Wednesday, September 17, 2014


Idaho Media Awards set for February
    Idaho Media Professionals will conduct its first annual Idaho Media Awards on Feb. 28, 2015. The event is intended to help promote the creative arts in Idaho and to allow Idaho artists to better present themselves to the public as well as the business and political sectors, according to organizer Mack Lewis.
    Submissions will be accepted in the categories of narrative, documentary, advertising, corporate programs, student programs, still photography, and an open section for everything else.
    “We want to open this up to virtually all visual artists in the state, so we’re doing our best to make the entry categories very broad,” said Lewis.
    For more about submissions and the awards competition, visit Additional details about the competition and entry requirements will be forthcoming at a later date.

15 children sickened by enterovirus
    Three children are currently receiving treatment for Enterovirus D68 at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, according to a Sept. 16 press release from the medical center.  Fifteen have been hospitalized since the first local case was pinpointed Sept. 7, and two were admitted Monday night.
    The illness has symptoms similar to the common cold, with more serious cases involving respiratory distress.
    Enterovirus D68 is making its way across the country. Most children are hospitalized anywhere from three to five days, according to the Idaho Falls medical center, and can return to their normal activities when they are symptom-free.
    Parents are cautioned to closely monitor children who appear sick. Those who experience difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and/or wheezing should immediately go to the emergency room. Asthmatic children are especially prone to this strand of enterovirus.

Banner year at Yellowstone
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP)—Visitation to Yellowstone National Park has topped the 2.7 million mark, and the park is on track to have one of its best years on record.
    Park spokesman Al Nash says there were 773,357 recreational visits to Yellowstone in August and a total of 2,717,040 visits for the first eight months of this year. That’s more than a 6 percent increase from the same time period last year.
    Nash says each of the park’s five entrances showed an increase in automobile traffic in August, compared to 2013 levels, and bus traffic at the entrances increased as well.
    July is typically the park’s peak visitation month, followed in order by August, June, September and May.

Public meeting set on proposed federal land transfer
    The Legislature will hold a public meeting in Hailey next month to take public testimony about its demand that the federal government cede ownership of all its land in Idaho to state ownership.
    The demand was made in a resolution passed during the 2013 session. The resolution states that the state would cede all national park land back to the federal government.
    The meeting will be held Friday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater. It will be hosted by the Legislature’s 11-member Federal Lands Interim Committee, which was formed last year to analyze the issue.
    Committee member Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said the meeting will provide opportunities for the public to ask questions and provide opinions.
    Stennett has expressed opposition to the resolution.
    “It’s not constitutional and I don’t think the state can afford to manage the lands,” she said. “So we’d sell it to the highest bidder and we’d lose access.”
    Three public meetings were held in northern Idaho last week, and others will take place in Idaho Falls and Soda Springs on Oct. 9 and in Twin Falls on Oct. 10.

Health District office still open
    South Central Public Health District is reminding the public that despite the discontinuation of family planning services at its Bellevue office, the office remains open to provide all other services, including immunizations.
    The office, located at 117 E. Ash St., is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number is 788-4335.

Hailey BAH set for Thursday
    The Hailey Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses and the public to an evening of networking at the monthly Business After Hours, hosted this month by The Wildflower and Windermere Real Estate at 100 and 102 N. Main Street in Hailey from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18.
    The BAH is a way to make new contacts and learn about community businesses. Call 788-3484 for more information.

Middle Fork gets new ranger
    The Salmon-Challis National Forest has recently selected Liz Townley as the new Middle Fork District ranger.  Townley has been working for the Bureau of Land Management as an outdoor recreation planner for the past eight years, first in Ely, Nev., and currently in Salmon, Idaho. 
    Her report date is Nov. 3. 
    Townley grew up in western Washington and graduated college with a bachelor’s degree from Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia in recreation ecology. She spent her summers during college as a raft guide in several states and continents. After college, she moved back out West to work for the BLM.  Townley has two young children. 
    “Living and working in the Stanley, Challis, and Salmon region is a dream for me and my family,” said Townley, who lives in Salmon with her husband, Skeet, and children Sophie and Jones. 


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