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Ketchum, ID  83340
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Posted on: August 8, 2017

The Talk of the Town

It's late summer and the city has so much happening and unfolding.

Ketchum is poised to adopt a new budget. The city has filed an application to have Ketchum declared an "International Dark Skies Community." Ketchum is providing testimony to the Idaho Public Utilities Commission regarding an Idaho Power proposal to build a $30 million plus redundant power line through town. On Monday, the city will discuss a study on the impact the growing short-term rental market is having on Ketchum and its already tight rental market.

What's more, Ketchum's 60th Annual Wagon Days celebration is just around the corner.

But the topic foremost on everyone's radar? The big buzz? The talk of the town?... Yes, the total solar eclipse. The question from locals is primarily, "Is this really happening? What are you expecting?"

Simply, this is the hundred-year Super Bowl of celestial phenomenon. And the city, along with Sun Valley, Hailey, Bellevue, Blaine County, the State and the National Forest Service are all planning accordingly. My suggestion is that city residents do the same.

The total solar eclipse is scheduled for the morning of Monday August 21. Thousands of eclipse enthusiasts are projected to arrive on our doorsteps. Visitors will be arriving from as far as Asia and as close as Twin Falls. In fact, just this week we learned that another bus scheduled to drive eclipse viewers from the Magic Valley sold out seats in a matter of minutes.

Business should be robust for our retailers, hotels, restaurant and bar owners. It stands to reason that many of these visitors will be making their first trip to Ketchum, and it's my hope that when they explore all the other good things our community offers, they'll plan a return trip.

For your own convenience during this extraordinary event, I highly recommend additional planning. Be prepared for traffic congestion, longer lines at the grocery store, gas stations, ATM's and extended wait times at your favorite restaurant. It is a good idea to get gas, cash, food and water several days in advance, park your cars, lock and walk. Fortunately, Ketchum is an easy town to walk and bike around, is supportive and resilient.

The total solar eclipse is happening and many visitors are coming to experience this unique event. The last time a total solar eclipse was visible in Idaho was February 1979. The next time there will be a full solar eclipse in Idaho will be 2169. This time, Ketchum is fortunate enough to fall within the path of totality, making our hometown one of the best places in the country to sit back and take it all in. Join the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley from 9 to 4 in Festival Meadow to celebrate the Eclipse together.

Oh, and one more thing, remember to protect your eyes when viewing the eclipse.


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