City of Ketchum
P.O. Box 2315
480 East Avenue N.
Ketchum, Idaho 83340
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Water Conservation 
We care about water.  Read Ordinance 587.

City Council on Tuesday

Due to the holiday on Monday, Feb. 17, the City Council meeting will be held at 5:30 on Tuesday, Feb. 18.  Click here to see the agenda and packet.

Special Joint Council/KURA Meeting

Join the meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 18 for a presentation of the Ketchum Transportation Hub.  Click here for the agenda and meeting packet.  Comments are encouraged.

Public Comment 

If you cannot attend the meetings and have an opinion, please submit your comments via email to Lisa Horowitz.  Your input and engagement is encouraged.  All comments will be entered into public record and reviewed by the Mayor and Council.  

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Upcoming Agendas
To view upcoming and archived City Council and Planning and Zoning agendas, click here . 
Radio Show

Tune in to KDPI 89.3 FM to hear from Mayor Jonas.  The half-hour program is hosted by  

Dana Dugan and held on Tuesdays following Council meetings from 12-12:30 p.m.  Listen live at 89.3 or visit  The show airs on Thursdays after meetings held on Tuesdays.
Deadline Extended

The City offers sponsorship opportunities for new summer community events that positively contribute to the local economy.  To access the application and learn more about qualifications click here.  The deadline for submission of the summer event season sponsorship application is Friday, March 28.  For more information, contact Arts & Events Coordinator Sharon Arms via email or at 208.726.7820. 

Call to Artists for
Art on Fourth 
Submissions for Ketchum Arts Commission (KAC)'s sixth annual "Art on Fourth" exhibition are due Friday, March 7.  To submit an application or for questions, contact Arts & Events Coordinator Sharon Arms or call 208.726.7820.
Welcome NBS!
Join the City on Feb. 26 from 4-6 p.m. in Town Square to welcome National Brotherhood of Skiers (NBS) back on our slopes for its "Mini Summit" held Feb. 22 to March 1.
Wood River Studio Tour Call to Artists
Wood River Valley Studio Tour, Inc., an Idaho non-profit art organization, is now accepting early registration for its second annual tour of local artists' studios in Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue and Sun Valley.  Early registration will continue from now until March 31, with an extended registration from April 1-30.  For more information, please visit
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!
What is the Future of Our Water?
Join Mayor Jonas for an interactive water seminar presented by Wendy Pabich of Water Futures on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Ketchum City Hall.Click here for more information.
Sun Valley Film Festival Tickets
March 13 - 16, 2014

Tickets are now on sale here. 



                                      February 14, 2014
 A Message from Mayor Nina Jonas 

Wednesday was a proud day for the U.S., particularly for the Wood River Valley.  Our community is abuzz over Kaitlyn Farrington's gold medal win in Sochi.  Kaitlyn's stylish and seamless half-pipe run to gold compliments the tremendous love, support and skills of her family, local coaches like Andy Gilbert, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Sun Valley Company and many more in our valley.

Much like the teamwork and drive required to nurture a great athlete, the same is required to maintain a strong community.  For the past five years, an important contributor to the City of Ketchum's team has been Gary Marks, our city administrator.  Gary resigned from his post last Monday to take a job in Lebanon, Oregon.  Thank you for your tremendous work here and best of times to you and your family.

In the meantime, the City is working to create a seamless transition for this post.  I will appoint an interim city administrator who will assist in budgetary and operational needs while we interview candidates for the permanent role.  As we begin the process of replacing our city administrator, I am calling on the community to help us find temporary housing for both the interim city administrator and the incumbent hire.  If you know of availability, please email Special Projects Manager Lisa Enourato.

As always, it is an honor to serve you and I welcome your input in person or via email.

- Mayor Nina Jonas
Farewell to City Administrator Gary Marks
Join the City in thanking Gary Marks for his successful six years of service as City Administrator.  Marks, who will accept a similar position in the City of Lebanon, Oregon, submitted his letter of resignation to Mayor Nina Jonas on Monday, Feb. 3.

In his position as City Administrator, Marks has been responsible for managing City operations and finances, along with contributing his time and artistic talent to multiple City and State boards.  Marks' financial rescue of the City lead to recognition by the Association of Idaho Cities with the "Resilient Cities Award" in 2012.  Marks served as the Executive Director for the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency (KURA), Chairman of the Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority Trust (III-A), President of the Redevelopment Association of Idaho (RAI) and has managed cities in Idaho, Oregon and Montana for more than 23 years.  Marks was also appointed to the Citizens Coinage Advisory (CCAC) by the United States Secretary of Treasury and holds the Chairman seat.  The CCAC reviews designs for all U.S. coins and medals.

"It has been an honor to work with the Ketchum City Council and staff over the past five and a half years," Marks said.  "As I close out my time, I know the City will be in great hands with the City Council and Ketchum's outstanding and talented staff."

Thank you for your contributions to Ketchum, Gary!  The City of Lebanon has gained an admirable city administrator and you will be missed.
Kaitlyn Takes Gold in Sochi
Our valley erupted when Kaitlyn Farrington's gold-medal winning score in the Women's Snowboard Halfpipe flashed on the board in Sochi on Wednesday.  Many of us in the Wood River Valley have spent time with Kaitlyn on the hill and watched, some even guided, her journey to Winter Games gold.

Native to Sun Valley, toughness is not a foreign concept to Kaitlyn.  As a student of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation since fifth grade, Kaitlyn spent years training with coach Andy Gilbert and others who contributed to her development. According to local  Casey Vegwert, friend and roommate, the turning point for Kaitlyn's success was her win at the Euro X-Games in 2011 when she was a rookie.  Casey says Kaitlyn credits her growth as an athlete to the support of her community and family and her mentor, Barrett Christy, of Gnu.

Kaitlyn's motto is to have 100% fun and refers to her alone time on the board as soul-shredding.  "Kaitlyn followed her passion, had fun and did it in a way that she wanted to do it.  She just marches to her own beat and does better that way," said Casey.

Shortly after sticking the landing that in turn landed her on the top of the podium, Kaitlyn announced plans to first stop in Sun Valley - where her journey began - upon return to the U.S.  Homecoming plans are in the works! 
Nordic Skiing in the Valley 
A few Ketchum locals share their perspective on the evolution of the Nordic trail systems, programs, events and why they love Nordic skiing in the Wood River Valley!
Wastewater Department and Sustainability
Water comes in and water goes out; but that's not all the Ketchum Utilities Department does.  Their efforts in providing a more sustainable environment are best represented through the reuse project unveiled last summer.  The Department provides reuse water to the Weyyakin subdivision for its irrigation and water features.  To address the Weyyakin community's concerns over reuse water in their ponds and how it might harm the water life, the Utilities Department lead their own experiment and now maintain a 120-gallon aquarium where healthy Rainbow Trout flourish in treated wastewater.

Another effort toward sustainability and cost savings for the City is the wastewater staff's participation in the Wastewater Energy Efficiency Cohort, a two-year series of meetings with Idaho Power on long-term energy savings.  As part of this program, energy monitoring equipment has been installed at the City wastewater treatment plant.  With access to current energy usage, the program will help identify ways to improve future City expenditure and explain best practices for wastewater treatment.

The Ketchum Utilities Department is a self-contained business within the City and is supported only by rates charged for the services it provides, although its budget shares in the overhead for operations of the City.  Through its joint ownership with the Sun Valley Water and Sewer District, capital improvements and operations expenses are shared.  This collective participation results in a 50/50 sharing of capital improvements and proportionate sharing of operation expenses, which includes salaries for the City of Ketchum utilities employees, and typically hovers around 50/50.  The proportionate share is determined based on flow.  That is, the amount of wastewater that flows into the plant.

For more information on the Ketchum Utilities Department, please contact public works director and City Engineer, Robyn Mattison
Visitor and Room Night Estimates
The cities of Ketchum, Hailey and Sun Valley recently compiled data for the total number of annual visitors and room nights sold during 2012-2013.  Visitors, which include anyone whose primary place of residence was outside the Wood River Valley, totaled more than 300,000.  During the same time period, the room nights sold exceeded 226,000.  Below are the results of this data collection.  To review the full results of this study, click here
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