Friday, March 22, 2013


Comp plan committee gets vice chair
    Former Elkhorn Homeowners Association board member Cris Thiessen has been appointed vice chair of the city of Sun Valley’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. Thiessen accepted the appointment during a committee meeting Tuesday.
    Thiessen, 71, a retired manager in Westinghouse Corp.’s nuclear power division, has owned a house in Sun Valley since 1999.
    The city last updated its comprehensive plan in 2005. State law requires that cities update their plans at least every 10 years, but Mayor Dewayne Briscoe said in January that he feels the plan is getting a bit out of date “and the time is right to address that.” He said part of his platform when he ran for mayor in November 2011 was that he would begin the update ahead of schedule. A comprehensive plan is a city’s overarching, guiding document.
    Briscoe said in January that the committee members will outline their objectives for the plan at monthly meetings during the first six to nine months of the year. Then, city staff members will draft a new plan. The Planning and Zoning Commission will then review and revise the draft and pass it along to the City Council for final review, revision and adoption.

Aspire Physical Therapy opens
    The Hailey Chamber of Commerce hosted a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at Aspire Physical Therapy on Thursday, March 14.
    Aspire Physical Therapy, at 113 E. Bullion S., Suite C, specializes in pediatric conditions, development delay and adult orthopedic issues.
    Physical therapist Gloria Gunter has worked with the Idaho Infant/Toddler Program since 1999. Prior to becoming a physical therapist, Gunter was a physical education specialist, a tennis and gymnastics coach, and an adult exercise specialist. Her background includes dance and performing arts, gymnastics, competitive tennis and competitive power lifting.

Ketchum commends three citizens
    Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall has commended three more community members as part of a monthly series of “highlights” in the city’s e-newsletter.
    The highlights honor one city staff member, one business community member and/or one general community member each month for exemplary service to the city.
    At a City Council meeting Monday, Hall awarded recognition plaques to Rachel Wayt, the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office’s community service officer for Ketchum, as the January staff highlight; Juerg Stauffacher, the city’s superintendent of parks and natural resources, as the March staff highlight; and Michael Scullion, founder of KDPI radio in Ketchum, as the March business highlight.

Ketchum URA seeks commissioner
    Following the resignation of Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency Commissioner Nina Jonas in December, the URA is seeking applications for a new commissioner.
    Jonas is also a Ketchum City Councilwoman.
    “I wanted to focus on City Council work,” said Jonas, whose term would have ended on Jan. 1, 2014. “I also hoped my resignation would add another [URA] seat to the public at large. Finally, I was also hoping that someone from the real estate community would be appointed.”
    A recent URA news release states that the agency is seeking applicants “with a background in real estate, finance development or banking.” The URA does not pay commissioners for their service, but does reimburse them for out-of-pocket costs. The board meets regularly once a month and holds special meetings “as called.”
    People interested in applying should send a letter to Sandra Cady, the URA’s secretary and treasurer, at Box 2315, Ketchum, ID 83340 or email her at Applications are due by April 30.

Ketchum cancels April 1 meeting
    A Ketchum City Council regular meeting scheduled for Monday, April 1, has been canceled. The next meeting will be on Monday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m.

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