Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Snowboarding conference scheduled

Sun Valley will play host to the 17th TransWorld Snow Conference, an event that brings together 100 brand, retail and resort executive representatives from the snowboarding industry.

The conference, scheduled for March 13-16, includes informational workshops, presentations, networking, the TransWorld Business Awards and, of course, playing in the snow.

TransWorld publishes Snowboarding magazine, among other boardsports media ventures.

The inaugural TransWorld Snow Conference was held in 1990. The 2012 conference will mark the first time it convenes in Idaho.

Fall Game Dinner this weekend

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation will kick off the winter on Saturday, Nov. 12, with its Fall Game Dinner and Auction in the Limelight Room at the Sun Valley Inn.

This event raises funds for the Wood River Valley's youth ski and snowboard teams. The evening will feature a dinner, auction and dancing.

The foundation has provided opportunities in winter sports for more than 40 years. This coming season, more than 450 young athletes will be involved in the alpine, cross-country, freestyle and snowboard programs.

Tickets are $100 per person. For details, reservations, auction or to donate, visit or email Katie Matteson at

Learn about water measurement

The state of Idaho recently created a Groundwater Measurement District for parts of Blaine County and surrounding areas.

According to Idaho Water Engineering, this development calls for implementation of groundwater measurement for some uses while excluding others and is an important and complex issue. 

To address these questions, an open forum will be moderated by Jenny Davidson of CSI and hosted by a panel of experts from Idaho Water Engineering today, Nov. 9. 

There will be two sessions: 10 a.m. until noon and again from 7-9 p.m. in the Minnie Moore Room of the Community Campus, 1050 Fox Acres Road in Hailey.

New CPR techniques explained

A talk titled "Easier New Guidelines for CPR" will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center's Baldy Conference Rooms.

The American Heart Association has new guidelines for Heartsaver CPR that makes it easier to remember what to do in a lifesaving situation. Registered nurse Karen Morrison will describe basic heart function, teach these simple techniques and explain why this new method of CPR is effective and efficient.

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


FitWorks to host World Sprints

BCRD FitWorks will host the third annual SkiErg World Sprints from Nov. 11--13. Participants will race 1,000 meters on the SkiErg at their convenience during operating hours of FitWorks on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

FitWorks membership is not required to participate and there is no charge for this event. To compare times worldwide, skiers must post their time to the Concept2 Logbook by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14.

For more information, visit or call Janelle at 578-5453 or visit

Croy foundation names 2 to board

The Croy Canyon Ranch Foundation named two new members to its board of directors last week, both with housing and investment experience.

Foundation President Jeanne Cassell said in a press release that Ketchum architect Jim McLaughlin and Ketchum attorney Janet Wygle were nominated for their community involvement and professional experience.

McLaughlin is the owner of McLaughlin and Associated Architects, has served on both the Ketchum and Sun Valley planning and zoning commissions and was appointed to serve on the Idaho Architectural Licensing Board.

Wygle is a founding partner of Luboviski, Wygle, Fallowfield & Ritzau, P.A. She is also a licensed investment advisor and a volunteer with nexStage Theatre in Ketchum.

The two new members will aid the foundation in its efforts to raise $13 million for the construction of a continuing care retirement facility.

Conservation group awarded grants

     Hailey-based Western Watersheds Project has been awarded two grants to further its work in three states.

     The Community Foundation of Jackson Hole awarded the organization $24,000 to help fund work in the Bridger-Teton National Forest and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

     The Cross Charitable Foundation of West Yellowstone, Mont., awarded Western Watersheds Project $40,000 to support its work in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming over the course of the next year.

     Western Watersheds Project has field offices in Wyoming, Arizona, Montana and California.

URA selects firm for web design

     The Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency has hired Hailey-based Clean Web Design to design and develop a new website.

     The URA voted to approve the $1,939 contract for services during a meeting Monday.

     “We felt they had a very strong proposal,” said Lisa Horowitz, the URA’s community and economic development director.

     Four companies submitted proposals by the deadline.

     The URA website will be a stand-alone site but will be available via a link on the city’s website. URA-related content is now posted on the city’s website.

     The site is anticipated to be live within six weeks after the company receives the materials needed to begin work.

Let the games begin

The Hailey Public Library will host events from Nov. 12-19 to celebrate Idaho Family Reading Week. Events are planned to encourage parents and caregivers to read and play with children, thus inspiring lifelong learners.

"Learning happens in many different ways and at all ages," said Idaho State Librarian Ann Joslin. "Board games, card games, dramatic play and other fun activities can help build literacy, math and comprehension skills."

Game-theme festivities at the Hailey Public Library will take place on:

- Saturday, Nov. 12, National Gaming Day. From 1-2:30 p.m., teens and "tweens" are invited for electronic and traditional gaming fun.

- Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 10:30 a.m., Storytime (ages 3-5).

- Friday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m., Toddler Tales.

- Saturday, Nov. 19, Family Fun Day. From 1-2:30 p.m. the library will have a slue of games, including the popular Book Walk for a chance to take home a free book.

For more information call the Hailey Public Library at 788-2036 or visit it online at

Power Engineers acquires company

     Power Engineers, one of the nation’s leading providers of engineering services to the food, beverage and industrial manufacturing markets, has acquired Minneapolis-based Professional Design Group.

     “The addition of the PDG team strengthens our architecture, engineering and facility design services and expands our presence in the Midwest,” said Power Engineers President Jack Hand.

     According to a press release from the Hailey-based company, the acquisition strengthens Power’s portfolio with additional experience in the higher education, manufacturing, and food and beverage markets.


Guarantee against bad ski days

     ResortQuest, a condominium and home-rental company with properties in Sun Valley as well as cities in Utah and Colorado, is offering clients a snow guarantee on their vacations.

     The Frisco, Colo., Summit Daily News reports that the guarantee allows guests to move to one of its other resort destinations at no extra charge if snow conditions are unfavorable. Guests determine whether the snow is worth staying for.

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