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Friday, June 4, 2004


Rec District position on November ballot

Family move forces board president to resign

Express Staff Writer

Keith Perry is a man on the move.

After a busy day at Perry’s restaurant in Ketchum he paused just long enough, while getting his hair cut, to speak about his family’s move from Ketchum to Hailey. The move will force his resignation as president of the Blaine County Recreation District Board of Directors, leaving a legacy of hard work that has benefited recreation enthusiasts throughout the valley.

"He is the most amazing man, and has given more than anyone would dream. I think he has worked on something every day," said Mary Austin Crofts, executive director of the Blaine County Recreation District.

First elected in 1992, Perry has been working ever since to enhance recreation opportunities in the Wood River Valley.

"Recreation is why people move here and stay here," Perry said. "It’s part of every day life, not just a weekend thing."

Through his involvement with the Recreation District, Perry has ensured that hiking, biking and cross-country skiing are part of everyday life throughout the community. He has been active in the creation of the North Valley Trails, the Save Galena! Committee, the addition of Wood River Baseball and Softball to Recreation District programs and the Summer Youth Program.

He also has been instrumental in the negotiations leading up to an agreement for a potential new Quigley Canyon Ranch Golf Course and Recreation Area east of Hailey.

But Perry’s newest project is his family’s move to Hailey in June.

"We have lived in the same house for 18 years," he said. "The kids are in school in Hailey and we were ready for something bigger."

When he tells others of his move, Perry said he is often questioned about the commute. Keeping with his good nature, Perry laughs and replies "I go to work at 5:15 in the morning. There is not much traffic at that time."

Perry plans to stay involved in Recreation District activities, though he does not plan to seek another term.

Meanwhile, the Blaine County Recreation District is accepting applications for a temporary replacement to represent District 3, which covers northern Blaine County. The replacement will hold the position for the remainder of Perry’s term on the board until Dec. 31.

Candidates also may seek election to a full term in November.

Candidates must reside in northern Blaine County and complete an application and a signed petition. Interested applicants should contact Austin Crofts at 720-6171.

The full-term District 3 board position will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot.


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