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Idaho Briefs April 25, 2010

| April 25, 2010 9:00 PM

Ketchum to annex land at base of Bald Mountain

KETCHUM - The Ketchum City Council has voted to approve annexation of about 140 acres where Sun Valley Co. wants to build a massive hotel and residential complex at the base of the ski area on Bald Mountain.The council on Thursday also approved changes in the company's plan that will be incorporated into a planned-unit development agreement between the city and the company.

The council still has to adopt an ordinance annexing the property and vote on the final development agreement, both expected within two months.Company officials say the development at the base of that side of the mountain will help make the resort competitive with other resorts vying for visitors.

Company spokesman Jack Sibbach tells The Times-News that economic factors will determine when construction will begin.

BYU-Idaho nursing instructor dies in Tonga

REXBURG - Brigham Young University-Idaho says a nursing instructor supervising students has died while on a humanitarian mission to Tonga, a South Pacific island nation.A school spokesman says 59-year-old Gayle Lee died Thursday after falling from a cliff on Tongatapu and into the sea. Tongatapu is the nation's largest island.

Spokesman Andy Cargal says 24 nursing students supervised by Lee have been in Tonga since April 17 and were to depart April 30, but now plan to return Tuesday.Cargal says the cause of the fall remains unknown.

Cargal says Lee's husband, Gary Lee, was injured in a rescue attempt. The extent of his injuries weren't available but Cargal says he's well enough to travel and will return to the United States on Tuesday.County voters get chance to save historic resort

IDAHO CITY - Boise County residents in central Idaho will get a chance to decide whether to create a tax-supported recreation district intended to lease and possibly buy a historic resort so that it will remain operating.The May 25 ballot will ask voters to approve the Boise Basin Recreational District. The district will generate money toward the lease and purchase of Warm Springs Resort.

Only residents within the district's boundaries will vote on its creation, potentially adding up to $40 per year to property taxes.The Idaho Statesman reports that the regional landmark since the 1860s is up for sale for $2.5 million.

- The Associated Press

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