Friday, October 12, 2012


Drama students stage ‘The Crucible’

The Wood River High School drama department this weekend will present Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” the winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play.

This drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in old Salem is both a historical play and a parable of contemporary society.

The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife's arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie—and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. The farmer, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others.

The show is tonight, Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. and a matinee at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater at the Community Campus.

Tickets are $4 for students, $6 for seniors and $8 for adults.


More salmon passing dams

Tests last year at three federal dams on the Columbia River demonstrated marked improvements in the safe downstream passage of juvenile salmon and steelhead, one of several improvements described in a report released last week.

David Ponganis, programs director for the Northwestern Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the improvements in dam survival are due to improvements such as spillway weirs that help fish get past the dams more quickly and a spill wall at the Dalles Dam that routes fish into a deeper part of the dam—where they are better protected from predators.

The report showed that 99 percent of juvenile steelhead and 96 percent of juvenile spring chinook passed the Dalles Dam successfully in 2011 on their way to the ocean.

The full report is available at


Learn how to prevent foreclosures

 The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division will make presentations on foreclosure issues in Hailey and Ketchum next week.

Housing Specialist Ramon Hobdey-Sanchez will discuss foreclosure prevention, Idaho’s foreclosure process and how the national mortgage settlement will affect Idaho homeowners.

The Hailey talk will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 16,  at 6 p.m. at the Community Campus Minnie Moore Room, 1050 Fox Acres Rd.

The Ketchum event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17,  at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

“There are many resources, tools and tips that can assist individuals through the foreclosure process or, better yet, provide them with the necessary knowledge to avoid foreclosure altogether,” Attorney General Wasden said.  “I hope that these presentations will be helpful to the many Idahoans who have been through or are currently facing foreclosure.”


Benefit to help injured deputy

Wives Behind the Badge is throwing a benefit at the Blaine County Gun Club for Corey Weatherly, an injured Blaine County sheriff's deputy, on Saturday, Oct. 20.

On July 15, while Weatherly was doing private security for an event, a man fell from the roof of a building in Ketchum onto Weatherly, breaking his neck in two places and causing severe nerve and tissue damage. He has had surgery to try to repair the damage and is scheduled for another within the next few weeks.

According to a news release, Weatherly is “fighting his way back into his uniform and back on duty,” but needs help with medical bills and living expenses.

When: October 20th, 3-3:30 registration

Where: Blaine County Gun Club 105 East Ohio Gulch Road Hailey, ID 83333

The event will include:

( A Texas Hold ’em shootout, $75 for team of two shooters.

( Dinner at the gun club, $25 per person. The dinner is open to anyone, shooters and non-shooters alike, but for safety reasons, children are not invited. Participants in the Texas Hold ’em shooting event can purchase the event and two dinner tickets for $100 total. Dinner will start around 5-5:30 p.m.

( A silent auction.

( A Top Shot contest for rifle shooters.

Donations can also be made via the website or in person and are tax deductible. All check donations need to be made out to Wives Behind the Badge and reference to Corey Weatherly in the memo line.

For details on the events, call Amanda Ornelas at 309-2929.


Children’s obesity program to begin

In an effort to reduce obesity among local children, St. Luke’s Wood River offers the YEAH program, an acronym for Youth Engaged in Activities for Health. It is for children ages 5-16 with a body mass index greater than 85 percent who have been referred by their physician for weight and lifestyle management. 

The program focuses on healthy eating, physical activity and behavior changes.

According to a press release from St. Luke’s, the program has shown tremendous results because it engages the entire family in a lifestyle modification effort.

“The parental example cannot be overlooked in promoting healthy habits,” said Liz LeFevre, clinical dietician at St. Luke’s Wood River. “This is a fun and exciting way for families to develop tools to take charge of their health.” 

To find out more about the admission requirements or to enroll, call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

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