Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Sun Valley, county send money to Asia

Express Staff Writer

Two of the Wood River Valley's governmental bodies stepped up to the plate this week to provide financial support to the victims of the Dec. 26 Asian tsunami, which has claimed at least 139,000 lives.

The City of Sun Valley announced Monday, Jan. 3, that it would contribute $10,000 to support the relief programs already under way in Asia. Blaine County Commissioners also announced Monday their intent to send at least $10,000 to the relief efforts.

"The need is so great, and we have the ability to help with the relief effort," said Sun Valley City Councilman Lud Renick.

Blaine County Commission Chairman Dennis Wright spearheaded the county initiative.

"I think it would behoove this county, which is a recognized wealthy area, to participate in a social and human way," Wright said. "That's a drop in the bucket to what this county has capability-wise."

Sun Valley officials said the city's finance committee would determine sometime this week which nonprofit agencies to contribute to. The Blaine County Commission will consider a resolution on Monday, Jan. 10, that specifies the exact amount to be donated and the nonprofit agencies the money will be funneled through.

"It is just something that we all can do, and I hope that others in Sun Valley will feel the importance of making a contribution," said Sun Valley Mayor Jon Thorson.

Wright pointed out that, for the county, a $10,000 contribution would translate into roughly 50 cents for every local resident.

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