Friday, August 22, 2008

News Briefs

More West Nile reported

A second probable human case of West Nile Virus was reported in the Magic Valley, prompting health officials to remind Idaho residents to "Fight the Bite" of mosquitoes. An adult male in his 60s from Jerome County, in his 60s, is recovering. This makes three cases in south central Idaho in the past two months.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile do not show symptoms. However, people with symptoms may experience fever, headaches, body aches, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, eye pain and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. Symptoms typically occur 3 to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. More severe infections may involve the central nervous system.

Public Health officials continue to remind individuals to take personal responsibility to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites.

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Summer lift operations extended

Sun Valley Co. announced on Wednesday that its summer chair lift operations from River Run to the top of Bald Mountain have been extended through Sunday, Sept. 14, nearly two weeks later than the traditional closure right after Labor Day weekend.

The prices for the lift to the top remain the same at $20 for an all-day adult pass or $15 for one ride. Children ride all day for $10 or $7 for a single ticket.

The lifts open at 9 a.m. and the last trip down is at 3:45 p.m.

Sun Valley offers gas with room

Guests staying at the Sun Valley Resort between Sept. 1 and Oct. 14 will receive a free $25 Sinclair gas card for every two consecutive nights.

The promotion allows for one card per room and is only offered to individual reservations, not groups.

For more information, call 1-800-786-8259.

Idaho golf boasts three Top 100 courses

According to the September issue of Golf magazine, Idaho is home to three of the top 100 courses to play for 2008-2009.

Courses include Coeur d'Alene Resort, Circling Raven in Worley, and Tamarack Resort's Osprey Meadows.

Skiing considers Castle Rock Fire

The cities of Sun Valley and Ketchum are featured in a photo essay, by photographer Chris Figenshau, in the September 2008 issue of Skiing magazine. The essay is on the August 2007 Castle Rock Fire and on skiing in its aftermath.

The story features Wood River Valley skiers Zach and Reggie Crist, along with eight pages of action-packed photos. The magazine is on newsstands now.

YMCA ready for out-of-school kids

While parents have to work and school is out for the day, enroll your child in the YMCA's Schools Day Out on Friday, August 29th. Drop them off as early as 8:00 am at the YMCA. Swimming, Rock Climbing, Crafts, Games and lots of fun will be made during the day.

Pick up is at 5:30 pm. Please have children bring their lunch, swimsuit and positive attitude for this exciting day. Register early to ensure a spot for your child. Call Suzanne at 727-9622 for more information and to register.

Volunteers sought for trail work

The folks with Big Wood Backcountry Trails are seeking additional volunteers for their next scheduled work event on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Throughout the summer, volunteers have been working to build 2.5 miles of new single-track trail in the Rotarun area, west of Hailey. Next week's volunteer work session will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the end of Rodeo Drive, the road that accesses the Rotarun ski hill.

Volunteers should wear sturdy footwear, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and eye protection. They should also be sure to bring water and work gloves. Volunteers are being asked to leave their dogs at home. Anyone interested in helping out is encouraged to get in touch with Chris Leman so that enough tools are brought to the work session. Leman can be reached at (208) 721-1691 or at

Adam appointed to housing authority

Perennial Sun Valley political candidate Milt Adam was appointed recently to the Blaine County Housing Authority. Adam's recommendation was made by the Sun Valley City Council at the city's May 15 meeting. The nomination was unanimous.

Adam replaces former Housing Authority Commissioner Michael Roos.

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