Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Don't forget city snow ordinance

Ketchum Police Chief Steve Harkins is reminding motorists in the city not to park their vehicles on city streets from 2-7 a.m. during winter months.

"Last night, we had to have 18 vehicles towed that were parked on the city streets of Ketchum," Harkins said Tuesday. "These vehicles were removed to allow the Street Department to clear the snow."

The city's snow ordinance states: "No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle, or other apparatus that will obstruct the removal of snow, upon the public rights of way, including public parking lots, within the city from the hours of two o'clock a.m. to seven o'clock a.m. each day from Nov. 1 of each year to May 1 of the following year."

Hailey to sparkle for holidays

The Hailey Holiday Lights Parade and the Tree Lighting Party will take place on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. and will continue through Sunday, Dec. 4. Hailey's Main Street will be decorated and the official Hailey city tree will be lighted. The light parade will start on the corner of Pine and Main streets and proceed north to end at the Meriwether Building with a celebration including Santa Claus, carolers and treats.

For details, call 788-3484.

Hailey to hold lights contest

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce's holiday lights decorating contest will award first-, second- and third-place winners in categories of Best Residence, Most Green and Best Block. A minimum of four houses on a block qualifies for best block.

The deadline to enter is Thursday, Dec. 16. Judging will take place Friday, Dec. 17, and Saturday, Dec. 18. For details, call 788-3484.

Local nurses receive awards

Three nurses from St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center are among the recipients of the 2010 Nursing Excellence Awards from the Idaho chapter of March of Dimes and Idaho Nursing. The recipients received their awards at a presentation on Nov 13.

The recipients are Charlene Malone, clinical supervisor of surgical services who served as the catalyst for the Nursing Peer Review program; Lynn Wade of the medical surgical unit; and Nancy Dettori, diabetes educator.

SNRA to host open house

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area will help build holiday cheer with an open house on Saturday, Dec. 4.

The event will take place at the SNRA headquarters from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be games for kids, who can also meet Smokey the Bear from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Smokey will be available for pictures, as well. The center will also be giving out hot chocolate and cookies.

All books, maps, Smokey Bear items and wildlife puppets will be 15 percent off.

Christmas tree permits will also be available, running $5 for a tree up to 10 feet tall and $10 for larger trees. The permits are also available at the Ketchum Ranger District office on Sun Valley Road.

Winter Feast starts in January

The 2011 Winter Feast for the Soul dates are set for Jan. 15 to Feb. 23. The 40-day spiritual practice in which people commit to 40 minutes of meditation each day has several valley organizers preparing for the feast. Anyone interested in helping organize the 2011 feast can call 720-7530.

Forest employee helps in Pakistan

After two months of unusually heavy rainfall caused flooding in Pakistan, an Idaho Forest Service employee spent six weeks as part of a team responding to the emergency.

John Haugh, wilderness and river program manager for the Middle Fork Ranger District of the Salmon-Challis National Forest, recently returned from a five-week detail on a response management team directing U.S. government disaster relief efforts.

Haugh was selected from a list of qualified people due to his extensive interagency management team experience with wildfires and Hurricane Katrina. His primary duties were coordinating all communications and records for the disaster.

Haugh said that though it felt good to be a small part of the effort to help people recover from the floods, he was happy to be back in Idaho and to return to his wilderness and river duties.

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