Friday, March 28, 2014


WRHS business students qualify for national conference

     Six Wood River High School business students have qualified to attend a National Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., April 29 through May 4.

     According to a new release from the WRHS Business Professionals of American chapter, the six qualified by attending regional and state competition during the school year in events including graphic design, C++ programing, business/finance, administration, management, marketing, digital communication and design and information technology.

     The six students are Chandler Gifford, Lucas Robertson, Tyson Spellman, Maggie Sfingi, Caitie Sfingi and Sophia Coplin. The group will be led by advisors Lisa Hoskins and Sam Schrader.

     To raise funds for the trip, a silent auction will be held during parent teacher conferences April 10-11. To bid on an item or make a donation, stop by the WRHS office or contact Hoskins at 578-5020.


Wake Up Hailey set for April 8

     The Hailey Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Wake Up Hailey event from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Sturtos in Hailey.  Sturtos, owned by Jeff Davis, is located at 1 West Carbonate St. 

     Visitors can enjoy a cup of coffee and a light treat while they find out what is going on at Sturtos and in the Hailey business scene.

     For more information, call the Hailey Chamber at 788-3484.


Blaine among healthiest counties

     According to the fifth annual County Health Rankings, released this week by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, the five healthiest counties in Idaho (starting with most healthy) are Madison County, followed by Latah, Valley, Blaine and Franklin. The five counties in the poorest health (starting with least healthy) are Bear Lake, Shoshone, Benewah, Lemhi and Boise.

     The rankings rate the overall health of nearly every county in all 50 states. The rankings assess 29 factors that influence health, including smoking, high school graduation rates, employment, physical inactivity, and access to healthy foods. This year’s rankings also feature several new measures, including housing, transportation and access to mental-health providers.

    “The study shows that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office,” said Rene LeBlanc, South Central Public Health District director.

     The rankings can be read at


Idaho’s minimum-wage workers decline in 2013

 The share of Idaho’s hourly workers making the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or less dropped to 7.1 percent in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

     The decline from 31,000 minimum-wage workers in 2012 to 29,000 in 2013 combined with a significant increase in minimum-wage workers in Tennessee dropped Idaho from first to second in the nation in the percentage of hourly workers making the minimum wage or less.

     The number of minimum-wage workers in Tennessee increased from 5.5 percent in 2012 to 7.4 percent in 2013.

     The recession hit Idaho’s goods production industries hard—primarily construction and manufacturing—and the subsequent recovery has been weighted toward service-sector jobs, which on average pay about $10,000 a year less, the Idaho Department of Labor reported.

     Two of every three jobs created in Idaho in 2013 were in the service sector.

     Nationally, 4.3 percent of all hourly workers made the minimum wage or less in 2013, down from 4.7 percent the year prior.

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