Power outage disrupts Community Campus
By MEGAN THOMAS
Express Staff Writer
Power should return to the Community
Campus in Hailey by today after an outage May 25 that shut down the
100,000-square foot facility.
The power loss forced the Blaine County
Recreation District and College of Southern Idaho to find alternative work sites
to continue operations.
"It is a unique situation that we find
ourselves in this modern world," said Joan Davies, program coordinator for the
CSI Hailey campus.
CSI has continued to work in the building
by candlelight. The Recreation District reception staff relocated to the Blaine
County Aquatic Center, with other staff members working from home.
"The loss of power really shut down our
entire operation," said Raeghen Peavey, office manager for the Blaine County
The outage was caused when a switch in the
main breaker panel blew.
"The biggest frustration has been the
phones," Peavey said. Calls have been redirected to the Aquatic Center, but the
voice mail system remains down.
It is a difficult time of year for the
inconvenience. The Recreation District summer youth programs began May 31.
Programs were to be located at the Community Center. However, many of the
activities take place outside the buildings in the surrounding fields.
Programs that require inside space, such
as the Recreation Districtís sunrise session and CSI classes, have been moved to
Wood River High School with the help of the Blaine County School District.
"The situation has demonstrated the
Community Campus at work. The beauty of the campus is that it is a community,
everybody is making do to work it out," said Davies.