Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Fire Department to host June BAH
    The Hailey June Business After Hours will be hosted by the Hailey Fire Department, 617 S. Third Ave., on Thursday, June 19, from 5-7 p.m.
    The public is invited to come and meet Chief Craig Aberbach and the firefighters who help protect the community.
    The Wicked Spud and Muleshoe will provide the hamburgers, Sun Valley Brewery will provide kegs, di Vine will provide wine and Toni’s Sun Valley ice cream will be available for all to enjoy.
     A flagpole dedication will be held at 5 p.m. followed by a silent auction with a custom-painted fire helmet.
    Attendees will hear about programs that the department is involved in such as Do the Right Thing, Relay for Life, firefighter training and the other community outreach programs.
    Don’t forget to bring business cards for the monthly raffle.
    Call 788-3484 for more information.

Chinook season opens Saturday
    The summer season for chinook salmon fishing on the upper Salmon River opens Saturday, June 21.
    Fishery managers are estimating there are enough fish returning to meet broodstock needs and have fisheries on several sections of river in the state, but are expecting fewer returning fish than the preseason forecast. Managers also expect the fisheries to start rather slowly as these stocks are still coming over Bonneville Dam on the lower Columbia River.
    The upper Salmon River will be open from the Fish and Game weir at the Sawtooth Hatchery south of Stanley downstream to a posted boundary 100 yards upstream from the mouth of the North Fork Salmon River.
    Fishing hours will be from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    The limit is four fish per day. Only two may be adults. The possession limit will be 12 fish, only six of which may be adults. The season limit for spring/summer chinook salmon in Idaho is 20 adult salmon. The season limit applies to all chinook salmon fisheries before Sept. 1, regardless of where the fish were caught.
   For more on seasons and rules applying to salmon fishing in Idaho, go to

Property taxes due
    The Blaine County Treasurer’s Office is reminding property owners that the second installment of their 2013 property taxes is due by June 20.  If taxes are not paid by the due date, a late fee of 2 percent will be added along with interest calculated from Jan. 1 at the rate of 12 percent per annum.
    Payments may be mailed but they must be postmarked no later than June 20 to avoid additional charges. Payments may also be brought into the Treasurer’s Office at 219 First Avenue S. in Hailey.  Regular business hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Since June 20 is a Friday, the office will be open that day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No other office will be open in the annex building that day. There is also a payment drop box at the front door.

Dine out for Stanley School
    Support the Stanley School by participating in Dine Out for Stanley School today, June 18.
    For everyone who eats at a participating restaurant, those restaurants will donate a portion of their sales to the Stanley School Parents’ Association.
    The association funds field trips, ski and swim lessons, Missoula Children’s Theater, special art and science projects, and whatever else teachers need to enrich the Stanley School’s curriculum.
    Participating restaurants are Bridge Street Bar and Grill, the Kasino Club, Mountain Village Express, Papa Brunee’s, The Redd, The Sluice, Smiley Creek Lodge, Stanley Baking Co. and Redfish Lake Lodge.
    For more information or to make a donation to the Stanley School Parents’ Association, call 208-774-3503 or email

No cause found for Gold Fire
    No cause has been determined for the Gold Fire, which burned about 80 acres of lodgepole pine and sagebrush about 10 miles south of Stanley two weeks ago. The fire was just west of state Highway 75 in the vicinity of Gold Creek.
    U.S. Forest Service Public Affairs Officer Julie Thomas said investigators could not determine exactly where the fire was ignited.

Car seat safety check in Hailey
    St. Luke’s Wood River will offer free car seat safety checks today, June 18, from 2-4 p.m.
    Certified child passenger safety technicians will help people install a car seat, fit an older child to his or her seat, teach proper installation and check for recalls.  
    Inspections take place in front of the main entrance to St. Luke’s Clinic in Hailey.   
    Call 727-8733 for more information.

Splash park opens Saturday
    Rainmaker Splash Park for children, at Atkinson Park, will hold a grand opening under its new name on Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m.
    The feature is named in memory of the late Ron “The Rainmaker” Brady, who installed the mechanized irrigation system at Atkinson Park years ago and was a long-time supporter of youth recreation in Ketchum.
    Speakers will be City Council President Michael David, former Parks & Recreation Director Kirk Mason and Brady’s children. The ceremonies will conclude with free treats from Toni’s Sun Valley Ice Cream Co.
    The family-friendly splash park is surrounded by shade trees and features a fully recirculating and filtered system to ensure water quality. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week in June and until 7 p.m. in July and August, weather permitting.
    The water feature is activated by stepping on a sensor located on the concrete surface in the middle of the drain grate. The sensor times out after a few minutes and must be reactivated.
    Appropriate swimwear is required. Swim diapers are required for diaper-age children. Dogs and glass are not permitted.
    Brady owned Rainmaker Sprinklers, Landscape and Maintenance, for almost 40 years before his death in 2009. The city received many donations for the splash park in his memory.

Celebrate ‘Dump the Pump’ Day
    Mountain Rides Transportation Authority will celebrate the ninth annual National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 19, by offering free rides on the organization’s Valley Route, which connects the Bellevue-Hailey area with the Ketchum-Sun Valley area.
    Thursday’s event will be followed by “Free Fridays” on the Valley Route, which will run from June 20 through July 18. The organization also announced that July and August monthly Valley Route passes will be sold at $50 rather than the normal $60.
    “With gas prices staying high, construction on the highway and heavier summer traffic, it’s the perfect time for new riders to give Mountain Rides a try,” said the organization’s executive director, Jason Miller. “Sit back, relax, read, text and come out and enjoy a day of free rides, giveaways and prizes on the bus.”
    Mountain Rides further announced that the Sun Valley Story Tour will start its third year on Friday, June 27, and will run until Friday, Aug. 29.
    The Story Tour offers information on the area’s rich heritage. Tour buses depart from the Sun Valley Visitor Center in Ketchum each Friday at 10:15 a.m. There is no charge.

CSI offers Mexican Revolution photos and Spanish language film
    The College of Southern Idaho has partnered with the Consulate of Mexico in Boise to bring a culturally and historically significant photographic exhibition and Spanish language film to the CSI Blaine County Center at the Community Campus in Hailey beginning Thursday, June 19.
    The photographic exhibition, “War Testimonials: Photographs of the Mexican Revolution,” will open on June 19 at 4:30 p.m. and will be on display until Aug. 1
    The public is invited to attend the free opening to discuss the exhibition with representatives of the consulate. Foods from Central and South America will be available for purchase.
    The film, “El and the Blue Demon Versus the Monsters,” with English subtitles, will be shown Thursday at 6 p.m. The event is free.
    “This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to learn more about the events surrounding the Mexican Revolution and how the revolution shaped the lives of the people of Mexico,” said Hallie Kelly Star, director of the CSI Blaine County Campus. “We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Consulate of Mexico in Boise and look forward to partnering more to bring culturally relevant experiences to our community.”

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