Rec News, March 4, 2009 

Ski Racer

The world of competitive ski racing isn't an easy one, and it's hard to stand out from the pack, but one Boise girl is doing just that.

At just 10 years old, Summer Church is ranked No. 1 in the nation in girls' skiercross at her age level, as well as being the USSA intermountain freestyle halfpipe champion in her J-5 division.

With a string of high-profile race qualifications, Church is the first Idahoan to qualify in USSA freestyle, Alpine and snowboarding competitions.

Church will compete in the USSA Alpine skiing north championships on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at Tamarack Ski Resort in Donnelly. Races begin at 9 a.m. each day, and are free and open to the public.

Pathus Interuptus

While the weather might be enticing to hit the Greenbelt for a nice long ride, you may have to make alternate plans thanks to a closure on the pathway near the Old Idaho Penitentiary.

Roughly 700 feet of the trail will be torn up so crews can repair an irrigation canal which has been causing erosion along the pathway. The closure will affect the section between Ben's Crow in and the Gregerson Wildlife Park entrance gate. Work began on Tuesday, March 4 and is scheduled to end on Friday, April 24.

During construction, Greenbelt users will be detoured onto Warm Springs Avenue.

Bonsai

The snow may be starting to melt, but there's one more time to celebrate winter by hurling yourself down a hill.

McCall's annual Tubapalooza will celebrate all forms of getting down the hill, be it cardboard sled, kayak or inner tube beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. Live music will begin at 4 p.m., with registration for the cardboard sled race and kayak races taken up to the start of the event.

The event is free and open to the public and will include a beer garden and bon fire. For all the details and race rules, check out activitybarn.com.

—Deanna Darr

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