Wednesday, April 23, 2008

News Briefs

Food bank needs deposit

The winter may be over but the struggles associated with the season are not. The Blaine County Hunger Coalition's food bank is exceedingly low due to a continued increase in need.

"We have been facing what I'm calling a silent crisis this winter, with greater numbers of people out of work and struggling to pay their rising gas and food bills," Hunger Coalition Executive Director Jeanne Liston said. "We are seeking the help of the business community to replenish our food bank through our Spring Corporate Food Drive," which runs through Wednesday, April 30.

The Hunger Coalition's yellow food collection barrels and boxes will be scattered around key valley businesses and available for donations.

Businesses participating in the food drive include Marketron, Masai Barefoot Technology, POWER Engineers, Rocky Mountain Hardware, Scott USA, Smith Sport Optics and St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center. Food barrels are at the grocery stores year-round.

Jigsaw lunch Tuesday

Jigsaw, a nonprofit organization promoting educational and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs, will hold a "brown bag" lunch on Tuesday, April 29, at the conference room of the Zions Bank branch in Ketchum from 12-1:15 p.m.

Career counselor Rick Duff will speak on a personality typing system that can be used to shape professional direction for optimal satisfaction. This workshop can help young professionals with career planning in mind.

The lunch is free to Jigsaw members and $15 to non-members. For more information or to RSVP, call 726-1848.

Valley photographer honored

Ketchum resident Karl Weatherly was honored by the North American Snowsports Journalists Association and was awarded top place for his work in Snowsports Photography.

Weatherly's photos, which appear on both the Getty Images and Corbis Web sites and in winter sports magazines, were described as having the best sense of light and composition, and excellent action, and "shot by someone with obvious expert skiing skills."

One of Weatherly's photos featuring Sun Valley Telemark Director Danny Walton on Baldy recently appeared on the back of Backcountry magazine.

Ketchum back in national spotlight

Ketchum is back in the national press, this time featured in stories in spring issues of Family Circle and Men's Vogue magazines.

Ketchum resident Lori Williams nominated her town for Family Circle's monthly column called "My Hometown" and was contacted by the magazine last summer for a feature appearing in May 2008. The one-page article highlights Bald Mountain, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, Wagon Days, summer concerts and KB's Burritos, among other attractions.

In Men's Vogue, Silver Creek was showcased in a story about fly fishing in the magazine's April 2008 issue, which included pictures by local photographer Paulette Phlipot.

Tree money for Ketchum

The city of Ketchum received an Arbor Day grant for $300 from the Idaho Nursery and Landscape Association, the Idaho Department of Lands, Avista, Rocky Mountain Power and Idaho Power.

The money is for Planting Idaho, a program provided by contributions from Idaho utility companies that have an interest in healthy urban forests.

Arbor Day is May 2. For more information, contact Ketchum City Arborist Jen Smith at 726-7820.

Sun Valley/Ketchum BAH set

Sun Valley Design Center/Sun Valley Shutters and Shades, along with the Roosevelt Tavern, will host April's Business After Hours on Thursday, April 24, from 5-7 p.m. at 100 Leaville Ave. S., Suite 120, in Ketchum.

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau encourages local businesses to use the monthly event as a networking opportunity.

Voter registration planned

The Blaine County Democratic Party will host a countywide voter registration on Saturday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents who have moved this past year or relocated to Blaine County need to re-register to be eligible to vote in the primary election, May 27.

Voter registration will be at the following locations: Ketchum Post Office, Giaccobi Square in Ketchum, and Atkinsons' in Hailey and Bellevue. Those wishing to register should have a valid driver's license or proof of Blaine County residency.

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