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Food Donations and Support

Seniors West of the Tetons: SWOT is still making home delivery of meals. If you are over 60 and need meals delivered, call (208) 354-6973 or email swot@tetonseniors.com You can also call the Area Agency on Aging at (208) 522-5391. Let us know if you need other items delivered such as groceries or prescriptions.

Teton Valley Food Pantry: Update: The food pantry has added a pick-up time on Mondays. We will now be open to distribute food every Monday from noon to 2 pm, Wednesday evening 5:30 pm — 7 pm and every Friday 10 am — 2 pm. For now, we will have prepared bags of food for children, adults and seniors. Also for now we are limiting families to one Pantry visit per week. We are committed to having a safe, secure and steady source of food available for community members in need. The best way for volunteers, or those wanting to deliver food donations, to reach us is by phone (208) 354-1658 or email at foodbank@silverstar.com. You may also leave food donations in Red Bins with our logo, which are at Broulims, Barrels & Bins and at the Pantry site. Please check our website homepage for our current needs list or to make a donation.

Corner and Victor Drug announced temporary hour and operation changes effective Monday, March 23.

CORNER DRUG will be open for curbside service only from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, closed Saturday. Credit Card phone payments only to reduce interaction. Curbside service will be on the north or west side of the building. Please call 208-354-2334 to place orders, make payments and also to let us know when you are outside and we will bring it out to you.

VICTOR DRUG (208-787-3784) will be open for drive-thru service only 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Both locations will remain closed Sunday.

Use our free RefillRX app to request refills. Please send to the right store for better service. All the info you need is on your RX label to register and use the app.

Barrels and Bins is currently offering curbside pick-up and home delivery to those who are either ill or have a member of their household who is ill, or to those who simply do not wish to come into the store at this time. There is a nominal fee for these services, however we are offering FREE curbside pickup and delivery to anyone who is immune-compromised, pregnant, or 60 and older. Please visit barrelsandbins.market/special-orders/ to place your order.

Victor Valley Market is open every day 7 am to 9 pm (our regular business hours).

Broulim’s: Starting March 20 Broulim’s in Driggs will be designating 6 to 7 a.m. shopping hours on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for seniors, 60 years old or older and people with a compromised immune system to better protect those who are most at risk.

Broulim’s in Driggs also offers online shopping and curbside pick up and will deliver when requested. Please see them at www.broulims.com/driggs.

This week Driggs’ general manager Brad Bischoff said he was bulk ordering every day and Broulim’s corporate is keeping the wheels greased for local stores in need of canned goods, meats, vegetables and of course, toilet paper.While the supply trucks are running a little later than normal – this is why you still see staff unpacking mid-mornings and stocking shelves – Bischoff said he’s getting what the community demands, and that could mean a shipment of hand sanitizer in the near future.“We have no intention of raising prices,” he said. “There are deals that may not be available to us as the product supply is in demand and there is a lot of demand through the country, but we are doing the best we can.”Captain Ron’s has have been working with our food purveyor and Yeti’s Post and have created a list of essential items that can now be purchased in bulk quantities. These items include meat, pork, chicken , seafood, milk, cheese, paper products (yes TP). Flour, frozen entrees, and eggs just to name a few. The list is in PDF form. You can send me your email and I will email you the list. All items can only be purchased by the case or bulk weight. The cutoff for ordering this week is Wednesday at 5 p.m. The order will arrive Friday morning and we should be able to start distributing by noon. All items must be paid in advance and picked up on a Friday unless special arrangements are made. We don’t have a tremendous amount of storage. We accept all CC, debit cards, Venmo, PayPal and Apple Pay. We will also accept cash or check.

If you feel like you don’t need a case of a particular item we suggest talking with your family and neighbors to see if they might need the same item as well and you could split the case. We are really wanting to target the folks that are shut in or sick. We will DELIVER at no extra cost. We have a system in place where you do not have to have contact with anyone. Please feel free to call me with any questions. You will be able to order thru Capt Ron’s Smokehouse or Yeti’s Post and will pickup at the location you order from. My email is james.ron99@icloud.com Seth’s email is seth@yetispost.com. Capt Ron & Retta, 307-690-1298.

P.S. I need help in reaching several organizations. Do any of y’all have contact info for The Senior Center, Latino Resource Center, The local Catholic Church or any other organization that you think would benefit from this. TYIAFull a full listing of local businesses and organizations closings and operational changes, please see www.tetonvalleynews.net.

The Community Foundation of Teton Valley has initiated a Community Emergency Response Fund. As needed, the Foundation will rapidly deploy grants to enable nonprofits to focus on providing vital, frontline services associated with preparing for and addressing the coronavirus in Teton Valley. For those interested in contributing to the Fund, we encourage you to donate at www.cftetonvalley.org, where we also have additional information on COVID-19 resources for nonprofits.

The Education Foundation of Teton Valley will be accepting donations to purchase hotspots for students who do not have access to the internet. These devices will be loaned out to students and they can connect up to four devices to the hotspot. They are also reusable down the road if we should ever find ourselves in this predicament again. If you would like to donate, please donate online at www.tetoneducation.org. Click on the Support Us button. Then send an email to ExecutiveDirector@TetonEducation.org and let me know you want your donation to go to Hot Spots for Students. The district is trying to purchase 100 of these. They are approximately $180 each.The Community Resource Center of Teton Valley will remain open and ready to help during the impact of COVID-19, with modifications in place to remain in compliance with CDC guidelines. Clients will be seen by appointment only. We ask that you please reach out by phone or email to schedule an appointment before coming in. Our Food Rescue Program will also remain in operation and we anticipate having food available 5 days a week at the CRC office. The Thursday distribution in Victor is cancelled until further notice. If you, or anyone you know, are struggling with food insecurity and unable to get to our office for any reason, please reach out so that we can arrange for delivery. 208-354-0870, www.crctv.org.

START Bus will be reducing commuter service for Teton Valley, Idaho and Star Valley, Wyoming moving from 4 round-trips per day to 3 round-trips per day. This change will return START Bus commuter routes to the level of service offered in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

The following commuter trips will be suspended as of March 30, 2020:

Teton Valley 4

Departing at 7:40 am and returning at 7:30 pm

Star Valley 4

Departing at 7:40 am and returning at 7:45 pm

While currently operating on the reduced spring schedule, START Bus is continuing to make over 500 passenger trips daily with a decrease in ridership of approximately 50% in comparison to previous spring seasons as a results of precautions being taken by the local community to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

Public transportation, which includes bus drivers and mass transit workers, is considered essential infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security, as well as state and local authorities. Until that guidance changes, START Bus will continue to offer service to the community as long possible while continuing to right-size the levels of service. START will continue to evaluate the level of service provided as further service adjustments may be necessary. These adjustments may include reducing the current level of service to the Town Shuttle and the Number 20 Green Line to Teton Village.“START Bus looks forward to ramping service back to normal levels as the nation works to recover from these extraordinary circumstances,” said Darren Brugmann the Director of START Bus.START Bus plays a vital role in the community as it creates a means of transportation for community members who do not have vehicles or are unable to drive for local trips to purchase groceries, obtain necessary healthcare, or commute to essential jobs.Please do not take unnecessary trips and, as often as possible, keep 6 feet between yourself and others. START Bus also recommends washing your hands before boarding and as soon as possible after disembarking.START Bus is taking proactive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. START Bus is working closely with local health organizations and will continue to follow best practices as recommended by health officials.START understands and apologies any inconveniences that this reduction in service may cause and appreciates the community’s understanding as we continue to monitor the best way to safely service the community.Please check www.startbus.com for details on all routes, schedules and fees or contact START Bus directly at (307) 733-4521.

TSD 401 Names COVID-19 Volunteer CoordinatorFormer school board member Mary Mello of Victor will serve as the volunteer coordinator for Teton School District 401, according to Superintendent Monte Woolstenhulme.For right now, that means she will be collecting contact information from community members who want to help during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested in volunteering, please send your cell phone and email address to volunteer1@d401.k12.id.us.Mary knows the district and community very well from her time as a school board member (for two years), as a counselor at Teton High (for five years) and 32 years as a high school counselor in Wyoming. The school principals and others on the TSD 401 Administrative Team are continuing to determine student and staff needs. They’ll be passing these needs to Mary when an outside resource or other assistance may be helpful as the district continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.Silver Star Announces New Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

Silver Star has added additional public Wi-Fi hotspots in the following locations. Please note that these are outdoor locations to support physical distancing. Be prepared to work in your car or to be dressed appropriately for the weather.

Victor, ID at Sherman Park

Tetonia, ID located 6309 North Main Street

Soda Springs, ID located at 550 E 2nd South

Irwin, ID located near the Post Office and elementary school at 3911 Old Irwin Rd.

Thayne, WY located at 168 Moser Ave.

These locations are in addition to Silver Star existing location at the fairgrounds in Afton, WY

Stay tuned for further information about two additional potential hotspot locations being explored for Alta and Driggs, ID later this week.Maps for these locations can be found at SilverStar.com/covid-19We have placed Wi-Fi access points on towers at these locations to work for short term internet access needs. Here are a few things to be aware of while accessing these hotspots:These are not permanent locations and are only being turned up during this time of need.These are controlled sessions; each connection is speed limited to allow for multiple concurrent users.The signal may be lessened if your line of sight to the access point is blocked by things such as trees or buildings.Your ability to access the signal is only as good as your device’s antenna will allow.Please practice physical/social distancing while at these locations.The City of Victor is temporarily closing all City playground equipment including jungle gyms, swing sets, and the like effective immediately.

Those parks include Willow Creek., Brookside, Sherman, The Settlement and Golf Vista Parks.

All other areas of parks and pathways currently remain open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to recreate outdoors, including in open areas of City parks and pathways, while practicing safe social distancing requirements.

“It’s very important for everyone to get out, be active, and breathe fresh air during these stressful times. We’re keeping the free space of our parks and pathways open as a way to encourage outdoor recreation,” said Victor Mayor Will Frohlich in a news release.For City of Victor COVID-19 Updates, visit https://www.victorcityidaho.com/alert_detail.php.For Teton County Community COVID-19 Information, visit https://coronavirus-response-tetonidaho.hub.arcgis.com/.Teton County, in partnership with a variety of local agencies and organizations as created a central hub for all information related to the cornovirus or COVID-19.

County GIS supervisor Rob Marin built and is currently maintain the web site that can be found at coronavirus-response-tetonidaho.hub.arcgis.com/.

The web site contains important web links for social services and government links for ongoing updates related to COVID-19. The web site also contains press releases from state and local jurisdictions.

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