Friday, May 23, 2008

News Briefs offers reward

A locally based Web library that features issues pertaining to salmon recovery is offering $1,000 for information leading to science-based support of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries' claim that a 2008 salmon plan provides for "recovery" of Idaho's sockeye salmon.

The Web site's administrator, Scott Levy, has not been able to find justification in the current plan, which can be found at

Recovery is defined by Levy as a one-to-one, adult-to-adult return ratio, which means for every two salmon that return to Idaho to spawn, two adults return five years later. The definition of recovery by the government, Levy said, is "much less well defined."

"I have been unable to find justification in the current plan, and I'm seeking assistance from biologists or interested parties in revealing such justification to our Web site visitors," Levy said.

Levy can be contacted at

ITD to discuss East Fork plan

The Idaho Transportation Department will hold a public information meeting Wednesday, May 28, to discuss timelines and construction specifics and answer questions about reconstruction of East Fork Road.

An ITD press release states the reconstruction project involves the road from its junction with state Highway 75 east to near Ranch Lane. The project is expected to start later this summer.

The meeting will be held at the Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey at 6 p.m. ITD engineers and project staff will be available to answer questions from homeowners and other interested parties.

La Alianza to host World Cup

La Alianza, the valley's newest nonprofit, will host its first soccer tournament on June 28. La Alianza World Cup will consist of eight to 10 teams. Each team will represent a different country.

Spectators are invited to come support the players while enjoying hamburgers and hot dogs, pinatas, raffles, salsa dancing, volleyball and more. All activities take place at Atkinson Park in Ketchum.

To register, call Rebecca Hornbach at 578-5408.

New chamber secretary elected

Hailey attorney Doug Werth has been elected secretary of the Hailey Chamber of Commerce.

Werth was chosen by the chamber's board of directors during its May 14 meeting.

Werth filled the vacancy after former Secretary Marty Miller was elected vice-president in April. Miller, of Bisnett Insurance, replaced Lisa Emerick, of Friedman Memorial Airport, when she came president after former President Jim Latta resigned. Kathleen Harrison of Harrison Insurance is still serving as treasurer.

Memorial Day celebration set

The American Legion will present a Memorial Day celebration at the Ketchum Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26.

The event will include the Colorguard, a tribute to fallen veterans, the Boy Scouts and a rifle salute. Seats will be set up for about 80 people. As well, the American Legion Auxiliary will sell red paper poppies. Sue Noel will sing the national anthem. American Flags will be raised at the intersection of Sun Valley Road and Main Street in Ketchum.

YAK students return from conference

Six members of St. Luke's YAK—Mary Van Zeipel, Jeff Maxwell, DD McCarthy, Yessenia Loepz, Chauncey McGraw and Carly Gustafson—recently returned from the National Youth Leadership Council Conference in Minnesota. They were among about 3,000 students from across the country to attend the conference.

One of the speakers was 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who spoke about issues that face youth today.

The conference also included sessions on service learning, a combination of education and community projects.

Upon their return, the students presented a synopsis of their experiences to the Blaine County School District board of trustees.

For more information on future conferences or YAK! programs, contact 727-8735.

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