Friday, June 24, 2011


Foundation awards nearly $134,000

St. Luke's Wood River Foundation has allocated a total of $133,500 in funds to the Blaine County Drug Coalition, Hospice of the Wood River Valley and the Crisis Hotline. Funds were granted during the foundation's quarterly board meeting in June.

The board granted $100,000 to the Blaine County Drug Coalition.

"Shocking data collected over the past year show that drug and alcohol usage rates among the youth of our valley are incredibly high—many of these rates nearly doubling the national average," stated Dr. Scott McLean Jr., president of the St. Luke's Wood River Foundation.

The foundation granted $25,000 to the Hospice of the Wood River Valley and $8,500 to the Crisis Hotline.

Bergdahl named Boise parade marshal

Wood River Valley soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by enemy forces two years ago in Afghanistan, has been named a parade marshal in Boise's Fourth of July Parade.

According to a news release from the We the People Liberty Day Parade committee, Bergdahl's parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, approved of the appointment because they hope it will draw attention to their son's captivity.

The second parade marshal is a prominent local businessman Larry Knapp.

The Liberty Day Parade will be held Monday, July 4, at 11 a.m. in downtown Boise.

Help clean up Bellevue preserve

The Wood River Land Trust and the Friends of the Howard Preserve will hold their annual workday at the Howard Preserve in Bellevue on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. The 12-acre preserve is the largest tract of open space in Bellevue and is a popular spot for fishing, swimming and hiking.

Volunteers will spread wood chips, prune around the trails and do weed control. People should bring work gloves and sunscreen. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Call the Wood River Land Trust at 788-3947 for more information.


Chrystal Harper to celebrate 106th

On Saturday, June 25, friends and family of Chrystal Harper, Blaine County's oldest woman, will celebrate her 106th birthday with an open-house cake-and-ice-cream party.

People are invited to attend the party in Harper's yard at 117 N. Main St. in Bellevue from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Harper's longtime friend Sharon Shrock said she will hang balloons on the gate in front of Harper's house. Shrock said Harper enjoys Symphony white chocolate bars.

"You can bring presents, but you don't have to," she said. "She has everything she needs.

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce has spruced up Harper's yard for the event.

DMV office closed on Monday

The Blaine County driver's license office in Hailey will be closed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, June 27, while office staff undergo training for a new driver's license system.

The Idaho Transportation Department reported that the new system is intended to help protect license holders from identify theft and fraud by incorporating security features into license cards that are difficult to counterfeit.

The new system is now being implemented statewide. Licenses will now be produced at a central location rather than at county offices.

Roundhouse opens today

The summer season is under way at Sun Valley Resort. The Roundhouse restaurant, at an elevation of 7,700 feet midway up Bald Mountain, opens today, June 24. The Roundhouse deck will be open for lunch and early dinner service (weather permitting).

Lift service and lunch service starts today, with dinner service beginning June 30.

Averell's bar will be open for pre- and post-dinner cocktails (with dinner reservations).

Reservations are required for dinner. Call 622-2800.

'Fortune' play reading at nexStage

A reading of a play called "Fortune" by valley resident John Grabow will be held at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum today, June 24, at 7 p.m. The reading is free.

"Fortune" is about three generations of a family who lose everything in the Bernie Madoff investment scheme.

The family grandmother will be played by Claudia McCain, her granddaughter will be played by Charlotte Hemmings, and the mother will be played by Patsy Wygle. The reading will be directed by Keith Moore.

This is the first public reading of "Fortune," which next month will also be read at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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