Wednesday, February 4, 2009

News Briefs

Community Health offers educational classes

St. Luke's Center for Community Health will present a Brown Bag talk on the "Basics of Using an Automated External Defibrillator" on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 12:15-1:15 p.m.

Registered nurse Karen Morrison and respiratory therapist Daniel Biggins will conduct the free class.

The Center for Community Health continues its weekly meditations for Winter Feast for the Soul with Valerie Skonie, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Tuesdays, February 10 and 17 in the River Run Conference Rooms.

These sessions are free and no registration is required.

Call St. Luke's Center for Community Health for information on these and other educational programs, 727-8733.

Feds keep grazing fees low

This year, public lands ranchers will pay $1.35 per "animal unit month" (AUM) for public lands managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and $1.35 per "head month" (HM) for lands managed by the U.S. Forest Service, a BLM news release states. The 2009 grazing fee is the same as it was in 2008.

The two agencies consider the "animal unit month" and "head month" measurements—which are equivalent for fee-paying purposes—as the occupancy and use of public lands by one cow and her calf, one horse or five sheep or goats for a month, the news releases states. The fee, determined by a congressional formula and effective on March 1, applies to nearly 18,000 grazing permits and leases administered by the BLM and more than 8,000 permits administered by the Forest Service.

Under a 1986 presidential executive order, federal grazing fees cannot fall below $1.35, and any increase or decrease cannot exceed 25 percent of the previous year's level. The $1.35 grazing fee applies to 16 Western states on public lands administered by the BLM and the Forest Service, including Idaho.

Odd Fellows and Rebekahs scholarships

Application forms for the Wood River Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Scholarship Fund for the 2009-10 academic year are now available at Wood River High School and Silver Creek Alternative School.

The deadline for application is April 16. The scholarships are in the amount of at least $1,000 per academic year for students pursuing a vocational, technical or undergraduate education.

The scholarship fund is intended for recipients whose potential for achievement is not necessarily reflected in their overall high school academic performance. Other criteria are graduation from either Wood River High School or Silver Creek Alternative School and demonstration of financial need.

Realtors offer scholarships

The Sawtooth Board of Realtors Scholarship Committee is accepting applications for $1,000 grants to high school seniors who have demonstrated an outstanding record of service to their community and have an economic need.

Scholarships will be awarded to students at Wood River High School, Carey School, Silver Creek Alternative School and The Community School. Home schooled students are also eligible.

Applications are available through school guidance counselors or from the Board of Realtors at 726-7764. The deadline for applying is March 13.

'Senior Project...Teens Answer Your Questions'

Wood River High School senior Veronica Bruess will host a panel for parents and middle school students on Saturday, Feb. 7, to gather information on teenagers' views.

"For my senior project I've coordinated three panels to answer questions adults in the valley have about teenagers," she said.

The panels will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. in the Wood River High School music room.

The first and last panel is for adults. However, the middle panel is for middle school students to ask questions about high school, friends, relationships and more.

For more information call Bruess at 721-0882 or

Gas prices rise again

Idaho's average price for regular gasoline is up 19 cents in the past month, to $1.74. However, that's considerably cheaper than the $3.02 charged at this time last year.

Nationally, gas prices have gone up by 24 cents in the past 30 days, according to AAA Idaho, with the national average for regular unleaded rising to $1.89. The rise in price is a surprise to many, an AAA Idaho report stated, since oil prices are going down and people are driving less.

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