Brody Buchwalter, former Summer Recreation Program camper and counselor at Guy Coles Skate Park

City of Ketchum
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
"Small Town, Big Life"

Inform. Celebrate. Involve.
June 30, 2017
In This Issue
A Message From Mayor Nina Jonas

Nina As Americans, it's in our DNA to ask this simple question: "How can we make things better?"
The question can apply to just about everything, from our personal relationships to technical innovation, from running a business to being great parents.
For the past few months I've essentially been asking myself a version of this question while preparing the city's fiscal year 2018 budget. For me, the question has been: "What can, or should be done, to provide sustainable growth into the future while maintaining our authentic mountain town characteristics that are key to Ketchum's success?"
It's my hope that this proposed budget not only helps answer that question, but sets in motion the policies, projects and priorities that will make Ketchum stronger going forward and secure its place as a wonderful community in which to live, work, recreate, visit and invest.
With that in mind, let's touch on the priorities in the $24.3 million budget proposed for the next fiscal year. Our shared values as a community are reflected in these key priorities:
  • Creating multi-modal transportation options
  • Enhancing Ketchum's quality of life
  • Expanding the stock of workforce housing
  • Providing city staff the tools needed to do their jobs efficiently and effectively
  • Supporting businesses
  • Protecting and preserving our natural resources
I believe a stronger Ketchum includes continued commitment to multi-modal transportation solutions, making Ketchum more walkable, bikeable and easily accessible for residents and visitors. In support of that goal, I'm proposing to keep our commitment to public transit and future multi-modal mobility by honoring the budget increase request by Mountain Rides.
Mountain Rides has requested $634,000 and the proposed budget calls for providing that full amount. We will also continue to invest in sidewalk and lighting improvements, solutions for public parking, and implementation of the bicycle and pedestrian master plan for Blaine County.
So much of what our city is about today is providing our youth, families and visitors with quality recreational facilities and opportunities. This budget strives to advance that commitment by supporting upgrades at the Guy Coles Skatepark, improvements to public ball fields, and investment in beautification projects throughout the city.
The arts are a key contributor to building a strong sense of community and positive economic growth. This budget proposes continued support of the Ketchum Arts Commissions' projects, art within capital projects supported by the Percent for Arts, and the addition of an inaugural plen air event to promote the doing of art.
The complete sustainability of our community hinges on the ability for people to live in Ketchum. This budget appropriates the community housing in-lieu fees attained in the last two years for investment in workforce housing units. Also, a request for proposal is underway for a housing and parking project on city property located at Sixth and Leadville. I am also advocating for key revisions to land use ordinances to stimulate the development of small, market-rate unit housing.
A hallmark of my administration has been a strong commitment to the steadfast conservation of our resources. This proposed budget aims to continue the progress made in the last three years to make our city "greener" and more energy efficient.
The budget supports additional irrigation improvements aimed at reducing overall water consumption. Work will continue on the Ketchum Springs Line conversion, projected to reduce loss, lessen pumping requirements and achieve water efficiencies by installing meters and repurposing old water lines.

The budget also supports ongoing efforts to reduce energy consumption through installation of energy-saving street lighting and energy efficiencies at the Street's Department.
I believe the strength of our city, and ultimately its future sustainability, rests, in part, on the talent, energy and commitment of our city staff and employees.
How often do we see corporate CEOs, nonprofit leaders, small business owners or even coaches attribute success to the drive, ideas and performance of their employees? The media is saturated with these kinds of stories.
Ketchum should be no different, and our strong future is contingent upon maximizing staff contributions at all levels.
For example, I'm very proud of and grateful for the crews that worked tirelessly to plow our streets and clear the snow last winter, then logged long hours to respond to the threats posed this spring during the flood event.
They keep our city functioning on so many levels and strive to keep pace with the expectations of our city's residents and visitors alike.
It's important to give employees the tools necessary to do that essential work.
As a result, the budget proposes raises for city employees based on a salary survey performed by the city (which included 9 cities-both Idaho jurisdictions and other ski resorts). For employees making less than $40,000, the budget calls for a 10 percent increase. Employees making between $40,000 and $50,000 would get a 5 percent increase, while those making more than $50,000 would be in line for a 1 percent increase in pay.
This is an important step toward retaining and attracting quality staff and employees.
We continue to support business innovation and the attraction and retention of businesses by funding the Ketchum Innovation Center, Sun Valley Economic Development and Visit Sun Valley.
I have heard loud and clear from the community that the City should find a less costly, more efficient solution for the Essential Services Facilities. This is the direction you want the city to go, a course of action residents believe is appropriate. I agree.
The proposed budget opens the door to move forward with a rehabilitation of Forest Service Park for administration and a separate facility for fire and police, which would of course be subject to voter approval.
In conclusion, this budget is about taking the steps now, making smart and tactical investments today, to position our city for a stronger future. The proposed budget also represents our commitment to spending wisely and strategically. In fact, we aim to achieve all of these goals with a general fund budget that comes in 0.2 percent less than fiscal year 2017.
I encourage the public's input and participation in this budgeting process because only together can we truly build a sustainable future for our city, our economy and the quality of life we all enjoy.

It's an honor to serve you.


Q: This edition's question isn't from a specific person, but emerged instead out of the curiosity of several wondering about the status of the historic barn at the Reinheimer Ranch. We've gotten calls from people wondering about a repair plan and timeline and at least one call from a person interested in donating to a fund dedicated to a repair. So, I thought it best to provide some background and a status update on this iconic building.
A: Earlier this year, the roof atop the historic barn at the Reinheimer Ranch in Ketchum collapsed. The damage is still evident to anyone passing by the property. The ranch is a 110-acre preserve that creates wonderful open space along the city's southern corridor. The property was donated to the Idaho Foundation for Parks and Lands in 1977 by Eleanor Reinheimer. The family purchased the ranch in 1941. The good news is progress on a repair is moving forward. Just this week, a contractor for the owner's representative submitted an application to reroof the barn. Stay tuned, because I'll do my best to keep the community informed on future developments.

Do you have a question for Mayor Nina Jonas?

Note: If you submit a question to "Ask Nina," your name may be published unless you request that it be withheld.
Stay involved in your community. Included here are links to the Monday, July 3, Council agenda and Council meeting information. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. At this meeting, Council will consider the approval of the installation of a solar project at Atkinson Park, an Idaho Dance Theatre public performance and Surprise Art for the Ketchum Innovation Center building. The fiscal year 2018 budget will be presented and a public hearing will be held on a text amendment to amend the regulations for gas stations.

It is the responsibility of the City to inform the public and gain public input. We encourage you to provide the City with your opinion and comments by attending Monday's meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Ketchum City Hall, 480 East Ave. N., or by sending an email to

Julian Tyo
Photo by Tal Roberts
Julian Tyo is just a few days away from rolling up his sleeves and digging into the final phase of building one of the longest downhill mountain biking trails in the nation.

On July 3, Tyo will lead a crew tasked with constructing more than 5 miles of new intermediate and advanced mountain bike trails on Bald Mountain. This phase of the project will extend an existing five-mile stretch of lift-accessible trail starting at the top of the mountain with new track along the mountain's lower section. When finished, the new section of trail will stretch from the Roundhouse Restaurant down to the River Run Plaza.

"It's like a dream come true for me to be involved in the development and implementation of these trails," said Tyo, who is just as passionate about the sport of mountain biking.

"As a member of the community, it allows me the opportunity to add to the amazing mountain bike network already here ... and to also help complete the goal of making this community a fully complimented mountain biking destination."

Tyo, 33, moved to Ketchum more than a decade ago from Ashland, Oregon. The appeal of the Ketchum and surrounding Wood River Valley for an active, outdoors enthusiast like Tyo was immediate.

But he says the lasting friendships, community connections and support network that has emerged over the years have enabled him to stay.

Tyo works for the Sun Valley Company and during the winter months is an assistant mountain manager at Dollar Mountain. During the summer, he becomes a trail manager, overseeing hiking and mountain biking on the company's network of trails.

Julian Tyo
Photo by Tal Roberts
This summer's new trail project is exciting for several reasons, Tyo said. On one hand, it's gratifying to help Sun Valley Company add a centerpiece to its destination-style trail network.
But his effort also fulfills a desire to give back to the community.

"The hope is that this can increase our lift-access ridership two-fold, especially as more trails are added," Tyo said. "The value I see for the community is hopefully it will encourage people to spend another day in Ketchum, to spend extra time eating out, recreating or in the bike shops. Ideally it gives people another reason to come here and stay and help the community prosper."

Tyo has been active in the city's volunteer world since his arrival. In the fall of 2014, he worked with the Ketchum Arts Commission on a project to wrap a gondola in vinyl printed with art works.

He served on the Ketchum Events Commission for three years, helped in the development in the Ketchum Bike Park and founded in 2010 the Idaho Pump Track State Championship, an event focused on mountain biking skills that annually draws about 150 competitors of all ages.

"Volunteerism and giving back to the community was always modeled to me by my grandfather," Tyo said. "He always volunteered his time to different organizations ... and consequently it's something I've had almost an inexplicable pull to do myself."

TennisCity leaders in Ketchum are inviting the community to join in the celebration marking the reopening of the Atkinson Park tennis courts.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned at the new public courts on Friday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m.
During a project that began last fall, crews constructed four courts at the 40-year-old facility with post-tensioned concrete designed to heighten the quality of play and performance. Other features include new nets, electric outlets suitable for ball machines, wind screening, landscaping and accessibility compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The total cost of the project has come in just under the $280,000 budget approved by the City Council last year. Funding of the project was split evenly between the city and the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency (KURA). Mayor Nina Jonas played a critical role in bringing the project to fruition with an effort to reach out to KURA to collaborate and share in covering the costs.
"This is very exciting for the city and all the people who have used this wonderful resource over the years and can now continue to do so well into the future," said Mayor Jonas. "It's also a perfect example of the City of Ketchum responding to a need, cooperating with a willing partner to arrange financing and bringing the project to completion in a timely and cost-effective manner."
Mayor Jonas said the resurfacing project realizes both the long-held wishes of the city's tennis-loving community and the goal of city leaders to improve the quality of public amenities available to all residents and visitors.
The mayor will be joined in the ribbon-cutting by KURA Vice Chairman Mark Nieves. Food and beverages will be provided at the event.

The line between safety and the joys of celebration is often a difficult one to walk. We're always reminded of that tough balancing act each Fourth of July holiday. On one hand, fireworks have for decades marked the joy and significance of Independence Day.

But we are always reminded of the perils of fireworks, the damage caused and harm done, when revelers ignore safety and responsibility - or in some cases even the law.

We believe education is the best approach when it comes to public and individual safety. With that in mind, here are a few of the rules and regulations for fireworks inside Ketchum city limits:
  • All aerial fireworks are illegal in the city.
  • Other illegal fireworks include those that emit sparks more than 20 feet in the air or travel outside a circle 15-feet in diameter.
  • Legal fireworks include: sparklers; smoke bombs; snakes; ground spinners and fountains that reach less than 20-feet high.
There is also state law applicable to the sale and use of fireworks. For example, Idaho statute prohibits the sale of bottle rockets and aerial fireworks that fly more than 20-feet in the air for private purposes.

But a loophole in the statute enables those items to be sold, providing the retailer requires buyers to sign an affidavit stating the products will not be ignited inside Idaho. Add to this a recent Office of the Idaho Attorney General legal analysis, which concludes that the law only considers the sale of "safe and sane" fireworks in the state, in other words, those fireworks that don't fly off the ground.

All other fireworks, according to the opinion, can only be sold to those licensed and permitted to host public fireworks displays.

The opinion is not binding and doesn't have the force of law. But in some ways it speaks to the confusion about what is legal or appropriate for the sale and use of fireworks in Idaho.

What's clear, however, is the toll fireworks can take on people and property. Each Fourth of July, children under 14 suffer 30 to 40 percent of the nation's fireworks related injuries. Moreover, fireworks have caused more than 32,000 fires and more than $30 million in property damage.

Our own community has seen the dangers and damage of wildfires. So please, this holiday weekend, stay safe and be responsible.

Calling all artists - known, amateur and aspiring - to help raise funds for the expansion and upgrade to the City's Guy Coles Skate Park by "Creating for Skating." Pick up a blank skateboard deck at the Board Bin where you can exhibit your talent and win a prize. The Board Bin is hosting a barbecue during the Gallery Walk on Friday, July 7, where these works of art will be sold and/or auctioned. So far, there are over 80 decks to chose from. All proceeds will go toward the project.

Contact the Board Bin Crew at 726-1222 for more information.

Successful KIC Startup Showcase 
KIC The Ketchum Innovation Center played host to 16 entrepreneurs and approximately 75 members of the public at its first annual Startup Showcase. Congratulations to first-, second- and third place winners of the Norman Friedman Entrepreneurial Award - Idahound, Vie Active and Bot Maker Technologies. Photo: Vie Active CEO Noa Ries, KIC board member Rick LeFaivre and Alec Barfield of Idahound.

Visit Sun Valley on Facebook 
Want to know what's going on in Ketchum? Like Visit Sun Valley's new Facebook page.
Visit Sun Valley
Mayor Nina Jonas 2014.07.17
30 Reasons

Suzanne Frick, city Administrator
Planning Technician Position Available 
The Ketchum Planning and Building Department is seeki ng this administrative support, community outreach and customer service position. Please visit for application and job description. 

Special Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting 
This special meeting is planned for Friday, July 7, at 4 p.m. in Ketchum City Hall

Junior Golf Tournament on June 30 
The City's 14th Annual Chuck Gates Junior Golf Tournament takes place at Bigwood Golf Course on Friday, June 30, at 1 p.m. The tournament is open to children aged 7 to 18. Contact John Kearney at or 726-7820 for more information. 
Susan Scovell
Mayor Nominates Susan Scovell to KURA Board 
On June 19, City Council approved the appointment of Susan Scovell as commissioner to the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency. Read press release here.
City Council 
Attend the next City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 3. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month in Ketchum City Hall. Click here to see the agenda and staff reports or scan the QR code.

Planning and Zoning Commission 
Attend the next regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 10. P&Z meetings are held on the second Monday of each month in Ketchum City Hall. Click here for agendas and staff reports or scan the QR code.

Public Comment 
If you cannot attend the Council or P&Z meetings and would like to express an opinion, please submit your comments via email to Your input and engagement is encouraged. All comments will be reviewed. 
You are receiving this email because you have requested it or 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. To subscribe, click here. If you would like to unsubscribe, please click on the link below.

City of Ketchum