Friday, April 19, 2013

News Briefs

Discuss BCRD bike path project
    The Blaine County Recreation District will host a forum at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the YMCA in Ketchum to provide information on a planned rehabilitation project for the Wood River Trails bike path. BCRD staff and a board member will be on hand to answer questions following a brief presentation.  
    With the path approaching its 30-year life span, the BCRD board of directors has passed a resolution calling for a special levy election to be held on May 21, requesting a two-year levy to reconstruct, resurface and rehabilitate the path.
    Detailed information can also be found at

Public can view science materials
    The Blaine County School District is inviting the public to review new science textbooks and other instructional materials intended for use in all grades starting next school year.
    An open house is set for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in the Minnie Moore Room at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey.
    The materials were selected by the district’s Science Materials Adoption Task Force.
    The open house will include a brief overview of the adoption process by district Director of Curriculum Kathleen Budge.
    Formal adoption of the materials will be considered by the district board of trustees at its May regular meeting.

Focus on ‘Life on the Oregon Trail’
    Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument is inviting young people, their families and the public to join park rangers in Junior Ranger activities on Saturday, April 20, at the Visitor Center in downtown Hagerman.
    The theme for this year’s Junior Ranger Day at Hagerman is “Life along the Oregon Trail.”    There will be Oregon Trail-related activities for young and old. Students can experience what life was like in the 1850s by dressing up in period clothing. Adults can talk with a costumed interpreter demonstrating what life was like for the pioneers who headed west along the Oregon Trail. Young and old can play dominoes, spin a top and make a buzz saw hum.
    Meet at the Hagerman Fossil Beds visitor center on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
    For more, call (208) 933-4125.

Dispatchers get kudos
    The Blaine County Emergency Communications Center this week celebrated National Telecommunicators Week. Each year, the second full week of April is dedicated to the men and women who serve as public safety telecommunicators.
    Telecommunicators, also known as dispatchers, are the first “responders” to every crime, fire or medical emergency that begins with a 911 call.
    Blaine County Emergency Communications Director Robin Stellers said this week that actions taken by the dispatcher while emergency responders are en route to the scene can make a big difference in assisting victims, protecting emergency responders and saving lives.
    “Dispatchers are the life-line to terrified, angry, or injured citizens and to the police officers, fire and EMS personnel responding to the calls,” she said.
    Stellers thanked her staff this week for their service to the community.

Teenagers vulnerable to car crashes
     Idaho’s teenagers are more likely to die as a result of a car crash than by other causes, according to the state’s 2011 vital statistics. Idaho parents lost 68 sons and daughters under the age of 19, as a result of motor vehicle crashes from 2009-11.  
    Teenage drivers (ages 15-19) represent nearly 6 percent of licensed drivers during the last three years (2009-2011), but represent 17 percent of drivers involved in fatal and serious-injury, aggressive-driving crashes, and 17 percent of the drivers involved in fatal and serious-injury, distracted-driving crashes.
    That means teenage drivers were involved in nearly three times as many fatal and serious-injury, aggressive-driving crashes as would be expected and also involved in nearly three times as many fatal and serious-injury, distracted-driving crashes as would be expected.

Free summer reading in Bellevue
    The Bellevue Public Library will offer its free summer reading program again this year. The theme is “Dig into Reading” and will feature special guests, activities and prizes. The six-week program will be held on Wednesdays at the library from June 12 to July 17.
    Call the library, 788-4503 or visit its website,, for more information and a schedule.

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