Friday, November 11, 2011

News Briefs

Chief takes 'missing children' seminar

Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter was one of 52 police executives and emergency mangers from throughout the United States to complete a seminar on missing and exploited children last week in Alexandria, Va.

The training was held and funded by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Attendance at the seminar was by invitation only.

"This has been one of the most eye-opening experiences for me in my 23 years as a law enforcement officer," Gunter said. "To have been selected, in itself, was a great honor, but to be able to bring this knowledge back and put it into practice is a plus for the citizens of Idaho."

SBA announces loan changes

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced significant changes in its 504 loan program that will give businesses the opportunity to restructure their fixed-asset debt and free up capital.

The 504 program has financed the acquisition and improvement of buildings and equipment, using the sale of debentures (bonds) in conjunction with bank financing. The debentures provide low, fixed rates of 4.61 percent (20 years) and 3.77 percent (10 years) at the present time.

The program is administered by Business Lending Solutions, a division of the nonprofit Region IV Development Corp., located on the campus of College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. For more information about the program, contact Brent Jussel at 208-732-5730, ext. 3006.

F&G nabs alleged poachers

Three suspected Australian elk poachers were arrested last week on multiple charges related to acts that allegedly occurred near Atlanta, Idaho, west of the Wood River Valley.

Eleven charges have been filed against the men, who were booked into the Elmore County jail with a combined bond set at $165,000.

Anton Kepeller, 58, Darren Tubb, 43, and Samuel Henley, 18, all from Tasmania, Australia, were contacted and later arrested by Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers on Thursday, Nov. 3, near Atlanta.

The investigation continues and more charges could be filed, the department stated.

Giving circle to dole out awards

The Little Black Dress Club-Wood River has awarded $9,750 to five local nonprofits in its fall grant cycle. Recipients are the Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Bellevue Public Library, Hailey Ice, Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handi-capped and the Blaine County Education Foundation.

The organizations will be honored on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at a cocktail reception at Cornerstone Bar in Ketchum from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Members will wear their little black dresses to celebrate the event.

The Little Black Dress Club-Wood River is a philan-thropic giving circle created to support nonprofit or-ganizations in Blaine County.

For more information, visit

Ketchum recognizes nonprofits

Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall issued a proclamation Monday recognizing the importance of nonprofit organizations and their contributions to the valley.

"I've always believed ... that without the nonprofits our quality of life wouldn't be near what we enjoy right now," Hall said during a City Council meeting.

Hall declared the week of Nov. 13-19 Idaho Nonprofit Week.

"The nonprofit sector works as a responsible partner with private enterprise and government to alleviate the most pressing social issues of our time," the proclamation reads. "(It) ... acts as a responsible steward of charitable dollars to achieve a diverse range of missions and goals."

Sally Boettger, co-executive director of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, said she was happy about the recognition for all nonprofit organizations.

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