Wednesday, April 6, 2011


Some parts of Baldy to close

Sun Valley's 75th winter season will be one of the resort's longest, continuing through Easter Sunday, April 24, the resort announced this week.

Through April 10, 95 percent of Baldy's ski terrain will be served by the Lower River Run, Lookout Express, Frenchman's, Challenger, Mayday and Seattle Ridge chairlifts. The Greyhawk lift, closed since last weekend, will be in operation April 8-9.

The Lower River Run, Lookout Express and Challenger lifts will continue operation as the season continues.

The Roundhouse restaurant has closed. The Lookout Restaurant has limited food service with the Lookout Cookout available Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Seattle Ridge and Seattle Ridge Lodge will remain open through Sunday, April 10.

Conditions are subject to change and are weather-dependent. Mountain reports are available by calling (800) 635-4150 or seeing

Learn about women's physical therapy

Women face physical issues due to pregnancy, aging and menopause. Physical therapist Jeni Cook will discuss how new and non-invasive assessments and therapies can help women with back and pelvic pain as well as bladder issues during talks today at St. Luke's Clinic in Hailey and on Thursday, April 7, at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

In the free Brown Bag lunch lectures—from 12:15-1:15 p.m. both days—Cook will show off new equipment and therapeutic techniques.

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.

Steelhead season in full swing

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game staff reports that more than 195 steelhead are at the Sawtooth Hatchery north of Ketchum. Fish are holding at Sunbeam and Squaw Creek, and the department is calling for "prime" steelhead fishing on the upper stretches of the Salmon River around Stanley.

Anglers must use barbless hooks and may only keep hatchery fish, which can be identified by a clipped adipose fin. Licenses and steelhead permits are required. Steelhead season on the upper Salmon near Stanley will be open through April 30.

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Photos of bear encounters wanted

If you've had a close encounter with a bear, outside of its natural habitat and preferably in yours, the Idaho Mountain Express would love to run your pictures with an upcoming feature. We are seeking jpeg photos, e-mailed to us with your contact information and a brief description of the events transpiring in the photo.

Please contact Sun Valley Guide Editor Jennifer Liebrum at The deadline is April 29.

New ed laws could take effect soon

BOISE (AP)— The Idaho House of Representatives has passed legislation adding emergency clauses to new education laws that would make them go into effect immediately.

The new laws eliminate tenure for new teachers, restrict collective bargaining and introduce merit pay.

The bills with the emergency clauses have not yet been passed by the Senate.

They would prevent a planned referendum campaign from blocking the laws from taking effect before the November 2012 election, the Spokesman-Review reports.

A group of parents and representatives from the statewide teachers union have taken steps to launch a referendum on the contentious new laws. The group is expected to decide this month whether to proceed with the repeal campaign.

The laws are part of a reform plan authored by public schools chief Tom Luna.

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