Friday, May 18, 2012


Donations accepted for fire victims

A family displaced by a fire at The Meadows south of Ketchum last week is in need of community assistance. Friends of the family are collecting kitchen items, bed sheets and other goods to help the victims get back on their feet.

"Whatever you want to donate is going to be a big help," said Pilar Maza.

Monetary donations may be made at Wells Fargo, in care of Gabriel Martinez.

To donate household items, call Pilar Maza at 721-2172 or Amy Lizano at 720-9341.

Ice show tickets on sale

Cool down the summer with Sun Valley on Ice tickets, which go on sale today, May 18.

New routines will debut at each of the Saturday night performances. Sun Valley Resort also has a new sound system to enhance the experience.

"Spectators at this summer season's shows can anticipate new, athletic entertainment each Saturday night with a very noticeable improved production value," Scott Irvine, Sun Valley on Ice director, said in a news release.

The first show will celebrate the Fourth of July and will star 2011 U.S. gold medalist Ryan Bradley and 2012 U.S. junior gold medalist Nathan Chen.

Also scheduled to perform this summer are Jeremy Abbott, Alex and Maia Shibutani, Evan Lysacek, Ashley Wagner, Alissa Czisny, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

The outdoor shows kick off July 4 and runs through Sept. 1.

For details, visit

Foundation honors nurse for excellence

The St. Luke's Wood River Foundation board of directors and the Harvey Gray Family recently awarded the 2012 Carl A. Gray Memorial Award to Jonathan Edwards of Hailey.

Edwards is a nurse in the St. Luke's Wood River emergency department. In addition, he helps cover ICU and med/surg shifts, is a CPR instructor and has taught medical terminology and sex education at Wood River High School.

The Gray Family established the annual award in the foundation to honor Carl A. Gray, who was an avid Sun Valley Ski Club member. The nursing staff votes on the colleague whom they believe is most deserving of the recognition.

Awards were also given for distinction in specific areas of nursing. These honorees included Amy Downing for Exemplary Professional Practice; Correy Shanahan for Transformational Leadership; Regina Swindle for Empirical Quality Outcomes; Hazel Thorne for Knowledge, Innovations and Improvements; and Donna Wright for Structural Empowerment.

Students to help at school in India

Seven Wood River Valley high school students are on their way to India for a three-week humanitarian project in Ladakh starting at the end of June.

For the past year, the Flourish Foundation has been working with the students as part of its Compassionate Young Leaders Program.  

The Jamyang School is a free, secular boarding school that guides children in ethically and environmentally friendly behavior. Some of the projects that the local students will work on this summer are setting up a computer lab, painting murals in children's dorms, promoting environmental education and teaching music classes.

The students were responsible for raising a significant portion of their costs from local residents and businesses.

Each student is also contributing 100 hours to local projects, including working with Sun Valley Adaptive Sports, teaching children music, mentoring in after-school programs and mapping coordinates for stream restoration.

The Flourish Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting contemplative-based practices in communities for the purpose of achieving mental balance and compassion.  

Idaho Humanities Council awards grants

Three local nonprofit organizations have received grants from the Idaho Humanities Council.

The Community Library in Ketchum was awarded $2,500 to help support its annual Ernest Hemingway Symposium in October. This year's symposium will focus on the theme "Hemingway and Politics."

The Sawtooth Interpretive and Historical Association in Stanley received $2,500 to support the development of interpretive exhibits about the Ice House in Stanley that was used for almost five decades to store ice, carved from the area's alpine lakes during the winter, and distributed to local family ice boxes throughout the summer. The exhibits are scheduled to open in August at a public ice cream social.

The Trailing of the Sheep Cultural Heritage Center in Hailey was awarded $3,000 to produce a video documentary to preserve stories gathered at the 2011 "Women Writing and Living the West" symposium. The edited documentary will be available on the festival website and distributed to libraries, universities and communities.

The Idaho Humanities Council awarded 28 grants for public humanities programs statewide, seven grants to teachers and four planning grants, worth a total of $75,575.

Hailey teens win video challenge

A group of teens from the Blaine County Teen Advisory Council in Hailey won the 2012 Idaho Teen Video Challenge for creating a video promoting summer reading programs at libraries.

The three teens who took the lead in filming and editing the video are Nick Bell, Alex Bell and Sara Garcia. Each winner will receive $275, and the Hailey Public Library will receive $100 plus a $50 gift certificate for summer reading promotional items.

The Teen Video Challenge is a national competition sponsored by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. The winning Idaho video can be viewed at

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