Friday, July 11, 2014

Briefs


School board sets annual meeting
    The Blaine County School District board of trustees will hold both its annual meeting and regular July meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at the district office at 119 West Bullion St. in Hailey.
    The annual meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Once concluded, it will be followed by the regular monthly meeting.
    A complete agenda is available at the district website at www.blaineschools.org.

Community School accepted into TABS association
    The Community School in Sun Valley has been accepted into The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) and the Western Boarding School Association.
    “We’re gratified to be accepted into the TABS organization,” Head of School David Holmes stated in a news release. “We have a distinctive and growing boarding program, and this acceptance provides further endorsement that our program is one of the best in the country.”
    Community School’s Residence Hall is located on Picabo Street in Warm Springs. Founded in 2011, the Residence Hall currently provides housing for 25 international and domestic students in grades 9-12.

Lawsuit alleges human trafficking
    TWIN FALLS (AP)—A federal lawsuit filed against an Idaho-based company contending it engaged in human trafficking has been put on hold while the U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigates.
    Five Mexican men with work visas filed the lawsuit in April against Pure Forest LLC in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California.
    The lawsuit was put on hold for 120 days starting June 26 pending a criminal investigation by the federal agency.
    Jeff Wadsworth is named in the lawsuit as the company’s chief executive officer. Owen Wadsworth is named as a member of Pure Forest.
    The company denies the allegations. School board sets annual meeting
    Pure Forest, headquartered in Oakley, sells Christmas trees. It also offers tree thinning and pesticide spraying in California and Washington.

States spending less on prisoner health care
    BOISE (AP)—States are spending slightly less on prisoner health care after nearly a decade of steady increases, according to a report released Tuesday.
    The report from the Pew Charitable Trusts found that in most states, prison health-care spending peaked at $8.2 billion in 2009 after nearly a decade of dramatic increases. But by 2011 that total had dropped slightly to $7.7 billion, partly because prison populations decreased.
    Pew project director Maria Schiff says how states manage prison health care affects inmate well-being, public safety and taxpayers' total corrections bill.
    Schiff said the researchers identified four ways the states could further reduce costs, including Medicaid expansion, strategic use of telehealth services, effective management of private health-care contracts and appropriate use of medical or geriatric parole policies.




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