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Camp Rainbow Gold’s bid for its own facility is denied in Blaine County

This rendering shows the proposed Camp Rainbow Gold in Ketchum East Fork Ranch area. The nonprofit that supports kids with cancer and their families through specialized summer camps and other programs was denied its application to build the camp by Blaine County Planning and Zoning.
This rendering shows the proposed Camp Rainbow Gold in Ketchum East Fork Ranch area. The nonprofit that supports kids with cancer and their families through specialized summer camps and other programs was denied its application to build the camp by Blaine County Planning and Zoning.

For years, Camp Rainbow Gold has been trying to build its own camp. The organization offers year-round services and summer camps for kids coping with cancer and their families at Cathedral Pines near Ketchum.

In August, the group moved one step closer to having its own home, with a $1.76 million matching donation of land in Ketchum’s East Fork neighborhood from Rich and Nancy Robbins. The donation is for half of the 260 total acres. Camp Rainbow Gold has been raising funds to purchase the remainder of the property and to create a 40-acre campsite.

On April 11, the Blaine County Planning and Zoning Commission denied Camp Rainbow Gold’s application to build a camp on the site, because “the project was too large and the location too remote,” said Tom Bergin, director of land use and building services for the county. Bergin oversees the commission and is not a voting member. The application was denied by a 4-to-3 vote.

The decision, though public, is not finalized, Bergin said. The written decision will be released on April 27. Then the ball is in Camp Rainbow Gold’s court and it will have an option to appeal to the Board of County Commissioners.

“The camp board is meeting (April 12) to plan its next step,” said Whitney Slade, spokeswoman for the group.

Camp Rainbow Gold Executive Director Elizabeth Lizberg says the group wants to increase the number of kids who can attend by creating their own, larger camp.

Read an earlier story about Lizberg and Camp Rainbow Gold.

Check out this fly-over of the East Fork Ranch area in Sun Valley.

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