Friday, January 15, 2010

News Briefs

Rabies vaccinations offered

The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley will offer two rabies vaccination clinics this month to help encourage valley residents to buy their 2010 dog licenses.

Rabies vaccinations will be free with the purchase of a Blaine County dog license at the clinics, which will be held on two Saturdays, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, from 9-11 a.m. at the shelter, 100 Croy Creek Road west of Hailey. Appointments are necessary and may be made by calling 788-4351.

All dogs in Blaine County must be licensed each year and a current rabies vaccination is required for licensing. If a dog is impounded at the shelter, it will not be released without a license.

Licenses are available at the shelter, as well as at all veterinary clinics in the county. Cost is $10 for a dog that has been spayed or neutered, and $20 for an unaltered dog. Cats are not required to have licenses.

Additional information is available by calling 788-4351 or on the Internet at

St. Luke's begins guest chef program

In conjunction with St. Luke's Green Cuisine program, the community is invited to attend the launch of the hospital's Winter Guest Chef program. Jim Funk, owner of Despo's, will bring his locally produced, sustainable creations to the hospital's café.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20, Funk will share his recipes with the Green Cuisine chefs and help to prepare a menu consisting of homemade chips and pico de gallo, salads, chicken enchiladas, carne asada tacos and Despo's tortilla soup.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in St. Luke's Green Cuisine café south of Ketchum. Funk, the first chef to participate in the program, will be followed in February by Chris Kastner of CK's Real Food in Hailey.

Partly funded by donations to the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation, the hospital's Green Cuisine sustainable dining program was launched in May. For more information about the Green Cuisine or Winter Guest Chef program, call 727-8353.

Chamber elects new officers for 2010

The Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau has elected new officers and board members.

New officers elected by the organization's board to begin a one-year term in January are:

· President: Rob Santa, owner of Sturtevants Mountain Outfitters (Ketchum and Hailey).

· Vice president: Steve Kearns, partner with McGinnis & Vandenberg Builders (Ketchum).

· Secretary: Deb Fox, general manager of ResortQuest of Sun Valley (Ketchum and Sun Valley).

· Treasurer: Greg Peterson, partner with Lallman, Peterson & Pierce P.A. (Ketchum).

· At-large: Peter Scheurmier, partner with Avis Car Rental (Sun Valley & Hailey).

· Past-president: Cindy Forgeon, owner of Best Western Kentwood Lodge (Ketchum).

Newly elected board members beginning three-year terms in January are Scott Desserault, manager of EpicQuest/Sun Valley Heli-ski and Toni Bogue, owner of Sun Valley Ice Cream and manager of LeRoy's.

Re-elected to a three-year term beginning in January are Forgeon; Theresa Beahen-Lipman, executive director of Wood River YMCA; Steve Riccabona, owner of Riccabona's; and Tim Silva, general manager of Sun Valley Resort.

Dental clinic for children set

Dr. Dallin Young, pediatric dentist, is providing dental services for children up to 17 years old by appointment only at the South Central Public Health District office, 117 E. Ash St. in Bellevue. The clinics are on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include exams, X-rays and fluoride varnish. Most dental insurance, including Medicaid and Idaho Smiles, will be accepted. For those who don't have insurance, exams cost $58, X-rays $37 and fluoride $28.

If a child has a cavity, it will not be filled at this clinic. Young will evaluate the best way to fix the cavities and schedule a follow-up appointment at his office in Twin Falls or at another dentist's office by referral.

Call 788-4335 for an appointment.

Local actress to tie the knot

Television actress and former Wood River Valley resident Genevieve Cortese is engaged to marry television actor Jared Padalecki.

Cortese, a graduate of The Community School in Sun Valley, holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in drama and a bachelor of arts in English from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.

She has starred opposite Padalecki in "Supernatural," the cult television series about demon hunters.

In addition, she has also starred in the television series "Flash Forward" and was a regular on the television series "Wildfire," playing the role of Kris Furillo.

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