Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Free comedy at Sun Valley Resort
    Comedian Dwight Slade returns to town this weekend as part of Sun Valley Resort’s Winter Comedy Series with some new tricks up his sleeve.
    Slade is performing Feb. 8 and 9 at 8:30 p.m. at the Duchin Lounge, and both shows are free.
    “I came to Ketchum last year for the comedy series and haven’t really left, which in this town means one of two things—you maxed out a credit card or met a girl,” he joked. “I maxed out a girl’s credit card.”
    Slade has appeared on Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing and the Tonight Show.  Known for his references to classic “social injustices” like the unabashed negligence of hands-free headset conversations and his dead-on impressions of battling crabs, he is honing his material to the Ketchum audience.
    “Sun Valley is a unique part of the world and it requires a different perspective to joke about.  I just hope people have a good sense of humor!”
    Slade started comedy in Houston, Texas, at age 14 as part of a team with the legendary comic Bill Hicks. His early days are illustrated in the inventive documentary “American: The Bill Hicks Story.” Now Slade has performed around the world, including Afghanistan, Israel and Europe.

Oregon Ducks event set for Ketchum
    The University of Oregon’s local Ducks in the Snow event will be held President’s Day weekend to celebrating the Fiesta Bowl-winning Oregon Ducks.
    Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum will host a free event for Duck alumni and fans on Sat., Feb. 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (children welcome). Rob Mullens, Oregon’s athletic director, and Steve Greatwood, the offensive line coach, will be in attendance as well as the official Oregon Duck!
    Along with party-fare and beverages, there will be Oregon door prizes and a silent auction that will include a signed Oregon helmet and football, a player’s Rose Bowl jersey, a golf basket and other Oregon memorabilia.
    The Treasure Valley Chapter of the Oregon Alumni Association is coordinating a ski trip from Boise for the day. It will include a round-trip bus ride from Boise and discounted lift tickets.
    Sponsors of the weekend include RBC Wealth Management, Blaine County Title, Patti Felton, and Michael and Kirsten Coughlin.

WREP selects new officers
    The Wood River Economic Partnership, an organization that advocates on behalf of the valley’s business community, has selected four new officers for 2013.
    Bryan Furlong, area president for Zions Bank, will be president; Mike Goitiandia, a managing member of Clear Creek Disposal, will be vice president; Tanya Keim, director of community relations and administrative services at St. Luke’s Wood River, will be secretary; and Bob Corker, vice-president of Wells Fargo Bank’s private banking in Ketchum, will be treasurer.
    Outgoing officers are former President John Sofro and former Vice President Eric Seder. Economic Partnership Director Doug Brown said Corker held the combined office of secretary and treasurer last year. Continuing board members are Tom Nickel, owner of the Sawtooth Club; Steve Mills, CEO of Webb Landscape; Rick Hickman, Sun Valley Co.’s director of golf, and Doug Brown, owner of Douglas Brown Consulting.
    According to Brown, the organization’s top priority for 2013 will be to improve air service to the valley.
    “Businesses throughout the valley consistently remind us that if we want to improve our jobs outlook and development prospects to grow our economy we must continue to support our current service, get new air destinations and improve reliability,” he said.

Library to teach online safety
    For people who want to learn more about protecting their online accounts and the private information they contain, the Community Library in Ketchum is offering an online safety class today, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m.
    The class will be taught by Paul Zimmerman, the library’s technology expert. He will coach students on how to develop better password management practices, how to navigate the Internet safely and how to improve their email security.
    Space is limited, so people interested in taking the class should register by emailing Zimmerman at

Learn about ADD in children
    St. Luke’s Hailey Clinic will host a lecture titled “Attention Deficit Disorder and Our Children” today, Feb. 6, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the clinic’s Carbonate Rooms.
    Pediatrician Dr. Bart Adrian will share his expertise of ADD and other related conditions in children during the lecture.
    Adrian will discuss the defining symptoms, current diagnostic tools and treatment options. He will also share practical information and coping skills for parents, and ways to help a child manage specific challenges.
    The lecture is a part of St. Luke’s Center for Community Health’s free Brown Bag Health Talks.

CavaCava hires new manager
    John McCune has been hired as general manager and advanced sommelier at CavaCava restaurant in Ketchum. According to a news release from the restaurant, McCune has extensive knowledge and experience from 25 years in the restaurant business and as an advanced sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Free pet dental screenings offered
    In recognition of National Pet Dental Month, the Sun Valley Animal Center is offering free dental screenings for cats and dogs through February. Free dental packets also will be given away.
    Pet owners can call for an appointment at 726-7777. The Sun Valley Animal Center is located along state Highway 75 south of Ketchum.

Business supports urban gardens
    Ketchum-based business PACT Apparel has teamed with Whole Kids Foundation, an Austin, Texas,-based organization that promotes better nutrition for children, in the Urban Gardens Across America campaign. The campaign enables people to fund the garden projects of their choice through the Internet fundraising platform Indiegogo.
    The goal is to help build 100 urban sustainable gardens across the United States that provide increased access to healthy food and allow people to experience how food is grown from seed to plate. Each garden will have its own campaign page, and Indiegogo will host a partner page housing all the individual garden campaigns.
    PACT is supporting a garden at Atlanta Preparatory Academy. To donate, go to

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