Friday, July 3, 2009

News briefs

St. Luke's honors Volunteer of the Year

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center announced Chuck Cohan as the hospital's Volunteer of the Year. Cohan has been a volunteer since 2007 and has donated his time and energy to St. Luke's as often as three times a week to provide assistance to patients, staff and family members.

Cohan retired from being a marketing director for Georgia Pacific in Washington and relocated to the Wood River Valley in 2006.

Mountain Rides to offer weekend party bus

Mountain Rides will offer weekend trips on the Party Bus, from Ketchum to Hailey to Bellevue on Friday and Saturday nights for $10. Passengers will get a roundtrip ride up and down the valley with one free drink provided at participating sponsors including the Brickhouse, Cavallino Lounge, The Cellar, Grumpy's, Lefty's, Mahoney's, Mountain Sun Lanes, the Roosevelt Tavern, the Sawtooth Club, the Silver Dollar Saloon, Sun Valley Brewery and Sushi on Second.

Tickets can be purchased from the Party Bus driver, Mountain Rides office, the Dollhouse, Atkinsons', Guffy's, or Splash and Dash. The bus driver will call to arrange a taxi if needed. For details, call 788-RIDE or visit

ICL brings on new Ketchum staffer

The Idaho Conservation League has hired a new full-time staff member to work out of the conservation group's downtown Ketchum office. Megan Stevenson, who hails from the Wood River Valley and took part in the successful effort to get Proposition 1—the "Land, Water and Wildlife Levy"—passed in last November's county election, began working there this week.

Stevenson will help out with a variety of central Idaho conservation issues, which the Ketchum office focuses on. The ICL first opened its satellite office in the valley in 1985, said Rick Johnson, the group's executive director.

"It's an important part of our presence in central Idaho," Johnson said.

Trailing of the Sheep gets grant

The Idaho Commission on the Arts has awarded $6,615 to support the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, which will take place Oct. 9-11 in the Wood River Valley.

"To have succeeded in such a competition is an accomplishment well worthy of our sincere congratulations," said Michael Faison, executive director of the Commission on the Arts in Idaho. "Endeavors such as [this] enhance not only the community ... but the culture of other Idahoans and thereby the state as a whole."

Every year, the popular festival celebrates traditions of moving sheep from mountain summer pastures south through the Wood River Valley to winter grounds. The festival offers numerous events linked to the culture and history of sheep ranching in Idaho.

Bellevue offers free movie nights

The Hot Summer Nights free Friday night film series will being tonight with "The Nutty Professor," starring Jerry Lewis. The series will continue through August. It takes place at Bellevue Memorial Park beginning at 9:20 p.m. A cartoon trailer will be screened before each feature film.

This is a family-friendly event—a suggested donation of a non-perishable food item for the Hunger Coalition is requested. For details, call 928-6334.

Hailey artist wins juried exhibition

Hailey resident Deana Glad's painting "Incoming Clouds" was recognized for "Best Landscape" at the sixth annual Art Museum of Eastern Idaho's "Idaho Paints Idaho" exhibition and juried competition. The exhibit continues through Aug. 1. It celebrates the interpretive vision of Idaho artists across the state.

An exhibition of Glad's work is at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum through Sept. 28. Glad will also take part in the Plein Air Painters of Idaho event at Redfish Lake Aug. 31 through Sept. 4.

Hunger Coalition to show appreciation

The Blaine County Hunger Coalition will honor its volunteers at a potluck party at the Green Antelope Gallery in Bellevue on Wednesday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m.

The Hunger Coalition wants to recognize community involvement, especially for volunteers who contribute more than 100 hours a week. Opportunities for new volunteers will be available as well. For details, call 788-0121.

'Life as a House' to screen at library

The Community Library in Ketchum will present a free screening of "Life as a House" on Tuesday, July 7, at 6 p.m. The film kicks off a series of three "home-related" movies to be screened at the library in preparation for the 30th annual Tour of Homes.

The Tour of Homes will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and are tax-deductible. The tour will feature five homes in Warm Springs and a Jazz in the Garden party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

An opening party for the Tour of Homes will take place on Thursday, July 30, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Kipp Nelson's home in Adams Gulch with guest speaker architect Mark B. Thompson. Tickets cost $250, are tax-deductible and include an early entrance for the Tour of Homes. For details, call 726-3493.

Post offices to close early July 3

All post offices in the Wood River Valley will close at noon on Friday, July 3. Regular mail delivery will occur that day. However, mail collection inside the post offices and from boxes in front of the post offices will be advanced to noon.

On Saturday, July 4, all post offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day. There will be no regular mail delivery on July 4. Only Sunday/Holiday Premium Express Mail will be delivered. Regular mail delivery, retail services and collections will resume on Monday, July 6.

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