Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Local teacher first to Iditarod

Trent Herbst, a fourth-grade teacher at the Community School in Sun Valley, was the first musher to reach the ghost town of Iditarod, Alaska, last week, earning the GCI Dorothy Page Halfway Award.

Herbst was leading the pack of mushers running the 1,150-mile dogsled race from Anchorage to Nome as of the official checkpoint in Iditarod on Thursday, March 10. However, Herbst was tailed by four-time defending champion Lance Mackey and four-time champion Martin Buser.

By the time the sun rose on Friday, Herbst had fallen down the standings, as he remained in Iditarod taking a mandatory 24-hour layover while other racers pushed ahead. Herbst has since fallen to 24th place, though he told race staff that his goal is to finish in the top 30 racers.

Woodside floodplain meeting set

Tonight, March 16, at 6 p.m. at City Hall, the city of Hailey will host a public meeting regarding recent FEMA floodplain revisions in Woodside subdivision. The floodplain map revisions have insurance implications for about 150 Woodside residents.

Hailey officials are inviting interested citizens, insurance agents, floodplain managers, engineers, surveyors and state and federal officials to attend the meeting, which will be followed by a Q&A session on the 2010 FEMA flood restudy of Blaine County.

The meeting will inform citizens and professionals and answer questions regarding recent changes to FEMA 100-year floodplain maps and how to minimize costs to property owners that are now located in the floodplain and required by their lenders to obtain flood insurance.

City officials will also discuss options to correct the erroneous delineation of the Quigley Creek floodplain, which affects Woodside subdivisions.

Contact Jim Zarubica, Hailey floodplain administrator, at 788-9830, ext. 17, for additional information.

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Keep your balance!

Kristin Bevers, a physical therapist and vestibular rehabilitation specialist, will present a discussion on the role of the inner ear in balance today, March, 16, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Hailey Clinic.

Age, injury and illness can affect our body and brain and the ability to keep our balance and equilibrium. Vertigo, dizziness, poor balance and loss of equilibrium can become debilitating issues when left untreated.

Bevers will discuss how impairments can be assessed and treated to maintain or restore important vestibular function.

The Brown Bag lecture is 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.

Bank to host BAH in Hailey

The monthly Hailey Business After Hours business networking event will take place on Thursday, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Mountain West Bank. Zou 75 restaurant will provide food and refreshments.

For details, call 788-3484.

ITD, ISP target impaired drivers

Using federal grant funds, the Idaho Transportation Department is again partnering with the Idaho State Police to fund education campaigns and high-visibility impaired-driving enforcement patrols from March 11 through March 21.

The goal of the project is to reduce motor vehicle accidents caused by impaired drivers by increasing law enforcement presence and increasing arrests. During the campaign, officers are watching for impaired drivers and checking for seat belt use.

In 2009, there were 12,327 DUI arrests in Idaho. Impaired driving caused 65 fatalities, 29 percent of all motor-vehicle fatalities. Seventy-seven percent of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

Relay for Life to hold kick-off party

Information about the 2011 Relay for Life Blaine County season will be available today, March 16, at the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum at 6 p.m. Enjoy food, fun and prizes, as well as register for survivor recognition.

For details, call 720-8288 or visit

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