Arts Alliance appoints new director
The Wood River Arts Alliance has welcomed Shannon Finnegan as its new executive director. Finnegan will work with the organization's board and membership on planning events such as the Children's Arts Festival on Jan. 26. In addition, Finnegan will manage relationships with area, state and national arts agencies.
Finnegan holds a law degree from Georgetown University and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. She and her husband moved to the area in the summer of 2006 from San Francisco.
The executive director position is made possible by a grant from the Idaho Commission on the Arts Leadership for Local Arts Councils. It is a matching grant supported by the cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum and The L&H Foundation.
District hosts 'Recess from School'
A popular recreation program, Recess from School, will be offered for first- through fifth-graders from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16. Hosted by the Blaine County Recreation District, activities will be held at the Community Campus in Hailey.
The program, sponsored by Lallman, Feltman, Peterson and Co., incorporates a variety of activities including art projects, gym games and supervised play in the HUB Youth Center. Snacks will be offered for participants in the afternoon. The cost is $35 per day.
Pick-up and drop-off is at the Community Campus in Hailey. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch and appropriate clothing and footwear. For more information, contact the district at 788-2117.
Atkinsons' to host 'Recycles Day'
America Recycles Day is Thursday, Nov. 15, and to celebrate, the Environmental Resource Center will have an information booth on recycling at Atkinsons' Market in Ketchum and Hailey.
There will be information on what materials you can recycle, recycling facts and figures, Blaine County residents' contribution to recycling, and Atkinsons' new "Choose to Reuse" grocery bags.
Gala to help Positive Partners
Positive Partners Assistance Dogs Inc. will hold a special fundraising event at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.
"A Thanksgiving to Remember: A Tribute to the Voice and Music of Frank Sinatra" will feature Sinatra emulator and former Bellevue resident Ray Livosi with the Jack Holland Trio.
The evening will also include dancing, wine and cheese. Tickets are $125 and are available at all Atkinsons' Markets and at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum.
Sun Valley expands ski storage
Sun Valley Co. is expanding storage for skiers who choose not to schlep their gear home. A portable building to accommodate 400 pairs of skis and 100 snowboards is set to be installed on the grounds of the Warm Springs Lodge, and 140 more lockers are being added to the locker space upstairs in the River Run Day Lodge. An existing waiting list is expected to fill the new spaces, but anyone interested in finding a spot for their ski equipment can call Pete Lane's Ski Shop at River Run at 622-6123.
School historians earn grant
As part of an ongoing study of Sun Valley history, Community School students have won a $1,000 grant from the Idaho Humanities Council.
The money will support a project titled Local History 101: A Study of Mines and Trains. The money will go to help fund interpretive signs that will be installed at the original spots of the valley's train depots.
The grant was submitted as a Teacher Incentive Grant by history instructor Chris McAvoy, but students were the authors, said Community School Director of Communications Tibby Plasse.
"We wanted to create a project-based course that would create some legacies in the community," McAvoy said. "We decided quickly to pursue the signs, and knew there would be some cost to them."
Partnership to create affordable home
A partnership between two nonprofit organizations—Habitat for Humanity and the Ketchum-based ARCH Community Housing Trust—will soon lead to the construction of a new affordable home in Bellevue. The home will be built on a lot in Bellevue that ARCH recently purchased.
A family now living in the southern Idaho community of Eden has been selected to live in and help construct the new home. The father of the family is Blaine County Deputy Sheriff Rene Rodriguez, who currently must drive 180 miles roundtrip to work in Hailey.
Rodriguez will provide more than 250 hours of labor as part of the project. The new home, for which volunteers are being sought to help build beginning in the spring of 2008, will be at 305 North Fifth St.
The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly purchased lot at 4 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16. Anyone wishing to contribute financially or to volunteer materials or time should contact Habitat for Humanity at 726-0610 or ARCH at 726-4411.
County Commission to receive award
The Blaine County Commission will receive the Idaho Smart Growth Award for the county's lengthy Blaine County 2025 planning effort at a ceremony in Boise on Nov. 15. The Nature Conservancy of Idaho, the Wood River Land Trust and Citizens for Smart Growth nominated the commissioners for the award.
In nominating the commissioners, the groups stated that they deserved the recognition for the comprehensiveness of the planning effort and the thoroughness of the public involvement process, a Blaine County news release states.
"On behalf of the citizens of Blaine County, the Board of Commissioners is honored to receive this award," Commission Chairman Tom Bowman said. "It was a collaborative effort by many citizens, organizations and our planning staff."
Blaine County Commissioner Sarah Michael and county Regional Planner Jeff Adams will attend the awards ceremony in Boise to receive the award.
Chamber board seeks members
The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau announced there are a few positions coming open for three-year terms on its board beginning in January 2008.
Applicants must be an owner/manager or key decision-maker in a business, have demonstrated involvement in community organizations, want to actively contribute to improvement of the economy of Ketchum and Sun Valley and be able to attend monthly board meetings and serve on one additional chamber committee.
Letters of interest from chamber members should be e-mailed to nominating chair Matt Engel at firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Nov. 15.
Students return from conference
Last week, St. Luke's Youth Adult Konnections sent four local teenagers to participate in the 2007 Search Institute Service-Learning Conference, Nov. 7 to 11 in Rochester, N.Y. The theme for the conference was Transforming Relationships: For the Common Good. Jose Ruiz, Carly Gustafson, Sonia Lopez and Brandon Beall are all members of YAK's Blaine County Teen Advisory Council and were selected through an interview process with adult members of YAK.
The four were chosen based on previous service work, interest in the subject matter, leadership potential and ability to communicate their acquired knowledge, upon return from Rochester, to other youths in Blaine County.
Special Olympics honors Simpson
Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, joins Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, as co-chair of the Honorary Board of Directors of the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, to be held in Boise.
Simpson and Craig recently were instrumental in securing bipartisan support in Washington, D.C., to the tune of $8 million for the games.
Manage your diabetes
St. Luke's Center for Community Health will host a "brown bag" lunch on the Importance of Diabetes Management, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, south of Ketchum.
For more information, call 727-8733.
Heartsaver class offered
St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center will offer its monthly CPR Heartsaver class from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15. This is a course appropriate for beginners and those who wish to renew their certifications.
Cost is $40. Register at 727-8733.
Today is Philanthropy Day
Today, Nov. 14, is National Philanthropy Day. The Idaho Community Foundation will join more than 770 community foundations across the country in celebrating charitable giving.
In Blaine County, the Idaho Community Foundation gave more than $250,000 to programs last year, including Hailey Ice and Blaine Manor.
The Idaho Community Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization comprised of more than 370 individual funds pooled together for efficient management. For more information or to join the ICF visit idcomfdn.org or call (800) 657-5357.
Join Great American Smokeout
Thursday, Nov. 15, is the annual Great American Smokeout day. Smokers are encouraged to lay down the cigarettes, pipes and cigars for the day.
According to the American Cancer Society, 20 minutes after quitting smoking, heart rate and blood pressure drop, and within 12 hours, carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal. Within two weeks to three months, circulation improves and lung function increases. After a year, the risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.
Non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke absorb nicotine and other toxic chemicals just like smokers do, studies have shown. The Environmental Protection Agency and other federal health organizations classify second-hand smoke as a "known human carcinogen."