Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Flying Squirrel chairs benefit Hunger Coalition
    The Hunger Coalition has raised $17,000 through the sale of 65 chairs from the Flying Squirrel chairlift on Bald Mountain, which is being dismantled due to a fire that destroyed the upper terminal in February.
    The sale of the chairs was announced by Sun Valley Resort on Monday, and, according to Hunger Coalition Communications and Development Manager Julie Molema, the chairs sold out in about an hour and a half.
    The chairs were sold for a minimum donation of $200.
    “We were overwhelmed by the response,” Molema said.
    She said the money raised will be used to buy food, which the organization distributes for free at three locations in Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum.
    Molema said demand for food has “skyrocketed” this year. She said she was unsure of the reason for that, but believed that many people’s financial situation remains grim following the recession, and more people are learning about the organization’s services.    

Climbing for a cure
    On Saturday, Aug. 2, a group of climbers will pack their gear, say a prayer to the weather gods and raise money for breast cancer research.
    The Expedition Fund for Breast Cancer Research is hosting an all-day climb on the tallest mountain in the Sawtooth Mountains, Thompson Peak. Melissa Arnot is the star presence at “Climb for a Cure 2014” as the team leader for the event, with another 10 climbers accompanying her in leading the pack. Arnot has summited Mount Everest five times.
    Funds raised will go toward the annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium. The symposium is named for Evans, a Stage III breast cancer survivor who founded Expedition Inspiration in 1993 during her recovery.
    The deadline for registering has passed, but those who wish to donate can do so on the Expedition Inspiration website at

Zions Bank to host barbecue
    The public is invited to attend an open house and barbecue at Zions Bank in Ketchum to welcome new customer service manager Tracy Golob.
     The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 1, at 291 Washington Ave. Hamburgers and hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served.
     As customer service manager, Golob is responsible for daily operations, managing the customer service staff and leading the financial center’s product initiatives. She joined Zions Bank in 2008 as a teller.

Ketchum event sponsorship deadline extended
    The Ketchum Events Commission has extended its deadline for grant requests for winter and spring events until Aug. 29.
    Events scheduled from November 2014 through May 2015 may apply for city sponsorship grants of up to $30,000.
    The city offers support for events within their first three years of existence that bring an economic boost to the area. Applications for sponsorship may be found at or at the Parks & Recreation Department at Atkinson Park, 900 Third Ave. N.
    Questions regarding parameters for city sponsorship should be directed to Events and Park Reservations Coordinator Sharon Arms at 726-7820 or
    The Ketchum Events Commission is committed to furthering events in the city for the enjoyment and economic benefit of its citizens, businesses and visitors. The commission’s mission is to develop, organize and deliver events that celebrate the spirit, character, history and heroes of the city. The commission’s 10 members are appointed by the mayor.

Library to host event with author
    Author Christian Winn will speak at The Community Library in Ketchum on Thursday, Aug. 7, about his debut collection of stories, “Naked Me,” focused on the functions and dysfunctions of families.
    “Sometimes overtly, sometimes obliquely, we see what it means to live in a flawed world and, like anything profound, come away from the experience provoked, asking new questions,” the library stated in a press release.
    The event will begin at 6 p.m. The Sawtooth Brewery will provide chilled beverages.
Event planned for governor candidate
    A fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff will be held tonight, July 30, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the home of Alexandra Delis-Abrams at 110 Sweetbrier Road in the Heatherlands subdivision, south of East Fork.
    Those planning to attend are asked to call 720-5875.

Mountain West Bank hires new manager
    Mountain West Bank has hired Susan “Sooz” Alfs as manager of its Ketchum branch office.
    Alfs has worked in banking in the Ketchum/Sun Valley area since 1978. She has also been a volunteer for various events in the Wood River Valley, including the Wellness Festival, Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, the Wood River Toy Run and the Women’s Auxiliary for the American Legion.
    “Not only does Sooz bring with her a wealth of banking experience and knowledge, she is also a longtime resident of the Wood River Valley and is very familiar with this area and committed to serving the community,” said Heather Parton, vice president and Wood River Valley area manager.

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