Wednesday, September 12, 2012

News Briefs

ITD set to work in Ketchum
    Resurfacing of state Highway 75 near the Saddle Road intersection will limit traffic for two days starting Thursday, Sept. 13.
    According to a news release from the Idaho Transportation Department, crews will mill and then repave nearly a half mile of roadway north and south of the intersection.
    The road will be reduced to as little as one lane during working hours. Drivers should watch for flaggers and be prepared for delays of up to 15 minutes. Saddle Road will be closed during milling and paving operations as the asphalt is placed and allowed to cool.
    Depending on weather and roadway conditions, work is expected to begin Thursday and be completed by Friday, Sept. 14. Drivers should consider using an alternate route during the project.
    Idaho Sand and Gravel of Jerome is the contractor for the $115,000 paving project.

Highway project near Clayton begins
    Slope stabilization to improve safety along on a 500-foot section of state Highway 75 one mile east of Clayton began this week and is scheduled for completion Sept. 21, weather permitting.
    Working approximately 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, crews will remove loose rock from slopes and install rockfall mesh.
    Motorists can expect delays of up to 20 minutes. Travel will be reduced to one lane.
    Commercial drivers transporting permitted loads wider than 12 feet need to contact Maintenance Operations Manager Ken Hahn at 208-745-5640 24 hours in advance for special authorization to pass through the construction zone.

St. Luke’s to host talk on patient care
    Wood River Valley residents are invited to join Suzanne Miller, director of nursing and patient care services, in a discussion titled “Have a Voice in Health Care” on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Wood River’s Baldy Rooms.
    The discussion will address innovations that will work toward prevention, wellness, patient-centered care and better health outcomes.  
    All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs, 727-8733.

Mountain Rides to discuss transit hub
    The board of directors of Mountain Rides Transportation Authority has called a special meeting for today, Sept. 12, to consider property acquisition in Bellevue for building a south valley transportation center.
    The meeting is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Ketchum City Hall council chambers. It will start with a closed executive session to discuss acquisition of real estate.
    After convening into open session, the board is expected to vote on the purchase. Also scheduled for the meeting is consideration of the final design for bus stop improvements at the intersection of state Highway 75 and East Fork Road.

School to hold ‘Rainbow Day’
    The Community School in Sun Valley will hold “Rainbow Day” on Friday, Sept. 14, to help elementary school students make healthy food choices.
    The event, sponsored by Chef’s Move to School/American Culinary Federation and Nurture, a Chicago-based grassroots organization, is being held to help students learn to create colorful and healthy recipes using seasonal and local foods.
    “We are excited to kick off our nutrition program with Rainbow Day,” Elementary School Head Janet Salvoni stated in a press release. “The food and nutrition lessons from Nurture are excellent. The students love the hands-on activities and it is so important to start healthy eating habits at a young age.”
    For more information, contact Salvoni at (208) 622-3955, ext. 115.

Dollar Mountain to get more parking
    Sun Valley Co. is adding extra parking spaces for Dollar Mountain on the site of a recently demolished building across the street from Sun Valley City Hall. The site will also be landscaped for use as a picnic area.
    “The project’s only about halfway there,” said city of Sun Valley Community Development Director Mark Hofman. “[Sun Valley Co.] is going to reshape the landscaping and add some berming adjacent to the bike path.”
    Hofman said the idea is to add paved parking spaces to replace the “unofficial” parking that was previously done on a gravel lot near the site.
    “The police used to have trouble keeping the cars lined up and the walkways clear, especially during busy ski days,” he said.
    After the building was demolished, several spruce trees were removed from the site. According to Hofman, Sun Valley Co. plans to replace those trees with new spruce and aspen trees.
    “The trees were taken down because the bottoms were all dead. They hadn’t had enough room to grow,” he said.
    Though the space will provide some additional parking, the focus of the project revolves as heavily around aesthetics as it does around practicality.
    “The main purpose of the project was to get rid of the building and to make it a nicely landscaped area,” Hofman said. “It’s a major intersection for the city.”

Saturday benefit for Bruce Boyett
    Local plumber and musician Bruce Boyett, seriously burned in an Aug. 5 accident that resulted in amputation of fingers on his right hand, is currently being cared for at the Salt Lake City Burn Center in Utah.
    He has no medical insurance to cover the cost of his medical care, according to The Bruce Boyett Medical Charitable Trust Committee. The committee has planned a fundraiser for Saturday, Sept. 15, from 12 noon to 10 p.m. at the Wicked Spud in Hailey.
    Any donations are welcome and raffle items are being accepted. Contact Amber Branch at 303-2241, Janet Bartels 720-5070, Julie Ward 720-5884 or Jennifer Menkee 995-1518. Make donations to the Bruce Boyett Medical Trust, P.O. Box 804, Bellevue, ID 83313, or contribute at any US Bank branch.

Resort to demolish old clubhouse?
    The city of Sun Valley is seeking public comment on a design-review application by Sun Valley Co. to demolish its former Nordic skiing lodge and golf clubhouse. The building is on the northeast corner of the intersection of Trail Creek Road and Lodge Entry Lane.
    Community Development Director Mark Hofman said the intent of the application requirement is to show the city how the area’s landscaping will look.
    Deadline for comments on the proposed development application is Friday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. Written comments received prior to the decision date will be made part of the public record. The entire development application and supporting materials are on file in the Community Development Department at City Hall.
    Comments can be sent to Hofman at P.O. Box 416, Sun Valley, ID 83353, emailed to or faxed to
622-3401. Questions should be directed to Hofman at 622-4438.

Senior center to close for 4 weeks
    The Senior Connection in Hailey will close its doors for four weeks starting Sept. 17 for construction.
    Shorty’s Diner and the Wicked Spud are offering special senior meals for those with a Senior Connection ID card. The Senior Connection bus will take people to Shorty’s on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to the Wicked Spud on Wednesdays
    Meals on wheels will be running Tuesdays and Fridays with multiple meals being served on those days.
    For more information, call Kim Coonis at 788-3468.

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