Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Briefs


Advocates to assist job training

The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault is launching a new project to help women get better, long-term training and employment.

A free information meeting will take place Wednesday, March 2, at the Sweetwater Village Clubhouse, 870 Maple Leaf Dr., in Hailey. An English session will take place at noon and a Spanish session will take place at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will offer light refreshments. For details, call 788-4191.

Rail Jam in Ketchum returns

The 511 Downtown Rail Jam will take place Saturday, Feb. 26, from 7-10 p.m. in Ketchum. The free event will showcase local and traveling skiers and snowboarders on street rails and a new feature created by Sun Valley Resort's terrain park crew.

One thousand dollars in prize money will be awarded.

Registration for competitors will take place on the day of the Rail Jam at 6:30 p.m. at the 511 Building on Sixth and Leadville streets. The competition entry is $10 and all participants must sign a liability release or parental consent form for competitors under 18. The $10 entry fee benefits the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation. Participants can learn more by contacting Andy Gilbert at andy@svsef.org.

Daughter of Sun Valley founder dies

Kathleen Mortimer, daughter of Sun Valley Resort's founder, Averell Harriman, died Thursday, Feb. 17, in New York City at the age of 94. According a resort news release, she was always happy to be in Sun Valley where she honed her ski racing skills and trained with the women's Olympic team.

"We at Sun Valley Resort will miss her," said Wally Huffman, director of resorts and resort development.

District seeks 'Health Heroes'

The South Central Public Health District is calling for nominations for its annual Health Heroes awards. The district seeks individuals or groups that worked to prevent disease, disability and premature death or promoted healthy lifestyle and protected the health and environment of southern Idaho citizens during 2010.

Award winners will be honored during Public Health Week, April 4-10. Nominations are due by Monday, March 7.

Nominees must be residents of or do business in Blaine, Camas, Cassia, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka or Twin Falls counties. There are Adult, Youth and Corporate categories.

Nomination details are available at www.phd5.idaho.gov. Click on the "Nominate your Health Heroes" box in the middle of the screen.

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EI to host cancer symposium

The Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research will hold the 15th annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium from March 2-6 at Sun Valley Resort. Breast cancer research scientists from around the world will attend the symposium, titled "Successes of Translational Research in Breast Cancer."

In conjunction with the symposium, Expedition Inspiration will host a free open forum, which the community is invited to attend, on Thursday, March 3, from 5-7 p.m. in the Sun Valley Inn Continental Room. The open forum is open to anyone interested in learning about the latest in cancer research and treatments. For details, call 726-6456, e-mail ei@expeditioninspiration.org or visit www.expeditioninspiration.org.

Grand opening at Hailey restaurant

The public is invited to join the Hailey Chamber of Commerce and Hailey Mayor Rick Davis for the grand opening of Four Peaks Flatbreads & Grill on Friday, Feb. 25, from 5-6 p.m. The official ribbon cutting will take place at 5:30 p.m. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served.

The restaurant is located at 200 S. Main St. and opened its doors late last year. The restaurant uses organically farmed and minimally processed ingredients.

Crisis Hotline offers training

The Crisis Hotline will hold volunteer training classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. from March 3-29. Participation is free and is open to anyone interested in developing listening skills, including listening to youth, and learning about the dynamics of crises such as family violence, alcoholism, codependency, depression, child abuse and neglect, mental illness, domestic violence, suicide and more.

The sessions will be given by professional health care specialists. Participants will also find out about the many organizations within the community that offer services and support.

The classes will be held at the Calvary Bible Church, 102 Coyote Bluff Drive, one mile north of Hailey. Call 788-0735 to sign up.

Learn about elusive animals

Wolverine expert Jason Wilmot will lead a lecture and field outing about wolverine and lynx ecology and conservation status. The series will also discuss tracking wolverines and related animals.

Wilmot will open his two-day series with a lecture on Friday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. at The Community Library in Ketchum. During the lecture, Wilmot will present his research on wolverines in Glacier National Park and the Greater Yellowstone area, as well as showing footage from the PBS documentary "Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom."

Wilmot will lead a field outing on Saturday, Feb. 26, at 9 a.m. The outing will leave from Perry's restaurant in Ketchum. Interested parties can call the Idaho Conservation League at 726-7485 to sign up for the outing, though signup is not required for the lecture.

Both events are free and open to the public.

St. Luke's staff earn certification

Merissa Marolf and Reli Mansfield at St. Luke's Clinic in Hailey have earned their Certified Healthcare Access Associate through the National Association of Healthcare Access Management.

According to a news release from the clinic, the certification demonstrates their competence and knowledge in the field of patient access services. The clinic stated that all its staff members will be certified by the end of this year.

Luna appointed to national board

Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna has been appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board, which helps set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

Before becoming Idaho's superintendent of public instruction in 2007, Luna had a career in business for more than 25 years and served in education leadership positions at the local, state and national levels, including as a local school board chair.

He serves as president-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers, a nationwide organization that brings together the top education leaders from every state. He is also the drafter of several controversial education reforms currently being considered in the state Senate.




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