Rest area construction begins
Reconstruction of the Timmerman Junction rest area at the intersection of U.S. Highway 20 and state Highway 75 began Monday, May 3. The rest area south of Bellevue will be closed through the summer.
Among the planned enhancements are an expanded bathroom facility and accommodations for family use, an expanded and improved parking area, and ADA-accessible parking, ramps and restroom facilities.
Also addressed with the construction will be improvements to the sanitary sewer and lagoons, as well as improved storm water drainage to the adjacent stream.
Trail Creek Road opens
Crews with the Blaine County Road and Bridge Department officially opened the rough, unpaved road over Trail Creek Summit early Wednesday morning.
Crews used a loader, grader and plow truck to remove the mix of snow, ice and rock from the road.
Craig Vaughn, the county's Road and Bridge supervisor, said drivers who tackle the rural road should take extra precautions and take it slow.
"It's driveable, but there are still some iffy spots," he said.
He said that for the near future, drivers should be prepared for sections of ice and running water, especially at higher elevations.
The road links the Sun Valley area with the Big Lost Valley to the east, connecting to U.S. Highway 93, which provides access to Mackay and Challis.
Cities to celebrate Arbor Day
The city of Ketchum will celebrate Arbor Day today, May 7. Six fruit trees will be planted at the Parks & Recreation Department's Children's Education Garden on 10th Street just north of Hemingway Elementary School. Purchase of the trees was made possible by a grant from the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Lands, Avista and Rocky Mountain Power.
Ketchum received its sixth Tree City USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation last year. The award will be presented to city leaders at the Arbor Day celebration.
Also, on Saturday, May 8, the city of Hailey's Arbor Day celebration will take place at Hop Porter Park at 10 a.m.
McCleary appointed to Croy board
The Blaine County Commission has appointed Commissioner Angenie McCleary to an ex-officio seat on the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation board of directors.
McCleary has been acting as a liaison between the commission and the foundation board for the last year.
In addition to McCleary, two other community members, Greg Cappel and Patsy Nickum, have recently joined the Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation board.
Cappel, a certified financial planner, has called the Wood River Valley home since 1994. He is president of the Hailey Rotary Club.
Nickum and her husband, Mark, founded Rocky Mountain Hardware in Hailey in the early 1990s. She has lived in the Wood River Valley for 37 years.
The foundation is planning to build an assisted-living facility in Croy Canyon, west of Hailey.