Stennett proposes minimum-wage bill
State Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, has introduced a bill in the Legislature to incrementally raise the minimum wage from the current federal minimum of $7.25 per hour to $9.75 per hour by mid-2015.
“Idaho has the highest percentage of minimum-wage jobs in the nation, and I think it is incumbent upon us as lawmakers to initiate a conversation about how our state can reverse this dubious distinction,” Stennett said in a recent newsletter. “Both academic studies and anecdotal stories show that raising compensation improves workforce stability and our economic status.”
Stennett said she had heard from some business owners who suggested an age limit of 18 or 19 to differentiate between the high school student working a summer job and a family of four who are struggling to earn a living wage.
“I welcome the feedback,” she said. “The point of the bill is to start a dialogue among lawmakers and those impacted by an increase.”
Charter school to hold open house
Syringa Mountain School, set to open this fall as Blaine County’s only state-funded charter school, will hold an open house Saturday, Feb. 22, at the building the school will initially use at 4021 Glenbrook Dr. in Hailey.
The open house starts at 3 p.m. A presentation about the new school will be held at 3:30 p.m. Syringa announced last week that it has signed a four-year lease for use of the building.
A second open house is planned for later, after renovations have been made to the building to accommodate school needs.
2 agents join Keller Williams group
Real estate agents Katherine Rixon and Rob Cronin have joined the ranks of KW Luxury Homes International, the organization has announced.
Rixon has been selling real estate since 2000 and has been in partnership with Cronin since 2006.
KW Luxury Homes International is the luxury properties arm of Keller Williams Realty, currently the second largest real estate company in the United States.
Hailey BAH set for Thursday
The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is inviting business operators and the public to the February Business After Hours networking event, which will be hosted by Silver Creek Ford and Sun Valley Title. The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Silver Creek Ford, at 920 S. Main St. in Hailey.
Light food and refreshments will be served. Those who bring business cards can be included in a monthly raffle. Call 788-3484 for additional information.
F&G seeks comments on big-game seasons
Idaho Fish and Game plans several open house meetings around the state to discuss 2014 big-game seasons and rules.
A complete list of statewide deer, elk, pronghorn, wolf, black bear and mountain lion hunt proposals and a way to submit comments online is available on the Fish and Game website.
Open-house meetings currently scheduled in the agency’s Magic Valley Region include:
- Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Community Campus, Rooms 301 and 302, 1050 Fox Acres Road, Hailey.
- Tuesday, Feb. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Burley Inn, Minidoka Room 2, 800 North Overland Ave., Burley.
- Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the IDFG Magic Valley Region Office, 324 South 417 East, Jerome.