Friday, April 2, 2010


School board changes schedule

The Blaine County School Board will meet on a Wednesday in April, rather than on a Tuesday as is normally the case.

This month's meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting was reset from Tuesday, April 13, because some board members will be attending the National School Board Meeting in Chicago and won't arrive home in time for a regular Tuesday night meeting.

An agenda for the meeting will be released late next week.

Mountain West Bank to host BAH

Mountain West Bank will host the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau's April Business After Hours event on Thursday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. The bank is at 331 N. Leadville Ave. (corner of Sun Valley Road) in Ketchum.

Businesses are encouraged to use this monthly event as an opportunity to network with other business people, meet new business operators in the area and get better acquainted with the companies hosting the event.

Get ready for Dollar Dayz

Dollar Mountain will host Dollar Dayz this Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4. The event will include a ski- and snowboard-cross on Saturday at noon for ages 10 and under and for ages 11-15. Sign-ups will be at 9 a.m. with a $10 entry fee.

Easter Sunday will be the mountain's last day of operation.

There will be a pond skim, in which skiers and snowboarders try to ride over a pool of water. Sign-ups are free and will take place from 9 to 11 a.m., with the skim happening at 1 p.m. A prize will be awarded for the best costume.

In other news, Lookout Restaurant at Bald Mountain will be offering limited food service beginning Wednesday, April 6, with the mountain closing April 18.

Holiday tree lights must come down

The Ketchum Parks & Recreation Department's Community Forestry division is reminding residents and business owners that holiday lights placed on publicly owned trees, including those existing in city sidewalks and public rights of way, must be removed by Thursday, April 15, under Ketchum's tree ordinance. Exceptions may be made by the city arborist only.

In addition, any work performed on public trees must be undertaken by a person holding a tree permit issued by the city. Tree permits are available online at and must be approved by the city arborist.

The city supports its seasonal tree lighting program by installing and removing LED tree lights on Sun Valley Road, Main Street and the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor from Nov. 1 through April 15. The Parks Department will begin removing lights from trees in early April to perform pruning for public safety and tree health.

Tree questions can be answered at Ketchum Parks & Recreation at 726-7820 or

Learn about organic lawn care

As part of its Trout Friendly Lawn program, Wood River Land Trust will hold a workshop on the proper use of herbicides and pesticides and appropriate alternatives to chemicals on Thursday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum. The workshop, conducted in partnership with the University of Idaho's extension program, will fulfill three credit hours of the Idaho Department of Agriculture's licensing requirements for pesticide application.

At 5 p.m., following the workshop for professional landscapers, land trust staff will give a short presentation open to the public on the Trout Friendly Lawn program, including information about non-chemical alternatives for weed and pest control.

Contact Sam Phillips at 788-3947 or for more information or go to

Register for GED Testing

College of Southern Idaho's Blaine County campus will offer GED testing on Thursday, April 22. Advance registration and payment are required.

For details, call 788-2038, ext. 6933.

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