Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Top speakers at upcoming
Sun Valley Writers’ Conference
    The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is sold out for the general public but there are still a limited number of single-event tickets to one of eight special lectures at at the Sun Valley Pavilion.
    Tickets are available beginning Monday, Aug. 5, through the website at The price per ticket is $35 and is nonrefundable. A single-event ticket admits one person to the stated presentation and the book signing after. 
     The lectures will start with Gen. Stanley McChrystal talking about “Leading in Harm’s Way” at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Will Schwalbe will talk about “The End of Your Life Book Club” and Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon will tell “The Story Behind Homeland” on Saturday, Aug. 24. On Sunday, Aug. 25, Peter Bergen, the leading expert on Al-Qaida, will speak at 3:45 p.m. At 5:15, Simon Winchester will discuss “The Pleasures of the Writing Life.”
     The final day, Monday, Aug. 26, begins at 9 a.m. with a discussion on “Will Europe Fall Apart,” with Liaquat Ahamed and Strobe Talbott. After, the author of the Walt Longmire novels, Craig Johnson, will speak at 10:30 a.m. At noon, join J.R. Moehringer to talk about his novel about Willy Sutton, the world’s most notorious bank robber.

Edgar M. Bronfman
In Focus Series ‘On The Sacred and the Profane’
    To fortify the experience of the annual free Sun Valley Summer Symphony, the music director established the Edgar M. Bronfman “In Focus” Series to get deeper into the composers and their work.
    Tonight, July 31, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Pavilion, the discussion will center around “Ceremony and Ritual,” with clarinetist Benjamin Freimuth. On Friday, Aug. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m., it’s “A Faustian Bargain.”
    Learn more about what’s new at the symphony on Page C8.  

Ski passes support air service
    Fly Sun Valley Alliance, in partnership with Sun Valley Resort, is once again offering businesses and organizations the opportunity to purchase Air Support Transferable Employee Ski Passes for the upcoming 2013-14 winter season.
    This employee benefit program raises funds to support air service access to Sun Valley. Sun Valley Resort donates the passes for this program.
    All passes include both alpine skiing on Baldy and Dollar mountains, along with Nordic skiing at the Sun Valley Nordic Center. Costs vary depending on the date of purchase and the amenities. All passes must be purchased by Nov. 1.
    For more information, contact carol@flysun or call 720-3965.

Land Trust seeks volunteers
    The Wood River Land Trust is looking for volunteers to help collect water-quality information on the Big Wood River near Magic Reservoir. As part of a larger partnership project to conserve water in the Big Wood River below the reservoir, the Land Trust and Trout Unlimited will collect water-quality information this summer and fall.
    Volunteers are needed weekly for approximately four hours per week through September. Dates and times will be determined by volunteers. Contact Keri York for more information at 788-3947 or kyork@woodriverland

Deadline to buy controlled hunt tags
    Big-game hunters who were drawn in controlled hunt drawings have until midnight Thursday, Aug. 1, to buy their tags.
    Any tags not purchased by that time will be forfeited. After a second drawing, any leftover tags are sold over the counter. The application period for the second drawing runs from Aug. 5 to 15. The drawing will be Aug. 20. Any leftover tags will go on sale Aug. 25.
    Results of deer, elk, pronghorn and fall black bear controlled hunt drawings are available on the Fish and Game website at:
    Hunters can buy their tags at any Fish and Game office, license vendor, by telephone at 800-554-8685, or online at
    For information on rules and dates for specific hunts, consult the regulations brochure or the Fish and Game website.
    It is the responsibility of hunters to determine whether they were drawn for a controlled hunt.
    For hunters who weren’t drawn, big game over-the-counter tags also are available in many big-game units.
North Fork Clearwater
steelhead catch and release closed
    The catch-and-release fishery for steelhead in the North Fork Clearwater River downstream from the Dworshak Dam closed July 26 and will remain closed through midnight Aug. 31.
    Dworshak Hatchery is behind schedule in acquiring Chinook salmon brood stock, and managers anticipate that closing the steelhead catch-and-release fishery will increase the number of adult Chinook that can be captured as brood stock.
    The trapping period for spring Chinook at Dworshak will continue until the end of August.
    The fall catch-and-release steelhead season on the North Fork Clearwater River will resume Sept. 1 and remain open through Oct. 14.
    Meanwhile, the fall steelhead harvest season opens Thursday, Aug. 1, on the Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to the Memorial Bridge of U.S. Highway 12 at Lewiston. The limit is two steelhead per day, six in possession and 20 for the fall season through the end of December.
    The fall steelhead catch-and-release season opens Aug. 1 on the Salmon, Little Salmon and Snake rivers.

Robin Garwood awarded
Wood River Land Trust’s highest honor
    Since 2001, the nonprofit Wood River Land Trust has awarded the Founders’ Award to community members who have significantly advanced the Land Trust’s mission. This award recognizes significant efforts to protect and preserve open space and wildlife habitat in and around the Wood River Valley. At a recent Wood River Land Trust annual board of directors meeting, biologist Robin Garwood became the 13th recipient of the Founders’ Award.  
     “Robin’s longevity on the board spans the Land Trust’s greatest period of growth. Over the past 12 years, we grew enormously in size and scope and Robin was a critical part of that growth,” said Scott Boettger, executive director. “Robin was not only the longest serving board member, she also holds the distinction of being the longest-standing executive committee member and officer as secretary for 10 years.  Robin’s occupation as a wildlife biologist for the SNRA brought extensive professional knowledge on wildlife and wildlife habitat protection to Land Trust projects.”
    Garwood shared the praise with the team.
    “To be a part of this organization as it has grown in influence and effectiveness has been extremely rewarding. We all benefit when we conserve the sustainability of species, their habitats, and the ecological processes that all life depends on, whether we realize it or not. The WRLT does this every day and I’m proud of all of those who are contributing to the effort.”
Sustain Blaine awarded $81,000
Idaho Department of Commerce grant
    Sustain Blaine has received a three-year Rural Idaho Economic Development Professional grant from the Idaho Department of Commerce. The program’s intent is to build economic development capacity in rural Idaho through providing funds to help employ economic development professionals. The economic development professional, working with a board of directors, will manage projects and programs regarding business attraction, retention, expansion and diversification.
    This funding helps to leverage matching local funds, from both the public and private sectors.
    “This grant award is a strong affirmation that our action plan is starting to deliver successful economic development results throughout the Sun Valley region,” said Sustain Blaine Executive Director Harry Griffith. “We are pleased to renew this important relationship with the Idaho Department of Commerce.”
    “We are pleased to support the continued efforts of Sustain Blaine in encouraging the growth of existing Idaho businesses and attracting new business to region, creating new jobs and economic opportunities for residents of the area,” said Jeffery Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce.
    For additional information, contact Joy Kasputys at or 721-2323

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