Friday, May 20, 2011

News Briefs

Tight budget, short planning session

The city of Ketchum has set a goal-setting session for July 1. In better economic years, city leaders have held a retreat to discuss goals and community initiatives for the coming budget year. This year, the session, like the budget, will be compacted.

"We do a pared-down version these days," Mayor Randy Hall said. "There's just no money to spend. Our budget is very, very tight. If there was money we could allocate to (projects), we'd have a lot more to talk about."

He said likely topics will include balancing the budget, providing essential services and moving ahead with the projects that are already under way.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Ketchum City Hall. It is expected to last about four hours.

Barbecue and pub crawl today

Friday, May 20, is Bike to Work Day. Mountain Rides and event sponsors will be stationed along the Wood River Trail between Bellevue and Ketchum with refreshments and freebies. Prizes will be awarded to the businesses and organizations with the best effort and participation. Register your business or organization for the Workplace Challenge by emailing or call 788-RIDE, ext. 103.

All participants are invited to a barbecue at Ketchum Town Square from noon to 1 p.m. hosted by the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance.

A Bike Pub Crawl will take place from 4-6 p.m. Ride your bike to the following establishments for some great happy hour specials: In Ketchum, Seyvour (in the Courtyard Building), Lefty's, the Sawtooth Club (5-7 p.m.) and the Cellar Pub; in Sun Valley, the Duchin Lounge until 5:30 p.m.; in Hailey and Bellevue, KB's and CK's.

Community Bike Swap this weekend

The sixth annual Community Bike Swap will take place at Sturtevants in Hailey today, May 20, through Sunday, May 22.

Seller drop-off is today from 1-7 p.m. The sale will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Seller pickup starts at 1 p.m., and kids bikes not sold may be donated at the end of the weekend to Sun Valley Adaptive Sports.

Sellers receive 80-90 percent of the sale price, with remaining proceeds going to Mountain Rides bike programs.

For more information, visit Mountain Rides on Facebook or Twitter or its website, or contact Eric or Carrie at 788-7433.

11th annual Smart Moves begins

The 11th annual Smart Moves Challenge began May 16 and will run through Aug. 19. People can register today at the Bike to Work/School Day. All people have to do is get out of their cars and walk, bike, carpool, bus, skateboard, rollerblade, etc. Log trips on Mountain Rides' Trip Trackers (available at Hailey or the Sun Valley-Ketchum visitor information centers) or on www.Rideshareonline.

Mountain Rides will announce prizes online on Facebook and Twitter. Prizes will include a 2012 Sun Valley season pass.

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