Friday, February 17, 2012


Parvovirus found in wolf killed near Hailey

On Jan. 22, a Hailey-area homeowner killed a wolf that had been observed near his house for at least two days and was acting sick or injured, the Department of Fish and Game reported.

Immediately after killing the wolf, the homeowner notified Fish and Game. Two Fish and Game officers arrived and retrieved the dead wolf, a juvenile female. The animal was emaciated and had green diarrhea.

Fish and Game wildlife veterinarian Mark Drew performed a standard necropsy, including submitting tissue samples to test for rabies as well as parvovirus—a common canine virus. Test results were negative for rabies. On Feb. 14, lab reports came back positive for parvo, which causes vomiting and diarrhea, and ultimately death from dehydration.

Parvovirus is highly contagious, and is often fatal in canids, including wolves. Pups between 6 weeks and 6 months are more susceptible than adults. Domestic dogs can be vaccinated against parvovirus.

According to Fish and Game, this was not the first time parvo has been found in wild wolves. In August 2009, six juvenile wolves were found dead on national forest land north of Fairfield. Necropsies on the partially decomposed wolves eventually determined the cause of death to be canine parvoviral enteritis.

Meditation for girls ages 8-12

Girls can learn the stress-relieving techniques of Anapana meditation, which is the observation of the breath to concentrate the mind, at a free, one-day immersion class Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meditation teacher Maria Morris said studies have show that people who meditate develop better concentration, sharper memory, improved comprehension of new subjects and an increased sense of calm.

Pre-registration is required. Contact Morris at 721-7240 or visit for details. Morris said she will provide information on the location of the class upon registration.

Celebrate Sun Valley heritage

Get all the information most recently published on Sun Valley's 75th anniversary and meet those behind it on Saturday, Feb. 18, at a signing party at Signatures Gift Shop in the Sun Valley Village.

Corky Fowler will sign his poster "America's First Chairlift," Van Gordon Sauter will sign his new book, "The Sun Valley Story," and Wendolyn Holland will sign her book, "Sun Valley—An Extraordinary History."

The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in conjunction with the Sun Valley Heritage Celebration Day.

Authors on hand with new releases

Ski racer and writer Dick Dorworth will discuss and sign copies of his book "The Straight Course: Speed Skiing in the Sixties," a chronicle of his speed skiing career Saturday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m. at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum.

The Ketchum resident set the then world record for speed on skis in Portillo, Chile, in 1963. He taught and coached for years, including for the U.S. Ski Team.

On Sunday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m., children's author and illustrator Leslie Patricelli and her drummer husband, Jason Vontver, will perform her latest book "Be Quiet, Mike!" the story of an inventive little monkey who was born with a beat and just can't stop making noise.

Also joining in the cacophony will be Seattle singer/songwriter Caspar Babypants. Kids will go home with ideas about how to make their own rhythm instruments and Patricelli will sign books after it all.

Share your heart at ball

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Share Your Heart Ball to benefit Camp Rainbow Gold on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Sun Valley Limelight Room. The Share Your Heart Ball has helped to take the American Cancer Society's Camp Rainbow Gold from a one-week summer camp to a free year-round program for Idaho children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

This year, the ball welcomes as guest host actor Ian Somerhalder, formerly of ABC's "Lost" and current star of the TV show "The Vampire Diaries." It will also feature a silent auction during cocktail hour as well as a live auction. The night will culminate with dancing to the disco band Grooveline, which has performed all 10 years of the ball.

Live auction items include  a Mount Rainier climbing package with Peter Whitaker, a Las Vegas wine-and-dine package, a men's fashion trip to New York City where the lucky bidder will be fitted for a $10,000 custom-made wardrobe in the ISAIA designer showroom, a Sun Valley ski extravaganza package and a barbecue party for 25 at a private water-skiing lake in Bellevue.

Local businesses are offering discounts to guests attending the 10th anniversary of the Share Your Heart Ball. They are Sun Valley Resort for hotel rooms, and retailers Chic Nail & Beauty Bar, Third Floor Salon and Paula's Dress Shop in Hailey; Panache in the Sun Valley Mall; and Elle Rose in Ketchum.

There are still tickets and tables available for purchase. For more information, call 208-936-5099, email, or see, or

ERC to host open house

The Environmental Resource Center in Ketchum will hold an open house today, Feb. 17, from 5-7 p.m.

Out front, fires will be roaring and a variety of adult and youth beverages will be served, while the backyard will become a winter survival land. ERC have created a cold winter's night, including a starry sky and snow cave system. The kids (and young at heart) can get a glimpse of what it would be like to spend a night outdoors in the middle of the winter, and learn how to use a star chart to identify constellations.

The ERC offices are at 471 N. Washington Ave in Ketchum, across from Rickshaw and just north of Java.

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