Friday, March 16, 2012


YAK kids produce winning video

Local kids participating in St. Luke's Center for Community Health's YAK (Youth Adult Konnections) initiative submitted the winning video in a statewide contest to promote a summer reading program.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program—a nationwide group that provides libraries with reading materials for children—solicited amateur videos produced by teenagers to serve as this summer's public service announcements aimed at fellow teenagers. The theme for the video challenge was "Own the Night."

Voting by teens across Idaho took place during the week of March 4-10 as part of Teen Tech Week. A panel of judges chose the winning video from the public service announcements receiving the most votes from teens.

The winning video was created by YAK teens Alex Bell, Sara Garcia and Nick Bell. The Collaborative Summer Library Program awarded each State Teen Video Challenge winner $275. Hailey Public Library, which is featured in the video, also will receive prizes.

View the video on YouTube at


Ketchum proclaims Disability Awareness Week

Ketchum will recognize the week of April 16-20 as Disability Awareness Week.

Mayor Randy Hall read the proclamation during a City Council meeting last week.

"More than 40 muscular dystrophy diseases, including ALS, affect over one million Americans," the proclamation reads. "The local Muscular Dystrophy Association office serves over 560 families with muscular dystrophy in Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon by providing medical equipment, clinics, support groups, a summer camp and many other resources."

Ketchum chef up for regional award

Jeff Keys, chef and owner of Vintage restaurant in Ketchum, is a semifinalist in a prestigious culinary award competition.

Keys was nominated under the Best Chef: Northwest category of the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards.

The Beard awards cover all aspects of the industry and are considered by many to be the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. Judges are selected by the governing committee for each awards category.

Final nominee announcements will be made Monday in Las Vegas. The awards will be presented in May in New York City.

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