Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Dirt bikers to meet

The Idaho Mountain Dirt Riders Association will have an open meeting on Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey. In a news release, the new group stated that it is dedicated to the rights of people who want a fun and safe experience while riding.

The meeting will address membership, Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management travel plans, as well as the Ohio Gulch Motocross Complex.

For details, call Randy van Dyke at 720-1266.

Learn why 'Food Matters'

A screening of the documentary film "Food Matters" will take place Saturday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community School Theatre in Sun Valley. The screening will be preceded by a reception with tasting of local foods from NourishMe, Glow and Idaho's Bounty at 6 p.m. A panel discussion will be held with local food and health practitioners Lynea Newcomber and Molly Peppo Brown at 8 p.m. following the film.

The film suggests that nutritionally depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what's wrong with our bodies can hurt our health. "Food Matters" sets about uncovering the trillion-dollar worldwide "sickness industry" and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for overcoming illness naturally.

The event is hosted by the Futures Food Group of the Wood River Valley. Donations will be accepted.

For more information, contact Dana DuGan at 720-1791 or at

Buy one, get one free at Baldy

Sun Valley Resort is planning a grand finale for the ski season, which comes to a close this Sunday, April 24. Anyone who buys a Bald Mountain lift ticket that day will receive a second for free. Adults pay $57, children pay $35 and seniors pay $45.

The resort is also holding a costume contest. Grand prize is a 20-day ski pass for the 2011-12 ski season. Nominations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the SnowSports School desk in Warm Springs Lodge. Snow volleyball, music and drink specials will also be available at the Warm Springs base area.

From Friday through Sunday, the resort will hold a Lookout Cookout on top of Baldy from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A Bald Mountain Greyhawk Parking Lot Tailgate Party will also be repeated all day every day throughout the weekend.

Lodging sought for visiting cyclists

The Sun Valley Chamber of Commerce is looking for people willing to donate lodging or offer it at a discounted price for the officials and race staff of the USA Cycling National Mountain Biking Championships, to be held in Sun Valley this summer. Lodging for 30 people is needed from July 11-18. Empty condominiums or houses are ideal.

"We are excited to have this nationally acclaimed event in the valley and anticipate great exposure and word-of-mouth recommendations by hosting over 700 of the nation's best professional and amateur mountain bike racers," said chamber Manager Greg Randolph.

Hailey BAH scheduled for April 21

Members and friends are invited to the Hailey Chamber Business After Hours hosted by The Advocates Attic on Thursday, April 21, from 5-7 p.m. The Advocates Attic is located at 12 W. Carbonate St. in Hailey and supports The Advocates' services for women and children.

People are invited to socialize, enjoy refreshments and support this nonprofit organization. Call 788-3484 for more information.

From Sawtooth to Sun Valley

The Sawtooth Board of Realtors has a new name and a few new faces on the board.

The board, which represents more than 300 real estate agents in the region, has changed its name to the Sun Valley Board of Realtors. The name change is meant to more closely align it with the name that is most well-known to its customer base of second-home owners and visitors, according to a news release from the board.

This year's board officers have shifted slightly, with Debra Hall of Windermere assuming leadership as board president. She replaces Mike Murphy of McCann, Daech, Fenton. Other officers of the board include Vice President Jed Gray of Sun Valley Associates and Secretary/Treasurer Leisa Brait of Sun Valley Real Estate.

For more information, see the board's website at

County competes to save the earth

Blaine County employees will enter a good-natured competition over which department is the "greenest" this week.

In honor of Earth Day, county employees will earn points for their departmental teams by riding bikes to work, recycling, using reusable cups, turning out lights in empty rooms and carpooling or taking the bus. Employees will strive to earn bonus points by making sure their personal trash can remains empty throughout the day (i.e., everything used has been recycled).

The county will be competing on Thursday, April 21, due to the closure of its offices on official Earth Day, which falls on a Friday. Blaine County Commissioner Angenie McCleary said the winning department will receive a small prize, such as a pizza party.

Baskin Robbins helps Fire Department

Baskin Robbins has partnered with the Hailey Fire Department again for the third annual 31-cent scoop night. On Wednesday, April 27, from 5-10 p.m., the store will run promotional pricing on scoops of ice cream, including the special Firehouse No. 31 flavor. Firefighters will scoop ice cream, answer questions and take pictures of kids and families at a fire truck. There will also be a free raffle for ice cream cakes.

"This is a great opportunity to meet the citizens of Hailey on a more personal level," said Hailey Fire Inspector Brian Ernst.

Ice cream offer is limited to three 2.5-ounce scoops per person. The Hailey Baskin Robbins Ice Cream store is at 600 N. Main St.

Resident honored for climate efforts

Sun Valley resident Aimee Christensen, founder and CEO of Christensen Global Strategies, has been named the third Global Laureate of the Hillary Institute of International Leadership.

Christensen was chosen for the leadership award based on her efforts to promote a "green economy" and develop climate change solutions. Before starting Christensen Global Strategies, she worked for and worked in Washington, D.C., to develop clean energy policy.

Christensen drafted and negotiated the first U.S. bilateral agreements on climate change. She is also founder of the Clean Economy Development Center, the Clean Economy Network, the Global Observatory and the Newark Green Future Network.

According to information from the institute, it is focusing on leadership on climate change solutions through 2012.

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