Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Music on the Square starts Thursday

The summer's first Music on the Square concert will take place Thursday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ketchum Town Square with the band All Night Diner. Presented by the city of Ketchum, KECH 95, the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and Mountain Town Events, the free live music events will run every Thursday through Sept. 2. Picnics are encouraged.

On Thursday, July 15, Spare Change will play.

Free blood pressure checks offered

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center will offer free blood pressure checks at the Ketchum Post Office today, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The checks are free and no appointment is necessary.

Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health for information on this or other community health programs, at 727-8733.

State will trap grizzly bears

BOISE, Idaho (AP)—The Idaho Department of Fish and Game says it will begin trapping grizzly bears in the Centennial Mountains in eastern Idaho near the Montana border and is asking visitors to heed bright orange warning signs and stay away.

Biologists with the agency plan to trap the bears in an area that runs from Henry's Lake to Interstate 15 near Spencer. The agency says the warning signs will be placed at major access points where the trapping is being done with bait, snares and culvert traps.

The trapping is part of the state's contribution to the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team efforts, and is required under the Endangered Species Act to study grizzly bear distribution in the region.

Animal Shelter's pit bulls certified

To help combat their undeserved reputations as troublemakers, pit-bull-type dogs are getting special training to pass the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen test under an innovative program at the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

So far, three dogs have passed the test in this program, believed to be one of the first in the nation at an animal shelter.

"We heard about it from a pit bull rescue organization in New York state," said Nadia Novik, operations manager. "However, I'm not aware of any other shelters with similar programs."

The shelter's annual benefit, raffle and auction will be held Friday, July 16, and tickets are still available. The winner of the raffle will receive a $10,000 gift certificate at Atkinsons' Market and does not have to be present to win.

Additional information is available by calling 788-4351 or at


Grandparent scam continues in Idaho

Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says his office continues to receive complaints from Idaho senior citizens and their families reporting attempts to cheat the grandparents out of money in what is known as the "grandparent scam." Wasden warned grandparents not to wire money to callers claiming to be their grandchildren.

"These calls are a cynical hoax, originating mostly in Canada," Wasden said. "Anyone who receives such a call should be very skeptical."

Wasden said any Idaho resident who has sent money should file a report with local police. They can also contact the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division at (800) 432-3545.

Art auction to benefit ARCH

ARCH Community Housing Trust will host Hugh Edmeades from Christie's of London to help launch ARTrageous, the first fine art auction to benefit ARCH.

The event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Elkhorn Springs Restaurant in Sun Valley at 6 p.m. Cocktails and an auction viewing will take place during dinner, prepared by Judith McQueen. Tickets are $150, available by calling 726-4411.

SBG offers $10,000 raffle prize

The 15th annual Sawtooth Botanical Garden tour will culminate with a $10,000 raffle prize. The drawing will take place Saturday, July 17, at 6 p.m. at the Gimlets in the Garden Party. Raffle tickets are $25 and only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

The self-guided tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is $35 for garden members and $40 for nonmembers. Gimlets in the Garden Party tickets are $100. Tickets for the tour and party are $125 for garden members and $135 for non-members. For details, call 726-9358.

Firefighters injured in explosion

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP)—Police say three firefighters prepping a fireworks show in southwestern Idaho were hospitalized after the display was prematurely ignited.

Mountain Home Police Sergeant Rick Viola says investigators are working to determine the cause of the fire that set off the annual Fourth of July fireworks show hours before it was scheduled to start Sunday.

The blaze seriously injured one firefighter and destroyed $30,000 worth of pyrotechnics.

Mountain Home Mayor Tom Rist says the fireworks were not rigged to ignite when they exploded and firefighters believe that static electricity may have been the culprit.

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