Friday, January 8, 2010

News briefs

Y broadcast focuses on women

The Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum will present a live satellite broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. featuring New York Times op-ed columnist Gail Collins and author and screenwriter Nora Ephron. The two will discuss the cataclysmic changes that have overhauled American women's lives during the past five decades.

Collins' new book is "When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present." Nora Ephron is the author of "I Feel Bad About My Neck."

Cost for members is $5 and for non-members is $8. Space is limited. People can register online at or by calling 727-9622.

Real estate seminar set

Coldwell Banker Conklin & Co. agents Matt Christian, Stephanie Reed and Deborah Sievers, along with CPA Jeffrey A. Neel, will host a free seminar, "Top Five Secrets To Buying and Selling in a Down Market," on Wednesday, Jan. 13, from noon to 1 p.m.

The seminar will be held in the Sun Valley-Ketchum Visitor Center Conference Room, at 491 Sun Valley Road in Ketchum.

For more information and to sign up, call Theresa Pemberton at 622-3400.

Perch offers avalanche education seminar

Now that winter is here, local experts will offer information on staying safe in avalanche terrain in a forum at the Elephant's Perch in Ketchum on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 6-8 p.m.

Doug Abromeit, director of the U.S. Forest Service National Avalanche Center, will discuss the anatomy of an avalanche, winter travel in avalanche terrain, safety and what to bring to be prepared should something unforeseen happen. Local backcountry skier Lee Melly will discuss his real-life experiences in avalanche terrain. The evening will end on a lighter note with a slide show of photos taken by Ed Cannady, backcountry recreation manager for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Perch and the Idaho Conservation League. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Group condemns killing 'derby'

Wildlife advocates are condemning a coyote and wolf killing "derby" scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 8 and 9, near Twin Falls. The contest is organized by Idaho Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.

"This event has no place in the 21st century," said Rich Hurry of the Boulder-White Clouds Council, a conservation group based in central Idaho. "We are urging citizens to contact event sponsors to protest the day-long predator slaughter."

For the first time, wolves will be included as one of the moving targets sought after by hunters paying $50 each to enter the event. According to Idaho Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife's Web site, points and prizes will be awarded to participants for shooting the most predators. A wolf is worth three points, while coyotes, foxes and bobcats are worth two points.

Coyotes have no protection under Idaho law.

Chamber drops senior pageant

The Ms. Senior Idaho Pageant is not scheduled to return to Hailey. The 2009 event was co-hosted in May by the Hailey Chamber of Commerce and the Blaine County Senior Connection at the Community Campus.

"You have to ask the question, what did it do for our businesses?" Hailey chamber board President Krista Gehrke said. "It didn't really fit under our mission."

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