Wednesday, June 6, 2012


Ketchum chips in MASSV money

The Ketchum City Council on Monday approved $5,000 in seed money for a new music and art event taking place this summer.

MASSV: Music and Arts Showcase—Sun Valley is a dance-music event with a carnival-like atmosphere, is planned for July 13-14.

The money will go toward set up, traffic rerouting, extra security and portable toilets. The expense for those aspects is expected to be $8,000, but local bars and event promoters are kicking in $3,000.

The city also on Monday approved a request by Danny Walton for $5,000, waiver of event application fees and coverage under the city's liability insurance for the Summer Marley in the Mountains 2012 event, also taking place that week.

"You're going to roll into town Thursday (July 12) night and it's just going to keep on going," Walton said.

'Sharrows' debut in Ketchum

Bicyclists have a more prominent place on some Ketchum city streets with new markings indicating that they can ride using the full lane.

"Sharrows," a combined image of a bicycle and two chevron arrows, have appeared on Fourth Street and First Avenue. The markings—which also show directional flow of traffic and are intended to help minimize collisions between cyclists, cars and car doors—are the result of the Ketchum Community Development Corp.'s Walkable Ketchum project and support from the city.

The downtown master plan identifies Fourth Street as a pedestrian- and bicycle-priority street, and First Avenue as a cycling-oriented primary route.

According to a news release issued by the CDC, volunteers leading the project are looking for ways to enhance pedestrians' and bicyclists' experiences and to help with way finding. One area of concern raised by participants in recent open houses was that bicyclists have trouble negotiating into and through downtown.

According to the CDC, the "sharrows" were included in the annual street striping at no extra cost.

The CDC stated it will evaluate the markings and make a recommendation to the Ketchum Traffic Authority for any future additions.

June 9 is free fishing day

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will celebrate Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 9. The day is open to veterans and novices of all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, who will be allowed to fish without a license for that day only.

All other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect. Free fishing day does include salmon, but those fish are still subject to all bag and possession limits.

Equipment will be available for use at specified locations, and fishing experts will be on hand to help would-be anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing.

For more information, visit

National Get Outdoors Day has free camping

The Sawtooth National Forest is waiving fees at several recreation sites to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day on Saturday, June 9.

Fees will be waived at Boundary Campground and at all sites on the Fairfield Ranger District except for Baumgartner.

Three fires erupt on BLM lands

Three fires started on the BLM's Twin Falls District on Sunday. The largest was estimated at 1,000 acres.

The fires started between 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and all were contained as of Monday. Balanced Road, the largest, threatened a house at one point. Six BLM engines and the Castleford Rural Fire Department were on scene.

The other fires, Bell and Bent, burned several acres each before being contained Sunday night.

Galena Lodge to open for summer

The Galena Lodge summer season kicks off on Sunday, June 10, with the annual Galena & the Trails Summer Barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch is $15 and includes nonalcoholic beverages, a no-host bar and a chance to win a 2012-13 Blaine County Recreation District Nordic season pass.

Galena Lodge was saved from destruction in 1994 when $500,000 was raised to buy and renovate the historic buildings. The Recreation District owns and maintains the lodge with concessionaires operating the restaurant, outdoor shop and yurt rental.

While most popular in the winter months as a hub of the North Valley Trails Nordic ski system, Galena also offers summer activities, including mountain biking and hiking trails.

Galena Lodge is located on Highway 75 north of Ketchum.


Swim-a-thon fundraiser set

Zenergy Health Club in Ketchum will host an event this weekend to raise money for AquAbility, a local nonprofit corporation and Paralympic Sport Club committed to providing therapeutic swimming for adults, youth and injured veterans with a variety of physical challenges.

AquAbility has a year-round program for local participants, visiting Paralympian athletes and injured veterans. It also offers clinics at Boise State University for injured veterans and disabled BSU students, and provides swim clinics for other adaptive sport organizations.

The fundraising event will take place Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Swimmers will raise money by swimming lengths of the pool within a 90-minute time frame. They can collect pledges from family, neighbors, friends or businesses.

For more information or to download event flyer and pledge forms, visit

Survey of elk hunters begins

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is participating in a survey about elk hunting conducted by the University of Idaho.

Participants are being asked about their experiences hunting elk and how they feel about Fish and Game restrictions on elk hunting. The department is in the midst of revising its five-year elk management plan, and results from this survey will be used in those revisions.

The survey has been mailed to a random sample of 6,200 general elk tag holders from 2011. Anyone else who is interested may take the survey online at under the "Comments/Surveys/Questions" tab. The closing date is June 22.

Whitewater season looks good

The Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association reminds rafters that while part of the West suffered a drought this winter, Idaho's whitewater season is sure to be raging as usual.

According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, streamflows for summer rafting are set to range from 85 to 125 percent of normal, depending on region.

"We're lucky we live in Idaho," said Ron Abramovich, the agency's Idaho snow survey supervisor. "The mountains still have plenty of snow to sustain the river flows throughout the summer months."

Outfitters report that while early summer flows last year were too much for some beginning kayakers, that will not be the case this year.

Stay aware while hunting for mushrooms

Following a high-severity fire season in 2011, the U.S. Forest Service is warning the public to be aware of hazards associated with burned areas. A tree's roots or base could be burned out, creating a "cat face," resulting in the tree's being very unstable. This condition is of particular concern to recreationists because these situations are difficult to recognize until it is too late and the tree has suddenly fallen. In addition, branches and burned-out tops of scorched trees present hazards. Wind increases the potential for blow-down.

Soil erosion can occur for several years after a severe fire passes through, especially in areas with steep slopes and after it rains or snow melts off, so people should be prepared for mudslides.

Local Wheel Girls returns

Professional mountain biker Rebecca Rusch, in partnership with the Blaine County Recreation District and her sponsors, is once again bringing a girls-only mountain bike club to the Wood River Valley.

Rusch is three-time Leadville Trail 100 Women's Champ and three-time 24 Hour Solo Mountain Biking world champion.

The six-week clinic for girls in seventh through 12th grades will teach mountain biking skills, bike maintenance, trail etiquette, nutrition and fitness principles. The program is designed for girls who know how to ride a bike but who want to gain the skills and confidence to get out more often on their bikes.

Cost for six weeks is $125. Scholarships are available. Club rides will take place on Tuesdays from June 19 through July 24 from 2-3:30 p.m. All rides will take place on national forest trails. Girls will also be encouraged to participate as racers or volunteers in the U.S. Cycling National Championships (July 5-8) and to help with local trail work sessions.

"I'm super excited to be hosting Wheel Girls for the second year," Rusch said. "My hope is that this is the beginning of a lifetime of love for mountain biking for these girls."

For questions, program details or to sign up, go to "" or contact Karoline Droege at Club size is limited to 20 riders for the 2012 season.

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