Wednesday, November 19, 2008

News briefs

'Mindfulness and Mental Health'

Join a St. Luke's brown bag lecture with Tami Kammer, licensed practical counselor, on coping with illness and improving your health by paying attention from moment to moment. The lecture will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, from 12:15--1:15 p.m. in St. Luke's Baldy Conference Rooms.

All brown bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs at 727-8733.

Attend test screening at Magic Lantern

Comedy director JB Rogers will conduct a free test screening at the Magic Lantern Cinema in Ketchum on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 9 p.m. Rogers directed the comedy "American Pie II." This forthcoming comedy film features Michael Vartan, Sean Austin and David Cross. Prepare to stay beyond the film to fill out a questionnaire.

WRHS students earn scholar awards

Twelve Wood River High School students have been recognized for exceptional achievement in the College Board's Advanced Placement Program.

The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students' performances on Advanced Placement exams.

Four seniors earned Scholar with Distinction Awards. They are Johnny Dilley, Dexter Gannon, Tyler Israel and Lauren Morgenthaler.

Senior Tristan Tanner earned a Scholar of Honor Award. Six other seniors earned Scholar Awards. They are Benjamin Brown, Inca Dieterich, Matthew Gappmayer, Nathan Payne, Hunter Scarborough and Ashleigh Share. Junior Brendan Freund also earned a Scholar Award.

Wal-Mart makes large donation

On Tuesday, the Wal-Mart Foundation announced at a ceremony held at the newly reopened Boise Depot that it was giving a $1.1 million grant to the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Idaho. The grant will be used to help launch a "Greening the Games" initiative to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the upcoming games.

Some 3,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities from more than 100 countries will travel to Idaho on Feb. 7-13 for the games.

Wal-Mart had already awarded $500,000 to the games earlier this year, for a total contribution of $1.6 million.

Send treats to troops

At the Hailey post office, people can help make a soldier's holiday special by filling a box and sending it to Iraq. People can also bring in names of soldiers and add them to the tree. Names and a list of suggested items to include in the box are available at the post office.

Special boxes can be mailed for $10.50 regardless of weight online through, or for $10.95 at the post office where military mail boxes, mailing labels and customs forms are available.

Boxes must be addressed to a specific officer. Boxes may also be addressed to Capt. Seth Bodner, who is stationed in Iraq and will dispense items to other soldiers. The deadline to send a box is Dec. 4.

For restrictions and other information call Hailey Postmaster Kathleen Eder at 788-2276.

Attend Heartsaver CPR Class

St. Luke's is offering its monthly AED Heartsaver CPR class Thursday, Nov. 20, from 6--9 p.m. in the St. Luke's River Run Rooms. Participants can earn how to use the automated external defibrillator, in addition to taking the American Heart Association course on recognizing and responding to emergency situations involving infants, children and adults. This class is good for beginners and for those who need to renew their Heartsaver certification.

Cost is $40 and pre-registration is required. Register at 727-8487, no walk-ins.

Public input wanted on transportation alternatives

Residents of Blaine, Camas and Lincoln counties are invited to an Idaho Transportation Department public meeting Thursday to discuss alternative transportation options for south-central Idaho.

An ITD press release states that options include buses, vans, carpools and bicycles.

The meeting is scheduled for 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Blaine County Courthouse, 206 S. First Ave. in Hailey.

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