Wednesday, September 16, 2009

News Briefs

Safe Routes ribbon cutting today

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority and Hailey officials will cut a ribbon today on the Safe Routes to School program's Elm Street connector.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. at Hailey Elementary School. The 10-foot wide connector, funded by a grant from the Idaho Transportation Department, runs from the Wood River Trail system to Third Avenue and the school.

Mountain Rides also announced the hiring of Erikka Gulbranson is marketing and outreach coordinator and of Danielle Travers as bike and pedestrian coordinator.

Therapist to discuss falling

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will host a Brown Bag talk titled "The Ups and Downs of Falling" on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the River Run conference room of the hospital.

The risk of falling increases as we get older. Physical therapist Linda Reiss will lead this session with important information on addressing ways to reduce the risk of falling, and will present safe techniques for assisting someone who has fallen.

All Brown Bag lectures are free. For more information, call St. Luke's Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

Is your car seat safe?

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center will hold the next free car seat safety check today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A certified child passenger safety technician will help expectant parents install a car seat before their baby is born, fit an older child to his or her seat, teach proper installation and check for recalls.

Inspections take place in front of the main entrance of the hospital. Call 727-8776 for more information.

AED Heartsaver CPR class

St. Luke's is offering its monthly AED Heartsaver CPR class on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 6-9 p.m. in the St. Luke's River Run rooms. Learn how to use the automated external defibrillator in addition to the American Heart Association course on recognizing and responding to emergency situations involving infants, children and adults. The class is good for beginners and for those who need to renew their Heartsaver certification.

Cost is $40 and pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke's at 727-8487.

St. Luke's offers discussion in Carey

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center CEO Bruce Jensen and staff will speak to the Carey community on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Carey City Hall. They will give an update on the hospital and the new clinic in Hailey, and discuss options for a future satellite clinic in Carey.

Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact 727-8425.

Land Trust to hold picnic

The 6th annual Howard Community Picnic will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, from 3-6 p.m. at the Howard Preserve in Bellevue. Everyone is invited and there is no charge for this riverside barbecue.

On the menu are Lava Lake lamb, Idaho trout, pork tenderloin, morels and prime rib chili. Drinks will be available, tables will be set up for a relaxing afternoon and Slow Children Playing will provide music. Participants should bring a potluck side dish or dessert.

To reach the Howard Preserve, turn west onto Broadford Road from Main Street in Bellevue, then take an immediate left onto Martin Lane. Continue to the parking area. Walking, biking and carpooling are encouraged because parking is limited.

The picnic is co-sponsored by the city of Bellevue, the Howard family and Friends of Howard. For more information and to volunteer, call the Land Trust at 788-3947 or contact

Hailey gives $69,000 to chamber

The Hailey City Council voted to continue funding the Hailey Chamber of Commerce with $69,000 for fiscal year 2009-2010 from local option tax revenue.

The LOT funds will pay for overhead and staffing at the Hailey Chamber's Main Street office, and help provide support for 20 public events in the city geared toward economic development.

The Hailey Chamber hosts local artists at its office and recently installed a kiosk at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, in conjunction with the Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber of Commerce.

The council will require the chamber to provide

monthly and quarterly financial reports to the city.

The city will disburse quarterly payments from LOT funds to the chamber based on those reports.

Tri-business BAH in Hailey

The next Tri-business After Hours will be held at Friedman Memorial Airport on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 5-7 p.m.

Music will be provided by Lenny Joseph Productions and food, drinks and prizes will be provided by local vendors.

The event is sponsored by the Hailey, Bellevue and Sun Valley-Ketchum chambers of commerce.

Parking will be free during the event.

Republican Web site up and running

The Blaine County Republican Party announced the creation of its new Web site, The site provides enhanced access to the Blaine County Republican Party with information and resources.

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