Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Libya film to screen at library

"Benghazi Rising," a 52-minute documentary film about revolution, resilience and courage in eastern Libya, will screen at The Community Library in Ketchum on Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m. The event is free and will include discussion with filmmakers Jihan Hafiz and Reed Lindsay, a Wood River Valley native.

The film attempts to answer questions focusing on ordinary people on the front lines of the Libyan revolution, including fighters in the desert facing off against Muammar Gaddafi's forces as well as women fueling the revolt from Benghazi's community kitchens.

Before going to Libya, the filmmakers covered the Egyptian revolution from start to finish. Hafiz grew up in Cairo and has reported extensively on U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Lindsay is a filmmaker and journalist with more than a decade of experience producing documentaries and reporting throughout Latin America, including five years in Haiti.

For details, call 726-3493.

Bald Mountain to open Friday

Bald Mountain will open for the summer season on Friday, June 24.

The Roundhouse gondola and the Christmas quad chairlift will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the last ride up at 4 p.m. and the last ride down from the top at 4:30 p.m. One daily ride for an adult is $25, or $30 for all day. Teen tickets (ages 13-17) are $20, or $25 all day; youth tickets (3-12) are $12, or $17 all day; children aged 2 and under, for gondola only, ride for free. Seniors 65 years and up ride for $20, or $25 all day.

Mountain biking on Baldy will begin Friday, July 1. For trail updates, visit

The Roundhouse will begin serving lunch inside and on the terrace on Friday. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Beginning June 30, dinner will be served from 6-9 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays, inside and on the terrace. Dinner reservations are required. Call 622-2800. Gondola transportation is included in the dinner price. Evening gondola operation will be reserved for Roundhouse dinner guests.

Hailey seeks donations for fireworks

The city of Hailey is accepting donations for its annual Fourth of July fireworks show. The spectacular display on the evening of July 4—recognized as one of the best in the state—is funded in large part through donations from the public.

To donate, go to the city's website at, where donors will be routed to a secure site in which donations can be made by debit card, credit card or electronic check.

Exhibit features Stanley landscapes

A photo exhibit celebrating Idaho's wild lands and rivers opened at the Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C., last week.

Sponsored by Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, the exhibit features works by photographer Neil Ever Osborne of the International League of Conservation Photographers. Osborne captured the images during two trips to Stanley and the Sawtooth Valley last summer.

"Neil's photographs are symbolic of the salmon and steelhead that we know we need to save," Crapo said.

Greg Stahl, assistant policy director for conservation group Idaho Rivers United, said the photographs captured Idaho landscapes and the beauty of salmon habitat.

"Idahoans are rightfully proud to have their state's beauty featured in the nation's capitol," he said.

BLM announces roundup schedule

No wild horse roundups are scheduled for Idaho herds this year, according to a statement from the BLM.

The roundups are used to manage wild horse and burro populations nationwide. According to the BLM, they are needed to bring herd sizes into balance with the ability of the land to support them as well as to coordinate with other federally approved uses such as recreation.

Portions of herds, which can double in size every four years, are removed from the wild and put up for adoption.

Sixteen roundups this year have been planned for horse herds in Oregon, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Colorado and Nevada.

BLM spokeswoman Heather Tiel-Nelson of the Twin Falls District said the Challis herd, which makes its home north of Stanley, is not due to be gathered until next year at the earliest.

Bicycles bring smiles to kids

Thirty-eight needy local children received new Specialized bikes on Friday, June 10, at the BCRD Sportscape, where the Miles of Smiles Bike Program held its fourth annual giveaway. With the belief that every child deserves a bicycle, valley residents Brian Ross and Susan Reinstein, and Specialized Bicycles, committed funds to buy new bikes for youths who would otherwise go without. The Blaine County Recreation District and The Elephants Perch store coordinated the effort.

"The expression on each child's face when they saw their new bike was priceless," said Jim Keating, executive director of the Recreation District. "Many of these kids have never owned a bike before."

Contact Recreation District Development Director Kris Stoffer at 578-5455 for more information about the Miles of Smiles bike program and how you can make a contribution to the program.

Power wins big geothermal contract

Hailey-based Power Engineers has been awarded a contract to work with West Indies Power on a new geothermal power plant in Nevis, West Indies.

According to a news release from the company, the project includes an 8.5-megawatt power plant and associated facilities, a new high-voltage substation and an eight-mile underground electrical transmission line. The overall project cost is about $29 million.

Power will design the plant and the steam field gathering, separation and injection systems. The company also will provide project management, procurement, construction and commissioning support.

The project is being executed by a consortium led by the CCC Group.

"This should be the first of multiple geothermal opportunities in the Caribbean," said Kevin Wallace, Power's geothermal submarket lead. "Currently, plants in this area are primarily powered by relatively expensive diesel generation. Geothermal is an economic, green and consistent solution to their current generation portfolio."

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