Wednesday, October 3, 2007

News Briefs

St. Luke's offers community events

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center will hold its monthly blood pressure check at the Ketchum Post Office from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, Oct. 3.

This is a walk-in free community service, and no appointment is needed.

On Thursday, Oct. 4, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., there will be a "brown bag" lecture on "The Identifications and Implications of Dyslexia, ADHD and Other Learning Disorders." Facilitating the discussion will be David Holmes, executive director of the Lee Pesky Learning Center. He will be accompanied by, respectively, Pesky Center assessment and education directors Dr. Anne Clohessy and Nick Goodman.

On Monday, Oct. 8, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the Center for Community Health in Hailey, there will be a discussion of the book "Calming the Family Storm." Written by Dr. Steven Maybell, he will be the keynote speaker for the Community Drug Coalition's Fall Conference at the Community Campus in Hailey, Saturday, Oct. 27.

For more information on this event, call 727-8733.

Free bus service starts in Hailey

Mountain Rides, formerly the KART/Peak Bus and Wood River Rideshare, and the city of Hailey started offering free bus service within Hailey on Monday, Oct. 1.

Any stops on the current Peak Bus schedule labeled "H" are applicable for this free service, which will take riders along eight stops on Woodside Boulevard and six stops along state Highway 75 (Main Street). Riders traveling north or south beyond the city limits will be required to pay the normal fare. The bus map and schedule can be found at, and information on rates and discount passes can be found at

This free bus program will allow Hailey residents to help reduce their carbon footprints in the community and provide a convenient way to travel within the city.

Roasted Duck Race makes splash

Walnut Avenue in Ketchum became a river when 15,000 ducks were spewed out of the back of a cement truck and sent floating down the gutter on Saturday. Traditionally held as part of the Wagon Days weekend, the Great Wagon Days Duck Race was postponed due to the Castle Rock Fire. It was revived as the "Roasted Duck Race." The grand prize of $5,000 worth of Chamber Choice Gift Certificates was won by Grabher Construction.

Proceeds from this year's Rotary Duck Race will benefit Blaine County Search and Rescue, Family Connection, Hailey Ski Team, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, YAK!, YMCA and rotary scholarships.

Chamber hires new PR manager

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors' Bureau has hired a new public relations manager, Bronwyn Patterson. Patterson, who has worked for the chamber as marketing coordinator for two years, began Monday, Oct. 1. She was responsible for the coordination of multi-media advertising on a local, regional and national level.

"I'm really excited to broaden my role at the chamber," Patterson said. "Sun Valley-Ketchum is my home, and I strongly believe this area is the perfect mix of recreational and cultural opportunities. I look forward to expanding our year-round media coverage to insure everyone knows what a wonderful area this is to live, work, and play."

Some of the initial projects Patterson will tackle include reaching a younger market, seeking more coverage in national special interest magazines, and building tourism in the fall and spring shoulder seasons.

Plate up for breast cancer awareness

The Idaho Legislature has approved another specialty license plate for autos, light trucks, motor homes and campers. To promote breast cancer awareness, the new plates will feature a pink ribbon and the words: "Early Detection Saves Lives."

Funds from the plates will help low-income and uninsured people receive breast cancer education and screening through Idaho's Community Health Centers.

Miss Idaho 2005 Tracey Brown created and lobbied for the plates as part of her year of service. The plates are available now at local Motor Vehicle Departments, for an initial program fee of $35 and renewal cost of $25. Vanity plates will cost slightly more.

Wood River student commended

Wood River High School announced that Dexter Gannon has been named a "Commended Student" in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program. Principal John Blackman will present a letter of commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, to the scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 "commended students" throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2008 competition for National Merit Scholarships, "commended students" placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2008 competition by taking the 2006 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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