Wednesday, June 11, 2014


June 14 is Free Fishing Day
    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is inviting everyone to celebrate Free Fishing Day on Saturday, June 14, by fishing anywhere in Idaho without a license.
    Though fishing license requirements are suspended for this special day, all other rules, such as limits or tackle restrictions, remain in effect. Free fishing day includes salmon; anglers don’t need a license or salmon permit, but they are still subject to all bag and possession limits.

To Paleo or not to Paleo
    The Paleo diet is a modern take on how humans ate 2.6 million years ago in the Paleolithic era.  Join registered dietitian Sarah Seppa in a discussion about potential pros and cons, and evidence-based nutritional facts about this type of diet, on Thursday, June 12, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. at St. Luke’s Wood River hospital south of Ketchum.
    All Brown Bag lectures are free and open to the public.
    Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs at 727-8733.

St. Luke’s doctor named Family Physician of the Year
    The Idaho Academy of Family Physicians has named Dr. Frank Batcha as the 2014 Idaho Family Physician of the Year.
    The award was announced May 17 at the organization’s 66th annual conference in McCall. A tribute was made to Batcha for his generous contributions to his profession, to medical education and his service and dedication to his community and country.
    Batcha began practicing family medicine in Hailey in 1996. The organization stated that he has a passion for medicine that guides and inspires patients, students, colleagues and other medical staff.
    As an advocate for medical education, Batcha serves as a preceptor for the Rural Underserved Opportunities Program by inviting medical students to spend time with him in his practice at St. Luke’s Clinic-Family Medicine in Hailey to experience family medicine a small rural community.
    “We commend Dr. Batcha for his dedication to serving our community and commitment to medical education,” stated St. Luke’s Wood River CEO Cody Langbehn. “This achievement demonstrates both his and St. Luke’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our community.”
    Batcha is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle.

Iconoclast meets fundraising goal
    Iconoclast Books has met its $85,000 fundraising goal to keep the bookstore open. The money was raised to pay back rent and money owed to local vendors. The store faced eviction if the rent was not paid by June 4th.
    Owner Sarah Hedrick said, “We are in the exciting period of feeling grateful and overwhelmed.” Nevertheless, the bookstore still has to meet financial challenges, set in motion after the death of Hedrick’s husband, Gary Hunt, and the aftermath of last year’s Beaver Creek Fire, which put many local business in a precarious economic position.  
    “This is phase one. There is still significant work ahead,” said Hedrick.
    Yet, phase two is off to a good start. The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference presented Hedrick with a $5,000 endorsement.
    “We believe in Iconoclast and look forward to a continuing alliance between the conference and the bookstore in the years to come,” they said.

Gold Fire contained Saturday
    The Gold fire, which burned approximately 80 acres near Gold Creek, north of Smiley Creek and approximately 10 miles south of Stanley, was contained on Saturday, according to a Sawtooth Forest official.
    SNF spokeswoman Julie Thomas said, “The local district is working on the fire to ensure that there are no additional hotspots and they are making it safe. We do have folks up there monitoring it,” she said.
    Ryder Bennett of the Stanley Fire Department is the incident commander.
    Thomas cited the Gold Fire as a reminder that a team approach to the summer fire season is needed between the public and the U.S. Forest Service.
    “The public and agencies must make sure that we don’t have human-caused fires,” she said.
    Visitors to the area must be diligent about extinguishing camp fires, said Thomas.  “Also, woodcutters need to ensure that before they leave their area no sparks are smoldering. This is required practice,” she said.

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