Friday, June 1, 2007

News Briefs

Join county's Weed-Out Day

County officials are hosting a Blaine County Weed-Out Day from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at Chocolate Gulch, north of Ketchum, followed by a barbecue at Tom Pomeroy's home. Organizer Sara Melancen is calling the event a "knapweed massacre." Gloves and backpacks for chemical spray will be provided, but bring your own if you have them.

For more information, contact

SETCH to offer volunteer training

The Sagebrush Equine Training Center will hold a volunteer training clinic Thursday, June 7. Volunteers will learn how to work with the therapeutic riding program for individuals facing mental, physical or emotional challenges. Volunteers donate approximately one hour of time per week. No previous horse experience is necessary. For more information, call Wendy at 578-9111, ext. 102.

Rabbi to join STAR program

The Wood River Jewish Community will say goodbye to interim Rabbi Sheila Goloboy in June when she embarks on a "Good to Great" program sponsored by Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal (STAR).

Goloboy will be one of 17 rabbis from throughout the country participating in the second year of this pilot program. The rabbis will attend conferences and meet with colleagues as well as participate in two leadership retreats and do mentored project work.

"I am completing a wonderfully fulfilling year as rabbi of the Wood River Jewish Community in Ketchum," Goloboy said. "It is in great part for this experience that I was accepted into the Good to Great cohort. I look forward to the learning and collegiality of this program as part of a larger transition in my professional life."

Goloboy will begin serving a congregation in Port Washington, N.Y., later this summer. Rabbi Barnett Brickner will start as the Wood River Jewish Community's permanent rabbi in early July.

City to weigh hot spring options

The city of Ketchum is attempting to sort out what to do, if anything, with a bunch of hot water. On Monday, June 4, at 5:30 p.m. the City Council will hear a presentation from local resident Don Lappin, about the value of Guyer Hot Springs, a geothermal feature just upstream from the Warm Springs base of Bald Mountain.

According to Lappin, an amateur geologist, the Cimino Foundation has given the city six months to determine what to do with the hot water, and there are four months remaining in that offer.

"If the city were to gain possession, they would gain a windfall. The Guyer Hot Springs is a very valuable natural resource," Lappin said.

Lappin said potential uses for the hot springs include a hot spring resort, a potential park, electricity generation or a combination thereof.

Open your home to foreign students

Foreign Links Around the Globe, a nonprofit organization, is looking for families to host English-speaking foreign-exchange students from across the globe.

For more information, contact, or call (866) 540-4029.

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