Friday, February 26, 2010


Crisis Hotline to conduct training

The nonprofit Crisis Hotline is offering classes for volunteer training at Light on the Mountains Spiritual Center south of Ketchum on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 2 through March 30 at 6 and 7 p.m.

The classes will involve developing listening skills, including listening to youths, and learning about the dynamics of crises such as family violence, alcoholism, codependency, depression, child abuse and neglect, mental illness, sexual assault and suicide.

For details, call 788-0735.

Hailey to hold 25th annual Springfest

The 25th annual Springfest Arts and Crafts fair is scheduled for Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, Memorial Day weekend at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. This seasonal event marks the beginning of the outdoor festival season. Hailey comes alive with art and culture as vendors from around the West showcase their creations. Springfest features more than 60 booths of crafts, special exhibits and food. Music and entertainment will be featured throughout the event.

For details and applications, contact Anna Svidgal at the Hailey Chamber of Commerce: or 788-3484.

Increased steelhead limits on Salmon

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is reporting that strong steelhead returns along the Salmon River to the Sawtooth and Pahsimeroi fish hatcheries are three times those of last year, leading the Fish and Game Commission to increase limits for the spring season.

During the spring season, which runs from Jan. 1 to April 30 along the section of the Salmon River between the Sawtooth Fish Hatchery south of Stanley to Long Tom Creek, the limit has been increased from 20 to 40 fish.

The daily limit has been increased from three to five steelhead, only three of which can be longer than 32 inches.

Applications due for boys and girls

The David Ketchum Post of the American Legion is receiving applications for Boys and Girls State from high school juniors at Wood River High School, the Community School and Carey High School. This year's Boys State will be held June 5-11, and Syringa Girls State will be held June 13-18, both at Northwest Nazarene University. This is an opportunity for citizenship training where the delegates learn about local, county and state government by actually setting up their own mock governments.

Interested students should contact the counseling office at their high school, or Bill Cassell, commander of the local post, at 726-4733. Further information is available about Girls State on its Web page,

Get bonus for walking dogs

Volunteers who spend a total of eight hours taking shelter dogs on outings can receive a one-day pass to Disneyland or Walt Disney World under a new cooperative program between the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and Disney Parks.

Disney is making 1 million passes available through the program. Shelter volunteers are eligible until all tickets are distributed or until Dec. 31.

To sign up, go to and click on "Give a Day. Get a Disney Day" at the top of the page.

The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, the first "no kill" shelter in Idaho, promotes companion animal welfare by providing temporary shelter for homeless animals, adopting them to qualified homes and reducing animal abuse, neglect and overpopulation through community education and spay/neuter services. More than 90 percent of its funding comes from private donations.

St. Luke's offers babysitter seminar

St. Luke's will offer a Super Sitter babysitting seminar for girls and boys 11 years and older Saturday, March 6, from 12:30-4 p.m. in the new St. Luke's Hailey Clinic, in the Carbonate Room.

Young people who attend the course will learn what is expected of them as a sitter, how to make money and run a business, how to get baby-sitting jobs, basic CPR and child safety, and some information about child development.

The cost is $15. Pre-registration is required—call 727-8410. Please, no walk-ins.

Hailey gets tree grant

The city of Hailey has been awarded a $30,000 Community Transportation Grant by the Idaho Department of Transportation.

The money will be combined with $55,100 of city funds to plant the Fox Demonstration Garden on a triangle of public land on Fox Acres Road near Wood River High School this summer.

City public works personnel and volunteers will work on the garden, which will feature drought-tolerant plant species.

The grant is administered by the Idaho Department of Lands' Community Forestry Program.

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