Friday, June 21, 2013


Councilman gives verbal correction
    Ketchum City Council President Baird Gourlay apologized at a City Council meeting on Monday for statements he made at a council meeting on June 3.
    “I need to apologize to my kayaking and whitewater friends,” he said. “I made a comment at the last meeting after four hours of budget discussion.”
    On June 3, Gourlay suggested that kayakers would not be likely candidates to donate to a planned whitewater river park north of the city. He said he was trying to add humor to a dry meeting when he said, “I don’t know a kayaker who has a dime.”

Pond stocked with trout
    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has stocked 475 rainbow trout in the Riverside Pond at Heagle Park in Hailey.
    Riverside Pond was the Wood River Land Trust’s third Wood River Valley river restoration project. The Land Trust took what was once a waste-treatment facility site along the Big Wood River and restored it into a productive wetland and riverside pond.
    To get to Riverside Pond, turn onto West Cedar Street, left on Silver Star Drive, right on War Eagle Drive and then left on the gravel road prior to the Heagle Park picnic pavilion.
    A fishing license is required for all resident anglers 14 and older, and for all nonresident anglers.

Wild horses up for adoption
    For the past five years, the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse team in Idaho has partnered with several members of Idaho’s 4-H program to work with the wild horses that have been gathered from Idaho’s rangelands. Twelve young horses (18 months and younger) will be offered for adoption during the Intermountain Equifest at the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello June 20-22.  Six of them have been halter trained, loaded onto horse trailers, had their feet picked up and have had general ground manners established.
    Each of these horses will be available for adoption during the Equifest. The horses that have gone through the 4-H program will be offered during a live adoption bidding process beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday evening. The remaining horses will be available through a silent bidding process, with the bids beginning at $125.
    To adopt a wild horse or burro, you must be 18 years of age, never have been convicted of animal abuse or cruelty and have the proper facilities and transportation. For more information, contact Delbert “Rawhide” Clark at (208) 312-0364.

ITD, ISP encourage seatbelt usage
    As motorists took to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, the Idaho Transportation Department, the Idaho State Police and partnering Magic and Wood River Valley law enforcement urged everyone to buckle up. Between May 20 and June 2, law enforcement officers were out in full force, taking part in the 2013 Click It Don’t Risk It seatbelt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who were not belted.
    During this year’s mobilization, ISP troopers in the Magic and Wood River valleys made more than 800 contacts with the motoring public, usually through traffic stops.  During these contacts, troopers wrote 80 seatbelt citations when occupants were observed not wearing their seatbelts. Also, troopers arrested three impaired drivers, made seven felony arrests and apprehended two fugitives. They also made arrests or issued citations for 13 drug-related offenses.

Amateur radio field day Saturday
    The Wood River Amateur Radio Club is holding its first field day Saturday, June 22. Members of the club will be set up at the Chemeketan campground on the north side of Galena Summit, north of Ketchum. HAM radio operators from both the Wood River Valley and Sawtooth Valley will be participating in high-frequency communications talking to operators participating in field days around the world.
     There is no charge to participate and many members of the club will be spending the night camping as well.
    The club operates two linked repeaters, one on Bald Mountain and the other on Galena Summit. The radio repeaters allow for users to communicate from Twin Falls to north of Stanley and radio coverage throughout the backcountry including most of the SNRA is excellent.
    The club is a 501c3 Idaho nonprofit group. More than 225 licensees in central Idaho are members of the WRARC. For more information, visit or contact Joe Yelda at 721-0690 or via e-mail at

Grants awarded to Caritas Chorale
    The Wood River Valley-based Caritas Chorale has received Arts and Culture grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts for $3,043, as well as from the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation for $1,500. According to a news release from the group, the money will be used for the production of the “Messiah” with professional orchestra and soloists next spring.
    Rehearsals will begin this fall. Anyone interested in participating should call 578-9648.

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