Friday, October 30, 2009

News briefs

Sun Valley gets kudos

The November issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine included Sun Valley in its recommendation of 11 ski destinations from Oregon to Maine. The magazine noted the launching of a new gondola this winter, a ride that will ascend 2,000 vertical feet up Bald Mountain.

The 10 other destinations listed were: Snowmass in Colorado, Park City Mountain Resort in Utah, Rossland in British Columbia, Northstar-at-Tahoe in California, Mount Bachelor in Oregon, Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia, Sugar Bowl in the Lake Tahoe-Truckee area, Jay Peak Resort in Vermont, Cannon Mountain in New Hampshire, and Saddleback in Maine.

Halloween bus service scheduled

South valley attendees to the annual "Nightmare on Main Street" Halloween party Saturday in Ketchum can count on a safe ride home from Mountain Rides Transportation Authority.

Mountain Rides will provide two special bus trips to Hailey and Bellevue that evening. Ketchum pickup times are 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. at the regular valley route bus stop at Main and First streets. Regular fares will apply.

Check Mountain Rides online at for regular Valley and Town route schedules for Halloween riding.

Highway striping under way in Bellevue

The Idaho Transportation Department announced this week that new lane striping is under way in Bellevue on state Highway 75.

ITD stated in a news release that the new striping will narrow the lanes and is being done at the request of the city of Bellevue to assist in speed reduction efforts within city limits.

"The faded lines of the former lanes will temporarily remain, but it is anticipated the worn former lane lines will be completely obliterated in about two weeks," ITD reported.

Boise shuttle service expanded

Beginning Saturday, Dec. 19, Sun Valley Stages will increase its shuttle service to Boise.

Three trips will depart daily from the Sun Valley Lodge at 6 a.m., 9 a.m. and noon. The shuttle will leave the Boise Airport at noon, 4 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The bus will stop at the Wood River Inn in Hailey en route to the lodge.

For more information or reservations, call (800) 574-8661 or visit Walk-ons are welcome depending on available space.

This peak winter season service will end March 27, and peak summer service will run from May 27 through Sept. 7.

$50,000 raised for research

Ketchum-based Expedition Inspiration raised more than $50,000 to support breast cancer research during its first "Be Inspired To Find a Cure for Breast Cancer" event held Oct. 8 in Boise.

More than 400 people attended the event to support breast cancer research and honor Brenda Williams M.D., a breast cancer survivor who has dedicated her time and expertise to increasing awareness of the disease by personally investing more than $250,000 in cash and in-kind support.

Expedition Inspiration has initiated the first Brenda Williams Honorary Young Investigator Award. The award—which will be presented at the Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium held annually in Sun Valley—will fund the work of junior-level clinical breast cancer scientists who attend the symposium to present their research to some of the world's leading breast-cancer scientists.

For more information on Expedition Inspiration, visit the Web site at

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