Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Briefs


Committee seeks interim senator

The District 25 Democratic Legislative Committee, precinct captains from Blaine, Lincoln, Camas and Gooding counties, will meet on Sunday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m. at the Blaine County Democrats' Headquarters, 111 Main St. in Hailey, formerly Blockbuster Video, to nominate a replacement for Sen. Clint Stennett, who died Thursday, Oct. 14. The committee will forward three names to the governor, who has 15 days to appoint a replacement who will then serve until Thursday, Dec. 2, when a newly elected senator will be sworn into office.

Former Sen. John Peavey will chair the legislative district committee, which, according to code, must be of the same political party of the former member.

The committee is required to submit to the governor three nominations within 15 days of the vacancy. Interested persons should prepare a three-minute speech about their background to present before the committee.

Pizza and beverages will be available. For further information, please contact Rep. Wendy Jaquet at (208) 720-0968 or wendyjaquet@yahoo.com.

Use caution in school zones

A school zone education and enforcement campaign, funded through the Idaho Transportation Department, is being held in conjunction with National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 18-22. Law enforcement officers throughout Idaho are increasing their vigils in school zones Oct. 17-25. Violating the speed limit in a school zone costs at least $151.50.

In addition to the fine, local governments can make speeding penalties even higher for school zones within their jurisdictions.

Bone-health seminar offered

A free bone-health seminar will be held Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6-7 p.m. at the Community YMCA in Ketchum. Attendees will learn how to increase bone density naturally without dangerous side effects from prescription drugs used to treat osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is the leading cause of disabilities, but the number of side effects from drugs is lengthy even with short-term use.

Speaker Katie Taylor will explain how the body works and what osteoporosis is. People can learn about a natural supplement that increases bone density in as little as six months and find out why sleep, exercise, water consumption and having a balanced pH are important for bone density.

St. Luke's offers dental hygiene talk

A class in Spanish will explain the importance of good dental hygiene at St. Luke's Center for Community Health in Hailey on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 6-7 p.m. The class will be taught by Margarita Lopez, dental assistant of the Sun Valley Dental Group.

St. Luke's ofrece clase de higiene dental

Una charla sobre la importancia de la buena higiene bucodental tendra lugar el jueves, 21 de Octubre, de 6-7 p.m. en el St. Luke's Centro de Salud Para la Comunidad en Hailey. Margarita López, la asistente del dentista de Sun Valley Dental Group, explicará como proteger a su familia de estas enfermedades.

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ERC adds new AmeriCorps members

Hadley DeBree and Amber Gray are new additions to the roster of 17 AmeriCorps members who have performed national service at the Environmental Resource Center since 2002.

Born in Hailey, DeBree will serve as ERC's AmeriCorps environmental education associate, helping with classroom programs and camps. During her biology-environmental studies program at Whitman College, this animal lover participated in Australian rainforest turtle studies.

Gray is the new AmeriCorps energy associate. Her B.S. in zoology and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison led her to jobs in nonprofit sectors of environmental education, interpretation, natural resources and green energy.

For more about AmeriCorps and ERC's programs, visit at www.ercsv.org or call 726-4333.

District offers flu vaccine

Flu shots are available at the South Central Public Health District office in Bellevue.

Injectable vaccines cost $23 and the FluMist nasal spray costs $30 for adults. A high-dose flu shot is available this year for people older than 64 and costs $38.

The H1N1 virus is one of three flu viruses targeted in the annual vaccine. People vaccinated last year against seasonal and/or H1N1 flu will need a new vaccination for this season. National health experts recommend the vaccine for everyone older than 6 months.

The United States averages 36,000 deaths per year from the seasonal flu, but flu deaths have ranged from 3,000 one year to 49,000 another. The health district stated that the number of flu cases is hard to know because it isn't a reportable disease.

For more information on the seasonal flu, visit the health district's website at www.phd5.idaho.gov.

Search for new airport advisor starts

A search is underway in the valley's general aviation community for candidates willing to serve on the five-member Blaine County Aviation Advisory Committee.

The eventual appointee, who will be selected by the Blaine County Commission, will fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Chris Stephens, a jet pilot and business entrepreneur.

Members of the committee report to the County Commission, and are involved in adjunct studies relating to the replacement airport for Friedman Memorial.

Anyone interested should contact the Blaine County Commission or Michael Rasch, general manager of Atlantic Aviation, who is on the search committee.

Learn about orthopedic emergencies

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Judd will discuss how to treat orthopedic emergencies during a Brown Bag lecture at St. Luke's Baldy Conference Rooms on Thursday, Oct. 21, from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs, 727-8733.

Radio station to host Hailey BAH

Locally owned Radio 104.7 BOBFM/106.7 The Canyon will host the Hailey Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 5-7:00 p.m.

The newly opened office is in the Old Mercantile Building at 101 E. Bullion St., Suite 2 H. Refreshments and food from local restaurants will be served as people view the new facility complete with its production studio.

Contact Leisa Hollister for more information: (208) 539-6147 or 788-7077.




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