Friday, October 1, 2010


Ketchum among top small towns

The Huffington Post website has compiled a list of America's great small towns. Eleven made the cut, including Ketchum. The Post described Ketchum as "an idyllic former mining area that's now primarily a resort town."

"Head to the Sawtooth Wildness Area, a 217,000-acre reserve with the clearest air in the U.S. for unreal outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and trout fishing," the Post stated.

The other towns making the list were Marfa and Marshall, Texas; Bedford, Pa.; Cayucos and Carmel, Calif.; Bisbee, Ariz.; Hudson and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Brattleboro, Vt.; and Florence, Ala.

Students earn AP awards

Wood River High School released the names this week of 29 students who have earned College Board Advanced Placement Awards in tests conducted last school year.

Brendan Freund placed the highest, qualifying for a National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale.

Seven students qualified for AP Scholar with Distinction Awards by earning an average grade of a least 3.5. Those students are Gene Fairbrother, James Hague, Deborah Horn, Jake Kaiser, Nicole Lichtenberg, Britton Stevenson and Rusty Williams.

Ten students qualified for AP Scholar with Honor Awards by earning an average grade of at least 3.25. Those students are William Adicoff, Dakota Burns, John Bartoletta, Kevin Jensen, James Paris, Andrew Pfeiffer, Morgan Pike, Jacob Rodriguez, Scott Smith and Daniel Sunali.

Eleven students qualified for AP Scholar Awards by completing three or more exams with grades of 3 or higher. Those students are Joseph Altermatt, Mark Coyne, William Dieterich, Ivory Dilley, William Eagan, Jill Feldhusen, Ralph Forgeon, Miles Hendrix, Alexander Lynch, Tori Pfaeffle and Forrest Torres.


Discuss economic development

The Wood River Economic Partnership is holding an open meeting Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. in Ketchum's Roosevelt Grille to discuss economic development in the valley.

Executive Director Doug Brown said he's working to set up several speakers for the event, concerning specific economic-development factors.

The partnership is a nonprofit organization consisting of local business owners employing about 2,500 workers. Its self-stated mission is to monitor, advocate and educate the community regarding government, economic and civic issues that affect the ability of businesses to flourish in the Wood River Valley.

Call for public art for CSI

The College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center will have a competition for the creation of a public art piece at the Community Campus in Hailey to commemorate CSI's 25th anniversary in the Wood River Valley. The winning artist will receive a $1,000 award in addition to the honor of displaying his or her work on a permanent basis at a community venue.

Artists are encouraged to think of the themes based on education, community and the reinvention of self as they develop project proposals. Murals, sculptures, paintings and other art ideas will be considered.

Interested artists should submit a proposal for a project to Jenny Emery Davidson at the CSI Blaine County Center by Wednesday, Dec. 1. Proposals should include a detailed description of the project and an explanation of how it could fit into the space of the Community Campus. For details, contact Davidson at 788-2033 or visit

Harriman Trail reopens

The Harriman Trail has reopened from Prairie Creek north to Galena Lodge after completion of an improvement project that widened the trail in the vicinity of South Cherry Creek to match the width of the remaining length of the trail. This segment is sometimes referred to as the "Rock Cut." The Blaine County Recreation District performed the work in partnership with the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

The wider trail will accommodate more efficient ski trail groomers and eliminate the need to maintain the winter ski trail through the Big Wood River bottom. Five of six stream crossings will be rehabilitated during the project.

The district stated that it is committed to re-establish vegetation throughout the project area as directed by the SNRA.

Support the Senior Connection

The Senior Connection is raising money to help match $475,000 in committed funds to remodel and enhance its building at 721 S. Third Ave. in Hailey. The building is about 3,000 square feet, and the Senior Connection proposes to increase that by an additional 3,000 square feet.

People can help reach that goal by purchasing a brick to be placed in the edging of the walkway. The bricks can be engraved with a personal message, a professional logo, an anonymous message or many more creative ideas. Prices for bricks, depending on size and amount of engraving, run between $75 and $500.

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