Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Celebrate salmon at Redfish Lake

Redfish Lake Visitor Center will host a Salmon Celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 24. The event will feature puppet shows, fish painting, games, crafts, storytelling with costumes and a "salmon tent."

Dave Monroe will provide music from 12-2 p.m. Exhibits and DVDs will be featured in the center while the other events and activities will be based near the visitor center. The visitor center is five miles south of Stanley at Redfish Lake.

The celebration is free and open to the public. For details, call 774-3376 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday through Sunday.

Free YMCA concert scheduled

A free YMCA concert at Old Cutters Park in Hailey will take place on Thursday, July 29, from 7-9 p.m. with the band Spare Change.

In addition, a bouncy castle and a new playground for kids will be available for use. All proceeds from the concert will be used to create the Hailey Y Kids Club. The concert is sponsored by Old Cutters and Coldwell Banker.

The event will also feature a bake sale. Anyone interested in providing wrapped bake goods should contact Suzanne Buchanan at 928-6712 or e-mail

Ireland president awards resident

The Irish government has chosen Cornelius Ryan, a Sun Valley homeowner since 1988, as one of the top 50 Irish-American executives in the life-science industry. Ireland President Mary McAleese presented the awards at a May 20 ceremony held at the Irish Consulate in New York City.

Ryan is a founding partner of Oxford Bioscience Partners, started in 1981, which has invested in 160 companies in the life science, medical technology and healthcare fields. The firm co-directed investment in the first company to map the entire human genome. Ryan plans on becoming a full-time Sun Valley resident in 2011.

Up a Creek to play Town Square

Local favorites Up A Creek will play the new Ketchum Town Square on Thursday, July 22, from 6-8 p.m. for the third week of Music on the Square

Picnics are encouraged, and beer and wine will be available for donations. These free, weekly events are sponsored by the city of Ketchum, the Sun Valley Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Coors and PBR.

Hemingway birthday bash set

The community is invited an Ernest Hemingway birthday celebration Wednesday, July 21, from 1-3 p.m. at the Ketchum-Sun Valley Ski & Heritage Museum, in Forest Service Park in Ketchum.

Join fans of "Papa" for cake and lemonade, Hemingway videos and the museum's new exhibit. Admission is free.

For information, call Megan at 726-8118.


Buy local, burn local

Plan on building a campfire this summer? Consider buying firewood locally.

Invasive species such as gypsy moths, the Asian longhorned beetle and the Emerald ash borer can all survive in fresh firewood, the Idaho Invasive Species Council (IISC) announced this week. Transporting firewood across state lines can introduce these species to new areas, it said.

"We want people to buy and burn local firewood," said Celia Gould, IISC chair. "These species do not respect state lines, and working regionally can make a difference."

Local firewood can be obtained from the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, as well as the Stanley Ranger District and the Redfish Lake Visitor Center. A permit is required, and there is a 10-cord limit per household. The minimum purchase is two cords at $25.

For more information, call the SNRA heaquarters at (208) 727-5013.

Join Meals on Wheels fun run

On Sept. 25, the Senior Connection and Mountain West Bank will sponsor a 5K Fun Run to raise money for Meals on Wheels and Vital Transportation in Blaine County. There will be food, music, information booths and retail booths.

Cost is a $20 donation. Space is limited. Booths will be set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone who would like to give out information, sell, or have a booth should call Kimberly Coonis at 788-3468.

Mountain reservations inch up

A sluggish summer start for mountain travel destinations across the western United States is looking up, according to the Mountain Travel Research Program's monthly Mountain Marketing Briefing.

Occupancy for June was down 2.5 percent, but occupancy for July as of June 30 is up 9.9 percent compared to the same period in 2009. More significantly, advance reservations for the six-month period from July through December is currently up 7.5 percent compared to the same time period last year, while average daily rate is up 2.5 percent.

"Despite a slow beginning in May and an anemic June, strength in summer reservations is showing up with increases in both occupancy and nightly rate during July and August," said Ralf Garrison, author of the monthly report.

"After two years of almost constant downward pressure, this show of strength in both occupancy and rate is an encouraging sign for mountain destinations and the best performance we've seen in several years," said Garrison.

St. Luke's seeks blood donors

St. Luke's Wood River Volunteer Core and the American Red Cross are seeking blood donors.

To give blood, go to the LDS Church on Sun Valley Road in Sun Valley on Tuesday, July 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Jennifer (208) 309-0479 or Penny (208) 309-2208.

Learn to fight noxious weeds

Specialists Jake Zollinger and Pat Russell will present a free presentation about noxious weeds for property owners on Friday, Aug. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Redfish Lake Visitor Center.

Zolinger and Russell will talk about the types of noxious weeds found in the area and the variety of services available to property owners. The visitor center is located five miles south of Stanley off of state Highway 75.

For details, call (208) 774-3376 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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