Friday, April 26, 2013

News Briefs

North Valley trails remain closed
    Trails from the mid-Wood River Valley north remain snow-covered or muddy. The exceptions are the Sunnyside Trail in Adams Gulch, just north of Ketchum, and the White Clouds trails, across Sun Valley Road from the resort.
    An extensive network of trails on BLM land in Croy Canyon, west of Hailey, is open to hiking and mountain biking.
Ketchum honors ‘Green Team’
    In anticipation of the one-year anniversary of Ketchum’s Green Building Code, Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall has commended the members of the “Green Team” that helped implement the law.
    The City Council approved the code, which raises environmental standards for residential structures built in the city, in May 2012. At a council meeting on April 15, Hall presented recognition plaques to the team’s current members: Rebecca Bundy, an associate planner for the city; Glen Carsten, owner of American Mechanical Corp. in Caldwell; architect Michael Doty, a Planning and Zoning commissioner; builder Steve Kearns; Cedric Knehans, a city building inspector; and builder Joe Marks, co-owner of Idaho Mountain Builders in Ketchum.
    Hall said the city is working on a similar code that would apply to commercial buildings.
    In an interview after the meeting, Bundy said the team is researching a potential commercial code and will conduct public outreach sessions during the spring and summer to get feedback from the community. She said the team plans to present a progress report on the code to the council in May, including a report on the successes and challenges of the residential code so far.

Benefit for Ericksons is Saturday
    Dam Fools Club at West Magic Dam south of Bellevue is the site for a benefit dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27, for newlywed couple Shane and Cindy Erickson, who have been facing mounting medical bills for cancer surgeries and treatment.
    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. There will be tickets sold for a raffle, along with music and a live auction. Donations are being accepted at Hailey’s Mountain West Bank in Cindy Erickson’s name.
    For details, call Michelle at 720-4817 or Amanda at 720-8483.

Papoose Club gives to youths
     The Papoose Club awarded $5,100 at its April meeting to the BCRD Aquatic Center, Wood River Valley YMCA, Idaho Business Professionals of America and Tegernsee Youth Exchange.
    The Aquatic Center is seeking to buy a new Log Roller, a piece of equipment that entertains children throughout the summer. More donations are sought; for information, visit the BCRD aquatic site.
    The Idaho Business Professionals of America’s Wood River High School chapter received funding to help students attend a national leadership conference in Orlando, Fla. The organization is for students pursuing careers in business management and information technology.
    The YMCA was provided with funding to transport summer attendees to Camp Perkins for a weekly outdoor camp experience. YMCA summer camps serve up to 250 children annually.
    Students participating in the Tegernsee Youth Cultural Exchange will spend three weeks visiting Ketchum’s sister city, Tegernsee, Germany, and Sun Valley’s sister city, Kitzbühel, Austria.
    The Papoose Club is taking nominations for member of the year. The honor is bestowed upon one of the club’s members each year by vote to recognize effort, dedication and Papoose spirit. Additionally, in May the new officer slate will be voted on.

Students to display art, literature
    The public is invited to view the artistic and literary accomplishments of Hemingway Elementary School students at the Hemingway School Art and Literature Fair from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.
    The event was organized by the Hemingway Publishing House Committee, an organization staffed by parent volunteers, and art teacher Tom VanSlyke.
    Artwork and literature will be displayed in the lobby and halls of the school.
    For more information, contact Jana Fitzpatrick at the school at 578-5050.

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