Friday, May 3, 2013

News Briefs

Watch fire departments in training
    The Ketchum, Sun Valley and Wood River Fire & Rescue fire departments will conduct a “hands-on” training session at a donated structure in West Ketchum on Saturday, May 4, at 9 a.m.
    The fire departments invite people to “come and watch local firefighters in action” during the session. The training is for 22 new firefighter cadets as part of their 164-hour Fire Academy. The trainees are members of the public who are volunteering their time to learn the basics of firefighting. Once their training is complete, they will become members of their respective departments as paid, on-call firefighters.
    The training will include advancing hose lines, ventilating a roof and conducting search-and-rescue operations. The house will not be burned and only artificial smoke will be used.
    The structure at 203 Sabala St. was donated for the exercise by Ketchum-based Thad Farnham Construction.

Lodge, Inn make AAA 4 Diamond list
    The American Automobile Association has placed the Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn on its Four Diamond List, a distinction the hotels have received consecutively since 2005.
    “Just 4.2 percent of all AAA-approved hotels and restaurants earn coveted ratings,” a AAA news release states.
    According to the release, 2013 is the 77th year the AAA has awarded its “coveted” ratings, which extend up to the Five Diamond level. This year, only two other hotels and one restaurant in Idaho also made the Four Diamond list.
    “AAA Four and Five Diamond hotels are refined and stylish with upscale physical attributes,” the release states. “They offer guests personalized attention and extensive amenities in a luxurious setting.”
    Sun Valley Co. spokesman Jack Sibbach said that both the Lodge and the Inn offer AAA discounts.
    “We’re excited for another year with the Four Diamond award,” he said.

Trail Creek Road open
    Trail Creek Road is open to the summit, Blaine County Road and Bridge announced on Tuesday.
    Trail Creek Road links Sun Valley to Highway 93 near Mackay. The higher portions of the road close every winter due to excessive snow and avalanche risk. The road is cleared of snow and avalanche debris every spring by Blaine County Road and Bridge crews before it is opened to the public.

Valley cleanup set for May 11
    The Environmental Resource Center’s annual Clean Sweep will take place Saturday, May 11. Gather at 9 a.m. (Ketchum and Sun Valley signups at Atkinson Park in Ketchum; Hailey volunteers at Hop Porter Park; and Bellevue participants at Memorial Park in Bellevue) to choose cleaning assignments and then fan out to give a spring cleaning to the valley.
    Individual and team prizes will be awarded for most garbage collected. There is also a traveling trophy for the largest Clean Sweep team (won in 2011 and 2012 by students from Bellevue Elementary School).
    The ERC supplies disposable gloves, garbage bags and maps with the drop-off points. Participants will reconvene at noon for lunch, raffle drawings and awards. Lunches will be provided by KB’s in Hailey for the Hailey and Bellevue volunteers, and by The Sawtooth Club for Ketchum and Sun Valley volunteers.
    Participants will have the chance to win a full Blaine County Recreation District Nordic pass for next winter.
    For more information, call 726-4333 or email

Vote now in May election
    Absentee voting is open for elections to determine a seat on the Blaine County School Board and a proposed levy to support the Wood River Trail bike path.
    Leslie Londos, deputy county clerk, said absentee voting has been moved to the first floor of the Old County Courthouse in Hailey due to some office reorganization within the courthouse.
    The elections office is open from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday until May 16, then from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, May 17.
    Regular voting will take place on Tuesday, May 21. Check for more information.


Ketchum to spray for noxious weeds
    Ketchum’s Parks and Recreation Department will apply a mild herbicide throughout the city’s rights-of-way to control noxious weeds beginning the week of Monday, May 6.
    According to Parks Superintendent Juerg Stauffacher, the city will use Milestone herbicide, manufactured by Indianapolis-based Dow Chemical Co.
    According to the Livestrong Foundation’s website, direct exposure to Milestone can cause minor skin, eye or lung irritations, but is unlikely to do more harm than that, even after prolonged exposure. A city news release states that the herbicide application is in accordance with the city’s Integrated Pest Management Policy, which does not prohibit the use of low-toxicity herbicides such as Milestone.
    Stauffacher said the city will place signs 48 hours ahead of time at locations where the city will spray Milestone. The application technique the city will use is called “spot spraying,” which involves targeting specific plants only.
    People who would prefer to hand-pull weeds must notify Stauffacher at 726-7820 or as soon as possible. Stauffacher said that top target weeds include diffuse knapweed and Dalmation toadflax. For a full list of Idaho’s 64 noxious weeds, visit the Idaho State Department of Agriculture’s website at

Meet the school board candidates
    The Blaine County Education Foundation has scheduled for Monday, May 13, a candidates’ forum for an upcoming school board election. The forum is set to start at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey.
    According to a news release, both candidates, incumbent Trustee Steve Guthrie and challenger Kathy Baker have agreed to participate. Guthrie, currently school board chairman, and Baker are running for the Blaine County School District board of trustees Zone 2 seat. Zone 2 mainly encompasses the southern Hailey area.
    “There are limited opportunities for the school board candidates to address the public,” said Jennifer Haemmerle, co-chair of the foundation. “The BCEF is pleased to offer this public forum and we encourage anyone who is interested in hearing the Zone 2 candidates to attend.”
    The school board election will be held in conjunction with the state primary election on May 21.
Event to assist ‘young leaders’
    As a continuation of learning how to work together to make the world a better place, the Flourish Foundation’s Compassionate Young Leaders, a group of Wood River Valley teens involved in local and international service projects, are sponsoring a free community event Saturday, May 4, from 6-8 Ketchum Town Square.
    The event will feature local musicians, a bake sale, complimentary refreshments and a donation table to collect art supplies, winter coats and board games for this summer’s international service projects to Mexico and India.  
    For more information, contact

Rolling in Dough to expand to Boise
    Nancy Rutherford, owner of Rolling in Dough bakery in Ketchum, plans to expand the business to Boise this summer.
    Rutherford said she does not have a firm opening date yet, but the Boise bakery will open under the same name in the historic Idanha building on Main and Tenth streets.
    “The baking business is a volume business,” she said. “Doing more volume is better. Boise is really growing and is a great opportunity right now.”
    Rutherford said she also plans to move the Ketchum bakery, currently at 520 Washington Ave., “two doors” north, to the corner building at 580 Washington, where Tranquility Tea House and KB’s Burritos used to be.
    “We’ll have more seating,” she said. “We’ll have better space to cook lunches. I think it’s a great spot.”
    Rutherford said she’ll open the new location in Ketchum on May 8, in time to serve Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday, May 12.

Celebrate National Bike Month
    National Bike Month started May 1. Mountain Rides Transportation Authority and the Wood River Bicycle Coalition are inviting the public to participate in a series of bike events in the Wood River Valley.
    “Perch Rides” are set for May 8, May 15, May 22 and May 29. Meet at the Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum at 6 p.m.
    There will be a bike swap May 10-12 at Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum. A group ride with the bike coalition will be held on May 11. Also on May 11, biking films will be shown at Liberty Theatre in Hailey.
    Bike to Work/School Day is scheduled for May 17. Another bike swap is scheduled for May 17 at Sturtevant’s in Hailey. A Bikes, Burgers and Beer event is scheduled for Rotarun Ski Area near Hailey on May 19.
    For more information, contact Kim MacPherson at Mountain Rides at 788-RIDE, ext. 103, or, or Brett Stevenson with the bike coalition at 720-8336 or

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