Wednesday, September 11, 2013


City clerk settles defamation suit
    Former Sun Valley City Administrator Sharon Hammer and former City Clerk Kelly Ek have reached a settlement in Hammer’s defamation lawsuit against Ek.
    Jim Donoval, Hammer’s attorney and husband, told the Idaho Mountain Express that Ek did not pay any money to Hammer as part of the settlement. Ek’s attorney, Bentley Stromberg, could not be reached for comment.
    In a complaint for defamation filed in July 2012, Donoval accused Ek of making 16 defamatory statements against Hammer in two articles published in the Idaho Mountain Express earlier that month.
    Court documents show that Hammer and Ek entered into an agreement last month that ended with the case being “dismissed with prejudice and without costs or attorneys’ fees to either party.”

School District seeks volunteers
    The Blaine County School District is inviting Blaine County residents to participate in instructional materials selection for either physical education or health classes.
    According to a news release, the district this school year will form two taskforces to consider textbooks and other materials on the two subjects for grades pre-K through 12.
    Two district patrons will be selected to serve on each task force. The district asks that anyone applying be willing to make a one-year commitment.
    Interested Blaine County residents can complete the “parent/community member expression of interest form” available at the district website at Applications for both taskforces are due by Sept. 30.

Seminar to focus on fire recovery
    Zions Bank and Sun Valley Co. are partnering with government agencies to host a free seminar to provide information about the government products and services available to support rebuilding following the Beaver Creek Fire.
    The information presented will be geared toward businesses, nonprofit organizations, and city and county officials. The event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Limelight Room at Sun Valley Resort.
    Participating agencies will include the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Idaho Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Region IV Development, a private, not-for-profit corporation established to encourage development and diversification in the economy of south-central Idaho.
    “Businesses are the lifeblood of this community and they need our help,” said Bryan Furlong, Zions Bank area president.

Grant provides classes for adults
    Blaine County adults seeking educational opportunities can benefit from a grant awarded to the College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center from the Deer Creek Fund of the Helen K. and Arthur E. Johnson Foundation.
    The $3,000 grant will provide scholarships for both academic and community education classes during the current 2013-2014 academic year. The goal of the scholarships is to help adults expand their marketable skills, improve their job options and grow their potential.
    The CSI Blaine County Center offers approximately 45 academic classes and 30 enrichment classes in the Wood River Valley each semester.
    Interested adults can apply for scholarships through the CSI Blaine County Center office. The scholarships can be applied to a variety of classes, including computer classes, language classes, and business classes. For more information, call 788-2033.

ARCH gets grant from US Bank
    ARCH Community Housing Trust has received a $2,500 grant from US Bank. The funding will be used to grow the Single Family Scattered Site Program, which absorbs market surplus while also helping low-income families.
    Under the program, ARCH develops single-family homes at scattered sites throughout the valley, typically by purchasing foreclosed homes, renovating them for re-sale or for use as affordable rentals. The benefits of the program are that market surplus is absorbed, existing housing stock is upgraded and affordable housing is integrated throughout the community.  This ongoing program has produced four homes this year, with a possibility of another two before year end.
    Families interested in the program can contact the Blaine County Housing Authority at 788-6102.

Zenergy to open facility in Boise
    Zenergy Health Club, Spa and Boutique plans to open a new facility in downtown Boise in January 2014.
    Zenergy Boise is designed to be a 9,000-plus-square-foot urban club. The main workout floor will feature state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines, along with a complete free-weight lineup. It will be complemented by a group-training studio offering over 30 options each week.
    Zenergy Boise will also offer workshops with leading regional and national trainers and instructors, as well as full physical therapy services.

Idaho wages lost ground in 2012
    The average and median hourly wages for all occupations in Idaho slipped against the national average and median wages between spring 2011 and spring 2012, according to Idaho’s latest Occupational Employment and Wage Survey.
    The survey of nearly 11,000 employers over three years through spring 2012 found the average hourly wage for all occupations in Idaho was $18.48, or 84 percent of the national average wage, to rank 46th among the states and Washington, D.C. The median wage was $14.58 an hour, or 87.3 percent of the national median, to rank 43rd.
    The median wage is the wage where half the workers make less and half make more.

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