Wednesday, August 8, 2007

News Briefs

Reward offered for information on Trail Creek Fire

The Sawtooth National Forest is offering a reward up to $500 for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for starting the Trail Creek Fire near Sun Valley.

The fire started on June 22, 2007, at approximately 2:46 p.m. on property owned by Sun Valley Co. and then spread into National Forest system lands. The fire was located near Trail Creek Cabin on Trail Creek Road near a bike path.

If you were in the area or have any information that might assist in the completion of this case, please contact Forest Service Special Agent Jeannette Wallace at (208) 373-4194.

High school registration Aug. 16-17

Wood River High School in Hailey will conduct its 2007-2008 registration Thursday, Aug. 16, for seniors and juniors, and Friday, Aug. 17, for sophomores and freshmen. Come prepared to pay fees. School pictures will be taken at registration.

Registration times during the day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., are distinguished by the first letter of last names. Seniors and sophomores A-C are 8-8:45 a.m., D-H 8:45-9:30 a.m., I-M 9:30-10:15 a.m., N-S 10:15-11 a.m. and T-Z 11-11:30 a.m. Juniors are A-C 1-1:45 p.m., D-K 1:45-2:30 p.m., L-P 2:30-3:15 p.m., Q-S 3:15-4 p.m. and T-Z 4-4:30 p.m. Freshmen are A-D 1-1:45 p.m., E-J 1:45-2:30 p.m., K-P 2:30-3:15 p.m., Q-T 3:15-4 p.m. and U-Z 4-4:30 p.m.

Make-up day for students who missed their assigned registration day is Thursday, Aug. 23, from 1-4 p.m. only. New students should make appointments with counselors (578-5020, ext. 2124) during the week of Aug. 20-24.

Hike to find edible plants

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is offering a workshop on and hike to find native edible plants from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

The class will be led by Ray Vizgirdas, author of several books including "Useful Plants of Idaho," a reference to useful native and naturalized plants found in the mountains of Idaho and other Western states.

The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Call the Sawtooth Botanical Garden to register at 726-9358.

Dress appropriately for a light hike. No dogs allowed.

Bigwood Grill to host BAH

Bigwood Grill at Thunder Spring will host this month's Business After Hours event Thursday, Aug. 9, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau sponsors the monthly events to encourage members to get to know other businesses and meet new members. Bigwood Grill is located at 115 Thunder Trail in Ketchum.

At every Business After Hours event there is an opportunity to win door prizes donated by local businesses.

County to discuss budget Thursday

During a special meeting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Aug. 9, the Blaine County Commission will consider a preliminary budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1. The commissioners will also discuss a proposed 3 percent salary increase for elected officials in the county.

The meeting will be held in the upstairs, third floor meeting room of the Old County Courthouse in Hailey.

A news release from the county states that the salary increase discussion is a follow-up to action taken by the county commissioners on July 3, implementing recommendations of a salary survey for all county employees and elected officials. The survey compared Blaine County with similar mountain resort communities in the West as well as counties throughout Idaho, the news release states.

Hot springs study approved

The Ketchum City Council passed a resolution Monday, Aug. 6, accepting a $7,500 grant from the state to study potential uses for geothermal power from the Guyer Hot Springs. A consultant from Oregon is expected to be in Ketchum later this month to inspect the hot springs in the Warm Springs area and to see if there are possible uses for the water in the downtown area.

Bellevue receives grant

Bellevue Fire Department Chief Greg Beaver announced Monday, Aug. 6, that his department received a $39,681 grant from the 2007 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program and will use the funds for operations and safety.

The program, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, awarded a total of $490 million in 2007 to thousands of fire departments throughout the country.

HPD at Camp Rainbow Gold

For the second year in a row, Hailey police officers will provide a safe environment at Camp Rainbow Gold by volunteering their off-duty time at the annual camp for cancer patients, ages 6 to 17 years old.

Last year, Hailey officers volunteered a total of 120 hours of off-duty time in order to ensure there was around-the-clock security and are doing so again this year.

Display your hot wheels

The Valley Motor Club will hold a "show and shine" at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11. Cars, trucks and motorcycles of interest are invited to join the show.

There will be food and refreshments offered as well as Canyon Radio from Twin Falls broadcasting live from the event.

To sign up, call Valley Motor Club president Lowell Thomas at 720-7091.

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