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

November 4, 2016
In This Issue
Nina Color Thank you to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden for suspending additional shipments of nuclear spent fuel into the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).
INL is the nation's leading center for nuclear energy research and development. It is an 890-square-mile complex approximately 60 miles east of Ketchum between Arco and Idaho Falls. INL sits above the Snake River Aquifer, a 400-mile wide reservoir of groundwater underlying the Snake River Plain .
Over the past 65 years safe management of the byproduct of nuclear production continues to plague the industry. At INL nuclear waste was originally stored in metal barrels and buried under ground. In a relatively short period of time, that nuclear waste corroded through the barrels, soaking the soil and migrating towards the Snake River Aquifer.
In 1995 the state of Idaho, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of the Navy entered into a settlement agreement regarding management of nuclear waste and spent fuel at INL. All parties agreed to specific cleanup milestones of existing high-level liquid nuclear waste. Under the agreement, the sole remedy Idaho can take for failure by DOE to meet any of the cleanup milestones is the suspension of future spent fuel shipments to INL.
On December 31, 2014, DOE sent the state of Idaho a letter desiring two shipments of spent nuclear fuel rods to arrive at INL in June 2015 and January 2016. DOE is working daily on cleanup and management of nuclear waste at INL, yet specific facilities at INL have yet to be truly capable of cleaning up the existing waste. Therefore, Wasden informed DOE that no additional shipments would be allowed into Idaho until further cleanup action at INL was underway to accomplish the 1995 settlement goals.
Throughout 2015 and into 2016, Wasden has been standing his ground on this issue to protect Idaho for generations to come. This has not been an easy stance for him to uphold. I am immensely grateful and supportive of his current position and his foresight for Idaho's well being.

It is an honor to serve you.


Stay involved. Included here are links to the Monday, Nov. 7, agendas and meeting information for two City Council meetings. A joint meeting with the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in City Hall.

It is the responsibility of the city to inform the public and gain public input. Please provide the city with your opinion and comments on upcoming topics by attending Monday's joint meeting and regular City Council meeting, or sending an email to Thank you, Nina 
Agenda  Info 
Suzanne Frick Most people would call City Administrator Suzanne Frick adventurous. She's flown in helicopters when she worked in Yellowstone National Park, bicycled through four countries in Europe, competed in over a dozen triathlons swimming in oceans, lakes and rivers, explored the Galapagos Islands, snorkeled in Tahiti and Hawaii, and was chased by angry seals kayaking in the Monterey Bay. She's now off shooting (with a camera) polar bears in Canada.
Yet she'd never experienced downhill skiing, fly fishing, river rafting, trap shooting or mountain biking until she took the job here two years ago. She's since tried all.
Frick had to be tricked into skiing. Mayor Nina Jonas felt strongly that learning to ski would give the city administrator a better understanding of the local culture. So she invited her to snowshoe and took her to the Lower River Run ski slope instead. "I was hooked" Frick said.
Suzanne Frick Frick set out on a different course than city administration. "I said I was never going to have a desk job," she recalled. She went to work for the National Park Service in Yellowstone National Park after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
"It was a dream job, I was working in paradise. I walked out the front door and elk and bison were grazing in the yard." The brutal winters and isolation nudged her back to California.
She took a break to rethink her future, working in her father's architectural firm in Riverside, Calif. She grew up there in the days when children still walked through orange groves on their way to school.
"I was working with planning codes and really liked it," she said. She enrolled in the Master of Urban Planning program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
She spent 22 years with the city of Santa Monica in the Planning and Community Development Department. While there, she oversaw the development of luxury hotels, hospitals, countless residential and commercial projects, transformation of the Third Street Promenade into a successful outdoor retail and entertainment district, and the conversion of the light industrial area into "Silicon Beach. "As a planner, I was fortunate working in Santa Monica for over twenty years. I had the opportunity to help create a vision and see it come to life. I learned patience, it takes time for a vision to become reality," Frick said.
After Santa Monica, Frick worked for the city of Long Beach, one of most diverse cities in the nation. She worked there nine years, where she was assistant city manager for seven years before accepting the Ketchum position.
Suzanne Frick Public service was a natural choice. "My parents instilled a commitment to public service," she said. "My brother and sister are also in public service, it runs in the family. I chose local government because you can really make a difference; ideas become reality. Local leaders are accessible and responsive. We are facilitators, helping people solve problems, realize their dreams and partner to make things happen."
A challenge for Ketchum, she believes, is remaining a thriving and successful mountain town. "Climate change and the millennial generation are pressing resort communities to think differently to remain competitive," Frick said. Her philosophy is local government must always be looking ahead, positioning itself for the future while meeting the needs of today.
Improving city services and team building with staff are among her priorities. "The best outcomes occur when everyone participates in the decision making process and we all pull in the same direction to get things done," Frick said.
She sees transparency, fairness and community engagement as cornerstones of good government. "We serve the community. Our job is to provide a level playing field where everyone has equal access and opportunity to participate and standards are applied consistently and fairly," she said.
Frick moved from Venice Beach, Calif with her standard poodle, Grady, and lives in Warm Springs. It was a bit of an adjustment for Grady, a well-behaved city dog who had to learn to co-exist with wildlife and refrain from chasing moose, elk and deer now that he's a mountain dog. Both Frick and Grady have adapted and love the mountain life and connecting with the community in Ketchum. Frick feels she has come full circle. While she still has a desk job, with a few steps out the door, she's back in paradise.

Sandy Cady
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. Succeeding Cady will be Grant Gager, a former fiscal analyst for the Connecticut Legislature. Please let us know if you will be able to attend by calling 726-7803 or emailing Hope to see you there! 
Mayor's Walkathon Mayor Nina Jonas donated her $1,000 prize in this year's Mayor's School Walking Challenge to the Girls on the Run scholarship program. She presented the check at Lunafest, a fundraiser for Girls on the Run, on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the nexStage Theater. Lunafest features a series of short films. 
Jonas walked 585,924 steps during the October challenge. Walking with Girls on the Run and participating in Hemingway Elementary School's Way-Ta-Walker program earned her an extra 40,000 steps.
"Walking with the students was a blast," Mayor Nina Jonas said. "Their gracious and boisterous energy was just the motivation I needed to keep me walking toward this goal. I really appreciate that they shared their stories and time with me and helped me gain steps towards the Mayor's 2016 School Walking Challenge," she added.
Girls on the Run is a program for girls in the third through eighth grades whose mission is to "inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running." Lessons inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills and make healthy decisions.

"It was an honor for Mayor Jonas to complete her challenge on behalf of Girls on the Run," shares Executive Director Mary Fauth. "We believe it's important for girls to see role models such as Mayor Jonas being leaders in their community so that they can too envision what they may be capable of doing one day."

"Over 50% of our participation fees are given in the form of scholarships to girls in need in order to participate in the program," continued Fauth. "This $1,000 grant will go a long way in helping girls discover their limitless potential."
Mayor Jonas competed with 25 mayors in southern Idaho for her donation, funded by St. Luke's Medical Center, the Idaho Diary Council and High Five! Children's Health Collaborative, of Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation of Health. Last year she also raised $1,000, which she contributed to Hemingway School for the new playground equipment.

Snow Trucks With winter on its way, holiday lights are going up, the Ketchum street crew is readying snow removal equipment and it is time for the city to remind citizens of winter regulations that began Nov. 1.
Vehicles must be removed from the streets from 2-7 a.m. from Nov. 1 to May 1 to allow snow removal crews to clear the streets. Police typically give warnings to illegally parked vehicles for the first few weeks each year. However, vehicles will be ticketed and may be towed if there is a significant snowfall.
"We are encouraging people to use the   Mountain Rides 'Night Owl' services and taxicabs or ride-sharing services such as Uber if they expect to be downtown after 2 a.m. Leaving your car at home also supports the city's goal of being a sustainable community," Mayor Nina Jonas said.
Click to view Ketchum parking regulations.
Carl Anderson, formerly a research assistant at the Boise State University Public Policy Research Center, has joined the city as an associate planner. He is a graduate from Boise State University with  a Masters of Community and Regional Planning, and a Bachelor's of Environmental Studies with a sustainability minor. During his undergraduate studies, he gained extensive experience working for the Boise State Outdoor Program, where he served as a Trip Leader on a variety of trips from rock climbing to rafting.
Anderson's research has focused on a variety of areas from analyzing food accessibility within Ada County to exploring the ways in which advocacy organizations operating in the Boise River Basin  use science in decision making.

Most recently, he has focused his energy on improving the ways in which communities provide permanent supportive housing to their most vulnerable populations. To fulfill his capstone requirement with BSU, Carl developed an evaluation criteria that was later adapted and implemented by the city of Boise to evaluate proposed projects. These criteria prioritize potential single-site, permanent-supportive housing developments operating under the Housing First model. "Housing First is a proven approach in which people experiencing homelessness are provided with permanent housing directly and with few to no treatment preconditions, behavioral contingencies or barriers."

Anderson looks forward to lending his research experience and further his professional development while working with the Planning and Building Department on a variety of development and planning research projects. "I am excited to have joined the dynamic team environment that is the city of Ketchum and I look forward to getting to know the community further," he said.

Steve Hansen, formerly a patrol deputy with Ketchum police, is back in Ketchum - this time as a detective.
Hansen started working with the sheriff's department six years ago, and spent a year as a deputy in Ketchum in 2014. He then transferred to the county division until his recent promotion to detective.
A native of Bellevue, he spends his free time camping, hunting and going to the lake with his family. "I've always loved the area, and Ketchum has great people," he said. "I'm glad to be back."
Cover Art 2016
Barry Welker, Truite de Montagne, Cover Art at East Avenue and Second Street
Council appointed four community members to the Ketchum Arts Commission at the regular Oct. 3 City Council meeting. The Ketchum Arts Commission (KAC) was founded in 2007 with the specific mission "to integrate arts and culture into the community's life."

Following a rigorous vetting process, the KAC voted to recommend the appointments to Mayor Jonas. Appointments include Jackie Cole, Elizabeth Youmans, Victor Vandenberg, and Hilarie Neely.

Raised in Stanley, Idaho, Jackie Cole's diverse experience with the arts includes work with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Sun Valley Symphony. Cole is a technical artist with Company of Fools. She works in the Private Client Group at US Bank.

Currently a freelance writer, Elizabeth Youmans is a former arts editor at the Idaho Mountain Express, and news reporter for The Litchfield County Times in Connecticut. Youmans studied art history in Florence, Italy as part of the Stanford University study abroad program.

Victor Vandenberg is a principle with KMV Builders moved to the Wood River Valley in 1992 from southern California to "ski and to find a place with less concrete and more trees." Among Vandenberg's many talents is playing trumpet in the Wood River Community Orchestra.

The name Footlight Dance Centre is synonymous with Hilarie Neely. She is owner/director of Footlight Dance Centre, teaching creative movement, ballet, jazz and tap. For over thirty years Neely has been presenting education dance lecture-demonstration performances in all Blaine County Schools to promote the art of dance. She was also a founding member of the Wood River Arts Alliance.

The new commissioners replace outgoing KAC Chair Trina Peters, Recording Secretary Anne Winton, and members Marybeth Flower and Brennan Rego. "The diverse skill sets of the new commissioners matched specific needs within the KAC," said Mayor Nina Jonas. "I am looking forward to the Ketchum Arts Commission's initiatives going forward," Jonas concluded.

The commission's work includes the seasonal sculpture exhibition Art on Fourth, the popular Cover Art series of utility boxes and a gondola car on Baldy covered with vinyl wraps of original artwork, performance art shows that are free to the public, and stewardship of the city's public art collection, among other endeavors. The KAC is supported through city funding and a robust and successful public art fundraising effort.

The KAC maintains a working list of potential members when appointments are required. Community members wishing to serve on a KAC sub-committee should express their interest to

Open House at nexStage Theatre 
A new performing arts venue is being proposed at the existing location of the nexStage Theatre on the corner of Main and First Streets. Design team and owner's representative will review the interior and exterior design at an open house on Friday, Nov. 4, from 4-6 p.m. at the nexStage Theatre. 
City Council and KURA Plan Joint Meeting on Downtown Projects
The Ketchum City Council and Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency will hold a joint meeting in City Hall at 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, on downtown projects. Topics will include undergrounding power lines in the alley between Main Street, Washington Avenue, Sun Valley Road and First Street; future use of city-owned properties at Sixth Street and Leadville Avenue and Second Street and Washington Avenue; and an update on 491 Sun Valley Road. The properties are now used for parking lots and the Visitors Center. The regular City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7 will begin at 6 p.m.

Record-Breaking Super Moon Nov. 14 
#Lookup on Nov.14 to see the Moon closest to Earth than it's been since January 1948. The Moon will appear up to 14 percent bigger and 30  percent brighter than the average full moon. 

Free Training for Alcoholic Beverage Servers and Sellers
The Ketchum Police Department, Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control, Blaine County Sheriff's Office and the Blaine County Drug Coalition are providing a free training for people serving or selling alcoholic beverages. Learn current Idaho laws and penalties, as well as how to prevent over-service and spot false identification. Training will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the Community Campus Minnie Moore Room in Hailey, and at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Community Library Lecture Room in Ketchum. Space is limited so please call 726-7819 or email to reserve a spot. 
Expect Water Bill in November
The city has switched to monthly, rather than quarterly billing, for water and sewer service customers. Expect your first monthly invoice within the next few days if you have not already received it. 
City Council 
Attend the next City Council meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. 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. 14. 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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