Friday, February 3, 2012


Public invited to student film screening

Tadd Mansfield, a senior at Wood River High School, will show and discuss his film and senior project titled "Days With Marley" at a free public screening Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at the high school Distance Learning Lab.

"Bring your Kleenex and be inspired by Tadd's work about a special girl named Marley, who despite her disability, faces each day with a smile," states a press release from the Blaine County School District Parent Information Center. "Tadd will wow you with his amazing story, personal triumphs over learning challenges and the realization of his incredible talents and plans to become a filmmaker."

Mansfield will also be presenting the film at the Idaho Tools for Life Conference on March 5-6 in Wallace. Intended for high school students with disabilities, the conference provides information and resources for transition from school into adulthood.

'Back to Bhutan and Beyond'

The public is invited to the next Hemingway Chapter Trout Unlimited meeting to hear Bryant Dunn's presentation "Back to Bhutan and Beyond." Dunn, the owner of Sun Valley Outfitters, will present an hour-long slide show on the culture and people of the Kingdom of Bhutan and will talk about recent and upcoming fly fishing excursions in the Himalayas.

The meeting is set to run from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Roosevelt Grill in Ketchum. Admission is free.

Dunn said the presentation will include information on more recent excursions to Bhutan since he first began exploring fly fishing opportunities in the kingdom in 2007. Dunn said he will also talk about his "upcoming adventure in India and Nepal and his 2012 and 2013 expeditions planned to pioneer new fishing descents through the heart of the Himalayas."

SNRA offers family snowshoe tours

The Sawtooth National Recreation Area now offers Saturday family snowshoe treks. Tours will be held on Feb. 11 and 25 and March 10 and will begin at 11 a.m. in front of the visitor center parking lot north of Ketchum.

"We will learn about winter ecology and animal tracking, enjoy fun snow activities and explore at a slower pace," says visitor center Manager Susan Kranz. "Using snowshoes will give kids a chance to investigate snowy habitats and discover what animals do in winter."

The tours are free to children 12 and under, and a limited number of adult and children's snowshoes will be available on a reservation basis. Children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Tours will be guided by SNRA employees and community volunteers knowledgeable about winter habitats and animal tracks.

The tours will last about one hour and go for about three-quarters of a mile to one mile. For more information and to register, call 727-5013.

Nominate for Woman of the Year

Who will join the ranks of the previous Idaho Mountain Express Women of the Year, Kimberly Coonis (2010) and Carla Scanlon (2011)? There are just three days left to nominate the woman you feel has made the Wood River Valley area a better place through her actions, contributions and positive outlook on life. The nomination process closes this Sunday, Feb. 5, at 5 p.m.

Next week, the five women with the most nominations will be profiled in a story in the newspaper and put forward for a public vote to select the 2012 Woman of the Year.

The eventual Woman of the Year will be featured on the cover of the Idaho Mountain Express' Valley Woman special section, to be published on March 21.

Go to to submit your nomination now—you don't want to have to remember to do it halfway through the Superbowl.

Drug Coalition going to Washington

Representatives of the Blaine County Community Drug Coalition will attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's 22nd annual National Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 6-9.

Terry Basolo, executive director of the Blaine County organization, said the forum will bring together some 3,000 substance-abuse prevention and treatment specialists from throughout the United States to learn the latest strategies to prevent alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The trip will also include meetings with members of the Idaho congressional delegation.

Basolo said four members of the Blaine County coalition's recently organized Idaho Drug Free Youth organization, which currently has some 50 middle school and high school members, will also attend the Washington, D.C., forum. The students are Zachary Dolaner, Alberto Gonzales, Chase Hutchinson and Finn Isaacson.

"We're excited to be taking these kids to an opportunity to learn more about coalition work and empowering them to be agents of change," Basolo said. "We hope to come back re-energized with new strategies under our belt to tackle our drug use in Blaine County."

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