Friday, February 25, 2011


Marketing Alliance to share vision

The Sun Valley Marketing Alliance will present its strategic marketing plan to members on Tuesday, March 1, at 5 p.m. upstairs at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum.

This will be a detailed presentation by Marketing Board President Jake Peters, Chief Marketing Officer Candice Pate and newly recruited Chamber General Manager Greg Randolph. Ample time for questions and answers will be allotted following the presentation.

Drinks and tacos will be provided by the chamber. The presentation will start promptly at 5:30.

Flu vaccine reduced to $14

The South Central Public Health District is now offering flu shots for $14, a savings of $9. A high-dose flu shot for a more robust immune response is still available this year for people older than 64 and costs $38. The district will bill Medicaid and Medicare Part B.

Call the Bellevue office at 788-4335 for vaccination schedules. It's located at 117 E. Ash St.

Police contract up by 1.8 percent

The Ketchum City Council signed a contract Tuesday continuing the use of Blaine County sheriff's deputies in running the city's police department. The annual contract with the county has increased 1.8 percent over last year, and now costs $1.27 million. City Administrator Gary Marks said that despite the slight increase, it's still cheaper than when the city ran its own police department, at cost of $1.5 million to $1.6 million.

Blaine County commissioners will consider signing the contract on Monday.

Recession catches up with rural Idaho

After weathering the first year of recession without losing economic ground, the worst downturn in a generation took a bite out of rural Idaho in 2009, according to estimates released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The value of all goods and services produced outside Idaho's five metropolitan areas dropped $676 million in 2009, or 3.8 percent, to less than $16.2 billion, more than erasing the 1.6 percent gain in gross product rural Idaho recorded from 2007 to 2008.

By contrast, the five metro areas saw their combined gross product drop by $1.3 billion, or 3.5 percent, to just over $37.3 billion in 2009. The urban areas saw fractional growth in gross product in 2008.

Total gross state product for Idaho was off 3.6 percent in 2009, falling nearly $2 billion to just under $53.5 billion, the first annual decline in more than 50 years.

Snow Box Derby set for Sunday

The 10th annual Snow Box Derby will take place on Sunday, Feb. 27. Participants design, construct and race their cardboard creations down the slopes of Rotarun Ski Area west of Hailey.

Co-hosted by the Blaine County Recreation District, the event is open to anyone 5 years and older. This year's divisions include Pee Wee (5-8 years), Junior (9-12 years), Teen (13-17 years), Adult (18 and up) and the Business category.

Snow boxes must be constructed using only cardboard, paint, tape and glue. A full list of rules can be obtained at

The entry fee is $10 per participant; $25 per participant in the Business category. Medals will be awarded in each category for the fastest run, most creative snow box and for the most inspirational run.

Register at the Recreation District offices in the Community Campus in Hailey. Registrations will also be taken the day of the event, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Call 578-2273 for more information.

Focus on teen dating and violence

During February, which is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month, the Hailey-based Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is in schools and at parent meetings to talk with teens and parents about healthy dating relationships.

Along with Amnesty International, the Advocates will facilitate a senior/freshmen girls roundtable. The Advocates is working with the student union to create awareness by posting informational flyers and posters around the school.

People can call 788-4191 to ask the Advocates' professionally trained staff to talk with their group. For more information, go to The Advocates (

County to discuss Olympic site

Blaine County commissioners will weigh in on plans to apply for certification as a Nordic Olympic and Paralympic training site during their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 28.

The application is being developed by the Sun Valley Economic Development Corp., the "action arm" of the Sustain Blaine Advisory Board. Both entities were formed with the mission of aiding economic growth in Blaine County.

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