Wednesday, July 9, 2008

News Briefs

Hwy 75 construction is underway south of Hailey

Road construction starts this week on state Highway 75 between Bellevue and Hailey.

Construction hours will be scheduled for overnight hours, during which traffic will be limited to one lane on portions of the highway between Spruce Street in Bellevue and Fox Acres Road in Hailey.

The Idaho Transportation Department reported that work will be conducted from 7 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. seven days a week for about four weeks.

The resurfacing work is being done by Valley Paving of Bellevue under a $1.25 million contract.

Hailey applies watering restrictions

Watering lawns is only allowed in the city of Hailey from 12:01 a.m. until 10 a.m. and 6:01 p.m. to midnight for odd or even addresses, respectively. The effort is intended to conserve water this summer.

The "odd-even" irrigation schedule enforced by Hailey city officials allows for watering on odd days of the month (13th, 15th, 17th etc.), if your street address ends in an odd number (3,5,7, etc.)

Even days of the month are the allotted days for street addresses ending in even numbers.

No one is allowed to water on the 31st of each month. City officials advise using this day to re-set automated sprinkler systems for the following month. Fall months will require less watering than summer.

Watering off-schedule will result in a warning. For a second offense there will be a letter from City Hall. A third offense will result in water services being suspended, with a $75 reconnect fee.

Join benefit Yoga class

Poems for Peace will presents Salutations to the AIDS-Orphans of Tanzania, Saturday, July 12, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the YMCA with Lauri Bunting. The class is geared toward all levels and will be taught in the vinyasa ("flow") style. The fee will be donation based and all proceeds will support AIDS-Orphans in Himo, Tanzania.

Poems for Peace is a cross-cultural poetry exchange between children in this community and children throughout the world. To contribute, make checks payable to Make a Difference Now-Poems for Peace. Send to Lauri Bunting, Box 6567, Ketchum, ID 83340. To register for the class, email or just show up.

Wagon Days applications available

The Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber & Vistors' Bureau is gearing up for the 50th annual Wagon Days parade to be held Saturday, Aug. 30. Applications to be in the non-motorized parade are available at, or to request an application email Heather LaMonica Deckard,, or calling 726-2777.

Volunteers sought for Winter Games

The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games will kick-off its volunteer recruitment efforts July 9-17 with a week-long RV tour of southern Idaho. The World Winter Games RV, wrapped in World Winter Games imagery, will be traveling around the region making stops in Twin Falls, Hailey, Ketchum, McCall, Cascade and Boise recruiting volunteers for the World Winter Games. The RV will be at the Wood River Community YMCA, in Ketchum, Thursday, July 10 from 4 to 9 p.m.

An estimated 6,000 volunteers are needed to help with the games, to be held Feb. 7-13 2009 in Boise, Tamarack and Sun Valley. Sun Valley will host the snowshoe and cross-country competitions.

Commissioner search continues

The Blaine County Democratic Party was scheduled to interview nine candidates who have expressed interest in taking over the seat vacated by outgoing Blaine County Commissioner Sarah Michael at a meeting last night in Hailey.

The public meeting was held Tuesday evening at the Old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey.

Individuals in Blaine County's District 3 who sent in letters of interest to the chairwoman of the Blaine County Democratic Party, Betty Murphy, include Adam Bohrer, Len Harlig, Debra Kronenburg, Kingsley Murphy, Angenie McCleary, Suzanne Orb, Nils Ribi, Alan Reynolds and Jon Thorson.

Members of the Blaine ounty Democratic Party's precinct committee were scheduled to interview the candidates before choosing three names from the applicant list to send to Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for a final decision.

Check the Friday edition of the Idaho Mountain Express for a complete story on what names were chosen to send on to Gov. Otter. Look for news updates at

Attend SNRA Interpretive programs

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area Interpretive programs continue this week with a Junior Ranger program at Stanley Lake on Saturday, July 12, at 9:30 a.m. Junior Ranger programs at Redfish Lake will be held at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. Both programs are open to children ages 5 to 11.

Evening programs include a "Stories of the Stars" at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, and "Flintknapping and Idaho's First Residents" on Friday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. A program "Food Underwater" will be held on Saturday, July 12, at 8:30 p.m. Each evening will have a campfire one half hour before the night's program begins.

The Redfish Lake Visitors Center will conduct nature walks at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. At Stanley Lake, there will be a nature walk at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, as well as an auto tour to the Native American Rock Shelter at 2 p.m.

For details, call the Redfish Lake Visitor Center at 774-3376 Friday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The visitor center is located five miles south of Stanley off Hwy. 75.

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