Friday, January 17, 2014


Mountain Rides suit appears settled
    A lawsuit filed over a rear-end collision between a Mountain Rides bus and a car last winter has apparently been settled.
    The suit, filed in Blaine County 5th District Court in October, was dismissed with prejudice on Jan. 7. Dismissal “with prejudice” means that the suit cannot be refiled, and generally indicates a settlement out of court. However, phone calls to the attorneys involved and to Mountain Rides Transportation Authority seeking confirmation of that were not returned by press time Thursday.
    The accident occurred in February 2013 about two miles north of Hailey on state Highway 75 when a Mountain Rides bus driven by Pamela Vasquez collided with a Toyota Camry driven by Kathleen E. Welch-Wolverton. She and James R. Welch, a passenger in her vehicle, were transported to St. Luke’s Wood River with injuries.
    The Welches sued Mountain Rides Transportation Authority and all the valley’s cities, which oversee the bus service through a joint powers board. Both the Ketchum and Hailey city attorneys said the matter was turned over to Mountain Rides, and their cities, at least, played no role in the settlement.

Sun Valley Nordic Center opens ski terrain
    After fresh snow came to the valley last weekend, the Sun Valley Nordic Center has opened 5 kilometers of trails (Practice Loop and Leif’s Loop).
    “Until there is additional snow, there will not be a classic track groomed,” states a news release from Sun Valley Resort. “In the meantime, classic skiers are welcome to enjoy the skate trails.”
    Glenn’s Loop is open for snowshoeing.
    For additional information, all the Sun Valley Nordic Center at 622-2250. For updated reports, visit

Comment on plan for Boulder-White Clouds monument
    Blaine County commissioners will accept public testimony next week on a proposal to designate a more than half-million-acre Boulder-White Clouds National Monument in remote portions of northern Blaine County and southern Custer County. A coalition of Idaho conservationists, business owners and recreational and sportsmen groups are advocating for the federal designation.
    The County Commission is scheduled to discuss the issue at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22.  The meeting will be held in the upstairs meeting room of the Old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey. Public comment is encouraged.
    Proponents are encouraging U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to work with President Obama to establish a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument via the Antiquities Act. Under the national monument proposal, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management would continue to manage their respective portions of the Boulder-White Clouds.  
    For more information, visit

Discount skiing to benefit air service
    The nonprofit Fly Sun Valley Alliance and Sun Valley Resort have teamed up again to organize Ski for Air Service Day, which offers a full-day $40 lift ticket for skiing at Sun Valley on Sunday, Jan. 26. The event will also include an après ski party from 3-5 p.m. at River Run Lodge featuring live music and a raffle offering a variety of prizes, including two roundtrip tickets on Alaska Airlines.  All proceeds from Ski for Air Service Day will support commercial air service to the Wood River Valley.
     A limited number of the discounted $40 Ski for Air Service Day lift tickets will be available for sale in advance, for cash or credit card purchase only, until Jan. 25 at the following locations: Sturtevants in Ketchum, Sturtos in Hailey, Board Bin, PK’s Ski & Sports, Formula Sports, Ski Tek, Elevation Sports in Twin Falls, Newt & Harold’s in Boise and Idaho Mountain Trading in Idaho Falls.  No $40 lift tickets will be sold on Jan. 26.  Discounts on ski rentals and lodging will also be available.
     Raffle tickets are $10 each and will be available for sale at participating ski shops and all day on Jan. 26 at River Run Lodge. The winners will be drawn during the party. 
    For details, go to

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