Friday, May 2, 2008

News Briefs

'Origin' reading canceled

Diane Abu-Jaber's reading and signing of her novel, "Origin," at Iconoclast in Ketchum, scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for fall.

LiveStrong in Ketchum

Want to help fight cancer, raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, and have some fun?

Join LiveStrong Day Ketchum on Tuesday, May 13. There will be a bike ride, criteriums, food, live music with The Damphools and a raffle. Kids and adults are all invited to participate.

Donations may be made in advance at the Lance Armstrong Foundation,

Ketchum Wide Open returns

Absent from the spring schedule for a number of years, the popular miniature golf tournament known as the Ketchum Wide Open is back and will once again feature different holes at participating watering holes in town.

Golfers can begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at any of the bars, including Grumpy's, McClaine's, Sushi on Second, Lefty's, the Sawtooth Club, the Roosevelt Grille, Whiskey Jacques, the Casino and Smoky Mountain Pizza.

The last hole will be at Forest Service Park, and golfers must turn their score cards in at the park by 6 p.m. Awards will be presented at the park at 6:30 p.m. and prizes will be given for best score, best costume and best hole.

Entry fee is $20 for a team of two and tickets can be purchased at any of the participating establishments on the day of the event.

Economic luncheon in Sun Valley

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau will hold an economic luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room.

The luncheon will focus on Idaho's efforts to promote tourism and economic development in Blaine County. Guest speakers will be Don Dietrich, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce, and Karen Ballard, administrator for the Idaho State Tourism Department.

Cost of the luncheon is $25, and reservations are required and must be made by Monday, May 12, by contacting Stefany Mahoney at 725-2105.

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.

Willow Creek eyed for rehabilitation

The Sawtooth National Forest is proposing to rehabilitate a five-mile stretch of Willow Creek to improve habitat for fish and other aquatic life. Willow Creek is a tributary of Camas Creek, and the project area is about 13 miles northeast of Fairfield.

The Forest Service wants to add logs and whole trees and other large woody debris at specific locations in Willow Creek. The placement of large woody debris is intended to replace some of the dead trees and snags removed by campers and firewood cutters over the years.

The result of the removal will be a deficit of woody debris in the creek to help form pools. Wood for the project would be obtained in the vicinity of Willow Creek and would be hand placed by Forest Service staff and volunteers.

Details of the proposed project can be obtained by calling the Fairfield Ranger District at (208) 764-3202.

The Forest Service is seeking written comments on the proposal by May 30. Comments should be sent to the Fairfield Ranger District, Box 189, Fairfield, ID 83327, attn. Dan Kenney.

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