Friday, September 26, 2014

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BLM seeks comments on fly fishing
    The BLM would like to hear from the public regarding the renewal of special recreation permit applications from four local fly-fishing outfitters.
    Guided day trips are proposed for Magic Reservoir, several sections of the Big Wood River, the lower Little Wood River and Silver Creek.
    The applications include walk-and-wade-style fishing on all river segments, float tubes on the lower Big Wood and boats (motorized and nonmotorized) and float tubes on Magic Reservoir.
    The proposal and maps of the river segments are available at www.blm.gov/epl-front-office/eplanning/lup/lup_register.do.
    A 30-day comment period ends Oct. 27. Comments should be mailed to BLM Shoshone Field Office, 400 West F St., Shoshone, ID. 83352, attn. John Kurtz. Comments may also be e-mailed to: jkurtz@blm.gov

Visit Sun Valley to hold meetings
    The Sun Valley Marketing Alliance, or Visit Sun Valley, will hold its quarterly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9 a.m. at the Wood River YMCA. The agenda includes summer marketing results and the upcoming winter’s marketing campaign.
    There will be three “listening sessions” held at the Sawtooth Club on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.
    For more information, contact Aly Swindley at aswindley@visitsunvalley.com

Wood River Valley studio tour set
    Artists in Sun Valley, Ketchum, Hailey, Bellevue and surrounding areas will be opening their studios to the public this weekend for the Wood River Valley studio tour.
    The free, self-guided tour on Saturday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. is an opportunity to see where and how artists work.
    For more information, visit www.wrvstudiotour.org.

Enterovirus D68 confirmed in Idaho
    Lab results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that Enterovirus D68 is affecting Idaho children.
    “The first results for five submitted samples from hospitalized children in eastern Idaho show one child tested positive for EV-D68, two tested positive for a different virus and the remaining two were negative,” a Sept. 25 press release from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare stated.
    Enterovirus infections are common in the early fall, Idaho Public Health Medical Director Christine Hahn said. There are no vaccines for the virus.
    Hahn said it’s important, especially for parents of asthmatic children, to be vigilant about health precautions such as hand washing and staying home when sick.
    There has been a “slight increase” in the number of respiratory illnesses in the Idaho Falls and Treasure Valley areas, the press release indicates, and over two dozen samples from hospitalized Idaho children are currently being tested by the CDC.

Utilities installed on Main Street lot
    The vacant lot adjacent to Whiskey Jacques in Ketchum will soon have water and sewer lines for vendors.
    Dumpster Dog Frank Co. and The Haven, two local food vendors, are permitted to set up shop at the 271 N. Main St. location.
    The lot used to be home to Dirty Little Roddy’s, a bar, until the facility burned down along with the old Whiskey Jacques building in fall 2008.
    The lot is situated between Sotheby’s International Realty and Whiskey’s and sits unoccupied, save for late-night food service for bar patrons.
    The 5,662-square-foot lot is for sale, according to a Zillow listing, for $975,000.

Crisis Hotline nominated for award
    The Crisis Hotline is one of more than 100 statewide organizations nominated for the Idaho Nonprofit Center’s Excellence Award.
    The hotline provides crisis and suicide intervention at all hours, seven days a week. It also provides education programs at schools and for the public.
    During a ceremony on Sept. 23, Idaho Horse Therapy in Shoshone was selected as one of six statewide recipients of the award.

Balukoff outspending Otter
    BOISE, Idaho (AP)— Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff is outspending Republican opponent Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter on political television advertisements.
    According to data reviewed by the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity, Balukoff has spent more than $500,000 on political television advertisements. Otter, meanwhile, has spent nearly $121,000 on television ads in the same time period.  
    The data also found that Balukoff’s ads have run nearly 2,800 times and Otter’s ads have run little more than 500.
    The center’s data did not include money spent on ads on radio, online and direct mail. It also didn’t include money spent on local cable or on production costs, which means the total cost of political ad spending may be significantly higher.




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