Friday, December 27, 2013

BRIEFS


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Rotarun
    The public is invited to an early New Year’s Eve Spaghetti Feed and Fireworks on Wednesday, Dec. 31, from 6-9 p.m. at the Rotarun ski hill west of Hailey.
    For $7, people can enjoy all-you-can-eat spaghetti, regular-season night skiing and a drawing to win a lift chair painted by artist Melissa Graves Brown.
    For more information on Rotarun, go to www.rotarunskiarea.org.

Pop-up shows for Gallery Walk
    Saddletree Gallery in Ketchum is hosting photographer Ed Cannady during the Friday, Dec. 27, Gallery Walk from 5-8 p.m. Cannady will present new photos on canvas of some of his favorite places.
    David Rau Fine Art will celebrate his exhibit “Winter 2013-14,” at Gateway Funding, 360 Sun Valley Road in Ketchum, from 5-8 p.m. Rau specializes in oils, mixed-medium sculptures and pieces emphasizing form and function. His subjects are the backcountry of the Sawtooth, Boulder and White Cloud mountains.
    James Bourret at Mountain Images Gallery will offer locally brewed beer and fine art photography while providing information about the nonprofit Sawtooth Society.

Most Idaho counties qualify for disaster designation
    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture almost all of Idaho’s 44 counties qualified for natural disaster assistance this year. The only exceptions were the four northern Idaho counties of Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Benewah.
    According to a news release from the Department of Agriculture, when a county receives a natural disaster designation from the department, all qualified farm operators in the designated areas are eligible for low-interest emergency loans from the Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses.
    The agency considers each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. It has a variety of programs in addition to the emergency loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
    Interested farmers can contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
    
Twin Falls considers improvements to Knievel jump site
    TWIN FALLS (AP)— Twin Falls City Council members are considering nearly $2 million in improvements to the site of Evel Knievel’s unsuccessful Snake River Canyon jump.
    That is the amount it would take to build roads, trails and other amenities.
    A Texas stuntman named Ed Beckley is planning to jump the canyon in 2014 after being awarded a lease by the state.
    City Manager Travis Rothweiler says he will take the report to Beckley to negotiate what items each side would be willing to fund.
    Councilman Shawn Barigar says the council needs to think about which improvements would be critical to a successful jump.
    Barigar says pavement and fencing to connect the canyon rim walking trail is needed.
    Rothweiler says that cost should be required for Beckley but the rest is negotiable.

Panel recommends fired coach be reinstated
    POCATELLO, Idaho (AP)—A grievance panel says the former Pocatello High School girls’ basketball coach should get her job back after she was fired over a photograph posted on her Facebook page.
    Laraine Cook was dismissed in October after the school district learned that the photograph showed her fiance, the school’s football coach, touching her clothed chest.
    She is challenging the dismissal, and the three-member District 25 Grievance Panel was created as a part of that challenge.
    The Idaho State Journal reports the panel released its decision Monday. It says the firing should be rescinded, Cook should be reinstated as a substitute teacher and she should be hired as the basketball coach next year.
    The decision will stand unless the district’s trustees overturn it by resolution.
    District Superintendent Mary Vagner declined to comment.




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