Friday, October 14, 2011


Learn about Idaho Math Initiative

The public is invited to two sessions Monday, Oct. 17, to learn about the new Idaho Math Initiative and how it is being applied in the Blaine County School District.

Jonathon Brendefur, a professor of mathematics at Boise State University, will provide information on the initiative in Ketchum from noon to 1 p.m. at the Community Library, and in Hailey from 6:30-8 p.m. at Wood River Middle School.

The initiative and associated curriculum emphasizes instructing students in mathematical thinking and reasoning as opposed to teaching procedural math.

Higher Ground hosts fishing event

Injured service members are in the Wood River Valley for a week of world-class fly fishing, relationship building and rehabilitation as part of a Higher Ground Fly Fishing camp. Six male veterans and their wives are visiting from Colorado, North Carolina, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma and Idaho. Injuries sustained during theater or training include traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder, visual impairments and paraplegia.

Fishing guides from Silver Creek Outfitters and local volunteers are sharing their angling expertise with the veterans to help learn new lifelong skills, boost self-confidence and regain their independent identities. Higher Ground events are free to all participants and their significant others.

State lawmakers to visit

State Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, and Reps. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, and Donna Pence, D-Gooding, will host a town hall meeting in Blaine County next month to gather public input before the start of the 2012 session.

The local town hall is mostly a series of meetings with the heads of various organizations and elected officials, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the Blaine County Annex building in Hailey. Stennett, Jaquet and Pence will begin their day by meeting with representatives from the city of Hailey, and continue by meeting with the Friedman Airport Authority, Ketchum City Administrator Gary Marks and representatives from the Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and the Snake River Alliance.

The schedule will be updated as amended.

Get fit, support a cause

Zenergy Health Club and Spa is offering $20 day passes from today, Oct. 14, through, Wednesday, Oct. 19, with all proceeds going to Expedition Inspiration, a local organization that uses its funding for breast cancer research.

Also, the club is offering $1,000 off a full membership to all cancer patients and survivors of cancer.

The day pass allows the visitor to access all the facilities and classes with only tennis being excluded, said Assistant Manager Kerry Samudio.

For more information, call 725-0595 or visit

LDS church hosts service project

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is inviting the community to help in donating items for and assembling disaster hygiene kits that will be sent out worldwide. The hygiene kits will also benefit local shelters.

The event will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 10 a.m. at the Hailey LDS Church, 821 Broadford Rd.

Items needed are plastic combs (no tails), toothbrushes, toothpaste (180-gram size), soap bars (125-gram size), gallon-size zip-lock bags and disposable razors. Monetary donations will also be accepted to go toward the purchase of hand towels.

Drop boxes for the items will be located at Atkinsons' in Hailey and Bellevue, Albertsons and King's in Hailey, and LifeWorks Chiropractic on West River Street in Ketchum.

For more information, email

Teens' photography exhibit tonight

Students at Hailey's Sage School have organized an exhibition of photo portraits of themselves and their peers.

Meet the teens and see their work at a special reception and opening tonight, Oct. 14, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hailey site.

Professional photographer Dev Khalsa worked with the students to help them execute their concepts but found them eager to bring their own visions to life.

"I was really impressed with how well they articulated what they wanted to get across—they had such concise and well thought-out ideas about how they wanted the photos to look," she said.

The exhibit is one of a number of shows and events planned around The Center's "Awkward Stage," a multidisciplinary project that includes films, art and classes in addition to the lectures.

Art teachers from The Center are in various schools for the next few weeks holding free art classes exploring the theme as well.

The photography exhibit will remain on view in Hailey until Dec. 9.

In Ketchum, "Awkward Stage" runs until Dec. 2.

For more information, visit or call 726-9491.

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