Hailey students win recycling contest
Hailey Elementary School has been declared the Idaho winner of Recycle-Bowl, a nationwide recycling competition for elementary-, middle- and high-school students.
According to a news release from Keep America Beautiful, a nonprofit organization that encourages people to improve their community’s environment, Hailey Elementary students recycled five pounds of waste per child, earning $1,000 in prize money for the school.
Recycle-Bowl, sponsored by Nestlé Waters North America, reached more than 900,000 students across America, with schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia competing.
From Oct. 15 through Nov. 9, 2012, participating schools recycled as much as possible. The total amount of recyclables recovered during the 2012 competition added up to 4.5 million pounds, which in turn prevented the release of nearly 1,717 metric tons of carbon equivalent. In real-world terms, this reduction in greenhouse gases is equivalent to the annual emissions from 334 cars.
Wake up, Hailey!
The Hailey Chamber of Commerce will hold its next Wake Up Hailey networking event on Tuesday, March 12, from 9-10 a.m. at Red Door Design House, 12 W. Bullion St., with Marina Broschofsky. The public is invited to come and enjoy a cup of coffee, a light treat and discussion about the chamber of commerce.
For more information, call the Hailey Chamber at 788-3484.
Ketchum man to turn 100
Longtime Ketchum resident Antonio “Tony” Gomez will celebrate his 100th birthday Sunday, March 10. Gomez first skied in Sun Valley in 1949. He was born in 1913 in the seaport town of Malaga in southern Spain.
Gomez said he worked briefly as a photojournalist for the San Francisco Examiner before beginning a career as a commercial aviator. From 1943 to 1951, he flew a five-passenger Stinson Reliant in and out of remote regions on Kodiak Island and around Bristol Bay, Alaska. Gomez then flew Douglas DC-3s and DC-4s, and later Boeing 707s and 720s to the Lower 48 for Woodley Airlines.
By the time Gomez retired in 1973, Delta Airlines had bought out Woodley Airways. As a result, Gomez travels for free anywhere that Delta can take him.
Gomez and his wife bought a rundown, 52-acre vineyard in Napa Valley, Calif., in 1968 for $75,000, and sold it in 1988 for $1.25 million. Gomez attributes his longevity to drinking a bottle of red wine every evening.
“As long as it's red and dry, I will like it,” he said.
ITD to target impaired drivers
The Idaho Transportation Department will conduct a statewide impaired-driving education and high-visibility enforcement campaign from March 10-18, scheduled to conclude the day after St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a big night out for many Americans—especially young adults,” said Kevin Bechen with ITD’s Office of Highway Safety. “Driving while impaired puts everyone on the roads at risk, so if you choose to drink, don’t drive.”
ITD advises that if alcohol will be consumed, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person the car keys.
Hailey artist donates $1,000
Hailey artist Bob Wiederrick presented the Hailey Arts Commission with a check for $1,000 Thursday morning. The money was raised by collecting and selling aluminum cans for recycling since November 2011.
Wiederrick is donating the money to fund public art in Hailey. He has for years manufactured fire screens in the valley and become known recently for construction of an over-sized mountain bike sculpture that is now on display at Sturtos in Ketchum.
“With aluminum selling for about 50 cents a pound, this means we have collected about a ton so far,” he said.
Wiederrrick’s collection site is in front of his metal-working shop on 4051 Glenbrook Drive in the Woodside subdivision light-industrial park in Hailey.