Friday, September 14, 2012

News Briefs

St. Luke’s garage sale on Saturday
    The St. Luke’s Wood River Volunteer Core annual garage sale will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, from 9-5 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, 100 Saddle Road, in Ketchum.
    The Bargain Boutique will offer shoppers both new and gently used items such as clothing, shoes, linens and household items. All proceeds will benefit hospital programs and services.
    For more information on the boutique or the Volunteer Core, call St. Luke’s Volunteer Services at 727-8406 or visit

Friedman to celebrate 80 years
    Dubbed “the most beautiful airport in Idaho” by the Hailey Times on the occasion of its May 14, 1932, dedication, Friedman Memorial Airport will hold an 80th birthday celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15.
    The public is invited to attend Airport Appreciation Day, which will include free food and drink, airplane rides, kids activities, giveaways and a display of vintage and unique airplanes. All are invited to relive World War II and aviation history with a viewing of a B-17 bomber, the Flying Fortress.
    Attendees will also have an opportunity to enter a drawing to win two round-trip airline tickets courtesy of Skywest and Alaska Airlines.
    The festivities will begin at 9 a.m. and go until 3 p.m. Admission is free.

St. Luke’s Wood River gets award
    St. Luke’s Wood River has been presented the 2012 Morehead Apex Workplace of Distinction award by Morehead Associates, a medical services consulting firm.
    The award is presented annually to clients that have reached and sustained the 90th percentile on their employee surveys in 2012.
    “We are so proud to be recognized as a Workplace of Distinction,” said St. Luke’s Wood River CEO Cody Langbehn. “It takes the full commitment of our employees and physicians to provide outstanding service to our community. This award just reinforces that our team and our processes are working effectively.”

Race for Meals on Wheels
    The Blaine County Senior Connection will host on Saturday, Sept. 15, the third annual Roadrunner 5K for Meals on Wheels. The event—which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 721 Third Ave. South in Hailey—will include an outside market with vendors, a beer and wine garden, and activities for families. Numerous raffle prizes will be given away.
    For more information, call 788-3468.

Business plan competition announced
    Blaine County entrepreneurs are invited to participate in Entrepreneurs Just Do It, a business plan competition organized by the nonprofit Jigsaw. The goal of the competition is to facilitate the development of small businesses in Blaine County.
    The competition will provide startup entrepreneurs and small-business owners with the opportunity to formulate and present short business plans, as if presenting to an investor, to receive feedback and mentoring, and to network with experienced business leaders.     
    Entrepreneurs are invited to submit a two-page business plan to Jigsaw by Oct. 17. Plans will be reviewed by a panel of business professionals from the public and private sectors. Detailed written feedback will be provided to all entrants.
    The panel will then select three to five “finalists” for formal presentations to a second panel of business experts, and the public, at an event hosted by the Ketchum Library on Nov. 7. The winner will be selected and awarded a cash prize of $1,000 to help further his or her business development.    
    For more information and a business plan template, call Jima Rice at Jigsaw, 726-1848.

School seniors to get Constitutions
    In recognition of Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, Blaine County Republican Women will distribute pocket Constitutions to all high school seniors in the county.  This will be the fourth year of the program.

Hailey library offers computer labs
   People can get free help building their basic computer skills by attending one of the Hailey Public Library’s open computer labs. Each Wednesday and Friday from 2-3 p.m., tutors will be available to answer questions on a first-come, first-served basis.
    The lab invites visitors to bring a technology-based question or task they’d like to complete, such as opening a free email account. Tutors then coach the guests through the process.
    Some visitors bring their own devices. Most opt to use the lab’s new laptops.
    “The laptops are top notch,” said Amanda St. John, one of the lab tutors.
    A $2,250 grant from The Deer Creek Fund provided the laptops last year.
    Topics explored have included loading an MP3 player with music, navigating Microsoft Word, searching the Internet and using eReaders.
    Lab space is limited due to availability of tutors. For details, call 788-2036 or visit online at

Walk for Peace event scheduled
    Winter Feast for the soul will host a Walk for Peace on Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. at Memorial Park in Ketchum and Heagle Park in Hailey.  The event will start with 10 minutes of silence followed by a one-hour walk.
    According to a press release from Winter Feast for the Soul, in September 2001, representatives from 192 countries voted unanimously at the United Nations to declare each Sept. 21 as an international day of peace and cease-fire. This day is honored around the world in hopes that there will be peace one day. 
    This day of worldwide cease-fire allows humanitarian aid to reach dangerous areas that are too violent to enter the rest of the year. People in fighting countries can travel safely to posts to receive vaccination and medical care for their children.
    In 2010, because of Peace One Day, a total of 88 life-saving and humanitarian activities by 28 organizations in 31 countries were possible.
    Winter Feast for the Soul is a nonprofit that provides free on-line meditations and programs to support acts of kindness. For more information, contact Diana Anderson at (208) 938-3818 or

Group gives grants for wolf research
    The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation announced that it has topped $400,000 in grants and pledges to advance the science of wolves, wolf interactions with elk and other wildlife, and wolf management overall.
    The total includes more than $200,000 in science grants in just the past five years, more than any other five-year period in the organization’s history.
    According to the organization, nearly all these contributions have funded independent research by universities, state and federal wildlife conservation agencies and Native Americans.

County staff achieve training levels
    Two Blaine County employees were recognized for completing recent professional development training during the annual Idaho Association of County Treasurers Conference in Lewiston on Aug. 9.
    Gail Peterson, chief deputy treasurer, achieved the status of certified professional executive with 100 hours of training.
    Blaine County Treasurer Vicki Sisiam was awarded her certificate for 250 hours of continued education.
    Association members work toward three levels of certification as they receive training relevant to their profession on topics such as county funds and budgeting, Idaho Code and investments, as well as professional development such as credibility, leadership and communication skills, and new treasurer orientation.

Group begins annual Backpack Club
    The Hunger Coalition is inviting students to sign up for its Backpack Club, which provides them with healthy meals and snacks.
    According to a press release from the Hunger Coalition, the process to qualify is confidential. Students are identified by parents, teachers and social workers as being at-risk or in need of supplemental nutrition and enrolled to receive a “backpack” of food weekly to take home on the weekend.  
    In 2011, the Hunger Coalition distributed 4,165 backpacks.
    Program Director Naomi Spence said that for many, the program fills an important gap while a family struggles to get back on their feet during a temporary crisis.  For others, she said, the program is vital to their long-term health and development.
    “There’s a core of Backpack Club children who, sadly, face chronic hunger,” she said.

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