Wednesday, June 12, 2013


Author to speak at Library
    Join author Robert Wright for a reading from “Rugged Mercy: A Country Doctor in Idaho’s Sun Valley,” based on a real stories about medical practice in the frontier West.
    Wright based the book on stories told to him by his grandfather. He will be at the Community Library in Ketchum on Thursday, June 13, at 6 p.m.
    Wright spent nearly two decades gathering information for the book. The former Hailey native now lives in Everett, Wash., and is senior vice president at a Seattle real estate investment firm.

Core for a Cause to help fight cancer
    Cut to the Core at All Things Sacred in Ketchum and help support the annual Relay for Life, which will take place on July 13.
    At the end of the six weeks, participants will have a rock-hard core and will have helped fight cancer at the same time.
    It’s a quick-fix class with a cause. Donation options include Level 1 Big Heart at $20 and Level 2 Big, Big Heart at $50. The classes are being held Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. starting June 12.
    For details, call Connie Aronson at 720-0504.

Third annual Pioneers Bike Tour
    Join the third annual Pioneers Bike Tour in the Pioneer Mountains on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Two mountain bike routes in the Pioneers and a family ride in Carey will be led by members of the Pioneers Alliance and the Carey Economic Revitalization Group. Meet at Boyd Stocking Memorial Pavilion at the Carey Fairgrounds at 9 a.m. 
    This is not a supported ride, so bring your water, snacks and sunscreen. Contact Keri at Wood River Land Trust at 788-3947 or Dani at Idaho Conservation League at 726-7485 for details and reservations.

Galena Lodge opens for the season
    On Saturday, June 15, Galena Lodge will kick off its summer season with the 11th annual Galena and the Trails Summer Barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $15 for adults and includes food, beverages and dessert. Kids 12 and under are $5.
    Proceeds from the event will help fund the annual operating costs of Galena Lodge. Galena receives no tax dollars for operation, so private donations are critical to ensuring the future of this special place.  
    Galena Lodge was saved from destruction in 1994 when the community rallied to buy the historic lodge.  The effort resulted in $500,000 being raised to buy and renovate the building.  The Blaine County Recreation District now owns and maintains the lodge with concessionaires Don Shepler and Erin Zell operating the restaurant, outdoor shop, yurt rental and other activities.  
    Visit or for details.

Commemorate Bergdahl’s capture
    Supporters of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will commemorate the soldier’s fourth year in captivity overseas with a series of activities at Hop Porter Park in Hailey on Saturday, June 22, from 1-5 p.m.
     The event, called Bring Bowe Home, will feature live music by Up a Creek and Paddy Wagon, and will include food and beverages from local companies, as well as events for children. A 5K race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by numerous speakers, including state Sen. Michelle Stennett, County Commissioner Larry Schoen and Blaine County Sheriff Gene Ramsey.
    At 2 p.m., a tree dedication ceremony will take place; four trees will be planted, one for each year Bergdahl has been held captive. More than $15,000 in raffle items will be given away during the day.
    Event organizer Debbie O’Neill said it started as a small-town event but has been growing. She said Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, are expected to appear at the event. To donate raffle items, contact Stefanie at 721-8884.

Party to celebrate ranch preservation
    On Sunday, June 30, Carey-area ranchers John and Diane Peavey will open their historic sheep ranch for associates of the Trailing of the Sheep Festival and an early-summer celebration of sheep ranching in Idaho and the West.
    The Peaveys’ Flat Top Sheep Co. is the largest privately owned ranch in Blaine County. The Peaveys have been working on a conservation easement with The Nature Conservancy of Idaho for several years to preserve the environmental values and their family ranch operation for future generations.
    The party will include a hike to the Laidlaw gravesite to hear the history of the ranch, a lamb dinner, music and dancing, the plein-air painters of Idaho, a guest appearance by a band of sheep and plenty of storytelling.
    The public is invited to the party, which will also include a live auction featuring a five-day cattle drive donated by the Peavey family.  There will also be a silent auction that will include paintings and hand-crafted items.
    The event and auctions will benefit the Trailing of the Sheep Festival, scheduled this year for Oct. 10-13.
    For tickets and more information, go to or call Mary Austin Crofts at 720-0585.

Tickets available for Huey Lewis and The News
    Tickets for the Huey Lewis and The News benefit concert for the Killebrew Thompson Memorial Leukemia Fund are on sale now at the Sun Valley Recreation Center.
    The band that made music history with its multi-platinum record “Sports,” now in its 30th year, will play at the Sun Valley Pavilion on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 8 p.m.
    Tickets can be purchased at or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Sun Valley Recreation Center or by calling 622-2135.
    Premium tickets include preferred seating and a VIP cocktail party with Lewis prior to the concert. They are limited in number.
    Recipients of the $700,000 net proceeds from the 2012 event were St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise and the University of Minnesota Cancer Center.
Summer Food Program starts Monday at Woodside Elementary
    For a child already dealing with family crisis, malnutrition and hunger are devastating, and unnecessary.  Thanks to The Hunger Coalition, the Blaine County School District and volunteers from across the community, there are free, nourishing lunches available at Woodside Elementary for children 18 and under this summer.
    The Summer Food Program will serve lunches from 11 a.m. to noon on weekdays beginning Monday, June 17. Free lunch continues weekdays throughout the summer until Friday, Aug. 23. All children 18 and under are welcome. Accompanying parents may purchase a meal for $3.25.
    Volunteers from the Environmental Resource Center will provide Wild Lunch activities for kids from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 18-27. Kids can also participate in Storytime and a free book giveaway with the Bellevue Public Library on July 9 and 11.
    With the beginning of summer school, the Summer Food Program will also serve free, hot breakfasts to all children 18 and under, from 7:30-8:30 a.m. weekdays between July 15 and Aug. 9.
    Woodside Elementary School can be reached on Mountain Rides by using the Berry Creek or Cherry Creek stops.
    For more information about food assistance programs, visit or call 788-0121.

Grant provides boost to Trailing of the Sheep Festival
    The Idaho Commission on the Arts has awarded a $4,000 grant to the Trailing of the Sheep Festival to assist with bringing in artists, writers, musicians, dancers and storytellers.
    This year marks the 17th year of the festival, which draws more than 19,000 visitors each fall.  This year’s event will be held Oct. 10-13.
    Every year, the festival celebrates the 150-year tradition of moving sheep from mountain summer pastures south through the Wood River Valley to winter grazing and lambing areas.
    For a schedule, see or contact Crofts at 720-0585 or by email at

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