Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Police remind public of snow laws
    The Hailey Police Department is reminding the public that the city’s snow removal ordinances are now in effect until May 1.
    The ordinances prohibit parking motorized or non-motorized vehicles, trailers or campers for any period exceeding two hours between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. on several city streets. That includes Main Street between McKercher Boulevard and Maple Street, Broadford Road from Cedar Street to the Hailey city limits, and Bullion and Croy Streets between First Avenue and River Street.
    For all other areas, city law prohibits parking of vehicles in any right of way between midnight and 7 a.m.
    “Unfortunately, the Police Department does not have the time to knock on doors and ask violators to move their cars during a snow event,” police stated in a news release. “Our only recourse is to tow cars for efficient snow removal.”

Forest roads closed to motorized use
    The Sawtooth National Recreation Area is reminding the public that as of Dec. 1, all Forest Service roads and trails are closed to wheeled motorized vehicles.
    “This will help prevent damage to roads and trails, protect wintering wildlife and skiing and snowmobiling opportunities, and will also help ensure that folks are not getting stuck while out searching for their Christmas tree,” a Forest Service news release states.
    Contact any Forest Service office for details.

Firefighters needed throughout valley
    The Ketchum Fire Department, Sun Valley Fire Department and Wood River Fire and Rescue are currently accepting applications from people to be sponsored to take the IFSAC-accredited Firefighter I Fire Academy test and be hired as paid, on-call firefighters with their department.
    Paid, on-call volunteers are compensated for his or her time responding to calls and participating in training.
    “This position is for individuals who care about their community and can commit the necessary time to train and respond to emergency incidents, roughly 100 hours a year,” a news release states. “As a paid, on-call volunteer, you train with all members of the department and respond on calls when you are available to help.”
    The fire departments will be accepting applications until Wednesday, Dec. 18. Prospective applicants are welcome to stop by a station, log on to their website or call for more information. Applications can be picked up at the main stations for each department:
    “Between the three departments, we are looking to hire 27 new firefighters,” Ketchum firefighter Tory Frank said.

The Advocates get $3,000 grant
    The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Hailey received a $3,000 Smart Women Grant from Zions Bank on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Bank employees Bryan Furlong, Maggie Howard and Kelly Anderson presented the grant check to Tricia Swartling, director of the nonprofit Advocates.
    The Advocates plan to use the funds to support “Skills for Success,” an 11-week job- and life-skills training program that seeks to move abused women and their children out of generational poverty and/or improve their overall socio-economic status.

Raffle will help supply books to kids
    The group Friends of the Hailey Public Library is working to promote its Holiday Wish Book program, which is designed to put new books in the holiday baskets for local children and teens.  
    The group will be selling raffle tickets this weekend during the Hailey Hometown Holiday festivities on Saturday, Dec. 14, from noon to 4 p.m., with the drawing Dec. 21 at the Hailey Public Library at noon.
    Tickets cost $5 or five for $20. The winner will get a 20-day Sun Valley Resort ski pass.
    Anyone wishing to donate new books for local children in the Wood River Valley for Christmas can do so until Dec. 15.
    For more information, call 720-7395.

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