Wednesday, March 4, 2009

News briefs

National Honor Society inductions tonight

The Phil Homer Chapter of the National Honor Society at Wood River High School will hold its 2008-09 inductions of 36 new members today, Wednesday, at 7 p.m. in the Community Campus auditorium in Hailey. Teacher Julia Grafft will receive the Nancy Williams Teacher Award. National scholarship nominees are David Dredge, Carolyn Poole and Kahli Steenstra-Toussaint.

New NHS members are Ashley Aschliman, Dakota Barnes, John Bartoletta, Claire Bowman, Kelsey Brennan, Rachael Blum, Gardner Cord, Josh Crotty, Ellen Davis, Tanner Dredge, Max Durtschi, Charlie Evans, Shaylee Foley, Brita Gaeddert, Taylor Hayes, Jessica Hamilton, Connor Hesselbacher, Ben Hofferber, Kevin Jensen, Clare King, Laura Kunz, Ashton Lupton, Jake Miczulski, Jordan Nevins, James Paris, Alexandra Peck, Andrew Pfeiffer, Kylee Richmond, Lillian Pidgeon, Rebecca Rosser, Walker Royston, John Siegel, Nicholas Turco, Spyder Turco, Kelly Willows-Munro and Brandon Wade.

Celebration honors Maxine Uhrig

Because of the Blaine County School District's March 16-21 spring vacation, St. Charles Catholic Church has scheduled its annual St. Patrick's Day celebration a little earlier this year, for Sunday, March 8, with dinner served from 4-8 p.m. at the parish hall, 311 S. First St. in Hailey. The event will honor the life of longtime parishioner Maxine Uhrig, who died in 2008.

The dinner will feature corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and vegetables, plus corn dogs and tater tots for the kids and plenty of tasty desserts and drinks. The Boulder Brothers will provide music, and bingo will be played. There will be games for the kids and a raffle. Tickets are $8 adults, $3 kids or $20 family. Proceeds go to the St. Charles Men's Group Scholarship.

Public invited to Pioneers-to-Craters talk

A loosely organized group of ranchers and conservationists who have been discussing the future of the vast region stretching from the Pioneer Mountains to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve near Carey will meet again next week. The public meeting will be held Wednesday, March 11, from 7-9 p.m. at Carey City Hall.

This will be the second meeting that the newly formed Pioneers Alliance has held. The group went before the public for the first time last Thursday during a joint Blaine County Commission-Carey City Council meeting.

Participants with the Pioneers Alliance are seeking ideas from local citizens about how best to preserve the undeveloped landscape, wildlife corridors, and farming and ranching economy of the Carey region. Participants in next week's meeting will discuss ways that local landowners could band together on reseeding projects and how voluntary conservation easements are used to preserve rural private lands.

For information on the meeting, contact Mike Stevens with Lava Lake Land & Livestock

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