Friday, February 28, 2014


Snowmobiler improves, bake sale set for Saturday

     Bellevue resident Keith Kreczkowski has made some progress in healing from his injuries, which were sustained in a snowmobile collision over the Presidents Day weekend that killed his son, Nolan.

     Meanwhile, the 12-year-old’s heart gave life to a California child and his kidneys and liver were donated to children in Portland, Ore.

     “The family is very proud that he has contributed to saving four other young lives,” said Nolan’s aunt, Michelle Kreczkowski.

     The elder Kreczkowski is at St. Alphonsus hospital in Boise in stable condition. He was flown there to be with Nolan after the Feb. 23 accident south of Bellevue.

     Nolan was a sixth-grader at Wood River Middle School. Classmate Natalie Christensen “and a good group of friends,” her mother said, have spent the last two weeks preparing for a massive bake sale to benefit the Kreczkowski family. The sale is set for Saturday, March 1, at 11 a.m. at Atkinsons’ Market in Hailey.


‘Ag-gag’ bill passes

     The Agriculture Protection Act was passed by a vote of 56-14 in the Idaho House of Representatives on Wednesday. It will now go to Gov. Butch Otter for his signature.

     The bill criminalizes gaining employment at agricultural facilities through false pretense, filming operations there without permission and obtaining records of those operations by misrepresentation or trespass.

     District 26 Reps. Donna Pence, D-Gooding, and Steven Miller, R-Fairfield, voted in favor of the bill. Two weeks earlier, Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, voted against it.

     Opponents of the bill have said they might seek a review of the law in the courts.


Nonprofits invited to join collaboration

     The second annual Idaho Gives statewide day of charitable giving will be held on May 1.  Organized by the Idaho Nonprofit Center, the day is designed to raise funds and awareness for the nonprofits that help make communities creative, vibrant, healthy, compassionate and sustainable. In its inaugural year, the 541 participating nonprofits throughout the state raised more than $500,000.

     A local collaboration of nonprofits will organize a special community event on May 1, including public “donation locations” staffed with volunteers to help donors make online gifts to their charities of choice.  A planning meeting for this event will be held on March 4 at the Wood River Community YMCA from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the meeting, volunteers will discuss plans for the event and forming subcommittees.  To participate in Idaho Gives, a group must be a recognized 501(c)3 and register online through the Idaho Nonprofit Center. 

     To register, go to For questions about the local collaboration, contact Bekka Mongeau at

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