City of Ketchum
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
"Small Town, Big Life"
Our hearts and prayers are with Bowe.
In This Issue
Limitation on Engine Idling  
Please remember to turn off your vehicle to help keep our air clean and maintain our quality of life. Read Ordinance 1056.
Catch Up On Ketchum
To catch up on what's going on in Ketchum, visit our community events calendar.  


Sign up to receive updates from the City 

of Ketchum website on meetings, events and "What's Happening"

Follow the City of Ketchum on twitter and like us on Facebook for additional updates! 
Upcoming Agendas
To view upcoming City Council and Planning and Zoning agendas, click here . 
Tax Collection

The City would like to remind the community about the 1 percent increase to the local option tax (LOT) that takes effect in 2014. The measure was approved by 64 percent in November 2013 with the main goal of maintaining and increasing commercial air service to Friedman Memorial Airport and promoting and marketing air service.  As an additional reminder, per City Council vote, the Idaho State Tax Commission is taking over LOT collection to ensure that the tax is collected fairly and equitably.  


For more information about the LOT increase, click here.  

Transportation Hub
WE NEED A NAME!  Progress continues on planning for transit in downtown Ketchum.  A public workshop will be held on January 23rd from 12-1 pm and from 5-7 pm at Ketchum City Hall to update the public on the status of the master planning process.  Click here to view the current site design.  This project will facilitate bus transfers in downtown Ketchum, incorporate public art, and extend the design of Town Square into the intersection of Sun Valley Road and East Avenue.  The project is called . . .  Click here to vote! 
New Green Building Codes
Learn about the New Green Building Codes in Blaine County and their impacts on real estate values on Thursday, Feb. 20!  Offered by Sharon Grant of Ecoedge, sponsored by the cities of Ketchum and Hailey and approved for CE credit by the IREC, AIA and Idaho Board of Real Estate Appraisers.
Urban Renewal Agency Bylaws 
On Monday, Jan. 6, City Council voted to extend the terms of KURA Commissioners Tim Eagan and Trina Peters to allow the URA to conduct business as usual while the Council updates the entity's bylaws over the next two months. If you have a comment or suggestion regarding the bylaws, please contact your City Council here or attend the next City Council Meeting on Jan. 20. Visit the KURA website here
Public Comment
>> Several members of the public voiced their opinions about the URA commissioners during the Jan. 6 City Council meeting. Some attendees felt like commissioners should be required to live in City limits to be considered for public appointment. Others supported commissioners who were residents of Blaine County and had the expertise to fill the role. Do you have a comment or opinion? Email us and let us know! 
>> At the Jan. 6 City Council Meeting, Sun Valley Mayor Dewayne Briscoe proposed a joint task force between Sun Valley and Ketchum to manage the relationship with the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance. Accepting this suggestion, Mayor Jonas appointed Councilmembers David and Slanetz to the task force.  Do you have a comment or opinion about this?  
Email us and let us know! 
Comp Plan Moves On
At the Monday, Jan. 13 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the Commissioners unanimously passed the proposed update to the City's proposed Comprehensive Plan.  Please stay tuned to upcoming agendas as City Council begins to hold public hearings.  Click here for a copy of the Plan.  Council would like to hear from you so please attend or contact your Mayor and City Council here with your comments.  
Ketchum Partners with The Community Library
The Community Library assumes the lease between the Historical Society and the City of Ketchum for the museums at Forest Service Park.  Click here to read the full press release.   
Arts Grant
The Ketchum Arts Commission received a QuickFund$ grant award of $981 by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. The funds will be used to pay for public art consultant, Jack Mackie, for his consultation services during the design phase of the Downtown Transportation Center on Sun Valley Road. 
Ketchum's 2014 Resolutions

With the New Year in full swing, the City decided to check in with some of its community members to find out more about their resolutions for 2014. The survey, conducted on the Fourth Street Corridor, included more than 30 people.


The results of the survey found that Ketchum citizens are generally happy with their lifestyle and as a result, didn't feel the need to make a new year's resolution for 2014. For those who did have resolutions, they commonly centered on healthy living and positive relationships.


With the public's progressive responses, the City couldn't be happier to ring in the New Year with such a gratified community. 

Nordic Festival
January 24 - February 2, 2014
The Sun Valley Nordic festival is a week long event filled with Nordic skiing, demonstrations, races, seminars and special activities. For a list of events click here.
Sun Valley Film Festival Tickets
March 13 - 16, 2014

Tickets are now on sale here. 

Reggae in the Mountains
On Feb. 1, wrap up the Nordic Festival week at this great event!  Visit Reggae in the Mountains for more information and listen to what Pato Banton has to say about Ketchum in this 2-minute video from last year's event.
Ski for Air Service

Fly Sun Valley Alliance

Ski for Air Service Day is back on Jan. 26 with $40 Adult Full-Day Lift Tickets at Sun Valley Resort. Click here for more information. 

The City of Ketchum recently conducted a survey about communication. For those who participated, thank you for helping us reach you better! If you have suggestions or comments about how to make our communication better, please email us here.

January 22, 2014
 A Message from Mayor Nina Jonas 

I could not be more honored and excited to represent this community as your mayor.  Having served on City Council for four years, I have learned there are deeply passionate and extremely knowledgeable citizens who care immensely about our community and the decisions made by our City. 

One of my goals is to enable all Ketchum residents to have an active voice and contribution in the process.  As we begin a new year, I look forward to serving this outstanding community and accomplishing great things with the many resources we have available.  I hope you will contact me or a City Council member regarding City issues you have expertise in or are passionate about.  I am looking forward to the future and what we can achieve together. 

- Mayor Nina Jonas
Meet Your Council

Join the City in welcoming its new and returning councilmembers! Former Councilwoman Nina Jonas was sworn in as Mayor on Monday, Jan. 6 during the first City Council meeting of the new year. Returning Councilman Baird Gourlay and newly elected Councilwoman Anne Corrock were also sworn in. Councilman Michael David was elected City Council President. He and Councilman Jim Slanetz will continue their designated terms.


To learn more about your Councilmembers, their initiatives and how you can contact them click here.

Sun Valley Nordic Festival and Training Center
The Fifth Annual Nordic Festival will begin Jan. 24 with the Opening Night Welcoming Celebration in Town Square from 5-7 pm. Kick it off downtown with music, entertainment and food and drinks by the Sawtooth Brewery, sponsor of this inaugural celebration. 


Along with ski events like the Alpine Touring Race and AXCS National Masters Racing, this year's festival includes a Galena and Trails Benefit, Twilight Ski Dinner, Nordic Hall of Fame inductions and reggae performances at Reggae in the Mountains, featuring headliners Soul Horizon and Natural Roots.


During the 10-day festival, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundations' (SVSEF) Olympic/Paralympic training site will be opened up to registered participants and its 500 local athletes alike.  The training site, which opened on November 22, 2013, is located at the base of the Warm Springs ski lift in Ketchum.  The site is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities including a tuning and waxing room, workout space and audio-visual facilities. 

The community speaks.
What would you like to see from your Council in 2014?  What are you excited for?  We asked, you answered!
McGrath Report

The City Fire Department Study known as the McGrath Report is complete.  McGrath Consulting Group, Inc., the company commissioned to update the audit of the 2006 Fire Department Consolidation Study, will present the results of the study at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18. Chief of Fire and EMS, Mike Elle, will also be there to provide additional information and answer questions. 


The primary purpose of the report was to audit changes in the Fire Department since the previous consolidation study in 2006, utilizing data from 2010, 2011 and 2012, along with establishing the cost of delivering fire protection to other municipalities.


Overall, the results of the audit demonstrate increases in actual emergency call volume, backcountry rescues, training requirements and volunteer association contributions. The chart below displays some of the key results from the report.


To learn more about the McGrath Report, visit our website.

Art on Fourth
Ketchum Arts Commission (KAC) is currently seeking applicants for its sixth annual "Art on Fourth" event.  The outdoor art exhibition will showcase three-dimensional artwork along the Fourth Street Corridor between Washington and Walnut Avenue during the summer and fall months.


Following the deadline for artwork submission on March 7, 2014, selected artists will receive a $500 stipend and can submit up to three works for consideration by the KAC.  Artwork will then be judged by the KAC, which is comprised of art professionals and other community members.


The Fourth Street Corridor, a wide pedestrian and art-friendly street, attracts tourists during the summer months and has showcased local, regional and national artists in previous years.  KAC contributes the success of the event to the City's active visual arts community and its proximity to four season recreation destinations.


For more information about the "Art on Fourth" submission process, please visit our website, email the office of Sharon Arms, Arts & Events Coordinator or call 208.726.7820. 


Sculptor Rod Kagan contributed greatly to Ketchum's local art community. A long-time resident of Ketchum, Kagan is recognized as one of Idaho's most widely-known artists. Kagan was the first-ever contributor to the "Art on Fourth" outdoor art exhibition and although he passed away in December 2010, his work continues to be celebrated in Ketchum and throughout the country.


Kagan's "Idaho Columns" installation is open to the public at the Rod Kagan Park on Saddle Road, along with over 100 other outdoor sculptures at his previous home and sculpture garden. Most recently, Kagan's piece Totem #33, was included in the "Art on Fourth" event last year.  

Firefighter of the Year

Brian Poster has served the City as a Paid/On-Call Firefighter for 19 years and was recently honored for his efforts as Firefighter of the Year for Ketchum. Poster has dedicated his life to serving the Ketchum community and says he is proud to serve the City of Ketchum as a firefighter. 


In the early 1980's, Poster became interested in firefighting after following his brother's career through paramedic school in Southern California. Around the same time, Poster's other brother was living in Ketchum and drew him to Idaho's mountains for skiing during a semester off from college. Since then, Poster and his family have called the Wood River Valley their home.


In his role as a firefighter, Poster sees the value and power community service plays in the City. "The community really gives to me, and I want to give back to it," Poster said.


Congratulations Brian! Thank you for your service to our community. 
National Brotherhood of Skiers

Please welcome the National Brotherhood of Skiers as they return to the valley February 22 to March 1.  Let's show 'em another good time! 

You are receiving this email because you have done business with the City of Ketchum in the past.  We appreciate our residents, businesses and visitors and look forward to telling you more about Ketchum and receiving your input.  If you would like to unsubscribe, please click on the link below.

City of Ketchum | 208.726.3841 | |
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, ID 83340

Copyright � 2014 City of Ketchum, All Rights Reserved.