Friday, February 8, 2013


Festival offers film and ski packages
    People who love the movies and love to ski can revel in both this spring during the second annual Sun Valley Film Festival weekend, March 14-17.
    The festival will include package deals for those who want to take a few turns on the slopes while also enjoying a curated slate of more than 50 films and TV premieres, parties with indie rockers Built to Spill, engaging coffee talks with industry insiders including actress Jodie Foster, a Screenwriters Lab and a closing awards ceremony.
    Details and tickets are available at


Flu deaths in Idaho reach 21
    Public health officials in Idaho are reporting two influenza-associated deaths among children younger than 18, bringing the total flu-related deaths to 21 since the start of the flu season on Oct. 1. The 19 adult deaths reported all were people older than 50. 
     “Our sympathies are with the families of all the victims, and especially with those grieving the loss of a child,” said Dr. Leslie Tengelsen, deputy state epidemiologist. 
    The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare recommends vaccination is recommended for everyone older than 6 months.
     According to the department, severe symptoms that should prompt an immediate evaluation by a doctor include:

  • Fever above 100 degrees.
  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing.
  • Bluish or gray skin color.
  • Pain or pressure in the chest or stomach area.
  • Sudden dizziness.
  • Confusion.
  • Dehydration, not urinating enough or no tears when crying.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting.

    For more information about influenza, see


Mountain Rides to hold open house
    Mountain Rides Transportation Authority will hold an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 13, to allow public review of final locations being considered for a Ketchum transportation hub.
    There will be two sessions, with the first from noon to 1:30 p.m. and the second from 5-6:30 p.m. Both sessions will be held at Ketchum City Hall.

Tickets for opera event on sale
    Lisa Seegmiller is bringing her award-winning voice to Sun Valley to sing tunes “From Broadway to Beyond” and a scaled-down production of “La Boheme” with the Utah Lyric Opera.
    The three-day event from Feb, 11-13 is hosted by Sun Valley Opera. It starts Monday, Feb. 11, with a Diva party at the Valley Club featuring Seegmiller and acclaimed tenor Isaac Hurtado, baritone Christopher Holmes and soprano Jennie Litster. On Feb. 12, Seegmiller and crew will perform popular classics like “Luck Be a Lady,” “Glitter and Be Gay,” “What Kind of Fool Am I,” “The Impossible Dream” and “Somewhere.”
    On Feb. 13, the group will travel to Hailey’s Community Campus for a costumed presentation of “La Boheme”.
    Ticket packages vary in cost. For more information, visit

Fish and Game website to go dark
    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game website will be down for about 24 hours on Friday, Feb. 15, while the department’s Communications Bureau moves offices. The move will require shutting down and unplugging servers.
    The outage is scheduled to occur at 6 p.m. for 24 hours.
    Licenses, tags and controlled hunt applications will be available at license vendors, not at the Fish and Game website, for the duration of the blackout. Licenses, tags and hunt applications will also be available at

Parents wanted for teacher survey
    Monday, Feb. 11, is the final day for parents to participate in a brief teacher survey that, according to the Blaine County School District, will “help teachers improve their teaching practices.”
    The district reported Wednesday that all parents were notified by letter last week inviting them to participate. Parents with email addresses in the district’s system will receive a link for the survey via email. Parents without an email address or computer access can request a paper survey from the front desk at each district school.
    The district promised that parental responses will be anonymous and confidential. The information from the survey will be shared with school principals and individual teachers only.

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