Friday, March 1, 2013


Ketchum ice rink closes for season

Warmer days and higher sun angles have rung in the end of the season for Ketchum’s Cristina Potters Outdoor Ice Rink.

According to a news flash posted Wednesday on the city’s website, the rink, located at Atkinson Park, is now closed to skaters. However, Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Smith said Wednesday that the rink will be open for about another week for “broom ball season.” Smith said that means a broom ball set will be left out “for folks to enjoy” pickup broom ball games until the field on which the rink sits is closed for spring rehabilitation. She said helmets are included in the set and encouraged their use as broom ball play is “at your own risk.”

Smith said closure signs will be placed on the field to indicate when the rehabilitation period begins. The field is most vulnerable to damage when it’s wet and nothing is growing on it, she said.


Security task force seeks applicants

The Blaine County School District is seeking up to six Blaine County residents to serve on a now-being-formed district safety and security task force.

Application can be made through a “parent/community member expression on interest form” available at the district website at

The task force will review current safety procedures, school buildings, drug and alcohol issues and other factors that might affect school safety and security. Community members accepted onto the task force are asked to make a two-year commitment, attending six-eight meetings per year.

Applications are due Friday, March 15.


Papoose Club gives back

 The Papoose Club last month awarded $5,500 to three local nonprofit groups focused on education and children’s recreation.

 HYPERLINK "" Higher Ground Sun Valley was granted money for scholarships and subsidization of an expanded summer program. The program will now serve 45 children, double the current number.

The  HYPERLINK "" Environmental Resource Center received funding to support scholarships for its summer EcoCamps, which foster a connection between humans and their environment and teach outdoor leadership skills.

 HYPERLINK "" Blaine County Education Foundation was awarded money to cover the second half of after-school programs that offer math tutoring and social learning skill development. 


Housing Authority to move office

The Blaine County Housing Authority is moving its office to  Ketchum’s business core, in the Camas Building at 200 W. River St., Suite 103.  The organization will open the new office on Friday, March 8.

The office will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment. More information is at


Enjoy ‘Casino Royale’ with the Fools

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ board of directors will host the fifth annual Casino Royale event Saturday, March 2—an exciting evening of gambling, cocktailing and fundraising to specifically benefit the work of Company of Fools.

The event will take place from 6:30-10 p.m. at the Valley Club, north of Hailey. Tickets are $125 per person and include $1,500 of “funny money” to try your hand at black jack, poker, roulette and craps. Attendees can enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.  

Reserve at 788-6520 or online at


Hospice offers support group

 Each spring and fall, Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley conducts a Bereavement Support Group. The next group will begin March 5. The group is designed for people who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one through death.  Each session is structured to increase participants’ understanding of the natural grieving process that occurs.

The group, which will have a limited enrollment, will be facilitated by Kathi Eason, a registered nurse trained in grief and loss. She will lead discussions and offer the opportunity for participants to share feelings and to receive support and guidance.

The free sessions will be on Tuesday evenings throughout March. Participants will need to attend all four sessions. For more information or to confirm attendance, call 726-8464.


Owyhee plan put forth for comments

 The BLM has released a draft plan for wilderness and Wild and Scenic River management plan for six wilderness areas and 16 wild and scenic river segments in Owyhee County for public review and comment.

Designated by the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, the wilderness areas are composed of about 518,000 acres and the river segments total about 325 miles.  

An electronic version of the plan may be found at

Comments are due by April 30 and can be emailed to Address written comments to John Sullivan, Wilderness Project lead, Bureau of Land Management, Boise District Office, 3948 S. Development Ave., Boise, ID 83705-5339.

Groups wishing to discuss specific sections of the draft plan may contact Sullivan to schedule a meeting at 208-384-3300.


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