Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Winter passes on sale at discount
    Sun Valley 2014-15 winter season passes went on sale June 21 at discounted rates through August, with Sun Plus and regular season passes costing $50 more than last year’s.
    The resort has added a new college pass to its lineup, for full-time college students (ages 18-25) who can provide a college ID and transcripts showing at least 12 current credit hours. Until September, the pass costs $359, a $70 discount over the regular rate.
    A winter season pass costs $1,699, a $350 discount over the regular rate. A young adult pass, for people age 29 and under, costs $1,029, a $200 discount over the regular rate.
    The Sun Plus pass, which adds unlimited skiing and boarding at Snowbasin in Ogden, Utah, and discounted lodging at Grand America and Little America hotels in Salt Lake City, costs $1,949, a $350 discount.
    Rates on those and other pass options are posted on the resort website,
    Passes may be purchased at the River Run ticket office (622-6136) and at the recreation office (622-6136) in the Sun Valley Village.

Airport to host Denver flight party
    A celebration will be held at the Friedman Memorial Airport terminal on Wednesday, July 2, from 8:30-9:45 p.m. to welcome the inaugural United Airlines nonstop flight from Denver. Champagne and cake will be served.
    The seasonal United Express flights will operate once per day between the two cities from July 2 through Aug. 25, and then five times per week from Aug. 26 through Sept. 23. The flights will be operated for United Express by Utah-based SkyWest Airlines using 70-seat Canadair CRJ 700 regional jets.
    United has agreed to provide the service in a contract that includes a minimum-revenue guarantee if ticket sales do not meet an established target. The initial revenue guarantee was funded by a $500,000 federal grant.
    The contract provides for the flights to be operated this summer only, but negotiations are under way to establish the service for the 2014-15 winter season.
    R.S.V.P for the celebration at or email

Event planned for Nolan Kreczkowski
    Girl Scout Troop 230 will gather at the Sunny Gulch day-use area on Wednesday, July 2, at 10 a.m. to put up bluebird houses in memory of Nolan Kreczkowski, a 12-year-old Wood River Middle School student who died in February.
    The site is along state Highway 75 south of Stanley, 0.6 miles north of Redfish Lake Road before highway marker 186.
    Troop 230 will serve a free brunch sponsored by Falls Brand meats and Chobani yogurt. After brunch and music by Erica and Bob Lynn, the group will head to Nip ’n’ Tuck Road near Stanley, which is where the 60-plus bluebird houses will be put up.
    All are invited. Bring a drill, drill bits and Phillips head attachment. For more information, call Leslie Feltman at 720-3024 or Lorie Hayes at 720-4435.

Roads to be closed in Ketchum
    Four main downtown streets feeding out from Ketchum Town Square will be closed from Friday through Sunday during the Smith Optics Ride Sun Valley Bike Festival.
    One block of Sun Valley Road, Leadville Avenue, East Avenue and Fourth Street will be shut down on the evening of Thursday, June 26, for the weekend. During the race, there will be “soft” road closures on the adjacent streets downtown. Detour signs will be put up.

Call to artists for Wagon Days poster
    The organizers of Wagon Days are requesting submissions for the 2014 Wagon Days poster. The posters are souvenirs of the annual parade, and many have become collectors’ items over the years.
    Posters have featured photographs, collages, pastels, watercolors and oil paintings. All art submissions are welcome, including preliminary sketches. The artist for the winning submission will receive a small stipend and will have the opportunity to ride in the Wagon Days parade.
    Artists not selected for this year’s poster will have the opportunity to hang their submitted work in the Wagon Days Art Gallery.
    Submissions are due by July 21. Artists should submit work via email to For more information, call 720-4535.  

Baldy to close 1 day for tower removal
     As a safety precaution during the helicopter removal of the Sunnyside and Flying Squirrel lift towers, Bald Mountain will be closed to the public on Monday, June 30.
    This closure encompasses all base access points to Baldy, including River Run, Warm Springs, Cold Springs and the bike path along the base of River Run along the river.
    The mountain will reopen Tuesday, July 1, for all recreation, dining and retail activities.
    A fire that was started in an adjacent snowmaking equipment building last winter resulted in catastrophic damage to the Flying Squirrel chairlift.  This damage coupled with its limited use in recent years has resulted in a decision by Sun Valley Co. not to replace the lift.
    Following removal, the Sunnyside lift will be re-installed at Cherry Peak Resort near Logan, Utah. The lift became overshadowed by the Lookout Express high-speed quad when it was installed in 1993 and by the Roundhouse gondola, installed in 2009.
    Sun Valley Resort expressed appreciation to the community for cooperation during the closure.

U.S. Bank manager wins award
    Charlotte Westendorf, a Hailey U.S. Bank branch manager, has received the annual Pinnacle Award, the highest honor possible for a U.S. Bank employee.  Westendorf, a Boise State University graduate and Kiwanis member, performed in the top 10 percent of U.S. Bank employees nationwide and was honored at a company dinner. This is her second time winning the award.

Hatty wins river games event
    Hatty, a 4-year-old chocolate Lab owned by Tom Ward of Ketchum, took first place in the strong water dog fetch on June 15 at the 2014 Payette River Games in Cascade. She beat her nearest competitor in a field of 21 dogs by more than six seconds.


Writers’ Conference tickets on sale
    For four days each summer at Sun Valley Resort, some of the country’s—and the world’s—best writers and thinkers, including fiction and nonfiction writers, journalists, playwrights, poets and filmmakers, talk about their work and the world at the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Scheduled for July 19-22, tickets for single events are up for sale online for only $20.
    On Saturday, July 19, it’s Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: Two Guys, One Story. On Sunday, July 20, “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” and Timothy Geithner with Liaquat Ahamed: “A Former Treasury Secretary Deconstructs the Financial Crisis.” On Monday, July 21, it’s Simon Winchester: “The Pleasures of the Writing Life,” and Congressman John Lewis: “My Country, My Story;” On Tuesday, July 22, it’s Edward Hirsch: “A Celebration of W.S. Merwin” and Thomas Cahill: “Heretics and Heroes: How Renaissance Artists and Reformation Priests Created Our World,” and Dave Barry: “Reflections on the SVWC and the Meaning of Life.”
    For more information, visit


Idaho unemployment rate drops below 5 percent
    BOISE (AP)— Idaho’s unemployment rate has dropped below 5 percent for the first time in nearly six years.
    The Idaho Department of Labor in a statement on Friday says the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in May.
    Total employment in the state is more than 741,000, setting a record for the ninth consecutive month. The state’s labor force participation rate is 63.8 percent of all residents over age 15.
    The number of jobless workers in the state dropped below 38,000 for the first time since July 2008.
    Financial services, health care, real estate, information, natural resources, mining, hotels and restaurants all generated jobs at above the five-year average for May
    Idaho’s economy has added 29,000 jobs since January.

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