Friday, September 4, 2009

News Briefs


Baldy lifts close Monday

Summer lift operations on Bald Mountain will end for the summer on Monday, Sept. 7.

Baldy's hiking and mountain biking trails will remain open, however.

As well, Monday will be the last day that season passes for the upcoming ski season will be available at the River Run ticket office. Ticket sales will continue daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center in the Sun Valley Village.

On Monday, Oct. 19, alpine and Nordic ski passes will be back on sale at the River Run ticket office.

For more information on ticket sales, call 622-2248.

Overlook closed for reconstruction

The Galena overlook on state Highway 75 north of Galena Summit will be closed for reconstruction through October.

Reconstruction will consist of a new overlook plaza, benches, viewing scopes, sidewalks and ramps. It will also improve the parking area with new asphalt and improved parking sites.

BAH set for Sept. 10

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau is turning its September Business After Hours into a bash.

Hosted by Leroy's Ice Cream, the BAH will be on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ketchum Town Plaza, across from Atkinsons' Market. Four Stroke Bus will playing music and there will be food and refreshments.

The BAH is a monthly event for businesses, giving people the opportunity to network with other members, meet new businesses in town and get better acquainted with the companies hosting the event.

LeRoy's Ice Cream and Creperie is a nonprofit organization donated by Jake Peters to create a memorable place for kids and adults while adding character to Ketchum. All proceeds from LeRoy's benefit the Ketchum Parks Department, Blaine County schools and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteers

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho has opened an office in Blaine County and is recruiting both volunteers and children.

The organization offers community programs and school mentoring. Volunteers do not need special skills or experience to mentor a child. Friendship is what counts, and anyone can be a friend!

For information on volunteering, or to enroll a child, contact Bronwyn Patterson, Blaine County program coordinator, at 578-5405.

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ITD projects statewide suspended for weekend

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Work will be suspended on all Idaho Transportation Department highway construction projects statewide for the Labor Day holiday weekend, except in special circumstances. In most cases, work will resume Tuesday.

ITD requires contractors on highway construction projects to not work on any roadway open to the traveling public, except normal maintenance operations, on any day of a three-day holiday weekend or on July 3-5, unless otherwise permitted.

Historical society opens museums

The Bonning Cabin next to the Ore Wagon Museum and the Ski & Heritage Museum in Forest Service Park will be open to visitors on Saturday, Sept. 5, before and after the Wagon Days parade.

The Ketchum Sun Valley Historical Society will host open hours at the museums. For details, call 726-8118.

Ducks set to race Sunday

Thousands of yellow rubber ducks are ready to race in the 2009 Great Wagon Days Duck Race. The ducks will float down the Big Wood River from Rotary Park in Ketchum on Sunday, Sept. 6. This year's race offers a chance at $1 million.

The race festivities include music by The Bobos and kids' activities from 1-4 p.m. at Rotary Park. At 3 p.m. thousands of ducks will be released into the Big Wood River from the Warm Springs Bridge and will race to the finish line at the park.

Proceeds from the celebration fund student scholarships, contributions to nonprofit organizations and support Blaine County Search and Rescue.

Ducks cost $5, six or for $25, 13 for $50, 25 for $100, 125 for $500 and 250 for $1,000. Ducks can be bought on the day of the race at Rotary Park until 1:30 p.m.

For details, call 721-7481




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