City of Ketchum

City of Ketchum

March 16, 2020


March 16, 2020
COVID 19 – Slow it Down, Do Your Part
A Message from Mayor Bradshaw

We are experiencing unprecedented times as COVID-19 impacts our community. The City of Ketchum has taken numerous actions to address the pandemic, but we have two requests of our community: Slow it Down and Do Your Part.

Slow It Down
I urge everyone to consider their actions, exposure risk and contagion risk from the perspective of the larger public health impact of a rapid spread of COVID-19, versus a more gradual spread. Medical resources in Blaine County have a better chance of meeting the needs of our valley if the rate of spread is gradual and not rapid. We all can help slow it down. Our efforts in this regard will save lives.

Slowing it down gives more time to treat the cases we have and more time to ramp up our testing capabilities as well as other areas of preparedness.
We can slow it down by:

  • Washing our hands
  • Keeping our distance from others
  • Covering our cough
  • Avoiding group gatherings
We must discourage friends and visitors from coming to town. For a town that is used to welcoming visitors, this is hard to do, but we must reduce the number of people visiting our area. As well as the threat of introducing infected persons into our area, it will put additional strain on our medical resources. The message is clear, this is not a place for a virus vacation.

Do Your Part
We are all in this together; we all benefit from taking individual and collective responsibility.
As such, we are encouraging the following:

  • Non-essential businesses should limit operations.
  • Restaurants to close or restrict to take-out only.
  • Shop thoughtfully. Please leave something on the shelves for others.
  • Keep your distance but be there to support your neighbor.
  • Monitor your health.
  • Be kind to those around you – let us know when you have seen an act of kindness with the hashtag #KetchumKind
City Leads by Example with Proactive Steps
We are limited in what we can legally mandate for private businesses. Our approach is to lead by example. As such, we have taken the following steps for our operations and staff:
  • Cancelled city events and restricted large gatherings in public spaces.
  • Closed all city recreation programs.
  • Closed public access to city facilities – those that need to file a permit, pay a bill or seek assistance will be asked to deposit their paperwork in a container outside City Hall.
  • Customers will be encouraged to call, email or conduct business on-line.
  • All non-public safety staff that regularly interact with the public outside of city facilities (Community Service Officers, Parks and Recreation, Facility Maintenance) will be assigned to office duties.
  • For city staff – all out-of-state business travel is cancelled. Employees traveling out of state on personal travel are highly encouraged to cancel their travel plans.
Remember, we are resilient; while it is hard to see right now, I am confident that we will come out of this pandemic stronger and wiser. We will learn what is essential and what is not, we will learn how to prepare better for the future and we will learn not to take anything for granted. Finally, we will learn to celebrate what every day brings, and not what it takes away.

We will get through this and we will remember to support our local restaurants and businesses when we return to normality – for they are suffering and will need our help to get back on their feet. In support of our local businesses, we will be doing all we can to secure federal and state funding.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these difficult times. We will be placing posters around town to raise awareness and remind everyone of the message to Slow It Down and Do Your Part.

Neil Bradshaw
Ketchum Mayor

City of Ketchum

October 19, 2015


Community Discussion Oct. 26 – Proposed Grocery Store

“What’s your opinion on a grocery store and small number of housing units in the light industrial area? This is the topic of a community discussion on Monday, Oct. 26, at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting. CenterCal Properties, LLC is considering this project on the former Stock Building Supply property at 1000 Warm Springs Rd. No applications have been filed. Discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall. Show up or send comments to”

Iris. In Ketchum.

October 10, 2015


Ketchum, ID — October 8, 2015 — The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will offer a special screening of the film Iris on Thursday, October 22, 7pm, at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum. Iris pairs legendary 87-year-old filmmaker Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven.


Iris Apfel has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades. But Iris is more than a fashion film—the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Apfel’s dotage, her soaring free spirit continues to inspire. Documentarian Maysles portrays a singular woman, whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance. Apfel reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.


Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts explains, “In creating a documentary about style maven Iris Apfel, the legendary filmmaker Albert Maysles, combines his unique style with that of Apfel herself. Both are creatives that broke rules, conventions and expectations—and as the subject of the film, Apfel gives us inspiration for coloring well outside the lines.”


Despite the abundance of glamour in Apfel’s current life, she continues to embrace the values and work ethic established during a middle-class Queens upbringing during the Great Depression. “I feel lucky to be working. If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows,” she says in the film.


Tickets for Iris are $10 for Center members and $12 for nonmembers. To reserve your seats, visit or call 208.726.9491.

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