Friday, June 3, 2011


Summerfest Kids Carnival is back

People can celebrate the end of the school year by bringing their children to the Summerfest Kids Carnival in downtown Hailey on Saturday, June 4, from 1-5 p.m.

Attractions will include slide and bounce, face painting, jumbo slide, rock climbing wall, bungee run, obstacle course, monster boxing and kiddie train. There will be food and drinks offered by local restaurants and live music.

Carnival sponsors are Cox Communications, South Valley Merchant Alliance, Albertsons Market, the Papoose Club and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce.

Partial bike path closure planned

The Blaine County Recreation District has scheduled a section of the Wood River Trail for seal-coat maintenance beginning Monday, June 6, through Friday, June 10.

The project will run from the north side of Ohio Gulch Road to the south side of Timber Trestle Bridge, and will include a short apron at East Fork.

Though this section of trail will be closed during the seal-coating process, a signed detour will be available. However, it may not be suitable for road bikes, rollerblades, bike trailers or for night-time travel.

Seal-coating is the process of applying an asphalt emulsion to seal the trail surface. After several years of regular use and the elements, the worn asphalt surface has roughened and cracked. To preserve the trail's smooth surface, it must be seal-coated regularly.

During the application and drying process, it is important that trail users stay off the new surface for 48 hours. Wet seal-coating material will ruin shoes, clothes, bikes, rollerblades and the trail surface.

For more information, contact the Recreation District at 578-2273.

Book on Jon Francis honored

"Bringing Jon Home," a book about the search for Jon Francis, who died in 2006 at the age of 24 while descending from the summit of Grand Mogul in the Sawtooth Mountains, has been selected as a finalist of the 2011 National Indie Excellence Award in the category of memoir writing. The book was written by his father, David Francis.

The award celebrates the highest achievements in independent press.

According to a news release from the awards, writing "Bringing Jon Home" was initially an exercise in recovering from the most devastating tragedy of David Francis' life. But after it was published, the book became a resource for others going through a similar struggle.

Since Jon Francis' death, a foundation has been established with the mission of providing support to the families of people missing in the wilderness.


Women's film festival scheduled

Lunafest, a fundraising film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women's issues and women filmmakers, will be hosted by Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley at nexStage Theatre in Ketchum on Saturday, June 11, with the support of the Little Black Dress Club.

The film festival highlights women as leaders in society, illustrated through nine short films by women filmmakers. The films range from animation to fictional drama, and cover topics such as women's health, motherhood, body image, aging, cultural diversity and breaking barriers.

Proceeds from Lunafest will benefit Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley and the Breast Cancer Fund. Thus far, Lunafest has raised more than $360,000 for the Breast Cancer Fund and more than $570,000 for other women's nonprofit organizations.

Films will be screened at 7:30 p.m. following a reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, available at Sturtevants in Hailey and Ketchum.

Free fishing day set

Saturday, June 11, is Free Fishing Day in Idaho, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game invites veteran and novice anglers of all ages, residents and nonresidents alike, to celebrate the day by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license.

Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect.

"Free fishing day provides a great opportunity for novices to give fishing a try and perhaps develop it into a lifelong pursuit," Fish and Game Regional Fish Manager Jeff Dillon said. "Parents are encouraged to bring their children out for a day of fun fishing excitement."

At special locations around the state, equipment will be available for use, and fishing experts will be on hand to help novice anglers learn the ins and outs of fishing. In addition, all these locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout prior to the special day.

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