Wednesday, April 30, 2008

News Briefs

School physicals slated today

Public school middle and high school students can get physicals today, April 30, at the Wood River High School gym. Those with last names beginning with A through I should come at 5:50 p.m., J through R at 6 p.m., and S through Z at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15. Registration packets are available at schools.

Launch job search at fair

St. Luke's Yak! in conjunction with the Blaine County School District and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce will present a "Job Launch" discussion from 2:20-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in the Distance Learning Lab at Wood River High School. Contact Kimberly Hochendonner at 578-5020.

As a prequel to the Job Fair, the Job Launch will present speakers who will discuss how to find, apply for and keep a job. The Job Fair will run immediately after the launch until 5 p.m. in the WRHS Commons Area. It will offer teens the opportunity to talk with local employers and learn of summer job availability, and allows local employers to network with students. For more information, contact Frances Nagashima at 727-8735.

Ground will be broken

Habitat for Humanity will host a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, May 2, at 305 N. Fifth St. in Bellevue to celebrate the start of construction on the first Habitat home in the Wood River Valley.

Join Sheriff's deputy Rene Rodriguez, his family and Habitat members who have worked so hard to bring this project to fruition. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, faith-based group that builds homes in collaboration with families who may not otherwise be able to afford their own. Everyone is invited to the festive occasion.

Get rid of those studs

The Idaho Transportation Department reminds the state's motorists that studded snow tires must be removed from vehicles by May 30.

You can put them back on legally on Oct. 1.

Improve your Spanish

The College of Southern Idaho will repeat its annual Sun Valley Summer Spanish Institute from June 16-20 at the Community Campus in Hailey.

The institute will consist of Spanish language classes and cultural workshops in Mexican art, cooking, children's literature, Spanish history and dance. A Fandango Community Concert will be held with music by Los Pinguos.

Enrollment is limited. Tuition is $350. Some scholarships are available. For more information, contact CSI Blaine Center Director Jenny Emery Davidson at 788-2033 or Information is also available at

Space out tonight in Hailey

NASA will be in Hailey this evening, April 30, for Family Tech Night from 6-8 p.m. at Wood River Middle School.

The free event is hosted by tech education teachers from Bellevue, Hailey, Hemingway and Woodside elementary schools and Wood River Middle School.

NASA's visit is in conjunction with the agency's 50th anniversary and Space Day on May 2. The event will feature "interactive carnival-like booths to engage children and adults in a festival of learning," a press release states.

Open house for Quigley annexation

The Hailey Planning Department will host an open house to display plans and maps related to a request for annexation by owners of Quigley Canyon Ranch on April 30 and May 7 twice a day, from noon to 2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

No presentations will be made by the applicants at the open houses, but city staff and the applicants will answer questions from the public.

Public hearings before the City Council are scheduled for June 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 and 30. Additional written comments can be submitted before the hearings. For more information on the annexation request, call 788-9815, ext. 13, or e-mail

Blood donors needed

The Red Cross will host a blood drive at the Hailey Armory in Hailey from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6. The event will take place at the Armory on Fourth Avenue South.

Blood donors must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old and in good health. A person can donate blood every 56 days. Some types of foreign travel may make a person temporarily ineligible to donate blood. If in doubt, call the Red Cross in Boise at (800) 274-4024.

To sign up to donate blood in Hailey, call 622-3416.

Trout Unlimited to present slide show

The local Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host a slide-show presentation about fishing Colorado's famous Black Canyon of the Gunnison this week. The event, which will discuss fishing the river's salmon fly hatch, will be presented from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the Roosevelt Tavern in Ketchum.

The featured speaker for the presentation will be local fishing guide Bob Knoebel, who is also a professional photographer and board member of the Hemingway Chapter. The event is open to anyone.

Help clean up local trails

The Environmental Resource Center is seeking volunteers to participate in the first annual Canine Clean Sweep, 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 1.

The event is a cleanup effort to rid local trails of dog waste before the summer recreational season begins. Additional sponsors for the event include The Elephant's Perch, The Pet Nanny, Dogs Play 'n Train, Sawtooth Animal Center and Hound Around LLC.

While bags and gloves will be provided during the May 1 event, participants will have to bring their own shovel. The cleanup will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Adams Gulch, Trail Creek, Lake Creek, Carbonate and Colorado Gulch trailheads.

For additional information about the event, contact the ERC at 726-4333.

Rise with the community

If you eat food, drive a car and heat your home, you should see the award-winning documentary "The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and The Collapse of the American Dream" at The Community Library in Ketchum from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.

Sponsored by the Idaho Mountain Express, a discussion will feature insights by Jason Miller of Mountain Rides, James Reed of Idaho's Bounty and Dale and Peggy Bates of Living Architecture and Dynamic Feng Shui, respectively.

Arbor Day festivities planned

Bellevue's Arbor Day will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Bellevue City Park. There will be a hands-on opportunity for people to learn pruning techniques from arborist Pat Rainey while helping to beautify the park. Participants should bring gloves, water and pruning shears.

Ketchum's Arbor Day festivities will feature the planting of a red oak tree at Atkinson Park in memory of former City Council member Christina Potters.

The planting won't take place on Arbor Day, May 2, but, due to time constraints, sometime during the following week, the department reported in a news release.

Other festivities will include tree-related activities at Atkinson Park during registration for summer youth recreation programs on May 2. Also, tree replacements on Main and River streets will occur on May 5.

For more information, contact Jennifer Smith, city arborist and parks superintendent at 726-7820 or

St. Luke's offers classes

There will be a free cholesterol discussion class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in English and 7 to 8 p.m. in Spanish Thursday, May 1, in the Baldy Conference Rooms at St. Luke's Wood River.

From 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3, St. Luke's will offer "Oh Boy," a puberty class for boys ages 9-12 and their parents. It will be held in the Baldy Conference Rooms, and costs $20, ($5 for additional siblings). Pre-registration is required. Call 727-8733.

St. Luke's Wood River will offer free blood pressure checks at the Ketchum Post Office 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 7.

Led by Dr. Andrea Girman and registered dietician Becky McCarver, a four-part "Intuitive Eating" series will run from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 7. For more information, call the Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

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