Wednesday, April 4, 2012


School board sets special meetings

The Blaine County School District board of trustees has scheduled two special meetings this week. Both are open to the public and will be held at the district office at 118 W. Bullion St. in Hailey.

The first meeting is set to begin at noon today, April 4. According to the agenda, the board will hear an update on safety and security issues from district Business Manager Mike Chatterton. Also on the agenda is an update from Chatterton on site improvements planned for Carey School. The meeting is set to last until 1:30 p.m.

The second meeting, also scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m., is on Thursday, April 5. According to the agenda, Dual Immersion Coordinator Molly Michalec and Director of Curriculum Patricia McLean will provide an update on the district's dual immersion program.

Dual immersion information night

An information night on Blaine County School District's Dual Immersion Program for incoming kindergarten students will be held Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Community Campus, Rooms 301-302, 1050 Fox Acres Rd. in Hailey.

The program presents instruction to students in both Spanish and in English.

This meeting has been scheduled prior to kindergarten registration on April 23.

Spanish translation will be provided with headsets at the meeting.

For free childcare, call 578-5062 or email with ages of children.

For more information, contact Molly Michalec, coordinator of Dual Immersion, at 578-5444. For more on the Blaine County School District, go to

Brown Bag talk on living wills

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag Health Talk on "Advance Directives and Living Wills" on Thursday, April 5, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in St. Luke's Wood River's Baldy Rooms.

Carolyn Nystrom, registered nurse and director of Hospice & Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, will guide participants through the process of completing advanced directives.

Those who register their documents by June 30 will be eligible for a raffle sponsored by the Idaho End-of-Life Coalition. Details will be available at the talk.

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. For additional information, call St. Luke's Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

Cancer survivors groups to meet

Two support groups for cancer survivors will meet this month.

The Breast Cancer Support and Networking Group will meet Tuesday, April 10, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at St. Luke's Center for Community Health, 1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 200, Hailey.

The Cancer Support and Networking Group will meet Wednesday, April 11, from 10-11 a.m. at St. Luke's Clinic Carbonate Rooms, also at 1450 Aviation Drive, Hailey.

For additional information, call St. Luke's Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

Nominations sought for palliative care leaders

The Regence Foundation is accepting nominations for its fourth annual Sojourns Award, which recognizes Idaho leaders in palliative and end-of-life care

The $50,000 award recognizes leadership in palliative care, a medical specialty that focuses on reducing the pain and suffering associated with serious disease and providing patients and families with an extra layer of support.

The foundation is seeking nominations for individuals or nonprofit organizations. The deadline for nominations is April 13.

The Sojourns Award is part of The Regence Foundation's effort to promote access to palliative care in Idaho, Oregon Utah and Washington, and create thoughtful conversations about end-of-life issues.

For more information or to make a nomination, visit Information about last year's Sojourns Award recipients is at

The Regence Foundation is the corporate foundation of Regence, the largest health insurer in the Northwest/Intermountain region and a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Craters of the Moon loop road open

The scenic seven-mile loop road at Craters of the Moon National Monument, located about halfway between Arco and Carey off U.S. Highway 20, is now clear of snow and open to automobile travel.

The campground and most trails also are open, according to a news release from Craters of the Moon.

Cave walks are offered daily at 1 p.m. and visitor center talks are daily at 3:15 p.m.

Currently only Dew Drop and Indian Tunnel caves are accessible due to snow cover and hazardous, slick conditions in the other caves. Spring storms may temporarily close the road, so visitors are advised to check the website at or call 208-527-1335 for current conditions.

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