Friday, September 3, 2010


Wake Up with Hailey

The monthly Hailey business community morning coffee event, Wake Up with Hailey, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at the Spruce Inn at 416 First Ave. N. from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

The event is organized by the Hailey Chamber of Commerce. For details, call 788-3484.

Fools' play nominated for awards

Company of Fools and Barksdale Theatre first presented the play "Souvenir" by Stephen Temperley at Barksdale Theatre in Richmond, Va., in fall 2009, then in Hailey that winter.

"Souvenir" has been nominated in six categories for the 2010 Richmond, Va., Theatre Critics Circle Awards. Categories include Best Musical, Best Direction (John Glenn), Best Actor (Jonathan Spivey), Best Actress (Debra Wagoner), Best Musical Direction (R.L. Rowsey) and Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design (Sue Griffin).

An awards gala will be held in Richmond on Oct. 17.

The Center elects board members

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts board of directors has elected Tod R. Hamachek as president of its 22-member board. Hamachek replaces Trina Peters, who served as president for the past four years. Additional officers were also elected at the Tuesday, Aug. 24, board meeting, including Larry Helzel, vice president, Kathy Jones, secretary, and Shelley Williams, treasurer.

Four new board members were added: John Gaeddert, Sonya Johnston, Wendy Pesky and Tim Wolff. The board consists of 22 members.

Hamachek has served as chair of The Center's fundraising committee for its new building. The campaign has raised over $6 million towards a goal of $17 million. In addition, Hamachek serves on the boards of directors of The Seattle Times newspaper, Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and Northwest Natural Gas in Portland.

Council seeks grant proposals

The Idaho Humanities Council invites proposals for mini and major grants, teacher incentive grants and research fellowships from organizations and individuals for consideration at its fall grant round.

The deadline for grant proposals is Sept. 15.

Teacher incentive grants are limited to $1,000, and are awarded to K-12 teachers to enhance the way they teach the humanities in the classroom. Research fellowships are special awards to scholars to support research in any field of the humanities. They are limited to $3,500, awarded only once a year, and may be used to support expenses related to research, including travel to special archives, lodging and related expenses. Up to four Research Fellowships are awarded each fall.

Grant guidelines and applications, including new research fellowship guidelines, are posted on the council's website at For details, call the council at (888) 345-5346.

St. Luke's to get matching grant

The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation has secured a matching grant for the Alter-G, a state-of-the-art rehabilitation treadmill. Every dollar contributed to the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation's Alter-G project will be matched for this project.

"The generosity of a matching challenge gift for our Alter-G project is incredible," said Megan Thomas, St. Luke's Wood River Foundation executive director.

With the help of Ketchum champions Jenny Gatehouse and husband Phil Hebert, the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation is working to raise $30,000 to fund the anti-gravity machine that will be available for community use in the St. Luke's Elks Rehabilitation Department.

The Alter-G treadmill helps patients suffering from brain injury, orthopedic injuries, neurologic diseases and other stresses on the joints, such as arthritis or obesity. It also helps improve athletic performance.

For details, call Thomas at 727-8444.

NAMI goes to Washington

The Wood River Valley chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness sent President Gail Miller Wray to Washington, D.C., last month to seek support from government leaders for those suffering from mental illness in Idaho.

Wray joined a delegation from Idaho to meet with Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. They discussed many needs for the mentally ill in Idaho, which NAMI gives a "D" in its "report card" on mental health services nationwide.

The delegation discussed with Crapo the need for mental health insurance parity, adequate housing, proper care for the mentally ill in the prison system, and the high rate of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among returning military personnel.

Idaho job growth to outpace nation

While the worst recession in generations siphoned 55,000 jobs from the Idaho economy over the past three years, Idaho's job growth should exceed the national rate through 2018, according to long-term job projections released Tuesday by the Idaho Department of Labor.

Job growth over the next 16 months will be just a few thousand jobs, according to short-term job projections through 2011. But for the 10 years ending with 2018, the state economy should add more than 110,000 jobs—including those lost in the first year of the recession—to lift total jobs to more than 825,000. That 15.6 percent increase compares to the 10.1 percent increase in jobs nationally.

Nursing, pharmacy, post-secondary education, natural resource managers and computer software system engineers are predicted to be among the fastest-growing, high-paying abundant occupations.

Picnic planned for Howard Preserve

The seventh annual Howard Preserve Community Picnic will be held in Bellevue on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 3-6 p.m. The Wood River Land Trust and Friends of Howard Preserve will serve grilled food including Lava Lake lamb, Idaho trout, roast pork and morels. Participants should bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Howard Preserve is reached by turning west on Elm Street in Bellevue. Continue down the hill to park, and cross the bridge over the canal to reach the preserve. Participants should carpool, ride a bike or walk, as parking is limited.

Superintendent candidate to speak

The public is invited to meet Stan Olson, candidate for state superintendent of education, on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 5: 30 p.m. and learn more about his vision for Idaho's schools. Olson will be the speaker at "Pizza and Politics," hosted by the Blaine County Democrats. The event is free. Complimentary pizza will be provided.

The event will be held at Roosevelt Grille, at Main Street and Sun Valley Road in Ketchum.

Olson is former superintendent of the Boise School District and is running against current state Superintendent Tom Luna, a Republican.

Police will look for impaired drivers

Law enforcement officers throughout Idaho will be on the lookout for impaired drivers as part of a nationwide Labor Day mobilization targeting drunk driving through Sept. 7.

Overtime costs for the additional enforcement patrols are covered by a federal grant administered by the Idaho Transportation Department.

Last year, more than 28 percent of Idaho highway fatalities were the result of an impaired driving crash. The state's law enforcement agencies made more than 12,000 DUI arrests in 2009.

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