Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Public invited to whitewater park meeting

The public is invited to a design meeting led by S2o Design and Engineering to learn about plans for recreation developments on and along the Big Wood River north of Ketchum.

The main component being pursued is a whitewater park, which would incorporate recreation features for kayaking. Other potential aspects of the area include fishing access, accessibility enhancements and nature trails.

The Ketchum City Council last month approved a contract with Lyons, Colo.,-based S2o Design and Engineering for a master plan and design engineering services.

The public meeting about the design plan is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Wood River YMCA in Ketchum.

For more information, call 726-7820.

Department of Labor names new manager in Bellevue

The Idaho Department of Labor recently appointed Carlos Hernandez as the new manager of the Wood River Valley office in Bellevue. A prepared statement from the department states that Hernandez is a veteran of more than 20 years with the department, which connects businesses with employees around the state.

Hernandez has worked in five of the department's 25 local offices and has held management positions for the past 10 years, most recently leading the department's statewide Employment Services Work Team.

The Bellevue office of the Department of Labor is located at 733 N. Main St. For more information about job postings and to find employees, call 788-3526.

Elkhorn Golf Club opens play to new members

Sun Valley Co.'s semi-private Elkhorn Golf Club is now accepting new members.

Membership includes unlimited golf, priority tee times and other benefits.

Sun Valley Co. took ownership of the 18-hole Elkhorn Golf Course on July 1. Sun Valley Co. General Manager Tim Silva said at the time that the acquisition would provide Sun Valley guests with more diversity of play, accommodate the needs of the existing Elkhorn Golf Club members and eventually open the course to the public.

Opened in 1974, the club was renovated in 2004, and reopened as a private club in 2005.

For details, contact Rick Hickman, Sun Valley Resort's director of golf operations, at 622-2005 or

Learn about colds and the flu

Dr. Julie Lyons, a family medicine specialist, will give a lecture called "The Flu and Other Icky Winter Bugs" today, Feb. 8, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Carbonate Rooms at St. Luke's Clinic in Hailey.

Lyons will sort through the facts and help people gain an understanding of how to prevent and treat colds and flu. Her talk will address questions such as: Feed a cold? Starve a fever? Will you catch pneumonia if you don't wear your jacket? What is the true science of cold and flu season?

All Brown Bag talks 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.

Drug Coalition goes 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., from 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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