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

Inform. Celebrate. Involve.
December 29, 2016
In This Issue
A Message From Mayor Nina Jonas
My mother celebrated her 50th anniversary in Ketchum this Christmas Eve. Fifty years ago, Helle Kristensen came from Copenhagen, Denmark to work for the Janss Corporation and Sun Valley Company. My mother had acquired an Allies learning visa granting her an 18-month experience working for a hotel in, what her best friend's brother called, the Idaho Alps.
She flew into Boise and then took a train to Shoshone. Arriving in Shoshone on Christmas Eve (the familial holiday of the year for Danes) to no mountains was an emotionally deflating shock to my mom. From Shoshone she took the bus to Sun Valley all the way wondering where on earth she was. Not until rounding the bend on Highway 75 before Lane Ranch could she see mountains and realize not all was flat land with strange bushes (sage).
The bus pulled up to the Sun Valley Inn and my mom was to begin her first winter here. She walked in the door to silence; no one was around. Her heart sank, her sorrow swelled for her homeland, but she took a breath and wondered around. Passing through the Inn she walked out the front door toward the swan pond. She found everyone! Merriment was high, laughter loud as she watched a red snake of light slither down the mountain in front of her. "What is going on," she asked. A young man threw his arm over her shoulder, handed her a glass of hot mulled wine and said, "It's the torch light parade, a Christmas tradition. Welcome to Sun Valley!" And thus began her next 50 years.

Happy New Year!

Mayor Nina

Stay involved. Included here are links to the Tuesday, Jan. 3, Council agenda and Council meeting information. At this meeting, Mayor Jonas will present a commendation to emergency services providers who recently saved a life. City Council will receive an update on snow removal operations and consider a resolution setting the regular Planning and Zoning Commission meeting dates for 2017.
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 Tuesday's meeting beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Ketchum City Hall, 480 East Ave., N., or sending an email to
Scott Fortner, who has more than 25 years of experience in the mountain resort and tourism industry, has been named executive director of Visit Sun Valley.
He currently is director of marketing for the Breckenridge Tourism Office. Under his leadership, the Colorado resort's market share has grown an average of 4 percent over the past four years and occupancy has reached record levels. In addition, he implemented the first international marketing campaign for the area.
He has won several awards, including the Colorado Governor's Outstanding Tourism Marketing Award, Creative Media Award Performance Media & Marketing, and MARCOM Awards Gold.
Fortner previously worked for the Durango, Loveland and Copper Mountain ski areas in Colorado, as well as F2, Inc. in Frisco, Colo., a sales and marketing consulting firm for the real estate and resort industry.
He is expected to start with Visit Sun Valley on Jan. 17.
"His deep background of the ski industry and knowledge of resort-based destination marketing promises to launch Visit Sun Valley and the Ketchum/Sun Valley community into the next level of success in attracting visitors," said Kristin Poole, chairwoman of the Visit Sun Valley board.  
He will succeed Arlene Schieven, who resigned this past summer to take another position.

You can now be notified when motor vehicles parked on the streets and right of ways will be ticketed and towed for snow removal operations. Sign up for the Blaine County Community Alert System by visiting the Blaine County website . Complete the Community Notification Enrollment form and be sure to check the box for General Notifications. Choose to be alerted by email, text or phone to hear the message. You may also change your settings or remove your contact information if you no longer want to be notified of emergency events. 

If you're heading south after work or skiing, visit the Idaho Transportation Department link for a real-time view of traffic at Main Street and Sun Valley Road. The traffic is a by-product of a successful holiday season, and the city is exploring ways to alleviate the congestion. You may want to ride to work with a neighbor or stay in town for dinner to avoid the rush. 
Please remember winter snow removal regulations:
  • Parking on city streets is prohibited between 2 and 7 a.m. to allow time for snow removal and winter maintenance.
  • Storing snow plowed from private property on the street or right of way is prohibited. Placing snow removed from private property in the right of way is an infraction with a fine of $150 for each day it remains there. Companies may apply for permits to store snow in the right-of-way temporarily until they are able to remove it to another location. 
  • Property owners are required to clear ice and snow from adjacent walkways or sidewalks the same day that snow falls or within the first six hours of daylight the following day. Snow removed from sidewalks should be placed in the gutter section of the street, prior to 4 a.m., for pickup by city crews.
  • Residents should expect snowplows to create berms at the road's edge and be aware that those berms may block driveways. It is residents' responsibility to remove snow berms from their driveways.
  • Residents are asked to clear the snow from nearby fire hydrants if possible.
More information is available on the web. For questions about snowplowing operations, contact the street division at 726-7831. For questions about sidewalk snow removal, policy enforcement and parking, contact the police department at 726-7819.

The amount of wastewater treated in Ketchum and Sun Valley is an indicator of population. The graph below shows that this December, we've seen a slight raise in visitor numbers compared to December of last year. 
City Offices Closed Monday, Jan. 2 
Happy New Year!

Ketchum Seeks Artists for Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
The city invites sculptors to showcase their work in the Tenth Annual "Art on Fourth" outdoor exhibition. The selected artwork will be featured in the heart of downtown Ketchum along the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor from May through October. Selected artists will receive a $2,000 stipend and there is no fee to apply. The deadline for submissions is March 10. Applications are available on the city website . 
Outdoor Ice Rink is Open
The Christina Potters Outdoor Ice Rink  at Atkinson Park is open. The largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, the rink celebrates its 21st season. Use of the rink is free and loaner skates are available at the adjacent Recreation Center. The rink will remain open throughout the holidays, however the Recreation Center will be closed Jan. 1 and 2.  
City Council 
Attend the next City Council meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. City Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month, except on Monday holidays, 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 meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. 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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