Friday, December 25, 2009

News briefs

Idaho's Bounty elects board members

Idaho's Bounty, a regional food cooperative based in the Wood River Valley, announced this week the results of its board elections. Re-elected to the seven-member board are Secretary Kaz Thea of Hailey and Jami Adams of Boise. Clarence Stilwill of Fairfield joins the board. They will each serve a three-year term.

Thea is a professional biologist and manager of the Hailey Farmer's Market. Adams is financial manager of Just Eat Local Inc., with whom she has been associated for 12 years. Stilwill and his wife, Tona, farm in the Camas Prairie at their 120-year-old homestead, Fair Mountain Farm.

These members join Kelley Weston, president; Chris Williams, treasurer; and food producers Lee Rice, Tim Sommer and Mike Heath. Heath was featured in Michael Pollan's groundbreaking book, "The Botany of Desire."

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Hailey Freemasons play Santa

Hailey's Masonic Lodge No. 16, one of the oldest in Idaho, played secret Santa to a family in need once more this holiday season. The fraternal organization chose to bring a Christmas basket to people who were struggling to celebrate Christmas.

"Its very satisfying to do this," said Senior Warden David E. Seeber, who organized lodge members to collect donations from restaurants, grocery stores and theaters, as well as cash, for a Christmas basket that was delivered on Sunday.

"They didn't have funds to pay for medical treatments and no presents for the kids," Seeber said. "When we came by, they said we made their Christmas a reality and not just a dream."

A fellow Mason from Seattle who wanted to remain anonymous created a second Christmas basket for another family in need in Ketchum.

Both families have children and have fallen on hard times due to heath issues and lost jobs.

Silver Creek donates to land trust

Silver Creek Outfitters raised $4,800 during Share the Spirit, a weekend-long shopping event that benefits the Wood River Land Trust.

For the past four years, Silver Creek Outfitters has donated 15 percent of sales from the first weekend in December to the land trust. Each year, an anonymous donor matches the amount by 50 percent. Total donations from Silver Creek Outfitters for the four years is $27,835.

Robyn Watson, the organization's director of development, said Silver Creek Outfitters is the only business involved in the event so far.

"We would love to have more stores do it next year," she said.

Watson said other nonprofit groups could also be brought on as beneficiaries.

Wood River Land Trust works with private landowners to protect land, water and wildlife habitat in the Wood River Valley and its surrounding areas.

Business owner plans 2010 contest

Bellisimo store owner Terry Murphy has announced a contest for next year in which she will walk through Ketchum on Dec. 24 and give $1,000 to the store or building that best shows the Christmas spirit.

"Let's get back in action and show [the tourists] what a gorgeous town we have," Murphy stated in a news release. "Let's get Main Street flooded with LED lights and trees that are lit in empty lots. Let's get wreaths on all our doorways and music going out to the street.

"Let's show the tourists coming in that everything is good. Their holiday will be the best they have ever had."

Win tickets to Superbowl XLIV

Camp Rainbow Gold will hold a raffle drawing on Thursday, Dec. 31, for a chance to win a trip to Miami for Super Bowl XLIV. The raffle tickets cost $10. Winners will receive round-trip airfare for two from Boise to Miami, two nights for two people at a hotel and two tickets to the game on Sunday, Feb. 7.

Raffle participants do not need to be present to win. All proceeds from the raffle benefit Camp Rainbow Gold, which provides year-round service to Idaho children diagnosed with cancer and to their families.

Checks or money orders can be sent to Share Your Heart Ball, Camp Rainbow Gold, 2676 S. Vista Ave., Boise, ID 83705. For details, call (208) 422-0176.

Students donate to charity

The third-grade class at Hemingway Elementary School in Ketchum held a silent auction for picture frames they made and decorated. The students raised $880, which was matched by an anonymous donor.

All the money raised from the auction will go to the Hunger Coalition and local families in need. The Charles Stuhlberg Gallery and Bird & Co. Framing donated 11 frames to the project. The frames feature colorful, themed images painted by students.

'Ski With the Crist Brothers'

Former U.S. Ski Team racers and local residents Reggie and Zach Crist are traveling to ski resorts this winter while field-testing gear and outerwear by Eddie Bauer. At each stop, they are promoting the Burning Turns Sweepstakes, which features a trip to Sun Valley.

A day of heli-skiing with the Crist brothers is the highlight of the sweepstakes. Sponsored by the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and several businesses, the prize package includes airfare for two to Sun Valley (up to $1,000), luxury lodging for four nights at Thunder Spring, three-day lift tickets for two on Bald Mountain, demo rentals from Sturtevants, four-day rental car from Avis and outfitting for two from Eddie Bauer.

To enter to win this prize, valued at $12,000, fill out the form at The winner will be drawn at the end of the season and the trip will take place in January 2011.

St. Luke's clinic changes hours

Beginning Saturday, Jan. 2, St. Luke's Family Medicine in Hailey will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours Monday through Friday will remain the same, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. Luke's Family Medicine is located at 1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 100, inside the St. Luke's Clinic.

For more information, call 788-3434.

Motorists' fees to increase

Fees for many motor vehicle services will increase Jan. 1, the Idaho Transportation Department announced this week.

The increased fees were approved by the 2009 Legislature to generate additional funds to maintain and restore state highways and to modernize the Division of Motor Vehicles' computer systems.

The fee changes will generate $13.1 million from increases on 18 motor vehicle services, including driver's licenses, vehicle titles and driving records, ITD predicts.

Many of the fees have not been increased for more than a decade.

Costs for a standard Idaho driver's license (Class D) will range from $15 to $55, up from the present range of $12.25 to $45. Vehicle title certificates will rise from $8 to $14. Costs for motor vehicle and driver's license records will increase from $4 to $7. State identification cards will cost $10 instead of $6.50.

H1N1 nasal vaccine recalled

The South Central Public Health District alerted the public Wednesday to a non-safety-related recall of some H1N1 vaccine. The vaccine recalled is nasal spray H1N1 influenza vaccine. The following Web site has information about that recall:

Vaccines are monitored for potency over the shelf life of the vaccine. During routine weekly testing, some vaccine fell below the level for optimal strength set forth by the Food and Drug Administration, the district said.

SCPHD received a total of 3,000 doses in October 2009. The vaccine doses were given in several SCPHD clinics and also distributed to local providers. All vaccines administered in SCPHD clinics were above the limits for potency at the time they were given. Local providers have been alerted, and vaccines from the recalled lots are no longer in use. CDC does not recommend revaccination for individuals receiving this vaccine. Children 9 years and younger should receive their recommended second dose of vaccine one month after the initial dose of vaccine.

Free clinics (by appointment only) are currently scheduled at SCPHD offices in Twin Falls, Jerome, Rupert, Gooding, Burley, and Bellevue. To schedule an appointment, call 737-1137.

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