Friday, September 20, 2013


Pole Creek Road to be closed for work

     The Sawtooth National Recreation Area will close a portion of Pole Creek Road, which accesses the southern White Cloud Mountains north of Galena Summit, to replace an culvert with a road bridge. The closure will begin Tuesday, Sept. 24, and continue until Thursday, Oct. 3. 

     Access to lower Pole Creek below the project site will still be allowed, but access to the upper Pole Creek drainage will require using Valley Road, nine miles north of the usual Pole Creek road turnoff.

     The culvert, 2.2 miles up the road, is a substantial barrier to fish passage. According to a news release from the SNRA, replacement of the culvert with a bridge will allow easier passage for all life stages of fish and significantly improve the quality of fish habitat in the Pole Creek drainage.  Pole Creek is a major tributary of the upper Salmon River drainage and is considered a “priority watershed” due to its ecological potential.

     For more information contact the Sawtooth NRA Headquarters office at 727-5000.


City to honor longtime fire chief

     The city of Hailey will host a retirement celebration in honor of longtime Fire Chief Mike Chapman from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Cowboy Cocina restaurant.

     Mayor Fritz Haemmerle thanked Chapman at a City Council meeting Monday for his work with Hailey Fire Department. “We will miss you,” he said.

     For more information, contact Heather Dawson, city administrator, at 788-9815, ext. 18, or


Bergdahl event set in Twin Falls

     To raise awareness of the plight of captive soldier Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, the Twin Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Twin Fall Veterans Council are sponsoring a raffle and fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Lithia Motors, at 1310 Pole Line Road in Twin Falls. 

     The event will feature an all-day cookout with hot dogs, sodas and chips. Chick-Fil-A will also serve breakfast and lunch. There is a suggested donation of $4 for the food.

     Numerous prizes will be given away through the raffle.


Sawtooth Society picks board member

     The Sawtooth Society has appointed Patsy Nickum, co-owner and founder of Rocky Mountain Hardware in Hailey, as a member of its board of directors.

     “The Sawtooth Society is a well-informed group of people who all come together with the same passion for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area,” Nickum said. “Being a board member has always been in the back of my mind. I’ve been in the area for more than 10 years and many of my neighbors are Sawtooth Society members.”

     The Sawtooth Society’s 36-member board of directors consists of individuals 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 NRA. The Sawtooth Society is a regional and national advocate for the Sawtooth NRA and the public policies that affect it.


Ban on open burning lifted

     Wood River Fire and Rescue Chief Bart Lassman has lifted a suspension of open burning to permit holders in the Wood River Fire Protection District.

     Lassman said lifting the suspension was made possible by “slightly cooler temperatures, significant precipitation and some requests from our homeowners.” Lassman said the district could again suspend open burning this fall if conditions deteriorate or if certain conditions cause open burning to become hazardous.

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