Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Attorney honored by State Bar

Hailey attorney Kevin Cassidy, a partner in the Roark Law Firm, has been honored by the Idaho State Bar for his work in family law.

The bar announced on Oct. 31 that Cassidy had been selected for the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award for “his longtime commitment to helping resolve disputes in the area of family.”

The award will be presented to Cassidy at the 5th District Bar Association meeting on Nov. 13 at the Center for the Arts Building in Twin Falls.


Learn about signs of stroke

A lecture titled “Warning Signs and Symptoms of Stroke” will be presented today, Nov. 7, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Clinic in Hailey.

Dr. James Torres works in emergency medicine and is St. Luke’s stroke medical director. He will share potentially life-saving information, including what to do if you think you are having a stroke, and will discuss transient ischemic attacks, or “mini-strokes.” 

All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required.  Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs at 727-8733.


Resort introduces ‘Holiday Stroll’

Sun Valley Resort is expanding its Winter Wonderland motif this year at the Sun Valley Mall.

Starting Nov. 23, 13 international art displays will be in windows throughout the resort as part of a Holiday Window Stroll. According to Sun Valley Co., each display will honor the cultural diversity of the holidays and portray festive celebrations around the globe, “from Italy to Norway, Kenya to China and Russia to Argentina.”

Those who take the stroll will receive a “passport” to be stamped at every display, each of which will bear a holiday greeting in a different language. A seasonal confection will be given to each participant at the end of the stroll. 

Artists featured in the displays will include Danielle Davis of Oklahoma, Ben Javens of England, Miguel Ornia-Blanco from both Argentina and England, and Janine Rewal from Finland.

The art will be displayed until Jan. 4.


Teacher educates at Craters

Lane Kirkland, social studies teacher at Carey High School, has been designated the first “teacher-ranger-teacher” at Craters of the Moon National Monument.

The Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program has been used by national parks nationwide, and is based on the premise that teachers and park rangers both provide educational opportunities, even though they work in different “classrooms” and with different tools. His mission: help develop curriculum materials about Craters of the Moon that align with new Common Core State Standards. 

According to a news release from the Park Service, Kirkland began training with interpretive staff in June to learn the park’s geology, wildlife, botany and cultural history. He then provided guided tours and interpretive talks to visitors throughout the summer. 

The goal is to provide formal and informal learning opportunities to students, both for traditional site-based field trips as well as for long-distance learning for students that may never visit the park. 

Kirkland is continuing his role by teaching about Craters at Carey School.


Coffee with community set for today

Members of the Blaine County School District board of trustees and Assistant Superintendent John Blackman are meeting the public at the Coffee Grinder in Ketchum today, Nov. 7, from 8-9 a.m.

These informal visits are a chance for the public to discuss anything related to Blaine County public schools with administrators and school board members. There is no formal presentation.

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Carey presents comedy/mystery

Carey High School drama students directed by Ken Mecham will stage two performances of the two-act comedy/mystery “Every Little Crook and Nanny” on Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the school theater. The hour-and-20-minutes-long show revolves around two sets of crooks, three retired nannies and a bank robbery.

Starring as the nannies are Morgan Parke, Lilly Rivera and McKayla Mecham. Other players include Gunner Thompson, Eric Adamson, Glen Andrews, Jaide Parke,  Nate Adamson, Chris Peck and Arrianna Neilson. Backstage helpers are Kendrick Villavicencio, Shane Mecham, Dusty Dickerson, Angelica Zarate, Daphne Kirkland, Valerie Olsen and Kylie Castle.

Tickets at the door are $4 adults, $3 students and $2 seniors.


Students take kindness to new level

The Community School in Sun Valley is taking part in a national campaign called Fifteen Days of Kindness. Schools from across the country are in competition to see who can perform, document and inspire the most random acts of kindness within their community.

The entire student body will be able to track their “ripple of kindness” through a unique and innovative “kindness card.” Each card comes with a code that when entered online will display each act of kindness done and where in the world the card has traveled.The program was launched with motivational speech by Think Kindness founder Brian Williams on Monday, Nov. 5.

According to sponsoring organization Wild Gift, the goal of the program is to inspire students to incorporate giving and kindness into their everyday lives and future careers, as well as to instill the notion that one simple act of kindness can make a difference in the world. More than 65,000 students from across the United States are participating. 

Wild Gift is a local nonprofit that provides a mentorship program for young leaders with high potential for creating innovative solutions for today’s global challenges. 


Kiwanis Club donates to nonprofits

The Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Wood River Valley has set this coming year’s community donations.

The club will donate diapers to the Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse and to the Hunger Coalition. Hailey Head Start will receive funds for tricycles, education software, wagons, playground equipment and books. 

The Kiwanis Club will donate funds to the Blaine County School District for its elementary school contingency funds. Rotarun will receive funds for scholarships to its learn-to-ski program for children.

On an international level, the club will donate to the Eliminate Project, whose goal is worldwide elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus.

For more information about Kiwanis, contact Jim Spinelli at 721-7246.  


Fundraiser organized by student

Lacoby Zamora was a Hailey middle-schooler without a social studies project until he saw the film “G-Dog,” about a Jesuit priest embedded in Los Angeles’ toughest barrios and the gang reformation service he helped build through Homeboy Industries.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., Zamora will hold a baked goods and other food sale, with DJ Marlin playing music, to raise money and fulfill his social studies requirement.

The fundraiser will be at Hallmark Idaho Properties at 17 E. Bullion in Hailey.

For details, call 720-3399 or visit

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