Friday, June 6, 2008

News Briefs

Unauthorized trail work concerns federal officials

Whomever took it upon themselves to remove roots and embedded rocks from the popular Lane's and Sunnyside trails in Adams Gulch northwest of Ketchum shouldn't have done so, officials have said. The unauthorized trail work was apparently done in the past few weeks to free the trails of obstacles, Big Wood Backcountry Trails Executive Director Chris Leman said in an online blog this week.

Leman said the person who did the work had an acquaintance who tripped on a root on one of the trails and thought they were doing the community a favor by smoothing the trails out. However, these obstacles are an important component of the character of local trails and, further, should not be removed without the permission of Sawtooth National Forest officials, he said.

Spanish Institute offered

The second annual Sun Valley Summer Spanish Institute will hold daily language classes, a Friday night fandango concert and street party, as well as a week of Spanish education, Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 20, at the Community Campus in Hailey.

Adult students can improve Spanish proficiency and explore the world of Latino cultures, from history to literature to food, in this innovative immersion program, offered jointly by the College of Southern Idaho and Idaho State University.

For more information and to register, call the CSI Blaine County Center at 788-2033 or

Cell numbers have not been released

Cell phone customers do not need to worry about telemarketing companies, at least in Idaho.

According to Bob Cooper, communications director for the Idaho Attorney General's Office, directories of cell phone numbers are not being published.

"As far as we know," Cooper said.

To quell concerns, however, Cooper did recommend that people register their cell numbers with the Do Not Call List. To block a cell number, simply call the following number from your cell phone: (888) 382-1222.

Concerns were raised in other states—including California—that cell numbers were being released to telemarketers.

Consultant attends conference

Kitty Durtschi, of AP College Consulting in Ketchum, recently attended the annual spring conference of the Independent Educational Consultants Association in Minneapolis, Minn.

The theme of this year's conference was "Changes in Education, Admission and Consulting," covering topics such as learning disabilities and the college match, college athletics and the NCAA, and the benefits of a gap year.

Durtschi can be contacted at 726-8308.

Get food baskets at St. Charles

Freedom Resource Center of Idaho, the Idaho Foodbank and the Blaine County Hunger Coalition will hand out free food baskets on a first-come, first-served basis, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Hailey.

For more information, contact the Hunger Coalition at 788-0121.

New concert on the scene

GSquare Productions will present the first Gem State Jam Music and Arts Festival to be held outdoors at Expo Idaho, on July 19 with two music stages and a variety of art and craft vendors.

Headlining the event is Boise's own Built to Spill along with veteran San Francisco-based rock band New Monsoon, Blue Turtle Seduction, Kamphire Collective and JuJu Revolution. An acoustic stage will feature singer songwriters Rebecca Scott, Kris Doty and Jerry Fee.

Tickets are $25 and available for purchase at and the following locations in Boise: Boise Co-op, Newt and Harolds, McU Sports and the Record Exchange. Kids under 12 are free. For more information, visit

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