Friday, February 15, 2008

News Briefs

Nominate heroes

South Central District Health is compiling nominations to be recognized during Public Health Week, April 7-13. Vote in the following categories: Adults Hero, Youth Hero and Corporate Hero.

Nominees can work in any field and do not have to be part of an organization that works in health care.

Nomination forms are available from the South Central Health office at 117 E. Ash St. in Bellevue, or by calling 788-4335.

Think trees

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering 10 free Colorado spruce trees to new members as part of its annual Trees for America campaign.

Members will also receive a subscription to the Foundation's Arbor Day magazine and "The Tree Book" with information on planting and care.

The 6- to 12-inch trees will be sent at an appropriate time for planting, between March 1 and May 31.

Send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Colorado Blue Spruce, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave. Nebraska City, NE 68410 by Feb. 29 or visit

Deadline nears for scholarship

The Idaho State Board of Education has announced a deadline of March 1 to apply for the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship.

Applications and eligibility requirements can be found online at

Questions can be directed to either Dana Kelly or Jessica Piper at the state board office at (208) 334-2270.

Families All Together

F.A.T. Night will be hosted by St. Luke's YAK! and Wood River Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the middle school campus.

All families in the Wood River Valley are encouraged to attend a free dinner and "Reach for the Stars" presentation with Jeanne Pincha-Tulley.

Pincha-Tulley was incident commander for the Castle Rock Fire last summer. She will address the importance of positive role modeling and mentoring in our children's lives.

The intent of the evening is to bring together families to enjoy food, fun and presentations. Free childcare will be provided.

For more information, call Brian Holda at 727-8736.

Get Focused

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center is beginning the strategic planning process for its 2009 fiscal year. All community members are invited to attend a focus group to provide feedback, input and expectations.

There are two opportunities to join a focus group. In Hailey, a meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 21, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Wood River Inn.

The Ketchum focus group will meet Friday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in St. Luke's Wood River Baldy conference room.

Refreshments and appetizers will be served at both meetings.

Bighorn sheep tag sells for $65,000

BOISE (AP)— Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game say a Canadian hunter has bid $65,000 for Idaho's special bighorn sheep permit.

Frank Miles of Cecil Lake, British Columbia, made the bid last week at the annual convention of the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep in Salt Lake City.

That's the most paid for an Idaho bighorn sheep auction permit that didn't allow hunting in Hells Canyon.

Hells Canyon is included every other year in the auction, and in 2005 brought in a record $180,000.

Money raised through the auction is used to help augment bighorn sheep populations in the state.

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