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For the week of August 22 - 28, 2001

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Community remembers Coles


Express Staff Writers

Ketchum Mayor Guy Coles touched a lot of lives. Friends and colleagues, reacting to the sudden news of his death, reflected on the man and the mayor.

Ketchum Postmaster and one of Coles’ longtime friends, John McDonald, said, "obviously, a person like Guy touched a lot of people in all facets of life. He will be missed."

His death was "kind of a surprise." McDonald said, obviously at a loss for words.

"He was a pleasure to work for," Ketchum City Administrator Jim Jaquet said. "He certainly knew the history of Ketchum and of the resort. He always knew this area’s economy was based upon a destination resort economy. He was always encouraging good, sound economic growth that supported the resort community."

Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber of Commerce Director Carol Waller expressed sadness at the news of Coles death.

"He took great pride in being part of this community for so long," she said. "He spent his career working for the Sun Valley resort. He told a story about how he had to fire (Sun Valley Co. general manager) Wally Huffman, but then, of course, he rehired him. From the chamber’s perspective, he understood the history and heritage of the town and the role of tourism, and he was a big supporter of the community."

"He would tell great stories about the old days," American Legion Commander John O’Connor said. O’Connor added that he’s sure there will be military services for Coles.

Bellevue council President Joanna Ehrmantraut said, "I bet Ketchum and the entire county will miss him. He was a real fighter, in it for the good of the people of Ketchum."


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