Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Roundhouse, gondola set to open

The Roundhouse restaurant and gondola on Bald Mountain will open for the season this Saturday, Dec. 3.

The restaurant will serve lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Averell's Wine Bar will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The gondola will be in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for skiers and non-skiers alike. Non-skiers can show their foot-traffic ticket at the Roundhouse for a $10 discount off any $20 purchase.

Dinner service will begin Thursday, Dec. 8, running through Saturday evenings for the remainder of the winter season. During the Christmas holidays, dinner will be served seven days a week, Dec. 23 through Dec. 31. For dinner reservations, call 622-2800.

Learn about carpal tunnel syndrome

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag Health Talk on carpal tunnel syndrome Thursday, Dec. 1, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center's Baldy Conference Rooms.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is related to pressure on the median nerve that supplies feeling and movement to parts of the hand. It can lead to numbness, tingling, weakness or muscle damage in the hand and fingers. Kristin Biggins, occupational therapist and certified hand therapist, will discuss current research and common causes, conservative prevention and treatment options.

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

Hailey Holiday Raffle nears

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is seeking merchants to participate in the Hailey Holiday Raffle.

Customers can win up to $1,000 for participating in the raffle by shopping locally. Shoppers will be given one raffle ticket for every $10 spent at participating Hailey stores from Dec. 3-23. Drawings for raffle prizes will take place throughout the holiday season, on Dec. 10, 17 and 24. Shoppers have to be present at the holiday gathering each week to win prizes.

The Hailey chamber will advertise the names of participating businesses.

Stores, restaurants and service businesses are welcome to participate by contacting the Hailey chamber at 788-3484.

Judge on salmon cases steps down

U.S. District Judge James A. Redden of Portland, Ore., who has declared three federal salmon plans illegal, and has ordered important life-saving mitigations for wild salmon and steelhead, announced on Nov. 22 that is stepping down.

"Judge Redden has done more for wild salmon than three presidents, five federal agencies and 10 Congresses combined," said Idaho Rivers United Executive Director Bill Sedivy. "By demanding that federal salmon managers follow sound science and the law, he has been a tremendous force in slowing the extinction of wild salmon in Idaho and the Northwest."

Sedivy said one of Redden's most important rulings over the past 20 years came in 2006, when—over the objections of federal defendants—he forced dam managers to spill water past dams on the Lower Snake and Columbia rivers to help baby salmon migrate to the Pacific Ocean.

Idaho Rivers United was a plaintiff in all three cases heard by the judge.

Airport summit tonight

Sustain Blaine economic development group will host a business-focused meeting of the Friedman Memorial Airport Authority at 5:30 p.m. tonight, Nov. 30, at the Valley Club off Buttercup Road north of Hailey.

Spokesman Evan Lawler said that though the meeting is public, the only people allowed to participate in the meeting will be invited business owners.

"The public is invited," Lawler said. "But the people who have been invited to represent the business community will be the ones giving the input."

Input will be collected through wireless handheld keypads like those used at the Ketchum comprehensive plan meeting in October. Business owners will be asked to respond through the keypad to questions projected on a large screen, and the results will be immediately tabulated and displayed.

Tom Bowman, chair of the Airport Authority, said the board does not plan to conduct any business while in attendance, and only noticed the meeting in case there was a quorum.

"It's not our meeting," he said.

Stuff the Bus coming to the valley

Donations of new, unwrapped toys and nonperishable food items will be collected on Saturday, Dec. 3, at the King's parking lot on Main Street in Hailey to benefit needy families this Christmas.

The donations will be stuffed into a Blaine County school bus and will be turned over to the Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse and to St. Luke's Wood River Medical Center for distribution.

The event is organized by radio stations 106.7 KYUN and 104.7 KIKX, which organized similar events in Twin Falls. According to a news release from the stations, all donations received in the Wood River Valley will remain in the Wood River Valley.

Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Larry Johnson at (208) 735-8300 or Leisa Hollister at 788-7077.

Sale on airfares offered

Alaska Airlines—which operates local air carrier Horizon Air—is offering one-way fares starting as low as $75 between Sun Valley and Seattle or Los Angeles. The seasonal Horizon Air flights start Dec. 15.

Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 5 for travel between Dec. 6 and March 7, 2012, for most cities. Tickets are available at

Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines are the two commercial airlines that serve Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey.

ITD offers winter travel tips

As Idaho motorists take to the roads this winter, the Idaho Transportation Department reminds that a few extra precautions can make winter journeys safer:

( Plan ahead. Before heading out on the state's roadways, dial 511 or visit on the Web for updates on winter road and weather conditions, emergency closures and access to highway condition reports. More than 130 images from about 80 camera locations statewide are available on the website and on the mobile web application.

( Slow down. Leave a few minutes early, allow windshields adequate time to defrost and allow extra time to get to your destination.

( Drive safely around snowplows. Drive at least two car lengths behind snowplows for every 10 mph of car speed. Do not pass a snowplow, and never drive through the snow being ejected from the plows.

( Keep emergency supplies in the car, including flashlights, extra batteries, first aid kit, pocket knife, blanket or sleeping bag, extra clothing, small sack of sand or cat litter for generating traction under vehicle wheels, small shovel, bottled water, booster cables, rope, and energy bars or other food.

( Keep in touch: If you're carrying a cell phone, make sure it's charged and have a list of emergency telephone numbers available.

( Don't drink and drive. Idaho law enforcement officers will increase patrols during holiday periods to catch and arrest drunk drivers. Be safe by designating a sober driver before traveling to any party or event involving alcohol.

Aussie poachers sentenced

What began as an Idaho big-game hunting trip for three Australians ended abruptly last week in Elmore County court, where two of the men learned that hunting in most of the United States is no longer an option for them.

All three paid thousands of dollars in fines and restitution while forfeiting two hunting rifles before the long plane trip back home.

Idaho Fish and Game conservation officers arrested Anton Kapeller, Darren Tubb and Samuel Henley on Nov. 3 near Atlanta, Idaho. Eleven charges were filed against the trio; most serious were the charges of killing a six-point bull elk four days before the Nov. 1 opener, then leaving the animal to waste.

Kapeller faced six misdemeanor counts and received $5,792 in fines and restitution and a lifetime hunting and fishing revocation. He also forfeited a hunting rifle used during the trip.

Tubb was charged with three misdemeanors, resulting in $5,268 in fines and restitution, loss of a hunting rifle and a lifetime hunting and fishing license revocation.

Henley faced two charges, received $2,333 in fines and restitution and a four-year hunting and fishing license revocation.

Despite the outcome of this particular case, the investigation continues. Fish and Game conservation officer Marshall Haynes said these hunters first came to his attention in the late 1990s, when other hunters began reporting suspicious activity associated with the group.

"Mr. Kapeller and his associates have made dozens of hunting trips to Idaho during the past two decades," Haynes said. "Our investigation continues and we would very much appreciate hearing from anyone who might have information about animals killed by this group in the last few years."

Persons with any information about suspected poaching activity are encouraged to call the Citizens against Poaching hotline at 1-800-632-5999. Callers can remain anonymous and cash rewards are often paid for information leading to the successful conclusion of a case.

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