Wednesday, April 13, 2011


School board meets today

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

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. today, 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,

Hunger Coalition named Health Hero

The Hunger Coalition of Blaine County received this year's Health Hero award given by the South Central Public Health District to an organization improving a community's health. This is the 13th year of the awards.

The Hunger Coalition—a food-assistance program for those in need—is staffed by more than 150 volunteers. The coalition served 155,000 meals in 2010 and distributed 4,000 bagged lunches.

St. Luke's wins Wellness Cup

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

St. Luke's employees lost a total of 120 pounds. The largest weight loss by one person was 25 pounds.

In addition to being declared "the most health-conscious 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.

Check in on prostate health

Urologist Dr. Pat McLaughlin will offer education on prostate function and health, as well as atypical symptoms and common ailments, during a free Brown Bag lecture on Thursday, April 14, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center.

Learn what a PSA, or prostate screening antigen, screening will tell you, and what other medical assessments and treatments are available.

Lawmakers to hold info sessions

District 25 legislators may be out of session, but that doesn't mean they're taking a break.

Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, Rep. Donna Pence, D-Gooding and Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, will tour the district over the next two months to discuss the results of the 2011 legislative session.

The lawmakers will begin their tour at the Wendell Chamber of Commerce with a town hall meeting at noon today, April 13.

Jaquet, Pence and Stennett won't reach Blaine County until May 14 at 8 a.m., when they will hold an open forum at the Oak Street Deli in Bellevue. Another town meeting will be held Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Roosevelt Grille in Ketchum.

According to a news release from the delegation, the goal of the sessions is to allow the public to meet legislators and ask questions about recently passed legislation.

Tree lights removal deadline extended

The Ketchum city arborist has extended the deadline for removal of holiday lights from public trees to Tuesday, April 26. The change is due to Sun Valley Co.'s extension of Bald Mountain's ski season and the importance to Ketchum business owners of leaving the lights on for commerce.

The city arborist, reached at 726-7820, may provide exceptions to the new deadline.

Lights are typically removed by April 15 to allow for early-season tree trimming. Anyone performing work on city-owned trees (those that exist in sidewalks or other rights of way) is required to hold a city-issued tree permit. Permits are available through the Parks & Recreation office at Atkinson Park.

$1,000 art contest in Hailey

Blaine County artists 18 years and older are invited to vie for a $1,000 grant to create temporary art that draws attention to the need to reduce the use of non-reusable plastic bags in the Wood River Valley.

The winner of the grant award, based on the artists' plans, will win receive $700 to fund the art construction, a $100 King's gift card, a $100 Atkinsons' gift card and a $100 Albertsons gift card.

The call for artists' entries is sponsored by the Hailey Community Climate Challenge, a greenhouse gas reduction project made possible by a $472,429 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Grant funding allows for the continuation of the Just Bag It program, which involves working with Atkinsons', Albertsons, King's and consumers to reduce, recycle and reuse plastic bags in Hailey and raise awareness of environmental issues surrounding plastic bags.

Proposals are due by Earth Day, April 22. For more information, call Tracy Anderson at 788-4221, ext. 26.

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