Wednesday, October 9, 2013

NEWS BRIEFS


Pete Cenarrusa buried in Bellevue
    BELLEVUE (AP)—Former Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa has been laid to rest in a central Idaho cemetery near where he grew up.
    The Idaho political legend was buried Saturday at the Bellevue Cemetery, not far from his hometown of Carey.
    Cenarrusa retired as secretary of state in 2003 after serving nearly 36 years in the post. He also served nine terms in the Idaho House. He died Sept. 29 at age 95 after a bout with lung cancer.
    Reports estimated that about 70 people attended the burial. The Idaho Army National Guard provided military honors at the ceremony.
    About 600 mourners attended a funeral mass at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise on Friday.

Quigley hiking hill reopens
    Developer David Hennessy recently reopened for public access a popular hike at the mouth of Quigley Canyon near Hailey. Following a decision by the Hailey City Council to deny a request by development group Quigley Green to annex property in the canyon for development, Hennessy had the trail entrance fenced off with “no trespassing” signs.
    The Beaver Creek Fire in August rendered one of the only other steep hikes bordering Hailey, up Carbonate Mountain, off limits, after the entire mountainside was burned.
    “We decided to open the hill back up with the loss of the Carbonate hike,” Hennessy said.

Discuss lessons of recent wildfire
    The public is invited to join the Idaho Conservation League at the Community Library in Ketchum from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, to discuss the impacts of and lessons that can be learned from the Beaver Creek Fire, which burned more than 110,000 acres of land west of the Wood River Valley.
    Ketchum Fire Chief Mike Elle will speak, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A to better understand how the community can address the risk of fire and plan for future fire events.
    Doors open at 5:45 pm, and the presentation starts at 6. Light refreshments will be provided.

Rotarun to host recovery event
    Rotarun Ski Area will host “Feel the Burn—Heal the Burn” event for valley residents to support post-fire recovery efforts at the Hailey-area ski hill following the Beaver Creek Fire.  
    The Oct. 19 event will feature a race, run or walk up the 440-foot vertical-gain slope, a hike/lunch fundraiser and a “fence-raising.”
    Rotarun suffered losses including snow fencing and electrical infrastructure, as well as terrain scarring from fire lines drawn during the fire.
    On-site registration for the hill climb will be from 9-9:50 a.m. The fun hike starts at 10 a.m. and the hill run/race will have a mass start at 10:30.  Event fees: $30 for a family; $20 an individual; $10 for kids 6-17; and free for kids 5 and under. Lunch will be provided starting at 11 a.m. for those participating in either of the events, and will include a hamburger, drink and chips.  

Candidate to host ‘Plaza Politics’
    Ketchum City Council candidate Brennan Rego will host two Saturday afternoon “Plaza Politics” public outreach sessions from 2-5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26 at Ketchum Town Square.
    Plaza Politics is free and open to the public. Rego will speak about his platform and answer questions.
    “I also encourage people to share their ideas for local government and concerns with me,” he said.

Public invited to ‘Rideshare Week’
    The Community Transportation Association of Idaho is inviting the public to “go green” during Idaho’s second annual Rideshare Week Oct. 13-19 and is offering prizes for participating individuals and businesses.
    “Just one day a week matters,” states a CTAI press release. Competition eligibility applies to people who carpool, vanpool, take public transit, bike or walk to work. There is also an employer challenge for businesses.
    For additional information, visit www.ctai.org. Information is also available from Emily Walton at (208) 344-2354 or ewalton@ctai.org, or from Sarah Michael at (208) 721-1593 or smichael@ctai.org.

Labor gives unemployment grant
    The U.S. Department of Labor has announced awards totaling approximately $176.4 million to 40 state workforce agencies for Unemployment Insurance program integrity, performance and system improvement projects.
    The grants are intended to: support the prevention and detection of UI improper benefit payments, improve state performance and address outdated information technology system infrastructures necessary to improve UI program integrity.






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