20 Years Ago
From October, 1978 issues of the Idaho Mountain
In a near-unanimous show of support, voters in Ketchum and Sun Valley
overwhelmingly said yes to a local option tax on liquor-by-the-drink, and on hotel-motel
accommodations. Between the two cities, the vote was 349 in favor, 39 opposed. Sun Valley
gave the tax proposal a 96% majority.
The first stage of a landscaping project at Ketchums Atkinson
Park was completed with the planting of six mountain ash and six crabapple trees behind
the center field fence of the parks softball field. A $1,900 donation from Don and
Stan Atkinson started the project. Those who helped included Art Hall and Ed Sinnott of
Clearwater Landscaping, who donated their equipment and labor to plant the trees; Jerry
Hoadley, who donated his backhoe to dig the holes for the trees; and Ron Adams, who staked
out the tree locations.
Continuing for yet another week was the Ketchum Drug & Gift
Center Emergency Price Busting, Inventory Adjustment, All-Out Disposal Sale.
About 80 tennis players turned out for the second annual Triple
"P" mixed doubles tournament at The Ranch courts. Triple "P" stands
for Pudge, Pear and Priday, the nicknames for organizers Doug Brown, Kevin Laird and Cloe
Priday. Earning the non-participant prizes for "Worst Players" were Robin
Bosworth and Phil Hoene. "Most Generous" was Joe Benz. "Best Dressed"
were Doctor Cha Cha and Jane Lightbody.
The Idaho Board of Highway Commissioners approved the design of a
replacement for the 20-foot-wide, 44-year-old steel bridge spanning the Big Wood River
just south of Ketchum. Most of the right-of-way for the new 40-foot-wide bridge would be
purchased from Helen Fassett. Construction was due to begin in the summer of 1979.
Those runners who completed their third consecutive Ketchum Ten Mile
Run Oct. 7 were Bob Rosso, winner Monte Brothwell, Floyd Town, Jim Speck, Bob Shay Sr.,
Alan Pennay, Malcolm Graham, Craig Sorenson, Amos Galpin, Steve Cook, Gary Steinbach, Bob
Shay Jr., David Lister, Peter Allen, Richard Anderson, Dick Kolbrener, Tom Pomeroy,
Candace Kane and Phil Puchner.
The Sun Valley Junior Hockey program entered its second year of
operation when coaches Alex Orb and Phil Hoene met with about 30 youngsters at
Ketchums Atkinson Park. At a recent parent meeting, the programs organizers
said registration fees would increase from $75 per player to $120 per player. The increase
was necessary in part because ice time expenses at the Sun Valley rink had increased from
$30 per hour to $35 per hour. The $7,494 budget for the inaugural season of 1977-78 had
been comprised mostly of ice time expenses, a total $6,525. A total 65 kids had
participated in the first year.
Investors and their agents gathered on an Elkhorn hillside on a
Saturday morning to participate in the first real estate "lottery" ever held in
Idaho. The lottery was used as a method to sell 14 Meadowbridge Subdivision lots. All were
sold to the first 14 names drawn from the pot by Ketchum accountant Edgar Newstadt. In the
final draw, half the lots went to Californians and four went to Blaine County residents.
It appeared all the lots had been bought for speculative purposes.
The top-ranked Buhl Indians (7-0) extended their football winning
streak to 29 games over three seasons with a 62-0 thrashing of the Wood River High School
Wolverines, at Buhls Bowers Field. Leading Buhls single-wing offense was
junior running back Maark Schaal, who ran for four touchdowns covering 106 yards.
Playing at Sun Valley Opera House: "Semi-Tough" starring
Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson; playing at Magic Lantern Cinema was "Saturday
Night Fever"; on the Liberty Theater screen was "Grease."
Jess Groves, developer of the proposed Northridge housing project
just north of Hailey, launched an attempt to develop 393 units on 100 acres of land. He
requested that the city of Hailey annex the project, which caused the city council to
authorize a comprehensive survey of Haileys water supply capacity. Groves
Northridge was one of several subdivisions putting serious development pressures on sleepy
In the rehearsal stage was Laughing Stock Theater Companys
production of "The Sunshine Boys," slated for performance Nov. 3-4 at Sun Valley
Opera House. Directed by Kathy Wygle, the ode to vaudeville comedy starred Rick Kessler,
John Pisano and Rick Hill.
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities relinquished its
lease on the Sun Valley Opera Houseciting financial losses sustained by the
Center in its three-year operation of the Opera House. According to Center director Dave
Griffith, the Center had hoped that receipts from the commercial movie operation at the
Opera House would subsidize the deficits normally experienced in performing arts
presentations. However, the Center experienced a $20,000 loss each year on the movie
theaters operation in addition to losses of $8,000 to $14,000 each year on live
performances. The upshot: Sun Valley Co. agreed informally to allow the Center free use of
the Opera House for about 15 to 20 nights during the winter and summer seasons.
Running for the District 21 State Senate two-year seat were
Democratic incumbent John "Jock" Bell and, in his first bid for state office,
Blaine County Prosecuting Attorney Maurice Ellsworth. A native of Blaine County, reared in
Muldoon, Bell was a farmer and ex-food processor in Rupert. His accomplishments included
spearheading the Senate drive to get the local option tax bill onto the floor. Ellsworth,
a native of Arizona who moved to Idaho with his family in 1962, attended high school in
Hailey and went to Arizona State University for his bachelor and law degrees. Ellsworth
said he was confident of the Republican partys efforts to achieve tax reform in
1979, and he said he believed that the size of state government should be reduced.