Wednesday, April 21, 2010

News briefs

County to consider building standards

The Blaine County Board of Commissioners will consider three green-building recommendations from the BuildSmart Technical Advisory Committee at a meeting today, April 21, at 5:30 p.m. in the Old County Courthouse in Hailey.

More than a year ago, county commissioners appointed a technical committee to research and present three green-building recommendations to establish Blaine County as "a leader in energy efficiency, sustainability and climate protection."

In general, the recommendations focus on increasing energy efficiency through modeling and verification and voluntary measures to reduce water usage, manage waste, improve indoor air quality and minimize site disturbance.

The meeting is open to the public.

Health screenings set for Saturday

The third and final St. Luke's annual Heart of the Matter community health event will be Saturday, April 24, from 7-10 a.m. at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center south of Ketchum.

Cholesterol, glucose and PSA screenings will be offered for a $10 fee.

One blood test will include screening for HDL, LDL and triglyceride levels, glucose levels and PSA prostate screening for men. Blood pressure checks will also be offered. All participants must fast for at least eight hours prior to testing, which includes no beverages other than water. Participants are encouraged to drink plenty of water.

This is a walk-in event—no appointments are taken.

For more information, call St. Luke's Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

Lecture on walking set for today

In a St. Luke's Center for Community Health Brown Bag lecture today, April 21, Mary Kay Foley, physical therapist and certified Feldenkrais practitioner, will help people customize a walking program and get motivated to walk. Participants will receive a pedometer and a walking log.

The lecture will take place from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Hailey Clinic's Carbonate Rooms.

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs at 727-8733.

Democrats schedule meeting

Blaine County Democrats will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum. Reps. Wendy Jaquet and Donna Pence and acting Sen. Michelle Stennett will give an end-of-session legislative update.

Tom Sullivan, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will attend. Sullivan will be available to meet with the public from 10 a.m. to noon at the Hailey Coffee Co. and from 1-3 p.m. at Tully's in Ketchum.

A caucus will be held on Tuesday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Senior Center in Hailey. Participants will elect 11 delegates to the state convention in Worley from June 11-13.

Betty Murphy will organize a voter registration drive through the end of the month as the party prepares for the primary. Anyone who would like to help can contact her at 726-6423.

Silver Creek acquires guide service

Silver Creek Outfitters recently acquired Stanley-based Sawtooth Fishing Guides from Julie Meissner. The purchase expands Silver Creek Outfitters' area of operation to include the Main Salmon River from Stanley to Challis, the headwaters of the Middle Fork and a variety of alpine lakes. In addition, Silver Creek Outfitters now offers guided drift-boat fishing trips on the Main Salmon.

Meissner said she is looking forward to continuing as a guide for Silver Creek Outfitters.

"I am looking forward to doing what I love most, being on the river," she said. "But I won't miss the office work."


Kids to receive free bikes

Thanks to the generosity of valley residents Brian Ross and Susan Reinstein, the Miles of Smiles bike program will be offered for the third time this summer. The program enables children in need to receive free new bicycles.

Reinstein and Ross will provide the funds, the Elephant's Perch in Ketchum will provide Specialized bikes and the Blaine County Recreation District will identify the children and distribute the bikes to them. Kids who receive a bike will also receive safety tips, helmets and bike riding instruction if needed.

For more information about the program or to refer a child, please call Kris Stoffer at 788-2117, ext. 214.

Public Health office remains open

On April 6, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced it would be closing nine field offices, including one in Bellevue. The announcement will not affect the operations of the South Central Public Health District, which also has an office in Bellevue.

"People sometimes confuse the offices of the Department of Health and Welfare with those of the health districts," said South Central Public Health District Director Rene LeBlanc. "The health districts are not part of Health and Welfare, and we provide services that are unique to public health."

The health district provides childhood vaccinations, the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program and environmental and reproductive health services. Most people visit Department of Health and Welfare offices for public assistance services.

For more information on the services of South Central Public Health District and office locations, visit its website at .

District starts communication study

The Blaine County School District has contracted with the National School Public Relations Association to conduct a study intended to improve its communication with parents, community members and staff.

Focus groups will be asked questions about communications from the district and individual schools. An online survey is available to anyone at

Once the audit is completed, the association will prepare a report and recommendations.

Ice shows to feature 2010 Olympians

The Sun Valley Summer Ice shows will take place every Saturday, June 26, through Sept. 4, at dusk. The Independence Day show will take place on Saturday, July 3.

This summer's lineup features several 2010 Winter Olympic ice skaters including 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek on Aug. 14, who is also a World Champion and two-time U.S. champion.

In addition, other skaters include two-time U.S. bronze medalists Kimberly Navarro and Brent Bommentre on June 26. 2010 U.S. gold medalist Rachel Flatt will perform on July 3. On Aug. 7, ice dancing pair Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, who are 2006 Olympic silver medalists as well as five-time U.S. champions, will perform.

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the 2010 Olympic silver medalists for ice dancing will perform on Aug. 21. Returning ice skaters Brian Boitano, an Olympic gold medalist, will perform on Aug. 28 and Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen will skate on Sept. 4.

Tickets are available at For details, visit or call 622-2135.

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