Friday, March 14, 2008

News Briefs

Wake up with Hailey

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly morning business gathering on Wednesday, March 19, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Blaine County Fitness, 21 East Maple St. Unit D, in Hailey.

On Thursday, March 20, the Hailey Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business After Hours business networking event from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mountain West Bank, 206 N. Main St., in Hailey. The event is co-sponsored by Woodside RV Food and Zou 75.

For details, call 788-3483.

Y-Triathlon Program offered

The Wood River Community YMCA will offer a training program designed to lead beginner through experienced athletes to the starting line of the Redfish Racing for Recovery Sprint and Olympic Triathlon.

Beginning Saturday, March 29, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. through June 14, each weekly session will include a presentation on topics such as nutrition, gear, transitions and technique.

People can attend the first session March 29 to see the incentives and prizes. For more information, visit or call 727-9622.

Take a break from school

The Blaine County Recreation District will host activities for students grades 1-5 with the Recess from School program during spring break, March 17-21.

Activities will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and will include the following: ice skating on March 17, bowling in Twin Falls on March 18, tubing at Rotarun on March 19, a trip to Sligars Hot Springs on March 20 and recreation district olympics at the Community Campus in Hailey on March 21.

The cost is $35 per day. Pickup and drop-off is at the Community Campus. Participants are advised to bring a lunch and appropriate clothing and footwear.

For more information, contact the recreation district at 788-2117 or go look online at

Bring back the glory days

The annual Holding Cup alumni races will be held Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, on Bald Mountain. There will be a party and goodie bag pick-up at Apple's the evening of Thursday, March 27.

Registration is $100 per person and includes two days of lift tickets and two nights of food and drink at Apple's, a softshell jacket, a Holding Cup hat and an embroidered base-layer shirt. Each team must be composed of four skiers at least 21 years of age and have attended the same university.

For team questions or to register your team, contact Ellen Gillespie at or (208) 726-2777.

St. Luke's clean as whistle

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center announced that its surgical site infection rate in 2007 was .90 percent, significantly lower than the national average of 2 percent, a St. Luke's Wood River news release reported.

"The main reason our statistic is well below the national average is because of our stringent processes and standards," CEO Bruce Jensen said. "We take a proactive approach to avoiding infections and treating diagnosed infections. Hospital employees receive annual education regarding standard precautions, use of barriers such as gloves, masks, gowns between patients, following proper isolation procedures, proper linen and trash disposal, and following procedures for cleaning and disinfecting equipment and the environment.

In addition, Jo Dee Alverson, safety officer and director of clinical support services, said the hospital works to investigate and isolate probable infections.

"We are very proud our low infection rate," she said. "We are persistent in our practices; we take this very seriously and it shows."

Centering Prayer set in Twin Falls

Centering Prayer, a method of sitting quietly to receive God's presence, is practiced by people all over the world. This simple mediation practice is the subject of a five-hour, non-denominational workshop to be held at the Ascension Episcopal Church in Twin Falls, this weekend.

Certified Centering Prayer instructors Scott Pearhill and Jamie Kelley will lead the workshop.

The workshop starts 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 14, and continues 9 a.m. to noon. Saturday, March 15, at the Ascension Episcopal Church, 371 Eastland Ave., in Twin Falls.

There will be free follow-up sessions on five consecutive Wednesdays, at 7:30 p.m. beginning April 2. The cost is $35 at the door. Scholarships are available if pre-arranged.

For more information, go to

June 7 is free fishing day

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has set Saturday, June 7, as Free Fishing Day. On that date, the Fish and Game invites resident and nonresident anglers alike to celebrate the day fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license.

Though fishing license requirements will be suspended for this day, all other fishing rules, including bag limits and tackle restrictions, will remain in effect, a press release from the Fish and Game states.

For more information regarding the free fishing day, contact the Fish and Game McCall office at (208) 634-8137, or their Nampa office at (208) 465-8465.

Train to volunteer for Crisis Hotline

Crisis Hotline will hold its 25th annual free volunteer training Thursday, April 3, through Thursday, May 1: two Mondays and every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m., at 418 North River St. in Hailey.

This is open to anyone interested in developing listening skills and learning about the dynamics of crises such as family violence, alcoholism, codependency, child abuse and neglect, mental illness, sexual assault, suicide and more.

Call the business office of the Crisis Hotline at 788-0735 to sign up for the training.

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