Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Scammers still targeting valley
    An East Fork woman was targeted last week for an Internal Revenue Service scam previously reported in the Wood River Valley. The woman said callers impersonating IRS officials called her house three times over the week, trying to get financial information out of her.
    The IRS will never make a personal call, according to the Better Business Bureau—so residents are advised to keep their guard up. Residents are advised to report scammers to their local law enforcement office.

Ketchum sidewalk repairs this week
    In a recent sidewalk survey, Ketchum city officials found 594 “tripping hazards” on downtown Ketchum sidewalks. Now, the city is working to fix the problem.
    Repairs by Utah-based Precision Concrete Cutting began Monday, Oct. 6, and are expected to wrap up Saturday, Oct. 11, at the latest. The company will be paid $19,550 for the work.
    Sidewalks won’t be blocked for more than 20 minutes in any location, Street Superintendent Brian Christiansen said.

County offices closed Columbus Day
    Blaine County offices will be closed Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 13. Due to the holiday, county offices will be open Friday, Oct. 17.
    Because Columbus Day is a federal holiday, some other public offices and some businesses will also be closed.

Learn about skin treatments
    St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will host a Brown Bag Health Talk on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. about the newest technology in skin treatments, including intense pulsed light (IPL) and non-ablative resurfacing lasers.
    Dermatologist Matthew Reeck will discuss how light and other tools have broadened the means in which medical professionals can treat blood vessels, brown-shaded lesions and other dermatological issues. All Brown Bag lectures are free and open to the public.  The lecture will in the Baldy Room at St. Luke’s Wood River, 100 Hospital Drive, south of Ketchum.  
    For more information on this or other educational programs, call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health at 727-8733.

Career Exploration available to students with disabilities
    The Idaho Department of Labor is partnering with the Blaine County School District and the Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation to launch a career exploration project for high school students with disabilities.
    Called Wood River Works, the project is open to eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors. The project is intended to teach them employment strategies and to connect them with local employers.
    The project will include a series of interactive job readiness workshops and career discussions throughout the months of October through February. Topics will include skill identification, applying for jobs, resume writing, effective communications and teamwork.
    The Department of Labor has openings for local employers to provide participating students with job shadowing opportunities in their desired career fields on Feb. 3-24, 2015. Employers interested in mentoring a student should contact Labor Department workforce consultant Rachel Piepmeyer at 208-332-3575, extension 3649, or at
    Additional information on the project is available from workforce consultant Sandy Hacking at 208-735-2500, extension 3665, or at To access the Idaho Relay Service for deaf and hard of hearing dial 711.

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