Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Power outage hits south valley

A power outage extended from Woodside subdivision in Hailey to the entire city of Bellevue late Thursday evening.

According to an Idaho Power Co. spokesman, the power outage was caused by a faulty voltage regulator belonging to Idaho Power.

Workers restored power within two hours of the failure, and provided a “permanent solution” on Friday, the spokesman said.


St. Luke’s lunch talks kick off for fall

St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will kick off this fall’s talks in Ketchum on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a session titled “Have a Voice in Health Care.” Suzanne Miller, director of nursing and patient-care services, will lead a discussion about innovations that will work toward prevention, wellness, patient-centered care and better health-care outcomes. Attendee input is encouraged.

Hailey’s lunch lectures will begin Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a talk titled “Women’s Physical Therapy, Pregnancy Through Menopause.” Physical therapist Jeni Cook will discuss unique physical issues faced by women due to pregnancy, aging and menopause.

St. Luke’s Brown Bag Health Talks are free and take place in Ketchum at St. Luke’s Wood River, 100 Hospital Drive, and in Hailey at St. Luke’s Clinic Family Medicine, 1450 Aviation Drive from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

For more information on the fall schedule, call 727-8733.


U.S. Bank gives $7,000 to nonprofits

U.S. Bank granted $7,000 to Wood River Valley nonprofits during its 2012 charitable giving program.

According to a news release from the bank, Girls on the Run of the Wood River Valley received $2,000 and the Wood River Community YMCA received $5,000.

Total contributions to nonprofits in southern Idaho amount to $39,500 for the second quarter of 2012. Statewide contributions for the same time period exceed $360,500.

The grants are funded by the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, which provides cash contributions to nonprofit organizations across the country. In 2011, the foundation dolled out nearly $21.8 million in charitable contributions nationwide.

Donations are given in the foundation’s priority areas of education, affordable housing and economic opportunity, and artistic and cultural enrichment.

For more information or to apply for a U.S. Bancorp Foundation grant, visit


Fire departments receive grant

Blaine County fire departments have been awarded a four-year, $1.7 million federal grant to help recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.

According to a news release from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant will allow volunteer firefighters to earn a set amount monthly that can be used for tax-deferred benefits such as health-care insurance and retirement. The volunteers will have to maintain a certain level of participation to receive the benefits. 

“In my many years as a chief of a volunteer fire and rescue department, this has been the largest hurdle to overcome,” Wood River Fire & Rescue Chief Bart Lassman said. “These grant funds will allow us to provide benefits to our existing volunteers and recruit new volunteers through new advertising and media channels.”

Blaine County fire departments have limited paid staff and the need for volunteers is high. There are about 145 active volunteers in Blaine County and the departments would like to increase that number to more than 240 active volunteers by the end of this grant. 

SAFER funding is a competitive grant program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.

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