Friday, July 27, 2012


Sealing project to begin Monday

Crews will return to state Highway 75 between Hailey and Ketchum to complete a paving project begun last fall. Beginning Monday, July 30, they will apply a micro-seal to protect the newly resurfaced section of highway.

According to the Idaho Transportation Department, a micro-seal is similar to a seal coat, but the materials are premixed and placed on the roadway as slurry. Traffic can drive on the product after it has cured, generally in a few hours. The micro-seal, which offers the same benefits of a seal coat but without loose gravel, often is used in high-traffic areas.

The only area that will not receive the micro-seal is between East Fork Road north to the Big Wood River Bridge. It is scheduled to be reconstructed in 2013.

Depending on weather conditions, work will take place between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Work should be completed within two weeks. Drivers should watch for lane restrictions, flaggers and delays throughout the project zone.

Detours onto McKercher Boulevard and Buttercup Road north of Hailey and between Serenade Lane and River Street in Ketchum may be used.

The project is part of a $5.4 million contract with Knife River Corp. of Boise.

The contractor started in late August 2011 with a roadway milling and asphalt overlay project between the cities. The project was completed too late in the season to apply the micro-seal because of low temperature. The contract allowed the contractor to return this year to complete the work.

Biden cancels visit to valley

Vice President Joe Biden has canceled an anticipated visit to Sun Valley on Aug. 2

Blaine County Democrat Chair Gini Ballou stated in an email to the Express that Biden will not attend the fundraising reception and dinner due to "scheduling conflicts." Ballou did not immediately return phone calls asking what conflicts were involved.

However, she said, "As many of you know, logistics can be very challenging during campaigns. We are hoping to schedule another event here in the near future."

Acclaimed yodeler to perform

One of the best World Alpine and Western Master yodelers, Kerry Christensen, will perform a free concert Tuesday, July 31, at 7 p.m. in Bellevue's City Park.

Christensen is a regular at venues in Branson, Mo., and was a mainstay at Disney World's Epcot Center in Florida for seven years and has traveled the globe performing.

Many good men performing music

A Few Good Men, directed by R.L. Rowsey, will perform free concerts Tuesday, July 31, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church at Bullion Street and First Avenue in Hailey, and Monday, Aug. 6, at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church on Sun Valley Road.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Donations are accepted, a portion of which will be given to the valleywide ecumenical Ministerial Fund.

For additional information, contact Tim Eagan at 720-0437 or

Open air markets begin in Bellevue

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce will hold its first open air market of the summer today on the lawn at the Bellevue Historical Museum at 218 North Main Street (Hwy 75) in Bellevue.

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is taking applications from vendors who would like to participate in the markets, which will run the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 4-7 pm, until September 21.

The market are open to purveyors of agricultural products, with first choices going to local produce, as well as canned goods and prepared foods. The market is also open to artisans, antique sellers, flower sellers and others.

Vendors wishing to participate in the markets should Amber Avila for booth applications or more information at 208-788-3404 or email Bellevueopenairmarket@live .com

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