Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Film Festival gets $100K donation
    The Sun Valley Film Festival has received a $100,000 commitment from Bex Wilkinson on behalf of the Marshall Frankel Foundation toward the advancement of the many innovative programs developed by the festival, as well as overall financial support for the annual event.  The donation was announced on Aug. 7 during a small gathering of film festival supporters at a home in Sun Valley.
    A portion of the donation, to be spread over a four-year period, will benefit the Future Filmmakers Forum, a program for participants 17 and under, funding the next generation of filmmakers who are given the opportunity to screen their work and receive guidance and insight from film industry professionals during the festival.  
    “This generous, multi-year donation from Bex and specifically the Marshall Frankel Foundation, a supporter of the film festival since its inception, gets us one step closer to becoming a lasting signature event for Sun Valley,” said festival Executive Director Teddy Grennan.
    The festival, heading into its fourth year, is scheduled for March 4-8.

Drivers asked to be alert near schools
    Idaho AAA is asking drivers to be careful as Blaine County School district students begin school on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
    The organization says young children—many on residential streets for the first time—are at considerable risk, because they’re either not thinking about the vehicles around them or because they’re unable to accurately judge car speed and comprehend the potential for danger.
    Drivers are unpredictable, too.
    “Our attention can be short-circuited by a cup of hot coffee, an insistently ringing cell phone, an urgent text message, or an unsettled toddler in the back seat,” AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson said.     
    Crash data from Idaho Transportation Department show that 95 percent of all pedestrians involved in crashes in 2013 received some degree of injury. The good news is that crashes involving pedestrians decreased by 10 percent last year. Unfortunately, 40 of the pedestrians killed or injured were 14 or younger.
    Statistics show that young cyclists—those 19 and under—accounted for 112 fatal or injury crashes in 2013, or 35 percent of all such collisions.
    AAA’s annual School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign reminds motorists to take necessary precautions to reduce pedestrian and bicycle crashes in their own neighborhoods. Follow these guidelines:
-   Ditch distractions. Taking your eyes off the road for two seconds doubles crash risks.
-    Stay alert. School zones will be especially busy.
-    Stop means stop. One third of drivers roll through stop signs in their neighborhood.
-l    Slow down. A speeding ticket in a school zone can cost $100 or more.
-    Brake for the bus. Don’t drive around a stopped school bus. It’s dangerous and illegal.
-   Plan ahead. Leave early enough for work and modify your route if necessary.

Child immunizations offered
    St. Luke’s Wood River is offering a free immunization clinic for children 18 and under so they can meet Idaho’s requirements to attend school and childcare centers.
    The free clinic will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Clinic in Hailey. Participants are asked to bring an immunization record. No appointment is necessary.
    Call 788-3434 for more information.

Open house set at Sun Valley Elkhorn Association
    An open house at the Sun Valley Elkhorn Association will be held today, Aug. 20, at the Harker Center, 1 Harker Lane.
    The general public and Wood River Valley real estate professionals are invited to see the Harker Center swimming pool, Patty Rosewater Park, playground and homeowner barbecue facility, Harker tennis courts and the homeowner lounge room available for Elkhorn homeowner events, parties and meetings.
    Light refreshments and tours of the SVEA Harker Center amenities will take place from 2-4 p.m.
    For more information, call 622-7420.

Alzheimer’s certification awarded
to Senior Connection staff

    Three Senior Connection employees have obtained certification as Alzheimer educators from the National Certification Board for Alzheimer Care.
    They are Executive Director Kimberly Coonis, Outreach Coordinator Nicole Detra and Connection Club Director Anna Aspin.
    The certification states that the holder can explain dementia to the public and train health-care professionals who offer direct care to people with dementia.

    Hailey BAH to be held at Webb
    The Hailey Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours for August will be hosted by US Bank and Webb Garden Center at 417 N. Main St. on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 5-7 p.m.  
    Grill masters Jimmie Stonebraker and Mat Paulson will be there barbecuing meats. Participants are asked to bring their business cards for the monthly raffle.  They will be able to make new contacts and learn about community businesses.
    Call 788-3484 for more information.

Ketchum/SV BAH to be held at Ore Wagon Museum
    The Ketchum/Sun Valley Business After Hours will meet at the Ore Wagon Museum on East Avenue and Fifth Street on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 5-6 p.m.
    There will be short presentations on two topics of local business interest as well as the usual business/social networking.
    Wagon Days headquarters will be set up in the museum while the ore wagons are parked outside. Souvenir clothing and items will be available for sale and a band will perform until 7 p.m.
    Beer, wine, soda and light snacks will be provided at no charge; a $5 donation is suggested to defray expenses.
For further information, call Gary at 725-5522.

Crapo says he will seek 4th term
    LEWISTON, Idaho (AP)— U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo says he will seek re-election in 2016.
    In making the announcement Friday in Lewiston, the 63-year-old Republican says he’s committed to resolving a number of critical issues to the country.
    The Lewiston Tribune reports that Crapo was elected to the Senate in 1998 to succeed Sen. Dirk Kempthorne. He is serving the fourth year of his third term and is ranked 39th in seniority in the Senate.
    A member of the minority party in the Senate, Crapo is the ranking member of the Senate’s Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, and serves on the Budget and Environment, Public Works, Indian Affairs and Finance committees.
    There had been speculation by some political observers that Crapo would retire from the Senate after his current term.

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