East Fork of the Salmon River                                                                                                            Photo by: Ed Cannady 
     City of Ketchum
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
"The Original Mountain Town" 
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Our hearts and prayers are with Bowe.  
 
                                       
May 1, 2014

A Message from Mayor Nina Jonas: Walkability - issue 8, vol 1

In Norway, the cultural sense of walkability is celebrated in one village by the "silly man" sign, which is an image of a high-stepping, briefcase-toting business man making his way across the road. This sensibility transfers to car-loving America, too. At the entrance to Sandpoint, Idaho, signs are posted claiming Sandpoint is a "walking town." What about Ketchum?

 

We are a town of people who love to be outside and love chatting with our neighbors. Walking and biking are promoted through the Blaine County Recreation's path, Ketchum's 2013 wayfinding efforts, Community Transportation Association of Idaho District 4's regional planning, Blaine County's multi-modal planning and Mountain Rides' buses and vans. Multi-modal transit is a major goal of Ketchum's 2014 Comprehensive Plan to improve safety, encourage non-vehicular travel and attract the next generation of residents. (According to a recent study by The Rockefeller Foundation and Transportation for America, four in five millennials say they want to live in places where they have a variety of options for getting to jobs, schools or daily needs.) While we support and fund transportation options and the belief in a walkable town, at times we do not act on it.

 

I still get calls, emails and letters from citizens, with reactions ranging from upset to terrified, about cars racing down roads, certain that an injury is imminent to a passing pedestrian or biker. To install speed bumps is $5,000 plus per bump, cautionary street paint is stringently regulated and police officers cannot enforce speed limits everywhere at once. Our residential neighborhoods do not have sidewalks and biking lanes, and perhaps should not. Therefore I ask you to support a culture of walking and biking. We can promote an ethos of pedestrian and biker first without spending money. Please slow down and go around. The number one reason people live here is quality of life; let us promote it in our actions.

 

 It is an honor to serve you and I always welcome your input in person or via email, Nina 

Tired of Bumps in the Sidewalks and Potholes?                           
bumpsSpringtime in Idaho, a curmudgeon once said, is pothole-filing and road-construction time. But did you know the following: 

- Ketchum is one of the few cities in snow country that can fill potholes all year long with hot asphalt.

- The City's sidewalks are so new, relatively speaking, that a program of sidewalk repair is just starting this summer.

- Chip sealing will be moved out of the commercial core this year to avoid disrupting businesses on some of the busiest days of the year.  

 

Potholes, of course, have been a fact of life in cold climates as long as there have been paved roads. Ketchum and Sun Valley share a $28,000 "hot" pothole filler. It operates year-round, saves money on asphalt and does a better job, all at the same time, said Brian Christiansen, Ketchum's street superintendent.

 

Most cities have "cold-patch equipment" that uses larger quantities of less expensive material that is always slightly fluid. In contrast, Ketchum's pothole filler heats asphalt to a temperature of 300 degrees, making it possible to fill potholes year-round. In winter, it's usually possible to drive over newly filled potholes as soon as the job is finished. In summer it takes a little longer for the asphalt to solidify.

 

A hot patch typically will extend the life of a street two years, while a cold patch is only a temporary solution, Christiansen added.

 

The hot machine also is ecologically preferable because it uses recycled asphalt. In addition, asphalt plants in Idaho close between October and April, so it is impossible to get raw materials then.

 

Springtime also is the start of street sweeping to remove winter sand that otherwise would pollute air and rivers. Ketchum has two mechanical street sweepers and one vacuum street sweeper to suck up the tiniest particles.

 

Ketchum this year purchased two sidewalk grinders for approximately $250 each. The major cost is the grinding wheels, which are about $100 each. The grinding wheels are very effective on the concrete but only last five to six hours.

 

The Street Department also is working on plans and funding to repair larger sections of sidewalks that have broken and damaged concrete or pavers that have settled, creating uneven surfaces. The Street Department has worked with property owners over the years to share the costs of sidewalk replacement

 

Other summer jobs include sealing cracks, a process that typically adds two years to the life of a road, and chip sealing, which adds about eight years to the life of a road and is most effective when done in the warm temperatures of mid-summer. Chip sealing will take place in residential areas in West Ketchum on July 28-30. Streets in the downtown area originally were to be chip sealed this year, but these were the only dates that the contractor is available. Because late July is one of the busiest times for local merchants, the City decided to chip seal in other areas this year rather than disrupt downtown businesses on some of the busiest days of the year. 


Trail Map iPhone App Developed by Ketchum's GIS Specialist
trailappWant to know where you are on a trail? How many fireplaces your neighbor has? Or where to buy a lot likely to provide good solar energy for your home?

You can find the answers to these questions and many more, thanks to Sam Young, GIS specialist for the City of Ketchum.

Young works one day a week for Ketchum, another day for the City of Sun Valley and the rest of the week for Blaine County. He's also developed an iPhone app that allows people to find their locations on trails without needing a separate GPS.

GIS stands for geographic information systems, and is a relatively new field. It provides visual information answers to questions ranging from which properties are most suitable for producing solar energy to where vacant two-acre lots are located. Because it is digital, information can be retrieved quickly, Young said.

For example, you can enter information in Parcel Data Search and find the name of the property owner, the names and addresses of owners of property within 300 feet, a sketch of the lot and nearby lots, the assessed value, the zoning, whether it is in a floodplain or avalanche zone, the property taxes assessed and information about the building ranging from the number of square feet to the number of bathrooms and fireplaces. Or, go directly to the Ketchum GIS map. Similar maps exist for Sun Valley and Blaine County.

It's clear that Young loves his work, since he's spent most of his spare time over the past year developing the iPhone trail app. It's popular with hikers, bicyclists and horseback riders and covers trails from Bellevue north to Galena Pass and over Trail Creek summit to Kane Lake.

The app can be purchased on the web or in the Apple app store under the name "Sun Valley Trails" for 99 cents. A second app covering the Stanley area also is available. 
Programs on Water-Saving Landscapes Begin May 15        

watersavingThe City of Ketchum is co-sponsoring a water conservation series, beginning May 15, on designing and maintaining landscapes that save water, time and money.

 

Other sponsors of the free programs are the City of Hailey and the Wood River Land Trust Trout Friendly Lawns program.

 

The first program will be Thursday, May 15, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Wood River Land Trust office at 119 E. Bullion St., Hailey. The topic will be "How to Convert to a Drought-Tolerant Lawn Using Seed or Sod."

 

"Native plants provide a beautiful, hardy, drought-resistant, low-maintenance landscape while benefiting the environment," according to Robyn Mattison, Ketchum public works director/city engineer.

 

"Native plants, once established, save time and money by eliminating or significantly reducing the need for fertilizers, pesticides, water and lawn maintenance equipment," she said.

 

Subsequent programs include home tours with attractive xeriscape or naturalized landscaping. Landscape designers or architects will be there to discuss native design elements. Home tours will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, June 12, at homes in Hailey. The program in Ketchum will be held on Tuesday, June 24, at 600 Northwood Way.

 

For additional information, contact the Wood River Land Trust at 788-3947. Information is also available on the City website or by clicking here.

Why Boulder-White Clouds Should Be National Monument          by Dani Mazzota

 boulderwhitecloudsDani Mazzota from the Idaho Conservation League will speak to the Ketchum City Council at the meeting on Monday, May 5, on how and why national monuments are established and what this could mean for the future of the Boulder-White Cloud mountains. She will discuss recent and ongoing collaborative efforts to ensure that if the area is proclaimed a monument, it will provide sufficient protections for the wilderness character, clean water, rich wildlife habitat, and the diverse recreational experiences that we all enjoy. The proposal covers 571,000 acres within Highways 75 and 93 and Trail Creek Road.

 

 
East Fork of the Salmon River               photo by: Ed Cannady 

The Boulder-White Clouds are a crown jewel of Central Idaho. It is here where the headwaters of four major river systems originate, unique critters such as bighorn sheep and the elusive wolverine are found, the highest-elevation salmon runs in North America occur and rare plants found nowhere else on earth exist. The Boulder-White Clouds are more than just the impressive 10,000-foot peaks but actually span into rolling sagebrush and sensitive volcanic soils below. Collectively the area represents critically diverse wildlife habitat during both summer and winter.

 

The region is one of the last largest under-protected roadless landscapes in the lower 48 states and supports all types of recreational opportunities. The Boulder-White Clouds are a haven of world-class back country experiences including hunting and fishing, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, horseback riding and off-road motorized use. As a whole, the Boulder-White Clouds are a large connected drainage that delivers clean water to wildlife, fisheries and our communities.

 

For more than 40 years, this area has been recommended for wilderness designation. Decades of collaborative efforts on legislation that would have preserved this area have failed due to idleness in Washington DC. In light of this, a growing number of advocates have stood up in support of using presidential proclamation to proclaim this area a national monument. The goal of a national monument is to keep the Boulder-White Clouds whole and healthy so that future generations can experience the Boulder-White Clouds in largely the same way they are seen today. 

Ketchum to Select New Police Chief
policechief2Following the resignation of Police Chief Steve Harkins, the City and Blaine County Sheriff's Office are working to find a replacement and make a smooth transition.

Harkins resigned to become chief deputy of the sheriff's department, replacing Chief Deputy Ed Fuller who retired.

Harkins began his career as a patrol officer for the Hailey Police Department in 1992 before joining the sheriff's department as a detective in 1997. After 12 years in investigations and as head of the Blaine County Narcotics Enforcement Team, he became the Ketchum police chief in 2009.

"All of us in the Ketchum City government congratulate Chief Harkins on his new position. During his five years as chief, he has worked with us both to save taxpayer dollars and increase the level of professionalism in our department," Mayor Nina Jonas said.

"As you know, Ketchum contracts with the Blaine County Sheriff's Office for police services. We will continue to work with the sheriff's office closely as we select a new chief, and we are very glad that Chief Harkins will remain in our county," she added.
Around Town
aroundtown9Celebrate "Idaho Gives" in Town Square Today 
Join 40 local nonprofit organizations for "Idaho Gives" today, May 1, from 5-7 p.m. at Ketchum Town Square for refreshments and music. Representatives from various nonprofits will be there to talk about their services to the community. You also can make a donation at Idaho Gives or at Starbucks in Ketchum from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Ketchum Innovation Center Sponsors Talk Today 
Mary Andrews, associate director of Boise State University's Venture College, will speak at the Ketchum Innovation Center today, May 1, at 5:30 p.m. on "Lean Startup 101." She will discuss the entrepreneurial methodology that favors experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition and iterative design over traditional "big design upfront" development. Andrews also is a founder of the Boise Angel Alliance, which provides funding for new companies. Reservations for the free program may be made by emailing info@ketchumcdc.org or calling Jon Duval at 727-2117.

Ketchum to Celebrate Arbor Day May 2
Ketchum will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday, May 2, with a free program from 3-4 p.m. at Atkinson Park, 900 Third Avenue North, to teach children and their parents about the importance of trees in the urban environment and proper tree-planting techniques. The speaker at the program at Atkinson Park will be City Arborist Juerg Stauffacher. The ceremony will include planting a ponderosa pine on the park's upper fields and celebration of Ketchum's designation as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 10th year in a row.

Firefighters Join Training Exercise at Burning Building

Ketchum Firefighters joined their colleagues from three other local fire departments this past weekend when Sun Valley Co. donated the old golf clubhouse for a training exercise. The departments were able to light and extinguish nine live fires and train fire academy students with real structure fire conditions.

Mountain Rides Honored for Vanpool Program

The Mountain Rides Transportation Authority Vanpool Program and Jason Miller, executive director, have been honored by the Community Transportation Association of Idaho and the Idaho Transportation Department for leadership in developing multi-modal transportation services. The vanpool program is now the second largest in the state.

Volunteer for "Clean Sweep" on May 10 
The Environmental Resource Center is seeking volunteers for the Saturday, May 10 "Clean Sweep" program to clean up local parks. For additional information, go to their website or call 726-4333. 

Another Honor for Paralympian Mark Bathum  
Mark Bathum recently won the "Best Male Paralympic Athlete" award. Bathum, a visually impaired skier from Seattle, won silver medals in the super-G and the super combined events in Sochi. He has trained with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and his family has had a second home in Ketchum for more than 30 years. Bathum worked with guide Slater Storey, an on-call firefighter captain for Sun Valley, until a few weeks before the Paralympics. Slater unfortunately was unable to accompany Bathum to Sochi because of work commitments.

The Poo Poo Project   
The Port-O-Potty Owl Project (Poo-Poo Project) is an initiative to retrofit vault toilet ventilation pipes with screens to prevent cavity-nesting owls and other wildlife from entering and becoming entrapped.  The Sage School in Hailey has a goal to cover all of the vents in Blaine County. Email or call The Sage School at 788-0120 for information on how you can help.

Friedman Memorial Airport Closed 
Remember that Friedman Memorial Airport will be closed until noon on May 22 as part of a $34 million project to improve runway safety.

Need a Summer Job? 
The Ketchum Parks & Recreation Department is hiring a summer youth recreation assistant and summer parks maintenance workers. If you are interested, you can apply here.

KDPI Radio - "For A Cause"
Tune in to KDPI 89.3 FM next week to hear from Jen Smith, Ketchum's director of parks and recreation, and Juerg Stauffacher, Ketchum's parks and natural resources superintendent. The half-hour program is held on Tuesday following Council meetings from noon to 12:30 p.m. Next week's show will be on Tuesday, May 6 at noon. Listen live at 89.3 or online.
Meeting Information
meetinginfo9City Council
Attend the next City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 5 and recognize your firefighters and the Ketchum Volunteer Association for their contributions to the Ketchum Fire Department. There will also be a presentation on the Boulder-White Cloud Monument. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of each month in Ketchum City Hall.  Click here to see the agenda and packet.

Planning and Zoning Commission
Planning and Zoning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month.  The next P&Z meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12 in Ketchum City Hall.  Click here for agendas and meeting packets.

Public Comment 
If you cannot attend the Council or P&Z meetings and have an opinion, please submit your comments via email to pzcomments@ketchumidaho.org.  Your input and engagement is encouraged.  All comments will be entered into public record and reviewed by the Mayor and Council.

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