Friday, June 4, 2010

News briefs

Comments sought on road permit

The Ketchum Ranger District is seeking comments on the issuance of a special-use road permit for an existing one-quarter-mile road in Deer Creek, north of Hailey. The road accesses a home and has been in use since 1990. The road was originally part of the old Galena stage route, and served as access to a homestead.

A map of the road location is available for public review at the Ketchum Ranger District office. Comments should be addressed to Mike O'Farrell, Ketchum Ranger District, Box 2356, Ketchum ID 83340.

For details, call 622-5371.

'Fast food' in a WILD World

"Fast food" refers to prey in a workshop to be put on by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game from Monday, June 28, through Friday, July 1, at the Sawtooth Methodist Church camp outside of Fairfield.

The workshop is part of Project WILD, a national wildlife education curriculum designed for classroom teachers, daycare providers, scout leaders and anyone interested in teaching kids about nature. This summer, Project WILD is offering a two-credit workshop that focuses on predators of all sizes.

Participants can sign up for two university credits for an additional fee. Students will receive booklets with numerous hands-on activities for teaching kids about wildlife, habitat and conservation, posters and other items to use with kids.

To find out more or to print a registration form, go to Idaho Department of Fish and Game's website, Cost of the workshop is $180, which includes registration and room and board.

For more information, contact Lori Adams at (208) 287-2889 or

Sun Valley Road work delayed

Night work on Sun Valley Road in Ketchum, scheduled to begin this week, has been delayed to next week due to anticipated wet and cold weather.

Beginning Monday, June 7, crews will work for two nights from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. to install durable pavement markings to replace the existing paint striping. One lane will be closed while crews are working. Drivers should watch for flaggers and be prepared for delays of as much as 10 minutes.

The Idaho Transportation Department announced that work could be delayed again due to sustained wet weather or low temperatures.

Hailey to spray weeds

The Hailey Public Works Department will conduct spot spraying for noxious weeds within the city right of way from Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 25.

For further information, contact Trina Isaacs at 788-9830, ext. 22.

Paint the State contest opens

Idaho teens are invited to participate in the Idaho Meth Project Paint the State contest, a public art contest intended to communicate the risk of methamphetamine use.

Paint the State is open to teens ages 13-18. Teens can enter individually or as the leader of a team. To be eligible, each entry must be an original work of art, be displayed publicly from July 12 through at least July 18 and have a strong anti-meth message.

Registration is online at Deadline is Friday, June 18. Submissions, including photos of completed artwork, a written description and location details, must be uploaded by Saturday, July 11.

There will be one statewide winner and first-, second- and third-place winners will be selected in each county. Winners will be announced at an event with Gov. Butch Otter and first lady Lori Otter on Aug. 6.

More than $135,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Details are available at


Hunger Coalition receives gift

D.L. Evans bank has given the Blaine County Hunger Coalition a charitable gift of $1,000 to support the continuing efforts of the coalition to feed people in the community experiencing hunger.

In Blaine County, 305 people receive help through the Hunger Coalition's Mobile Food Bank Program each week. It is estimated that more than 450 children live below the poverty line in Blaine County, which has unemployment rate of about 9 percent. The gift from D. L. Evans Bank will allow the coalition to turn $10 into $100 worth of food, the coalition said.

Women's foundation announces grants

The Wood River Women's Charitable Foundation will give grants totaling $89,500 to seven Wood River Valley nonprofit groups, ranging from the Hunger Coalition to Habitat for Humanity.

Blaine County Hunger Coalition will receive $25,000, The Advocates $20,000, Habitat for Humanity Blaine County $10,000, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest $10,500, Lee Pesky Learning Center $15,000, St. Luke's Wood River Foundation $5,000 and the Environmental Resource Center $4,000.

This is the fifth year of grants from the foundation, formed to help local projects that might otherwise be not funded. To date it has contributed approximately $416,000 to Blaine County charities.

DEQ to honor green businesses

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is inviting Idaho businesses and industries that incorporate pollution prevention into their operations to apply for recognition as Pollution Prevention Champions. DEQ will recognize up to five businesses in observation of Pollution Prevention Week this fall. Applications are due July 1.

Businesses that minimize the production of waste, use nontoxic or less-toxic products, conserve energy or water, or reuse material rather than throwing it away are eligible to be recognized. Businesses selected as Pollution Prevention Champions will receive a certificate signed by Gov. Butch Otter and have their operations profiled on DEQ's website.

Anyone who wishes to apply or to nominate a business should fill out an application form on DEQ's website, p2_champion/addchampion.cfm. Documented results of pollution prevention activities must be included.

For more information, contact Joanna Pierce at (866) 790-4337, or e-mail joanna.pierce@

Festival sets Foodie Fest lineup

The 14th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, scheduled for Oct. 8-10 in Ketchum and Hailey, has announced the chefs, restaurants and artists participating in the Art & Lamb Foodie Fest on Oct. 8 in Ketchum.

The Art & Lamb Foodie Fest is among the first of the festival's events and includes lamb tastings from Wood River Valley chefs and restaurants. Venues will also feature local artists and photographers sharing their sheep photography and paintings.

Lamb tastings and artists will be at these locations:

· Roosevelt Grille featuring photographer Michael Edminster.

· Cristina's featuring artist Will Caldwell.

· Rickshaw featuring artist Deanna Schrell.

· Sawtooth Club featuring artist Jineen Griffith.

· Rasberry's featuring artist, Debbie Edgers Sturges.

· NexStage Theatre with private chef Tim Filgate and artist Mary Roberson.

· Ketchum-Sun Valley Heritage & Ski Museum with chef Ric Lum of Delicious Revolution and artist Jennifer Bellinger.

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