Friday, January 27, 2012


Healing touch available to public

Individual healing touch treatments are now available to the public at St. Luke's Wood River and St. Luke's Clinic in Hailey.

According to a news release from St. Luke's, healing touch is an energy-based approach to health and healing. Practitioners use their hands above or on the body, using a gentle touch, with the intent of affecting the body's energy fields. The treatment promotes healing and helps patients deal with pain, anxiety and other issues, advocates say. 

The treatment has been available to St. Luke's Wood River patients for three years but is now available to the general public.

Practitioner Mary Kay Foley recently completed training in Idaho, California and Hawaii, attaining the Certified Healing Touch Practitioner credential from Lakewood, Colo.,-based Healing Touch International. She is the first to be certified with that credential in the Wood River Valley, and one of only three such credentialed practitioners in Idaho.

"I have a strong commitment to healing touch because it works," said Foley, who also leads the hospital's Integrative Therapies program. "It complements conventional health care and has an incredible impact on healing."

Treatment is $60 per session.

Classes to become a healing touch practitioner are offered as part of the hospital's Integrative Therapies program. For more information, contact Foley at 727-8417.


Death dealt in outdoor adventures

SILVERTON, Colo. (MTN)—It was a deadly week last week at ski areas in Colorado—and outside them, too.

At Silverton, a 25-year-old skier lost an edge on the extremely steep terrain of Silverton Mountain, then rolled and bounced down the slick slope for 1,500 feet.

According to a sheriff's report carried in The Telluride Watch, the victim was the third person down the steep chute on what was their first run of the day. Because the chute has no runout, skiers who fall must self-arrest. For whatever reason, she did not attempt to do so.

This was the first fatality at Silverton Mountain, where the slogan is "thrills, not frills," since it opened about a decade ago. The sheriff's report described the victim as an expert skier who had been skiing for three years.

Others died in avalanches, both within and outside of ski area boundaries. At Snowmass, the avalanche death was in a gully outside the ski area boundary, in what was described as a very short but very steep slope. At Winter Park, a man was killed by a small avalanche in a wooded area within the ski area. On Vail Mountain, a 13-year-old boy was killed by an avalanche in what Vail Resorts specified was a closed area, though the boy did not duck ropes to get there. Instead, he and friends side-stepped up to get their shot. Whether the area was clearly marked as closed has not been firmed up yet by reporting in Vail.

At Aspen Highlands, death came in other circumstances. A local man was snowboarding on a double-black-diamond run in an area of glades among thick woods. The victim struck a tree and then another, and was impaled with a branch in his chest.

In the backcountry north of Steamboat, a snowmobiler died after an avalanche.

In Telluride, renowned ice climber Jack Roberts died of a heart attack after a climbing accident on the famous Bridal Veil Falls. He fell about 60 feet, suffering a hip injury. An involved rescue was underway when he suffered the cardiac arrest.

Local guides and ice climbers described Roberts as a "legend" who had started climbing in California during the late 1960s, then later established first ascents on Mount Huntington and Denali in Alaska, as well as other mountains.

Community Library announces board

The board of trustees of the Community Library Association has announced the election of officers for the Ketchum library 2012. Lyman Drake will serve as board chair, Leslie Silva as vice chair, Neil Bradshaw as treasurer and Bill Lowe as secretary. All officers are trustees of the association and are elected annually for one-year terms by vote of the board.

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