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Mountain Rides wants public input

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority wants comments on its bus service plan for fiscal 2013.Opportunities include a special board meeting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at Ketchum City Hall, and two public workshops on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The first will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Ketchum Town Square, and the second from 4-6 p.m. at Hailey City Hall.

The Mountain Rides board also will review public comment at its regular monthly meeting from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Ketchum City Hall, and likely approve a new service plan. 

Comments also can be sent by email to or by mail to Box 3091, Ketchum, ID 83340.


School district holds ‘Techtoberfest’

The Blaine County School District is offering educators an opportunity to learn about new technology for the classroom at a two-day Techtoberfest this Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5.

According to a press release, more than 300 educators from the state have registered for the event. There is no charge.

More than 80 sessions are scheduled on tech topics ranging from apps for learning to digital photos, the press release states.

For more information, contact district Communications Director Heather Crocker at or 578-5005.


Planned Parenthood fundraiser this week

“The War on Women and the 2012 Election” is the discussion topic for a fundraiser Thursday, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Hailey.

The Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest Idaho PAC event will be held at 20 Quigley Rd. in Hailey, and will be attended by state Reps. Wendy Jaquet and Donna Pence, state Sen. Michelle Stennett and special guest Hannah Brass Greer, legislative director for Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. 

The goal is to ensure the election of pro-choice, pro-family planning, pro-women’s rights candidates in Idaho.

Cost ranges from $25 to $200. For more information, call 995-5743 or email


Celebrate Bow Bridge with fun run

The Wood River Land Trust will celebrate completion of the Bow Bridge over the Big Wood River in Hailey with a free 5k run through Colorado Gulch and Draper Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Brunch and refreshments, archery demonstrations with High Desert Sports, kids activities with the Environmental Resource Center, music and wetland tours will round out the activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The first 50 registrants to sign up for the run at FitWorks at the Blaine County Recreation District get a free Sigg water bottle. Registration starts at 9 a.m. on the day of the event.

Leashed dogs are welcome. For more details, contact Jill Brown at 788-3947 or


Ketchum Community Dinners start Oct. 17 

Free Ketchum Community Dinners will begin for the fifth year on Oct. 17. Dinner will be served every Wednesday through May 30 at the Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum from 6-7 p.m.

Take-out food service will be added for the first time this year. For information call 622-3510.


Cancer support, free blood pressure checks

Two health-oriented programs take place today, Oct. 3. A cancer support group open to all patients, survivors and caregivers will meet from 10-11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Center for Community Health in Hailey.

St. Luke’s Wood River will offer free blood pressure checks at the Hailey Post Office from 1-3 p.m. For information on these and other programs, call 727-8733.


Tully’s Coffee closes 

The branch of Tully’s Coffee located on Sun Valley Road closed Monday, according to the building’s owner.

Jack Bariteau, managing member of Colonnade LLC, which owns the building, said he found out that the shop was closing on Sunday, when his property manager called him.

“They don’t typically give you notice [in this situation],” he said. 

Bariteau said the store had been “struggling,” though it had been a tenant of the building for 13 years.

“They basically are struggling as a company, and unfortunately, I think their corporate struggles are impacting their stores,” he said.

Bariteau said Colonnade LLC is already in talks with similar companies to open a new shop in that space.

“The location is one of the best in town,” he said, adding that he feels that Tully’s failed to respond to the latest reboot of Starbucks Coffee, which took over a spot at the nearby Visitor Center, and that likely hurt the store’s business.

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