Friday, May 4, 2012


Free screenings offered for kids

To help identify children who may need speech or hearing assistance, St. Luke's-Elks Children's Rehab and Elks Hearing and Balance will provide free speech and hearing screenings for children ages 2 to 7 to help determine if there are delays that may need further assessment. Screenings will be offered from 1-5 p.m. and will take approximately 20 minutes.

The screenings will conducted in Hailey and Ketchum clinics, and an appointment is necessary. Clinic details are as follows: May 7—Hailey Clinic, 1450 Aviation Dr., Suite 201, 727-8281; and May 8—Ketchum Clinic, 100 Hospital Dr., 727-8253.

Business After Hours set in Bellevue

The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is inviting the business community to join its Business After Hours social and networking event and membership drive on Monday, May 7. The event will take place at Jesse's County Grill on Main Street in Bellevue from 5-7 p.m.

Relay for Life teams forming

Teams are forming now for Relay for Life of Blaine County, to take place July 27-28 at Wood River High School.

Relay for Life raises funds to fight cancer by hosting this overnight event during which individuals and teams camp out with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the night. The relay takes place overnight to illustrate the fact that cancer never sleeps.

Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the relay. The relay brings together friends, families, businesses, schools and faith-based groups, all aimed at furthering the American Cancer Society's efforts to save lives.

Anyone interested in forming a team should attend a meeting tonight, May 2, or Wednesday, May 30, both at 6 p.m. at the Community Campus, Minnie Moore Room, or contact Tiffany at 731-6492.

Funds raised at the Relay for Life are enabling the American Cancer Society to impact the lives of those touched by cancer in Blaine County through local programs and services.

To learn more, visit

Volunteers sought for Fourth parade

The Hailey Fourth of July Committee has announced this year's parade theme: "Let the Good Times Roll!" This is the biggest chamber event of the year, and the committee encourages businesses, local nonprofits, families, reunion groups and others to start planning their floats and entries early.

In a news release, the Chamber of Commerce also announced that there will be bigger prizes and more categories, to be announced in May. Volunteers are needed.

In other Hailey news:

- Paul Brown retired from the Hailey Police Department and was honored for serving as a police officer in Idaho since 1976.

- Former Mayor Rick Davis was appointed to the Hailey Development Impact Fee Committee to replace Councilman Pat Cooley, who recused himself because of a conflict of interest.

Go wild with ICL

The nonprofit Idaho Conservation League will host Wild Idaho—its annual retreat—at Redfish Lake Lodge again this year, with special guests and lectures for the conservation-minded, over the weekend of May 18-20.

Former Gov. Cecil Andrus is slated to give the keynote speech on Saturday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. after a session of early-morning wolf tracking. Other guests will speak on balancing the economy and ecology, the subject of wildlife research and wolverine studies.

The three-day conference is $250 per person, including meals and lodging. For more information, visit

Clean Sweep set for May 12

The Environmental Resource Center's annual Clean Sweep event—in which volunteers gather to remove litter from public areas in Wood River Valley towns—is scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

Volunteers should meet at 9 a.m. at local parks (in Bellevue, Memorial Park; in Hailey, Hop Porter Park; Ketchum and Sun Valley, at Atkinson Park) to sign up and collect supplies. The ERC will provide disposable gloves, garbage bags and maps with the trash drop-off points marked for each town, plus a commemorative water bottle, light breakfast items and a ticket for lunch, supplied by The Roosevelt in Ketchum and KB's in Hailey.

The ERC will also organize raffle drawings and prizes for teams of four to six people. For any teams larger than six, contact the ERC at 726-4333 or email because lunch has to be planned in advance.

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