Friday, March 2, 2012

Briefs


Airport Authority to meet Tuesday

The Friedman Memorial Airport Authority board will meet on Tuesday, March 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey.

Friedman Airport Manager Rick Baird said Tuesday that staff has not yet met with Federal Aviation Administration officials to discuss potential improvements to reliability at Freidman as suggested by aviation consultants Mead and Hunt last month. However, he said the meetings are being scheduled.

The agenda has not yet been posted for this meeting, but it will likely include a discussion of the replacement airport, passenger numbers and traffic over the past month as well as an airport staff report.

Ketchum man on national TV tonight

A reality television show matching entrepreneurs with a panel of potential investors will feature a local businessman pitching a product.

Scott Jordan, founder and CEO of Ketchum-based ScotteVest, will appear on tonight's episode of the ABC series "Shark Tank."

During the show, Jordan contacts Apple co-founder and ScotteVest board member Steve Wozniak for advice, according to a news release from ScotteVest.

"He calls one shark's lucrative offer 'insane'," the release says, "and, as a parting shot, he makes a Shark Tank first by telling two of the sharks that they are out."

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Community School to honor teachers

The Community School will honor nine faculty who have served at the Sun Valley school for at least 20 years during its annual action and dinner Saturday.

The event, with "A Casablanca Evening" theme, will be held at the Sun Valley Resort Limelight Room. Tickets are $150 per person. The public is invited. To buy tickets, bid on online auction items, preview items for auction at the dinner or obtain more information, visit http://communityschool.maestroweb.com.

Teachers to be honored at the event are Mike Wade (28 years), Bob Brock (27 years), Kathy Gibson (23 years), Pilar Lindahl (23 years), Jill Perkins (22 years), Cindy Hulbert (21 years), Beverly McNeal (20 years), Hilarie Neely (20 years) and Nancy Parsons-Brown (20 years).

Program aims to protect sage grouse

Landowners in the Pioneer Mountains Sage-grouse Priority Area interested in protecting sage-grouse populations and protecting their rangeland may apply for a conservation easement through the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Applications for the Grassland Reserve Program are due by March 16 to be considered for funding this year.

The Pioneer Mountains Priority Area lies north of U.S. Highway 20/26 between state Highway 75 east to U.S. Highway 93 up to national forest lands; it encompasses Blaine, Butte and a portion of Custer counties.

The Grassland Reserve Program is an easement program that protects grazing lands from conversion to nonagricultural uses. Landowners can still graze easement land and grow forage crops, but the land is protected from being divided into small parcels by development.

For more information, contact the NRCS Shoshone Field Office at 208-886-2258 or visit www.id.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/sage_grouse/index.html.




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