KETCHUM -- A plan to pitch the central Idaho resort area of Ketchum and Sun Valley to tourists has strained relations between the two towns, with some officials finding it hard to be in the same room.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports several Sun Valley City Council members say they no longer want to meet with the Ketchum City Council for progress reports on the marketing partnership.

Council President Bob Youngman went a step further, vowing Thursday to boycott future joint meetings.

Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall shot back, saying Sun Valley officials should be embarrassed by their behavior during the venture.

The partnership was forged in 2010, with each town spending $400,000 that year to promote the region. But the relationship has since frayed, with Sun Valley lowering its financial commitment.

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