Friday, December 19, 2008

News Briefs

Sun Valley Bars get national attention

Locally made Sun Valley Bars were featured in a Dec. 3 story for online gift shopping in USA Today.

The blurb read, "Sun Valley Bars ($24 for 12-bar box, are delicious, nutrition bars that taste like real food in flavors that read like a hip cafe gelato menu: Chocolate-Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Almond, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and our favorite, super-refreshing Goji Lemon. Not a goo or a gel, but food that satisfies."

The Hacker's Paradise, an online golf site, also gave a positive review to Sun Valley Bars' "Par Bars."

Sun Valley Bars will also be featured on the Food Network's "Road Tasted with the Neelys" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday Dec. 28.

Sun Valley flies too

The new Sun Valley on the Fly opens today in the space once occupied by Bill Mason Outfitters in Sun Valley Village. It will be a companion shop to Ketchum on the Fly, which is on Sun Valley Road.

Owned by Julie Zapoli and Elizabeth Hendrix, the store will feature more opportunities for hunting and fishing gear and clothing, adventure trips and classes.

For more information, call 725-7572.

Fewer travelers expected for holidays

Fewer Americans are expected to travel during the Christmas holidays, marking the first decline in Christmas travel since 2002, AAA of Idaho reported this week.

The travel organization estimated that 63.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more. The number of travelers is expected to be down 2.1 percent from last year.

AAA blamed the travel demise on the recession, the country's 6.9 percent jobless rate and apprehension about the future.

Attend the inauguration, Sun Valley style

Blaine County Democrats will create some political fun on Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn.

The event will feature a live band, light hors d'oeuvres, a no-host bar and a giant-screen television with a live link to the goings-on in Washington. Dress is "Ketchum black-tie" (meaning formal attire is optional).

State Sen. Clint Stennett and state Rep. Wendy Jaquet will attend as guests of honor.

Tickets are $35. They are available at Notes Music in Hailey and Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum.

Janes announces "downsizing" of locations

Due to declining customer demand, Janes office supply store owner Doug Brown says he'll look for new, smaller locations for the businesses.

Brown said he intends to reduce the store's higher-end offerings and expand its value segments. Both moves mean he'll need less space and won't need the three storefronts that contain Upstairs Janes, RSVP and Polka Dot in Ketchum, and the Janes store in Hailey.

"We are hoping to find a smaller location in Hailey and to exit the upstairs section of Janes in Giacobbi," Brown said in a statement sent to the Idaho Mountain Express. "There is no timetable for the moves as it depends on when new tenants are found."

Sawtooth Forest begins hiring for 2009 season

The Sawtooth National Forest is looking for a few good men and women to fill summer jobs doing fire fighting as well as range, timber, trails, recreation and public affairs work.

A Web site is already set up to take job applications. Jobs are available in the towns of Burley, Fairfield, Featherville, Ketchum, Obsidian, Stanley, and Twin Falls.

People who are interested in applying are asked to call (208) 737-3200.

Sawtooth Forest spokeswoman Alicia Bennett said the jobs available are interesting and rewarding.

"I encourage people who are interested in learning more about seasonal jobs with the forest to visit the Sawtooth National Forest Web site or call and talk with a Forest Service employee," Bennett said. "Our folks will be more than happy to talk with prospective applicants and answer questions."

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