Friday, October 29, 2010


Missing dog found dead

A missing Brittany spaniel that prompted a backcountry rescue attempt was found dead Wednesday.

According to the Ketchum Fire Department, the dog had been buried under brush and snow at the bottom of a cliff near Johnstone Creek in the East Fork drainage, about 20 yards from where a rope rescue team had been searching during a snowstorm Sunday. Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle said Tuesday that the department was not going to send out another rescue team after the first attempt on Sunday.

"The owner and five friends went out in better weather conditions and were able to find the dog under the snow," Elle said.

The spaniel, named Mujah, had been missing since Saturday, when it fell over a cliff during a snowstorm. The rescue attempt was funded by the dog's owner and by other donations for that purpose.

Presentation on fire consolidation set

An independent consulting company hired to take stock of south-county emergency fire and medical services will report to the public at a community meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey. All members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend.

Emergency Services Consulting International, based in Wilsonville, Ore., came to the valley last month to gather information from the emergency fire and medical service agencies in southern Blaine County, which include the fire departments of the cities of Hailey and Bellevue, and Wood River Fire & Rescue.

At the Thursday meeting, the firm will report on its findings and take questions from the public.

Prior to the meeting, the firm will report individually to the Hailey and Bellevue city councils and to the Wood River Fire Protection District commissioners.

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