Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NEWS BRIEFS


Intermountain Gas seeks rate hike
    BOISE (AP)—Idaho’s biggest natural gas supplier is asking state regulators to sign off on a rate increase for customers starting this fall.
    Intermountain Gas Co. filed a request for a 4.15 percent rate hike with the Idaho Public Utilities Commission Friday. The increase would generate an estimated $10.3 million for the gas supplier.
    Company Executive Vice President Scott Madison says more demand is being placed on natural gas reserves nationwide, prompting an increase in prices.
    If approved by the PUC, customers using natural gas for space and water heating would see their monthly bills increase by $1.85. Commercial customers on average would see an increase of about $14 per month — or 7.2 percent.
    Intermountain Gas serves about 320,000 residential and commercial customers across southern Idaho.

Public input sought on Sun Valley Comprehensive Plan Update
    The city of Sun Valley Comprehensive Plan Update Steering Committee is seeking public input on the 2013 Comprehensive Plan Update.
    To seek widespread community involvement and elicit key community feedback on all aspects of the 2005 Comprehensive Plan that require an update, a Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for 4:30-6:30 p.m. today, Aug. 14, at the Sun Valley Opera House.
    Drafts reflective of the committee’s comments and directives to date are now available on the city’s website at www.sunvalley.govoffice.com. Additional materials will be made available as the update process continues.
    The end result will be a guiding document that represents the community’s vision about where growth should occur and how quality of life can be enhanced for all residents.

Real estate office adds to team
    Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties—Team Conklin, of Ketchum, has added longtime Wood River Valley resident Pam Colesworthy to its sales staff.
    Colesworthy is a business woman and real estate agent.   

Cyclists ride for charity
    Sunny’s Pedal riders will roll into the valley Friday, spreading the gospel of organ donation.
    Cyclists have ridden from Spokane, Wash., to Sun Valley, a total of 580 miles in seven days, all in tribute to Sunny Lebsack, a young woman who gave the gift of organ, eye and tissue donation.
    A press conference and party to meet the cyclists as they finish their ride will be held at the Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum around 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.
     Lebsack died in a car accident just outside of Boise 20 years ago this August.
    Every 10 minutes, another person is added to the national donor waiting list. During the ride alone, roughly 230 people were added.
    For more information visit www.sunnyspedal.wix.com/home.
    To register on the Yes Idaho Donor Registry, log on to www.yesidaho.org.
 
Gas prices drop slightly
    Average retail gasoline prices in Idaho have fallen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.82 per gallon Monday, according to a daily survey of 802 gas outlets in Idaho. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.58 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
    Including the change in gas prices in Idaho during the past week, prices Monday were 27.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 9.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 1.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 9.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

Free lecture on core strengthening
    St. Luke’s-Elks Rehab staff will discuss basic to advanced core-strengthening exercises in a free lecture Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 4-5 p.m. Building critical torso muscles creates a balance that enables one to straighten posture, reduce risk of back and joint injury, and improve athletic performance. This will be an interactive class appropriate for all fitness levels.
    St. Luke’s summer lectures are held at the Valley Club north of Hailey.
    For more information, call 727-8733.




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