Friday, July 18, 2014

BRIEFS


Gubernatorial candidate to speak Monday
    Democratic candidate for governor A.J. Balukoff will conduct a “meet and greet” with voters at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the Sawtooth Brewery in Ketchum. The brewery is located at 600 N. Main St.
    Balukoff is running against Republican incumbent C.L. Butch Otter.


IRS scam targeting valley residents
    If you’ve received a call from the IRS recently, there’s a chance you’ve been scammed.
    Idaho Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, received a call this morning from a person claiming to be an IRS agent. The caller accused her of willful fraud on her taxes and said she’d be picked up by the local sheriff if she didn’t immediately fill out an electronic voucher for the disputed amount.
    Stennett said the caller, who had a foreign accent, did not know her tax code number or physical address, a sure sign of a scam. She called local authorities and learned that the scam has been targeting people throughout the country, and a number of Wood River Valley residents have fallen for the ploy.
    Stennett also alerted the Better Business Bureau and a representative told her that the IRS never contacts people by phone.
    If you receive or have received a similar phone call, report the crime to your local law enforcement office.


Ketchum to hold energy ‘town hall’
    The first of several energy meetings hosted by the city of Ketchum will be held at Ketchum City Hall on Tuesday, July 22, from 5:15-6:30 p.m.
    “Our Energy Security: The Redundant Line and Local Energy Sources” will focus on the adequacy and reliability of electrical power sources, according to a city press release. The city plans to hold four energy town hall meetings over the next six months, the press release states.
    Speakers at the meeting will include Aimee Christensen, CEO of Christensen Global Strategies in Ketchum, and former U.S. Department of Energy employee Alan Richardson, former president of the American Public Power Association.
    A recent article by Bloomberg Businessweek gave a “F” grade to three states with the worst power records. They were Idaho, Montana and North Dakota.

Speakers for film ‘Cowspiracy’ announced
    A panel discussion will follow a new documentary, “Cowspiracy—the Sustainability Secret,” which is being screened Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. at the Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum.
    The film examines the effects of animal agriculture on the environment. Western Watersheds Project, a Hailey-based environmental organization, is sponsoring the premiere. Filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn will attend and will conduct a Q&A after the screening.
    Additional panelists will include: Aimee Christensen, Christensen Global Strategies; Ali Long, The Quigley Foundation; Kaz Thea, Wood River Farmers’ Market; and Travis Bruner, Western Watersheds Project’s executive director.
    Contact Carter Hedberg at carterhedberg@westernwatersheds.org or 788-2290 with questions or comments.




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