Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Ski to support charities that support the valley
    The Distinctive Angels, a “give back” program by Coldwell Banker Distinctive Properties, is scheduled to hold the first annual Ski With Angels event on Saturday, March 1, an event aimed at providing exposure to some of the charitable and community organizations serving the Wood River Valley.
    Todd Conklin created the event to provide a platform through which agents and clients of his company could give back.
    Prior to the ski event, the Distinctive Angels and some of their clients have given their time and money to 12 chosen community organizations and charities in the valley.
    “Giving back to our communities is a core value of the company and the agents that work for it,” Conklin said. “These incredible organizations and charities help to make our community very special.”
    Those wishing to ski should meet at the fire pit at the River Run Lodge in Ketchum at 10 a.m. There are a limited number of complimentary tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. For those not skiing, there will be an après-ski gathering in the River Run Lodge from 2-5 p.m. Drawings will be held at 3 p.m. for a gondola pass, a round of golf at the White Clouds course, ice show tickets and a pair of Rossignol skis. For details on this event, or to enter the giveaway, contact or 622-3400.

Dine with, talk to top Republicans
    Blaine County Republican Women will host a Lincoln Days Brunch from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 1, at the American Legion Hall, 220 Cottonwood St., in Ketchum. Guests will hear from several of their national and state legislators while eating a delicious, home-cooked meal.
    Lincoln Days events are a GOP tradition in which legislators, candidates and the public gather to discuss issues. Plans include a raffle and silent auction. The event is in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s first Republican president.
    Confirmed legislators and candidates are U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, Gov. Butch Otter, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Jim Chmelik (candidate for Idaho lieutenant governor), Lawerence Denney and Mitch Toryanski (candidates for Idaho secretary of state), Brandon Woolf (Idaho controller), Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, Randy Jensen (candidate for Idaho superintendent of schools), Don Hudson, candidate for Idaho representative (District 26B), and Idaho Rep. Steve Miller (District 26A).
    The cost is $25 per person. Contact Julie Lynn 720-3629.

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.
    Last week, Luker said it’s unlikely his measure would resurface this session.

Volunteers needed to plant for wildlife
    Idaho Fish and Game is looking for volunteers to plant thousands of sagebrush and bitterbrush seedlings in March at a number of locations across southern Idaho.
    Volunteer planting projects begin on Saturday, March 1. Subsequent planting efforts will be conducted on March 8, 15, 22 and 29. Transportation and planting tools will be provided.
    For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Michael Young at 327-7095 or Volunteer information is also available on the agency’s website at
    Volunteers have planted nearly three quarters of a million bitterbrush and sagebrush seedlings during the past 24 years to restore native bitterbrush and sagebrush habitats in Idaho. In addition to saving the agency hundreds of thousands of dollars, volunteers have restored hundreds of acres of winter range for wildlife.


Public meeting on national monument proposal set for Stanley
    The Sawtooth Society will present an open forum to learn about the latest information concerning the proposal for a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument at the Stanley Community Center on Tuesday, March 4, from 6-7:30 p.m.
    Information will be presented on the latest developments regarding the proposal, what key stakeholders in Washington, D.C., are saying, what the likely next steps are in the process and how those interested can effectively share their views.
    The Sawtooth Society will also provide background information about the proposed national monument, explain how the proposal has been advanced and what may or may not be accomplished by a national monument.
    Forum attendees will also have ample opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions.

KPD offers TIPS training
    The Ketchum Police Department is offering a training class to local establishments and retailers that sell and serve alcohol. The training will address the laws and dangers of over-service of alcohol, selling to minors and drinking and driving.
    Referred to as TIPS, Training for Intervention Procedures, the class will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at Ketchum City Council chambers.
    The cost is $15 per person and the class is limited to 25 participants. Advance registration is required. For more information and to register, contact Ketchum police at (208) 726-7819.

School board sets more meetings
    The Blaine County School District board of trustees has scheduled two upcoming special meetings, with the first one set to convene at noon today at the district office at 118 West Bullion St. in Hailey.
    According to the agenda, the board will hear information on the International Baccalaureate Program from Director of Curriculum Angie Martinez and IB Coordinators Jane Walther and Julia Grafft.
    In other business, the board will consider the vision, mission and a name for the new Dual Immersion Magnet School to be started this fall at Woodside Elementary School in south Hailey.
    A second special meeting to review proposed department budgets for fiscal year 2015 is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. It too will be held at the district office.
    According to the agenda, the meeting is the second in a series of FY2015 budget presentations by district Business Manager Mike Chatterton.
    Complete agendas of both meetings are available at the district website at

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