Wednesday, June 18, 2008

News Briefs

St. Luke's offers safety checks

Another must-do for parents and parents-to-be just got easier, thanks to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center and its free car-seat safety checks.

The hospital's certified child passenger safety technician will install a new car seat or fit an older child to his or her car seat. The technician will also teach parents some installation techniques, and check for recalls.

Stop by the main entrance of the hospital on Wednesday, June 25, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for your free check.

Adaptive Sports finds partner

This summer, Sun Valley Adaptive Sports' summer day camp has a new home. The Adaptive Sports' camp now gathers every morning at the Sagebrush Equine Training Center near Hailey. From Sagebrush, the campers travel to go hiking, swimming, rock climbing and more throughout the Wood River Valley. The camp serves 40 youths. Most of the youths live in the Wood River Valley and all of them are people with disabilities.

Learn how to save a life

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center will offer two CPR classes this week.

On Thursday, June 19, St. Luke's presents a three-hour course teaching basic CPR as well as how to use an Automated External Defibrillator. The class will be offered from 6-9 p.m.

On Saturday, June 21, St. Luke's holds a full-day workshop to teach CPR and Basic First Aid. The American Heart Association's Basic First Aid Course will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the CPR class will be from 1-4 p.m. Participants can take one or both of the classes.

All of the classes will take place in the River Run conference rooms at St. Luke's. The cost is $40 for one class or $80 for both. Pre-registration is required. Call 727-8733 for more information or to register.

Jigsaw to host luncheon

The Jigsaw business-advocacy group will host an informational luncheon on Thursday, June 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Wood River Community YMCA Learning Room. Featuring Ketchum Community Development Corporation Executive Director Gary Rapport, the event will focus on Rapport's experiences in building entrepreneurial economies, one of his key goals for the Wood River Valley.

Rapport has worked for more than two decades with stressed economies in war-torn Israel, tsunami-devastated Indonesia and most recently with tribes in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Cost is $15 for Jigsaw members and $20 for non-members. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 25, to or at (208) 726-1848.

Wildfire season begins

The cool, wet weather the region has experienced this spring has kept most areas green so far, but the grass is beginning to turn. On Monday, fire crews from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Twin Falls District Fire responded to a wildfire that ignited near the Big Little Ranches subdivision along U.S. Highway 93 north of Twin Falls.

The crews were able to keep the blaze to 35 acres, a BLM news release states. Responding to the blaze were three wildland fire engines, a helicopter with helitack crew and a water tender. Jerome Rural Fire Department also assisted with the fire suppression efforts.

Because there were no lightning strikes in the area, the incident has been determined to be human-caused. The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Fire crews suppressed the blaze once it reached the southbound edge of Highway 93. According to the BLM, the fire was declared contained at 2 p.m.

Fireworks sales benefit Crisis Hotline

Celebrate Fourth of July by supporting the Crisis Hotline, which will be selling "safe and sane" fireworks in front of Atkinsons' Market in Ketchum from June 24 to July 6.

The Crisis Hotline is a 24-hour, seven-day a week confidential support and referral service available to anyone in the community in crisis from drugs, mental illness, domestic abuse or other issues. For the past 21 years, the hotline has provided crisis intervention and referral for more than 6,000 callers.

The fireworks booth will be open from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 8 p.m. the week before the Fourth of July. A 50 percent tax deduction on each purchase is available to buyers.

Recycle CFL bulbs

To increase the use of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL) in the Wood River Valley, the Environmental Resource Center and the Hailey Environmental Leadership Program are launching a pilot-recycling program for CFL bulbs.

Compared to incandescent light bulbs, CFL bulbs use 75 percent less electricity, last 10 times longer and lower a single carbon footprint by 500 pounds per year. The only catch is that they are not easily recyclable as each bulb contains around 5 milligrams of mercury.

Starting this month, you can drop off used CFL bulbs at the ERC in Ketchum or Hailey City Hall. Please make sure to hand the light bulb to a designated person to prevent the bulbs from breaking.

Kids can learn to earn

LeRoy's Ice Cream and the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation are partnering this summer to create the Learn to Earn Program, designed to give kids 12 and up the opportunity to gain actual job experience and build their resumes.

Those who wish to participate will fill out an application and go through an interview process. Once accepted, they will work as apprentices for five three-hour shifts. Those 14 an older will be given the opportunity to continue as volunteers and share daily tips.

The program hopes to accomplish early job experience, character growth and a rewarding experience for young people in the valley. Those interested should stop by the stand, located across the street from Atkinsons' in Ketchum or e-mail LeRoy's manager Molly Kukachka at

LeRoy's is a nonprofit business started by Jake Peters in 2004 and donates all of its proceeds to schools throughout the county, as well as the Ski Education Foundation.

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