For the week of November 11 thru November 17, 1998  

Twenty year ago

From November 1978 issues:

  • Safeway is looking at Ketchum.

Safeway Stores Inc. recently approached Northwood developer Bob Sarchett about buying five acres of land in his project on the north edge of Ketchum—for a supermarket and parking lot. "I put the ball back in their court," said Sarchett. "I told them they should talk to city officials and see how they felt." Ketchum Mayor Jerry Seiffert said he thought a Safeway store in that area would be disastrous. "We have plenty of commercial space in the city," Seiffert said.

  •  When a promised assistant coaching job with Bobby Knight at Indiana University fell through, Wood River High School boys’ basketball coach Fred Trenkle was back at the Hailey coaching helm while teaching history and government. His new junior varsity coach was Dan Gillett. On the team were senior guard Bob Shay, Steve Durham, Chip Barker, Kelly Aldinger, Mike Homer, Jeff Martin, Kelly Coles, Darryl Cain, Steve Morey, Thayne Hendricks, Jubal Farrow and Paul Laggis.

  •  Mary Root and Nancy Berg, who purchased Sun Valley Travels in May 1978, opened a Ketchum office to go with their Sun Valley Mall office. Root graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in education and moved to Ketchum in 1971. She started working for Sun Valley Travels in 1973. Berg, a graduate of Western Michigan University and a former elementary school teacher, worked for nine years as a United Airlines stewardess. She moved to Ketchum in 1972. Their employees were Heather Cadis, Cathy Mylerberg, Randi Bowes and Linda Oliver.

  • The "Cash for Cans" recycling program continued its success at the Coors Recycling Center in Hailey. Aluminum was recycled there each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Coors plant owner Bob Wiesen said the recycling program had grown steadily since its inception in 1972.

  • Local citizens continued to micro-manage the construction of a new highway bridge south of Ketchum. Idaho Falls nuclear engineer Milton Adam of Ketchum submitted a proposal to use Acrow Bridge panels in the project, thus providing a one-lane detour while the new bridge is being built. Howard Johnson of the Highway Department dismissed the idea as being economically unfeasible.

  • If you bought a Sun Valley season ski pass for $550 and skied every day of the 128-day season, your daily rate would have been $4.30. Sun Valley’s daily ski lift pass cost $15 for 1978-79, compared to $13 the previous winter. Ski season was set for Dec. 2 to April 15.

  • There will be new lights burning along the airport runway in Hailey. Blaine County Commissioners and members of the Hailey City Council agreed to purchase the runway lights from Key Airlines for $5,000. The commissioners also discussed a 10 p.m. curfew for the use of the lights. But since the lights don’t have an automatic shutoff device, they will be left on all night until an automatic device can be installed, probably in the spring.

  • As of Nov. 16, 1978, new businesses in Ketchum’s B-1 zone had the option of paying a $2,000 fee for each parking space required by the city’s zoning ordinance—in lieu of providing the necessary on-site parking. The exception was designed to help address Ketchum’s growing parking problems.

  • Friedman Memorial Airport neighbor Spencer Eccles sued Blaine County and the city of Hailey for $350,000, ordering the defendants to rescind approval of the airport Master Plan. Eccles claimed the layout plan constituted inverse condemnation, by designating a portion of his land which lies at the southern end of the airport’s boundaries for future acquisition. He said the adoption of the map and Master Plan were intended to drive down the market value of the property so it could be purchased in a future condemnation for lower than normal value.

  • Idaho voters supported the one-percent initiative and returned Gov. John Evans to office in the November election. In addition, they re-elected 2nd District Congressman George Hansen by a surprisingly large margin, although Blaine County picked Stan Kress over Hansen by a margin of 1691 to 945. Here were the other Blaine County totals:

U.S. Senate—James McClure over Dwight Jensen 1751 to 837. Governor—John Evans over Allen Larsen 1977 to 627. Lt. Governor—William Murphy over Phil Batt 1518 to 1059. Atty. General—David Leroy over Mike Wetherall 1351 to 1126. Supt. of Public Instruction—Jerry Evans over Dick Sallaz 1425 to 1005. State Senate—Jock Bell over Maurice Ellsworth 1353 to 1250. State Representative—Steve Antone over Clarence Bellam 1794 to 716. County Commissioners—Ray Sweat over Bob Ratto Sr. 1822 to 743, and Chuck Corwin over William Burt 1607 to 855. Coroner—Don Mason over Bryan Stone 1709 to 274. Prosecuting Atty.—Keith Roark over Steve Boller 1816 to 833.

  • Ketchum Area Rapid Transit (KART) submitted a funding proposal to both the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley, asking for a portion of revenue generated from the recently-enacted local option tax. Non-profit KART had been operating free bus service through the Chamber of Commerce for the previous five ski seasons.

  • It’s extremely difficult to win a state championship once, but twice in a row? "There was a lot more pressure on us this year. People expected us to win," said Jonna Newcomb, co-captain with Mary Beth Prodromides of the Wood River High School volleyball team. Wood River (24-1) went 9-0 at the State Class A tournament in Blackfoot, beating Sandpoint 15-9, 15-7 for the championship after a hard-fought three-game semi-final with Meridian. Other players for coach Dave Neumann were Jill Peterson, Sandy Angell, Lori Huck, Carolyn Caster, Toni Moore, Maria DeLorenzo, Rene Farwig, Penny Smith, Bobette Kawamura, Joni Miller and manager Lisa Atkinson.


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