Friday, July 16, 2010

Briefs


Senior center to get facelift

The Senior Connection, the regional senior center in Hailey, will get a facelift this fall.

A newly paved parking lot, new sidewalks, improved outdoor lighting and other improvements will be partly paid for by a $100,000 grant from the Idaho Department of Commerce.

The grant, called an Idaho Community Development Block Grant, is awarded to cities or counties for economic development, public facilities construction or community center projects. The grant will be matched by funding from the Senior Connection.

Construction is slated to begin in August, and should be completed by December.

Gondola to open earlier

The Roundhouse gondola on Bald Mountain will begin operation at 9 a.m. beginning today. Hours for the rest of the summer season will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The gondola's operating hours used to start at 10 a.m.

River Run base facilities—Pete Lane's bike rental, the coffee cart, Brass Ranch and the Flow Zone—will also open at 9 a.m. However, Roundhouse restaurant will continue to be open for dining from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Chamber announces parade winners

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce has announced award winners from the Fourth of July parade, which featured more than 70 entries.

The following entries were declared the best in their category: Equestrian: Eh Capa horse riders; Open: The Hunger Coalition; Auto: Silver Creek Outfitters; Float: The Red Hat Potato Heads; Chamber Favorite: The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

Prizes were awarded to the winners at the Hailey Business After Hours event on Thursday, July 15.

Patrols target aggressive driving

The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with law enforcement agencies across Idaho by funding increased aggressive-driving high-visibility patrols from July 15-26.

"Tailgating, changing lanes without warning, speeding, running red lights or stop signs, following too closely or failing to yield are poor decisions and clear indicators of aggressive driving," said Cecilia Arritola with ITD's Office of Highway Operations and Safety.

In 2009, 52 percent of Idaho's fatal aggressive driving crashes involved only one vehicle.

For more information about the aggressive driving campaign and ITD's other hihgway safety initiatives, contact the Office of Highway Safety at (208) 334-8100.

Bellevue gets check from Idaho Power

The city of Bellevue got a $14,205 rebate check from Idaho Power last week as part of the utility company's Building Efficiency Program.

The check was awarded to the city for making energy-efficiency upgrades to its new wastewater treatment facility, which went online this summer.

The city included variable-speed motors and energy-efficient exit signs in the facility, which will save the city $10,300 per year in energy costs.

"Every kilowatt saved is a kilowatt that we do not have to produce," Idaho Power spokesman Rick Kidneigh told the City Council last Thursday as he presented the check. "Saving energy means we don't have to build additional power plants."

Lunch Connection serves breakfast

Beginning Monday, July 19, hot breakfasts are being served to children under 18 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. on weekdays at Woodside Elementary School in Hailey. The effort is a collaboration of the Hunger Coalition and the Blaine County School District.

The breakfast program will continue until Friday, Aug. 13. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to noon through Friday, Aug. 20. For a complete list of dates and times, visit www.thehungercoalition.org.

Adults accompanying their children to the Lunch Connection can buy a meal for themselves, with breakfast costing $1.75 and lunch $3.

For details, call the Hunger Coalition at 788-0121 or e-mail info@thehungercoalition.org.

Big pharma pays Idaho $106K

BOISE (AP)—Idaho just got a $106,648 check courtesy of a big drug company targeted in a nationwide Medicaid fraud allegation for its allegedly illegal efforts to boost the sale of a painkiller.

Alpharma Inc., a unit of Bristol, Tenn.-based King Pharmaceuticals Inc., reached a $42.5 million settlement with multiple states earlier this year.

The Idaho Attorney General's Office says Idaho's share arrived this week.

States had sued, saying Alpharma paid health care providers for nearly a decade to get them to promote the morphine-based painkiller Kadian, and made misrepresentations about the safety and efficacy of the drug.

In the settlement, state governments that chip in for Medicaid programs got about $19.2 million, while the federal government got the rest.




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