Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Sun Valley funds Nordic race

The Sun Valley City Council has agreed to contribute $5,000 from the city’s $25,000 fiscal 2013 events budget to the Boulder Mountain Tour.

This winter’s event on Feb. 2 will mark the 38th year for the annual 32-kilometer Nordic ski race from Galena Lodge to the Sawtooth National Recreation Headquarters just north of Ketchum.

Tour Executive Director Kevin Swigert said at a City Council meeting on Dec. 6 that this winter’s race will be preceded by the Sun Valley Nordic Festival. According to the tour’s website, the festival will feature nine days of activities, races, clinics and “fun” events, including the American Cross Country Skiers Masters National Championships.

Swigert said the festival will attract new Nordic skiers to the valley and provide a good opportunity for the valley to defend it’s recently created moniker of Nordic Town USA. He said a contribution from the city would help “enhance” the Boulder Mountain Tour and would be used to fund local radio advertising and print advertising in Boise and Salt Lake City.

“I’d be happy with any amount that you’d be willing to part with,” he said.

The council supported the city’s contribution by a vote of 3-0. Councilman Nils Ribi, who is a member of the Boulder Mountain Tour’s organizing committee, recused himself from the vote.

Those interested in racing can register at by Jan. 29. Registration costs $110. Racers ages 17 and under can register for $45 with no deadline.


Zenergy to open expanded spa

Zenergy Health Club & Spa in Ketchum has expanded its health and wellness spa and will host a grand opening of the new facility on Saturday, Dec. 22.

A recent Zenergy news release states the spa now totals nine rooms and offers massages, scrubs, wraps, peels and “time-tested Eastern treatments.” The spa also includes a full-service nail salon, Greg Hinshaw’s Hair Studio, complete waxing service, a calming lounge featuring vibroacoustic therapy chairs and a wet bar.

Whitney Werth, Zenergy’s public relations representative, said White Pine Catering, which prepares the health club’s cafe offerings, will be on hand to provide snacks and lunches to spa guests.

In coordination with the new spa opening, Zenergy has announced a partnership with ReBlume Medical, a Meridian-based esthetic medical practice specializing in facial rejuvenation and non-surgical facelifts.


Library to screen ‘Wonderful Life’

The Community Library in Ketchum will screen Frank Capra’s 1946 Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 6 p.m.

The film stars James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore and was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor.

“After more than 50 years, it remains as powerful and moving as the day it was made,” a recent library news release states. “[It’s] one of the richest, most uplifting, most beloved American films ever.”

The film tells the story of George Bailey, a frustrated businessman played by Stewart who receives a Christmas Eve visit from a guardian angel. To lift Bailey’s spirits, the angel shows him what life in his hometown would be like if he’d never existed.

The library invites all valley residents to “come cozy up” to the holiday film for free.


Ketchum seeks artists

Ketchum is looking for artists interested in showcasing their work at the fifth annual Art on Fourth outdoor exhibition, which will take place next July through October.

The exhibition will feature selected three-dimensional artwork along the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor in downtown Ketchum, a pedestrian-friendly street with widened sidewalks, benches and designated sites for artwork. The exhibition is organized and curated by the Ketchum Arts Commission, a city organization composed of community arts advocates whose mission is to incorporate art into Ketchum. According to a recent commission news release, selected artists will receive a $500 stipend for contributing to the exhibition.

“The Art on Fourth exhibition has evolved into a significant attraction during the city’s robust summer tourist season,” the release states.

Applicants may submit images of up to three works for consideration to the Arts Commission. Artists don’t need to live in Ketchum or Idaho to apply. There is no application fee. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 11.

For more information on the submission process, contact Ketchum Arts Commissioner Jen Smith at or at 726-7820.


Learn about sports injuries

St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will present a lecture titled “Platelet-Rich Plasma and Sports Medicine” today, Dec. 19, from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

According to a news release from the center, the use of platelet-rich plasma therapy to treat knees, shoulders and muscle strain injuries is making headlines.  Dr. Glen Shapiro, an orthopedic surgeon, will talk about this cutting-edge approach to orthopedic and sports medicine.

The talk will take place at St. Luke’s Clinic, 1450 Aviation Drive in Hailey.

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.


Hospital foundation honors philanthropic leader

The St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation honored Sun Valley resident Carolyn Nystrom on Monday, Dec. 17, with the 2012 Nancy Cord Vision of Philanthropy Award. Nystrom was recognized for generously giving her time, expertise, passion and compassion to enhance hospice and palliative care in the Wood River Valley. 

“Carolyn has contributed immensely to the hospice services and continuum of care available in the Wood River Valley through her incredible vision and commitment,” stated foundation President Lou Ann Terry.

Since moving to Idaho in 1989, Nystrom has significantly expanded the community’s hospice and palliative care services. She recently was honored by the Cambia Health Foundation as a recipient of the 2012 Sojourns Award, which recognizes exemplary leaders in the field of palliative care who work in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

The Nancy Cord Vision of Philanthropy Award recognizes community leaders who demonstrate remarkable qualities in leadership, philanthropy and humanitarianism.  The award is named for Nancy Cord, a Sun Valley resident and foundation emeritus council member.  


Foundation appoints board members

The St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation last week announced the addition of Sheila Fryberger, Jim Luckman and Cornelius (Neil) Ryan to its board of directors.

A longtime resident of the Wood River Valley, Fryberger serves on the St. Luke’s Volunteer Core board. 

Luckman is a retired architect who led The Luckman Partnership, a nationally recognized architectural firm based in Los Angeles. Luckman has served on the board of The Valley Club, and he and his wife, Alison, have been strong supporters of the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation.

Ryan is a health-care venture capitalist with Tullis Health Investors and co-founder of Oxford Bioscience Partners. With nearly 30 years of experience as a venture capitalist, Ryan has served on numerous boards of both public and private companies and was the founding chair of the Healthcare Venture Investors Group.

“We are thrilled to welcome these exceptional leaders to our board,” said Chief Development Officer Megan Thomas. “Each one brings a diverse set of skills and experiences that will greatly enhance our efforts to improve the health-care needs of our community.”

The mission of St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation is to promote innovative programs that improve health care.


Forest Service opens historic cabin

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is making the Redfish Cabin available to the public for overnight stays as part of the Forest Service’s popular cabin rental program. 

Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s and renovated in 2010, this historic cabin is on the northern shore of Redfish Lake between the Redfish Lake Visitor Center and the lake. 

The cabin is rustic, with a gas stove but no running water. It can accommodate three people and is wheelchair accessible. The front porch offers stunning views of Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Wilderness. 

Nightly rentals are available Oct. 15 through April 14. After Nov. 30, access is by skis, snowshoes or snowmobile. Cost is $65 per night and a reservation fee may be applicable. 

Reservations can be made up to six months in advance through or by calling 877-444-6777.


ERC appoints new board members

The Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum has appointed three new members to its board of directors.

Guy Cherp, vice president of Cox Communications, has lived in the valley for six years. A native of Colorado, Cherp competed in alpine ski racing as a child and gained a love of the outdoors. His interests include fishing, hunting, mountain biking and skiing.  He has three children, and says he is teaching them to respect the environment as much as he does.  

Alan Richardson, a resident since 2008, is an attorney and retired trade association executive from Washington, D.C., who has his eye on energy matters at both the national and local level. Richardson enjoys fishing, hiking, biking and skiing, and especially appreciates seeing bald eagles from his kitchen window.  He is married with two grown children.  

James Gillespie, a landscape architect and partner in Native Landscapes, is a native of England and came to the valley six years ago via New York City where he worked in marketing. Gillespie has competed in a 24-hour relay road race and loves backcountry skiing and traveling to Nordic ski races in Europe. He is married and is the father of three teenagers.

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