March 23, 2005 

nature

PUBLIC INVITED TO TAKE A HIKE

More than 800 pairs of eagles, falcons, hawks and owls are making their annual return to nesting sites in the Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservations Area, located southwest of Boise. Along with this special event in nature, the Bureau of Land Management and Canyon County Parks and Waterways will again offer their annual Spring Hike series. This year the series begins on Saturday, April 16, and continues through June 11. Most hikes are on Saturdays, but several hikes are also offered mid-week. Each hike explores a different aspect of the area's fascinating wildlife, plants, geology and history.

To register for a hike call Barb Forderhase, BLM Environmental Education Specialist at 384-3485.

marathon

KETCHUM TO HOLD HALF MARATHON

It's only March, but athletes are being encouraged to plan ahead for Ketchum's inaugural half-marathon on May 29. The 13.1-mile race is presented by the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber & Visitors Bureau and US Race Series, of San Francisco. The event is hosted in conjunction with the Sun Valley Mountain Wellness Festival, a four-day celebration which will include more than 40 lectures and workshops addressing various forms of body, mind and spirit wellness over Memorial Day weekend in Sun Valley. The race is sanctioned by United States Track and Field USATF and is open to runners and race walkers. Two-person relay teams also have the option to enter. Entry forms can be obtained at participating running and athletic stores in Boise and Sun Valley. The event benefits four Idaho-based non-profit organizations: the Snake River Alliance, Wood River Ride Share, Blaine County Recreational District and the Environmental Resource Center.

For more information, visit www.svruns.com.

ice skating

ICEWORLD SKATERS REGISTER GOOD MARKS

Idaho IceWorld figure skaters scored well at the U.S. Figure Skating Future Champions Competition on March 12 and 13 at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Twenty-seven clubs from 10 states participated in the event. Now in its third year, the Future Champions Series is an opportunity to reward skaters in the juvenile, intermediate and novice levels and encourage them to stay in the sport. Most of the IceWorld skaters participated in more than one event. In the team competition, IceWorld's Finnatics placed first and the Leaping Leprechauns came in third. Individual results were: Brook Comstock, first place in showcase; Clea Wurster, second place in compulsory moves; Katie Goicoechea, first place in compulsory moves; Karanyn Wurster, secnd place in freestyle; Yael Sender, third place in freestyle; Shanna Rippy, second place in freestyle; Olivia Hill, second place in showcase; Jami Fasth, third place in freestyle; Barbara Larson, fourth place in showcase; Kassi Schlund, fourth place in showcase; Victoria Sandmeyer, third place in compulsory moves; and Ashley Southern, first place in freestyle.

snowboarding

FLANAGAN, ORB SWEEP MONTANA COMPETITION

The towering peaks and intimidating steeps of the Tetons didn't seem to affect sold-out events at the final stop of the Chevrolet Evolution Tour, from March 11 through 13, where more than 200 riders came out for competition. In the slopestyle, Idahoan Bobby Flanagan (Sun Valley) was able to sweep away the field of 103 men to claim top spot on the podium.

In the snowboardcross event, Jackson's first ever, Idaho's Quinn Orb (Ketchum) spoiled the field run after run, straight through the field of competitors to take the event.

skiing

WORLD MASTERS COMES TO SUN VALLEY

A variety of languages will be heard on the ski slopes of Sun Valley from April 5 through 9 as the best masters-level skiers from all over the globe converge for the FIS World Masters Criterium. The WMC, also called the Masters World Cup, is the most important event on the masters circuit, and is hosted alternately by Canada and the United States at high profile ski destinations every other year. Ski racers scheduled to arrive in Sun Valley in April will represent 16 nations from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. Over 250 foreign athletes are registered, with the largest representation from Italy and Austria, as well as 145 U.S. athletes. Spectators are welcome to attend at no charge.

For information on visiting the Sun Valley area, call 800-634-3347 or click over to www.visitsunvalley.com.

eco sports

BOWFISHING: ALTERNATIVE TO POISON

The North American Bowfishing Society (NABS) has been launched with the goal of encouraging conservation and participation in the sport of bowfishing on a national level.

Millions of dollars are spent each year by state and federal agencies to remove Carp or limit their impact. Specifically, Asian Carp are an aggressive invader that dominate local waterways through their high reproduction rate and feeding habits of sifting thru the lake bottom. NABS can remove them for free and have have fun doing it.

Royce Martos, vice president of NABS, says, "All our members will be strongly encouraged to shoot only exotic fishes like Carp and Tilapia. We can help in the conservation cause by removing these exotic, yet invasive, species without the use of poisons."

NABS Is a pro-conservation, pro-family organization who invites like-minded individuals to get involved by visiting their Web site at www.bowfishingsociety.com.

Idaho Fish and Game

ASK IDFG

When will deer and elk hunting regulations for 2005 be available?

In mid-April. Deer, elk, antelope as well as bear and lion seasons are not set in stone until the Commission meets from March 21 to 23. Once the seasons are set, the regulations must be written and sent off to the printer. That process should take about three weeks.

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