Wednesday, June 10, 2009

News briefs

New weekend bus route debuts Friday

Things just got a little easier for Wood River Valley residents who want to go out, have a good time and stay safe, thanks to Lara Spencer of The Dollhouse, Mountain Rides and the Ketchum Community Development Corp. They organized the Party Bus, a weekend bus that runs up and down the valley every Friday and Saturday night.

The bus will pick people up at Guffy's in Bellevue at 8:30 p.m. and run every hour until 2 a.m. when the bars close. The first bus from Ketchum will leave at 9 p.m. from Wells Fargo. There will be two stops in Hailey as well.

Tickets are $10 and can be used throughout the night. In addition, riders who show bus tickets to participating bars and restaurants and riders will receive a free drink.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call Spencer at 726-8332 Monday through Friday between 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

La Alianza to host World Cup soccer tournament

La Alianza, a nonprofit that promote cross-cultural ties in the Wood River Valley, is hosting its second annual World Cup soccer tournament.

Families and friends are invited to enjoy a day of soccer, ethnic food, piñatas and more. The event will take place Saturday, June 27, at Atkinson Park in Ketchum. For more information call 578-5408.

ERC needs volunteers for summer events

Summer is here, and the ERC needs volunteers to help separate garbage from recyclable materials at public events like Ketch'em Alive and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.

Last year, the program kept eight tons of plastic, glass and aluminum cans from being dumped into a landfill. It has saved over 50 tons since its inception.

The ERC recommends volunteers sign up now to choose where they help clean up over the summer. For more information or to sign up call 726-4333.


Get tech savvy

Duke Computer Solutions and the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau will present a one-hour introduction to digital social networking for businesses. The seminar will tour the most popular social media tools and explain how to drive traffic to business Web sites.

The seminar will take place at the chamber offices at 491 Sun Valley Rd. on Thursday, June 11, from 12-1 p.m. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 10, to Gina Bennett at 725-2180.

Volunteers needed for Fourth of July

Fourth of July is just around the corner, and the city of Ketchum is getting organized for its third annual 4th on Fourth celebration. As always, the even will feature a carnival, food and drinks and live music by The Damphools and Dalas Alice.

The event requires at least 100 volunteers. People interested in lending a hand should contact Stefany Mahoney at 725-2105 or

Take your child fishing

This Saturday, June 13, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game will offer "Free Fishing Day," a chance for parents to introduce budding young anglers to the sport. The annual event is designed for novice anglers of all ages, residents and non-residents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing Idaho waters without a license.

Though regular fishing license requirements are suspended statewide for the day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.

"Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a life-long pursuit," said Fish and Game Regional Fish Manager Jeff Dillon.

Hailey ranks high for hunting, fishing

Hailey has been named the 32nd "Best Town for Sportsmen" in the country, according to the June/July 2009 issue of Outdoor Life magazine.

A news release from Outdoor Life said the city was ranked among 200 cities across the nation, using extensive research and data to determine the top places for hunters and anglers.

"Outdoorsmen want world-class hunting and fishing, but like everyone else, they also want to have a high quality of life," said Todd Smith, editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life. "The towns on this list offer the best of the outdoors as well as decent homes and schools and good-paying jobs. They are truly dream towns for sportsmen."

Lewiston, Idaho, took top honors on the magazine's "Best Places to Live" list. Other Idaho towns in the top 10 include Idaho Falls (making its first appearance on the list at No. 3, tied with Rawlings, Wyo.) and Pocatello, which maintained its previous year's ranking at No. 5.

Free seminar on social networking set for Thursday in Ketchum

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Duke Computer Solutions will present a one-hour introductory workshop on social networking from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 11, at the chamber offices at 491 Sun Valley Road in Ketchum.

The free seminar will include a quick tour of the most popular social media tools and their strengths and weaknesses, as well as how they can drive traffic to business Web sites. Participants will be given step-by-step instructions for setting up accounts and creating a strategy for using networks such as Facebook and Twitter to promote business.

Participants should bring a lunch and a laptop. Please RSVP to Gina Bennett at 725-2108 by Wednesday, June 10.

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