Friday, April 25, 2014


Teacher contract talks to begin

     Contract negotiations between the Blaine County School District and the Blaine County Education Association are scheduled to be held in early May.

     The district announced Thursday that four negotiation sessions have been scheduled. All sessions are set to run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the district office at 118 West Bullion St. in Hailey.

     Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, May 1; Friday, May 2; Thursday, May 8; and Friday, May 9.

     Community members may attend since Idaho law mandates that the teacher labor negotiations be held in public.


St. Luke’s among top health systems

     Truven Health Analytics has named St. Luke’s Health System as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems, based on an evaluation of key performance and safety measures.

     St. Luke’s is the only Idaho health system included on the Top 15 list—a list that includes other notable health systems such as the Mayo Clinic and Advocate Health.

     The Truven Health 15 Top Health Systems study evaluates performance in key performance eight areas: mortality, medical complications, patient safety, average length of stay, 30-day mortality rate, 30-day readmission rate and patient surveys. The study has been conducted annually for the past six years.

     “What is so exciting about this recognition is that this is reflective of the efforts we focus on across the system in improving the health of people in our region,” St. Luke’s Health System CEO Dr. David Pate said.

     More information on the study and other 100 Top Hospitals research is available at


Ketchum to spot-spray noxious weeds

     The city of Ketchum began spot-spraying noxious weeds in city rights-of-way with low-toxicity herbicide on April 21.

     The city will spray only specific weeds identified by the state of Idaho as “noxious.” No entire rights-of-way will be sprayed and notices will be placed in affected areas 72 hours in advance, said Juerg Stauffacher, parks and natural resources superintendent.

     It is safe for humans and animals to come in contact with the spray as soon as it is dry, Stauffacher said. However, signs will be posted suggesting that people avoid the weeds for 72 hours after spraying. A special dye will allow people to see sprayed weeds easily, he said.

     Residents who prefer to pull noxious weeds adjacent to their properties by hand may do so by notifying the city parks superintendent at 726-7820.

     Spot-spraying will continue throughout the summer as required, Stauffacher said.


Dairy farmers want to fight challenge of ‘ag gag’ law

     BOISE (AP)—The Idaho Dairymen’s Association is asking a federal judge to intervene in a lawsuit challenging a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

     The industry group filed a motion to become a defendant in the lawsuit late last week.

     A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations sued the state last month, asking U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill to strike down what they call an “ag gag” law. The coalition contends that the law curtails freedom of speech and makes gathering proof of animal abuse a crime with a harsher punishment than the penalty for animal cruelty itself.

     Proponents of the law say it prevents animal rights groups from unfairly targeting agricultural businesses.

About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads

 Local Weather 
Search archives:

Copyright © 2020 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.