Friday, May 9, 2008

News Briefs

New Fools take to boards

Six new board members have been elected to three-year terms on Company of Fools' board of directors. The elections bring the number serving on the board to 20.

New board members are Neil Bradshaw, Shannon Conklin, Leigh Everitt, L'Anne Gilman, Marisa Nelson and Stacey Rutherford.

Other Company of Fools' board members who are currently serving are Patricia Aluisi, board President Tim Black, Greg Bloomfield, John Campbell, Joan Davies, Tim Eagan, Sandy Figge, John Glenn, Bonnie Ann Moore, Kipp Nelson, Gay Odmark, Denise Simone, Sheila Summers and Kathleen Bjorkman Wilson.

In December 2000, the company became the first theatre in Idaho's history to receive Constituent Theatre status from Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional, nonprofit American theatre. Then Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne honored Company of Fools as a recipient of the 2004 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Candidate to meet, greet

Former Congressman and Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate Larry LaRocco will be in Ketchum Thursday, May 15, to attend a no-host meet and greet at the Pioneer Saloon in Ketchum from 6-8 p.m.

LaRocco will give an update on the current momentum of the campaign and address questions and concerns about Idaho's future.

Wine about crisis

Crisis Hotline will hold a wine-tasting benefit at the Ellsworth Inn Estate in Hailey, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

Wines from Nouveaux Beverages, Frenchman's Gulch and Thousand Springs wineries will be complemented by gourmet appetizers from Zou 75, Lorna's Catering, Okasha Sushi, Sun Valley Brewery, Bandidas, Chester & Jake's, At Your Place Catering and others.

Along with participating in a silent auction, guests will be able to tour the charming guest rooms of this 1920s-era inn.

For advance tickets and event details, call 788-0735.

U.S. 93 construction to start

Construction on U.S. 93 north of Mackay will begin Monday, May 12.

The Idaho Transportation Department announced that road crews will repave and seal nine miles of the highway from Lone Cedar Creek Road to Doublespring Pass Road, causing expected 15-minute delays, as the highway will be reduced to one lane. The project is scheduled for completion in July.

State legislation could impact water

The Idaho Water Users Association warned that legislation passed by a Senate committee could put the sovereignty of Idaho irrigation water in the Snake River at risk.

The Snake Headwaters Legacy Act of 2007 would include federally protected "Recreational" and "Scenic" designations for 42 miles of the river between Jackson Lake Dam and Palisades Reservoir.

The association said that if passed by Congress, this would pose a risk to water users from Idaho Falls to the Magic Valley who own and depend on the water stored behind Jackson Lake Dam.

This portion deals with just 10 percent of the total miles included in the bill.

Rock climbing without risks coming to Tetons

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. (MTN)—For summer visitors this year, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort hopes to offer a new feature described as rock climbing without the risk.

Called "via ferrata," the system features a steel cable that runs the length of each rock-climbing route. Participants wear a helmet and a harness with two safety lines, which are clipped into the cable. By clipping and unclipping as they ascend the face, climbers at all times remain attached to the cable by at least one safety line.

The Jackson Hole News&Guide stated that networks of via ferrata, Italian for "iron way," were installed in the Italian Dolomites and Austrian Tyrol during World War I, as soldiers for both sides of that horrific conflict affixed cables, ladders and bridges to the rock, eliminating the need for full climbing equipment.

This system allows people who haven't climbed before to "get the experience without risk," explained Jessica Milligan, chief of product, sales and service for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. The routes are being reviewed by the U.S. Forest Service, which administers the property.

Whistler-Blackcomb also has via ferrata routes, as do Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, and three resorts in the East. Such systems are common in Europe, especially the Dolomites.

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