Friday, December 20, 2013


‘A Christmas Carol’ at the nexStage
    “A Christmas Carol—The Musical,” continues its run tonight, Friday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre in downtown Ketchum. Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 children and $35 reserved at the theatre box office or at 726-4857/4TKS.
    The show will also be staged Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23, at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 2 p.m. 
    “A Christmas Carol—The Musical” captures both the humorous and touching moments of the classic story, with witty dialogue and fresh new songs, conveying the original message that the holiday season should be a “kind, forgiving, charitable time.”

New glass recycling site opens
    The city of Ketchum announced this week that a new glass collection bin is in place at the north parking lot of the YMCA, at 101 Saddle Road in Ketchum. Cardboard will be collected at the same location.  
    Glass collected at the seven different free drop-off locations throughout the county is diverted from the local landfill and placed in an inert pit at the Ohio Gulch Transfer Station.
    Valley businesses can arrange to have glass picked up by contacting Clear Creek Disposal at 726-9600. For information about recycling in Blaine County, visit

BLM announces seasonal closures
    The Bureau of Land Management’s Salmon Field Office has announced seasonal motorized travel restrictions (including snowmobiles) in the following areas: Badger Basin (Kriley Gulch to Tower Creek) and Lewis and Clark Backcountry Byway area (Kenney to Agency creeks), with the exception of the byway and groomed snowmobile routes. These areas are closed to all motorized travel through April 30, 2014, to provide protection to critical big-game winter range.
    Other trails and roads on public lands may have seasonal/winter closures, so please check with your local BLM office before visiting these areas. For more information on this closure or for general information, contact the BLM in Salmon at (208) 756-5400.

Snowmobiles allowed in logging area
    For the third winter season in a row, logging operations will be carried out as part of the Cape Horn Roads Fuel Reduction Project. The Cape-Horn Marsh Creek Road (Forest Road 203) will be plowed from state Highway 21 to the junction of Dry Creek Road (Forest Road 293).
    Snowmobilers can expect small sections of the trail to be shared with logging operators where conditions do not allow placement of the snowmobile trail off the road.
    Travel on Cape Horn Road will be restricted to logging and snowmobile use only.
    For more information, call Mary Beth Pederson at 756-5244.

Film screening to benefit Rotarun
    “United We Ski,” a documentary about the significance of small ski areas, will be screened at the nextStage Theater in Ketchum on Thursday, Dec. 26. There will be two showings at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Half of the proceeds will support the nonprofit Rotarun ski area, just west of Hailey.
    Filmmakers, brothers and ski coaches Tyler and Elliot Wilkinson-Ray are alpine race coaches at Cochran’s Ski Club in Richmond, Vt. They rallied $10,000 in community support through a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign in 2012 to produce the film.
    Wood River Valley connections to the filmmakers led to T-Bar Films approaching the Rotarun board about showing “United We Ski” in the Wood River Valley. Film-maker Tyler Wilkinson-Ray will be at the event.
    The screening will include concessions, a raffle, and the opportunity for conversations with the filmmaker and local professional skier Will Burks.
    The cost is $10, with $5 tickets available for kids at the 4 p.m. showing. Tickets can be purchased in advance at PK’s Ski & Sports, on the Rotarun website ( or at the theater on the night of the event.

Idaho ranks third in volunteerism
    More than one in three Idahoans volunteered their time to improve their communities and help those who need assistance, ranking the state third in the nation in volunteerism.
    The latest research by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the National Conference on Citizenship found that 36.5 percent of Idahoans—more than 425,000—volunteered more than 58 million hours of service in 2012. Only Utah and Minnesota had higher rates of volunteerism. The rate is based on a three-year moving average.
    “Volunteers are raising funds; collecting, preparing, distributing and serving food; providing transportation; tutoring or teaching and offering general support to organizations,” Wendy Spencer, chief executive of the Corporation for National and Community Service, told Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter in advising him of the state’s achievement. “While organizations across the country struggle to provide more services with fewer resources, volunteers help fill the gap.”

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