Friday, October 11, 2013

NEWS BRIEFS


F&G: Use care as hunt seasons open
    With general deer-hunting season under way and elk season scheduled to open on Oct. 15, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is reminding people to expect to encounter hunters in the backcountry.
    Lee Garwood, the department’s local conservation officer, is also reminding hunters to respect easements along private roads that lead to trailheads on public land. He said there have been instances in past seasons of hunters leaving the roads and trespassing on private property, especially in Gimlet and Indian Creek.
    “People haven’t been reading the signs as closely as they should,” he said.
    Regional Wildlife Biologist Regan Berkley said it’s difficult to predict the effects of the Beaver Creek Fire burn area on deer and elk movements, but there could be more animals crossing state Highway 75 between Hailey and Ketchum than there normally are.
    “Be very cautious using that stretch,” she said. “Really, really take it slow.”

See ‘Summit Idaho’ at library
    The premiere screening of Outdoor Idaho’s show “Summit Idaho” is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at The Community Library in Ketchum. The televised episode will air for the first time on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. and will repeat Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. to open the 31st season of “Outdoor Idaho.”
     In “Summit Idaho,” Idaho Public Television producer Sauni Symonds and videographer Jay Krajic follow groups of mountain climbers who reach the summits of four Idaho mountain peaks: Vienna Peak in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Gilmore Peak in the Lemhi Mountain Range, He Devil in the Seven Devils Mountains, and Scotchman Peak in the Panhandle’s Scotchman Peaks proposed wilderness area.
    Bruce Reichert, Outdoor Idaho executive producer, Symonds and Krajic will answer questions following the 30-minute screening, which is free and open to the public.
    For more information, contact Sheridan Brett at 726-3493, ext. 121.

Learn about palliative care
    Dr. Ira Byock, an expert in palliative care, will discuss “The Best Care Possible,” a lecture based on his book of the same title, in a free presentation at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood in Ketchum.
    In addition, Byock will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, Oct. 22, at a Palliative Care Summit from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Sun Valley Inn.  Both events are made possible by funding from Cambia Health Foundation, Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation and the Idaho Quality of Life Coalition.
    Dr. Byock is director of palliative medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a professor at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. 
    The registration fee for the Palliative Care Summit will be $20 and includes lunch. Registration can be made online at http://hpcwrv.org/. For more information, contact Carolyn Nystrom at 726-8464 or hospice@hwrv.svcoxmail.com.

State revenue up in September
    BOISE (AP)—Idaho saw a jump in tax revenue in September, a month when collectors raked in $16 million more than forecasts and put the state’s finances ahead of schedule amid a steadily recovering economy.
    Total monthly receipts were $263 million, or $6.4 million more than forecasts.
    The Division of Financial Management reported Tuesday that Idaho’s tally three months into fiscal year 2014 is just over $700 million, or about 1.6 percent more than forecasts.
    Nearly every revenue category exceeded expectations, led by individual income taxes that came in at $111 million for the month. September sales tax collections of $104.5 million also bested forecasts.

Kiwanis co-sponsoring kids’ programs
    The Kiwanis Club of Hailey and the Wood River Valley is cooperating with the Blaine County Recreation District to offer kids sporting programs throughout the year. The Kiwanis club is sponsoring three sports events for the children in the community throughout the year.
    Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to helping children and communities. For more information, contact Kim Baker at 727-4708.
This coming Thursday, October 24th, National Food Day, students from The Sage School will be going door-to-door in several neighborhoods collecting food and helping The Hunger Coalition increase understanding of local, national, and global hunger issues. Students will visit the neighborhoods of Hulen Meadows, West Ketchum, Northridge, Deerfield, Della View, and Old Hailey from 1-3 in the afternoon. Homeowners who would like to participate in the food drive but will not be home on Thursday afternoon are welcome to leave goods on their front step for students to pick up. Top items needed include: cereal, oatmeal, tuna and other canned meats, canned fruit, rice, flour, cooking oil, peanut butter, pancake mix, soy or powdered milk, canned tomatoes, tomato/pasta sauce, pasta, masa, nuts, canned soup or canned vegetables. Please call The Sage School (788-0120) with any questions.
 Contact: Sara Berman
788-0120




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