Friday, May 31, 2013

News Briefs

Buy garden supplies, help nonprofit

     The annual Papoose Club Plant Extravaganza at Webb Garden Centers will be held Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the three Webb Garden Center locations in Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum.

     Webb will again donate a percentage of the day’s sales on everything except rocks and pavers to the Papoose Club.

     The Papoose Club, whose mission is to promote educational, cultural and athletic growth for local children, relies on several fundraising events. The club’s other major fundraisers include the Wagon Days Pancake Breakfast and the Holiday Bazaar at Hemingway Elementary School in December.

     For more information, contact Lisa Huttinger at


Bike Fest sponsor deadline is June 1

     The third annual Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival is seeking community sponsors to help support the multiple-event cycling celebration. The deadline to sign up is Saturday, June 1.

     The Bike Festival is offering three sponsorship packages: “Level 1” for $500, “Level 2” for $250 and “Level 3” for $100. Level 1 buys four VIP tent tickets for the USA Cycling Marathon Mountain Bike National Championships event on July 6, two company PA announcements per event, two company-sponsored cash prizes at the Ketchum Criterium event on the streets of downtown Ketchum on July 3, four banner positions per event, an opportunity to offer coupons and other promotional items in rider registration bags and two gift bags. The other levels offer fewer perks.

     Last year, the event—in combination with the USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships—drew some 1,600 racers and 5,000 spectators, and had $5 million in economic impact, according to the Marketing Alliance.

     Those who wish to sponsor the festival should contact Greg Randolph at 720-2103 or


Sun Valley fills new staff position

     Following a recent restructuring of the positions in Sun Valley’s administration, the city has filled a new position of assistant city clerk/assistant treasurer.

     The new hire, Robin Crotty, started working for the city on Wednesday. She’ll be responsible for some of the duties of administrative receptionist and of Deputy Clerk Julia Kinsey-Lovey, who will leave the city on June 1 to move to New Jersey.

     Mayor Dewayne Briscoe said Crotty is a “great addition to our team” and has many years of experience working for Hailey, where she developed an “extensive” background in accounts payable, payroll and local-option-tax collection.

     “I worked for the city of Hailey for 13 years and it’s just time for a change,” Crotty said. “I’m excited about my future with Sun Valley.”

     According to a news release from the city, the reorganization of the department will not result in increased staff size.


Comment on Baldy tree thinning

     The U.S. Forest Service and BLM, in partnership with Sun Valley Co, are proposing to thin timbered stands on Bald Mountain to improve forest health.

     “Proposed treatments are intended to reduce insect and disease infestation, increase tree species diversity and reduce fuel loading from dead and dying trees,” Ketchum District Ranger Kurt Nelson said.

     The treatments are proposed on 250 acres with 25 to 50 acres treated each year over a five- to 10-year period. Treatments would be designed to protect the scenic and recreation value of the ski area and would also provide glade-skiing opportunities.

     “We are interested to learn if there are any issues of public concern that we need to address in our analysis of this proposal,” Nelson said.

     A scoping letter, with a table and image of the timbered stands proposed for treatment, is available at the Ketchum Ranger Station. A 30-day comment period began May 29.  Comments should be sent to Ketchum Ranger District, Box 2356, Ketchum, ID 83340,   attn: Bald Mountain Thinning Proposal. Comments may also be e-mailed to                      


Aquatic Center to open Saturday

     The BCRD Aquatic Center on Fox Acres Road in Hailey is scheduled to open Saturday, June 1, and will be open every day during the summer.

     The pool offers a regular and kiddie-sized pool, a toddler playground, a snack bar, party rental space, leisure cabañas and palapa umbrellas. Programs include open swim, lap swim, swim team, aqua aerobics, masters swim, triathlon clinics, poolside yoga and swim school. 

     Thanks to the generosity of the Papoose Club and the community, the center has a new log roller.

     People can save $29 on season passes bought by June 2, at the Community Campus or the Aquatic Center.

     For more information or for a pool schedule, visit

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