Friday, December 9, 2011


Ketchum street staff recognized

Two Ketchum Street Department employees have earned recognition for professional training achievements.

Idaho Technology Transfer Center Manager Bruce Drewes attended the Ketchum City Council meeting Monday to present Street Superintendent Brian Christiansen and Street Operations Supervisor Reed Schuler with Road Master certificates, plaques and jackets in recognition of their completion of the Road Master training.

The training is offered through the center's Road Scholar program. The program recognizes local road and street professionals who have completed a series of training courses.

Christiansen thanked the council for making training a priority.

"You guys have done such an awesome job giving us the tools we need to maintain this level of service," he said. "It's very valuable to our city and our department."

Ice show planned for anniversary

Sun Valley Resort is planning a special ice show in honor of is 75th anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

The Silver & Gold Ice Show will feature Evan Lysacek, 2010 Olympic gold medalist; Sasha Cohen, Olympic silver medalist; Kim Navarro and Brent Bommentre, two-time U.S. bronze medalists; and many others. The evening's guest announcer will be Scott Hamilton.

Fireworks and the Sun Valley carolers will also be part of the event.

The show will begin at 6 p.m.

Purchase tickets by calling 622-2135.

Decoration contest deadline extended

The deadline for a business decoration contest spearheaded by Bellissimo owner Terry Murphy has been extended to Dec. 20.

The Pulse of Ketchum Group, composed of business owners and residents, is sponsoring the contest, which will award a $2,000 prize plus a gift certificate to Atkinsons' Market.

The contest, which will be judged by a panel of community members, encourages everyone to decorate storefronts or windows to capture the attention of holiday shoppers and promote tourism by beautifying the town.

For more information, contact Murphy at 726-0702.

BLM announces seasonal closures

The BLM's Shoshone Field Office is implementing seasonal motorized restrictions in the Wood River Valley to protect deer and elk winter range. The closures will be in place from now until April 30.

Non-motorized activities can also have an impact on wildlife. South-facing slopes provide critical winter habitat, and should also be avoided when recreating during the winter months.

The following areas in the Wood River Valley are closed annually to motorized use, including snowmobiles, from Dec. 1 through April 30:

- Martin/ Big Dry Canyon.

- Croy Creek to south of Townsend Gulch.

- Big and Little Beaver drainages.

- South slopes above East Fork.

- Elk Mountain area.

- Portions of Picabo Hills.

The BLM patrols these areas to monitor and enforce closures. Free maps detailing the restrictions in the Wood River Valley are available through the Shoshone Field Office at 400 W. F St. in Shoshone, or by visiting

Dollar Mountain to open Saturday

Dollar Mountain is scheduled to open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Dollar was opened for Thanksgiving weekend and then closed in the meantime. When it reopens on Saturday, Sun Valley Resort plans to offer top-to-bottom skiing and access to three terrain parks.

Powder skiing and climate change

Idaho Conservation League's energy associate, Ben Otto (aka Captain Kilowatt), will speak on Idaho's energy system and its place in the greater climate at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Whiskey Jacques' in Ketchum.

In addition, Teton Gravity Research will show its film on climate change, "Generations." The film presents consequences of climate change on the winter environment.

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