Wednesday, March 12, 2008

News Briefs

Entries sought for writing contest

Organizers of the fourth annual Ernest Hemingway Festival, which will take place Sept. 25 to 28, are seeking submissions for the Prose for Papa contest.

The deadline for the short works of fiction is May 31. The pieces must be typewritten, double-spaced, previously unpublished and no longer than 2,600 words or 10 pages. They should also be available in Word format. The winner will be awarded $500, honored during the festival in Sun Valley and have his or her story published in the festival magazine.

Stories should be submitted to Prose for Papa, SVKCVB, P.O. Box 2420, Sun Valley, ID 83353, along with a $10 non-refundable entrance fee.

Coldwell Banker Conklin earns award

The Ketchum office of Coldwell Banker Conklin & Co. has been named a Coldwell Banker Premier Office, the highest honor given to the company's offices.

The Ketchum office was recognized for this award at the Coldwell Banker International Business Conference in February.

The branch's Residential and Commercial teams were also recognized at the same conference as International Premier Teams, awarded to the top 7 percent of all sales associate teams nationally.

Take steps to successful sales

Jigsaw, a nonprofit organization for entrepreneurs, will host a "brown bag lunch" on Tuesday, March 18, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the conference room of the Zions Bank in Ketchum.

Local business consultant Susan Fierman will speak on "Simple Steps to Successful Sales," and she will describe four essential elements of successful selling that you may not know you use or might never have thought about.

The event is free to Jigsaw members and $10 for non-members. For further information, contact Jima Rice, or 726-1848.

Register for Girls program

Girls on the Run registration is under way for the spring season, which runs from April 7 to May 15 and culminates on May 17 with the Wondergirl 5k. Registration forms are coming home from school this week. Online (English and Spanish) registration forms are available at

The schedule will be:

· Hemingway Elementary, M/W, 2:45-4 p.m.

· Hailey Elementary, T/TH, 2:45-4 p.m.

· Woodside Elementary, M/W, 2:45-4 p.m.

· Bellevue Elementary, T/TH, 2:45-4p.m.

Call Mary Fauth at 788-7863 or e-mail for more information.

March BAH set in Ketchum

The Will Caldwell Gallery and KB's restaurant will host the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau's Business After Hours on Thursday, March 13.

The monthly business-networking gathering will take place at the gallery, located at 400 Sun Valley Road, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Spring Prom looms

Presented by the Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber and Visitor's Bureau, the 2008 Spring Prom will be held Saturday, April 12, at the Limelight Room in the Sun Valley Inn.

The theme of the dance extravaganza is "Some Like It Hot," with music provided by The Heaters.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Hawley Graphics in Hailey, the visitors' center in Ketchum or online at All proceeds go towards the Youth Citizen of the Year Scholarship and community education projects.

Campground fees set to increase

Fees for overnight camping at seven campgrounds on the Sawtooth National Forest's Minidoka and Fairfield ranger districts will increase this summer, agency officials have announced. The fee increase is necessary to bring them more in line with fees at other Sawtooth National Forest campgrounds and to meet the increasing cost of campground maintenance, said Terry Clark, Sawtooth National Forest Recreation and Natural Resource staff officer.

Overnight camping fees will be increased from $6 to $8 per night at the Lower Penstemon campground on the Minidoka Ranger District. On the Fairfield Ranger District west of Blaine County, fees at the Abbott, Bird Creek, Chaparral and Willow Creek campgrounds will increase from $2 to $6 per night, while fees at the Bowns and Canyon campgrounds will increase from $4 to $6 per night.

The campground fee increases will not have any impact on local campground fees on the Ketchum Ranger District.

Female vets invited to conference

Co-sponsored by the Idaho Division of Veterans' Services, a conference for female veterans from Idaho, Oregon and Washington will be held April 18-19 at The Pendleton Convention Center, in Pendleton, Ore. It will be both an educational tool and a celebration of the service and sacrifices of women veterans throughout history. A variety of workshops dealing with veterans' benefits, entitlements, women's health issues and employment/job-seeking tips will be offered.

There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is required by Friday, March 14.

For more information and to register, go to the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs Web site at or call the IDVS at (208) 334-1245.

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