Wednesday, October 16, 2013

NEWS BRIEFS


Voters can cast early ballots
    Early voting is under way at the Old Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey for elections in all of the county’s cities.
    The polls are open in the courthouse basement from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday through Friday, Nov. 1. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.
    City residents who have not registered to vote can do so through Election Day.

HAM radio class set for November
    The Wood River Amateur Radio Club is holding a licensing class in November. The course will be presented over two nights, Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the College of Southern Idaho Hailey Campus from 6-9 p.m. Signup is through CSI.
    The club operates two linked repeaters, one on Bald Mountain and the other on Galena Summit. The radio repeaters allow for users to communicate from Twin Falls to north of Stanley.
    The club is a 501c3 Idaho no-profit with more than 225 licensees in central Idaho. For more information, visit wrarc.org or contact Joe Yelda at 721-0690 or via e-mail at jpyelda@yahoo.com.

Learn about neck pain
    St. Luke’s Center for Community Health will present a free “Brown Bag” health lecture called   “Addressing that pain in your neck” from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. today, Oct. 16, in the carbonate Rooms of the St. Luke’s Clinic in Hailey.
    Mary Kay Foley, physical therapist and certified Feldenkrais practitioner, will provide information on the anatomy and physiology of the neck, how to prevent neck injury and pain, and how to address issues when they do occur.
    No pre-registration is required. Call St. Luke’s Center for Community Health for information on this or other educational programs: 727-8733.

Marketing Alliance meets today
    The Sun Valley Marketing Alliance will host a community meeting at 9 a.m. today, Oct. 16, at The Community Library in Ketchum. The meeting is open to the public.
    The agenda will include an overview of last year’s marketing results and discussion of the winter marketing campaign and media plan.
    
Hunting opened in wildlife refuges
    WASHINGTON (AP)—The Fish and Wildlife Service says it is reopening 3 million acres in wildlife refuges to allow hunting of pheasants and waterfowl.
    The sites, in 10 states, have been closed since Oct. 1 because of the partial government shutdown.
    The agency said that despite limited staffing, allowing public access to Waterfowl Production Areas on wildlife refuges will not cost any money or jeopardize public safety.
    North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple had threatened to sue unless lands in his state were opened.
    Dalrymple says pheasant hunting should begin as scheduled this month. He says a government shutdown is not legal justification to close unstaffed, public lands.
    The decision opens hunting areas in 10 states: North and South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Idaho and Maine.




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