Wednesday, May 30, 2012


Veteran services offered

State Veterans Services Officer Milt Smith will be in the Blaine County office Tuesday, June 5, from 1-5 p.m. He will be in the upstairs meeting room of the county annex building, 219 First Ave S., in Hailey.

Anyone interested in meeting with him can contact Brooke Roberson at 788-5566 to set up an appointment.

Winners listed in bike-to-work challenge

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority has announced the winners of a May 18 bike-to-work challenge.

Redfish Technology in Hailey placed first in the five-to-10 employees category with 100 percent participation. J. Neel & Co. in Bellevue placed second with 80 percent participation.

In the 11-40 employee category, Rocky Mountain Hardware in Hailey placed first with 55 percent participation while Marketron, also in Hailey, placed second with 47 percent. Idaho Bioscience in Ketchum took third with 35 percent participation.

Scott USA in Ketchum placed first in the 41 employees and greater category with 100 percent participation. Second went to Smith Optics in Ketchum with 94 percent participation and third to Power Engineers in Hailey with 26 percent.

Sealcoat project scheduled for bike path

A seal coat will be applied to a five-mile section of the Wood River Trail from Monday, June 4, through Friday, June 8.

According to a press release from the Blaine County Recreation District, the project will begin at Ohio Gulch Road and go to Fox Acres Road.

Though this section of trail will be closed during the project, a signed detour will be available. However, it may not be suitable for road bikes, rollerblades, bike trailers or night travel.

Seal coating is the process of applying an asphalt emulsion to seal the trail surface. After several years of regular use and the elements, the worn asphalt surface will roughen and crack. To preserve the trail's smooth surface, it must be seal coated regularly.

During the application and drying process, it is important that trail users stay off the new surface for 48 hours. Wet seal coating material will ruin shoes, clothes, bikes, rollerblades and the trail surface.

For more information, contact the Recreation District at 578-2273.

Help protect the sage grouse

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Wood River Land Trust are inviting the public to help mark fences near Rock Creek, west of Hailey, in an effort to help sage grouse.

On Thursday, June 7, volunteers will install reflective markers on fences to make them more visible and prevent mortality for sage grouse and other animals. The work will be done from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Snacks will be provided, but registration is necessary. Contact Regan Berkley with Idaho Fish and Game at 324-4359 or Keri York at the Land Trust at 788-3947. Participants should not bring dogs.

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