Wednesday, January 15, 2014


Police seek clues in snowmobile theft
    The Hailey Police Department is seeking public assistance in the theft of six snowmobiles and equipment from the 700 block of Bullion Street.
    Police Chief Jeff Gunter reported in a news release issued Monday that all the stolen items, with a total value of between $40,000 and $50,000, have now been recovered but the theft still constitutes felony grand theft.
    The snowmobiles were reported missing at about 9 a.m. on Friday. They had been parked on two trailers parked on private property. One trailer with three snowmobiles was found later Friday in the Quigley Canyon area while the second trailer, also with three snowmobiles, was located Saturday in the Warm Springs area.
    Any witnesses to the thefts or anyone who may have seen the trailers in the Quigley Canyon or Warm Springs areas is asked to call Hailey police at 788-3531.
Avy danger deemed ‘considerable’
    The Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center has rated the avalanche danger in the Wood River Valley and surrounding mountains as “considerable.” The warning includes the Sawtooth and Smoky mountains, as well as the Galena Summit area.
    “In alpine terrain, avoid thick or hard deposits of recently wind transported snow,” the center warned. “In sub-alpine terrain and at middle elevations, recent snowfall and/or wind have created slabs that are stressing an extremely weak snowpack; wind-loaded slopes will be especially sensitive to triggering and avalanches are possible on all slopes steeper than about 30 degrees.”
    The danger was heightened over the weekend because of snowfall followed by windy conditions.
    The Avalanche Center will host an Avalanche Basics class Thursday, Jan. 16, from 7-9 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus in Hailey. The two-hour presentation will introduce basic concepts about snow, avalanches and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. A $5 donation is suggested.

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