Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Meetings scheduled on proposed roads levy

     The Blaine County Commissioners have scheduled two public meetings to provide information and obtain public input about alternative methods to increase funding for the county’s Road and Bridge Department. Gravel and paved roads, bridges and culverts throughout the county would be impacted by the funding changes.

     The meetings will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 5:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 2:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in the Old County Courthouse in Hailey.

     Nearly all funding for Blaine County road and bridge maintenance, operations and capital investment comes from state fuel taxes. The commissioners are considering several new funding options, including a two-year temporary levy, a permanent levy, a bond or creation of a highway district. In the case of either levy, some of the funds could go to the cities. All measures would provide funds from property taxes.


New school to host public meeting

     Syringa Mountain School, a state-funded charter school set to open in the fall, has scheduled a public meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the YMCA in Ketchum.

     According to a press release, school board members and staff will provide an example of the Waldorf education methodology that will be used at the school. There will also be a question-and-answer period.

     The meeting will be the third and final public meeting before enrollment closes on Feb. 3. Enrollment forms are available at

     The school expects enrollment for grades K-5 to be between 160 and 190 students. The school anticipates expanding to grade 8 by fall 2017.



TU presentation focuses on steelhead and trout restoration

     The Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a presentation on steelhead and trout restoration in the West at its next monthly meeting, set for Thursday, Jan. 9, at Whiskey Jacques’ Restaurant on Main Street in Ketchum.

     The meeting is set to run from 5-7 p.m. There is no admission fee and the public is invited.

     According to a press release, Rob Masonis, TU’s vice president for western conservation, will discuss conservation efforts for steelhead and trout.

     “He promises to leaven his discussion of serious conservation topics with plenty of fish and river pictures to keep the mood upbeat and get you excited about your next fishing adventure,” the press release states.

     For additional information, contact Hemingway Chapter President Ed Northen at 788-3618.

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