Friday, March 6, 2009

News Briefs

Ketchum listed as top vacation spot

Ketchum has once again received accolades for being a great vacation location, this time in David and Joan Vokac's "The Great Towns of America: All New Guide to the 100 Best Getaways for a Vacation or a Lifetime."

The couple, based out of San Diego, traveled more than 90,000 miles to visit more than 200 small towns in compiling their list.

The towns were judged on livability, education, housing costs and politics. In addition, natural beauty, recreation and culture were considered, along with attractions, restaurants and lodging.

Other Idaho towns included in the book are Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint, in the northern part of the state.

Register early for BCRD baseball

The Blaine County Recreation District has scheduled three days of early registration for its youth baseball program for kids 9 to 12 years old.

The registration is set for March 10-12 from 5-7 p.m. in the district's office at the Community Campus in Hailey.

For more information, call James at 720-1734.

Elkhorn restaurant wins design award

The Elkhorn Springs Restaurant recently won a first-place award for design from the Intermountain Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers.

The Intermountain Chapter, which consists of Idaho, Wyoming, Montana and Utah, chose the building by Boise-based Kieffer Design Group for its uniqueness, functionality and overall design.

The restaurant is part of a significant redevelopment of the Elkhorn Village neighborhood done by Ketchum-based Hennessy Co.

TCS teacher to race Iditarod

Trent Herbst, a teacher at The Community School and a mid-valley resident, will start his third Iditarod dogsled race in Alaska on March 7.

Herbst is running the race this year to raise awareness for the Ugandan non-governmental organization National Lake Rescue Institute in a project called Race for Rescue. For more information on the program, go to

Despo's gets green

Ketchum institution Desperado's restaurant was recently recognized as a Certified Green Restaurant, the only restaurant in the state to earn the designation.

The Mexican restaurant, which has been in business for more than 25 years, gained this distinction through its efforts to preserve resources, conserve energy, recycle and source sustainable food.

To this end, the restaurant has eliminated its take-out service to decrease packaging, as well as installed an energy-efficient freezer, expanded its recycling program and eliminated the use of Styrofoam.

SolFest set for March 27-29

SolFest, a weekend of music, dancing, ski events and more, will take place March 27-29 in various locations around Sun Valley and Ketchum. The three-day event will include Club Nights at downtown Ketchum bars and restaurants, live music, après ski and pool parties, as well as street dances and drink specials.

For more information, lodging specials and a complete schedule of events, visit

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