Wednesday, August 15, 2007


Wake Up With Hailey

The August edition of Hailey Chamber of Commerce's Wake Up With Hailey will be hosted by the Teddy Bear Corner Preschool on Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

Residents can stop by the preschool, located at 23 Buttercup Rd., for coffee and treats and to catch up on the city's latest business news. For more information, contact the chamber at 788-2700.

BAH set in Hailey

The First Bank of Idaho and Sun Valley Title will host this month's Business After Hours on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The monthly Hailey Chamber of Commerce event will be held at the Hailey Branch of the First Bank of Idaho, and the public is welcome to join chamber members as the bank celebrates its 10th anniversary in Hailey and Sun Valley Title celebrates its 100th anniversary with a barbecue.

Cemetery District to meet

The Ketchum Cemetery District will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 9 a.m. at the cemetery on Highway 75 north of downtown Ketchum.

WREP meetings scheduled

Wood River Economic Partnership meetings put on by founder Jima Rice, a Ketchum-based business consultant, will continue through August.

The next meeting will be a networking lunch, from noon to 1:15 p.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Roosevelt Tavern in Ketchum. Reservations are required by Monday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m. The featured speaker is former ambassador to Belgium Alan Blinken who will present "Regional Thinking is Smart Business."

The following meeting will be Tuesday, Aug. 28, for a brownbag lunch, also at the Roosevelt Tavern. Reservations are required by noon Monday, Aug. 29. Rice will present "Are You Benefiting from the New Creative Economy?"

Brownbags are free for WREP members and cost $10 for non-members. The Networking Lunch is $15 for WREP members and $20 for non-members.

For more information and to respond, call Rice at 726-1848 or

Humanities grant applications sought

The Idaho Humanities Council invites grant proposals from organizations and individuals for consideration at the council's fall grant round. It will consider requests for major grants, teacher incentive grants and research fellowships.

The grant proposal deadline is Sept. 15. For more information visit or call (208) 345-5346.

Yoga Nidra classes to begin

The calming practice of Yoga Nidra will be offered by Studio Y2, 251 Northwood Way, Unit J in Ketchum on the last Sunday of the month through October, from 6 to 7 p.m.

The classes will be taught by Paula Child and cost $12.

For more information call 726-8829 or visit

HUD helps with Idaho homelessness

The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence, based in Hailey, were recently awarded $33,779 from the Idaho Housing and Finance Association. The grant came out of a fund of $525,763 that the Idaho Housing and Finance Association was given in emergency shelter grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funds were administered to 19 Idaho organizations that serve individuals and families facing homelessness.

Grantees must match the funds with their own locally generated amounts. The local funding can come from the grantee or recipient agency and from in-kind contributions such as supplies and equipment, new staff services and volunteer time.

Hailey man recalls a 'Great Moment'

In the September issue of Fine Homebuilding magazine, Hailey resident Bill Amaya, of Cimarron Lofting, is featured in a story he penned for the "Great Moments in Building History" page. The story concerns a job he did about 21 years ago for the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Hailey, which was celebrating its 100th anniversary. The church needed a new wheel for the bell in its belfry, and Amaya took the job that proved interesting in a number of ways. Nothing is simple as the story makes clear.

"The back page is for humorous, how-we-got-ourselves-into-these-situations stories," Amaya said.

The issue is on newsstands now.

St. Luke's recieves national award

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center was recently recognized by Avatar International Inc. as a national award winner in healthcare service for exceeding patient expectations.

"We are thrilled to once again be honored with this award," said Bruce Jensen, CEO of St. Luke's Wood River. "We pride ourselves on quality patient care and providing personal service to all who enter our doors."

In making the announcement, Avatar Founder and CEO Dr. Michael Everett said, "The hallmark of exceptional service to patients is to consistently meet or exceed their expectations, not always an easy task. St. Luke's Wood River has demonstrated that it exceeds its patients' expectations in a tangible and measurable manner. I gladly congratulate St. Luke's Wood River for its continued and impressive efforts to put patients first."

Bellevue looking for volunteers

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to help with the city's Labor Day celebration, which will take place on Sunday and Monday, Sept. 1 and 2. The chamber needs volunteers for a number of activities, from helping with kids' games to pouring beer. Sunday will include a parade, an arts-and-crafts fair and live music throughout the day, and Monday will feature a bluegrass festival from 1 to 5 p.m.

Anyone interested in lending a hand can contact Stefany Mahoney at the chamber at 725-2105.

Help 'Mo's Feeling Ducky Challenge'

Hailey resident Mo Barry, who is suffering from cancer, was until her illness in charge of the annual Great Wagon Days Duck Race held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend at Rotary Park in Ketchum.

To honor Barry, the Hailey Rotary Club is challenging everyone in its club and others to buy a six-quack in her name. It will help "support the Ketchum Club and Mo, and second help Mo sell her ducks," said Jennifer Hazard-Davis, president of the Hailey Rotary.

Anyone interested in buying a six quack for Barry can contact Hazard-Davis at North & Co., 788-2783 or send a check for $25 to the Hailey Rotary Club, Box 2190, Hailey, 83333.

Adoption papers will be sent back to you. Attach name, address, phone and payment. Or find a Ketchum Rotarian who is selling ducks and let them know that the ducks they are buying are for the Barry's "Feeling Ducky Challenge."

Bridge players trump competition

Wood River Bridge members recently brought home honors at American Bridge League tournaments in Pocatello and Butte, Mont.

Marilyn Nesbit and Fran Maughan won an open pairs competition in Pocatello. Nesbit also won in open pairs in Butte with partner Bob Kroupa of Idaho Falls.

Chuck Abramo and Jo Murray won the charity pairs tournament in Butte.

Four other members, Joan Anawalt, Mollie Campbell, Emily Garr and Marie McGowan placed in the Pocatello tournament.

Wood River Bridge holds regular duplicate games in Hailey at 7 p.m. Mondays and in Sun Valley at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, and 3 p.m. Thursdays.

For more information, call Peter Gray at 726-5349.

Hailey employees do their part

Evidence that the environment is no small matter in Hailey: In June, 56 percent of the 5,737 riders on the KART valley service either started or ended their trips in Hailey. With the free Hailey circulator bus scheduled to begin service in early October, that number should increase further, further decreasing the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere, acording to a city newsletter.

The free bus service will be a result of a $30,000 contribution that Hailey has penciled into its proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The expenditure will be funded by the city's local option tax, estimated to bring in $350,000 in 2007-2008.

City employees are no exception when it comes to reducing emissions, as they took second place in the Workplace category of the 2007 Smart Moves Community Challenge, barely losing to St. Luke's for the most trips logged using alternative transportation.

More than 100 Hailey residents participated in the 10-week event, and along with other valley residents involved in Smart Moves, eliminated more than 16,000 car trips. That equates to more than 104,000 pounds of carbon dioxide.

Fellowship awarded to director

The executive director of Citizens for Smart Growth, Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, was awarded a Delta Gamma Foundation fellowship. She is an alumna member of Gamma Rho chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity at Wittenberg University. She is studying for an MBA in sustainable management at Presidio School of Management in San Francisco, Calif. The fellowship is given based on scholastic achievement, campus and community involvement and chapter leadership.

Delta Gamma Fraternity, an international women's fraternity in Columbus, Ohio, consists of more than 190,000 members. Its purpose is to foster high ideals of friendship among women, to promote their educational and cultural interests, to create in them a true sense of social responsibility and to instill in them the best qualities of character. The Delta Gamma Foundation guides members to "do good" in support of its philanthropic mission: sight conservation and aid to those who are blind or visually impaired.

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