Friday, December 3, 2010


Ketchum appoints new parks director

Former Ketchum Parks and Natural Resources Superintendent Jennifer Smith has been promoted to parks and recreation director. She replaces retired department Director Kirk Mason. Her new duties started Dec. 1.

Smith holds a bachelor's degree in recreation resource management from Oregon State University. She has worked for Sun Valley Co., the Oregon State Marine Board, the BLM, the city of Corvallis and a nonprofit disability advocacy organization, Challenge New Mexico.

She holds an honorary position on the board of directors of Sun Valley Adaptive Sports after chairing the organization for several years and continues to help the organization with its adaptive and inclusion recreation efforts.

Advocates appoints board members

Peggy Elliott Goldwyn and Anna Lingbloom have been appointed to the board of directors of the Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Hailey.

Goldwyn has 40 years of experience as a novelist, film and television writer, and filmmaker, as well as a long history as a supporter of women's and children's issues. She is on the board of Americans for UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.

Lingbloom has been a volunteer member of the Advocates Annual Gala Committee since 2008. She works as a projects manager for Ketchum-based Carson International, an event-management, marketing and production company.

Stennett named caucus chair

Newly elected District 25 state Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, was elected chair of the Senate's Democratic caucus during a caucus meeting Wednesday night. The chair's responsibilities include convening meetings of the caucus and helping to direct the legislative goals of the party.

"It's a nice affirmation of her leadership skills," said District 25 Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum.

Stennett has served one session in the Legislature, having served as a substitute for her late husband, Sen. Clint Stennett, in 2010. She was elected to her first full term in November, and will serve in the 2011 and 2012 legislative sessions.

Clint Stennett served as Senate minority leader for 10 years.

Light up Bellevue for the holidays

The Bellevue Event Planning Committee will hold a contest for the "Best Decorated Main Street Business or Residence" as part of its annual Light Up Bellevue for the Holidays celebration.

On Saturday, Dec. 11, the Bellevue City Council will stroll Main Street, awarding the prize (courtesy of Dave's Bestway and Big Wood Auto Body) for best decorated business or residence prior to the tree lighting at the Bellevue museum at 7 p.m.

Oak Street Foods will play host to Santa Claus from 2-6:30 p.m. Professional photographer Jerry Hadam will be on hand from 4-6:30. Pets will be welcome from 2-3 p.m. Cash donations will be accepted for the Bellevue Library, as will non-perishable food donations for the Hunger Coalition.

Carolers will sing from 5-6 p.m., the Bellevue Elementary School choir will sing from 6-6:30 p.m. and the B-Tones (an all-male high school singing group) will sing at the tree lighting from 6:30-7 p.m.

For more information, contact, 788-2128 or

Rodeo exhibit seeks memorabilia

The city of Hailey is seeking historic horse-related items of all sorts for potential inclusion in a permanent exhibit at the new Rodeo Park commemorating the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club. Items sought include photos, home movies, chaps, spurs, saddles, hats, boots, trophies, posters and rodeo queen garb, especially during the period of 1947-1980.

"If you were active in the early days of the rodeo, we would be interested in talking to you," said Florence Blanchard, research historian for the project.

Also sought are photos and memorabilia from earlier years when the property was known as Werthiemer Park and featured a race track and baseball diamonds.

Blanchard can be contacted at 788-4450, Box 225, Bellevue, ID 83313, or Or, contact Tracy Anderson at Hailey City Hall, 788-4221.

BCRD to host wax clinic

The Blaine County Recreation District and TOKO will host a free Nordic waxing clinic on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 6-8 p.m. in the art room of the Community Campus in Hailey. Attendees can bring their own skis and any waxing equipment for the "hands-on" clinic.

Experts E.J. Harpham, Jim Santa and Pam Street will show the best waxing techniques.

Call the district at 578-2273 or Harpham at 578-2169 for more information.

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