Wednesday, December 18, 2013


KB’s set to open in Ketchum
    The owners of KB’s Burritos are scheduled to open a new restaurant in downtown Ketchum today, Dec. 18. The restaurant is located at 260 North Main St., just south of the intersection with Sun Valley Road.
    KB’s primary location in recent years has been in Bullion Square in Hailey. The Mexican-style restaurant has maintained a presence in Ketchum with a seasonal, outdoor operation on Fourth Street, but is now expanding to the fixed location on Main Street.

Library names new board members
    The Hailey Public Library has announced the appointment of two new members of the Board of Trustees. Carol Shanahan and Ron Hayes were appointed by the Hailey City Council on Nov. 4, and attended their first regular meeting later in that month.
    “I am excited about the new members and what they have to offer our community and its library,” said Executive Director LeeAnn Gelskey.
    Shanahan, the library board secretary, holds a master’s degree in Adult Education Administration. She has been an administrator, counselor and instructor for Bellingham Technical College in Washington. Locally, she has served on the board of the library as well as the Blaine County Senior Center, and the Episcopal Diocese of Idaho Commission on Ministry.
    Hayes, library board trustee, has volunteered as both a boys’ and girls’ basketball coach for the Blaine County Recreation District. He served the Parish Council and Finance Council of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church. He is the chief financial officer for a global manufacturer and distributor of consumer products with revenues in excess of $100 million.  

Firefighters of the year chosen
    The Ketchum Fire Department’s and Sun Valley Fire Department’s Firefighters of the Year for 2013 are Squad Leader Brian Poster, a 19 year veteran of the Ketchum Fire Department, and Dave Bowman, an engineer/firefighter/EMT with the Sun Valley Fire Department for the past three-plus years. Both of these firefighters were nominated for and voted to the Firefighter of the Year spot by their peers in their respective departments.
    “All of the firefighters on both the Sun Valley and Ketchum fire departments are very proud of the commitment and dedication these two volunteers firefighters have made to keep the community safe,” Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle said.

Lights on display at botanical garden
    Holiday lights are still on display at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum.        
    For $5 per person, $15 per car, people enjoy Lights in the Garden, from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 19-22. The display features more than 60,000 lights, including themed displays, as well as warm fires, hot chocolate, cookies and more.

Blaine deputy graduates from POST
    Idaho State Police announced on Monday that Blaine County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Steven R. Hansen was one of 21 police officers who graduated recently from the ISP Idaho Peace Officer Standards Training Patrol Basic Academy in Meridian.
    Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Tuesday that Hansen has worked for the office as a detention officer for two years.
    “We pulled him out of detention service to put him in patrol,” Ramsey said.
    ISP reported that members of the graduating class chose Hansen for the “tactical edge award,” a designation of which classmate they would “most want by their side as a partner in the field.”
    Hansen also ranked as a sharpshooter, shooting 98-99.9 percent accurate on a firing range.
    The POST Patrol Basic Academy provides a 10-week course that is required to be a peace officer in Idaho. The curriculum focuses on the foundation of knowledge and practical skills necessary for patrol duties.

Comments sought on hunting seasons
    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comments on the 2014-15 and 2015-16 upland game, turkey and furbearer seasons.
    Comments can be submitted by mail to 2012 Upland Game, Turkey and Furbearer Proposals, Box 25, Boise, Idaho, 83707, or by contacting regional wildlife managers.
    The deadline for submitting comments is Jan. 3. All public comments will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission for consideration before seasons are set at the Jan. 16 commission meeting.

ISP adds new sex-registry service
    Idaho State police announced Monday that a new email subscription service has been added to the Idaho Sex Offender Registry to provide the public with notification if a sex offender changes addresses.
    Members of the public can register to be notified if a registered sex offender moves inside or out of a given radius surrounding a particular address in Idaho. The public has the option of being notified when a sex offender moves within a radius of one, three or five miles.
    To subscribe to the service visit and click on the Sex Offender Registry tab.
    The public can also track the address of any given sex offender by registering through a link under the picture on each sex offender’s page, which can be accessed through the “search registry” tab by entering the name, city, county or zip code of the sex offender.
    ISP cautions that the information is only provided to protect the public. It cannot be used for the purpose of harassing or intimidating a sex offender. Anyone who uses the registry to commit a criminal act against another person is subject to arrest and prosecution.

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