Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Michelle Stennett receives award

     Idaho Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, was awarded the 2014 Dottie Stimpson Award on Saturday, March 15, by the Idaho Democratic Women’s Caucus.

     The award is given annually by the caucus at the Frank and Bethine Church conference and banquet to the year’s outstanding Democratic woman in Idaho. Stennett was nominated by the Blaine County Democrats.


Comments sought on Baldy bike races

     The U.S. Forest Service and BLM are proposing to issue permits to Mountain Sports International for the Sun Valley Super Enduro mountain bike race and the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance for the 2014 USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships using portions of Bald Mountain ski area trails. These mountain bike races are proposed as part of the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance’s fourth Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival.

     The Sun Valley Super Enduro is scheduled for June 28 and 29. Trails proposed for downhill riding include—but are not limited to—Roundhouse Lane, the upper portion of the Bald Mountain Trail above Roundhouse Lane, Olympic Lane, Lower River Run, I-80 and the Warm Springs Perimeter Trails. Super Enduro stages would be limited to 250 riders.  No pre-race practice riding on these trails will be authorized.

     The USA Cycling Mountain Bike Marathon National Championships would be held Saturday, July 5.  The course would start at the River Run base area and ride to Bald Mountain’s summit, then descend back to the River Run base area.  The Marathon Championships would be limited to 500 riders. 

     Up to 2,000 spectators are expected to watch the event.  As with prior races on Bald Mountain, temporary trail closures would be needed to safely allow for competitors’ racing. Trail corners and switchbacks will be flagged to control competitor’s speed and reduce impacts to trails.  No new trails will be constructed on Forest Service or BLM lands for the event.  Event organizers MSI and Breakaway Promotions will coordinate trail maintenance before and after racing is finished.

      The proposed operating plans, including specific event schedules and maps of the race courses, are available at the Ketchum Ranger Station, 206 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, ID.  A 30-day comment period for the proposal started on March 5. 

     Comments should be sent to:  Ketchum Ranger District, PO Box 2356, Ketchum, ID 83340 Attn: Joe Miczulski. Comments can also be e-mailed to                  


Submissions sought for Boulder-White Clouds photography contest

     Supporters of permanently protecting Idaho’s Boulder-White Clouds as a national monument are hosting a photography contest that celebrates the landscape. The submission period for the photography contest began will run through Monday, March 31. The submission period will be followed by an April 1-15 voting period.

     The contest is being run through the Boulder-White Clouds National Monument Facebook page. By going to that page, contest participants can submit their photos as well as vote on submissions during the appropriate submission and voting periods. Voting will be completed entirely through the Boulder-White Clouds National Monument Facebook page. Participants must “Like” the page to submit photos or vote on the submissions.

     Photos are sought in four categories: Landscape, Recreation, Wildlife and Youth. Photos submitted to individual contest categories should match the appropriate themes—i.e. the landscapes of the Boulder-White Clouds, people recreating in the Boulder-White Clouds and wildlife of the Boulder-White Clouds.  Participants must be 18 years of age or younger to submit photos in the youth category. Prizes will be given to the most-voted-on photo from all of the contest categories, as well as the next-most-voted-on photos in each category.

     Some winning photos will be included in two public showing events in the communities of Boise and Ketchum/Sun Valley in May. Each person whose photo is included in the public showing events will receive prints of their images on stretched canvas.


New real estate brokerage opens

     Ralston Group Properties, an Idaho independent, Boise-based residential and commercial real estate brokerage, has opened an office in Ketchum.

     The organization—which is headquartered in downtown Boise—has installed a new Ketchum location at 320 Second St. East.


Learn about language therapy

     Adults and children can experience speech and language difficulties for a variety of reasons, such as disorders, developmental delays, accident, illness and stroke. Speech language pathologist Kerri Everett will discuss how therapy and other modalities can help improve or correct these difficulties in a Brown Bag lunch lecture today, March 19, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Carbonate Rooms of St. Luke’s Clinic in Hailey.

     All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs: 727-8733.

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