Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Blaine, Custer to discuss monument
    Blaine and Custer County commissioners will hold two joint meetings next month to hear public comment and discuss issues related to possible designation of a Boulder-White Clouds National Monument.
    The first meeting will take place Wednesday, May 7, at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge in Sun Valley, beginning at 6 p.m. The second is slated for May 29 in Challis at a venue to be determined.
    The Blaine County commissioners have passed a resolution in support of national monument designation while Custer County passed a resolution opposing the action. The national monument, as proposed, would span both counties and encompass nearly 600,000 acres.
    “The two boards have agreed to meet jointly to hear divergent views on the benefits and risks, issues and impacts in both communities of a new national monument in the region, or no action,” a news release from Blaine County states. “Topics related to the environment, local and regional economics, various recreational uses and government services are likely to be heard.”
    The release states that the commissioners of both counties are “hoping to hear new perspectives.”

Schools to hold open houses
    Three Blaine County School District elementary schools will hold open houses next week to acquaint parents and students with new schools the kids may be attending this coming school year because of the change to a dual-immersion magnet school at Woodside Elementary School in Hailey.
    Woodside, which will soon be renamed Alturas Elementary School, will hold an open house from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29.
    An open house at Hailey Elementary School will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30.
    The Bellevue Elementary School open house will be held from 6-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 1.
    “Join us and meet your new principal, your new teachers and your new classmates,” states a district news release.

Ketchum named Tree City USA
    Ketchum has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban management.
    This is the 10th year in a row that Ketchum has received the honor. Requirements include having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
    The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
    Ketchum’s trees give us cleaner air, improved storm water management and increased property values,” said Juerg Stauffacher, parks and natural resources superintendent.

Want better posture and circulation?
    St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag Health Talk called “Repetitive Stress, Sitting Disease and Ergonomics” from 12:15-1:15 p.m. today, April 23, in the Carbonate Rooms of the St. Luke’s Hailey Clinic.
    Kristin Biggins, occupational therapist, certified hand therapist and registered yoga instructor, will help people identify ways to change the way they sit, move, work and play to improve posture, circulation and reduce cellular inflammation in your body.
    All Brown Bag lectures are free and no pre-registration is required.
    Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs: 727-8733.

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