Wednesday, March 9, 2011

33rd Annual USCSA National Skiing and Snowboarding Championships

This week in Sun Valley, the Collegiate National Skiing and Snowboarding Championships have proven to be a great spectator sport! With events in Alpine, Nordic and Snowboarding, there is something for everyone.

If you missed the happenings over the last couple of days, don't fret, there is plenty more to come. With 450 athletes making up the Championship field, the competition is sure to be fierce. Some of the colleges represented are Brown, Stanford, U of O, Ohio State, and Duke, just to name a few.

Here is a video from Day 1 of the Championships:

On the schedule for tomorrow are Men's Alpine GS on Greyhawk, with Boarder-X and Skier-X on Dollar Mtn. You won't want to miss it!

Check out the entire schedule of events:

Make sure you get out there and support.... What great energy it has brought to us all in Sun Valley!

A few photos courtesy of alpinfoto, from the Mens Dual Slalom demo at the Opening Ceremonies on Dollar Mountain.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Creating a Vision for Vibrant, Sustainable Future

Join the Conversation!
A Community Cafe.

What will Ketchum, or the broader community for that matter, look like in 2026? That’s what 64 stakeholders, gathered into 8 groups, over the course of 2.5 days attempted to describe.

Fundamental to creating a consensus among the 64 was unanimous agreement on 9 statements of Common Ground… Sustainable Energy, Life Long Learning, Transportation, Governmental Cooperation, Technological Infrastructure, Culture-Nature-Wellness, Local Food, Vitality and Diversity.

How did this happen? A Planning Team of 20 volunteers with a broad range of connections through out the community invited the 64 participants to the Future Search event in late January, based on the following criteria:

Who has AUTHORITY or RESOURCES to Create and Promote the Vision? (can either advance or block objectives)
Who has EXPERTISE, KNOWLEDGE OR PERSPECTIVE about creating a Vibrant and Sustainable Community?
Who could be MOST AFFECTED by the Outcome?
Who has a genuine level of INTEREST creating vibrant and sustainable community?
The focus was on people not organizations. It was important to include a broad, balanced cross section of the community, considering Gender / Age / Work Experience / Time in Valley, and to include the Usual Suspects and the not-so Usual ones.

Now is the time to engage the broader community in the Discussion. There will be NO LECTURES or PRESENTATIONS, just the opportunity to learn more and participate if and where interested.

So much has happened since the Future Search:  many action groups have formed and many connections are being made so to move forward. Please come to the event, share your experience, and find out what the Future Search has stimulated.

It’s important to invite the largest number of interested people as possible. Many hands make light work, and it can be a whole lot of fun too!

Check out the video:!/video/video.php?v=10150429871635437&comments
Join us at the Jones Building, 4th and Main Street, Ketchum (Above Burger Grille), Thursday March 3, from 3:30pm-7:30pm!

Thank you to Pam Colesworthy for contributing to our office blog!
Check back soon for new and interesting news in the community and our office.