Friday, January 13, 2012


New beacon park

Sun Valley Resort has opened a new beacon park on Bald Mountain between Christmas Bowl and Christmas Ridge, allowing all skiers and boarders with a lift ticket to practice with their avalanche beacons before making a backcountry run or ducking the rope.

The park opened last week, said Rich Bingham, snow safety director for the Sun Valley Ski Patrol.

"We've just been waiting for enough snow to put it in the ground," he said.

The park is funded by St. Alphonsus Foundation, partly due to the efforts of Dr. Rick Moore, a frequent visitor to Sun Valley for the Ski and Mountain Trauma Conference each November.

Forest seeks comment on maintenance

The Sawtooth National Forest is seeking public comment on proposed trail maintenance and other projects involving Forest Service lands.

On the Ketchum Ranger District, crews propose to expand horse trailer parking at Greenhorn and Fox Creek trailheads and increase the width of the Kinsey Creek Trail to allow ATVs to complete the loop from Wolftone Road to Kinsey Creek Trail.

More extensive maintenance is proposed for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, where crews propose to reroute and heavily address 80 miles of motorized and 260 miles of nonmotorized trail.

The SNRA also proposes to replace both strings of boat docks at the Sandy Beach boat launch at Redfish Lake. The new docks will extend a minimum of 60 feet from each side of the launch and will enhance the safety of the facility.

To comment on proposals from the Ketchum Ranger District, submit comments by Jan. 23 to Renee Catherine, by mail to Ketchum Ranger District, Box 2356, Ketchum, ID 83340. To submit comments to the SNRA, address them to Steve Frost at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, 5 North Fork Canyon Rd., Ketchum, ID, 83340.

Community Library seeks new director

The Community Library Association will form a search committee to seek a replacement for Executive Director Colleen Daly, the association announced. Daly has accepted a position as development director for the American Academy in Rome.

According to a press release from the association, the academy is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

Daly joined The Community Library in 2005. During her tenure, cultural programming grew from 10 programs a year to 97 in 2011. The library also installed a fiber-optic Internet connection, reorganized the management structure and renovated the administrative wing of the building.

Colleen Crain, who has served as development director of the Community Library Association since 2007, has been named as interim executive director.

The Community Library, founded in 1955, is a public library funded entirely privately by donations from individuals and organizations as well as proceeds from the Gold Mine thrift store.

Abramo is bridge life master

Ketchum resident Chuck Abramo has become a life master in bridge, a rank described by the American Contract Bridge League as "the most highly sought level of bridge achievement."

He received the final points needed to be a life master at a recent bridge tournament in Reno, Nev., where he played on a four-person team with Deanne and Jerry Drake of Hailey and Jo Murray of Ketchum. Two additional Wood River Valley bridge players, Cunnie McGowan and Judith Baer, also placed in the event.

Abramo also is certified as a bridge teacher and club director by the American Contract Bridge League. For information about bridge games or lessons, call 720-1501.

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