Friday, April 20, 2007

News Briefs

Lawmakers to hold meeting Tuesday

Sen. Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, and Reps. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, and Donna Pence, D-Gooding, will give an informative review of what was accomplished in the 2007 legislative session Tuesday, April 24.

The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the museum building at the Forest Service Park, on Washington Avenue and First Street in Ketchum.

The legislators will address issues they supported last winter and will answer questions. For more information, call Blaine County Democrats Director Betty Murphy at 725-6423.

Story Time back at Iconoclast

After a winter break, Story Time is back at Iconoclast Books in Hailey, with four readings throughout the month of April.

Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m., Denise Simone from the Company of Fools will read "Frog &Toad," which the company is performing at the Liberty Theater this month.

Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m., Author Leslie Patricelli will read her book "The Birthday Box."

Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m., Patricelli will give an encore performance at Iconoclast's Ketchum store.

Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m., illustrator and artist Ted Waddell will read his book "Tucker Gets Tuckered."

Mule deer fund-raiser set

People who love mule deer, mule deer hunting or just want to help mule deer are invited to attend the 11th annual Mule Deer Foundation fund-raiser and barbecue on May 5 at the Twin Falls County Fairgrounds in Filer. The doors to the event will open at 3 p.m., with dinner starting at 5 p.m.

Tickets will range in price from $225 for a sponsorship, which includes a regular membership to the foundation and other items, to $75, which includes a regular membership and two dinners. Entrance for children between 8 and 12 years old will cost $10 each.

Last year, foundation members cooked meals for 400 volunteers who planted 36,000 bitterbrush plants across the Magic Valley's mule deer winter range. This year they are planning meals for more than 400 volunteers who are working to plant 56,000 bitterbrush plants.

For additional information on the banquet, call Ron Bishop at (208) 324-5719 or Dan Hansen at (208) 731-7270.

Free yard waste disposal offered

Once again, the Blaine County Commission and Southern Idaho Solid Waste is reminding residents of the Ohio Gulch Transfer Station's free yard waste disposal program. The program allows Blaine County households to dump up to one pickup load of yard waste per week free of charge.

The program is not offered free of charge for commercial or business loads.

In order to qualify for free yard waste disposal, loads must meet the following criteria:

- Only unbagged grass, leaves, branches and clean untreated lumber without nails is allowed. Wood waste should be cut into lengths of 8 feet or shorter, and no items should be larger than 18 inches in diameter.

- No dirt, rock, root balls, plywood, painted materials, sheetrock, metal, plastic, noxious weeds or trash including food waste is allowed. Loads containing these materials will be charged at the transfer station rate of $55 per ton.

- There is a load limit of one free load per household per week. Load size must be equivalent to one pickup load or less.

- Any additional loads will be charged at the yard debris rate of $10 per ton, provided all of the above criteria are met.

- All loads must be tarped. Untarped loads will be subject to a $10 fine.

For more information, contact the Ohio Gulch Transfer Station at 788-2351.

Resort golf course gets kudos

The May issue of Golf Digest magazine ranks "The 75 Best Golf Resorts" in North America, with Sun Valley Resort Golf Course in 38th place.

Sun Valley Resort Golf Course ranked above a number of prestigious courses including The Sea Pines Resort/Harbour Town, Hilton Head Island, The Breakers in Palm Beach, and Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.

The magazine's panel of judges, more than 800 low-handicap golfers, played and rated the courses on criteria including shot values, resistance to scoring, design variety, memorability, aesthetics, conditioning, and ambiance.

Sea Island in Georgia took first place.

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