Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Save the date for Y Classic

The Wood River Community YMCA will hold its 2011 Golf Classic on Wednesday, Aug. 3. The golf tournament will be in the morning. Dinner, an auction and dancing, with music by the MVPs, will take place in the evening at Trail Creek Cabin in Sun Valley.

For details, call 727-9196 or 928-6706.

Paul Thorn to play Bellevue

The Paul Thorn Band will be the headliner for the Bellevue Labor Day benefit concert on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the John Alan Partners Outdoor Pavilion in Bellevue. Proceeds will go to support Bellevue's free Labor Day celebration.

The Wood River Valley's Old Death Whisper will open the concert. Tickets are $15 and children under 10 get in free. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 1, at Mahoney's, the Silver Dollar Saloon, Atkinsons' Markets and Oak Street Foods in Bellevue.

The event is sponsored by the Bellevue Labor Day Committee, the city of Bellevue, Cox Communications and Atkinsons' Markets.

For details, call 720-8227.

Y to hold 'Marafun' party for kids

The Y's Kids Zone and Marafun party will take place during and after the Sun Valley Half Marathon on Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m. The Y will have a free "Kids Zone" with a "bouncy" castle, face painting, games, races for children ages 3 to 12 and other activities. The event is open to the community.

Every child in the race will receive a bib, medal and ice cream bar. Race fee is $10 per child with a sibling discount of $5.

Trout Unlimited kicks off Carpfest

Trout Unlimited is planning its annual fundraising fly-fishing tournament for invasive carp in the Snake River.

The tournament will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at Gifford Springs. Gifford Springs is 20 miles downstream of American Falls. Teams of two will compete for prizes such as a one-day float of the Snake River, fly lines, lanyards and a Carhartt gift certificate. Entrance fees are $150 per team.

Last year, despite inclement weather, anglers pulled almost 200 pounds of carp out of the river. The event raised more than $1,000 for Trout Unlimited's work in the state.

New OHV education law in effect

A bill passed during the 2011 legislative session requires all unlicensed riders who wish to operate an off-highway vehicle on national forest roads to take an OHV safety course.

All riders age 15 and under who wish to operate an OHV on roads must be supervised. The definition of supervision was clarified to mean that anyone riding on any road with a child must be in a position to provide close support, assistance or direction.

Links and answers to frequently asked questions are available at

To obtain additional information on nearby OHV classes, visit or email

Making sense of blood screenings

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will present this week a follow-up event to the Heart of the Matter blood screenings that took place this spring. It is called "Making Sense of Cholesterol, Glucose, and PSA Screening Results."

Today, May 18, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Community Campus gymnasium in Hailey, people can bring their test results and meet with one of St. Luke's experts to understand what their numbers mean and learn ways to improve their health.

They can also check out the Blaine County Recreation District's FitWorks Center.

Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs: 727-8733.

Gas prices still climbing

Average retail gasoline prices in Idaho have risen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.76/gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.93/gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Idaho during the past week, prices at the end of last week were 66.8 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and were 13.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 12.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands $1.05/g higher than this day one year ago.

Odd/even watering starts in Hailey

Watering times and restrictions began May 1 in Hailey, with potential fines for violators. The watering restrictions were implemented several years ago and have led to significant water conservation in the city.

The instructions are:

( No watering during the heat of day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

( Even-numbered street addresses can water on even-numbered days of the calendar. Odd-numbered street addresses can water on odd-numbered days.

( No one is allowed to water on the 31st of the month.

For more information, call the Hailey Public Works Department at 788-9830, ext. 22.


Cosby to perform at Sun Valley

Veteran stand-up performer Bill Cosby will perform at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Wednesday, June 22.

Tickets for the show, now on sale at the Sun Valley Recreation office and online at, will range in price from $29-$81.25. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Sun Valley Resort is also is offering a limited number of lodging packages for the show. The package includes one night's lodging and two show tickets for $150 per person, double occupancy. For reservations, call (800) 786-8259.

Cosby's career began in 1962. He has become an iconic comedian, actor, author, television producer, educator, musician and activist. During the 1980s, he produced and starred in what is considered to be one of the decade's defining sitcoms, "The Cosby Show."

For additional information, call 622-2135.

Hailey BAH on May 19

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses and the public to the Hailey Chamber Business After Hours on Thursday, May 19, from 5-7 p.m. The event will be hosted by the Wood River Radio (KECH, KSKI & KYZK) and Snake Harley Davidson at the Hailey Hotel.

Motorcycles will be on display and sales representatives from Snake Harley Davidson will be on site to answer questions. Food will be provided by CK's and root beer floats by Bucksnort.

Call 788-3484 for more information.

'Tearin' it Down'

As part of the Hailey Community Climate Challenge, the Building Material Thrift Store will present "Tearin' It Down" on Thursday, May 19, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Hailey City Hall.

Tearin' It Down is a community workshop designed to share the financial and environmental benefits of material salvage and reuse, as well as showcase some of the high-end pieces that the thrift store has recovered in the past. It will also showcase ways in which materials have been reused in local home improvement and construction projects.

For more information, call the store at 788-0014.

Who's your 'Brightest Star'?

The search is on again for nominees for the 2011 Governor's Brightest Star awards. The awards recognize the state's unsung heroes, whose volunteerism improves quality of life within their communities.

Awards are presented in the categories of:

( Individual.

( Student.

( School.

( Nonprofit organization or service club.

( Small business of fewer than 100 employees.

( Corporation of 100 or more employees.

Gov. Butch Otter and First Lady Lori Otter will honor Idaho's 2011 Brightest Stars during a ceremony in November at Boise State University's Student Union ballroom.

Nominations must be submitted by Sept. 14. Nominations can be made online at or by calling Serve Idaho at 208-332-3578 or 800-588-3334.

Bellevue seeks City Council member

The city of Bellevue is looking for a candidate to fill a City Council seat left vacant by Gene Ramsey, who was recently appointed to be Blaine County sheriff.

The council seats carry two-year terms and the pay is $50 per month.

Council members decide budgets and help shape city policy. The council meets every other Thursday at Bellevue City Hall.

For more information, call 788-2128.

Foundation honors local nurses

The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation and the Harvey Gray family recently awarded Hollie Roberts the 2011 Carl A. Gray Memorial Award for Nursing Excellence Exemplified.

Roberts is a nurse in the medical/surgical unit and was recognized during National Nurses' Week for her exemplary nursing practice, calm demeanor and grace under pressure.

Each year, the entire hospital staff can nominate a nurse who exemplifies excellence in his or her nursing practice. The nursing staff then votes on the colleague whom they believe is most deserving.

Awards were also given for distinction in specific areas of nursing. These honorees included a tie for Transformational Leadership between Cheryl Kalenik and Karen Soracco; Laurie Williams for Exemplary Professional Practice; Susan DeChevrieux for Empirical Quality Outcomes; Cathie Royston for Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements; and Kerry Renner for Structural Empowerment.

The Gray Family established the annual award to honor Carl A. Gray, an avid Sun Valley Ski Club member.

Grow a row for hunger

The Blaine County Hunger Coalition is inviting people to grow fresh produce to help feed those in the Wood River Valley facing hunger. The Grow A Row program is a volunteer-based program to encourage valley gardeners to plant an extra row of vegetables and donate the harvests to the Hunger Coalition. The coalition will distribute harvests through its Mobile Food Bank.

For details, call 788-9266.

Green building expo set in Hailey

The 2011 Wood River Valley Solar and Green Building Expo will take place Friday, May 20, through Saturday, May 21, at the Masonic Lodge in Hailey. The expo will present architects, building officials, energy providers, designers, contractors, suppliers and manufactures as speakers and vendors. AIA members and others may receive credit for education sessions.

For details, call 208-320-8627.

Scottish festival to take place in June

The Blaine County Scottish Cultural and Heritage Festival will hold a celebration Saturday, June 18, at Nelson Field in Hailey beginning at 9 a.m. The event will include a "Battle of the Valley" as well as dance, pipe and drum demonstrations. In addition, the event will include kids activities, food vendors and other competitions. General admission is $10.

For details, call 788-3484.

Hemingway fair to celebrate students

The Hemingway Elementary School Art and Literature Fair, showcasing students' accomplishments, will take place Thursday, May 19, from 5-7 p.m. All donations will be donated to tsunami and earthquake victims in Japan.

For details, call 578-5050.

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