Friday, April 8, 2011


Neale to give presentation on Mahler

The Sun Valley Summer Symphony will present "Upbeat With Alasdair" at The Community Library in Ketchum on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m.  The presentation, "Nature Awakes: The Magical World of Mahler's First Symphony," is a free event hosted by Sun Valley Summer Symphony Music Director Alasdair Neale. For details, call 726-3493.   

School board meets Wednesday

The Blaine County School District board of trustees will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday in April rather than on Tuesday as usual.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, at the district office at 118 W. Bullion St. in Hailey.

Agenda items include a legislative report from Superintendent Lonnie Barber, a presentation from the district Environmental Practices Committee, discussion of an upcoming town hall meeting and an update on a proposed auditorium remodeling at the district-owned Community Campus in Hailey.

A complete agenda is available at the district website,

St. Luke's wins Wellness Cup

Eleven companies and 279 employees competed in the valley's first-ever Corporate Wellness Cup, challenging workers to slim their waists and improve their body mass indexes (which is a number determining the healthy weight for a person based on his or her height) as much as possible in eight weeks.

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center posted the best improvement, losing a total of 120 pounds. The largest weight loss by one person was 25 pounds.

In addition to being declared "the most health-conscience company in the Wood River Valley" and awarded the Corporate Wellness Cup trophy, St. Luke's employees will receive a free 12-week membership to the Wood River Community YMCA.

Jackson Hole reports good season

Jackson Hole Mountain Resort closed for the winter season on April 3. It was a winter season that locals and visitors alike will not soon forget, marked by consistent snowfall from November to April. In an unprecedented move, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort opened for the winter with wall-to-wall, top-to-bottom opening of the mountain on Nov. 27.

According to a press release from the resort, never before in the recorded history of Jackson Hole Mountain had so much snow fallen so early, with total snowfall reaching 130 inches on opening day. November, December and March were all above average in terms of snowfall. The season closed with 558 inches of snow recorded on the upper mountain.

BCRD begins track and field program

The Blaine County Recreation District will be offering its popular Youth Track and Field Program to students in first through eighth grade.

The program will begin on Monday, April 11, for students from Hailey, Hemingway and Woodside elementary schools and Carey School. Wood River Middle School and Bellevue Elementary students will begin on Tuesday, April 12.

Registration can be done online at, at the Recreation district office in the Community Campus in Hailey or at the first day of practice.

The cost of the program is $35 and includes four weeks of practice and a T-shirt. Scholarships are available through the Recreation District.

The program concludes with the Hershey's Track Meet on Saturday, May 7, at the Carey track.

Governor won't sign Stennett's bill

A flag bill sponsored by state Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, became the first bill this session to be made law without the governor's signature on Wednesday.

The bill outlines protocol for flying a flag over governmental buildings commemorating prisoners of war and those missing in action. While state code didn't explicitly prohibit these displays, neither did it allow it.

Stennett said she sponsored the bill at the request of the veterans of Gooding County. She said the veterans approached her because of her connection with Army Spc. Bowe Bergdahl, a Hailey-area native captured while serving in Afghanistan.

Gov. Butch Otter stated in a letter to the Senate that he did not sign the bill because it did not mention veterans hospitals, veterans cemeteries or other governmental buildings.

The bill specifically provides protocol for flying the flag above the state capitol, city halls, district courts and county administrative buildings.

Otter has not vetoed any bill this session. Under Idaho code, a bill can become law without the governor's signature if it is not vetoed within five days after presentation to the governor.

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