Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Students help fire restoration effort
    As part of a partnership with the Wood River Land Trust, 125 Community School students collected 3.25 million sagebrush seeds near Sheep Bridge Canyon, west of Timmerman Junction, on Oct. 30, to help with the fire restoration projects.
    Students picked the flower heads from Wyoming big sagebrush and collected them in large hoop nets. An hour of picking yielded 36 pounds of material. After refinery, they will result in about 1.3 pounds of pure seed. The seeds will be cultivated by a local nursery and will be used in future restoration efforts.
    Ed Papenberg from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game told students that it takes two years for sagebrush seeds to grow into 1-foot-tall seedlings—big enough to have a chance to survive and outcompete non-native species such as cheatgrass. The seeds picked by the students this year will be used in 2015 restoration efforts. Seedlings to be used this month in areas burned by the Beaver Creek Fire were grown from seeds picked in 2012.
    The students’ efforts are part of a larger collaboration with, which gave each Blaine County student $25 to help support community organizations. As a result, the Wood River Land Trust will receive $3,250, which will be used to buy seedlings in the spring for the U.S. Forest Service to use in its post-fire restoration work.

Lecture on healing power of prayer
    People can learn about the healing power of prayer with a Christian Science speaker on Monday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Kentwood Lodge, 180 S. Main Street in Ketchum.
    Mark Swinney will discuss how, regardless of what you’re praying about, a healing effect results when the power of God is allowed to transform your thoughts. This is a “how to” lecture with salient points and practical examples of healing, promoters said.
    Swinney travels worldwide as a lecturer, with his home base in the Albuquerque, N.M.,  area.

Learn about mental-health services
    The leaders of St. Luke’s new outpatient mental-health services clinic in Hailey, Dr. Tim Stoddard and social worker Gay Miremont, will explain the clinic’s services in a free Brown Bag lecture Wednesday, Nov. 20, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Carbonate Rooms of the clinic.
    No pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs: 727-8733.

Workshops on state health exchange
    A free workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Hailey Public Library to help with accessing and understanding the application process for the Idaho Health Insurance Exchange.
    A second workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.
    Pre-registration is required. Please sign up at the Hailey Public Library or call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

Christmas tree permits go on sale
    Christmas is fast approaching and permits for cutting Christmas trees for personal, family use on the Sawtooth National Forest will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 22. The cost of this year’s permit is $5. This permit will enable a family to choose and cut a tree up to 10 feet in height.
    “If people want a tree that is 11- to 20-feet high, the cost is $10,” said forester Karl Fuelling. “There is a limit of one tree per family or organization.”
    Depending on the specific area where people choose to cut their trees, a variety of trees are available. These include lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, Douglas-fir and pinon pine.
    “We strongly recommend that people check with the Forest Service office closest to the area where they plan to cut their tree,” said Fuelling. “Conditions on-the-ground vary greatly from area to area throughout the forest.”
    Some areas are off limits for cutting Christmas trees. These include campgrounds, administrative sites, ski areas, summer-home sites and organization camps.
    “People will be provided with information when they purchase their permit,” said Fuelling.  “This will include maps and rules for cutting trees.”
    For details, call 727-5000.

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