should be directed to Kurt Nelson, District Ranger, Ketchum Ranger District, P.O. Box 2356, Ketchum, Idaho 83340. E-mailed comments should be sent to comments-intermtn-sawtooth-ketchum@fs.fed.us.

Salmon River closed to rafters

Officials with the Salmon-Challis National Forest have canceled all boat launches on the main stem of the Salmon River from the Corn Creek launch site until further notice due to fire activity on the Raines and Rattlesnake fires burning on both sides of the river for more than 35 miles northeast of McCall.

"We have been watching the situation very closely hoping that we could manage to keep the main Salmon River open for boaters," Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor Bill Wood said in a Forest Service press release. "We know for some that this is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. However, the risks of having someone seriously injured have become too great to keep the river open."

With the closure in place, parties already on the river will be allowed to proceed down river. Check-in points have been established at key locations to provide information and to make sure everyone is accounted for.




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