Friday, August 9, 2013


Sawtooth Soiree a big success
    The Sawtooth Society’s primary annual fundraiser, the Sagebrush Soiree, was held Saturday, July 27, at the historic Busterback Ranch in the Sawtooth Valley.
    The 200-plus guests, more than have ever before attended, helped the organization raise a record-breaking amount of funds at the event. With funds from the 2013 Sagebrush Soiree, as well as a grant from the prestigious M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Austin Kraal Volunteer program will continue to engage youth groups and other organizations to get them into the outdoors, broaden their experiences and enhance their connections to the Sawtooth Mountains.
    Individuals and organizations are invited to help the organization accomplish its efforts to help preserve, protect and enhance the Sawtooth National Recreation Area for future generations. For details and more information, visit the Sawtooth Society’s new website at or contact Executive Director Gary O’Malley at 721-2909 or email

Celebrate ERC’s 20th anniversary
    This year the Ketchum-based Environmental Resource Center is celebrating 20 years of education, leadership, and collaboration that keep the Wood River Valley sustainable and keep residents connected to the environment. To commemorate this milestone, the board and staff are inviting ERC members and the general public to a special 20th anniversary party on Tuesday, Aug. 13, from 6-8 p.m. The party will be hosted outside on the organization’s newly built deck and redesigned front yard at the ERC offices, at 471 N. Washington Ave., in Ketchum.
    The evening will include stories from the organization’s founding members Ann Christensen, Len Harlig and Kristin Fletcher, along with a champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres from neighborhood restaurants including Rickshaw, Lefty’s, Despo’s, Johnny G’s, the Chocolate Moose and more. Professional photographer Dev Khalsa will take portraits of guests with their families and friends for a 20th anniversary celebration photo exhibit. Each attending family will take home a seedling tree to plant as a tribute to the next 20 years of working towards a more sustainable community.
    For more information about the event or to RSVP, contact Lisa Horton at 726-4333 or

Housing conference set in Sun Valley
    The Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission will present a forum called “Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy” on Thursday, Aug. 22, in Sun Valley. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Continental Room conference center at Sun Valley Resort.
    The forum will feature Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, a ranking member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs; Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Sen. Christopher “Kit” Bond, former U.S. senator and co-chair of the BPC Housing Commission; Henry Cisneros, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Former mayor of San Antonio.
    For updates on the agenda and panelists, go to

ITD starts bicycle safety campaign
    The Idaho Transportation Department is conducting a high-visibility education and enforcement campaign through Aug. 12 to ensure that motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists are aware of and obeying state laws regarding roadways, crosswalks and traffic-control devices.
    ITD is making more than $30,000 in federal grant money available to local law enforcement agencies to fund overtime costs incurred by the campaign.
    Motorists should expect bicycles on the road and pedestrians in crosswalks, said Mary Burke, of ITD’s Office of Highway Safety.
    “Yield to bicyclists and don’t honk at them. Give them space when passing,” she said. “Stop for pedestrians and watch for children, especially around schools, playgrounds, buses and in neighborhoods.”
    Bicyclists need to be predictable and obey traffic laws, ride single file and avoid riding on sidewalks, she said.
    “When riding at night, the law requires the use of head and tail lights. Wear light, bright colors,” she said. “Also, be aware of the ‘door zone’ to avoid getting hit by a parked car’s opening door.”
    Pedestrians need to walk on sidewalks or designated paths, or against traffic on the berm when there are no sidewalks,” Burke said.
    More information about safe walking and bicycling in Idaho can be found at

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