Friday, February 22, 2013


Group to discuss nuclear waste

The public is invited to hear about nuclear waste issues at a presentation Tuesday, Feb. 26, by the Snake River Alliance, a regional nuclear issues watchdog group.

The presentation, titled “Update on National Nuclear Waste Issues and How They Could Affect Idaho,” is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. at the Community Library in Ketchum. The presentation will be given by Beatrice Brailsford, the organization’s nuclear program director.

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.


Ketchum gives money to film festival

The city of Ketchum has approved an expenditure of $3,500 to support the Sun Valley Film Festival, which will take place March 14-17.

During its meeting Thursday, Feb. 7, the Ketchum Events Commission had recommended that the city allocate the funds. The money will come out of a $30,000 events sponsorship fund recently added to the city’s Community and Economic Development Department budget. The City Council approved a budget amendment creating that fund earlier this month.

Commission Chair Jen Smith said at a City Council meeting Tuesday that Lisa Horowitz, community and economic development director, approved the commission’s recommendation to fund the Film Festival after the Feb. 7 meeting. Requests from the new fund that are under $7,000 do not require City Council approval, another new development passed by the City Council last month.

For more information about the Film Festival, visit or call 928-7818.


Comp plan committee seeks members

Following the resignation this week of recently appointed Sun Valley Comprehensive Plan Update Steering Committee Chair Lisa Stelck, the city is looking to fill the now-open position.

Community Development Director Mark Hofman said the city also now plans to appoint a vice-chair “just in case.” Mayor Dewayne Briscoe said at a City Council meeting earlier this month that he’s also looking for a few more city residents to “round out” the committee as regular members.

Idaho law requires cities to update their comprehensive plans every 10 years, and Sun Valley’s update is not due for another two years. However, Briscoe said last month that updating the plan early was part of his platform when he ran for mayor in November 2011. He said he felt when he ran that the plan was already “getting a bit out of date” and deserved a complete review as opposed to piecemeal changes.

Anyone interested in joining the committee or serving as its chair or vice-chair should submit a letter directly to Briscoe as soon as possible. Letters can be dropped off at City Hall at 81 Elkhorn Rd., mailed to the city of Sun Valley, Box 416, Sun Valley, ID, 83353 or emailed to Hofman at


Vote for Woman of the Year

The Idaho Mountain Express Woman of the Year award was started in 2010 as a way to recognize women in the Wood River Valley who make a difference to the community. The fourth annual Woman of the Year survey is under way. 

Nominees are Shari Kunz, Marcia Liebich and Kat Vanden Heuvel. To vote on which of those women should be Woman of the Year, visit and click on the “Valley Woman voting” button. Voting will be open until noon Wednesday, Feb. 27, and the winner will be featured in the Idaho Mountain Express Valley Woman special section on March 20.

To read about each of the nominees, see the Feb. 13 edition of the Idaho Mountain Express or go to


Video competition accepting entries

A video contest presented by Sun Valley Co. is accepting entries through the end of February.

To enter, skiers or snowboarders need to “claim” a run on Bald or Dollar mountain by filming an “original” and “creative” point-of-view video of themselves shredding down either hill and posting it on That website, whose mantra is “We see the world through your eyes” is a platform where people can “claim” runs on mountains around the globe. According to the website, Claim My Run’s goal is to host POV videos—generated and posted by the website’s users—of every run of every mountain in the world.

The resort will award the winner of the Sun Valley Co. contest a GoPro HERO 3 Black Edition POV video camera. According to a recent resort news release, the entries will be judged based on number of views and video quality. To view videos of Sun Valley runs that have already been posted, visit

“Grab your gear and get out there,” the news release states. “May the best video win!”


Cancer program seeks applicants

Anyone undergoing breast cancer treatment or who is a breast cancer survivor is invited to apply for Casting for Recovery’s seventh annual southern Idaho retreat from May 31 to June 2. 

Casting for Recovery is a national support and educational program for breast cancer survivors. It provides free three-day fly-fishing retreats to women affected by breast cancer. As well as teaching participants to fly fish, the retreat provides a forum to broaden understanding of breast cancer treatment and enable sharing among participants. An all-female staff of medical and fly-fishing professionals guides participants through the weekend at Living Waters Ranch in Challis.

To apply, visit and click on ID-1, or call 888-553-3500. Application deadline is March 15.  Applicants are randomly chosen to attend.  For more information or to make a donation to the Southern Idaho Casting for Recovery Program, visit the ID-1 page at


Natural resources camp scheduled

The University of Idaho’s 2013 Natural Resources camp for youths 12-14 on June 24-29 will offer something new: a look at Idaho’s volcanic origins.

Campers will learn about Craters of the Moon National Monument, Snake River Plain geology, volcanoes and other nearby examples of Idaho’s fiery past. The addition expands the camp’s mission to help youths explore Idaho’s natural resources including wildlife, rangeland, forests, water and soil.

The camp at the 4H Camp 17 miles north of Ketchum is sponsored by the University of Idaho Extension, Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts and the JR Simplot Co.

Applications can be obtained at the University of Idaho Extension office, 302 First Ave. S. in Hailey. Information is available at or by contacting Megan Satterwhite at 208-736-3634 or


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