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Ski patrollers rescue 8-year-old in chairlift fall, then he goes back to skiing

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: KETCHUM, Idaho (AP) — An 8-year-old boy survived a 38-foot fall from an Idaho chairlift with no visible injuries after ski patrollers moved a lift-tower pad beneath him to break the force of the impact. KTVB-TV (http://tinyurl.com/mjhxrla ) reports the youngster likely slipped out of his jacket and dangled from the lift for about five minutes before plunging to a flat cat track below. Ski patrollers had time to unhook a 5-foot by 5-foot safety pad from a nearby lift tower. They held it under the boy, to break his fall. Patrol supervisor Bryant Dunn says the patrollers used the pad for a “fireman's catch.” Sun Valley ski guide Kent Kreitler says he witnessed the fall and credits fast thinking by patrollers from saving the boy from injury. The youngster, meanwhile, resumed skiing on Monday.

Click below for the full AP report.

Twitter tussle tossed out of court

An Idaho judge has dumped a complaint by an Internet entrepreneur and former Wall Street analyst accusing the Sun Valley resort and Twitter Inc. of stealing his handle, the AP reports. Leonard Barshack contended that he wasn't trying to impersonate the resort by long tweeting under the name “Sun Valley,” but the judge disagreed; at the resort's behest, Twitter deemed Barshack's account to be forbidden “non-parody impersonation.” Barshack now tweets under the Twitter handle “iwassunvalley,” the AP reports; click below for the full report from reporter John Miller. 

Idaho couple and Sun Valley in Twitter tussle

A Sun Valley couple who had been using the Twitter handle @SunValley for three years is suing after the Sun Valley Resort and the online service took the handle away, saying it belongs to the resort. Twitter told the couple that after the resort brought the issue to its attention, it determined that their use of the handle violated its policies as a “non-parody impersonation.” Click below for a full report from the AP and the Idaho Mountain Express.

Sun Valley opens new gondola despite recession

In the depths of the recession, Sun Valley ski resort is doing something most resorts aren’t doing these days - celebrating the opening of a $10 million-plus, eight-passenger gondola that will whisk skiers comfortably up to its Roundhouse Restaurant and Seattle Ridge area runs, a trip that formerly required two chairlift rides.

Sun Valley is the only resort in the Northwest opening a new gondola this year, in a year when the National Ski Areas Association projects investment in new ski lifts to fall sharply nationwide to just $16 million, down from $94 million last year and $102 million the year before. The reason: Earl Holding. Sun Valley’s longtime owner, a self-made billionaire who also owns the Little America hotel and truck stop chain and Sinclair Oil, committed to the project two and a half years ago, and kept to it.  You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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