Wednesday, September 3, 2008

News Briefs


Arson investigation in Twin Falls

The Twin Falls Police Department is investigating three recent fires believed to have been caused by arson. Two of the three fires were set near one another and resulted in property damage to three vacant houses. The latest fire occurred on Aug. 30 near Oregon Trail Elementary School.

Police believe the three fires may be connected. Anyone with information regarding the cause of these fires is encouraged to call the Twin Falls Police Department at (208) 725-4357 or Detective Bill Hanchey at (208) 725-7283. Anyone providing information is eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Free breast cancer screenings in Ketchum

A traveling medical professional team will be in Ketchum on Sept. 9 and Sept. 23 to provide breast cancer screening services to women ages 18 and older. The screenings will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wood River YMCA's Community Room, 101 Saddle Rd., with free coffee for all participants donated by Starbucks.

Since 2003 the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has partnered with Planned Parenthood of Idaho to offer free breast cancer screenings and educational information to women in Idaho.

East Fork Road contract advertised to construction bidders

A stretch of East Fork Road is one step closer to the beginning of reconstruction with the advertisement of the construction contract bidding, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.

Blaine County Commissioners unanimously agreed to move forward with the project in June. Reconstruction of the road is a local project and will be administered by IDT.

When completed, the one-mile section of East Fork Road between the Big Wood River bridge and a point near Ranch Lane will include two 11-foot travel lanes and two 5-foot painted bike lanes. Disturbed areas within the right-of-way will be seeded with grasses and native vegetation.

Award of a contract is scheduled for later this fall. Once awarded, more information about the construction schedule will be announced.

CPR class to be held

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will host a CPR class in Spanish at La Alianza Multicultural Center from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

The class is free for St. Luke's volunteers and $40 for the general public. Scholarships are available.

To register call 727-8738.

YMCA announces 'Live Broadcasts'

The Wood River Community YMCA will present a new season of live broadcasts from the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

· Noah Feldman, "Past and Future in the Middle East: Seven Years Since 9/11" at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11.

· Thomas Friedman speaking on "Geo-Greenism" and how we can help save the planet at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.

· Edgar M. Bronfman and Charlie Rose at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22.

· "Why Children Need To Play in Order To Learn" with Dr. Edward Hallowell at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13.

· Early-childhood conference on "The Importance of Play," from 6:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

· Henry M. Paulson, President Bush's leading policy advisor on a broad range of domestic and international economic issues, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18.

Cost for members is $5, non-members $8 except for "The Importance of Play" seminar, which is $25 for members, $40 for non-members. To register call 727-YMCA.




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