Wednesday, January 9, 2013


SV-Elkhorn board admits mistake in election

The Sun Valley Elkhorn Association board of directors has admitted to making a “mistake” during this year’s election of three members to the association’s board of directors.

At an annual meeting of the association Friday at the American Legion Hall in Ketchum, Ed Lawson, the association’s lawyer, said the board did not interview two of six candidates before casting its 101 proxy votes in September. He said those candidates were unavailable at the time. Members who don’t want to cast their own votes can opt for the board to vote for them as a “proxy.”

Lawson said the board rescinded its September decision after some association members called it “inappropriate.” The board then conducted the remaining two interviews and recast its proxy votes in December.

“It’s fishy stuff,” said Norman Nie, an Elkhorn resident. “It’s not a credible election.”

Association President Pam Bailey admitted the board could have approached the process differently.

“We agreed as a board we made a mistake,” she said.

As a final part of the process, 969 of 1,630 members voted at the meeting Friday. The results were tabulated during the meeting: incumbent Margaret Walker was re-elected, joined by newcomers Nancy Auseklis and Harry Griffith.


Visiting restrictions at Blaine Manor

Due to the widespread outbreak of flu and flu-like illness in the community, Blaine Manor is requesting that people refrain from visiting if they may be sick. People are asked to avoid visiting if they have been suffering from a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, fatigue or vomiting.

In addition, no children under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit.


Discount lift tickets for college students

Students with valid identification from any college in the country can buy lift tickets for Baldy or Dollar Mountains for $35 on Mondays, through Feb. 11. For more information, call 622-6136. 


Fire department positions open

The Ketchum, Wood River and Sun Valley fire departments are accepting applications for paid-on-call firefighters until Friday, Jan. 11. 

No experience is necessary. Selected applicants will go through the fire academy, from late February to June.  

Applications and additional information are available from Wood River Fire & Rescue, 117 E. Walnut St. in Hailey, 788-5577; Ketchum Fire Department, 480 East Ave. N. by City Hall, 726-7805; and the Sun Valley Fire Department, 101 Arrowleaf Rd. in Elkhorn, 622-8234.


Free mental health screenings

St. Luke’s Center for Community Health is providing free mental health screenings by a licensed mental health counselor on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Appointments are available for English- or Spanish-speaking people.

The center is at 1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 200, Hailey. Call 727-8733 for an appointment.  


Learn about home health care options

St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag Health Talk on “Information about Home Care” today, Jan. 9, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in St. Luke’s Clinic Carbonate Rooms, 1450 Aviation Drive, Hailey.

Registered nurse and Home Care Clinical Supervisor Bonnie Marsh, social worker Cecilee Torres and staff from St. Luke’s Home Care will discuss new services and when home care is an appropriate. 

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Additional information on this and other educational programs is available by calling 727-8733.


2013 Ski Hall of Fame inductees announced

Picabo Street, Jack Reddish and Bob Smith will be inducted into the Sun Valley Alpine Hall of Fame, and Rick Kapala, Muffy Ritz and Bob Rosso will be inducted into the Sun Valley Nordic Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Jan. 30.

The induction ceremony will be at 4 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre, 120 S. Main St. in Ketchum.

Tickets for the induction ceremony are $25 and available Monday through Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Ketchum-Sun Valley Ski Museum in Forest Service Park, First Street and Washington Avenue.

“I have always considered myself a Sun Valley Skier,” Street said. “Sun Valley’s mountains, Dollar and Baldy, made me the skier I am. I thank my community for this acknowledgement. I am truly honored.”

For more information, call the Ski Museum at 726-8118.


Galena Benefit tickets on sale

Tickets are available for the 17th annual Galena Lodge and Ski Trails Benefit Dinner and Auction to be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Limelight Room of the Sun Valley Inn at 5 p.m. This also is the kickoff event for the Nordic Festival week.  

Live auction items include a Sawtooth mountain bike weekend with 2012 bronze medalist Georgia Gould, a vintner dinner at Galena Lodge for 16 and an evening at the new Italian eatery, Enoteca, for 10.

Tickets are $95 if purchased online at before Jan. 13 and $110 afterwards.

No tax dollars are used to maintain Galena Lodge and the trail system. Costs are paid from funds raised at the dinner, other donations and pass sales. 

People who can donate a silent auction are asked to contact either Megan Stevenson at 578-5459 at the Blaine County Recreation District office or Jenny Busdon at 726-1649.



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