Friday, April 22, 2011


Meet school board candidate

School board candidate Hallie Kelly Star will meet with the public on Thursday, April 28, from 5:30--7:30 p.m. at Mahoney's Bar and Grill on Main Street in Bellevue.

In a news release, Star stated that she will be available to answer questions and "share her plans to represent the voters."

Star is seeking the Blaine County School District Zone 1 position now held by Trustee Daniel Parke, who did not file for re-election. Zone 1 includes the south Bellevue and Carey areas.

Star, of Bellevue, is opposed by Carey resident Shawn Bennion. The election is set for May 17.

"I look forward to listening to the concerns of the voters of Bellevue and Carey," Star stated. "Public education is so important to our children and to the vitality of our community.

"Blaine County School District spends more tax dollars than all of the local municipalities combined. Especially in these difficult economic times, it is important your money be spent wisely."

West Coast flights start May 27

Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air nonstop flights to the Wood River Valley from Los Angeles and Seattle resume on May 27. To kick off the season, Los Angeles-Sun Valley flights are on sale for as low as $99 one way. The sale on travel from June 1-30 ends on Monday, April 25.

Eric Seder, president of the nonprofit Fly Sun Valley Alliance, whose mission is to support improved air transportation to the Wood River Valley, noted that this year is the first that the daily nonstop service from both Los Angeles and Seattle to Sun Valley would be starting Memorial Day weekend.

"We all know how critical good air service access is for visitors to our destination, and it's an important asset for local residents and businesses as well," he said.

For flight reservations or details on the flight special, go to

Parks-use meeting set for Wednesday

The Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual field-use meeting on Wednesday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. Representatives of sports leagues are required to sign up for summer field time at Atkinson Park. The meeting will take place at the Parks and Recreation Department's administration building at the park. Call 726-7820 or check for directions.

As always, fields are opened to organized use starting on the second Monday in May following facility repair and maintenance. The department director may make exceptions to this closure as dictated by the weather.

Learn to be a lifeguard

The Blaine County Aquatic Center is hosting a seven-day lifeguard training course in mid-May. Successful completion of the course will certify participants in CPR, first aid, use of defibrillators and supplemental oxygen and the latest in lifeguarding techniques. The course is designed as a stand-alone lifeguard course for those who just want the knowledge but also as lifeguard "tryouts" for those interested in becoming employed as a lifeguard at the Aquatic Center this summer.

The cost is $125 per person (scholarships available) and includes all training, lifeguard course book and CPR, first aid and lifeguarding certifications.

For more information, call Cameron at 578-2273, ext. 5456, or visit Register at the Recreation District office at the Community Campus.

Craters road is open

The scenic seven-mile loop road at Craters of the Moon National Monument off U.S. Highway 20, 18 miles west of Arco, is now open. However, access to most campsites and trails remains difficult due to snow and ice. All caves are also closed due to hazardous snow conditions.

Spring storms may temporarily close the road, so visitors are advised to check the website at or call for current conditions at (208) 527-1335.

Entrance to all 394 national parks and monuments is free during National Park Week, April 16-24. This year's focus, Healthy Parks, Healthy People, highlights the connection between human and environmental health and the vital role that America's national parks play in both. At Craters of the Moon, short talks are being offered by rangers from Friday through Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the visitor center.

St. Luke's offers cholesterol screening

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center is offering its Heart of the Matter cholesterol testing on Saturday, April 30, from 7-10 a.m. Screening includes a blood cholesterol test for HDL and LDL, triglyderides and glucose level, and blood pressure check for $10 ($86 value). A prostate cancer screening for men will be available at no charge ($59 value).

All participants must fast for at least eight hours prior to testing. For more information, call 727-8733.

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