Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Business Briefs

Chamber adds 2 to staff

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau is welcoming two new staff members. Nicole Beahm and Sheena Stevens have each joined the organization within the last month.

Beahm is the chamber's new marketing coordinator. She will work on local, regional and national ad campaigns and will coordinate the Sun Valley Food & Wine Festival and the Ernest Hemingway Festival.

Stevens is the chamber's new visitor services specialist. In addition to assisting visitors, she will produce the chamber's new monthly events newsletter.

Business Showcase set for Thursday

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau is inviting the community to attend the 15th annual Business Showcase at the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The event is not Tuesday, as was previously stated in advertisements.

For information go to, contact Stefany Mahoney at 725-2105 or e-mail

Fortunate cookies hit the big time

Gump's, a high-end San Francisco department store, is offering in its Christmas catalog the products of Ketchum-based Fortunate Dog Cookies, owned by Lynn Stallard and Terry Tischer. According to Tischer, Gump's bought 1,500 boxes of the fortune cookies made just for dogs, from "us little Ketchum girls."

In addition, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., is giving its guests a box of Fortunate Dog Cookies if they have a pet with them.

Computer recycling gets underway

There are now 10 sites in south central Idaho where computers can be dropped off for recycling, including the Ohio Gulch transfer station in the mid-valley.

Computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, scanners, PDA cell phones and other related equipment can be recycled for its metals. No other electronic equipment will be accepted at the sites. The computers will be refurbished or recycled by Boise-based PC Recyclers of Idaho.

The new program is offered by Southern Idaho Solid Waste.

Tourism chief stepping down

Carl Wilgus, 56, began working for the Idaho Tourism Department in 1987, making him the state's longest serving tourism chief.

Before that, Wilgus worked for 13 years at Sun Valley Resort, starting out as a ski instructor before advancing to the head of the marketing department.

But after 30 years in Idaho, Wilgus says it's time for a change.

Next month, he will begin luring visitors to Pennsylvania as executive director of the Pocono Mountains Visitor Bureau.

Wilgus is credited for increasing efforts to promote Idaho internationally and a campaign to target specific activities like fishing, skiing, rafting or hunting.

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