Friday, October 24, 2008

News Briefs

Treats may be donations

Wood River High School students on the "Be A Fan" team for Special Olympics will trick or treat Friday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in various neighborhoods from Bellevue to Hulen Meadows. They will ask for donations for the Snowflake Ball, to be given at the high school for Special Olympic athletes in February.

Fundraising teams will be in costume or in a Special Olympics blue T-shirt, and will carry an official money pail, a photo identification badge, and have information on the "Be A Fan" team.

Donations may also be send to WRHS, 1250 Fox Acres Rd., Hailey, ID 83333, marked "Student Union Special Olympics Fund."

Performance series subscriptions available

Subscriptions for the 2008-09 Performing Art Series, presented by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, are available through Friday, Oct. 31.

The concerts are: African Children's Choir, Nov. 2; Perla Batalla, Dec. 5; Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Jan. 9; Shanghai Quartet, Feb. 7; Jake Shimabukuro, April 3; and Hot 8 Brass Band, May 9. A subscription ticket, which includes priority seating, is $136 per person, a saving of $34 compared to buying individual tickets.

Those interested may purchase tickets at or call 726-9491.

Hailey students 'just say no'

Students at Hailey Elementary School will participate in a Red Ribbon Assembly at 8:15 a.m. today as part of their campaign to "just say no" to drugs.

Students will be wearing red to support the cause. The public is invited.

Idaho to receive settlement money

The state of Idaho will receive $1.6 million as its share of a $60 million settlement with Pfizer, the manufacturer of drugs Celebrex and Bextra.

This is the largest consumer protection settlement Idaho has obtained other than a settlement with tobacco companies.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden filed a consent judgment with Pfizer resolving a five-year investigation by 32 states concerning the promotion of the two prescription drugs.

AG publishes mortgage fraud booklet

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has published a new manual to help Idaho consumers avoid mortgage fraud and foreclosure. The publication is titled "Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure," and it is free.

Wasden said he wrote the booklet to help Idohoans avoid mortgage scams.

"Idaho has certainly not been immune from the nationwide mortgage problems, and we have seen far too many foreclosures in our state," he said.

The booklet can also be read on the Web site

Kim Stocking Trio to play at Sun Valley-Ketchum CVB Business Showcase

The Kim Stocking Trio will play at the 16th annual Sun Valley-Ketchum CVB Business Showcase on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The Business Showcase is a tradeshow-type format that allows local businesses to display their products or services to the public.

Everyone is invited to attend and meet local businesses, enjoy food and drink, and enter to win fabulous prizes. Over 500 people usually attend this event, making this a great networking opportunity.

Booth registration is open to all Sun Valley-Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue chamber members. The fee is $100 for Sun Valley-Ketchum members and $125 for Hailey and Bellevue members. Deadline for registration is Oct. 30.

For more details, or to register, see, call 725-2105 or e-mail

Feds: Blaine County is 'storm ready'

Officials from the National Weather Service will recognize Blaine County and the cities of Bellevue, Carey, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley for completing a set of rigorous warning criteria necessary to earn the official distinction as "StormReady." The announcement came Thursday from the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, the federal agency that oversees the weather service.

StormReady arms communities with improved communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property, before and during an event.

The nationwide community preparedness program uses a grassroots approach to help communities develop plans to handle local severe weather and flooding threats. StormReady started in 1999 with seven communities in the Tulsa, Okla., area.

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