Friday, January 18, 2013


Sun Valley to update comp plan

The city of Sun Valley is gearing up to update its comprehensive plan, a document that serves as a master guide for the city’s growth and development.

In a Tuesday news release, the city announced that a citizens steering committee appointed by Mayor Dewayne Briscoe and the City Council will hold its first meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

“Interested members of the public are highly encouraged to attend, actively participate and freely comment at any and all of the steering committee meetings,” the release states.

Steering Committee meetings will be publicly noticed on the city’s website at The agenda for the first meeting includes an overview presentation on the update process by city staff, selection of a committee chair and establishment of basic ground rules for future meetings of the committee.

The release states that supporting background materials for the update are available during normal business hours in the city’s Community Development Department. Comments and questions concerning the update process should be directed to Community Development Director Mark Hofman or Planning Technician and Associate Planner Isabel Lui at 622-4438.


Local athlete to compete at Special Olympics

Local athlete Jerry Smith has qualified to represent Team USA in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. This will be the tenth Special Olympics World Winter Games, and will take place from Jan. 29 through Feb. 5.

According to Higher Ground Sun Valley, Smith, 57, is one of four Idahoans who qualified to go to South Korea. The Games will feature alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure skating, snowboarding and speed skating, among other sports.


Free wellness talk at BCRD FitWorks

BCRD FitWorks will present a free lecture with naturopathic physician Jody Stanislaw on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.

Stanislaw, January’s guest speaker for the Blaine County Recreation District’s Wellness Series, helps people strengthen what she calls the Four Pillars of Health: nutritious food, adequate rest, regular movement and a healthy spiritual and emotional life. She will share tips on how to achieve success in all those areas for optimal health and well-being. 

The lecture will take place in the Minnie Moore room at the Community Campus. For more information, call 578-2273 or go to


Wellness Institute elects new president

 Elisabeth Grabher, a longtime valley resident and CEO of Grabher Construction, has been elected president of the nonprofit  Sun Valley Wellness Institute‘s board of directors. Grabher takes the reins from Nick Maricich, who led the organization for the past three years and will continue to serve on the board.   

“I believe so strongly in the mission of this organization—to inspire positive change, and what we do to support and foster our incredibly rich and diverse community of wellness,” Grabher said.  “2013 is going to be an amazing year as we shift into a new era of consciousness.”

Grabher also serves on the St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center Foundation board of directors.

At its January meeting, the Wellness Institute board also added Stephanie Reed as a new board member.  

The Sun Valley Wellness Institute is a nonprofit corporation that provides education on health and wellness through programs and events, including the annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival, held each Memorial Day weekend.  


Wake Up Hailey set for Tuesday

The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is inviting people to join Membership Director Kristy Heitzman at the monthly Wake Up Hailey on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 9-10 a.m. for coffee, morning treats and  chamber coffee talk. The event will be held at Accounting & Financial Solutions, 416 S. Main St., Suite 202 (in the Redfish Building).


Employability program seeks applicants

The Advocates’ Skills for Success Employability Program begins its fifth session on Monday, Feb. 4. The program provides 11 weeks of valuable training that helps low-income unemployed or underemployed people get a job or improve their position. 

The program includes employability classes, mentoring sessions, communication in the workplace classes, economic education and matched savings accounts, and case management. It also arranges work internships at local businesses that give participants a positive current job experience and a recent local reference.  

In addition to letters of reference, program graduates gain job skills and education and leave with a completed résumé, skills in interviewing and a professional outfit for re-entering the workforce. According to a press release from the Advocates, of the job-seeking graduates from past Skills for Success sessions, 83 percent have either gained employment or improved their work situation.

To sign up or find out more, contact Susan Fierman, Skills for Success Program director at 788-4191, ext. 22 or Interested people can also get program information at the College of Southern Idaho at the Community Campus in Hailey or The Hunger Coalition in Bellevue.

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