Wednesday, December 1, 2010


ERC gets grant for science program

The Ketchum-based Environmental Resource Center has been awarded a grant of $1,000 by the Jim and Barbara Cimino Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation. The grant will allow the ERC to expand its Science After School program—a free, weekly, project-based learning program in environmental education, natural science, and sustainability for local fourth- and fifth-graders.

"The timing couldn't be better as we begin enrollment for our winter and spring sessions," said ERC Education Director Lisa Huttinger.

For more information on SAS and other ERC programs, visit its website at or call 726-4333, ext. 3.

Learn about diabetes and foot care

Attention and prevention are the keys to a successful foot care plan for people with diabetes. St. Luke's Hailey Clinic will host a "Brown Bag" lunch presentation by three experts on prevention and treatment of this diabetic complication, including instruction on performing self-examinations, today, Dec. 1, from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required.

Reward offered for 'Poacher X'

BOISE, Idaho (AP)—The Humane Society is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for anyone who can help Idaho authorities track down a rogue and boastful poacher.

The case involves the self-described "Poacher X," who claimed in a letter to Idaho wildlife officials earlier this month to have illegally killed a whitetail deer, a pronghorn antelope and a turkey.

The Nov. 12 letter to Idaho Fish and Game officials also contained photographs of the dead deer and antelope and the promise to take more wildlife illegally. According to the letter, "Poacher X" writes: "I plan to do all my Idaho hunting like this now."

State investigators say the letter was postmarked from Everett, Wash.

The reward is being offered by the Humane Society of the United States and The Humane Society Wildlife Trust Fund.

Leroy's Ice Cream gives back

As the result of selling 8 percent more ice cream this summer than in 2009, Leroy's Ice Cream has split $7,814 among five local children's organizations.

Leroy's, a nonprofit vendor at the Ketchum Town Square, is operated by the Community Development Corp., which annually distributes the profits among the Blaine County Schools Education Foundation, the Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department, Pioneer Montessori School, Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation and the Community School. This year, each organization received $1,560.

Jake Peters, founder of the stand, said the newly constructed town square improved business this summer, with people constantly lingering around. Leroy's sells locally made Toni's Sun Valley Ice Cream.

$1,000 to best-decorated exterior

Terry Murphy, a Ketchum business owner, has organized a citywide contest that will award $1,000 on Dec. 24 to the store or building best decorated in the holiday spirit. Murphy said she has initiated the contest because the resort town, dependent on creating a memorable experience for visitors, sometimes lacks the necessary Christmas cheer. Murphy, creator of Bellissimo, urges building owners of empty spaces to participate and dress up the vacant areas with decorations.

"Our town looks old and just bits of lights in the trees," she said. "Same old, same old. Is this how we want to show ourselves? We are one of the greatest ski resorts. What's wrong with us? Where's our passion?"

Those with questions should contact Murphy at Bellissimo: 726-0702.

Public hearing for Shoshone bridge set

The Idaho Transportation Department will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 7, to share information on the North Grape Street Bridge project in Shoshone. The project includes replacing the existing one-lane bridge with a two-lane structure.

The hearing will be from 5-7 p.m. at the Community Center, 201 S. Beverly St. in Shoshone. An open-house format is being used, with project staff available to answer questions. Displays at the meeting will show the proposed project. A public hearing officer will be available to record verbal comments.

Bellevue students to deck the halls

Students from Bellevue Elementary School will share in a 40-year community tradition, creating handmade ornaments for Zions Bank's Christmas tree and receiving a $250 cash donation to their school in return.

More than 60 Utah and Idaho elementary schools will participate in Zions Bank's "Lights On" holiday celebration this year. Bellevue students will decorate a tree inside Zions Bank's Hailey Office on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 9 a.m.

Teachers, parents and Zions Bank employees will gather with the students in the branch's lobby for the ceremony.

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