Wednesday, January 23, 2008

News Briefs

Idaho Power hearings rescheduled

The Idaho Public Utilities Commission is postponing the start of two hearings related to Idaho Power Co.'s request for an average 10.35 percent rate increase.

A technical hearing scheduled for yesterday in Boise was postponed one day to today, Jan. 23, at 9:30 a.m. in the commission's hearing room at 472 W. Washington St.

The public hearing scheduled for today, Jan. 23, in Boise, has been postponed to Thursday, Feb 7, at 7 p.m., also in the commission hearing room.

The delays will allow interested parties and the public more time to review a possible settlement proposal between the company, commission staff and other parties involved in the case. Details of the settlement are anticipated to be available this week.

The public hearings scheduled for Jan. 29 in Chubbuck and Jan. 31 in Twin Falls will proceed as scheduled.

BAH to be held at Roosevelt

The Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau invites members and guests to attend the January Business After Hours hosted by Sun Valley Online and the Roosevelt Tavern & Grille. The BAH will be held on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Businesses are encouraged to use this monthly event as an opportunity to network with other members, meet new businesses in town and get better acquainted with the companies hosting the event.

During the BAH, a Ro-Sham-Bo Tournament will be held with more than $7,500 of in-kind advertising at stake. There will also be drawings for videography services, a musical image campaign, lift tickets and more.

NAMI offers Family to Family class

The Wood River Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is focusing on education this month.

Family to Family, a free 10-week course for family and friends of people with mental illness, will begin Jan. 27 and will be taught by trained NAMI members.

Class topics will include information about illnesses of the brain and their treatment, resources, coping skills and advocacy. For information and registration, call instructor Nancy at 788-4347.

Recent grants from the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation and the Idaho Community Foundation (through the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation Education Fund) provide for the distribution of the booklet, "Parents and Teachers as Allies," to all Blaine County school teachers and counselors. Pamphlets dealing with mental illnesses will be placed with health-care providers throughout the county and a new lending library of books and audio/visuals is available to the public.

Ski the Rails Saturday

The public is invited on Saturday, Jan. 26, to Ski the Rails, a free cross-country ski tour along the old Union Pacific Railroad line between Ketchum and Hailey.

Organized by the Blaine County Recreation District, the community event will feature trails groomed for both classic and skate skiing.

Official start time is 10 a.m. at Serenade Lane in Ketchum. However, participants are welcome to start anywhere along the trail. Aid stations with snacks and beverages will be set up along the trail, staffed by volunteers from The Community School, KECH Radio, Power Engineers and the Idaho Mountain Express. Perry's restaurant will provide treats at the recreation district tent at the start of the tour.

Shuttle buses will leave from the Sun Valley Brewery in Hailey starting at 9:30 a.m. Dogs will be allowed on the buses, but must be on a leash.

For more information, contact the recreation district at 788-2117.

Focus the Nation

Blaine County will join Focus the Nation, a national movement aimed at creating global-warming solutions for Americans, on Thursday, Jan. 31. There will be a national teach-in, free bus service all day courtesy of Mountain Rides, a Walk, Ski or Bike to School initiative, pertinent films shown and a panel discussion. Both the Wood River High School and The Community School are participating.

The teach-in is an effort to bring students and politicians together to make policy changes. Additionally, Mountain Rides will donate several season bus passes to the Focus the Nation panel discussion and event scheduled at the Liberty Theatre in Hailey from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

All residents can join the local effort in some way, by riding the bus, carpooling, walking and/or attending the evening events at the Liberty.

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