Friday, November 5, 2010

News Briefs

Ketchum increases cost of copies

Those wanting copies of Ketchum public records will have to pay more, after the City Council approved a fee increase Monday. The price of a single-sided, letter-sized copy will increase by 1 cent to 6 cents per page.

Prices vary depending on the size of paper, whether it's double-sided and if it's in color or just black ink. The council-approved price increases also vary. For example, the price of a double-sided, letter-sized copy has jumped from 8 to 12 cents. The price of a double-sided, 11-by 17-inch sheet has more than doubled from 12 cents a copy to 30 cents.

Wild game dinner to benefit SVSEF

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation will hold its 34th annual Fall Wild Game Dinner and Auction on Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Sun Valley Inn Limelight Room. The event is a benefit for the foundation.

Tickets are $100 and include dinner and wine. Sponsor tables are $1,500 and include 10 season-pass raffle tickets. Online bids for auction items can be made at

For reservations, call 726-4129.

'Creating a Healthy Community'

St. Luke's Center for Community Health and the Blaine County Community Drug Coalition are partnering to bring James Vollbracht to their annual Creating a Healthy Community fall conference on Saturday, Nov. 13. Vollbracht is author of the book "Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture That Cares for Kids."

The fall conference will be held at the Community Campus in Hailey. Vollbract will present the keynote lecture from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. for check-in. Participants may also choose one of three learning sessions on a variety of topics from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The conference is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Information and registration are available through the website or by calling 727-8733.

Paws for Hunger helps families

Paws for Hunger, a program in which the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley and the Hunger Coalition provide food for needy pets, has brought an unexpected benefit: help in reaching needy families.

"It seems to be easier for people to ask for help for their pets than for themselves," said Jeanne Liston, executive director of the Hunger Coalition.

Liston said about 30 families receive pet food each month, and about 10 also receive food for themselves. More than 4,000 pounds of pet food were distributed by the animal shelter last year.

The shelter began the program as a way to help families who were giving up their pets because they could not afford to feed them.

Cash donations and unopened containers of pet food can be brought to the shelter or to the Hunger Coalition warehouse at 121 Honeysuckle St. in Bellevue. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Power Engineers opens Orlando office

Hailey-based Power Engineers, which designs transmission and distribution systems for power providers worldwide, has established a new office in Orlando, Fla. The office offers engineering services for the surrounding energy industry, including electric utilities and power developers.

The office is staffed with experts specializing in project management, transmission line and substation engineering and design, and civil site design. The company stated in a news release that it anticipates growth in the new location and has plans to augment staff there.

New website for replacement airport

A new website for the proposed replacement for Friedman Memorial Airport is up and running. Consultants created the site to keep the public informed with up-to-date news.

Those interested in the different aspects of this project—including FAQs, links to FAA reports and a project timeline—can find information at, including links for comments and questions.

Get ski deals at Gold Mine

The Gold Mine thrift store in Ketchum will hold its "ski opening" on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 9 a.m.

Look for deals on used skis, snowboards, snowshoes, gloves, hats, jackets, helmets and more. All proceeds from the Gold Mine go to fund free services at The Community Library in Ketchum.

For details, call 726-3465.

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