Friday, April 23, 2010

News briefs

Advocates to host hill climb

The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will host two community events this weekend in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

· Today, April 23, 5:30-8 p.m.: Free self-defense class for adult and teen women with Gary Petersen, head instructor for Sun Valley Taekwondo, at the Community Campus fitness studio in Hailey. Teens are encouraged with parental consent. Free childcare is available.

· Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.: Carbonate Hill Climb Race & BBQ, at Hop Porter Park, Hailey. Prizes for the top three overall males and females, and first place for 12-and-under girl and boy. Music, childcare, kids' activities. Pre-register ($10 per person, $25 per family) online at, Backwoods, The Elephant's Perch or Sturtevants. Race day registration is $20 per person. The barbecue is $5.

For more information, contact Trish Tobias, 788-4191, or

See 'The Princess and the Pea'

The Missoula Children's Theatre and more than 30 students from the Stanley School and the Pioneer Montessori School will present "The Princess and the Pea" on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Stanley School. The local cast features Samantha Forsgren as the Princess and Margot Griffith as the Pea. The four leprechauns will be played by Cooper Dean, Evathea Drougas, Megan Downey and Ziggy Slanetz.

Admission is free, but donations to cover costs will be accepted at the door.

The Missoula Children's Theatre residency in Stanley is presented locally by the Stanley

School Parents' Association with support from Mike Mahoney and the Mountain Mamas.

For more information, call Maryellen Easom at the Stanley School, 774-3503.

Forest motor-vehicle maps updated

Updated Sawtooth National Forest motor-vehicle use maps are available free at all Sawtooth National Forest Offices or online at the Sawtooth National Forest website.

The map enumerates the types of vehicles allowed on each route and seasonal restrictions.

The website is

Scholarships available for EcoCamps

Scholarships to low-income families are available for the Environmental Resource Center's four summer EcoCamps.

Parents must complete a confidential application form and candidates must write a short essay on why they want to attend camp. Applications are considered on a continual basis for as long as funds are available, beginning in early May.

The scholarships are funded by the Deer Creek Fund and the Campfire Foundation.

For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 726-4333.

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Visitors days set at fossil beds

A paleontologist will display new fossils and explain about fossil discoveries to the public on Saturdays, April 23, May 14 and May 28 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Hagerman Fossil Beds visitors center, 221 N. State St. in Hagerman.

People can learn about the methods and tools used for cleaning, identifying and preserving fossils.

For more information, call (208) 933-4127 or visit

Habitat for Humanity appoints chair

Hailey resident John Flattery has been named chair of Habitat for Humanity Blaine County.

Flattery, who moved to the Wood River Valley after retiring in 2001, has served three years as president of the Wood River Land Trust and two years as vice chair of the Blaine County Housing Authority.

Habitat for Humanity is nearing its goal of raising $200,000 to construct its second home in Blaine County. It received a challenge grant last year from an anonymous donor, who will match up to $100,000 in contributions.

Since the challenge grant was announced, the organization has received $80,000 in donations and pledges.

Plans are to build a duplex because of the high cost of land. Sites are under consideration in Hailey and Bellevue.

Homes are built partially with volunteer labor, as well as donated materials. Homebuyers are expected to invest hundreds of hours of volunteer labor, or "sweat equity." They receive a no-interest mortgage and monthly payments are used to build additional local, affordable housing.

Donations can be sent to Box 10143, Ketchum, ID 83340. For further information or to volunteer, call 726-0160.

Candidates event set for Fairfield

People will have the opportunity to meet candidates for local office in the November election on Thursday, May 6, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall in Fairfield.

For more information, contact Tracey at (208) 764-2882 or at

St. Luke's employee receives grant

P.E.O. chapter AM in Hailey has awarded local hospital employee Janell Jackson an $800 grant for continuing education.

A receptionist at St. Luke's Clinic in Hailey and in the emergency room at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, Jackson is studying for her associate of arts in health-care administration online at American Intercontinental University.

P.E.O.'s program for continuing education was established in 1973 to provide need-based grants to women in the United States and Canada whose education has been interrupted or who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves or their families.

For more information, contact Jennifer Talmadge at or at 721-2969.

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