Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Pig roast to celebrate Baldy opening

Apple's Bar & Grill will host its seventh annual 100 Day Pig Roast on Saturday, Aug. 21, to celebrate 100 days until the opening of Bald Mountain. Apple's will open at noon serving food and beverages. In addition, a Frisbee golf course in Warm Springs will be open, with the last hole on Picabo Street in front of Apple's. Players are encouraged to bring discs.

The day will continue with a street party at 4 p.m. featuring two reggae bands, Voice of Reason and the Ethan Tucker band. At 5 p.m., Apple's will serve a pig dinner. A raffle for two Sun Valley ski passes and the sale of T-shirts will benefit the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

Film festival seeks submissions

Sun Valley Resort will hold the "Sun Valley Harvest: A Gathering of Film Festival" from Oct. 22-23. The event will mark the first of many festivities planned for Sun Valley's 75th winter season, opening Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 25. The film festival seeks films showcasing skiing and riding on Bald and Dollar mountains.

Deadlines for film and video submissions are Sept. 10 with a $30 fee, Sept. 30 with a $40 fee and Oct. 15 with a $60 fee. The festival will be sponsored by Sun Valley Resort, Level 1, Smith Sport Optics, Apple's Bar & Grill and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation.

For an entry form and submission guidelines, visit or call 622-2077.

Customers might pay less for gas

Intermountain Gas customers could be paying less if the Idaho Public Utilities Commission passes the company's annual cost adjustment. If it's passed, residential customers using natural gas for space and water heating would save an average 1.6 percent, or 90 cents, per month. Residences using gas for only space heating would, however, see an average 9 cents increase per month. Commercial customers would receive an 18 cents monthly savings.

Funds available for historical records

The Idaho State Historical Records Advisory Board has announced that a second round of applications for community grants is now being accepted for the identification, protection, preservation, digitalization of historical records.

The grants are funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Grants will be awarded to qualifying institutions and organizations to improve public access to historical materials, help organizations adopt standard archival practices and increase the public's awareness and appreciation of the archival community.

Funds are limited. Additional information and applications are available at the board's website at Submission deadline is Aug. 31.

Expert to discuss mind & body

Dr. Esther Sternberg will discuss mind-body interaction on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood. The talk is part of the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation's 2010 Health and Well-Being Speaker Series.

Sternberg will discuss her latest book, "Healing Spaces: Exploring the Complicated Working Relationships between the Senses, the Emotions and the Immune System."

For more information, contact Nicole Campbell at 727-8419.

Voice of Reason to play plaza

Boise-based reggae band Voice of Reason will play at the Thursday, Aug. 19, installment of Music on the Square in downtown Ketchum at the Ketchum Town Plaza.

Voice of Reason describes its music as "roots rock reggae with a bit of dancehall ska mixed in."

The Music on the Square concerts run from 6-8 p.m. and are free to the public. They are hosted by the city of Ketchum, the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Hayden Beverage. Picnics are encouraged.

Wood River Trail to be sprayed

The Blaine County Recreation District will spot-spray the entire Wood River Trail with herbicides to control noxious weeds in the early mornings of Aug. 18-25. The project will be rescheduled if unfavorable weather conditions occur.

The chemical used is targeted at weeds; grasses are unaffected. Areas being sprayed will be identified with signs. People should keep pets out of sprayed areas until the odor is gone. The Wood River Trail will not be closed; signs will be posted with treatment dates.

The rec district has also engaged Whitehead Landscaping to run a test program using its compost tea and beetles to control weeds. The test site extends along the east side of the path from the Hailey Cemetery road south for about a quarter mile.

For more information, contact Eric Rector at 578-2273 or

Hailey BAH set for Aug. 19

The Hailey Chamber Business After Hours will take place on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 5-7 p.m.

US Bank and Sun Valley Title will host the event at US Bank on Main Street.

The event encourages people to network and socialize with others in the business community.


Y triathlon set for Sept. 18

The annual Y triathlon will be held Saturday, Sept. 18. The unsanctioned sprint distance triathlon will include an 800-yard swim, an approximately 13-mile trail ride and an approximately three-mile trail run. The number of participants is capped at 30 total. Registration deadline is Sept. 16.

Swim heats will begin at the Y pool at 7 a.m.

Cost is $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Register with Liz Clark at 928-6708 or at

Firm offers free business consulting

Business owners in need of financing help will have a chance to get it next week, as the Twin Falls-based corporation Region IV Development holds free consulting sessions in Ketchum.

The firm helps business owners and prospective business owners get loans and create financial plans. Region IV acts as a liaison between lenders and businesses, helping match funding with suitable projects.

The consulting sessions will be held Tuesday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ketchum Community Development Center at 491 Sun Valley Road. Appointments can be made through Aug. 23 by calling 732-5730, ext. 3006 or e-mailing

Clearwater Forest gains federal funds

One million dollars in federal funding will flow toward the Clearwater and Nez Perce National Forests for fire mitigation and ecosystem restoration.

The funding will go toward the Selway-Middle Fork Clearwater Project, a joint effort between the Clearwater Basin and the forests that includes 10,000 acres of prescribed fire, decommissioning of 75 miles of road and the replacement of a culvert to facilitate fish migration.

Projects in nine states received a total of $10 million in funding from the Department of Agriculture. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the projects will help create healthier forests as well as "green" jobs and economic opportunity in rural areas.

Stimulus funds help trail maintenance

This summer, contractors and youth crews are completing deferred maintenance on about 110 miles of wilderness and non-wilderness trails across the Salmon-Challis National Forest. The trail rehabilitation work is being funded by $803,000 made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Northwest Youth Corps is providing skilled workers to repair 36 miles of trail in the Horse Creek and Pistol Creek areas, while the Montana Conservation Corps has a crew performing heavy maintenance on 37 miles of trail in the Rapid River and Loon Creek areas.

The Middle Fork trail from Marsh Creek to Loon Creek is also getting major repairs.

The historic Stoddard Bridge is getting structural improvements that should increase its life span. The 348-foot suspension bridge, which crosses the Salmon River just below the mouth of the Middle Fork, was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corp in 1937.

Outside of wilderness, motorized trails identified in the Salmon-Challis travel plan are being signed at junctions to help visitors find their way on the newly designated routes.

On the Lost River Ranger District, an eight-mile stretch of the Lake Creek trail, a popular ATV route in Copper Basin, is receiving continued heavy maintenance.

Power Engineers moves up list

Hailey-based Power Engineers has moved up eight places to rank 62nd on the recently released 2010 edition of Engineering News-Record magazine's Top 500 design firms list. The firm ranked high in more specific categories, including third in T&D plants, seventh in food processing, 16th in power and 24th in fossil fuel

The magazine bases the rankings on 2009 market revenue data provided by participating firms and publishes the results in the July Top 500 Sourcebook issue.

Power Engineers is a consulting engineering firm specializing in energy, facilities, communications and environmental services.

Business group endorses incumbents

BOISE, Idaho (AP)— The Idaho Association of Realtors has thrown its support behind U.S. Reps. Mike Simpson and Walt Minnick, along with U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, in their bids for re-election.

The group endorsed the three members of Idaho's congressional delegation on Thursday, saying the lawmakers have consistently demonstrated their pro-business beliefs and are a "tremendous asset" to the state.

Simpson, a six-term Republican who represents eastern Idaho, faces challenger Mike Crawford in November. Minnick, a first-term Democrat who represents Idaho's 1st Congressional District, is being challenged by Republican Raul Labrador.

Republican Sen. Mike Crapo is seeking a third term and will go up against Democrat Tom Sullivan in November.

Salmon man killed by lightning

SALMON, Idaho (AP)—A University of Idaho ranch employee was struck and killed by lighting last week during a strong thunderstorm in east-central Idaho.

Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman said 37-year-old Michael Haslett of Salmon was riding a horse and herding cattle at the university's Hot Springs Ranch on Tuesday, Aug. 10, at about 4 p.m. when he was struck and killed. The horse also died.

Two other people who were herding cows on the ranch about eight miles north of Salmon witnessed the lightning strike.

Travel writers visit Sun Valley

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau recently hosted eight travel journalists and photographers, members of the Society of American Travel Writers, on a press trip to Sun Valley. The journalists write for a variety of media outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Alaska Air, Horizon Air, VIA (AAA California), the Chicago Tribune, and the Orange County Register.

During their visit to Sun Valley, the journalists stayed at the Sun Valley Resort and participated in a variety of recreational and cultural activities. They also dined and shopped at various local businesses. Group members said they were very impressed with Sun Valley and were excited to spread the word about the destination.

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