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Public Comment: Kilpatrick Bridge

By Conservation, Education, Regional and National, Volunteer

Need for Public Comment: Deadline November 17th, 2023

Please consider filing comments in support of sustained ADA and public access. Public comments on the design plans are due by November 17th, 2023, before finalization in the spring. You are welcome to use our email template below and submit it to Sarah Beardsley at

Background: Kilpatrick Bridge Update

  •  The County has funding to replace Kilpatrick Bridge. The bridge is structurally unsound
    and needs replacement – full details here: (Project Plans and Timeline).
  •  The County is seeking public comment on the project.
  • Construction of the new bridge is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2025.
  • The new bridge will be 108 ft by 28 ft, considerably larger than the existing structure.
  • This will allow for pedestrian flow on the bridge as one car passes through,
    increasing safety and ADA access.
  • The bridge will not have a center pylon in the stream, which will improve flow,
    and the abutments will be considerably larger.
  • Existing public access points to Silver Creek must be shifted, including the back access to the s-turns, and the duck blind.
  • The Save Silver Creek Alliance (SSCA) hopes to move the ADA access/fishing
    platform downstream.
  • The Nature Conservancy is committed to improving the backside float tube
    walk-in and duck blind access.
  • The existing parking area will get a new layout, and the bathroom will remain.
  • The working group involved in construction – TNC, SSCA, Blaine County, Keller
    Associates, and LHTAC – state they intend public access should remain available and
    accessible in a similar manner as it is now, with shifting entry points.

Email & Public Comment Template:

Subject: Public Access in Kilpatrick Bridge Redesign

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing as a concerned community member regarding the proposed redesign and replacement of the Kilpatrick Bridge.

While I understand the need for bridge improvements, please design those improvements
in an manner that preserves the existing or equivalent public access upstream and downstream of the bridge via footpaths and float tubes.

Maintaining established public access points to the waterway is crucial. All users of the Silver Creek Preserve and Pond rely on this access for recreational and professional reasons. Before construction begins or plans are finalized, please ensure access is preserved in a manner equal to or better than it currently is during and after bridge construction.

I appreciate your time and consideration in addressing these concerns before finalizing the construction plans. Please provide clarity on how public access will be preserved and consider alternatives that balance the bridge and it’s functionality with minimal environmental impact.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

[Your Full Name]

International Fly Fishing Film Festival 2022!

By Volunteer

International Fly Fishing Film Festival 2022!

Friday, May 20, 2022  at the Argyros Theater in Ketchum, Idaho.  (There will not be a virtual showing.)

Click here for the sizzle reel

Doors Open at 5:30
Movie is at 7:00

Come early to purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win great fly fishing gear!

Bar Available

Buy your ticket in one of the following ways:

1. Click HERE
 to purchase from the Argyros website

2. Scan the QR code below 

3. Walk into the Argyros Theater or call (208) 726-7872

Volunteer at Silver Creek Preserve

By Volunteer

Join us at Silver Creek Preserve on May 14th from 12pm-3pm to help us clean up before opening day.

Potential projects include:

  • Trails & sign maintenance
  • Cleaning of fishing access ramps
  • Wood fence removal, repair and replacement,
  • Gather irrigation pipe for use in restoration project
  • Help prep area for new pollinator garden
  • Paint/stain buildings (weather dependent)

Be sure to bring:

  • Layers to keep you comfortable in cold or warm temperatures (or rain!)
  • Work gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Boots or wader, if interested in helping with access ramps

Snacks and water-filling station will be provided.

We will have a volunteer waiver and photo release form for you to sign when you arrive.

Please click this LINK to register.

Photo by John Finnell

ERC Clean Sweep

By Volunteer


Come join the trash pick up party! 

Join the Environmental Resource Center (ERC) for our annual community-wide trash pick-up! 

Early registration is available at the ERC office 9:00AM- 5:00PM

Monday, May 2nd through Friday, May 6th

May 7th, 2022- event registration starting at 9:00AM

  • ERC office (471 Washington Ave., Ketchum)-please come to this location to join the Hemingway Trout Unlimited team!
  • Hop Porter Park (by the arch, Hailey)
  • Memorial Park (between Cedar & Elm, Bellevue)

There are prizes for individuals and team trash pick-ups. 

For more information visit the ERC website or call 208-726-4333

Follow @hemingway_tu and @ERCSunValley




Hemingway TU Chapter Meetings

By Volunteer

May 4th: Doors open at 5PM at the Argyros Theater in Ketchum

Daniel Ritz’s Western Native Trout In Western Public Waters’ Presentation

Title: Western Native Trout in Western Public Waters Length

Summary: Daniel Ritz takes us on a journey around the West, sharing his experience completing the Western Native Trout Challenge over the summer of 2021. Over the course of his trip, Ritz completed a 40-part series for Trout Unlimited’s digital magazine sharing his experience pursuing each of the 20 available native species of the Western 12 states over a 6-month period.

States Included: Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana

Species Included: Apache trout, Dolly Varden, Alaskan Lake trout, Arctic Char, Alaskan Rainbow trout, Arctic Grayling, Colorado River cutthroat trout, Bonneville cutthroat trout, Rio Grande cutthroat trout, Gila trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, California Golden trout, Kern River rainbow trout, Little Kern Golden trout, Redband trout, Coastal cutthroat trout, Bull trout, Westslope cutthroat trout, Yellowstone cutthroat trout, Eagle Lake rainbow trout

About Daniel Ritz, 33, is an outdoor journalist and writer based in Boise, Idaho. The former editor of the Dana Point Times has had his work published by Trout Unlimited, Orvis, Western Native Trout Initiative, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers,Outdoor Idaho Magazine, Alaska Sporting Journal, Fish Alaska Magazine and Visit Idaho: Idaho Department of Tourism.

His editorial focus is contemporary issues regarding conservation, the environment, outdoor recreation and legislation.

Most recently, Ritz created a 40-part series sharing the experience of his Western Native Trout Challenge that was published by Trout Unlimited, Orvis and Western Native Trout Initiative and Montana Fly Company. In it, he wrote personal experience based essays and natural history and science based “Species Profiles” for each of the 20 available native trout and char species of the Western 12 states of the United States.

Ritz is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for the Idaho Wildlife Federation and volunteers as the communications coordinator for the Ted Trueblood Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Ritz graduated in 2009 from Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with Bachelor’s Degrees in Journalism and Philosophy. He resides in Boise with his partner Holly, their Wirehaired Pointing Griffon named Trout and an oversized cat named Julio.


By Volunteer

Time: 5:00 -7:00/Doors open at 5:00 PM at the Argyros Theater, in Ketchum

Where:  Argyros Theater, Ketchum

Guest speakers present local and global fishing opportunities, discuss tactics and stewardship practices. Learn about opportunities to participate in local projects and conservation efforts.

Next Meeting : October 12th, 2022

Please check our calendar for an updated schedule and speakers to be announced closer to the fall.

See you soon!