Friday, November 9, 2007

News Briefs


By ALLEN BEST - MTN TOWN NEWS SERVICE

Ketchum architect wins award

BetterBricks, a commercial building initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, awarded Ketchum architect Dale Bates the Designer of the Year award at the fourth annual Idaho awards on Oct. 24 in Boise.

Bates, who runs Living Architecture in Ketchum, is responsible for such buildings as the Club at Copper Ranch and the Ketchum Water Department building.

He was also named winner of the 2007 AIA Excellence in Green Affordable Housing, winner of the 2006 Advocates for Real Community and one of the top three green architects in the country, as noted by Natural Home magazine.

Land Trust to collect seeds

The Hailey-based Wood River Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help collect sagebrush seeds for rehabilitation in areas of open space damaged by the Castle Rock Fire. The collection will take place Tuesday, Nov. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. at the land trust office at 119 E. Bullion St., in Hailey.

The destination will be Cow Catcher Preserve in Bellevue. The project will be led by Idaho Fish & Game's Ed Papanberg. Dress appropriately for wandering in the hillsides and bring water. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call Morgan at 788-3947.

Flu season sets in

People are urged to get a flu vaccination this year. The first confirmed case in Idaho came in October and the season can last through May. It is especially important for children 6 months to 5 years old, pregnant women, people over 50, anyone receiving aspirin therapy for Reye syndrome, people with chronic medical conditions, people in care facilities, health care workers and family members of any of the above.

The nasal influenza vaccine FluMist is now approved for individuals from age 2 to age 49.

There are regular vaccine clinics Tuesday afternoons. Call for times and appointments to the South Central District Health office in Bellevue at 788-4335.

Value up on Idaho potato crop

The final value of Idaho's 2006 potato crop was $761 million, up $86.4 million from the previous year, the National Agriculture Statistics Service reported.

The agency further reported that Idaho growers received an average price per hundred weight of $5.90, up from an average of $5.70 in 2005. Potato growers sold 120 million hundred weight in 2006, up from 109 million hundred weight the previous year.

Nationwide, the value of potatoes sold from the 2006 crop was $2.98 billion, up 8 percent from 2005, the agency reported.

Ketchum jewelry store to close

Christopher & Co., a jewelry purveyor with stores in Hailey and Ketchum, has announced it will close its Ketchum store.

The company's retail store on Main Street in Hailey will stay open for business.

In a notice to customers, the company announced it intends to sell off the entire stock of the Ketchum location in the coming weeks.




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