PORTIONS OF BARKING
SPIDER TRAIL "OBLITERATED"
A meeting was held recently at the Bureau of Land Management office in Marsing to discuss the issue of obliterating selected bike trails. Of particular interest to cycling race participants was several miles of the Barking Spider race course that has been bladed or obliterated by heavy machinery just days before the April 10 race. The portions of trail that have been destroyed are due to public road improvements, which include stop signs and stoplights. It was decided at the meeting there be no further trail obliterations until there is ample time for public input.
For further information or updates on this issue, please call Tyler Welshimer, of Intermountain Orthopedics/Lost River Cycling, at 466-1818.
BIKE SERIES FEATURES CHARITIES
Roberta Russell of IO/LRC, and chair of the Blue Cruise and Treasure Valley Charity Bike Series, would like to make cyclists aware of the Treasure Valley Charity Bike Series. All cyclists who ride in all four charity events will be entered into a drawing for a 2005-2006 Bogus Basin Season Ski Pass. The rides and dates are: Cycle for Independence: May 21, Bob LeBow Bike Tour: June 11, Tri County Tour: July 23, and The Blue Cruise: Aug. 14.
For more information and links to all the ride web sites, log onto www.tvcbs.org.
NEW TRAIL BLAZED IN BOISE FOOTHILLS
More than 60 Leadership Boise and Leadership Boise Academy members and their families blazed a new recreational trail Saturday at Seaman Gulch in the northwest Boise foothills. The volunteer hours will count toward requirements for a $26,000 grant from the National Recreation Trail Program from the Federal Highway Administration. Ada County was awarded the grant to build a parking lot and restrooms at the trailhead, according to Tim Breuer, open space and trails manager for Ada County. The new half-mile trail is part of the second phase of the Seaman Gulch Trail on 227 acres. Applications for the 2005/06 Leadership Boise class are being accepted now through May 13, 2005. For more information, call the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce at 472-5200.
SCHOLARSHIPS DONATED TO GIRLS ON THE RUN
The Kiwanis Club of Eagle presented Girls on the Run program director, Rebecca Evans, with a check for $300. The funds were used as scholarships for participants enrolled in the Eagle program. The Girls on the Run mission is to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The 10-week program programs use physical activity (running) and experiential learning to teach very specific and well-defined social and personal development skills. Currently, Girls on the Run offers two sessions per year, in the spring and fall. For more information about becoming a coach, volunteering, sponsoring scholarships or donating to Girls on the Run, log onto www.gotr.org, or phone 794-5578 for more information.
Idaho Fish and Game
FISHERIES MANAGERS SEEK INPUT
Fisheries managers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game want your opinion about proposals for the 2006-2007 fishing rules. Fish and Game is proposing three statewide rule changes. The first would allow anglers with a second pole validation to have up to 10 lines when ice fishing. The second would remove limits on walleye and northern pike except where Fish and Game actively manages these species. The third statewide proposal would change the rules for fishing tournaments to allow for the harvest of wild trout under certain circumstances. For more information on these proposals, attend one of numerous meetings being held statewide in May. For listings, log onto www.fishandgame.gov.
I noticed that the new big game regulations include new fees for licenses and tags, but at the top it says "previous fees in effect until July 1". Does this mean I'll save money if I buy my license before then?
You will save money if you buy any Fish and Game license or tag prior to July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. Be aware that the new rules brochure lists the increased prices that go into effect on July 1. So if you're purchasing a license by mail before July 1, be sure to send a check for the current price. For a list of the current prices, log onto www.fishandgame.idaho.gov/licenses/fees/