Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Around Town

“Rodeo Queen” shoes are made by cobbler Morgan Buckert.
Courtesy photo

Local cobbler gets scholarship
    For the second year in a row, Hailey resident Morgan Buckert was awarded a QuickFunds Professional Development grant from Idaho Commission on the Arts.
    Buckert was awarded funding to attend an advanced shoemaking program at the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C., later this summer. She also received a work/study scholarship from Penland to attend the program.
    She attended the world-renowned Penland School of Crafts in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 2013 to begin her shoemaking education and is now making custom sandals.
    This year’s program will bring her closer to her goal of making custom cowboy boots.
    “I am so grateful to the Idaho Commission on the Arts for their continuing support of my education learning this traditional craft,” Buckert said.
    Idaho Commission on the Arts grants are funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho State Legislature.

Lecture series under way this week
    The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association will begin its annual Forum and Lecture Series on Friday, July 11.
    In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Sawtooth Association will begin its first lecture with Richard H. Holm Jr., who will present a lecture called “Bound for the Backcountry: Aviation in Idaho’s Largest Wilderness Areas,” based on his book of the same title.  The lecture will be held at 5 p.m. at the Stanley Museum and then again at 8 p.m. at the Redfish Center & Gallery.
    Holm has compiled a comprehensive history of Idaho’s isolated airstrips with details on the construction and historical events of each.The most southerly airstrips included are those at the headwaters of the Middle Fork of the Salmon River and northward through the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Combined with the history of each individual location are the captivating stories related to homesteaders, runway owners, boaters, hikers, outfitters, hunters, firefighters, pilots and airplanes.
    Upcoming notable speakers and topics include: July 18, Rocky Barker presents “The 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act;” July 25, John Freemuth presents “Imagining Wilderness in 2064;” Aug. 1, Nappy Neaman presents “Mountain Goats: A Sawtooth Wilderness Icon;” Aug. 8, Carol Miller presents “Wilderness Fire: What’s the Problem?” Aug. 15, Greg Kaltenecker (Idaho Bird Observatory) and Bill Heinrich (Peregrine Fund) present “Idaho is Raptor habitat: The art and science of conserving Birds of prey” with live birds; Aug. 22, Bert Bowler presents “Wilderness and Salmon: the Habitat and the Fish” at the Stanley Museum at 5 p.m. The documentary film “DamNation” will screen at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at the Redfish Center and at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at the Stanley Community Center. On Aug. 29, John Rember and Katy Nelson will present “Then and Now: The Lives of Wilderness Rangers.”
    For more information on the Sawtooth Association, programs and membership, visit

Explore the roots of compassion
    Stanford neurosurgeon and founder of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research Dr. James R. Doty will discuss the neural underpinnings of compassion at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.
    The St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation is presenting this free community event.
    There is an ever-growing body of scientific evidence that being compassionate has a profound effect on one’s mental and physical health, Doty maintains. With the support of the Dalai Lama, Doty works with leading scientists to understand how the brain processes compassion and altruism and its overall effects on personal well-being. Driven by his own rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches story, Doty provides a unique understanding as a neurosurgeon, academic and entrepreneur who made (and lost) millions and has since given away close to $30 million dollars to charity.
    Doty founded the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine with the explicit goal of promoting, supporting and conducting rigorous scientific studies of compassion and altruistic behavior. To date, CCARE has collaborated with a number of prominent neuroscientists, behavioral scientists, geneticists and biomedical researchers to closely examine the physiological and psychological correlates of compassion and altruism. Additionally, Doty is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, a TED Talk presenter and an inventor of the CyberKnife radiation therapy device.
Los Lobos back in the valley
    The three-time Grammy Award-winning band Los Lobos will play Sunday, July 13, at the Sun Valley Pavilion at Sun Valley Resort.
    In 1973, four high school friends in East L.A., David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez and Conrad Lazano, came together to play rock ‘n’ roll.
    Twenty-eight years later, the band Los Lobos has found fame playing a wide range of music—from traditional Mexican songs to the soundtrack of the movie “La Bamba” to the bilingual track “Cumbia Raza.”
    Tickets can be purchased at, or call 622-2135.
    Another fun concert will be Zoso, the Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, who will play at Whiskey Jacques’ in Ketchum on Friday, July 11. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show.
Custer Day is here again
    The 16th annual Custer Day will be held this year on Saturday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
    The Custer town site is located northeast of Stanley, up the Yankee Fork River drainage, a tributary to the Salmon River. Parking will be at the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge with a free shuttle to the Custer town site. 
    Custer Day celebrates the history of Idaho mining towns. The Gem State Fiddlers will play. Visitors can partake in butter churning, Dutch-oven cooking and homemade, hand-churned ice cream demonstrations. Ice cream and Dutch-oven cooking samples can be savored by all.
    The Gold Panner Association will also be in town teaching gold panning to visitors. There also will be cross-cut saw and treadle sewing machine demonstrations.  Shootists and melodramas will be performed throughout the day. 
    The museum and gift shop will be open for the day and hamburgers, hot dogs and old-fashioned soda beverages will be available for purchase. 
    Custer Day is sponsored by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation, the Land of the Yankee Fork Historical Association, and the Salmon-Challis National Forest.

See the Mosaic Project
    Artists throughout the valley each donated an 8-by8-inch original work of art that—when pieced together—became the Mosaic Project, which will be celebrated with a reception Friday, July 11, from 5-8 p.m. It will be exhibited through July 13 at the Jennifer Bellinger Gallery in Ketchum. 
    The artworks will be auctioned online to the highest bidders with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Wood River Valley Studio Tour. Artists’ contributions for the Mosaic Project provide a significant source of funding for the Studio Tour’s marketing budget to promote our community of artists.
    The July exhibition of the project will provide information about the tour.
    The gallery is at 511 East Fourth St. in Ketchum.

Craters of the Moon evening adventures
    As summer heats up, consider taking an evening tour of the naturally cool lava-tube caves at Craters of the Moon.
    Climb a volcano, explore a lava tube or join in an evening presentation in the campground. Walks and talks and Junior Ranger activities are offered daily throughout the summer.
    Wild Saturdays, through Aug. 30, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Rangers at Craters of the Moon are offering special programs to highlight some of the benefits and challenges of the Craters of the Moon Wilderness.
    On July 12, learn about “Wilderness Risk.” Hike with the monument’s chief ranger to learn about safe planning and Leave No Trace principles when visiting the backcountry. This will be repeated on July 26.
    On July 19, learn about managing primitive areas and the challenges of managing wild areas with modern-day issues.
    Wilderness walks are limited to 12 participants. Reservations are available by calling 208-527-1335 or by email at

Wildflower walk of the week
    This week’s wildflower walk with the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, on Thursday, July 10, will be led by Kathy Richmond, who will discuss “Wildflowers and Mushrooms.”
    Meet at the Sawtooth Botanical Garden at 9:30 a.m. to carpool. Bring your own picnic and wear comfortable walking shoes. The outing is expected to last until 2 p.m. To make a reservation for the free experience, call the Garden at 726-9358.
    Upcoming Walks include: July 17—Natalie Rose Ertz, of Rooted in Nature, will discuss “Wildflowers and Wolves;” July 26—Nappy Neaman of The Elephant’s Perch will discuss “Wildflowers and Mountain Goats;” and July 31 with Kelly Conde of Sawtooth Society.

Rock ‘n’ Reggae at Ketchum Town Square
    Rock ‘n’ Reggae is Thursday, July 10, from 4-10 p.m. in Ketchum Town Square.
    A celebration of seven years as part of Reggae in the Mountains, Rock ‘n’ Reggae is part of the only reggae festival in Idaho. It is presented by Mountain Niceness Productions.
    Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase to avoid lines. Tickets are $20 until July 10 and $25 at the gate the day of the show. Kids under 10 get in free.
    VIP, “Very Irie People,” tickets are $100 with access to the Rock ‘n’ Reggae VIP sponsors’ tent with VIP parking, décor, no-host bar, food, servers, swag and shade.
    To win a VIP, “Very Irie People,” pass, tag yourself in the picture on the Mountain Niceness Productions Facebook page and don’t forget to RSVP while browsing through Mountain Niceness Productions Facebook page to win great gear.
    Tickets are available at Atkinsons’ Markets in Ketchum and Hailey and Johnny G’s Subshack in Ketchum. To purchase tickets online, visit:

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