Friday, August 31, 2012


Community Orchestra to play Wagon Days concert

Valley residents and visitors will enjoy classical grooves played by the Wood River Community Orchestra this evening, Aug. 31, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ketchum Town Square.

The orchestra’s third annual Wagon Days Concert will be performed during the Gallery Walk so art hounds can soak up some tunes between gallery stops. The free concert will feature 28 brass, percussion, string and woodwind musicians who will play popular favorites under the direction of conductor Brad Hershey.

Hershey studied music at the University of Puget Sound and University of Idaho. He has played with the Boise Philharmonic and the Washington-Idaho Symphony.  In addition to conducting the Orchestra, Hershey is the upper school music director at the Community School in Sun Valley.

The Wood River Community Orchestra was formed in 2007 as a “venue for musicians of all ages and abilities,” according to its website. This fall will mark the orchestra’s sixth season.

In addition to its Wagon Days Concert on Friday, the orchestra will play during Gallery Walks through the year. It also plays free concerts at venues such as the Community Library, the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, Senior Connection, Souper Supper and the YMCA.

For more information on the orchestra, visit


Mountain Sun Lanes closes doors

The owners of Mountain Sun Lanes Bowling Center in Bellevue have decided to close Mountain Sun Lanes and remove the lanes and bowling equipment and take them to their other bowling center in Twin Falls. Anyone who has personal bowling equipment stored at the Bellevue center should make arrangements with the owners to pick up their equipment.  

According to a press release from the lanes, the Wood River USBC Association will be dissolved since there is not another bowling center in the area. Some of the Wood River bowlers are joining the Lincoln County association and bowling in Shoshone. There are still some open slots on some of the leagues so anyone interested in bowling in Shoshone should contact the center at 208-886-2020 and they will get you on the roster.

For more information, please call Vicki at 721-0200 or Linda at 788-7051.


Oil production shut down by storm

The U.S. government says 78 percent of the oil production in the Gulf of Mexico has been halted in preparation for Tropical Storm Isaac. 

According to The Associated Press, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement reports about 1 million barrels per day of oil production has been stopped as companies have evacuated 346 offshore oil and gas production platforms. That’s 17 percent of daily U.S. oil production and 6 percent of consumption. 

The agency says 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas production is also affected. That’s about 3 percent of daily U.S. production and consumption. 

Production is expected to quickly resume after the storm passes. The price of U.S. benchmark crude oil fell 68 cents to $95.47 per barrel. Natural gas fell 5 cents to $2.65 per 1,000 cubic feet. 


Aspen bag fee generates thousands of dollars

ASPEN, Colo. (AP)-A 20-cent fee that customers pay for each paper bag they use at Aspen grocery stores has generated thousands of dollars. 

The fee took effect May 1. The Aspen Daily News reports that the fee brought in about $3,950 in its first two months of existence, representing about 19,750 paper bags. 

Grocers haven’t said how many bags their customers used before the fee was enacted, so it’s not clear if the fee is encouraging people to use fewer bags. 

The Colorado Union of Taxpayers Foundation has filed a lawsuit challenging the fee. It argues the fee is really a tax that must first be approved by voters. 

City Attorney Jim True contends the charge is a fee, not a tax. 


Highway work to be suspended over weekend

Work that could impact travel will be suspended on all Idaho Transportation Department highway construction projects statewide from Sept. 1-3 for the Labor Day holiday, except in special circumstances.

ITD requires contractors on highway construction projects to postpone work on any highway, except for normal maintenance operations, during the extended holiday weekend if it could delay the traveling public. Work is allowed on the highway shoulders or anywhere else not impacting traffic.

“Like most of us, contractors have little interest in working over the holiday,” said ITD Chief Engineer Tom Cole. “Most would probably take these days off anyway, even if it was not required.”


Cancer support group to meet

The Cancer support Group will meet Wednesday, Sept. 5, from 10-11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Center for Community Health, 1450 Aviation Drive, Suite 200, in Hailey. This cancer support group is open to all patients, survivors and caregivers of people dealing with any type of cancer.  

For more information on this or other community outreach programs, contact St. Luke’s Center for Community Health at 727-8733. 


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