Wednesday, October 14, 2009

News briefs

Nordic season passes go on sale

Season passes for the Blaine County Recreation District's Nordic trails system go on sale Monday, Oct. 19.

Passes can be purchased at Those who purchase online will receive a $30 discount on adult "all trails" passes until Oct. 31.

Season passes are $199 for adults ($169 after discount), $29 for ages 13-17, $49 for dogs and $99 for Quigley-only passes. Again this season, children 12 and under ski free.

No tax dollars are used to groom the Nordic trails, with the exception of the Wood River Trail, where every day is "ski free" day. All grooming costs are covered by pass sales and donations.

For more information, contact the district at 788-2117 or visit

Grant will support boardwalk project

The Wood River Land Trust has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the Deer Creek Philanthropic Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation for the Croy Creek boardwalk project in Hailey.

The building of a 550-foot boardwalk that will connect Lion's Park to the Draper Wood River Preserve is the second phase of a three-year restoration project to clean up the old Hailey city dump. The boardwalk will allow for the area to become an outdoor classroom.

The public is encouraged to participate by helping to build the boardwalk. Benches and other naming opportunities are available. For details, visit

Heartsaver CPR class set

St. Luke's Wood River medical Center is offering its monthly AED Heartsaver CPR class on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 6-9 p.m. in the hospital's River Run Rooms.

Participants will learn how to use an automated external defibrillator and how to recognize and respond to emergency situations involving infants, children and adults.

The class is good for beginners and those who need to renew their Heartsaver certification. Cost is $40 and registration is required. No walk-ins will be admitted. Call St. Luke's at 727-8487.

Learn about 'social thinking'

The Lee Pesky Learning Center staff will discuss the signs and symptoms of social thinking deficits in children and offer useful tips for improving social thinking skills on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center Baldy Conference Rooms.

At the Brown Bag lecture will be three members of the learning center staff—Social Thinking Specialist Jaime Rivetts, Education Director Nick Goodman and Executive Director David Holmes.

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

Decision on animal-control delayed

The Bellevue City Council has voted to continue discussion of a proposed animal-control ordinance to Thursday, Oct. 22.

During a well-attended meeting Thursday, the council heard testimony from city residents. According to Planning Director Craig Eckles, no one objected to the creation of an animal control ordinance.

The proposed ordinance would allow no more than four dogs and two cats per house in the city, and require horse owners to have at least a 6,000-square-foot lot per horse. The new rules would also allow no more than four chickens per household. Roosters would not be allowed in town.

The Bellevue Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the ordinance during an Aug. 5 meeting.

High School art teacher honored

Wood River High School art teacher Betty Ervin has been named high school teacher of the year by the Idaho Art Education Association.

Ervin was one of only four teachers statewide to receive teacher of the year honors from the association at its 2009 conference Oct. 1-2 at Wood River Middle School.

Donate to garage sale

Donations are being accepted for the Hailey Rotary Club's garage sale, to be held on the weekend of Oct. 24-25 from 9-3 p.m. each day. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Blaine County Senior Center, the girls' swim team and Rotary's Polio Plus Fund.

Rotarians are offering to pick up large items. Donors can call 720-0931 to schedule a pick-up. Items can also be dropped off at the location of the sale, 618 S. Main St., just north of the Hailey Medical Clinic. Drop-off hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m., this Saturday from 2-5 p.m. and on the day before the sale, Friday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Hailey Rotary Club is an active service organization that meets weekly at the Community Campus at noon on Thursdays. Membership information is available at

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