KETCHUM, IDAHO – Mayor Nina Jonas has named Dr. Stephen Pauley the 2017 Wagon Days Grand Marshal.
Pauley, a retired physician who has lived in Ketchum for more than 25 years, has been a motivating force in the city’s efforts to preserve its dark skies and the nighttime view residents and visitors have of the stars and planets.
For decades, he has worked to convince leaders in Ketchum, Sun Valley, Hailey and Blaine County to adopt ordinances aimed at reducing light pollution and take other steps to protect the region’s dark skies.
He has also been instrumental in the City of Ketchum’s efforts towards becoming an “International Dark Sky Community” and he’s been active in the proposal to create the Central Idaho International Dark Sky Reserve.
Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas said the decision to name Pauley Grand Marshal is also appropriate considering the timing of the Total Solar Eclipse, scheduled for the morning of Aug. 21.