Friday, September 7, 2007

News Briefs

Third Ketchum council
candidate files

Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commissioner Deborah Burns has filed for one of two open council seats in the Nov. 6 municipal election.

Burns added her name to those of previously declared candidates Rich Fabiano and Mickey Garcia, said City Clerk Sandra Cady. Today, Friday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m. is the last day to file.

The two seats are uncontested by the incumbents because council members Steve Shafran and Terry Tracy chose not to seek re-election.

The 'Roasted' Duck Race is on

Wagon Days may have passed by, but the Great Wagon Days "Roasted" Duck Race is on. With the Castle Rock Fire contained efforts to raise money to help the community have been reinstated. The Wood River Valley's Rotarians are working with the Ketchum-Sun Valley Chamber & Visitors Bureau to be part of a proposed "Kick Ash Bash" weekend. Dates are still to be determined, but according to a press release early October looks promising.

Every year up to 30,000 ducks hit the water in the Great Wagon Days Duck Race. Each year Blaine County Search and Rescue is there to herd them to safety.

The money search and rescue receives is a large portion of its annual budget. Last year the group used the money for an enclosed trailer to use as a mobile command and an ATV to make it easier to get people and equipment into areas that are not easily accessible.

Ducks can be purchased from any friendly neighborhood Rotarian in their bright yellow shirts, at several local businesses, or by calling 720-8618.

Celebrate the Howard Preserve

The Wood River Land Trust and the Friends of the Howard Preserve are inviting the community to their annual free barbecue at Howard Preserve in Bellevue. During the barbecue, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., event hosts will serve grill items, including spit-roasted, locally grown Lava Lake Land and Livestock lamb.

"This barbecue is an opportunity for us to thank the community that supports our work and makes our projects possible," said Heather Kimmel, Wood River Land Trust program and membership coordinator.

All ages are invited to the barbecue. Those coming to the event are asked to bring a potluck dessert.

The 12.57-acre Howard Preserve along the Big Wood River in Bellevue was protected by a partnership between Wood River Land Trust, the city of Bellevue, the Howard family, Friends of Howard and others in 2004. The preserve provides public access to the Big Wood River through cottonwood forests and riparian areas full of wildlife.

The preserve can be reached from the west end of Elm Street in Bellevue. Those coming to the barbecue are being asked to carpool, ride a bike or walk, as parking is limited. For more information, please contact Morgan Buckert at 788-3947 or

Fire Ts still available

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation has announced that it is continuing to sell Castle Rock Fire T-shirts. For information call (208) 336-2996 or visit

The Wildland Firefighter Foundation provides financial and emotional assistance to families of wildland firefighters who die or are seriously injured in the line of duty.

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