Wednesday, February 16, 2011


School district seeks volunteers

The Blaine County School District is looking for parents to serve on district hiring committees.

District Assistant Superintendent John Blackman announced at a Feb. 8 school board meeting that the district will compile a list of volunteers who will be selected at random for hiring committees to avoid the appearance that committee members are handpicked.

Hiring committees typically comprise parents, teachers, building staff and administrators. They usually meet for full day to interview job applicants and come up with a hiring recommendation for the board of trustees.

Interested parents should contact Jessie Gage at 578-5016 or

Police offer alcohol training

The Ketchum Police Department is offering a training program on Friday, Feb. 25, for people who sell or serve alcohol at restaurants and bars.

The purpose of the training, according to a press release, is to "educate and refine personnel who work for restaurants, hotels, bars and nightclubs on over-service of alcohol in their facilities and to limit the service of alcohol to minors."

The training will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Ketchum City Council chambers. All participants will receive a training manual and test form. The cost is $15 per attendee.

The training is limited to 25 people. For more information, or to reserve a spot, contact Ketchum police at 726-7819.

Snow Box Derby set for Feb. 27

The Blaine County Recreation District and Rotarun Ski Area will host the 10th annual Snow Box Derby on Sunday, Feb. 27. Participants will design, construct and race their cardboard creations down the slopes.

The event is open to anyone 5 years and older. This year's divisions include Pee Wee (5-8 years), Junior (9-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18 and up) and the Business Division for business- or organization-sponsored entries.

Snow boxes must be constructed using only cardboard, paint, tape and glue. A full list of rules can be obtained at the Recreation District offices or at

The entry fee is $10 per participant and $25 per participant in the business category. Medals will be awarded in each category for the fastest run, most creative snow box and for the most inspirational run.

Register at the Recreation District offices in the Community Campus in Hailey or on the day of the event beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Rotarun Ski Area in Croy Canyon west of Hailey.

Call 578-2273 or go to for more information.

What is systemic inflammation?

Dr. Thomas Archie will discuss the implications of systemic inflammation and how to prevent, diagnose and treat this common, yet often overlooked, health concern, today, Feb. 16, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Hailey Clinic.

According to a newss release from St. Luke's, chronic inflammation can contribute to the development or progression of certain health complications.

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.

BCRD to host Recess from School

The Blaine County Recreation District will offer its popular Recess from School program for youths in first through fifth grade on Monday, Feb. 21. The program will take place at the Community Campus in Hailey from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Recess from School is a way for youths to make the most of their time off from school. The day will include a talent show.

The cost of the program is $31.80 per day. Pickup and drop-off is at the Community Campus in Hailey. Bring a sack lunch, winter clothes and clothes appropriate to paint in. Call 578-2273 for more information.

Gas prices continue to rise

Average retail gasoline prices in Idaho have risen 5.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.02 per gallon on Sunday. That compares with a national average that has increased 8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Idaho during the past week, prices yesterday were 35.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 16.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands at 50.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

Panel to discuss water research

Water consultants and state and federal representatives will convene in Hailey today for a panel discussion of water in the Wood River Valley.

Topics will include an overview of measuring and regulating groundwater in the Big Wood River Basin, the U.S. Geological Survey's role in groundwater status and how the raw data from such measurements is turned into public information.

The panel will include Jim Bartolino from the USGS, David Tuthill from Idaho Water Engineering and Lin Campbell from the Idaho Department of Water Resources.

The panel will take place from 10 a.m. until noon in the Minnie Moore Room at the Community Campus. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Hailey BAH at High Altitude

Members and guests are invited to the Hailey Chamber Business After Hours hosted by High Altitude Fitness on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 5-7 p.m.

     Food will be provided by Hailey's newest restaurant, Rasberry's. The event will offer a chance for informal business networking and a tour of the High Altitude fitness center, at 810 S. Main St., Building 8 (behind Federal Express). High Altitude Fitness opened its doors in Hailey in January with a 5,000-square-foot gym.

Forest plan up for comment

New regulations for determining land use on national forests have been released in the Federal Register and are available for public comment.

The regulations are known as the Forest Planning Rule. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said the greatest benefit of the new plan is its flexibility, as it allows the Forest Service to adapt to changing conditions.

"Under the old rule, we would go years, sometimes 15 years, before we could undertake modifying the plans," Vilsack said.

The process for amending the new regulations could be as short as three years, according to the agency, and some plans could even be modified annually to reflect changes in environment or in legal status of endangered or threatened species.

The proposed rule and draft EIS will be available for input until May 16. To view the documents and comment, visit the Forest Service's website at

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