City of Ketchum
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
"The Original Mountain Town"

December 31, 2014
In This Issue
A Message From Mayor Nina Jonas: Resolutions of Your Elected Officials


Another lovely year has passed and it is time again to ponder our resolutions for the upcoming year. A poll of your City Council members revealed theirs ...


Council President Michael David resolves to support and expand existing city efforts to strive for sustainable energy strategies including pursuing alternative energy sources, supporting the local food shed and increasing multi-modal transportation. He also has a desire to ramp up discussions about developing a sustainable city hall, ultimately creating a model for all public facilities in Idaho and beyond.


Councilor Jim Slanetz would like to help Michael David with his "great list" of resolutions and spend less time in front of any type of screen.


Councilor Anne Corrock will continue to focus on ideas that maximize the use of the city's current assets, and prioritize the infrastructure needs to create and enhance Ketchum as the original, authentic, sustainable and user-friendly mountain town we love.


Councilor Baird Gourlay resolves not to be part of a statistic - that 92 percent of all resolutions are never fulfilled! He will continue his efforts in serving the community. 


As your mayor, I will be tenacious in my work with Council, community and staff to create a year-round economy in Ketchum by both retaining and attracting key employers to our community and, to become a leader in sustainability.


On behalf of your City Councilors and staff at the city of Ketchum, I would like to wish you all a peaceful, happy and prosperous new year.



Mountain Rides will offer late-night bus service on the Blue Route through February on a trial basis, thanks to a $15,000 appropriation by the city. City Council Member Michael David has been reappointed as the city's representative to the Mountain Rides board.


Mountain Rides will operate three buses until 2:30 a.m. tonight. Buses will go to the Warm Springs and Elkhorn areas as well as to Hailey. Click here for the schedule.


Ketchum firefighter Richard Feldman (photo left) and Sun Valley firefighter David Lister (photo right) have been named Firefighter of the Year for their respective departments by the Ketchum & Sun Valley Volunteer Firefighters' Association. Lister is a former Ketchum firefighter.


The "Art Car"
First passengers included Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas, Ketchum Arts Commission Chair Claudia McCain and Sun Valley Resort's Jack Sibbach.



Outdoor Ice Rink Now Open

The Christina Potters Outdoor Ice Rink at Atkinson Park is open. Hockey and figure skates, helmets, pucks, sticks and balance-assist devices are all free. The 8th Annual Idaho Pond Hockey Classic will be at the rink Jan. 10-11.


URA Commissioner Appointments

Two community members will be appointed as commissioners on the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency board at the City Council meeting in Ketchum City Hall on Monday, Jan. 5, at 5:30 p.m.   


Major Donation to YMCA's Focus on Sustainability

The Wood River Community YMCA has received a $250,000 donation from part-time local residents Carl and Renee Behnke for the Y's sustainability efforts, featured in the Ketchum e-newsletter on Nov. 13.


Parks & Rec Director Writes in Weekly Sun

Jennifer L. Smith, Ketchum director of parks and recreation, wrote about the nature of public service in the Dec. 24 issue of The Weekly Sun. An excerpt: "It's the season of giving. The very nature of public service is giving to our community. Whether a person chooses to serve as a volunteer firefighter, a member of the U.S. armed services, a city council member or a city employee, the goal of all in public positions is service to others."


City Council 
Attend the next City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5. 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 staff reports or scan the QR code.

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, Jan.12, in Ketchum City Hall. Click here for agendas and staff reports or scan the QR code.

Public Comment 
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