Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Around Town

These high profile locals have banded together-some for the second time-to save and service the Blaine County trail system. Courtesy photo

Citizens’ group forms for area trails
    A group of concerned citizens has stepped forward to help the Blaine County Recreation District with the passage of a two-year levy in May to rebuild and resurface large portions of the Wood River Trail System.
    Dick Fosbury was the original engineer for the trail system. He has since retired from Galena Engineering but wants to help with this effort.
    “The normal life of a paved pathway of this type is 30 years or less,” Fosbury said. “Especially with our weather conditions, asphalt breaks down over time. Most of the bike path is over 25 years old, so it’s time to address these improvement needs before it totally deteriorates.”
    The Recreation District’s board of directors has studied the need for major improvements to the trails over the past year. A thorough audit was completed last fall, and at its Jan. 7 meeting, the board of directors declared their intention to ask the community to support a two-year tax levy to fix the trail and ensure the next 30 years of useful life.
    As well as Fosbury, the volunteer group includes Tom Bowman, Bob Crosby, Mary Austin Crofts, Jed Gray, Tim Hamilton, Wendy Jaquet, Sarah Michael, Wally Morgus, Bob Rosso and Al Stevenson.
    For more information or to get involved, contact any member of the group.

Optimal health is talk topic
    BCRD FitWorks in Hailey will present a free lecture with local naturopathic physician Jody Stanislaw tonight, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    Part of the Blaine County Recreation District’s Wellness Series, Stanislaw’s talk will address the four pillars of health: nutritious food, adequate rest, regular movement and a healthy spiritual and emotional life. She also will share tips on how to achieve success in all of these areas for optimal health and well-being.
    Call 578-2273 or go to for more information.

Sun Valley Artist Series presents beloved pianist
    Virtuoso pianist Peter Henderson will entertain audiences Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.
Henderson is a returning crowd favorite to Sun Valley and a guest of the Sun Valley Artists Series.
Guests can meet him for a pre-concert talk at 6:15 p.m. The show starts at 7 p.m.
The tickets can be found at all Ketchum bookstores or by visiting or by calling 725-5807. They are $24 for adults and $10 for students.
Ticket holders are invited to a post-concert reception at B. Restaurant and Bar with complimentary Frenchman’s Gulch wine and light appetizers.

YAK and the ERC entice kids with science
    The Environmental Resource Center is once again teaming up with St. Luke’s YAK to bring Winter Adventure Science School to sixth- and seventh-grade students. The Community Campus will serve as home base while students and instructors venture out on foot to conduct experiments, play games and learn about and connect with our ecosystem.
    This is a free, eight-week program open to all sixth- and seventh-grade students in the Wood River Valley. It starts Thursday, Jan. 31, and will take place from 3:45-5:25 p.m. every Thursday through March 14. Snacks and supplies are provided, as well as an activities bus for any transportation needs when the program ends.
    To register, call St. Luke’s YAK at 727-8735.

Josh Groban live-ish at Bigwood Cinemas
    On Monday, Feb. 4, Metropolitan Theatres and Sun Valley Opera will present a broadcast of singer Josh Groban, one of the most powerful and unique voices in modern popular music. Groban will perform hits from his 12-year career, highlighted by exclusive selections from his new album, “All That Echoes.” Fans will be among the first to hear these new songs performed live, on the eve of the album’s release, as well as request songs to be included in Groban’s playlist. The performance will take place in New York’s famed Allen Room, which features a stunning 50-by-90-foot window overlooking Central Park. Groban will also answer fan questions submitted via Twitter and text messages prior to this live event.
    His sixth album, “All That Echoes,” shows off his accomplished personal songwriting and why he has been such a global pop star for more than a decade.
The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Bigwood 4 Cinemas in Hailey. Tickets are $15 for all ages.

Zions Bank sponsors youth video contest
    A video contest from Zions Bank is giving aspiring filmmakers the opportunity to win up to $1,000, with a matching prize for their school.
    Idaho and Utah students ages 13-18 are invited to submit an original, 60-second video on the subject “Financialize by 18” that promotes making good financial choices. Contest details and official rules are at
    Entries are due by March 3. Finalist entries will be selected in mid-March, and winners  will be elected online by popular vote. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, respectively, with their affiliated schools each receiving an equal amount.

Mark your calendar for Papoose Club’s free ski races for kids!
    The Croy Nordic Cup will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at the new Croy Nordic facility just west of Hailey. This event for cross-country skiers ages 3-13 features ski races in both skate and classic disciplines. Registration will be held from 10-10:30 a.m. on the day of the event, and the racing action will begin at 11 a.m.
    Kindercup downhill ski and snowboard races will be held Sunday, March 10, on Dollar Mountain. The races are open to kids 3-12. Registration information will be available at in mid-February.
    For more information about Papoose Club’s upcoming ski races or to volunteer at one of the events, visit or call 726-6642.

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