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For the week of October 23 - 29, 2002


Rec District candidates agree on priorities

Express Staff Writer

Both candidates for the one contested seat on the Blaine County Recreation Districtís Board of Directors said they support the districtís 10-year recreation facilities plan.

Leslie Fairbrother

Leslie Fairbrother and Steve Keefer are running for the seat representing Subdistrict 1, which includes most of the area south of Fox Acres Road and east of Highway 75 to Bellevue, and then all of the county south of there.

Tim Hamilton is the only candidate for Subdistrict 2, which includes most of the area from Fox Acres Road north to East Fork Road.

The candidates must be residents of those districts, but all county voters choose candidates for both seats.

During the Pizza and Politics night on Oct. 16, Fairbrother and Keefer both emphasized their commitment to improving recreation opportunities in Blaine County. Both said their first priority on the board would be construction of a community recreation center in Hailey. At a projected cost of $4.6 million, the project would include covering the Aquatic Centerís existing outdoor pool and building a teen center.

Steve Keefer

"The whole facility would be such a benefit to the community," Fairbrother said.

Both Keefer and Fairbrother said they support construction of a south-county trails system, and both agreed that any partition of the system into motorized and nonmotorized use should be done as the result of recommendations from a committee composed of both user groups.

Both also said they would like to expand the population using the districtís facilities. Fairbrother said she would like to see recreation information printed in the local papers in Spanish.



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