Friday, April 13, 2012


Parents invited to teen 'reality party'

Parents of high-school and middle-school students in Blaine County are invited to learn about teenage drinking and drug use Thursday, April 19, at an event called "Reality Party for Parents: Exposing Underage Drug Use and Binge Drinking."

The event will include half-hour attendance at a mock teenage drinking party, followed by discussions with professionals.

Julie Carney, Wood River High School social worker, stated in a news release that parental involvement is necessary to curb teenage drug and alcohol use, especially at home parties.

"Many adults feel drinking is a rite of passage and think teen drinking and drug use at parties are the same now as when they were young," Carney said. "This event invites parents to face the current realities and learn why and how we need adults to help change these dangerous social norms."

Tours of the party house will be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Advance registration is required by contacting Carney at 578-5027 or

The event is a collaborative effort between the Blaine County School District, St. Luke's Wood River, Idaho Drug Free Youth, the Hailey Police Department and Blaine County Juvenile Probation.

Bike riders lobby for federal funding

Blaine County athletes Greg Martin and Rebecca Rusch have completed a grueling 535-mile, five-day bike tour to help advocate for pro-bicycle funding.

Rusch, a professional competitive mountain biker, and Martin, director of the Wood River Bike Coalition and trails coordinator for the Blaine County Recreation District, joined the Ride on Washington, an annual invitational ride in its second year of pushing for pro-bicycle legislation in Washington, D.C.

The threat of funding cuts for non-motorized transportation set the mood of the ride, but a bike-supportive Senate bill did pass before the spring break. President Obama ultimately signed another three-month extension for current transportation law, which currently funds the Safe Routes to School program, Recreational Trails Program grants and transportation enhancements for bicyclists.

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The Center awards scholarships

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has awarded more than $60,000 in scholarships to local high school and college students and educators.

In all, 39 Blaine County residents received scholarships to pursue advanced training in the arts and humanities.

Chase England received the Ezra Pound Award and will use the money to study visual art at Cow House Studio in Ireland. The award is made possible through the generosity of part-time Hailey resident Jennifer Wilson and is given each year to a Blaine County high school junior for summer study in the visual arts.

Twenty-four students received Arts and Humanities Scholarships to attend a wide variety of summer programs, including Wood River Jazz Camp, Barnard College pre-college dance program, Berklee College of Music summer program, music lessons with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony School of Music and private painting lessons.

One student, Sean Dahlman, received a Gay V. Weake Award. This scholarship supports college students majoring in the arts and humanities and is renewable throughout their college career. Four previous winners had their Gay V. Weake scholarships renewed, and four students received one-time honorary Gay V. Weake scholarships.

In addition, five local educators received funds to pursue professional development.

A reception for recipients and their families will be held Monday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. at The Center in Ketchum.

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