Friday, April 5, 2013


Learn about bike path project

The Blaine County Recreation District will hold two public information open houses this month regarding the proposed Wood River Trail rehabilitation project. 

The purpose is to provide the public with information including proposed project planning details and maps. 

The Wood River Trail is a multi-use, non-motorized recreational path that connects the communities of the Wood River Valley. With the path approaching its 30-year life span, the Recreation District’s board of directors passed a resolution calling for a special levy election to be held on May 21 for an additional two-year levy to resurface the trail for another 30 years of use.

The open houses will take place on Wednesday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey and Wednesday, April 24, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wood River Community Y in Ketchum. 


Two join Sawtooth Society board

Stanley residents Amy Klingler and Melinda Hadzor have joined the Sawtooth Society’s 36-member board of directors. 

Klingler is a physician assistant and manager at the Salmon River Clinic. She also serves on the executive committee of the Stanley School Parents Association. 

Hadzor is co-owner of the Back Country Bistro and The Horseshoe Pit Catering Co. and also serves as general manager of the Stanley High Country Inn. In addition, Hadzor is the newest member of the Stanley City Council. 

The board consists of people who live full-time or part-time in the Sawtooth and Wood River valleys, as well as members living around the country who believe in the preservation, enhancement and protection of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. 

For more information, visit the Sawtooth Society’s new website,  HYPERLINK ""


Hearing set for hotel plan change

The Ketchum Planning Department is accepting comments and questions concerning a proposed modification to the development plan of the Bald Mountain Lodge, a five-story luxury hotel to be built on the west side of Main Street in Ketchum, between First and River streets.

A recent city news release states that the project’s developer, Highmark Investments, has applied to amend its development agreement with the city to replace 15 condominiums on the project’s fourth floor with 32 hotel rooms. The release states that the proposed change would not affect the exterior of the building and would have only “minor effects” on the project’s parking, housing and traffic impact. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the change to the City Council on March 25.

The council will hold a public hearing on the issue at a meeting on Monday, April 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Ketchum City Hall. The council is scheduled to decide at that time whether to approve the amendment. Public comment prior to the meeting should be directed to the Ketchum Planning Division, Box 2315, Ketchum, ID, 83340, to or via fax to 726-7812. Comments received by 5 p.m. on April 15 will be included in the public record at the hearing.


Trivia night to support charity

Fans of Trivia Night at Lefty’s Bar and Grill in Ketchum on Tuesdays can now enjoy burgers, beer and brainteasers as guilt-free as possible, as a third of the money raised will go to local charities.

Following the recent move of Tyler Chandler, Trivia Night’s former host, to Boise, valley residents and trivia buffs Adam King and Gary Hoffman have picked up the event’s reins and have tweaked it slightly.

“Before, two-thirds of the pot went to the winning teams and one third to the host,” Hoffman said. “Rather than accept the fee for our services, that’s the part we’ll donate to charity.”

The “pot” is filled from $15 entrance fees for competing teams, which can have up to six members. Hoffman said each team will choose a charity to fund and, at the end of the evening, a winning charity will be drawn from a hat with all the teams’ choices.

Hoffman said he wants to keep Trivia Night, which starts at 8 p.m., to two hours or less, since it takes place on a weeknight. Hoffman also said Trivia Night will occur consistently every week.


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