Friday, October 31, 2008

News Briefs

Komen awards money to Idaho communities

The Boise affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Wednesday that it will award $379,489 to breast health programs located throughout southwest Idaho, including Ketchum. The grant money was raised from this year's record-breaking Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and will help to fund breast cancer screening, education and treatment.

The grants will be distributed to grant recipients on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. during the Komen Pink Social at the Boise Centre on the Grove.

St. Luke's projects given to local contractors

St, Luke's Wood River Medical Center announced Wednesday that three contractors—Katco Excavation, Garrett Construction and Donahue & McNamara—were awarded a $1.5 million contract to build the structure for a new St. Luke's clinic in Hailey.

St. Luke's project manager Stan Brown said the interior parts of the &10.4 million job are still in the bidding phase.

The new clinic will be on Aviation Drive in Hailey and is expected to be completed in about a year.

The clinic will be a two-story, 36,000-square-foot building housing St. Luke's Family Medicine, St. Luke's Center for Community Health and an office of St. Luke's Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services.

"Whenever we have new projects in communities, it is always our preference to work with local contractors," said Jeff Hull, director of St. Luke's architecture and construction in Boise. "We want to support the local economy as much as we can."

First meet for WRHS speech, debate

Wood River High School speakers earned "Superior" and "Excellent" ratings during the Borah/Bishop Kelly tournament Oct. 24-25 in Boise. Entering the category Editorial Commentary, four Wolverines earned Superior ratings. They were Tawni Padilla, Lily Pidgeon, Will Drier, and Max Jones. Receiving Excellent ratings were Marlow Mizer, Miles Hendrix and Tenny Babcock.

Veteran impromptu speaker Matt Gappmayer had Superior ratings on all three Impromptu topic rounds, earning two first-place finishes and one second place.

Jake Miczulski took home a Superior rating in Impromptu and Derek Williams brought home an Excellent rating from a field of over 60 entries representing 20 Idaho schools.

Wood River varsity and junior varsity debaters also competed in their first meet of the season.

Attaining perfect speech scores of 40 were Gappmayer, Drier and Babcock in policy debate.

This year's topic focuses on government incentives for alternative energy. Public forum or crossfire-style debaters included the teams of Tawni Padilla and Max Jones, and Miles Hendrix and Jake Miczulski.

The novice team will join the JV and varsity members for the Hillcrest Joust in Idaho Falls in two weeks.

Bigwood Golf Course to close Sunday

The last day of the season for the Bigwood Golf Course is set for this Sunday.

Sales for 2009 season passes are on sale now through Nov. 15. Discounts for individual and couples passes are available. Call 725-0595, ext. 105 for details.

Alfie Kohn to speak in Sun Valley

Sponsored by The Community School and St. Luke's Center for Community Health, author Alfie Kohn will appear Friday, Nov. 7, and Saturday, Nov. 8, at The Community School in Sun Valley.

Kohn speaks widely on human behavior, education and parenting. Time magazine wrote that Kohn is "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores."

For more information contact Iconoclast Books at 726-1564.

Mountain Rides to Offer Event Bus for Ketchum 'Nightmare on Main Street' party

Mountain Rides will offer a special event bus to Ketchum's "Nightmare on Main Street" party on Friday, Oct. 31. The bus will make one trip north, arriving in Ketchum for the start of the event, and one trip back south later in the night. The trips will utilize the existing Mountain Rides bus stops in downtown Bellevue and Hailey. The bus will not make pickups along Woodside Boulevard. The charge will be $1 each way.

The event bus will make a 8:15 p.m. northbound departure from downtown Bellevue starting at Main and Oak Streets, with stops at Main and Cottonwood Streets, and Main and Spruce Streets. The bus will continue to Hailey with pickups starting at 8:25 p.m. at Main and Maple Streets, Main and Walnut Streets, River and Bullion Streets, Main and Myrtle Streets and Main & N. 1st Streets. The last pickup will be 8:35 p.m. at the Northeast corner of Highway 75 and East Fork, and then dropping off in Ketchum at Main and 1st Streets.

The southbound bus from Ketchum is scheduled for a 12:30 a.m. departure, loading at Main and 1st Streets and dropping off at all the same pickup spots. For details, call 788-RIDE.

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