Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Business Briefs

Learn about Idaho Open Meeting Law

The Idaho Counties Risk Management Program will discuss changes in Idaho's Open Meeting Law at an instructional meeting Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey.

The meeting is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Urged to attend are county commissioners, city council members, school board members and others involved in various public governing or advisory bodies.

For more information, contact Tina at 788-5570 or

Pavilion receives design award

The American Institute of Architects has awarded Sun Valley Co., Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Ruscitto/Latham/Blanton Architecture and FTL Design Engineering Studio a merit award in the 2009 Northwest and Pacific Region for the Sun Valley Pavilion.

The pavilion, designed by Ruscitto/Latham/Blanton for Sun Valley Co., was cited as a "powerful landmark and excellent integration of engineering."

New mortgage company opens

Valley resident Gwendolyn Stevens has taken her 20 years of mortgage experience to open Mountain Community Mortgage. Stevens most recently worked as a residential lending officer at First Bank of Idaho.

"As an independent mortgage company, we have a great deal of flexibility in finding the right loan for the client," Stevens said.

The company will offer mortgages on all types of residential property in Idaho.

Mountain Community Mortgage is located at 380 Washington Ave., Suite 202, in Ketchum, above The Toy Store. Contact information is or 726-8300.


Real estate company named top 20

Coldwell Banker Conklin & Co. was nationally ranked in the top 20 of Coldwell Banker's independently owned and operated companies for the month of October. The ranking is based on closed adjusted gross commission income.

Conklin & Co. is owned by Todd Conklin and is one of about 3,700 Coldwell Banker residential real estate offices. Conklin's business was started in October 2006 with four agents. That has quadrupled to 16 agents specializing in residential sales and four staff handling vacation rentals, property management and concierge. Conklin & Co. is located at 491 N. Main St. in Ketchum. It can be reached at 622-3400 or

Butterfly takes flight in Bellevue

Graphic artist Michelle Castle last month opened Butterfly, a new studio offering custom stationery, invitations and paper goods, at 202 S. Main St., Suite 4, in Bellevue. The studio is above The Brick House restaurant. Castle said the studio will offer clients one-on-one service to create "highly personal designs."

Castle's designs are sold in stores in the Wood River Valley and nationally through sales representatives.

For more information or to view the products, see Castle's Web site at, or call 928-7999.

Photo sales help Community Library

Bird and Co. Fine Picture Framing, located on Warm Springs Road in Ketchum, is contributing 20 percent of its sales of historic photos from the Ketchum/Sun Valley area to The Community Library.

The photos are available in both black and white and sepia tone. Images can be seen at the store or at

New Ketchum clinic eases the pain

Hailey resident Mark Cook has opened Symbiotic Systems Clinical Reflexology on Main Street in Ketchum, located between the Roosevelt and the Casino.

Cook has been practicing as a reflexologist and drugless therapist for the past six and a half years in Hailey, as well as Washington and other towns in Idaho.

Cook's clinic is aimed at pain reduction, PMS, infertility and other health conditions. Clinic hours are 4-8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 788-2012.

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