Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Learn about meeting fitness goals
    Jamie McClure, an expert in exercise physiology and athletic training, will give a free lecture called “How to Design an Exercise Program” Tuesday, July 30, from 4-5 p.m. at The Valley Club main clubhouse, north of Hailey.
    McClure will discuss the components of fitness and how to integrate them into a personalized exercise program. Topics will include how hard, how long and how often one should exercise and how to determine and meet realistic fitness goals.  
    For more information, call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health at (208) 727-8733.

Air BAH in Ketchum today
    A Business After Hours event to provide an update on air service to the Wood River Valley will be held today, July 24, from 5-7 p.m. downstairs at Giacobbi Square in Ketchum.
    Rick Baird, manager of Friedman Memorial Airport, and Eric Seder of Fly Sun Valley Alliance will speak.
    The event is sponsored by the Wood River Economic Partnership. Food and beverages will be provided.
    To reserve a seat, contact

Comment on plan for Craters area
    The BLM Shoshone Field Office has announced the opening of its public scoping process for a land-use-plan amendment for the Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve. The scoping process is specifically designed to solicit public input and identify issues as they relate to the management of livestock grazing in Craters of the Moon.
    The BLM has scheduled meetings for the public to view information about the proposed project and offer comments.  The meetings will each begin at 6 p.m. in the following Idaho locations:
l Aug. 1, 2013, Carey City Council, 20482 North Main Street, Carey.
l Aug. 6, 2013,  Arco/Butte Business Incubator, 159 N. Idaho Street, Arco.
    Documents pertinent to this proposal may be examined at the Shoshone Field Office or online at

Yoga event planned to inspire snow
    The Sun Valley Wellness Institute and lululemon athletica have teamed up to offer a new yoga event in Sun Valley this summer, Sun Valley Snow Salutations.  The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 3 on the lawn of the Sun Valley Pavilion, will offer a series of yoga classes taught by four renowned local yoga teachers and lululemon ambassadors.
    The brainchild of the Sun Valley Snow Salutations event is Kate Whitcomb, manager of the lululemon athletica showroom in Ketchum.  “We wanted to offer a unique new outdoor community yoga event that unites us in the summer to inspire great snow for our upcoming winter season,” she said.
    Admission to the event is complimentary with a $10 minimum donation suggested to support the nonprofit Sun Valley Wellness Institute, which produces the annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival and other wellness programs and events throughout the year.

Valley man gets architecture license
    Errin Bliss, a graduate of Wood River High School, recently received his Idaho architects license. After working for several award-winning architectural firms in Phoenix, he has returned to the Wood River Valley to found Bliss Architecture.
    He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, a member of the American Institute of Architects, and also holds architectural licenses in the states of Utah and Arizona. He is currently a member of the Idaho Chapter of the United States Green Building Council and a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional who has worked on several LEED-certified buildings in Arizona. He received both his bachelor of science in architectural studies and master of architecture from the University of Utah.

ITD focusing on aggressive drivers
    Last year, aggressive driving contributed to more than half of all motor-vehicle crashes in Idaho, killed 66 people and seriously injured another 629, according to the Idaho Transportation Department.
    ITD will fund extra law enforcement patrols and a media campaign targeting aggressive Idaho drivers through Aug. 4.
    “Idaho’s law enforcement agencies have zero tolerance for aggressive driving on our roads,” said Col. Ralph Powell, with the Idaho State Police. “We see too many families destroyed because of speed and other types of aggressive driving.”
    Speeding, not obeying traffic-control devices, following too close (tailgating), driving too fast for conditions, weaving in and out of traffic, making improper lane changes, passing on shoulders in an unsafe manner and unnecessary honking are considered aggressive-driving behaviors and traffic violations by law enforcement.
    Screaming or flashing lights and making rude hand or facial gestures are additional aggressive-driving behaviors that may also escalate to road rage, a criminal act.
    O’Connor advises motorists to stay calm and safely get out of the way if confronted with an aggressive driver. Do not challenge him or her, avoid eye contact and ignore gestures. Always be sure that seat belts are fastened in case abrupt movements cause a loss of vehicle control.
    Idaho drivers can access information on how to distinguish between aggressive driving and road rage, and learn what they need to know in order to report an incident to law enforcement by going to

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