Friday, March 20, 2009

News Briefs

Roundhouse to close Sunday

Sun Valley Co. announced Thursday that the Roundhouse restaurant will close for the season at the end of the day Sunday.

In addition, the Elkhorn and Half Dollar chairlifts on Dollar Mountain will close Sunday, as will the Lookout lift at the top of Bald Mountain.

Sunday, April 5, will be the last day of operation for Baldy's Greyhawk, Seattle Ridge and Mayday chairlifts, and the Seattle Ridge restaurant.

Both Dollar and Bald mountains are scheduled to remain open through Sunday, April 12. However, that date could change depending on weather and snow conditions.

Firefighter training starts in Hailey

The Hailey Fire Department is beginning a new fire-fighting training program consisting of nearly 100 hours of intensive, hands-on practice and drills. The program, based on a curriculum established by the Montana State Fire School, has been specially designed to meet the needs of local, part-time firefighters and is intended to meet the criteria recommended by the National Fire Protection Association and the state of Idaho.

The 2009 Basic Firefighting Training began last weekend with nine trainees under the supervision of course instructor Deputy Chief Carl Hjelm.

"It takes a pretty special person to volunteer for rigorous training, to be put through the demands that we place on them, so that they can go forward and serve their neighbors," Hjelm said.

Community Awards nominations due

Nominations for individuals, businesses and organizations for the 2009 Wood River Valley Community Awards are due by 5 p.m. Monday, March 23.

Awards will be given in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Arts Advocate of the Yea, Nonprofit of the Year, Service Individual of the Year and Environmental Advocate of the Year.

Local residents, businesses and organizations are eligible for nomination, but public officials are not.

Nomination forms and additional details are available at the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitor Bureau's Web site, or by calling 788-3484.

Idahoans can get tax deduction

Idahoans who don't itemize their tax deductions can claim an additional standard deduction for real property taxes on their 2008 Idaho income tax return, the Idaho State Tax Commission announced Tuesday.

The deduction is part of legislation that conforms Idaho law to federal law, and it applies to state and local real property taxes paid.

The additional deduction amount is equal to the real property taxes paid, up to $500 for single filers and $1,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly. The deduction should be added to the standard deduction amount, with the total going on line 18 of Form 40 (line 39 of Form 43 for part-time residents).

"Taxpayers who have already filed their return for 2008 can file an amended return to get the extra deduction," said Doreen Warren, revenue operations administrator for the commission.

To file an amended return, check the "Amended Return" box at the top of Form 40 or Form 43 and write "4" on the line below it, to indicate there is an "other" reason for amending an original return. Then make the appropriate change to the standard deduction amount and calculate the refund. Also, attach an explanation saying that the amended return is due to the additional standard deduction for real property taxes.

For more information about the additional standard deduction, call (208) 334-7660 in the Boise area or (800) 972-7660 toll free.

Power outage planned for Stanley area

Residents in the Stanley and Challis areas should be prepared for a planned electrical outage that will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday, March 27.

The outage covers all Salmon River Electric Cooperative members, a news release from the utility states. Its purpose is to allow maintenance work on a substation.

Those with questions about the planned power outage should contact the Salmon River Electric Cooperative office at (208) 879-2283.

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