Friday, February 8, 2008

News Briefs

Living with Wolves

Join the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. for an interactive presentation about wolves. It will include a partial screening of "Living With Wolves," made by Emmy award-winning filmmakers and Wood River Valley residents Jamie and Jim Dutcher.

The event will be at the Community Campus auditorium in Hailey with refreshments, book/DVD sales, book signings, children's activities, wolf calls and even animal guests.

The Dutchers have won numerous accolades for their story of living with a pack of wolves and observing their complex social behavior.

For more information, contact the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley at 788-4351 or

Find the heat

It's 95 degrees in the greenhouse at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden and the public is invited to come enjoy the facilities. The 1,300-square-foot greenhouse is heated by solar energy, so when the sun is out, it gets nice and warm.

The greenhouse has a water feature by William Robinson, on loan from the Gail Severn Gallery, tropical palms and bamboo, cactus, flowering perennials including salvias and strawflowers, vegetables and herbs and containers of forced daffodils, crocus and tulips.

Tables and chairs offer a nice setting for lunch or reading. The resource library in the community room holds a collection of books on plants, gardening and landscape design, all of which can be perused. Bring a friend, lunch, or a good book and don't forget your sunglasses.

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is on the corner of Highway 75 and Gimlet Road, south of Ketchum. For more information, call 726-9358 or

Send Stennett well wishes

Senate Minority Leader Clint Stennett, D-Ketchum, is continuing to recover following surgery last week to treat an apparent brain tumor.

To send him cards, write: Senate Minority Office, Attn: Sen. Stennett, Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720. E-mails can be sent to

Flu is widespread in Idaho

Idaho's public health officials are reporting widespread flu-like activity in the state. Influenza vaccines are still recommended for those at high risk, such as the elderly. Appointments can be made with the South Central District Health office in Bellevue at 788-4335.

"We don't know how severe this flu season will be, but we believe it hasn't peaked yet," said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare deputy state epidemiologist. "If you haven't received an influenza vaccine, don't wait any longer."

Following certain hygiene steps can prevent influenza, whose symptoms include fever, headache and fatigue: Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; stay home from work or school when sick; wash hands frequently; avoid touching your eyes; eat well; drink fluids; and get plenty of rest.

First Friedlepfeifer award given

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau presented its first-ever Friedlepfeifer Award to 10-year-old Cirque Gammelin, of Alta, Wyo., for being the youngest competitor to complete the 32nd annual Boulder Mountain Tour.

Gammelin finished the 32-mile Nordic ski race in 3:21:10, second for the 12-and-under age group, earning him the award, which goes to participants in athletic events who have challenged themselves and exemplify the "go-higher" spirit of the award's namesake.

The presentation was made following the race.

Gammelin was given a $100 Chamber Choice gift certificate by the chamber, which can be redeemed at more than 100 area businesses.

Volunteer for Special Olympians

The 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Games will be held Tuesday, Feb. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. An expected 356 athletes from 11 countries and 3,000 volunteers will be in Idaho for the games. Competition will take place in five winter sports—alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, floor hockey, snowboarding and snowshoeing.

Competition and activities will be held at Bogus Basin, Boise State University, Sun Valley Resort and Tamarack Resort. Sun Valley will host the cross-country and snowshoeing events.

Volunteers need to be registered and fingerprinted at the Community Campus, in Hailey, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, or at the Wood River YMCA in Ketchum, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17.

In February 2009, Idaho will host up to 3,000 Special Olympics athletes from 85 countries, with the help of 6,000 volunteers and 6,000 family members and fans for the World Winter Games.

For more information: or contact Ashley Crawford at (208) 726-7533.

Feria de salud para mujeres Hispanas

Entendiendo Nutrición y Más es la tema de la 6ta feria de la salud de St. Lukes Centro de Salud para la Comunidad, el martes el 12 de febrero, 5:30-6:30 p.m. en el Community Campus, sala 903, en Hailey.

Todas mujeres Hispanas estan invitadas. Va a haber cuidado de niños.

Para mas information, llame a Laura Zambrano 727-8738.

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