Wednesday, December 2, 2009

News briefs

Camas school to celebrate award

State and national education representatives will speak at a special assembly in Fairfield on Thursday, Dec. 3, to help the community celebrate the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award received by the Camas Elementary-Junior High School.

Linda Pauley, from the U.S. Department of Education's Seattle Office, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and Deputy Superintendent Nick Smith (a Camas County graduate) will speak beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the Camas County High School gymnasium. The public is invited to attend.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Award was awarded to less than 0.3 percent of America's public and private schools for kindergarten through 12th grade. It is awarded for outstanding academic improvement to a high level and/or consistent excellence.

Group to discuss air service

Fly Sun Valley Alliance will hold a public presentation Friday, Dec. 4, about community-supported air service in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

According to a news release, Jackson Hole Air has been in operation for 25 years, and information will be offered on the organization's "challenges and successes."

"Like most other resort communities, our economy in both the tourism and non-tourism sectors is very tied to air service access," said Carol Waller, a board member of Fly Sun Valley. "What we can continue to learn from others who have built up successful programs over the years will help us recognize that we can only solve our air service access limitations through a collective community effort."

The meeting is scheduled for 1-3 p.m. in the Continental Room at the Sun Valley Inn. For more information, contact Waller at 725-2111 or Jack Sibbach at 622-2183.

St. Luke's to hold Winter Ball

Dance and dine at the St. Luke's Volunteer Core annual Winter Ball on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. at the Limelight Room in Sun Valley. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing at 9 p.m., with music by the High Street Band.

Tickets are $150 per person for the entire evening and $25 for junior patrons at 9 p.m., which includes a glass of champagne and dessert. A live raffle drawing will take place with eight prizes to win. Tickets are $10 each or 12 for $100. For details, call 727-8406.

Festival supports Senior Connection

The 12th annual Senior Connection Festival of Trees events begin Thursday, Dec. 3, with a viewing and open house at the Valley Club in Hailey from 1-8 p.m. Door prizes and raffle items will be available. A $5 donation is suggested.

A winter fashion show and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. will take place Friday, Dec. 4. The fashion show will be presented by Panache. Seating is limited and tickets are $25, available at Panache in Sun Valley.

The festival will continue on Saturday, Dec. 5, with a breakfast with Santa Claus from 9-11 a.m. Tickets are $6 for children and $12 for adults.

Festival of Trees will culminate in a gala event and dinner on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 5:30-10:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction and the musical accompaniment of R.L. Rowsey. A live auction will begin at 8:30 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets are $100 each.

All proceeds support the Senior Connection's in-home care and Meals on Wheels programs. For details, call 788-3468.

Santa coming to Hailey

The Hailey Hometown Holidays parade and festivities will take place Friday, Dec. 4, from 6-9 p.m.

Santa Claus will ride in the parade, which begins on Pine Street (next to DiVine wine bar) and ends at the Meriwether Building courtyard on the corner of First Avenue and Carbonate Street.

There will be a Christmas tree lighting ceremony, children's performances, treats and a visit with Santa after the parade in the courtyard.

For information, or if you would like to have a float included in the parade, call 788-7070.

Want in on Blaine development?

Sustain Blaine, an organization focused on local economic development, is seeking nominations for the newly formed Business Development Corp.

The mission of the Business Development Corp. is to create a diversified economy by implementing the GoBlaine strategy, which was finalized by economic consultants TIP Strategies in July.

The new organization's board will be made up of 13 members, six of which will be held by elected officials representing municipalities throughout the county. The remaining seven seats are open to private citizens, who will be chosen by the Sustain Blaine board.

Candidates should expect regular board meetings and a minimum of 10 hours per month participation if selected.

Cover letters and resumes should be sent to Doug Brown at and are due by Dec. 21. For more information, call 309-0187.

Sun Valley dishes the goods

Sun Valley Resort handed out numerous prizes at the Gondola 'Ganza event Saturday, Nov. 21, to celebrate the completion of the new Roundhouse gondola.

Prizes included:

· Brass Ranch—Mark Smith, men's Kjus jacket; Sheila Plowman, women's Kjus jacket; Cindy Hamlin, Skull Candy headphones; Megan Edgerton, Skull Candy headphones; Wally Rothgeb, Skull Candy headphones; M.D. Sowersby, Skull Candy headphones

· Pete Lane's—Connor Davis, Scott skis/Mission 78; Carol Fuller, men's down jacket; Dick Kassebaum, women's ski jacket.

· Sun Valley Gift Shops: J.B. Barlow, Crislu earrings; Kerry Smyth, Meissenberg ski sign.

· Sun Valley Signatures: Helcia Graf Ne Qwa ornament.

· Kitzbuhl Collection: River Morse, M. Miller jacket.

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