Friday, June 19, 2009

News Briefs

Chinook season opens this weekend

Anglers will be able to take part in a rare chinook salmon-fishing season on the upper Salmon River starting Saturday, June 20.

This is the second year in a row that the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has authorized such a fishery. Last year's chinook fishery on the upper Salmon was the first approved by the agency in 31 years.

According to a Fish and Game, fishing success may be slow at the start, but as flows decline and the river continues to clear fishing will improve. The department said that while there are fewer fish migrating over downstream dams on the lower Snake River than originally predicted, there are still adequate numbers for a chinook season.

Consult the 2009 salmon season rules for the upper Salmon River before fishing for chinook. The season will remain open until further notice.

The fishing boundaries extend from a point approximately 150 yards downstream of Island Park in the city of Salmon upstream to the posted boundary approximately 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery near Stanley.

Anglers can fish from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Daily limits are two chinook greater than or equal to 24 inches.

Crisis Hotline to hold fireworks sale

The Crisis Hotline will hold its annual fundraising fireworks sale from Wednesday, June 24, through Saturday, July 4. The sales booth will be located in Hailey between Sturtevants and the farmers' market site on Main Street.

A 50 percent tax deduction will be given with all purchases, which support the Crisis Hotline's services. The Crisis Hotline is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week confidential service available to the entire Wood River Valley community.

Sun Valley hosts 2009 Idaho Governor's Cup

The 2009 Idaho Governor's Cup golf tournament will take place on the Sun Valley Resort and Elkhorn golf courses through Saturday, June 20.

The tournament is a four-day fundraising event that raises money for the Idaho Governor's Cup Scholarship, which is available to high school seniors and home-school students throughout the state. The scholarship is awarded to 12 Idaho high school seniors planning to attend an Idaho college or university.

The number of awards is conditional on the availability of funds. Awards will be available to scholars pursuing academic and professional-technical education. The $3,000 award is renewable for up to four years for academic scholars, and for the term of the chosen program, up to three years, for professional-technical students. For details, visit

Portion of Highway 93 set to close

Due to recent heavy rainfall, a section of U.S. Highway 93 between Richfield and Carey that is under construction will be closed to through traffic beginning Monday, June 22. Soil conditions alongside the highway where traffic has been rerouted during the construction work have become hazardous, a news release from the Idaho Transportation Department states.

The closure will last until the contractor can return the road to a safe driving surface, the news release states. The ITD does not indicate how soon this will occur.

The closure, between mileposts 187 and 189, is part of a reconstruction and rehabilitation project from the north end of Richfield to the intersection with Pagari Road. Turnaround points will not be available at the road closures, ITD officials say.

Through traffic should use the alternate route of U.S. Highway 20 and state Highway 75 between Carey and Shoshone.

Volunteers needed for Fourth of July celebration

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and the Ketchum Event Planning Committee are in need of volunteers for the their third annual Fourth on Fourth celebration of Independence Day.

This year's festivities include an old-fashioned children's carnival, food and beverage concessions, and a free live concert featuring The Damphools and Dallas Alice. All events are in Ketchum.

A paid concert on July 3 will feature musician Tony Furtado.

For information on volunteering, call 725-2105.

Miles of Smiles to give bikes away

Almost 30 brand new Specialized bikes will be given away to needy children Thursday, June 25, as part of the Blaine County Recreation District's "Miles of Smiles" program.

This is the second year of the program, which is funded through donations from Brian Ross and Susan Reinstein.

The program is coordinated through The Elephant's Perch, Specialized Bikes and The Blaine County Recreation District. All parties helped to identify the youth in need of bikes, according to Kris Stoffer, development director for BCRD.

For more information contact Stoffer at 788-2117.

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