Friday, March 26, 2010


Late season starts Monday

Beginning Monday, March 29, Sun Valley Early/Late season lift rates will go into effect, continuing through the end of the season, April 18.

Beginning Tuesday, March 30, daily lift ticket prices on Dollar and Baldy will be discounted for adults, children (under 13) and seniors (65 & over). For Baldy, a one-day adult ticket will cost $56, children $34 and seniors, $45. For Dollar Mountain, a one-day adult lift ticket will cost $30, children $25 and seniors $25.

The last day for skiing on Dollar Mountain will be Easter Sunday, April 4.

For more information, call 622-6136.

Land Trust seeks accreditation

The Hailey-based Wood River Land Trust will be applying for accreditation to the Land Trust Alliance Commission in April. The process includes a public comment period.

The commission will conduct an extensive review of the land trust's policies and programs and invites public input. During the public comment period, the commission will accept signed written comments. Comments must be related to how the land trust complies with national quality standards that address the ethical and technical operations of a land trust, and would be most useful by May 28. For a full list of these standards, see

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit Comments may also be mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 112 Spring St., Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or faxed to (518) 587-3182.

Bike parks need time and sun

Bike riders are being asked to stay off the Ketchum Bike Park and the Blaine County Recreation District's Pump Park in Hailey until they dry out.

The Ketchum Bike Park, at Second Avenue and Seventh Street on Blaine County School District land, still has snow piled on northern aspects of its track. A work party is being planned to get the track in shape for riding. The Pump Park, just west of the pool off Fox Acres Road in Hailey, is in similar shape and should not be ridden until official word comes from the district.

Both recreation providers hope the parks will be open sooner than mountain biking trails but opening schedules are entirely weather-dependent.

Work parties will be scheduled for track repairs prior to opening the parks. Anyone who would like to help should contact Ketchum Parks & Recreation at 726-7820.

Cash offered for old appliances

A program by the state of Idaho paying money to people who replace old, energy-wasting appliances will begin March 25. The program is in addition to one already offered by Idaho Power.

For example, swapping out an old refrigerator could bring in $75 from the state, $50 from Idaho Power and another $30 from Idaho Power to haul it away.

The program is available only to Idaho residents for residential use, the appliance must be purchased new from an Idaho business and it must replace an appliance the applicant already owns. Details are provided on the state of Idaho Web site, as are tips for making sure old appliances get recycled.

Funds for the program are limited.

Hailey wants your e-mail address

The city of Hailey is collecting e-mail addresses to notify residents about "urgent and interesting" matters taking place in city government.

The news comes from the "Our Town" newsletter published by the city.

To get on the City Hall mailing list, participants are asked to attach an e-mail address with a Post-It note on their utility bill this month or on a check or pay stub.

"The Open Meeting Act requires government to communicate with constituents, largely through newspaper notices or posted notices around town," the "Our Town" newsletter states in its February issue. "That objective may be better achieved through e-mail."

Hailey residents can also supply e-mails to City Hall by calling 788-4221, ext. 2.

Take a birding trip to Hagerman

Expert birder Larry Barnes will conduct a bird-watching day along the Snake River in Hagerman on Sunday, March 27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will cost $50 and attendees should meet at the Community Campus in Hailey at 8 a.m.

For details, call 788-2033.

Scottish fair coming to valley

The Sun Valley Celtic Faire & Scottish Heavy Events will be held June 5-6 in Festival Meadows in Sun Valley.

The new event will feature an array of traditional Scottish competitions for both professional and amateur participants, as well as lively Celtic music and dancers, vendors and other festivities.

The event is organized by the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Mountain Town Events and the Scottish American Athletic Association.

A detailed schedule of events will be available soon at, as well as information on special lodging and activity deals.

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