Wednesday, March 26, 2008

News Briefs

Public can comment on power plan

Wood River Valley citizens have the opportunity to comment on Idaho Power's Wood River Electrical Plan using the Internet.

Comments can be entered at Once there, select "Provide Comments About the Plan."

A community advisory committee worked with Idaho Power in 2007 to create a plan to address the Wood River Valley's long-term electric demand.

BAH scheduled in Ketchum

Smoky Mountain Pizza will host the next Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau's Business After Hours on Thursday, March 27, from 5-7 p.m.

The business networking event will take place at the restaurant located at 200 Sun Valley Rd. W. in Ketchum.

Backcountry benefit set

Mud, Sweat and Gears, the annual bike kick-off bash at Sturtos on Main Street in Ketchum, will be held Thursday, March 27, from 2-6 p.m.

Preview the latest bikes from Scott, Santa Cruz, Orbea, Nirve, Raleigh and Rocky Mountains. The event features lots of specials, door prizes, swag, Fat Tire ale and brats, to benefit Big Wood Backcountry Trails.

Humanities grants land in area

The Idaho Humanities Council, the nonprofit, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has awarded $65,580 in grants to organizations and individuals at its recent board meeting in Lewiston.

The city of Stanley was awarded $1,200 to research and produce a self-guiding, historic walking tour brochure of the city. Also in Stanley, the Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association received $4,923 to help launch a weekly summer "Sawtooth Forum and Lecture Series" from June through September 2008. The grant-supported presentations include one by Sawtooth Valley writer and Idaho Mountain Express columnist John Rember.

In Hailey, the Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage received $4,500 to help support components of its Trailing of the Sheep Festival held each fall.

In Ketchum, the Ernest Hemingway Festival was awarded $3,000 to help with its fourth annual festival. Scheduled for September 25-28, this year's festival will have as its theme "Hemingway in Cuba."

Museum hires new director

The Ketchum-Sun Valley Historical Society announced that the new executive director of the Heritage and Ski Museum in Ketchum is David Hanning.

Hanning was formerly with the Wood River YMCA. He produced a historic ski film in Jackson, Wyo., and has experience in all winter sports, mountain climbing and paragliding. He resides in Ketchum.

The musuem is in two buildings at Forest Service Park, at First Street and Washington Avenue, in Ketchum. It is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 5, Friday to 3:30 and Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Age with design

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will host a "brown bag" lecture on "Creative Aging: Life by Design," on Thursday, March 27, from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Dr. John Gibson, a licensed clinical social worker and life coach, will lead the lecture in the Baldy Conference Room. The lecture is free. For more information, call 727-8737.

Check child's seat

Check your child's car seat at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center on Wednesday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the hospital. A certified safety technician will help install seats before your baby is born, check for recalls and fit an older child, too.

Galena Loppet on Saturday

The annual Galena Loppet will take place Saturday, March 29, with a start time of 10:30 a.m. The Loppet tour goes around the perimeter trails of Galena Lodge. For more information, call 726-4010.

Cheap tickets at Soldier

Soldier Mountain Ski Area announced that its last day of operations will be Saturday, March 29, and that lift tickets on that day will be just $10.

As well, there will be a dual slalom course for anyone to run, games, prizes, barbecue and other discounted food and beverages. For more information, call (208) 764-2526.

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