Friday, December 6, 2013


More lifts, ski terrain to open
    Sun Valley Resort has announced that on Saturday, Dec. 7, it will open more lifts and ski terrain Bald Mountain.
    On the Warm Springs side, the Challenger No. 10 lift will provide access to terrain on Flying Squirrel, Lower Picabo and Lower Warm Springs runs. The Warm Springs Lodge also will open for the season.
    The Roundhouse Gondola No. 2 will also be operational on Saturday.
    Dollar Mountain will reopen for the season the following Saturday, Dec. 14.
    For updated mountain reports, call (800) 635-4150 or visit

School board to meet Tuesday
    The Blaine County School District board of trustees will hold its regular December meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the district office at 118 West Bullion St. in Hailey.
    The agenda includes future construction plans for Woodside Elementary School, Hemingway Elementary School and Wood River Middle School.
    A complete agenda is available at the district website at

Lawsuit filed over URA land trade
    Two people have filed a lawsuit against the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency over a land exchange that could enable the URA to build subsidized housing.
    The agency has agreed to trade a city-owned lot at 211 E. First St. for property at 611-691Second Ave. owned by CHG, a partnership composed of Alex Higgins, Emil Capik and Bernard Gratton. The partners and their wives are also named as defendants in the suit.
    The plaintiffs, James McDermott and Deborah Cincotta, contend that the deal violated the state’s Urban Renewal Law, though the complaint provides little specificity. The plaintiffs’ attorney, Hailey Mayor Fritz Haemmerle, did not return phone calls by press deadline Thursday.

Property taxes due by Dec. 20
    Property tax bills for 2013 in Blaine County were mailed to property owners on Nov. 26. The first half of the payment is due by Friday, Dec. 20, the county treasurer announced this week.
    If the bill is not paid by the due date, a late fee of 2 percent will be added to the first-half payment, the treasurer said. Interest starts accruing Jan. 1 at the rate of 12 percent per annum.
    Payments can be mailed but they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 20. to avoid additional charges. Payments can also be brought into the Treasurer’s Office at 219 First Ave. South in Hailey. Normal business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The office will also be open Friday, Dec. 20, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. but no other offices in the annex building will be open that day.

Republican Christmas party set
    The Blaine County Republicans will host their annual Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Senior Connection in Hailey.
    The keynote speaker for the event will be state Sen. Russ Fulcher, a gubernatorial candidate for the 2014 election.
    Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 9. All proceeds will benefit the Senior Connection.
    Tickets can be purchased at:

  • Big Wood Body & Paint, 714 Main St., Bellevue.
  • Splash & Dash, 516 N. Main St., Bellevue.
  • Wood River Mattress, 101 Bullion St., Hailey.
  • Native Naturopathics, 191 West River St., Ketchum.

    For more information, contact Barb Mercer at 721-3556 or

Learn to be a weather spotter
    The National Weather Service will host an informative session about weather spotting from 10-11 a.m. today, Dec. 6, in Rooms 301-302 of the Community Campus in Hailey.
    Meteorologist Vernon Preston will discuss definitions and climatology of severe weather, cloud and storm recognition, storm hazards and safety tips, weather reporting procedures, and a review of past severe-weather events.
    Across eastern Idaho, more than 850 volunteer weather spotters and cooperative observers provide weather reports that are considered fundamental in helping the National Weather Service to protect life and property.

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