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

Inform. Celebrate. Involve.
November 18, 2016
In This Issue
A Message From Mayor Nina Jonas: Helping Our Volunteer Firefighters Train

Volunteer FF Our community's firefighters, who put their lives and personal interests at risk to serve our community at a moment's notice, need a training facility. The Ketchum/Sun Valley Volunteer Firefighter Association has asked to use a city-owned lot on Lewis Street to install temporary training structures where members can practice on real fires.
In the past both volunteers and full-time fire department members have used donated tear-down buildings for practice. The lack of supply of buildings and air-quality issues no longer allow this practice. The firefighters' request will go before the City Council Monday.
First, we are all incredibly indebted to our full-time and volunteer firefighters, their family members and employers. All make sacrifices to keep the community safe. When a pager goes off, sleep, parties, holiday dinners and other normal activities are interrupted. Without the generosity of their employers who allow our volunteers to leave work when called, these responders would not be available. Some of our volunteers are self-employed, and may have to close their businesses to respond to a call.
Regardless of the number of emergency calls, these individuals consistently train to keep their skills sharp so they are prepared to assist our department when called upon. The fact that they spent countless hours training for events that may or may not happen while they are available is a testament of the dedication these individuals have for our community.
We want to do everything that we can to help them. At the same time, we must analyze how their request fits in with the other community needs. We are analyzing these concerns:
  • The lot is currently used to store vehicles towed for violations of the winter overnight parking ban. Would a new location be needed?
  • Would a new location be needed for materials currently stored on site?
  • How often would facilities be used and is this the best use for this property?
  • Does the use meet zoning regulations?
  • What are building department requirements for permitting, construction and inspection?
  • Would allowing this use influence future locations for a new city hall and/or fire station?
  • How would this impact the city's insurance policies?
Please also consider that the Ketchum Fire Department is looking now for dedicated individuals to become paid, on-call firefighters. If you have the compassion and desire to give to your community in a very special way, please consider joining. Their importance to our community is vital.

It is an honor to serve you.


Q. Why is there no longer a holiday tree in Town Square?
A. The city has eliminated a holiday tree as part of its commitment to sustainability. It no longer makes environmental sense to cut down a beautiful tree so that it can be displayed for a few short weeks. In past years, the city asked homeowners to donate trees that were about to be removed. However, people typically remove trees because they are diseased or overcrowded, and the donated trees were too often asymmetrical and difficult to decorate. Because of this, the city last year changed its focus to decorating existing elements of Town Square.

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. Included here are links to the Monday, Nov. 17, Council agenda and Council meeting information. Monday's meeting includes a discussion with representatives from Boise State University on an outreach process for new essential services facilities. Also included is a discussion of options for locating a temporary fire department training facility.

Community input and Council discussion on off-site vending regulations has been scheduled at the regular City Council meeting on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. Off-site vendors, or mobile vendors, include those who sell goods or services from trucks, trailers or carts.

The city issued a survey on Oct. 14, requesting your input on off-site vending. Click on the links for survey results and comments.

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

Dear Mayor Jonas --

It's been a year since I visited Ketchum to research my book, " Hidden Hemingway." 
During that visit, I got caught in a blizzard and my rental car was stuck in the snow *three times* in one evening. The first time, I tried to climb out of Ketchum Cemetery after a visit to Hemingway's snow-covered grave. Apparently, Papa wasn't done visiting and this was his little joke on me. I wasn't allowed to leave. 
But, each time I got stuck, local residents came to push, pull and tow me out of the snow. Even as it got dark, local citizens came to rescue a stranger in need.
Traffic accidents and more snow trapped me in Ketchum that night, but I snagged one of the few vacant hotel rooms (the honeymoon suite at the Best Western, heart-shaped hot tub and all). 
I headed out of Idaho the next day, forever grateful to the kind-hearted people of Ketchum and Sun Valley. Thanks again to the folks who stopped to help!
Robert K. Elder
Many Ketchum stores will be open until 8 p.m. after the Mayor's Holiday Lighting Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 7, as part of this year's Buy Local campaign.
The holiday lighting celebration will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Town Square with Mayor Nina Jonas throwing the switch on the lights at the square.
Santa will arrive at 5 p.m. to hear holiday wishes from the children. They can enjoy free hot chocolate and cookies. Sawtooth Brewery will be serving beer and wine, and Warfield's hot toddies will be available to keep the older crowd warm. The Colla Voce women's ensemble will sing carols.
People are encouraged to stay downtown for dinner and shopping.
"Our local merchants and restaurants are the key to making Ketchum the charming community that it is today," Mayor Nina Jonas said. "We encourage people to buy locally all year round as well as during the holiday season. Our special mix of downtown businesses is one reason the American Planning Association recently selected our Main Street as one of the 'Great Places' in America."
The city of Ketchum will provide window placards and gift cards saying "Bought Locally" to merchants for the third year in a row.
This year's Buy Local campaign will officially start on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in conjunction with the national observance of Small Business Saturday.

Need holiday gift ideas? Visit for a list of Ketchum businesses or consider Visit Sun Valley gift certificates, good at all establishments belonging to the organization.
Discount coupons and gift cards for local businesses also will be available in the registration bags for the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, the 5k run/walk/stroll sponsored by the Wood River Valley Chamber of Commerce.

If your store plans to stay open late, please let us know at so we can include it in a future newsletter and advertisements.
#10     Ensure Ketchum's Character
Communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character are more likely to attract entrepreneurs and new investment.
#9       Preserve Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurs and experienced workers will more likely live and invest in communities that preserve the characteristics of locally owned businesses.
#8       Better Service from Local Owners
Local businesses tend to hire people with some knowledge of the products they are selling and provide better customer care by giving special attention to each patron they serve.
#7       Enhanced Choices
Independent businesses choose products based on what their local customers need and desire, not a national sales plan, guaranteeing a diverse range of products and services and a greater overall choice for all of us.
#6       Put Your Tax Dollars to Good Use
Local business supports the city tax base by recycling dollars back into the community, increasing its income. Their central locations put less demand on our roads, sewers and safety services, keeping your taxes lower.
#5       Nurture Community
Local business owners live in the community they serve, give back to the community by supporting nonprofits at a higher rate than big businesses, and encourage entrepreneurial growth.
#4       Healthier Environment
Locally owned and diverse businesses in Ketchum's walkable downtown reduce the amount of driving residents must do to shop for goods and services, lessening traffic and air pollution.
#3       Foster Local Job Creation
Locally owned businesses create local jobs. They also are the customers of local printers, accountants, wholesalers, grocers, attorneys, etc., expanding opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
#2       Embrace Our Unique Community
Where we shop, where we eat and where we play create the foundation of our community. Locally owned businesses cater to our cultural base and are vital to the diverse character of our city.
#1       Buying Local Supports You
The multiplier effect created by spending locally generates lasting impact on the prosperity of local organizations and residents, and strengthens the economic base of our community.
Horizon Expects 95 Percent Reduction in Weather Delays
Horizon Airlines, Alaska Airlines' sister carrier, expects to reduce weather-related diversions at Friedman Memorial Airport by 95 percent, thanks to Federal Aviation Administration approval of a new instrument approach procedure. This should mean only one or two diversions per year, the airline estimates.
School Climate Survey For Parents 
Blaine County School district is asking parents to participate in a survey on
academic preparation, student support, school leadership, parent engagement, safety and behavior, school operations and school and district events.

Mountain Rides Adds Airport, Galena Service 
Mountain Rides will add new routes serving Friedman Memorial Airport Dec. 24 through March 26 and the Galena Lodge Nordic ski area Dec. 22 through Feb. 5. "Night Owl" service will operate until 2:15 from Nov. 24 through April 16.  

Donors Contribute $3,947 to City 
Donations were received by the Ketchum Parks & Recreation Department from July through September for the Ketchum Arts Commission programs and the Guy Coles Skate Park.  

Firefighters' Ball Sold Out 
But you can still make a donation to support the Ketchum and Sun Valley Volunteer Firefighters' Association. More information on how to donate can be found here
City to Observe Thanksgiving Holidays
City offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Join Sandy Cady at Retirement Party
The public is invited to a retirement party on Wednesday, Nov. 30, for Ketchum's finance director, Sandy Cady, who is retiring after 42 years. The party, with no-host beverages, will be from 4-7 p.m. at Whiskey Jacques, 251 N. Main St. RSVP by calling 726-7803 or emailing .
City Council 
Attend the next City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 21. 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 Planning and Zoning Commission meetings at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28. P&Z meetings are held on the second and fourth 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. 
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