Friday, September 12, 2014


Free depression screenings offered

     Appointments are now being taken for free depression screenings at St. Luke’s Center for Community Health, 1450 Aviation Dr., Suite 200, in Hailey. The National Depression Screening program provides increased awareness of the symptoms of depression and of mental health resources in the community.

     St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will provide screenings by a licensed mental health counselor. Free, confidential one-hour appointments are available for English- or Spanish-speaking people on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Call 727-8733 for an appointment.


Sun Valley ladder truck could be housed at Elkhorn Station

     Following a discussion last week at a Ketchum and Sun Valley joint city council meeting regarding Sun Valley’s new ladder truck, Doug Young, of the Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau, said the distance of 2.2 miles between the Elkhorn Fire Station and the city limits of Ketchum are within the parameters of the Insurance Services Office’s guidelines. Young confirmed to the Idaho Mountain Express that Sun Valley’s new ladder truck, while too large to be housed at Ketchum or Sun Valley city halls, could service both cities from the Elkhorn location and not compromise either’s insurance rating. The lease for the truck was written so that Ketchum could buy in and share the truck, but the city has not yet done so.


 ‘Active aging’ classes help charity

     In celebration of National Active Aging Week, Zenergy Health Club & Spa in Ketchum is offering any adult 60 years and older the opportunity to participate in a special week of free classes Sept. 21-27.
     Classes include:

  • Sunday, Sept. 21, from 5-6:15 p.m., Restorative Yoga.
  • Monday, Sept. 22, from 7-8 a.m., Gentle Yoga Stretch, and from 11 a.m. to noon, Deep Water Hydro Fit.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 10:45-11:45 a.m., Chair Aerobics; from 11 a.m. to noon, Deep Water Hydro Fit; from noon to 12:30 p.m., Hydration Talk; and from 1-2 p.m., Dance for Parkinson’s.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon,  Deep Water Hydro Fit.
  • Thursday, Sept. 25, from 10:15-11 a.m., Active-Aging Gentle Spin, and from 11-11:45 a.m., lecture on how music and dance influence health.
  • Friday, Sept. 26, from 7-8 a.m., Gentle Yoga Stretch; from 11 a.m. to noon, Deep Water Hydro Fit; and from 5-6:15 p.m., Restorative Yoga.

     All classes are free to members. Nonmembers are asked to donate a $10 daily fee. All proceeds from the week will be donated to Meals on Wheels. Those on a fixed income are welcome to attend free of charge. 

     For more information, visit, email or call 725-0595, ext. 106.


Dream foundation seeks volunteers

     The I Have a Dream Foundation of Idaho is seeking volunteers to assist with an after-school tutoring and mentoring program at Alturas Elementary School in south Hailey.

     Volunteers would be helping the foundation with its goal of assisting some 50 students achieve academically and eventually graduate from high school. The foundation has promised the students that it will fund two years of community college for them.

     The students, selected for the foundation program when they were third-graders, are now in the fifth grade. They are referred to as “Dreamers.”

     The after-school program will start Oct. 6 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30-4 p.m.

     “Our goal is to build positive relationships between the students and volunteers. Therefore, it is important that volunteers commit to working with us during these times,” said project coordinator Devan Annan. “The Dreamers are a great group of kids, and it should be a very fun and rewarding experience.”

     To volunteer, or for more information, contact Devan Annan at 208-309-0949. Information is also available at


Fish & Game to target ‘spotlighters’

     The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is taking action to catch and prosecute people who use spotlights to hunt game animals at night. In areas where conservation officers suspect spotlighting or other suspicious activity near roads, they are using artificial simulated animals to bust unlawful hunters. Artificial simulated animals, are lifelike figures of deer, elk and other game species, complete with moving parts.

     “Officers watch the animal and respond if someone violates the law,” said Fish and Game Chief of Enforcement Greg Wooten.

     Shooting from a vehicle or road is dangerous and unethical, a Fish and Game news release stated. Anyone found guilty of shooting an artificial animal will lose his or her license and face a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail sentence of up to six months. There is also a $50 minimum restitution penalty for shooting a simulated animal to help maintain the decoys.

     Fish and Game conservation officers also conduct impromptu enforcement check stations where all hunters and anglers, successful or not, must stop.

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