Wednesday, December 5, 2007

News briefs

Bellevue students to deck the halls

Fourth-graders from Bellevue Elementary School will decorate a Christmas tree at the Ketchum branch of Zions Bank, located at 291 Washington Ave., with handmade ornaments.

The "Lights On" ceremony will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m., when students, teachers, parents and bank employees will gather in the lobby for the celebration.

Zions Bank will present a $250 contribution to the school and participants will sing carols.

The public is invited to visit the branch and see the decorated tree during the holidays.

Democrats to celebrate at museum

Join the Blaine County Democratic Party for a meeting and holiday gathering at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Heritage & Ski Museum, Forest Service Park, in Ketchum. There will be a screening of Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean's message on how to win elections in 2008.

Expected guests include state Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, state Sen. Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, and state Rep. Donna Pence, D-Gooding.

Enjoy a holiday reception following the meeting. Everyone is welcome. For details, call 726-6423.

Learn the ABCs of your ACL

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will present The ABCs of ACL at 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Baldy Conference Room at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Anthony Buoncristiani will discuss the anatomy, function and importance of the anterior cruciate ligament, as well as injury prevention, surgical options, conservative management and rehabilitation.

For more information, call the Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

Una relación sana y feliz

St. Luke's Center for Community Health invita a la communidad Hispana a una clase, Una relación sana y feliz, con Jason Beard, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 10 Diciembre, Community Campus, Hailey, sala 903.

Llame a Laura Zambrano 727-8738 para mas información.

Middle school to rock on

The Wood River Middle School eighth-graders will present the 14th annual Rock and Mineral Show from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10, in the school gym in Hailey.

More than 200 students have identified specimens and built displays for their collections since September. Everyone is welcome to attend the display.

Land Trust to hold open house

The Wood River Land Trust will hold a holiday open house at its new space next door, at 119 E. Second Ave North in Hailey, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11.

The 1885 home was purchased in September with help from longtime supporters Lyn and David Anderson. Architect Eddy Svidgal, of the Hailey Preservation Commission, is working on the restoration.

At the open house there will be refreshments and available staff to discuss current projects and answer questions. For more information, contact Heather Kimmel at 788-3947 or

Ketchum officials to revisit hotel fees

Only two weeks after adopting a resolution to require increased fees from hotel developers, the city of Ketchum has decided to amend the collection process.

The Ketchum City Council considered the measure at its Monday, Dec. 3, meeting.

The higher fees will remain, but 60 percent will be collected upon the submittal of a planned unit development application, and the remaining 40 percent would be submitted in thirds during the design review process.

Last May, the City Council took a temporary measure to establish a fee structure to partially offset costs, including adoption of a resolution that established a pre-application fee for design review for hotels of $5,000, plus the cost of application, notices and postage.

Also required was a design application fee of $1,000, plus $0.25 per square foot of hotel, plus $0.125 per square foot of residential, plus the cost of application, notices and postage for public hearings.

Since that time, the staff recognized that the interim measure did not adequately cover the costs of all existing and anticipated planning efforts for the projects and the associated staff and hotel consulting team's responsibilities.

The amended fees will retain the $5,000 pre-application design review fee and $0.25 per square foot, but will raise the per-square-foot fee for design review of a planned unit development from $0.25 to $0.65 per square foot.

The amended resolution will go before the City Council in early January for a public hearing.

Bellevue lights up

The city of Bellevue and the Chamber of Commerce invite all residents and members of the Wood River Valley to celebrate the holidays on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15.

"Light Up Bellevue for the Holidays" will begin at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 with a visit from Santa at Bellevue Square and continue at 7 p.m. with the lighting of the community holiday tree at the Bellevue City Museum, followed by lighting of the new decoration across Main Street. Carolers will also provide entertainment throughout the evening.

On Dec. 15, the celebration will continue at 11 a.m. with a chance for kids to create decorations for the city tree at Oak Street Take Out, where Santa will make an appearance from 2 to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses, many of which will extend work hours and offer specials and discounts, are encouraged to hang lights to join in the celebration. Business owners looking to join in the festivities by staying open late or offering specials and discounts should let Vicky Walker know at 788-3646.

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