Wednesday, February 22, 2012

News Briefs

Sun Valley seeks P&Z commissioner

With the resignation of Sun Valley Planning and Zoning Commissioner John Gaeddert from his position, the city is now looking to fill that seat.

"He has served for seven years and has served extremely well," Mayor Dewayne Briscoe said. "I called him back twice and tried to ask him to change his mind because I thought he was a very valuable and a very contributing member of the P&Z. But his decision is to go on with life in other areas."

The mayor will interview candidates and submit a few names to the City Council, which will confirm the preferred candidate.

The city is accepting applicants through March 2.

BLM to hold wild horse meeting

The BLM's Challis Field Office is seeking public comment on a proposed wild horse gather tentatively scheduled for October. The office is proposing to remove 185 wild horses from the range to restore the area's ecological balance, according to an agency press release.

A scoping meeting for the proposal will be held Thursday, Feb. 23, from 5-7 p.m. at 1151 Blue Mountain Road in Challis. Staff will be on hand to take comment and answer questions.

Comments may also be emailed with the subject line "Proposed Wild Horse Gather Comments" to BLM_ID_ChallisOffice@blm.giv. For more information, call Kevin Lloyd at 208-879-6200.

Steelhead limits raised

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has increased the bag limits for steelhead in part of the upper Salmon River, effective immediately.

The daily limit is six steelhead, 18 in possession and 40 for the spring season. The increase affects river sections 15-19 on the upper Salmon River from Long Tom Creek, about three-quarters of mile upstream of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, to a posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the Sawtooth Hatchery.

All other seasons and rules remain unchanged.

Steelhead anglers must have a valid 2012 Idaho fishing license and steelhead permit. They may use only barbless hooks and may keep only steelhead marked with a clipped adipose fin. All other steelhead must be released unharmed.

For more information, check the Fish and Game website,

Otter supports Romney

As keynote speaker for Lincoln County's Republican Lincoln Day Banquet in Shoshone on Saturday evening, Gov. Butch Otter informed the crowd that he was supporting Mitt Romney for president. However, he said he would support whoever is nominated.

The event was attended by several other state officials, including Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and a representative of Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho.

Wasden contended that Idaho's suit on the constitutionality of "Obamacare," to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month, will fundamentally direct the future course of the federal and state governments.

Also in attendance were county and legislative party officials from Blaine, Lincoln, Gooding and Camas counties.

Fairfield residents Steve Miller, a businessman and rancher, and Lee Barron, a retired engineer, announced their intention to seek the seats in the Idaho House of Representatives from District 26.

Find the Heart of the Valley

The Wood River Land Trust is hosting its eighth annual Heart of the Valley contest with this year's theme, "our valley in motion." The Land Trust is inviting people to express what "our valley in motion" means to them. Submissions are due by Wednesday, March 7, at the organization's office at 119 E. Bullion St. in Hailey.

First-place prizes will be awarded for students, adult nonprofessionals and adult professionals in each of the following categories: Photography, Video and Writing

Entries will be showcased at valley establishments throughout the winter and spring, with locations to be announced.

For sponsorship inquiries and submission documents, call Jill Brown at 788-3947 or visit the newly established Heart of the Valley website at  HYPERLINK ""

Prize donations are from CK's Real Food, Despo's Mexican Restaurant, KB's of Sun Valley, Ketchum on the Fly, Lost River Outfitters, Mahoney's Bar & Grill, Mule Shoe Tavern, Perry's, Surefoot and Sturtevants Mountain Outfitters.

Silver Creek to host film party

Silver Creek Outfitters is inviting the public to "enjoy plenty of fish stories and pizza and beer on the house" prior to screenings Thursday of the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Sun Valley Opera House.

The party is set to begin at 4 p.m. at the Sun Valley Mall. It will be followed by film screenings starting at 7 p.m. Screening tickets are $12 in advance, available at Silver Creek Outfitters locations in Ketchum and Sun Valley, and $15 at the door.

In a press release, the film tour is advertised as the "world's largest event of its kind and features incredible never-before-seen footage of waterways around the globe."

"Doc of the Drakes," a Silver Creek Outfitters production shot last summer on Silver Creek, will be featured as part of the tour.

"We're excited to kick off the 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour in Sun Valley and raise a toast to this remarkable sport and those who pursue it," stated Terry Ring, president of Silver Creek Outfitters. "We'll have plenty of pizza and beer on hand to get the party started."

St. Luke's presents nutrition talk

Registered dietitian Becky McCarver will give a talk called "Balancing the Family Plate" on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke's Wood River's River Run Rooms.

McCarver will provide facts and ideas on keeping stress down, appetites satisfied and nutritional needs met in your quest to feed your family.

All Brown Bag lectures 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.

Online course requirements changed

The State Board of Education announced last week that it is modifying a new requirement for online courses. The change will affect students who graduate in 2016.

According to state law passed last year, students who enter the ninth grade in 2012 will be required to earn two online learning credits to graduate from high school.

Originally, the requirement was that students take at least one "asynchronous" course, defined as an online class in which students move at their own pace. The modification removes that requirement and allows students to earn both online credits through "synchronous" classes, defined as a class in which a student and teacher are online together for part of the instruction.

According to a press release, the change will be presented to the Legislature in 2013. If approved, it will become permanent.

Crisis intervention training offered

The Crisis Hotline will conduct classes in crisis intervention training next month for people who would like to volunteer as telephone counselors. The sessions will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from March 6-29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Calvary Bible Church, 102 Coyote Bluff Drive, one mile north of Hailey.

Participation in the training is free of charge, and it is open to anyone in the community interested in developing listening skills and learning about the dynamics of crises such as family violence, alcoholism, codependency, depression, child abuse and neglect, mental illness, domestic violence and suicide. The sessions will be given by professional health care specialists.

Those involved in the training will also find out about the many local organizations that offer services and support, such as The Advocates, St. Luke's Center for Community Health, NAMI, Hospice, 911 and Red Cross.

For more information, contact the Crisis Hotline office at 788-0735.

Retailers sought for shopping event

The National Brotherhood of Skiers will host a large gathering of skiers and riders at its 2012 annual meeting and Challenge Cup, Feb. 25 to March 3, in Ketchum and Sun Valley. The city of Ketchum and community partners are working together to host participants and provide a warm welcome.

Included in the events produced by the city is a Poker Run retail event on Thursday, March 1, from 6-8 p.m. Any business owner who would like to participate can contact Heather LaMonica Deckard at 720-4535 or email

Explore at Sawtooth Ski Festival

The Sawtooth Ski Club will celebrate its 10th annual Sawtooth Ski Festival on March 3-4.

A ski and snowshoe poker run will be held Saturday, March 3, at the Park Creek ski area along U.S. Highway 21, seven miles west of Stanley, at 11 a.m. A chili feed and treats will be served from noon to 2 p.m.

On Saturday evening from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Stanley Community Building, there will be a dinner, live music and silent auction.

On Sunday, March 4, at the Alturas Lake Ski Area, off of state Highway 75, 20 miles south of Stanley, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a Soup Kitchen Social and cross-country skiing.

On Friday, March 2, the Sawtooth Hotel, Ace of Diamonds Avenue in Stanley, will host its third annual Ski Book Reading. Dick Dorworth will read from his newest book "The Straight Course: Speed Skiing in the Sixties." Social hour/dinner will be served from 5-7:30 p.m. Book reading will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For info, call David or Karen at 208-774-3487.

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