Friday, September 6, 2013


ITD checks hospital traffic light
    A 45-minute commute from Hailey to Ketchum on Thursday morning appeared to be caused by unusually long waits at the traffic light at the entrance to St. Luke’s Wood River hospital.
    Idaho Transportation Department Resident Engineer Justin Price said Thursday afternoon that an ITD employee had been sent to check whether the light’s traffic-detection device was working properly. Price said the light had been set to allow 10 to 15 times as much time for state Highway 75 traffic to pass through as for vehicles leaving the hospital. However, he said the device settings are sometimes affected by rain.

Wake Up, Hailey!
    Join the Hailey Chamber of Commerce for Wake up Hailey on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 9-10 a.m. at PowerHouse restaurant, located at 411 North Main St. in Hailey.
    Visit with owners Billy and Tanya Olson and find out what’s up next for the PowerHouse. People can also catch the latest buzz of Hailey, network with fellow community members, and enjoy refreshments and light breakfast fare.
    For more information, call the Hailey Chamber of Commerce at 788-3484.

Galena work will require closures
    Crews will drill rock and conduct testing on Galena Summit for the next two weeks, causing delays and short-term highway closures, the Idaho Transportation Department announced Thursday.
    A crane on the highway will lift drilling equipment into place at locations above the highway. The operation will require closing the roadway for as long as two hours each time. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes each day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 20.
    The closure schedule will change with daily operations. Message signs will be placed at the base of Galena in each direction with the daily closure times posted.
    The rock boring is required to prepare the highway for improvements at several locations on the north slope in future years, ITD said.

Progress reported on Kelley Fire
    Cooler and somewhat rainy weather helped crews on the Kelley Fire to bring it to 40 percent containment Thursday. Burning about seven miles southeast of Featherville, the fire spread 2,000 acres since Tuesday, to 16,467 acres.
    Control lines have been completed across the north and west sides of the fire, and “good progress” was reported fighting the blaze on the south side.
    According to the Inciweb website, the focus will be on the eastern and northeastern edge as crews work their way through steep, difficult terrain to build fire line from Boardman Creek up to the South Fork of the Boise River. In the air, helicopters will continue to strategically hit hot spots with both water and retardant drops.
    The website reported that 621 people are working on the fire.

Chobani recalls Twin Falls yogurt
    TWIN FALLS (AP)—Yogurt maker Chobani, with a new factory in Twin Falls, notified stores over the weekend to pull potentially spoiled product from its shelves, but a Costco representative said the company received reports from retailers about tainted product two or three weeks ago.
    Craig Wilson, vice president of quality assurance for Costco Wholesale Corp., said Costco pulled Chobani yogurt manufactured in Twin Falls from its shelves in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Northwest region weeks ago and is only accepting yogurt from the company’s East Coast plant.
    On Tuesday, Chobani said a type of mold common in dairy products may be to blame for the bloated packaging and bad-tasting yogurt.
    Chobani spokeswoman Amy Juaristi said the recalled products have the code 16-012 and expiration dates from Sept. 11 to Oct. 7.

Festival seeks housing for performers
    The 17th annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival is looking for rooms and/or lodging to help house performers and guests.
    The festival is a cultural celebration set for Oct. 10-13. Events will be held in Hailey and Ketchum. Lodging in the form of rooms, condos and homes are encouraged and welcome.
    Please contact Rachel Pace for more information or to provide information on lodging donations, at or (541) 647-0427.

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