Wednesday, April 24, 2013

News Briefs

Vote in Ski magazine survey
    The voting period for Ski magazine’s 2013-14 reader resort-ranking survey is open until May 7 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).
    Last year, Sun Valley placed seventh, two spots down from the year before. Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia took first.
    “Your input will determine the No. 1 resort in North America,” Ski magazine’s website states. “And don’t forget to write in your comments. You might read your own insights, rants and raves in our October 2013 Resort Guide issue.”
    Those who fill out the survey can enter to win one of two prizes from Ski magazine: A ski week for two to one of the top-ranked resorts (including airfare, lodging and lift tickets) or a pair of Rossignol’s new Soul 7 skis.
    To fill out the survey, visit

Ketchum plans street work
    The Ketchum City Council approved last week the expenditure of about $101,100 to chip-seal and repaint some city streets.
    The city will spend about $58,350 on the chip-seal process and $47,800 to repaint the streets this year. Chip-sealing involves applying a binder (such as chip-seal oil) covered by durable aggregates (such as gravel) to improve an asphalt surface.
    “We are still several years behind on our maintenance schedule,” states a staff report prepared by Street Superintendent Brian Christiansen. “I hope to be able to catch back up in the next couple of years.”
    After the meeting, Christiansen said the reason his department is a couple years behind schedule is due to a rise in oil prices about six years ago. He said the city has been “diligent” toward street maintenance, but it simply couldn’t get enough oil for a few years because of limited supply. He said he would have had to order a large amount of oil well ahead of time for a very high price.
    Streets scheduled to be chip-sealed this year include First Street, Second Street, Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Emerald Street, Garnet Street, Gem Street, Jade Street, Onyx Street, River Street and Leadville Avenue on the east side of the downtown core. On the west side of the core, the city will chip-seal First Street and Washington Avenue.
    The city plans to conduct the chip-seal work in August, but pre-chip-seal work, including crack sealing, will begin next month.

St. Luke’s to host ‘Derby de Mayo’
    The St. Luke’s Wood River Volunteer Board will host its fourth annual “Derby de Mayo”
fund-raising event on Saturday, May 4, at 3 p.m. at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum.
    Funds raised during the event will be used to support the hospital and its patients. Attendees can enjoy contests, games, raffle prizes and an afternoon of Kentucky Derby horse-racing fun mixed with Cinco de Mayo celebrations. The hospital recommends wearing derby attire, including a hat.
    Tickets are $20 and include “heavy” appetizers and a drink ticket for those 21 and over. For tickets or more information, call 727-8406.

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.

Learn to spot scams, identity theft
    For those who would like to learn more about identity theft and other scams and how to best protect themselves from them, the Community Library in Ketchum is hosting a free “Identity Theft and Scam Prevention” lecture today, April 24, at 6 p.m.
    The class will be presented by Lyle Hansen, a University of Idaho Extension educator who specializes in personal finance.

Learn to recognize a heart emergency
    St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center will teach people how to recognize emergency cardiac symptoms in a free “Brown Bag” lecture on Thursday, April 25, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the hospital’s Baldy Rooms.
    Dr. Deborah Robertson, the hospital’s Emergency Department director, will teach the class. Robertson will provide information on how to access cardiac services in the community and what to do in a cardiac emergency. She’ll also discuss conversations people should have with their doctors about their heart health and the symptoms of a heart attack.

Have coffee with the School District
    The Blaine County School District will hold another Coffee with the Community session from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Zaney’s River Street Coffee House in Hailey.
    The district board of trustees and school administrators invite the public to discuss any issue desired. There is no agenda and no presentation, just dialogue over coffee.

Hailey students win Recycle Bowl
    Hailey Elementary School has been declared the Idaho winner of Recycle Bowl, a nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students.
    Hailey students took first place by recycling 5 pounds of waste material per child, earning $1,000 in prize money for the school.
Idaho homeless numbers decrease
    The homeless population in Idaho has decreased for the third consecutive year, according to the Idaho Housing and Finance Association.
    The 2013 count identified 1,781 homeless adults and children in Idaho, a 9.5 percent decrease from the previous year, when there were 1,958 homeless residents.
    According to the association, the state’s homeless population has fallen 24 percent since 2010, when there were 2,346 homeless.

Music students shine in Anaheim
    Two vocal groups from Wood River High School brought home gold and silver from the World Strides Heritage Performance Music Festival on April 13 in Anaheim, Calif.
    Colla Voce, an all-female choir, won a gold award and was first place in its category. The B-Tones, an all-male choir, won a silver award. Combined, the two groups formed the Morning Blend mixed choir, which won a gold award.
    Taylor Berntson, soloist with Colla Voce, was singled out for a special “Maestro” award.
    The competition involved some 2,600 students from around the United States.

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