Friday, February 10, 2012


Well-known climber to share stories

Peter Whittaker grew up with mountaineering in his genes. The lifelong climber and skier grew up at the foot of Mount Rainier, with a famous mountaineering uncle and father. He has led 75 international expeditions, climbed Rainier 231 times, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania 13 times, Aconcagua in Argentina five times and Vinson in Antarctica twice, along with dozens of other major ascents including Elbrus, Huascaran and volcanoes in Mexico and Ecuador.

Whittaker will give a presentation of his adventures Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Community School Theatre, with proceeds benefiting Camp Rainbow Gold. Doors will be opened at 6:15 p.m. and the presentation will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 for Zenergy members and $12 for non-members. They are available at Zenergy front desk and The Elephant's Perch. To order by phone, call 725-0595, ext. 105.

Snowshoe for cancer research

Exercise, entertainment and fundraising will come together next week at Expedition Inspiration's Twilight Snowshoe, Dinner & Auction for Breast Cancer Research.

The seventh annual Twilight Snowshoe will be held Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Valley Club north of Hailey. Snowshoe participants will set off on an all-levels snowshoe course winding through the foothills near the club.

Guest speaker will be organization board member Dr. Kimberly Allison, and the event will include a live auction and entertainment from jazz singer Susan Fowler. Live-auction items include a 2012-13 season ski pass from Sun Valley Co., two nights for two people at the Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch, four nights for four people at Glacier National Park and trap shooting with national champions Gary and Mari McStay.

Screening of happiness film Saturday

As part of the global event World Happy Day, being celebrated Saturday, Feb. 11, the Sun Valley Wellness Institute and Lululemon athletic have teamed up to host A Night of Happiness from 5:30-8 p.m. at All Things Sacred in the Galleria in Ketchum. The evening will feature a free yoga class from 5:30-6:30 p.m. led by Cathie Caccia, owner of Hailey Yoga Center, followed by a free film screening at 7 p.m. of the award-winning movie "Happy."

The movie combines cutting-edge science from the new field of "positive psychology" with real-life stories of people from around the world whose lives illustrate these findings. From the Academy Award-nominated director Roko Belic ("Genghis Blues"), "Happy" is a feature-length documentary that leads viewers on a journey across five continents in search of the keys to happiness.

A Night of Happiness is a fundraiser for the nonprofit Sun Valley Wellness Institute—donations will be accepted. The Wellness Institute produces the annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival in addition to offering year-round programs on health.

Hailey BAH to be at Sotheby's

The February Business After Hours social and networking event in Hailey is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at Sotheby's International Realty, 126 S. Main St. in Hailey. The event is coordinated by the Hailey Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, see

Fish & Game to host open house

Big-game season setting, wildlife management area management plans and the future of fishing opportunities in the Magic Valley Region are just a few of the things that will be discussed at a public meeting Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hailey Community Campus, Rooms 301 and 302, 1050 Fox Acres Road in Hailey. The meeting is one of several in the region.

Acording to a news release from the department, top priorities on management plans for the Billingsley Creek, Big Cottonwood, Carey Lake, Camas Prairie-Centennial Marsh, Hagerman and Niagara Springs wildlife management areas include:

- Public access management.

- Recreational use management.

- Waterfowl hunting in the Hagerman Wildlife Management Area.

- Pheasant release-and-harvest program.

- Dog trials and other organized events.

The fisheries staff is seeking feedback from anglers about specific fishing opportunities they would like to see that would require rule changes for the 2013-14 fishing rules, as well as ideas for overall management goals.

For more information or for people unable to attend who would like to provide feedback, call (208) 324-4359.

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