Friday, July 23, 2010


Crisis Hotline receives grant

The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation has awarded a grant of $7,000 to the Crisis Hotline to help with administrative costs and media outreach.

"This support from St. Luke's Wood River Foundation will enable us to continue the vital service our organization provides to the health and well-being of our community," the Crisis Hotline said in a news release.

The Crisis Hotline, a confidential crisis intervention and referral service organization, has been serving the Wood River Valley and surrounding communities for more than 23 years. Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist callers in times of need at 726-3596 or 788-3596.

Wasden gets public service award

The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) honored Attorney General Lawrence Wasden of Idaho with the CWAG Courage in Public Service Award at the annual CWAG meeting in Santa Fe, N.M. last week.

The Courage in Public Service Award, which was last given out in 2004, was created to recognize an attorney general who has acted with courage and integrity to uphold the office.

"Wasden has been faced with numerous challenging situations over his years as the Idaho attorney general," said Karen White, executive director of CWAG.

The CWAG Profile in Courage in Public Service Award was established by CWAG in June 2000. This is only the fourth time in a decade the award has been given out.

Council seeks board members

The Idaho Humanities Council is seeking applications to fill four positions on its volunteer board of directors. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15, 2010. The board will review applications and elect the new members at the council's October meeting.

Members serve three-year terms, with the possibility of renewal for a second three-year term. The board meets three times each year in February, June and October to award grants and conduct other business.

For details, call (888) 345-5346 or e-mail online under the link "About Us" at


Bellevue selects grand marshal

The city of Bellevue and the Bellevue Labor Day Celebration have selected Ron Taylor as the grand marshal of the 2010 Labor Day Parade. The parade will take place on Monday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m. with Taylor and his wife, Vivian, traveling the route down Main Street in a vintage convertible.

Taylor and Vivian have been married for 44 years. They have a daughter, Tammara Fox, and two grandchildren. They arrived in the Wood River Valley in 1975, after a stint on the pro rodeo circuit and cattle shows, to manage the Susie Q Ranch in Picabo. Ten years later, he became a deputy marshal in Bellevue before joining the Blaine County Sheriff's Office. Taylor served the community in various capacities for 33 years. He and Vivian are currently living in Cottonwood Heights, Utah.

For more information, contact Stefany Mahoney with the Bellevue Labor Day Celebration Committee at 720-8227 or email at

Whooping cough on the rise

More cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, have been reported in Idaho this year at the same time a pertussis epidemic has caused six infant deaths in California. These events have prompted Idaho health officials to urge people to make sure their families are up to date on vaccinations.

In the first six months of this year, 77 Idaho cases have been reported, compared with 45 cases reported during the same time frame last year. The best prevention for pertussis is vaccination, health officials said.

"We urge parents, household members, and other caregivers to get vaccinated against this disease, to protect babies," said Dr. Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist. "We know that in many cases, it's the mom, dad, grandparent, or sibling that infects the babies that end up getting so sick."

In rare cases, pertussis can be deadly, especially in infants less than 1 year of age.

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