Friday, February 21, 2014


Soldier Mountain open for skiing

     The Soldier Mountain ski area near Fairfield opened almost two months late this year after a series of storms brought significant snow just in time for Valentine’ Day.

     This week, the resort reported 35 inches of snow at the base of the ski area and 45 inches at the summit.

     The nonprofit resort usually opens the day before Christmas and is open from Thursday to Sunday, but remained open on Monday this week for the Presidents Day holiday.

     “It’s going really well,” said Soldier Mountain spokeswoman Lacy Heward.

     Heward said 203 skiers showed up for opening day on Feb. 13, and 250 on Saturday, Feb 15.

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SNRA sets open house to discuss trail

     The Sawtooth National Recreation Area will host an open house on Thursday, Feb. 27, to discuss the proposed alignment for a multiple-use trail between the Redfish Lake recreation complex and Stanley. 

     The SNRA is proposing to develop an approximately 4.5 mile long, natural surface, fully accessible, non-motorized trail connecting the Redfish Lake entrance station and Pioneer Park in Stanley. The proposed trail would be open to pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians and would also serve as a portion of a snow-machine route during the winter. 

     The meeting will display mapping of the proposed trail route and also identify other proposed trail improvements along the route. Representatives from the SNRA will be in attendance to answer questions and talk to the public about the project.

     The open house will be from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Stanley Community Building on U.S Highway 21 in Stanley. For more information, contact Matt Phillips at 727-5025.


Foundation plans education forum

     The Wood River Women’s Charitable Foundation, an organization of more than 197 women dedicated to philanthropy in Blaine County, will host its annual Winter Education Forum from 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Community School auditorium in Sun Valley. 

     The speaker will be Elizabeth Dunn, a rising star in the field of behavioral science. She wrote the book “HAPPY MONEY: The Science of Smarter Spending,” which discusses why spending money differently can have a dramatic impact on happiness.

     Registration is at 4:30 p.m.; the program is from 5-6 p.m. Books will be available for purchase. 

     Pre-registration is required. Contact Lucia at to reserve a spot. 


Rep. withdraws religious freedom bill

     BOISE (AP)—A lawmaker promoting disputed legislation to protect religious people who refuse to serve gays, lesbians and others to whom they object from lawsuits says he’ll withdraw the bill, for now.

     Republican Rep. Lynn Luker of Boise says his measure was intended to protect the free exercise of religion, but was misinterpreted to be a “sword for discrimination.”

     A previous hearing on his measure lasted nearly four hours and drew hundreds to the Capitol.

     On Wednesday, Luker said it’s unlikely his measure would resurface this session.

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