Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Ski foundation hires new leader

The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation has hired Rob Clayton, a former head alpine coach for the Park City Ski Team, as its new executive director, effective July 1. He replaces Don Wiseman, who resigned.
“The quality of potential candidates was extremely high, each with unique skills,” board President Jonathan Neeley stated on the foundation’s website. “Rob Clayton comes to us with 25 years of ski, school and leadership experiences. The coaches, staff and community participated significantly in his choosing.”
Clayton is headmaster of the Winter School at Park City, Utah, a position he has held for 11 years. He was head alpine coach for the Park City Ski Team from 1997 to 2002 and assistant head of school at Stratton Mountain School in Vermont from 1994 to 1997.
Clayton graduated from the University of Vermont and was a member of UVM’s alpine ski team. He and his wife Krista have three daughters: Rebecca, 12; Sara, 11; and Elizabeth, 9.
“My family and I are really excited to be joining the community of Sun Valley,” Clayton said. “Sun Valley is one of the most iconic ski towns in America. For me to have a leadership role in further engaging the youth of the Wood River Valley to become winter sports athletes and life-long enthusiasts is as good as it gets!”

Mountain Rides donates bus to city

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority has donated a bus to the Ketchum Parks and Recreation Department for the department to use to transport kids to its various activities.
Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Smith said the new bus, a 2001 model, will seat about 20 people and will replace a smaller, aging KART van from 1993. She said the new bus is wheelchair accessible and also has a bike rack. Smith said the department will use the bus to transport kids outside of Atkinson Park to activities around the city and throughout southern Idaho.
According to Smith, the Mountain Rides board made the decision to donate the bus about two weeks ago.
“Mountain Rides has always been a great partner for the department,” she said. “We’re extremely grateful for the donation.”
Smith said Mountain Rides has supported the department in the past by loaning it a 16-passenger van during the summer and by providing bus passes to the department’s summer youth program counselors, many of whom live in the south valley.

Doctor to leave St. Luke’s Clinic

Dr. Leigh Morse, who practices at the St. Luke’s Family Medicine Clinic in Hailey, plans to leave St. Luke’s this spring.
According to St. Luke’s spokeswoman Jenny King, Morse will no longer see patients on a full-time basis beginning May 1. However, King said Morse may continue to support the clinic in a “locums” manner. A “locum tenens” is a medical practitioner who temporarily takes the place of another.
“St. Luke’s Clinic and St. Luke’s Wood River offer our deep appreciation and gratitude for her years of service to the families of our community,” King said.

St. Luke’s offers depression screening

As part of the National Depression Screening program, St. Luke’s Center for Community Health in Hailey will provide screenings by a licensed mental health counselor on Tuesday, March 19, from 9:30 to noon.
Appointments are available in Spanish.
Call 727-8733 for an appointment.

Learn about radiation dangers

A UCLA professor of head and neck surgery will give a lecture Wednesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m. at The Valley Club near Hailey about the potentially harmful effects of radiation to the jaw and throat and the free-flap surgery necessary to repair it. 
Dr. Keith Blackwell will speak on osteoradionecrosis of the jaws. According to a press release from the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, his presentation has special significance to dental professionals whose patients have had radiation to the jaw and/or throat and to physicians whose patients have taken Fosamax.
The vast majority of Blackwell’s practice is devoted to the treatment of head and neck cancer and reconstruction of the head and neck region, with an emphasis on using free flaps. According to the press release, he has achieved a career success rate that exceeds 99 percent, among the highest reported in the world’s literature on this subspecialty.
For more information, contact Julie Stewart at 727-8416.

Magazine calls Zenergy ‘cool’ club

Zenergy Health Club and Spa in Ketchum has been named one of the nation’s 20 “coolest clubs” in the March issue of Shape magazine.
Shape is a fitness magazine for women that boasts a circulation of about 1.6 million. Zenergy is listed in an article titled “Coolest Clubs in America” and receives a specific shout-out as having the nicest scenery.
“If you’re having trouble breathing during a workout at this pristine property, the view may be to blame,” the article states. “The club’s Pilates and yoga studios, and the outdoor saltwater lap pool, overlook nearby Bald Mountain.”
The article includes a picture of Zenergy, view and all. The spread featured photos of only five other clubs.
“We are proud to be recognized by a national publication the caliber of Shape magazine,” said General Manager Derek Agnew. “It’s not only great publicity for Zenergy, but fantastic for our local community when one of our businesses is featured on the national stage.”

Library to host computing classes

The Community Library in Ketchum is offering free “Cloud Services” classes this month on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
According to the library’s website, the class will cover the basics of cloud computing, including, “navigating the illusive atmosphere of untethered storage systems” and exploring cloud-related programs such as iCloud and Dropbox. The classes will be taught by Paul Zimmerman, the library’s technology expert.
Proponents of cloud services claim that they allow a business to reduce IT operational costs by outsourcing hardware and software maintenance and support to the cloud provider.
The library recommends that interested people register in advance. To do so, email Zimmerman at

St. Luke’s puts $2.5B into economy

St. Luke’s Health System generated $2.48 billion in economic activity during 2012, according to a recently released economic impact report.
The University of Idaho study completed by Professor of Economics Steven Peterson found that St. Luke’s six hospitals, specialty hospitals, associated clinics and other operations employed nearly 11,000 people at the end of 2012 and recorded $1.3 billion in expenses.
The study commissioned by St. Luke’s determined that its expenditures in the market had a significant multiplier effect on the economy, generating $2.48 billion in sales. In addition to St. Luke’s nearly 11,000 employees, it is responsible for more than 25,000 jobs in Idaho’s economy.
St. Luke’s Wood River has a $71.5 million impact on the economy and is responsible for 771 jobs, both directly and indirectly.
St. Luke’s Health System is Idaho’s largest and only nonprofit health care system. Founded in Boise in 1902, St. Luke’s has hospitals in Boise, Meridian, Twin Falls, Ketchum, McCall and Jerome, and more than 100 outpatient centers and clinics throughout central and southwest Idaho.

ITD seeks towns to help with bike/pedestrian count

The Idaho Transportation Department and Idaho Smart Growth are seeking three to five Idaho communities to collect data on bicycle and pedestrian use. According to a press release from ITD, the survey will be used to improve bicycle and pedestrian facilities and to create a system of transportation corridors. It is for communities who have not previously collected data on biking and walking.
At least three communities will be selected to participate, including one small community (population up to 3,000), one medium community (population 3,001 to 20,000) and one larger community (population over 20,000).
“Improving bicycle and pedestrian facilities in our transportation system requires gathering information about how many people walk and bike, and where they are coming from and going to,” said Mark Bathrick, ITD’s project manager.
The application deadline is April 1. To obtain a mailed application, contact Bathrick at (208) 334-8210 or

Cancer program seeks applicants

Anyone undergoing breast cancer treatment or who is a breast cancer survivor is invited to apply for Casting for Recovery’s seventh annual southern Idaho retreat from May 31 to June 2. 
Casting for Recovery is a national support and educational program for breast cancer survivors. It provides free three-day fly-fishing retreats to women affected by breast cancer. As well as teaching participants to fly fish, the retreat provides a forum to broaden understanding of breast cancer treatment and enable sharing among participants. An all-female staff of medical and fly-fishing professionals guides participants through the weekend at Living Waters Ranch in Challis.
To apply, visit and click on ID-1, or call 888-553-3500. Application deadline is March 15. Applicants are randomly chosen to attend. For more information or to make a donation to the Southern Idaho Casting for Recovery Program, visit the ID-1 page at

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