Wednesday, November 16, 2011


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.

Learn to use your noodle

The St. Luke's Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag health lecture called "Use your Noodle To Improve Your Posture" today, Nov. 16, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Clinic in Hailey.

Foam rollers and pool noodles have become popular pieces of exercise equipment. Mary Kay Foley, physical therapist, Healing Touch and Feldenkrais practitioner, will teach attendees how to use these tools to improve posture, massage muscles and trigger points, and challenge their balance. Wear comfortable clothing and be ready to move around.

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.

Hailey BAH set for Thursday

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce's next Business After Hours will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Webb Garden Center and be co-hosted by Webb and Power House.

Business representatives and members of the public are invited to join for some early Christmas cheer, refreshments, prizes and socializing. Don't forget to bring your business card for the raffle. Call 788-3484 for additional information.


Postal Service wants its bins back

The U.S. Postal Service on Nov. 9 announced a two-week amnesty period to encourage the return of postal-owned equipment, especially pallets and mail tubs.

"The Postal Service spent nearly $50 million this past fiscal year to replace equipment that was never returned," David Williams, vice president of network operations, stated in a news release. "This is a serious issue. We are in a financial crisis and simply cannot afford this type of unnecessary expense. The equipment is federal property and we want it back."

The amnesty period to return mail transport equipment runs through Nov. 26. Anyone who has Postal Service equipment is encouraged to return it during this period—no questions asked.

Small amounts of equipment can be dropped off at local post offices. Arrangements can be made for the Postal Service to pick up large amounts of equipment and/or pallets by sending an e-mail to, and including "equipment pickup request" in the subject line.

For more information on mail transport equipment, call 866-330-3404.

Whitewater park plans go forward

The Ketchum City Council gave the go-ahead Nov. 7 for the city to enter into contract negotiations with S2O Design and Engineering for master planning of a whitewater park.

The park would involve altering a section of the Big Wood River near the Hulen Meadows pond north of Ketchum to accommodate kayaking and to create other recreational features.

S2O, based in Boulder, Colo., specializes in design and engineering of whitewater parks. It developed the hydraulic features in the 2012 London Olympics whitewater course.

"(S2O engineer) Scott Shipley has put together quite an impressive team," said Jen Smith, Ketchum parks and recreation director. "There are a tremendous amount of stakeholders who would like to see things happen for this project."

The agreement with S2O has a not-to-exceed amount of $25,000.

The city is planning to create a separate fund for donations that will go specifically to this project.

Keep Turkey Day safe

With fall turkey hunting season starting Nov. 21 in many parts of Idaho, the National Wild Turkey Federation is urging hunters to remember a few safety tips while in the woods.

First, hunters should be aware of—and follow—state hunting regulations and practice good gun safety. Hunters should also avoid wearing white, red, black or blue, to avoid confusing other hunters who may confuse a colorful handkerchief with a turkey's head.

Hunters should be aware that using turkey calls and decoys may attract other hunters stalking the same prey. Hunters are similarly discouraged from using turkey calls to alert another hunter of their presence, and waving and motioning are discouraged in favor of calling out in a clear, loud voice.

Proper hunting etiquette dictates leaving an area if another hunter is already working the bird in question. Please ensure that decoys are not visible and the heads of turkey carcasses are covered during transport.

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