Friday, January 3, 2014


Health insurance event set for Wednesday

     Your Health Idaho and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce are inviting the public to a free health-insurance enrollment event at the Hailey Community Campus, Minnie Moore Room on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from noon to 6 p.m.

     Anyone applying for insurance is asked to bring:

  • Date of birth.
  • Social Security number and employer and income information for 2013 and estimated income for 2014 for everyone in the family.
  • Health insurance policy numbers for any current health plans.
  • Information about any job-related health insurance available to their family in 2014.

     For those who can’t attend can get information about Your Health Idaho and the 146 health insurance plans available by contacting the agency’s Consumer Resource Center at 855-944-3246 or by visiting

     Your Health Idaho was established by state law in 2013 to provide an online marketplace where families and small businesses can go to compare and purchase health insurance. It is governed by an 18-member board authorized by the Legislature to set regulations for implementing a state-based health insurance exchange.


Celebration to welcome Delta jet

     A celebration with a ribbon-cutting, water arch and cake and champagne is planned on Monday, Jan. 6, to welcome the landing of the first Delta Air Lines regional jet to serve Sun Valley.

     Departing from its Salt Lake City hub, the 65-seat Bombardier CRJ-700 jet is scheduled to touch down at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey at 12:31 p.m.

     The flights are operated by Delta Connection carrier SkyWest Airlines.  Each aircraft is equipped with nine first-class seats, eight Economy Comfort seats and 48 economy seats, as well as on-board Wi-Fi.

     The change to a larger aircraft will add about 4,000 additional Delta seats into Freidman from Salt Lake City in 2014, though with a reduction in the number of flights. The jets will fly three round-trip flights four to five times per week during peak winter and summer seasons and two round-trip flights daily during spring and fall.

     “We believe this new jet aircraft, along with very competitive new fares and enhanced cooperative marketing with Delta Air Lines, will encourage more people to fly SUN,” airport Manager Rick Baird said.


New school to host public meeting

     Syringa Mountain School, a state-funded charter school set to open in the fall of this year, has scheduled a public meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the YMCA in Ketchum.

     According to a press release, school board members and staff will provide an example of the Waldorf education methodology that will be used at the school. There will also be a question and answer period.

     The meeting will be the third and final public meeting before enrollment closes on Feb. 3. Enrollment forms are available at

     The school expects enrollment for grades K-5 to be between 160 and 190 students. The school anticipates expanding to grade 8 by fall of 2017.


Public invited to ‘megaload’ workshop

     Two environmental activist groups, Wild Idaho Rising Tide and 350 Idaho, invite the public to learn about megaloads of large oil production equipment and the environmental impacts of tar sands mining in Alberta, Canada at a workshop Saturday, Jan. 4, in Hailey.

     The workshop is scheduled from noon to 2 p. m. and will be held at Hailey Public Library at 7 West Croy St.

     According to a press release, the organizers will discuss direct action tactics, present a slide show and film and answer questions about why they are opposed to the shipments and tar sands mining.

     “Concerned climate activists and Idaho citizens will explore the issues and connections between tar sands exploitation and regional megaload transports, impacts on people, places and the planet and overarching climate change and moral issues,” the press release states.


Dogs attacked by cougars

     Two dogs were apparently the victims of cougar attacks during the past few days south of Ketchum. One of the dogs died at a veterinary clinic.

     The owner of an 80-pound female Malamute said the dog was attacked at 6 p.m. on Dec. 29 in the courtyard of a house along state Highway 75 between the Sun Valley Animal Center and St. Luke’s Wood River hospital,  about 100 yards from the highway.     Tisa McCombs said she heard “anguished yelps” from outside and opened a door to see a cougar attempting to drag the dog away with its head in its mouth. McCombs said she yelled and the cougar dropped its prey.

     The malamute was treated at the Sun Valley Animal Center for deep puncture wounds and claw scratches.

     An animal center employee said another dog was apparently attacked by a wild animal in East Fork on Dec. 31 and brought to the animal center, where it died from its wounds.

     The employee said there were no witnesses to the attack, which left three other dogs unharmed, but veterinarians at the center suspect it may have been a cougar.

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