Friday, February 1, 2013

Briefs


Cancer forum streaming changed
    Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research announced Wednesday that access to a live stream of the organization’s upcoming open public forum on breast cancer will now be available directly from the organization’s website.
    The nonprofit will provide access to the stream at www.expeditioninspiration.com. A recent press release from the organization states there will be a box on the website’s homepage labeled “Open Forum Live Stream.” Clicking on that box will open the stream.
    The free Breast Cancer Update Open Forum is open to the public and will take place Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Sun Valley Inn’s Limelight Room B. It is sponsored by the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation and will feature 22 breast cancer research specialists.
    To view video clips from last year’s open forum, visit www.youtube.com/user/breastcancerei and access the “Open Forum 2012” playlist. The release states an “Open Forum 2013” playlist will be uploaded to YouTube two to three weeks after the event.
    The open forum is part of the Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium, a closed event hosted annually by Expedition Inspiration that offers top breast cancer researchers the opportunity to share unpublished information and analyze breakthroughs. This year’s symposium is the 17th annual and will take place from Feb. 11-15.
 
Highway reopens after avalanche risk
    A 12-mile stretch of state Highway 21 between the Grandjean junction and Banner Summit reopened Sunday after the risk of avalanche diminished, the Idaho Transportation Department announced.
    This was the third closure of this section of road this winter.
    Last year, there were eight closures between Nov. 1 and March 31, totaling 22 days. A total of 50 slides tumbled down on the highway during that time.
    The notorious “Avalanche Alley” section between the Grandjean turnoff and Banner Summit is home to about 60 avalanche chutes and 90 percent of the avalanches in the state that affect highways.
    For the latest highway and weather conditions, call Idaho Traveler Services at 5-1-1 or call 888-432-7623. For online updates, visit the website at www.511.idaho.gov.

Higher Ground to host Special Olympics event
     This Saturday, Feb. 2, Higher Ground Sun Valley will host the Special Olympics Southeastern Idaho Regional Winter Tournament. About 120 athletes from across the region will compete in races including slalom, giant slalom, Nordic and snowshoe. Events will take place at Dollar Mountain and the Sun Valley Nordic Center beginning at 10:30 a.m.
    Higher Ground Sun Valley is the local affiliate providing Special Olympics training for more than 20 athletes with intellectual disabilities throughout Blaine County. This weekend’s competition is sponsored by Sun Valley Co. and Wells Fargo Private Bank.
    For more information, contact Cara Barrett at 726-9298, ext. 108 or 720-6070 or cara@highergroundsv.org.

The Center to host Family Day
    Families are invited to tour the exhibition “Crossing Cultures: Ethnicity in Contemporary America” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 3–5 p.m. at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, and then create family flags and albums that illustrate their own family story.
    “Crossing Cultures” looks at images and symbols traditionally associated with certain cultures—like pagodas, cowboys, piñatas and Native American designs and forms—and shows how artists have used such images in their art to question and broaden traditional categories of race, culture and ethnicity.
    Center staff will lead tours at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., and families should plan to arrive in time for one of these tours.
    “Crossing Cultures” will be on view through Feb. 23. For information about all tours, lectures and other programs related to the exhibition, visit www.sunvalleycenter.org.

F&G proposes 3-year licenses
    BOISE, Idaho (AP)—The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is pushing a bill in the Legislature that would allow resident and nonresident hunters and anglers to buy licenses good for three years.
    Agency Director Virgil Moore told legislative budget writers Tuesday that allowing sportsmen to buy a three-year license is part of a plan to generate more revenue and reduce sportsmen turnover.
    The Senate Resources and Environment Committee was expected to debate the bill Wednesday.
    The Spokesman-Review reports that the agency is pursuing new revenue sources to offset the steady decline in sales of nonresident hunting tags.
    Moore said the agency is also working to lure more of Idaho’s youth to the outdoors. He said that over the past 20 years, Idaho’s population has increased by 600,000 but license sales have increased by just 46,000 during that period.




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