Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Walk the Walk for the Advocates

The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will hold their fourth annual Walk the Walk, a march and rally to increase awareness of domestic violence prevention, on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Farmers Market lot in Hailey. The march will begin at 11 a.m.

Hailey Mayor Rick Davis has proclaimed the month of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In 2011, the Advocates is commemorating 20 years of working to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault through education, shelter and supportive services. The organization reports that it receives 30 requests for assistance each day.

According to a news release, Walk the Walk brings to life the old adage that we cannot fully understand someone else's experience until we have walked in their shoes. The Advocates will have high heels to wear for those who dare.

People are encouraged to carry their company or team banner and wear a company T-shirt. The Advocates will acknowledge their participation on its website, Facebook group page and post-event press release.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Frank You Very Much—Home of the "Slaw Dogs" will serve quarter-pound hot dogs with all the trimmings—$6 for a hot dog, drink and chips or $4 for a kiddie dog, drink and chips. There will also be music by DJ McClain, T-shirt decorating, goodie bags and guest speakers.

For more information, contact the Advocates at 788-4191.

'No bullying allowed!'

Darrel Harris, youth program coordinator from the Advocates, will cite anti-bullying programs that are research-based and getting good results during a Brown Bag lecture at St. Luke's Clinic in Hailey from 12:15-1:15 p.m. today, sept. 28. He will provide tools and wisdom to help adults help kids become "bully-resistant" and learn to use compassion and kindness and not bully-behavior in peer interactions.

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.


Idaho income is below average

Personal income in Idaho rose only 1 percent during the spring from last winter, substantially below the increase posted from the final quarter of 2010 to the first three months of 2011, according to the Idaho Department of Labor.

Unlike the first quarter, increased income in the second quarter resulted from rising wage and salary payments. Business profits were essentially flat.

Total personal income for the April-June period hit a record $52.8 billion on an annualized basis, up $537 million from the January-March quarter. That compared to an increase of nearly 2 percent from the end of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011—almost $1 billion.

It was the seventh straight quarterly increase after the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis revised downward its income estimates for late 2009 and early 2010. Personal income in Idaho dropped for five straight quarters before that, falling more than 6 percent in the longest sustained decline on record.

Nationally, personal income rose 1.1 percent. Only 12 states—Including Oregon, Nevada and Washington—posted lower second-quarter growth rates than Idaho.

Bridge over river under construction

The Wood River Land Trust is combining restoration and recreation into one project with construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Big Wood River on the Draper Wood River Preserve in Hailey.

The bridge crossing on the Draper Preserve will provide a loop to Lion's Park, Carbonate Trailhead, Croy Creek Wetlands Boardwalk and the recreational opportunities up Croy Canyon.

The bridge is being built in combination with other amenities such as the Croy Creek Wetlands Boardwalk, which was completed this year, a welcome pavilion with interpretive signs and the ballfield.

According to a news release from the Land Trust, dump fill, non-native trees and vegetation, and the fewest possible large cottonwoods will be removed to make room for construction. Access to the turnaround at Lion's Park and the boardwalk will be limited during construction.

Call 788-3947 with concerns or questions.

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