Friday, April 18, 2014


Deer crashes into moving car

     A deer succumbed to its injuries Thursday morning after the animal crashed its head through a back window of a 1996 Subaru Outback on state Highway 75 just south of East Fork Road.

     Blaine County Sheriff’s Capt. Curtis Miller said the accident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. when the Subaru, northbound and driven by Jason Vontver, 46, of Hailey, was struck by the deer.

     “The deer ran from the side of the road and collided with the vehicle, which was moving slowly,” Miller said. “When it crashed, the animal ran its head through a window and then fell back out.”

     Miller said glass from the broken window “mostly severed” the head of the deer.

     The driver and occupants of the vehicle were not injured.


Students will observe ‘Earth Week’

     Hailey Elementary School students and teachers have extended their Earth Day observances Tuesday, April 22, into an entire “Earth Week” of themed days from April 21-25.

     “Earth Week” centers on Tuesday’s “Earth Day Art Attack,” an optional, after-school activity from 2:30-3:15 p.m. in front of the school. Students will “upcycle” old, unwanted T-shirts into high-fashion art-wear, headbands and dog toys. The event coordinated by the HES Parent Teacher Association will encourage creative reuse of old T-shirts that might otherwise end up in the trash.

     Other days are: April 21 is “Meatless Monday.” April 23 is “Save Water Wednesday.” April 24 is “Waste-Free Lunch Day.” April 25 is “Green Transportation Day.”


Wood River makes national list

     Wood River High School has been named to the 2014 Washington Post list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The list utilizes a Challenge Index, which is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests.

     According to the Washington Post, the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given each school year are divided by the number of seniors who graduated. The formula is called the Challenge Index.

     The list also includes what the Washington Post calls an Equity and Excellence rate, which is the percentage of all graduating seniors, including those who never took an AP course, who had at least one score of 3 or above sometime in high school. The nonprofit College Board, which oversees AP, created this metric.

     There are more than 1,900 schools on America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list. Wood River High School is ranked by the Washington Post list as fifth in the state of Idaho on the list.


See recycling movie on Earth Day

     5B Recycles, Blaine County’s recycling program, is holding a special Earth Day screening of the documentary “No Impact Man” as part of Earth Week activities.

     “No Impact Man” follows one man’s journey to live for one year without making an impact on the environment, and empowers citizens to make choices that lower their environmental impact through lifestyle changes and community actions.

     The screening is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at The Community Library in Ketchum. The event is free.

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