Billboard compares Obama, shooting suspect
BOISE (AP)—A billboard in southwestern Idaho is drawing comparisons between President Barack Obama's foreign policy and the Colorado shooting suspect's alleged crimes.
The electronic billboard in Caldwell displays a picture of Obama and James Holmes side by side.
Above the picture of Holmes, the man accused of killing 12 people in a Colorado movie theater, the billboard says: "Kills 12 in movie theater with assault rifle" and then underneath: "Everyone freaks out."
Above the Obama photo, the billboard says: "Kills thousands with his foreign policy" and then below: "Wins Nobel Peace Prize."
Maurice Clements helps run the billboard as an executor for the estate of libertarian Ralph Smeed, who used it to skewer government and politicians before his death in 2010.
Clements said the latest message isn't trying to connect Obama and Holmes, but compare society's reactions.
One commuter says the message was offensive.
Ketchum conducting roadwork
The Ketchum Street Department is chip-sealing city streets this week through Aug. 2.
The Ketchum Street Department asks that property owners turn off their sprinklers the day their street is treated. If the road is wet, the process is ineffective and the rock will not stick. Automobiles parked in the street or right-of-way must be moved prior to treatment. Cars that are not moved could be towed.
The tentative chip seal schedule is: today, Aug. 1: Valleywood Drive, Latigo Lane, Spur Lane, and Spruce Street; Thursday, Aug. 2: Sixth Street from Main Street to Spruce Street, Fourth Street from Spruce Street to Walnut Avenue, Walnut Avenue and Alpine Lane.
Questions and or special concerns should be directed to Ketchum Street Superintendent Brian Christiansen at 726-7831.
Campers urged to be bear aware
The Sawtooth National Forest is reminding visitors to be extra vigilant this summer when storing their food to avoid attracting black bears.
During dry summers such as this, the bears' natural food supplies may be scarce, forcing them on a search to find food. Improperly stored food in campgrounds or backcountry camps become all too tempting for the hungry bruins.
Bears possess an extremely keen sense of smell, and can find food from great distances. Once a bear finds food near humans, it is likely to come back. The result is a dangerous situation for both the bear and for people.
In developed campgrounds, campers should store all food not in use in their vehicle, trailer or camper with windows tightly closed. Stoves, cooking utensils, personal items such as toothpaste, and pet or livestock feed should be protected in the same manner. Garbage should be disposed of in the bear-proof trash containers in all campgrounds and never left out unattended.
In the backcountry, food and garbage should be kept out of bears' reach by hanging it high in a tree at least 100 yards from the sleeping area. Food bags should ideally be 10 feet above ground and 4 feet out from tree trunks. Food can also be stored in an approved bear-proof food container. Backcountry campers should attempt to reduce or eliminate food odors on themselves, their clothes and near their sleeping area.
For more information, contact the Sawtooth National Recreation Area at 727-5013, Stanley Ranger Station at 208-774-3000 or the Fairfield Ranger District at 208-764-3202.
Idaho Travel Council to meet
The Idaho Travel Council will hold its annual summer meeting and grant awards on Thursday, Aug. 2, and Friday, Aug. 3, at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in Victor.
Thursday's agenda includes discussion on the Idaho Department of Commerce Division of Tourism's strategic plan and budget, new Main Street program, Brand USA/international marketing and Drake Cooper agency updates. Additional presentations and discussion topics will include digital marketing for the Yellowstone Teton Territory, the Greater Yellowstone Geotourism program, Linx Pilot Transit and City Pass.
On Friday morning, the council will award $3.2 million in grants to encourage travel and tourism. Created in 1981, the Idaho Regional Travel and Convention Grant Program is funded through a 2 percent lodging tax collected by Idaho hotels, motels and private campgrounds on the sale of rooms and camping sites.
The public is invited to attend.
The Idaho Travel Council is an eight-member, private-sector advisory board appointed by the governor. Region VII representative is Dick Andersen from Sun Valley Resort.
Ketchum girl awarded by first lady
Ketchum resident Elena Guylay, 11, was one of 54 winners of first lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest, event co-sponsor Epicurious.com announced Tuesday.
Designed to support the Let's Move campaign, the contest was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture, and open to kids 8-12 years old. One winner was chosen from each U.S. state and territory.
The winners will visit the White House on Aug. 20 for a special Kids State Dinner, which is actually a luncheon hosted by Michelle Obama.
Elena won for her recipe Fiesta Casserole.
"The recipes were creative, sophisticated, and tasty," Epicurious.com editor Tanya Steel wrote. "I was impressed by the knowledge of these 8- to 12-year-olds, who knew how to make something gluten- or lactose-free, and what constituted a healthy meal according to the USDA's ChooseMyPlate guidelines."
There were more than 1,200 recipes submitted, and Steel and a judging panel tasted 100 dishes that were prepared at Washington, D.C.'s DC Central Kitchen. The recipes will be posted online as well as turned into a book.
The winning kids, each accompanied by a parent or guardian, will be flown by Delta Airlines to Washington, and the Westin Georgetown will provide accommodations for the big day with the first lady.
Wild horses moved to sanctuary
Nineteen mares from a wild horse herd, rounded up by the BLM from their home range near Challis in July 2009, have been transported to the Return to Freedom American Wild Horse Sanctuary near Lompoc, Calif.
For the past three years, the Wild Horse Project in conjunction with Silent Voices Equine Rescue maintained them in a small pasture in Bellevue. According to a press release from Silent Voices Equine Rescue, a permanent sanctuary in Idaho was sought, but had to meet the criteria of both the BLM's adoption program and the established mission statement for the horses—to keep them together, on protected lands and free from future roundups.
Ten foals born in captivity were also transported.
Twin Falls County woman tests positive for West Nile
A Twin Falls County woman in her 40s has tested positive for West Nile virus. According to a press release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, she is the first human case of West Nile fever reported in Idaho for 2012.
The woman traveled to Valley County shortly before her onset of illness, and it is unknown in which county she contracted the virus. She has recovered from her illness.
Since mid-July, three Idaho counties in southwest Idaho—Ada, Canyon and Payette—have reported West Nile virus activity in local mosquitoes.
West Nile virus is usually contracted from the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. In some cases the virus can cause severe illness, especially in people over 50.
Last year, three Idahoans were reported with West Nile infections. In 2006, Idaho led the nation in West Nile illnesses with almost 1,000 infections, which contributed to 23 deaths.
West Nile virus does not usually affect domestic animals, but can cause severe illness in horses and certain species of birds. Though there is no vaccine available for people, there are several vaccines available for horses. People are advised to vaccinate their horses annually.
For more information, visit www.westnile.idaho.gov.
Resort lauded by Golf magazine
The Sun Valley resort links were added to Golf magazine's "Best Public Courses" list this week.
To go hand-in-hand with this recent kudos, Sun Valley Co. is offering two new packages to golfers interested in a late-summer or early-fall visit to Sun Valley.
"This is a great time for parents' getaways and buddy trips, after kids go back to school," said Sun Valley Co. Director of Golf Rick Hickman in a news release. "The valley is especially beautiful this time of year, and the combination of great weather and exceptional rates makes it an ideal time to plan a trip."
For more information, go to www.sunvalley.com.