Wednesday, September 5, 2007

News Briefs

Fire impacts roundtable set

A roundtable discussion on the economic impacts of the Castle Rock Fire has been set for noon on Thursday at Ketchum City Hall.

Entitled the "Kick Ash Bash Planning Roundtable," the meeting is open to anyone interested in attending.

Prospective participants are requested to RSVP Stefany Mahoney at

SBA loans may be available for fire losses

Wood River Economic Partnership announced Monday that Small Business Administration loans may be available to businesses that suffered economic loss from the Castle Rock Fire.

In order to qualify for a SBA disaster declaration in Blaine County, the area must show that at least five businesses suffered economic hardship of at least 30 percent of expect revenues during the fire.

For more information contact Carol Waller at

Information is also available from Rodney Ashby or Jerry Miller at the Idaho Department of Commerce at (208) 334-2470.

Open house to discuss Bellevue transportation master plan

Bellevue will hold an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 6:30 at City Hall to discuss the city's transportation plans, such as street design, the addition of bike paths and improvements to Main Street.

All residents are welcome to join a consultant from the Transpo Group and City Administrator Tom Blanchard to give suggestions and recommendations as the city officials look at how they can improve the existing roadways.

Deadline for Ketchum election filing is Friday

The deadline for filing for two council seats in the Nov. 6 Ketchum municipal election is Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m.

Two candidates have filed so far. They are Mickey Garcia and Rich Fabiano.

The two seats will become vacant in January since council members Terry Tracy and Steve Shafran decided not to seek re-election.

Plane catches fire at Friedman

Friedman Memorial Airport Manager Rick Baird said that the airport's fire crew had to extinguish a small fire on Tuesday, Sept. 4, that resulted from an engaged brake. Baird said that a single-engine propeller plane was being towed when its left tire caught fire due to the heat generated from a set brake.

Airfield Operations Chief Pete Kramer said that while it took firefighters a mere two minutes to douse the flames, it was another 45 minutes before they could tow the plane back to the hanger because the metal around the wheel had become overheated.

No one was hurt in the incident, and the plane suffered no other damage.

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