Friday, November 2, 2007

News Briefs

Y Sneak Peek Week delayed

The Wood River YMCA's "soft opening" for charter members and those seeking new memberships and tours will not be this Saturday and Sunday as planned. Rather, the opening will be Monday morning at 7 a.m.

The reason for the two-day delay is to allow for a "deep clean" over the weekend, said Wood River Community YMCA Membership Director Mike Wolter.

The schedule for next week's Sneak Peak Week is:

- Monday, 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- Tuesday, 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

- Wednesday, 7 to 10 a.m. and closed in the afternoon for a special event.

- Thursday, 7 to 10 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.

- Friday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and closed in the afternoon for a special event.

The Y's full opening is slated for Nov. 12.

State superintendent to speak

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna will be in the Wood River Valley for an event from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8. He will speak to those interested in hearing about current education issues in Idaho, including his proposal for a new and innovative pay system for Idaho teachers. The event, sponsored by Blaine County Republican Women, will be held at the Golden Eagle Clubhouse, 110 Golden Eagle Dr. N., and will include a question-and-answer period after the superintendent's remarks.

Trauma conference set in Sun Valley

The Ski & Mountain Trauma Conference will be held at the Sun Valley Inn Friday, Nov 2, and Sat. Nov. 3. The conference is open to paramedics, ski patrol, firefighters, search and rescue personnel, physicians, nurses and other emergency personnel. There will be hands-on workshops and a course on winter survival, avalanche safety and K9 rescue.

One of the keynote speakers, Dr. Christopher Van Tilburg, will present the first-person "Anatomy of a Search: Mount Hood Tragedy." Legendary mountaineer and author Lou Whitaker will share details from some of his most harrowing climbs in "Mountaineering Tales: Part II."

For more information, call (877) 385-9510 or

Mayor's campaign signs stolen

Sun Valley Mayor Jon Thorson confirmed Thursday that two-thirds of his campaign signs apparently have been stolen from roadside locations where they were being displayed.

He said the 11 stolen 18-by-24-inch re-election signs had been on Elkhorn and Juniper roads and Fairway Drive.

Only five signs remain.

Thorson reported the signs missing to Sun Valley Police.

He said the value is about $15 apiece.

Hailey candidate in Vietnam

Rick Davis, a Hailey city councilman and candidate for mayor in the upcoming Nov. 6 city election, announced that he will be unable to campaign during the week of the election as he has a personal commitment in Vietnam. Davis is traveling to help a hospital procure donated medical equipment.

Ketchum chef tagged for event

Chef Keith Otter was one of 14 guest chef participants at an event at Rosewood's The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas on Oct. 19.

The culinary event celebrated the opening of the TACA Proscenium Weekend, and the debut of the Mansion Restaurant.

TACA provides financial support and services to increase public awareness and participation in the performing arts of north Texas.

Mentor classes to be offered

There will be six mentor preparation and training sessions offered at the Community Campus in Hailey, starting from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7. Wood River Valley residents Cameron Cooper and John Caccia will facilitate the classes.

These sessions are structured and are based on the pair's experiences with men's groups, the Mankind Project, Council Circle and years of community activism.

The first session is free and the remainder of the session costs $50 to cover expenses and written material. For more information and to register, call Caccia at 726-8709, or visit

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