Friday, October 19, 2007

News briefs


Business showcase slated

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau will hold the 15th annual Business Showcase, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sun Valley Inn.

The tradeshow style showcase allows local businesses to display their products and services to the public. It attracts more than 500 visitors each year.

Booth registration is open to all Sun Valley Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue chamber members. The fee is $75 for Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber members and $100 for those in Bellevue and Hailey.

The deadline for registration is Friday, Nov. 2. For more information, go to visitsunvalley.com/meetings or call Membership Services Manager Stefany Mahoney at 725-2105.

Transferable ski passes now on sale

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau is offering businesses the opportunity to purchase transferable ski passes as a benefit to their employees, thanks to the Sun Valley Resort.

Proceeds from the passes will benefit the Fly Sun Valley Alliance Air Service Support Fund, which works to provide additional air service to our community. Businesses must be a current member of the Sun Valley-Ketchum, Hailey or Bellevue chambers to purchase a transferable pass. Passes can be purchased online by going to www.visitsunvalley.com/meetings.

For specific information, contact Membership Services Manager Stefany Mahoney, at 725-2105 or smahoney@visitsunvalley.com

Sun Valley to be given 'History-Maker' status

Sun Valley is one of 14 ski areas in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming that helped nurture the region's fledgling sport of skiing, and they will take their places in the annals of ski history when they receive "History-Maker" awards during the 17th annual Ski Affair, one of the area's largest ski fund-raising events.

The 2007 edition of the festive, nostalgia-bent Ski Affair will be Thursday, Oct. 18, at Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. The event is open to the public, and a 6 p.m. reception will include a silent auction that will be followed by dinner, award ceremonies and a video presentation.

"These 14 sites are being recognized because they helped bring skiing to the masses in their respective locales when the sport was in its infancy," said Greg Thompson, co-founder of the Ski Archives, which sponsors the annual gathering. "They revamped and expanded the region's skiing landscape, and they still play big roles in recreation today. They are history-makers in every sense."

Ski areas to be honored include Sun Valley, Bogus Basin, Grand Targhee, Jackson Hole and Park City Mountain Resort, among others.

Peace Bus to join Idaho Coalition

The Idaho Peace Coalition will charter a bus to take people to Salt Lake City, Saturday, Oct. 27, for a regional "End the War" event coordinated nationally by United for Peace and Justice.

"We've had an overwhelming response to our call to attend this exciting event," said Idaho Peace Coalition organizer, Liz Paul "We have one full bus, and will take another if necessary, and plan on meeting up with a bus from the Wood River Valley. Lots of folks are also traveling on their own. Idahoans are sick of the war and eager to demonstrate,"

Eleven regional demonstrations will be held across the country including the event in Salt Lake City and ones in Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, Boston, Chicago, New York, and elsewhere.

Idaho Peace Coalition members in the Wood River Valley have chartered a coach to leave from Hailey and join forces with the Boise Idaho Peace Coalition bus. People interested in riding the Wood River Peace Bus can get information and reserve their seats by contacting amyhere@earthlink.net or calling 788-1539. The cost is $50 per person and will leave early in the morning and return by 10 p.m.

Join scavenger hunt

The Community School's Natural/Local History/Science class will host a public scavenger hunt in Ketchum at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. To participate, contact Community School junior Bronwen Raff at braff@communityschool.org.

Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Atkinsons' installs 'green' lighting

Atkinsons' Markets announced this week that it retrofitted its stores in Ketchum, Hailey, and Bellevue with energy-efficient lighting. Atkinsons' worked with Idaho Power's Easy Upgrades Program and the Ketchum-based Ryan Lighting Group to significantly reduce its operating expenses and carbon emissions while improving the lighting quality in its stores.




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