Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Did Ketchum fundraiser spawn Eastwood’s ‘chair’ speech?

A fundraiser in Sun Valley for Mitt Romney in early August may have spawned actor and part-time resident Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the Republican National Convention last month, according to news website Politico.

Politico writers Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei wrote in a Sunday article titled “Inside the campaign: How Mitt Romney stumbled” that Eastwood, whose speech consisted of angry comments at an empty chair meant to hold President Barack Obama, was added to the list of speakers after the Ketchum fundraiser.

“Eastwood had been added to the program after chatting with Romney at a fundraiser in Idaho just weeks before the convention,” the article states. 

Allen and Vandehei did not attribute this information to a particular source, explaining in the article that many Romney staffers spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Eastwood endorsed Romney at that fundraiser, helping to earn $2 million from Republicans attending the event at River Run Lodge. 


Public invited to health fair

The St. Luke’s Community Health Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey.

The free, family-friendly event will include:

( A walk-through “super colon” for an inside look at your insides.

( Finding out how clean your hands really are with Mr. Glow Germ.

( Adult flu shots for $30.

( Mini-fitness classes.

( Healthy cooking demonstrations.

( Prenatal and parenting information.

( Health screenings.

( Raffle prizes and giveaways.

For more information, call 727-8733.


Hailey BAH at Wood River Motors

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses and the public to its September Business After Hours on Thursday, Sept. 20. The event will be hosted by Wood River Motors at 711 N. Main St. from 5-7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring their business cards for the monthly raffle.

Call 788-3484 for additional information.


Learn about women’s health

St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag Health Talk titled “Women’s Physical Therapy: Pregnancy Through Menopause” today, Sept. 19, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Clinic, 1450 Aviation Drive in Hailey.

According to a news release from the center, women face physical issues due to pregnancy, aging and menopause. St. Luke’s-Elk’s Rehab Wood River has biofeedback equipment that address the muscles of the pelvic floor. Physical therapist Jeni Cook will discuss that and other new and noninvasive assessments, therapies and exercises that can help women with back and pelvic pain, as well as bladder issues.  

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required. For more information, call 727-8733.


Golf event to benefit SVSEF

Golf with athletes from the Gathering Film Festival and industry notables while raising funds for the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Following a hosted brunch at Bigwood Grill at 10:30 a.m., the PBR Ski Bum Pro Scramble will begin at noon with a shotgun start. Awards, including a Sun Valley 20-day pass, will follow the golf match.

Cost is $95 per person, with all proceeds going to the ski team. To register, contact Mike Fitzpatrick at, 622-2077 or the Bigwood Golf Course Pro Shop at 726-4024.


Resort renovating 1st hole

The No. 1 hole on Sun Valley’s Trail Creek course is closed for the season for a significant remodel, with the resort implementing a contingency hole to enable a full 18-hole experience for players.

The par-5, 530-yard first hole will receive a redesigned green and a widened and recontoured fairway landing area off the tee. A fairway bunker and pond-side green will be made smaller. Project completion is scheduled for July 2013.

“Sun Valley is excited to begin the Trail Creek Course first-hole renovation,” said Rick Hickman, the resort’s director of golf. “The hole will be made more player friendly, with improved playability and conditions.”


Papoose Club invites new members

The Papoose Club will hold its annual New Members’ Night event at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the club is invited to attend this informational gathering, which will be followed by the club’s regular September meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wine and appetizers will be served.

Papoose Club is a nonprofit volunteer organization that supports local youth-oriented groups through fundraising activities and events in the Wood River Valley. It was founded in 1954 by a group of local mothers, and was incorporated as a nonprofit in 1975. Over the past four years, Papoose Club has donated more than $107,000 to 47 local organizations that benefit children.

For more information, contact Shannon Finnegan at 726-6642 or


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