Friday, August 22, 2014


Airport events scheduled
    Friedman Memorial Airport will hold a Coffee Talk question-and-answer session about its construction projects and any other airport-related matters on Tuesday, Aug. 26, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Starbucks in Ketchum. Airport Manager Rick Baird and Communications Director Candice Pate will be in attendance.
    An airport tour will be held Wednesday, Aug. 27, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Light lunch will be served. Space is limited. Please email to reserve a spot.

Rain tamps down Goat Fire
    Rainfall over the past week has aided in slowing growth of the Goat Fire, which remains at about 470 acres in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. The fire is about two miles southeast of the confluence of the Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon.
    According to a news release from the Salmon-Challis National Forest, there is no smoke showing on the fire, but it is not out. Due to extremely steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain, it is unsafe to place firefighters on the ground. The forest is managing fire under a long‐term plan focusing on firefighter and public safety. This includes monitoring fire activity and preparing a strategy for protection of structures and other values at risk while allowing the fire to play out its natural ecological role in the wilderness.
    Fire managers expect the fire to burn throughout the rest of the summer and fall or until a significant weather event occurs.

Zions Bank, Ketchum ink deal
    Ketchum City Council members voted unanimously on Monday, Aug. 18, to enter into a refinancing relationship with Zions Bank.
    The council members were waiting on new city administrator Suzanne Frick to review the proposal to refinance wastewater bonds from 2004 and 2006 through the Idaho Bond Bank. The bank will dictate repayment terms for the next decade, according to Zions representative Cameron Arial.

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