August 2, 2018
Issue No. 14

Christmas has come early! Well, sort of. I am delighted to announce that Jack Williams will be the Grand Marshal of the Wagon Days Parade.
Jack has been “Santa Claus” to many generations of kids in this valley. He has been greeting children at town ceremonies for so long that he can’t remember when he first started. However, he does remember traveling by horse and sleigh down city streets to make house calls in the days when plowing was not given the same importance that it is today. Jack’s legacy is much more than Santa – his love, empathy, respect and good citizenship has touched many. This is our chance to recognize the warmth he has brought to so many hearts in the chilly days of December, as well as the kindness he has spread throughout the year.

More music is our mantra.
From 5-7pm on Friday, August 10, Blaze and Kelly will be performing their folk-rock in a free concert in Ketchum Town Square. We will also see the last two Ketchum Alive events of the season with the performances of Afrosonics and Trevor Green on August 7 and 14 respectively. All these performances are brought to you by the City of Ketchum and part of our ongoing effort to add vibrancy in our city core.

Housing, housing, housing.
Providing a diversity of housing options for year-round residents continues to be a policy focus of ours. I am delighted that council will be reviewing the city requirements for the Northwood II affordable housing project at our next meeting. If approved by council, the tax-credit application will then be submitted to IHFA (Idaho Housing and Finance Association) for their consideration.

Hope you are enjoying the sights and sounds of summer.



 AUGUST 7, 14 
Ketch'em Alive
Jazz in the Park has ended but Ketch’em Alive lives on! On August 7th, Forest Service Park is hosting the Afrosonics who promise to get you dancing with their Afro-indie-funky vibe from 7-9pm. See you there!

Check the full schedule here
Blaze and Kelly 
Niccole Blaze and Mo Kelly are a singer/songwriter, bassist/vocalist duo with a folk/rock sound - and they are coming to Ketchum! Swing by Town Square from 5-7pm on the 10th to see how they earned their skill/praises.
Check them out!
Mind of Marlin
At 7pm on August 17, the great, the blazen, the wizard of whimsy Mind of Marlin will grace Town Square with his tricks and wit. For the price of on-the-house, come check out what made this renowned entertainer famous. You might get confused, but you won’t be disappointed.
Wagon Days is coming!
Per the Mayor’s Missive, Jack WIlliams is Grand Marshal of the Wagon Days Parade this year! We will hold a reception to honor him from 5-7pm in Town Square with local food and drinks.
Afterward, join us for tunes at our annual Barn Dance at the Ore Wagon Museum, 7-10pm!
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
10am @ Festival Meadow

Join us before the big parade for a special performance by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Southeastern Idaho! Just a short walk down the main parade drag. Find out more about the Tribes on their Facebook page.
The Last Bandoleros
Tie up your horses and put on some dancing shoes, we’re throwing down Western style! We’re closing down the street at East Avenue and Fourth for a musical street party following the September 1st Wagon Days Events featuring the funky tunes of The Last Bandoleros.

Let the smoke in the air be a reminder that stage one fire restrictions are currently in effect. This means no fires are to be had unless they're in a controlled, developed recreational site. And, before you light up your cigarette, be sure you're inside a vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or in an area at least 3 feet in diameter cleared of any flammable material.


You have until August 17th to request a spot for vending at the September 1st Wagon Days festivities. Reply to with your request. The vending permits are free to serve the more than 17,000 attendees at the event, with the added benefit of having the best seat in the house for the street party or to watch the Big Hitch. To take full advantage of sponsorship opportunities, let us know by August 3.


Our chip sealing schedule proceeds as planned, with streets across Ketchum getting a protective facelift all of next week. Check out the schedule and according requirements here.


The good kind! The Warm Springs Road fork is now open to two way traffic. We thank you for your patience through construction. Note that the sidewalk is not yet open to foot traffic.


So please help keep them safe. It is unlawful to keep a dog off lead or out of 10 feet of verbal control on private land or public places (with very limited exceptions). Those restrictions strengthen if the pup in question is a female in heat or a known nuisance. For the full code and legal speak, click here. For the purposes of keeping it short and sweet, keep your animals from running at large to keep Ketchum a dog-friendly town!

Housing was a major topic in the community feedback we received at A Fair on the Square. Here's what some of the stats were...

95% of participants believe we need more long-term rentals in Ketchum.

95% of participants feel greater diversity in housing options and prices are needed in Ketchum.

91% of participants said that second floor full-time residences in the light industrial area would be a good idea.

See the full results here and check out these stats on demographics.
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 5:30pm | Ketchum City Hall
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  • Adoption and Approval of Fiscal Year 2018-2019 Proposed Budget
  • In-Lieu Housing Fund Contribution Agreement with Ketch
  • Consolidation of Community Core Sub-Districts
  • Big Box Ordinance
  • Funding for Power Pole Move
  • Tax Credit Application for Affordable Housing Adjacent to Northwood Place

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  • Contract with Vitruvian Planning for a Looking Glass Academy
  • Land Swap and Property Reconfiguration Between City of Ketchum, Blaine County School District and Mountain Rides
  • Approval of City Council Decision on Appeal of Community Library's Design Review Permit
  • A Fair on the Square Results
Click here to find the complete agenda.
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