Friday, March 19, 2010


Education group seeks board members

The Wood River chapter of Dollars for Scholars is seeking new board members to help local students meet their college aspirations.

Organized in the valley in 1995, the organization has awarded more than $325,000 to graduating seniors at Wood River High School, Carey School, Silver Creek High School and The Community School.

Anyone interested in serving on the board should contact organization founder Audrey Bashaw at 726-8414.

 MAD to offer Ieadership scholarship

Make A Difference Now is offering a scholarship to a local youth who demonstrates leadership and a long-term commitment to the Wood River Valley. A youth will be offered the chance to make a difference in India.

The MAD scholarship is open to youths attending or having graduated from school in the Wood River Valley. The scholarship will be offered yearly to youths between 16 and 21 years old.

Applicants must write an essay of no more than 1,000 words, mailed to Make A Difference, Box 172, Hailey, ID 83333 and postmarked by April 28.

Finalists will be announced on Friday, May 7. Finalists must be prepared to give a five-minute presentation in front of a panel summarizing the key points of their essay. Presentations will be made Thursday, May 13, at Wood River High School.

For details and applications, visit

Kiwanis Club to host Chili Cook Off

Kiwanis Club of Hailey's fourth annual Chili Cook Off will be held Saturday, March 27, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Blaine County Senior Connection at 721 Third Ave. in Hailey, across from the National Guard Armory. Entry fee is $20 to participate, or $5 for adults and $2 for kids to taste all of the chili entries, cornbread and beverages.

Proceeds from the event will be used for swimming lessons for all the kids at the Blaine County-Hailey Head Start Program (ages 3-5). For more information, call Jim Spinelli at 481-1112.

Marathon training program begins

A training program for the Sun Valley Half Marathon is under way at the Wood River Community YMCA in Kethcum. The 14-week program offers four different groups to cater to varying running levels.

The sixth annual Sun Valley Half Marathon will take place on June 5. The race will offer several new improvements, both to the course and the logistics of the race itself. The 5K and 12K distances have been eliminated.

For more information on the training program, contact Fitness Director Liz Clark at or 928-6708. Log on to for race information.

See heli ski presentation

The Sun Valley Gun Club will host a slide-show presentation on helicopter skiing in South America by Powder South Heli-Ski Guides on Saturday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. Powder South operates in the central Andes of Chile.

For details, call (303) 447-2858.

Get ready for Fur Ball

The Fur Ball, a benefit for the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, will take place Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. at The Mint in Hailey. The benefit will have live music by Steve Miller and The Accelerators, as well as DJ music by Yo Mama Productions. Costumes are encouraged.

Tickets are $30, available at the Barkin' Basement in Hailey and Sun Valley Brokers in Ketchum. For details, call 481-0450.

Housing Authority grows stronger

Heather Hammond has been appointed to the Blaine County Housing Authority's Board of Commissioners. Hammond has a background in housing, including the development of affordable multi-family and senior rental projects.

In addition, the BCHA program director, Nancy Smith, has received her Homeownership Counseling Certification (HCC) training through NeighborWorks America. Smith has worked for the BCHA since April 2007.

Land Trust seeks accreditation

The Hailey-based Wood River Land Trust will be applying for accreditation to the Land Trust Alliance Commission in April. The process includes a public comment period.

The commission will conduct an extensive review of the Land Trust's policies and programs and invites public input. During the public comment period, the commission will accept signed written comments. Comments must be related to how the Land Trust complies with national quality standards that address the ethical and technical operations of a land trust, and would be most useful by May 28. For a full list of these standards, see

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit Comments may also be mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 112 Spring St., Suite 204, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 or faxed to (518) 587-3182.

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