Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Elkhorn light still on the blink

Don't be deceived into thinking that the traffic light is working properly at the intersection of state Highway 75 and Elkhorn Road, because it's not.

Idaho Transportation Department spokesman Nathan Jerke said Monday that the control box for the light needs to be replaced because on its own it trips intermittently into flash mode, giving highway traffic a flashing orange and Elkhorn Road traffic a flashing red.

Installation of a new control box is awaiting parts, and ITD announced Tuesday that "the signal should be in regular operation next week."

In the meantime, Jerke said, ITD maintenance personnel are manually switching the light back to red and green mode each morning.

Papoose Club welcomes new members

Papoose Club will hold its annual New Members' Night event on Monday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m. at Sawtooth Botanical Garden south of Ketchum. Anyone interested in joining the club is invited to attend this informational gathering, which will be followed by the club's regular September meeting at 7:30. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Papoose Club is a volunteer organization that supports local youth-oriented groups through fundraising activities and events in the Wood River Valley. Over the past three years, Papoose Club has donated more than $77,000 to 44 local organizations that benefit kids.

For more information, contact Tizz Miller at 788-1838 or

Public to get look at visitor center

Representatives from the Sun Valley Marketing Alliance will unveil a model of the renovated visitor center Friday at noon Friday in the Ketchum Town Square.

"Working in concert with architect Susan Desko, an authentically innovative and eye-catching design has been developed and is ready for public viewing," Visit Sun Valley stated in its September member newsletter.

The new visitor center model, floor plans and conceptual drawings will be presented at the unveiling.

During construction, the visitor center is located at 640 N. Main St., by the Clarion Inn. The new visitor center is expected to be complete in November.

Join firefighter's ball and auction

The Sawtooth Valley Rural Fire & Sawtooth Valley EMTs are having their annual fundraiser, hosted by Redfish Lake Lodge, on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Dan Costello with the Truck Stop Orchestra will be rocking the house. A silent auction will be held from 8-10 p.m.

There will be free shuttle rides from the Kasino Club in Stanley to Redfish Lake Lodge, provided by Caldwell Transportation and White Cloud Rafting Adventures.

Entrance fee is $10 per person at the door. Anyone with questions or donations can call Jan Skrukrud at 208-774-3460.

Talk on innovative therapy set

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy developed to resolve trauma-related stress and disorders. Beth Citron, licensed clinical social worker, will explain tomorrow how the therapy can help someone work through past experiences that may be dysfunctionally stored within a memory network, and find more adaptive coping mechanisms.

Citron will speak on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center's Baldy Conference Rooms.

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs, 727-8733.

Free car seat safety check offered

St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center will hold a free car seat safety check today, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A certified child passenger safety technician will help people install their car seat before their baby is born, and can fit an older child to his or her seat, teach proper installation, and check for recalls. Inspections take place in front of the main entrance of the hospital. Call 727-8776 for more information.

Sun Valley recognizes firefighters

The city of Sun Valley recognized four local firefighters who were dispatched to help fight fires in New Mexico and Montana.

Mayor Wayne Willich thanked Mal Prior, Reid Black, Ray Franco and Eric Adams during a City Council meeting Sept. 15.

Prior is a fire captain/EMT and engine boss trainee; Black, the city's fire code official, is an engineer, EMT and engine boss; Franco is the city's assistant fire chief and EMT strike team leader; and Adams is the city's building official and fire captain/EMT and engine boss.

"We should be proud of the kind of people that we have working for the city here," Willich said. "And in the meantime, they're looking after your homes and businesses while on the fire-fighting crew in town."

Power outage set for next week

People should set their backup alarm clocks Monday night, Sept. 26, because a six-hour outage will begin at midnight and wrap up by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Idaho Power scheduled the outage to conduct maintenance on a transmission line serving the Wood River Valley. The outage will affect parts of Blaine County starting with a section of Broadway Run south of St. Luke's Hospital, then north of the Hospital including all of Ketchum and Sun Valley.

Bellevue Library Gala scheduled

On Friday, Sept. 23, the Bellevue Public Library will host its Friends of the Bellevue Library Gala Benefit Concert, featuring local star vocalists R.L. Rowsey and Janis Walton. The event will begin in Bellevue Memorial Park at 6:15 p.m. with appetizers and drinks, followed by an intimate concert.

Rowsey served as musical director and conductor for many national productions. He is musical director for Light on the Mountains Spiritual Center and is artistic director for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music.

Walton has been on stage since the age of 3. Her credits include professional music and theater and studio recording, and she toured with a duo concert tour in six states for three years. She has been in Laughing Stock/nexstage Theatre and St. Thomas' Playhouse productions.

Tickets, $20, are available at the Bellevue Library, the Hailey Bead Shop and Saddle Tree in Ketchum, or by calling 788-2128.

Ticket sales and donations will fund the library's outreach efforts in Bellevue.

New book club at Hailey library

After submitting a grant proposal to the Idaho Commission for Libraries, the Hailey Public Library is one of 16 participants in this year's "Let's Talk About It" series of adult book clubs.

Let's Talk About It brings reading and discussing quality literature into the light of American values, history and culture. What sets it apart from ordinary book clubs is the addition of a program speaker.

"Our patrons love fresh perspective," said library Director LeAnn Gelskey. "We thank the Idaho Commission for Libraries and its partners for helping us give it to them."

Hailey's 2011 theme, "Idaho: Tough Paradise," reveals the Intermountain West as a place of extreme hardship and beauty.

For more information, contact the Hailey Public Library at 788-2036 or visit the library online at

Board approves online requirement

Calling it a major step in preparing Idaho students for their journey to be career/college ready, the Idaho State Board of Education has approved an administrative rule that requires two credits of online learning for high school graduation.

There will be a 21-day public comment period for people to give further input on the rule. The Legislature will then have an opportunity to review and approve the rule in January.

To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, visit

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