Friday, September 28, 2007

News briefs

Will benefit concert be moved?

The Castle Rock Firefighters Benefit Concert, featuring Carole King, Steve Miller and Bruce Willis and their bands, sold out early Wednesday morning. There were 2,300 general admission tickets issued for the general public, and 100 VIP tickets. Another 1,000 tickets were set aside as complimentary passes for firefighters and other first responders who successfully fought the Castle Rock Fire in August and September.

The concert was set to be staged on East Avenue in Ketchum from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. However, organizers on Thursday afternoon indicated they might change the location to allow more people to attend. (Check the Mountain Express Web site,, today for details about the decision.)

"Firefighters from outside the region are definitely coming in for the show," Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitor's Bureau Executive Director Carol Waller said.

Proceeds will benefit all Blaine County fire departments and the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in Boise.

Accreditation earned for CT program

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center Computerized Tomography program attained American College of Radiology accreditation, the highest accreditation program achieved in the country. The purpose of the accreditation programs is to set a quality standard for practice and help it continuously improve. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

"This newest CT program accreditation is the fourth we have received at St. Luke's Wood River, including MRI, Ultrasound and Mammography," said Christopher Peck, manager of radiology at St. Luke's. "These accreditations elevate our 25-bed facility to an elite category with other programs across the country."

Prepare for cold and flu season

Akasha Organics at Chapter One Bookstrore in Ketchum will hold a free lecture with Wood River Valley herbalist Ryan Redman on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. Redman will discuss herbal remedies for the upcoming cold and flu season.

For more details, call 450-9309.

Change in Hailey planning process

The Hailey Planning Department announced that beginning Monday, Oct. 15, it will no longer accept applications without an appointment. The appointment will help ensure that the application is complete by having the applicant and planner going through a checklist of required items.

If the application is complete, the planner will certify it at the time of the appointment. Otherwise, the applicant will have to reschedule another appointment after completing the missed items. The appointments should take approximately 30 minutes.

In addition, the department is requesting that 11-by-17 inch copies of plans and plats be submitted digitally in PDF format, in addition to paper copies. Pictures and color samples are also encouraged to be submitted digitally. Any questions can be directed to Planning Director Beth Robrahn at 788-9815, ext. 13.

Dunk a banker in Hailey

You can give a loan officer or banker a good soaking during the dunk tank benefit at the First Bank of Idaho's 10th Anniversary Carnival on Sunday, Sept. 30.

The event runs from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. It also includes carnival games, a money booth and food and beverages. Proceeds benefit local charities.

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