Friday, April 20, 2012


Smoky Mountain marks 20 years in Ketchum

The 20th anniversary of Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill is being celebrated with happy hours, free kids' meals and raffle prizes.

The pizza place opened its first restaurant in Ketchum in 1992. General Manager Jon Peavey said he has seen many restaurants come and go in Ketchum during that time.

"For us to have the staying power to make it to 20 years is a testament to all of Smoky Mountain's owners, management and employees, past and present," Peavey said. "It's been interesting to see the changes in our customers over the years, like seeing someone have a birthday party at Smoky's as a kid and then growing up to later bring in children of their own."

During the week of April 22-28, "happy hour" is every hour—kids eat free and patrons will receive a raffle ticket for a prize drawing April 28.

Express to host Pizza and Politics

The public will have an opportunity to get to know candidates for Ketchum City Council in a public forum later this month.

The Idaho Mountain Express will host a Pizza and Politics forum Thursday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Ketchum City Hall. All candidates competing in a May 15 special election for Ketchum City Council have been invited to attend the event to present their ideas and answer questions. Two seats on the council are up for election.

The Express will buy the pizza, but the public needs to bring their questions.

Candidates' forum set for Wednesday

The Ketchum Committee for Better Government is organizing a candidates' forum in advance of the May 15 election.

Voters in the special election will decide which of five candidates will fill two open seats. In the running are Michael David, Charles Friedman, Mickey Garcia, Julie Lynn and Jim Slanetz.

One or two questions from the committee will be put to all candidates. Each will have two minutes to answer. Questions from the audience will follow.

Ketchum residents Anne Corrock and Ed Simon founded the committee last year. The group spearheaded the initiative to change Ketchum's government from a strong mayor form to a council-manager system. The initiative failed in last November's election, prompting the special election to fill the council seats.

The forum will take place Wednesday, April 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Ketchum City Hall.

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