Friday, December 17, 2010


U.S. Bank creates local board

U.S. Bank has named the members of a newly created local bank board in southern Idaho that will consult and advise bank leaders on community and business issues relevant to the area. The board held its first meeting in September.

The members of the board are:

- Debra Kauffman, Twin Falls County treasurer (Twin Falls).

- Edward Lawson, attorney (Ketchum).

- Jerry Soderberg, retired president of Newsprint Group of Avenor, Inc. (Sun Valley).

- Gradon Stanley, dean of students, College of Southern Idaho (Twin Falls).

- Mitch Watkins, president, Watkins Distributing (Twin Falls).

- Patty Hansen, executive director, United Way of South Central Idaho (Twin Falls).

More lifts to open on Baldy, Dollar

On Saturday, Dec. 18, the Greyhawk lift No. 7 will open on Bald Mountain and the Half Dollar lift will open on Dollar Mountain. Cold Springs lift No. 4 and Lookout lift No. 11 on Baldy opened yesterday. That leaves only Sunnyside and Flying Squirrel lifts closed on Baldy and Elkhorn lift closed on Dollar.

Sun Valley is reporting a base of 49 inches at the top of Baldy and 32 inches at its base.

The weather forecast is for 2 to 4 inches of snow on Saturday and 1 to 2 inches of snow on Sunday.

Firefighters laud their best

On Friday, Dec. 10, at the Sun Valley Club golf clubhouse, firefighters from the Ketchum and Sun Valley fire departments, along with their families, gathered to share holiday cheer. The highlight of the evening was the awarding of Firefighter of the Year 2010 for both agencies.

This year's winners were Sun Valley firefighter Nick Carnes and Ketchum firefighter Richard Williams. Sun Valley Fire Chief Jeff Carnes said the award is given to two paid, on-call members for demonstrating what it takes to serve the community and for the dedication and hard work put in during the past year. He said both winners demonstrated tireless training hours, responses to all emergencies and a willingness to go beyond the call of duty.

The award is given based on votes by the men and women of both departments.

To read about Wood River Fire & Rescue's winner, see Page 13.


Decorations award now $2,000

The reward in a contest for the best holiday decorations on a Ketchum business has been boosted to $2,000. Terry Murphy, owner of the store Bellisimo, has organized a citywide contest to honor on Dec. 24 the store or building best decorated in the holiday spirit. Murphy said she has initiated the contest because the resort town, dependent on creating a memorable experience for visitors, sometimes lacks the necessary Christmas cheer.

Those with questions should contact Murphy at Bellissimo: 726-0702.

Have you read '36 Hours'?

The Travel section of The New York Times gave a boost to the Wood River Valley last week. The newspaper published a travel story called "36 Hours in Sun Valley, Idaho" that highlights some of the region's attractions for visitors.

The story notes that Sun Valley Resort is celebrating its 75th season in operation and suggests visits to Bald Mountain for skiing, The Gold Mine thrift store for shopping, and Ketchum Grill, the Pioneer Saloon, Cristina's and 310 Main (in Hailey) for dining and drinking. To read the story, go to and search for the story name.

Buy a Buddha for your beloved

The Garden of 1,000 Buddhas in Arlee, Mont., is being populated with 1,000 Buddha sculptures. On Wednesday, Dec. 22, from 5:30-8 p.m., Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum will host an evening to raise awareness of the project and funding for its completion. Refreshments will be served.

A short film about this International Peace Garden Project will be shown. The Dalai Lama is scheduled to attend a dedication ceremony when the garden is completed next summer.

A donation of $200 buys a Buddha sculpture, which will stay in Montana. Special consecrated items are being placed inside each Buddha along with a permanent plaque with a name attached to its base.

"The plaque will remain as a dedication of your commitment to a peaceful and compassionate world, now and in the future," said Mary Ann Chubb, local organizer for the project.

For more information, call Chubb at 720-5138.

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