Friday, October 10, 2014


Yve Evans

See Yve Evans in free concert
    The Sun Valley Hallelujah Chorus, under direction of Patty Parsons Tewson, is performing this fall for the first time under the umbrella of the famous Sun Valley Jazz Jamboree, under the direction of Jeff Loehr.
    Singer Yve Evans and the chorus, 25 strong, will perform one set only on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. in the Continental Room of the Sun Valley Inn. The performance is free—no event badge is required but donations will be accepted.
    Evans, one of the most popular singers at the jazz festival, will perform gospel and jazz with Jim Watkinson on piano.
    Other soloists for the set will be: Judith McQueen, Cody Beth Parsons, Amy Nelson, Heather Johnston, Evelyn Lee and Patty Parsons. Laird Erman, John Primrose and Tony Barriatua will round out the bass section. Songs will include “Down by the Riverside” and “People Get Ready.”

Hearing set on Nordic pass price
    The Blaine County Recreation District will hold a public hearing Monday, Oct. 13, on a proposed increase to the price of Nordic skiing day passes.
    The hearing will take place at 1:30 p.m. in Room 211 of the Community Campus in Hailey.
    The district is proposing to raise the $15 price by $1 or $2. It is also proposing to add a week pass at a price to be announced Monday.
    District Executive Director Jim Keating said the proposed increase is to keep the day pass price at about the same proportion to the season pass price, which has been increasing at 1 to 2 percent per year.
    Season passes will go on sale Oct. 13, at a cost of $189 for adults if bought before Nov. 24, at which point the price rises to $236. Youth passes (ages 13-17) are $29 and dog passes are $49. Snowshoe passes are $65.
    The passes give access to 160 miles of Nordic and snowshoe trails throughout the Wood River Valley.
    The 30-kilometer Wood River Trail is a community-supported trail and no pass is required.  The trail runs from Bellevue to Ketchum and is usually groomed every other day.

BCSD Chess Rage hosts tournament
    In conjunction with National Chess Day, BCSD Chess Rage and the Idaho Chess Association will host the 2014 Wood River Weekend Progressive Open Chess Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 11.
    The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m.
    All levels are invited to play. Cash prizes and trophies will be awarded to top players.
    A $40 registration fee will be charged. Student fees, grades K-12, are $10.
    To register or for more information, contact Adam Porth at (208) 450-9048 or

Housing Authority vacancy filled
    Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas on Monday nominated Erin Kelso, a Warm Springs homeowner and community-housing advocate, to fill Carter Ramsey’s seat on the board of the Blaine County Housing Authority. The Ketchum City Council unanimously approved the nomination.
    Council members also recognized Ramsey for his years of service on the board.

Learn about advanced directives
    Registered nurse Carolyn Nystrom, executive director of Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, will host a free workshop called “Advanced Directives and Medical Power of Attorney” from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Hailey Public Library.
    Nystrom will provide information about:

  • The importance of having discussions about end of life. 
  • How to initiate important conversations with your family and friends.  

    The library is located in the Fox Building on Main Street.

Waterways group to discuss projects
    The Blaine County Waterways Program is inviting the public to its annual fall meeting from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Bullion Room of the Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road in Hailey.
    The mission of the meeting is to discuss 2014 accomplishments and discuss upcoming projects and grants that will improve access to waterways in Blaine County. Topics will include boat docks, boat launches and restrooms.
    The Blaine County Waterways Program is funded by boater registrations.
    For more information, contact Lamar Waters at 788-0880.

Meet Republican candidates
    The Blaine County Republicans are hosting an open community barbecue Saturday, Oct. 18, at 26 Shooting Star, north of Hailey, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Candidates Dale Ewersen (state Senate), Steve Miller (state House), Don Hudson (state House), Randy Patterson (County Commission) and Vicki Heuett (county treasurer) are scheduled to attend.
    For more information, call Kelly Heuett at 721-2795.

Join party after sheep parade
      Immediately after Trailing of the Sheep parade on Sunday, Oct. 12, the businesses and nonprofits on Fourth Street in Ketchum will host a rollicking street party, with all proceeds going toward the Ketchum Skate Park.
    The event will feature live music from three bands.  Andrew Sheppard and his band, just back from recording a new album in Los Angeles, will play a unique blend of upbeat country rock.  Members from the Sheep Bridge Jumpers, an up-and-coming local band, will also play. Also on the agenda are musical legend Jimmy Robb and friends from Old Death Whisper. 
    Skateboarders can ride long boards and street cruisers for the fourth annual Board Bin  Bigwoood Dual Slalom championship, a fun race for intermediate skaters and up, with prizes for different age groups.
    Idahound Dogfood and the ERC will host a Best in Show dog show. This is a mock dog show that is open to mutts, pedigrees and handlers. Dog costumes and outfits are encouraged.
     For the kids, The Toy Store will set up a bouncy house, ping pong and other games.
    Sliders donated from Zinc, pizza from Wiseguy and beer donated from the PowerHouse will all be served.

Caving club meets tonight
    Central Idaho’s caving club, the Silver Sage Grotto, will gather tonight, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. for a free potluck barbecue, bonfire, paintball competition and meeting at the Gerard residence, at the end Logan’s Lane south of Bellevue. This will be the group’s first meeting in the Wood River Valley.
    After camping on Friday night, the group will venture to nearby caves on Saturday at 10 a.m. Wear helmet, gloves, pads and lights. Beginner cavers are welcome. Extra caving gear will be available to those without it.
    “The Silver Sage Grotto is a part of the National Speleological Society and take conservation, preservation and educational stewardship of these natural wonders and national treasures very seriously,” a news release states. “This event is open to everybody who shares that mission.”

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