Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Nurse to lecture about menopause

Jenny Stireman, a nurse practitioner in obstetrics, will discuss the physiological and lifestyle changes women experience in menopause and perimenopause, and ways to manage symptoms to maintain health and vitality. Her lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Baldy Conference Rooms, in the hospital.

This 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.

Jaquet to get humanitarian award

Light on the Mountains Center for Spiritual Living has announced that it will give its eighth annual Ann & Doug Christensen Humanitarian Award to state Rep. Wendy Jaquet.

According to a news release, Jaquet has been a harmonizing influence in the Legislature, championing many initiatives that have bettered the lives of the residents of Idaho. The center called her "a leading force" in legislation addressing domestic violence, offering alternative drug treatment options through Drug Court and in keeping the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind open in Gooding.

Jaquet will be presented the award at a luncheon on Saturday, May 14, at 11:30 a.m. in the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room. The luncheon is open to the public, with reservations available by calling 727-1631 or e-mailing

Early/Late passes now in effect

Early/Late Season ski passes went into effect Monday, March 28, and will be valid through the end of the season on Bald Mountain on April 24. Also, daily lift ticket prices on Dollar and Baldy are now discounted. For Baldy, a one-day adult ticket is $57, children pay $35 and seniors $45.

For Dollar Mountain, a one-day adult lift ticket costs $30, children pay $25 and seniors $25. The last day for skiing on Dollar Mountain will be Sunday, April 3.

Call 622-6136 for more information.

Valley nonprofits receive grants

Three Wood River Valley programs were among the recipients of $85,096 in grants recently awarded by the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit, state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Community Library Association in Ketchum was awarded $3,000 to help support the third annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium, to be held Oct. 20-22.  The symposium will explore the theme of "Hemingway and Women" and is free and open to the public.

The Trailing of the Sheep Festival in Hailey was awarded $4,000 to help support a symposium titled "Women Writing and Living the West." The symposium will kick off the three-day festival on Oct. 7 and feature six major Western women writers.

The city of Hailey's Historic Preservation Commission received $4,000 to develop an interpretive exhibit on the history of the Hailey Rodeo Park. The exhibit, "Rodeo:  A Story of Community," will open in January 2012.

The next deadline for Idaho Humanities Council grant proposals and Research Fellowships is Sept. 15. For details, call (208) 345-5346 or visit

Mountain Rides announces changes

Changes to Mountain Rides Transportation Authority's Ketchum-Sun Valley town service go into effect on Friday, April 1.

The Bronze and Gold skier route services will end, while the Silver Route will decrease to two runs per hour until the end of the ski season.

The Blue Route, which runs from Elkhorn through Sun Valley and Ketchum to Warm Springs and River Run, will continue with departures every half hour.

The Green Route, which runs from Hulen Meadows to south of St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center, will continue until the end of ski season. After that, the service will operate only Monday through Friday.

The Red Route, running from Elkhorn to River Run and into Ketchum, will be cut to departures every hour rather than every half hour.

For more information, call 788-7433 or visit

Animal Shelter sets date for benefit

The Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley's annual gala fundraising event will take place on Friday, July 15, at the Trail Creek Pavilion in Sun Valley. The event will feature emcee David Frei of Westminster Dog Show fame and live and silent auction items, which will include the signature art for the event by Debbie Edgers Sturges.

In addition, the benefit will include the annual raffle of a $10,000 gift certificate to Atkinsons' Markets and the Birdhouse Festival.

The summer benefit plays a vital role in helping the shelter provide services to more than 1,500 animals per year. To sponsor the event or donate an auction item, call 788-4351. More information is also available at

WRHS class of '91 to reunite

The Wood River High School 20-year reunion for the class of 1991 will take place June 24-25. Requests for attendance are due June 1. For details, call Tanya at (406) 261-4839, e-mail or visit

ISP campaign leads to DUI arrests

Idaho State Police Region 4 in Jerome reported that an "impaired driving enforcement" campaign conducted earlier this month led to 11 DUI and nine drug arrests and the apprehension of eight fugitives.

The campaign, in partnership with the Idaho Transportation Department, was conducted throughout Idaho from March 11-21. ISP Region 4 patrols eight counties in south-central Idaho, including Blaine.

New CEO at St. Luke's Magic Valley

Jim Angle has begun his job as new chief executive officer of St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center in Twin Falls. Angle joins St. Luke's from the Memorial Hospital of Salem County in Salem, N.J., where he was CEO since 2006.

A search committee composed of board members, physicians and hospital leadership chose Angle from more than 200 applicants.

Mike Reno, interim hospital CEO, intends to remain in Twin Falls to support Angle as he assumes the hospital's leadership role and to prepare for the move to the newly built hospital, scheduled to open May 21.

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