Mountain Rides offers ‘Story Tour’
Mountain Rides Transportation Authority has launched a new service to provide visitors and local residents with a historical perspective of the Ketchum-Sun Valley area.
Each Friday at 3:45 p.m., visitors or locals can board a Mountain Rides bus at the Ketchum Visitor Center on the corner of Sun Valley Road and East Avenue for a free guided tour of the area. Tours will last about an hour and will feature visits to the old Union Pacific Railroad terminal and the cemetery where Ernest Hemingway is buried. Staff from the Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society will provide narratives as the bus winds its way through Ketchum and Sun Valley
Tours will continue through Oct. 19 to accommodate the annual Trailing of the Sheep festival.
Nez Perce events planned in valley
In celebration of the weekend’s debut of the “Nez Perce: Promises” concert by Caritas Chorale, a number of events have been planned as part of the educational aspect of the endeavor.
Nez Perce dancers and singers will appear today, July 13, at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square across from Atkinsons’ Market.
From 5-8 p.m., Expressions Gallery, at 360 East Ave. in Ketchum will host a reception with artist Dave McGary, who will preview his new bronze sculpture, “Battle of the Bear Paw,” with tribal members.
And finally, the concert performed by Caritas Chorale will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the Community School gym, and again Sunday, July 15, at 6 p.m. at Hailey’s Community Campus Performing Arts Center.
All events are free. For more information, contact Linda Bergerson at 726-4846 or Candace Witt at 622-8874.
Senior housing complex unveiled
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Tuesday at for the new River Street Senior Community in Hailey. The 24-unit complex at 731 N. River St. was designed to meet the needs of low- and moderate-income people 55 and older.
Construction of the $5.4 million project was financed through the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. It includes $4,358,055 from National Equity Fund, which bought the tax credits, a $515,000 loan through the HOME Investment Partnerships program and a $480,000 loan through the Idaho Community Reinvestment Corp. Private grants and donations of $12,500 funded the remainder of the project.
ARCH Community Housing Trust in Ketchum and AutumnGold Senior Services sponsored the project, which was built on land donated by the city of Hailey. New Beginnings Housing of Caldwell was the developer and Wright Brothers The Building Co. was the contractor.
To qualify for a unit, an applicant’s income must be between 40 and 60 percent of the area median. Interested renters should call 208-860-8114.
Mountain Rides to meet at East Fork
Mountain Rides Transportation Authority will hold a public meeting Thursday, July 19, at 9 a.m. to discuss a proposed bus shelter at the East Fork Road parking lot.
The lot is in the northeast corner of the intersection of state Highway 75 and East Fork Road.
“Look for the Mountain Rides bus,” states a news release.
Lunch Connection breakfasts to start
Starting Monday, local kids can start the day out right with a hot, nourishing breakfast thanks to the Hunger Coalition and Blaine County School District. Hosted at Woodside Elementary School in Hailey, the Lunch Connection offers children 18 and under a free breakfast on weekday mornings from 7:30-8:30 a.m. through Aug. 10.
According to a news release from the Hunger Coalition, there are 556 children in Blaine County living below the federal poverty line.
The Summer Food Program addresses the void left when free and reduced-cost school meals are unavailable. About 40 percent of the Blaine County School District student body qualifies for the program.
Free hot lunch continues to be served weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon until Aug. 17.
Meals are always available for purchase by those over 18. Breakfast costs $1.75 and lunch $3.25.
For more information, call the Hunger Coalition at 788-0121 or visit www.theuhngercoalition.org.
Woodside Elementary School can be reached on Mountain Rides by using the Berry Creek or Cherry Creek stops.
Republican Party to hold meeting
The Blaine County Republican Party will hold its monthly committee meeting on Thursday, July 19, at the AmericInn Hotel in Hailey. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Along with general committee business, Dale Perice of Nampa will present “Agenda 21: A United Nations Stealth Attack on Freedom Through Sustainable Development.”
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