Friday, September 19, 2008

News briefs

Fund set up for Crofts family

Reacting to the tragic murder of former valley resident Kim Crofts in Panama last week, residents Jenny Busdon and Keith Perry have established a benefit fund for Mary Austin Crofts, his widow. Funds can be deposited into the account at any of the three First Bank of Idaho branches in the Wood River Valley.

"This was done to, firstly, fund travel expenses for one or two family members or friends to give Mary support, love and the help she will need before returning home," Busdon said. "Secondly, counseling for Kim's two sons, if needed, and thirdly, funds to help Mary with her move back to Idaho."

Checks should be made payable to either Busdon or Perry with the Mary Austin Crofts Benefit Account clearly noted.

"She gave so much to this county as executive director at the Blaine County Recreation District for 20 years," Busdon said. "She deserves help from us now when she is hurting so much."

For more information, call Busdon at 726-1649.

Flu vaccine clinics begin early

South Central Public Health District has announced it will begin offering flu vaccine clinics two weeks early this year, starting Oct. 6. Clinics will be held in all of the district's offices, as well as at senior and community centers and some schools. In Blaine County, call 788-4335 for an appointment. For Camas and Lincoln counties, call (208) 934-4477.

New facility under way in Twin

St. Luke's has started construction on a new Clinic Physician Center that will house five pediatricians and five family-medicine physicians in Twin Falls. In addition, St. Luke's Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services and CARES will be located in the Clinic Physician Center.

A construction kick-off party was held Thursday.

Celebrate Family Day

The Blaine County Commission joined other cities, counties and states around the country last week in unanimously proclaiming Monday, Sept. 22, as Family Day.

Celebrated as "a day to eat dinner with your children," Family Day is a national movement that seeks to inform parents that having frequent family dinners is an effective way to help keep children substance-free. County Commissioner Angenie McCleary introduced the topic during a county meeting last week.

She said research has shown that families that spend time together—especially during dinner—are less likely to experience drug and alcohol abuse. She said several local nonprofits—including YAK! Blaine County Youth Partnership and the La Alianza Multicultural Center—are working to promote Family Day.

"I think the most important thing is spending time together," McCleary said.

For more information on Family Day 2008, log on to

Help plant willows in Copper Basin

Trout Unlimited is seeking at least 25 volunteers to help plant 750 willows in Copper Basin, a remote mountain valley wedged between the eastern Pioneer Mountains and White Knob Mountains.

The volunteer day is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4, and will take four to six hours, a news release from Trout Unlimited states. People interested in helping should meet at the Copper Basin Guard Station at 9:30 a.m.

Volunteers will be provided with a brief presentation from a representative of the company that grew the willow seedlings prior to getting down to work. Trout Unlimited will provide a barbecue dinner for volunteers.

Volunteers are advised that there is no drinking water at the guard station, though there is a toilet. Anyone heading out for the volunteer day should bring warm clothes, water or other beverages, work gloves, a shovel, lunch and irrigation boots or hip waders.

If you plan on attending the barbecue after the planting effort, please RSVP to Sue Christensen at For more information about the volunteer effort, contact the director of Trout Unlimited's Idaho Water Project, Kimberly Goodman Trotter, at (208) 552-0891, ext. 712.

To coordinate carpooling from Ketchum, contact Ed and Carmen Northern at 788-3618.

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