SIERRA CLUB WEEKEND CAMPOUT

Leave the dirt bikes and ATVs at home and spend an environmentally friendly weekend in the Owyhee Canyonlands with the Sierra Club. Sprawled through parts of Idaho, Oregon and Washington, the Wild West country surrounding the banks of the Owyhee River is no stranger to the political tug-of-war endlessly waged with ranchers and recreators on one side and conservationists on the other.

This weekend the conservationists host four days of exploring the rhyolite and basalt canyons, camping on the banks of the river and learning about how to protect the canyonlands from threatening factors such as mining and overgrazing.

Check-in begins Thursday, June 17 at Three Forks campsite. Explore and hike on your own during the afternoon and then join the group for an evening campfire talk about the negative effects of mining on the river ecosystem.

Friday, June 18 includes hiking, bird watching, warm springs soaking, kids programs and river dipping. At night the campfire talk will cover geology and archaeology.

Spend the day Saturday doing whatever you neglected to do in the great outdoors on Friday. After two nights of camping food, you'll be happy to take part in a catered dinner provided by Sierra Club and then sit around the campfire for a serious chat about wilderness history and politics.

Festivities end on Sunday by noon and only the early birds will get a hike or bird walk in before breaking camp.

If you're interested in attending the sixth annual Sierra Club Owyhee Canyonlands Rendezvous register by June 7 through the Sierra Club at (208) 384-1023. Cost is $15 per individual and $25 per family. Come prepared with food and water, weather-appropriate clothes and only your well-behaved four-legged friends.

 

HAPPY TRAILS FOR YOU

If you're new to hiking and biking in the foothills, say a silent prayer of thanks for ambitious volunteers who love the outdoors. Ada County Parks and Waterways together with SWIMBA, 94.9 KRVB The River and REI are heading into a newly established Ada County open space in near Seaman Gulch Road on Saturday, June 5 to blaze the first phase of a 3.5-mile trail.

Unlike more rugged trails in the foothills, this one will draw families and beginners to its easy slopes.

Those of you with a little extra time on your hands a good pair of working gloves can register to help out at REI, 8300 W. Emerald, call 322-1141 or e-mail sycoope@rei.com.

 

BIKES FOR BOOKS

For the second year the Ride to Read Motorcycle Rally will take to the scenic byways of Idaho to help raise a few bucks for adult and child literacy programs. Ride to Read Rally, Inc. is a nonprofit group founded by White Cloud Coffee for the purpose of raising money for literacy.

This year almost 50 riders have volunteered to start up their engines on Saturday, June 12 at the White Cloud Coffee's Boise roastery and rally to Stanley where lunch awaits at the Redfish Lake Lodge. Proceeds from the event will find its way into the pocketbooks of The Learning Lab, United Way's Success by 6, Bells for Books and the Stanley Library.

Riding starts at 9:30 a.m. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. For more information go to www.ridetoread.org, e-mail ride2read@whitecloudcoffee.com or call 343-6222.

 

YOU BETCHA

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter was so confident in the Steelheads' ability to claim the coveted Kelly Cup from the Everblades in the recent ECHL Kelly Cup Finals that he wagered local produce with Ft. Meyers Mayor Jim Humphrey.

Bieter promised to send a sack of potatoes and links of chorizo to fellow mayor Humphrey in the unlikely event that the Steelheads lost the Kelly Cup. As we all know, the Steelheads reigned victorious over their warm-weather opponents and as a result, it was Mayor Humphrey who had to ante up. Thanks to two Florida companies, Mayor Bieter will soon be peeling open fresh Florida oranges and pulling tails off five pounds of wild-caught shrimp.

Boise Weekly hopes Mayor Bieter has seen Forrest Gump recently ... shrimp cocktail, shrimp gumbo, fried shrimp, broiled shrimp, shrimp chowder, you can bake it, fry it ...

BOARD BIZ

The Idaho Amateur Skateboard League, Inc. will hold competitions throughout the summer for skaters 17 and under. The nonprofit organization is committed to creating an environment for skateboarding teens in which participants are challenged in a positive atmosphere. If you've got a teen whose board has to be surgically removed each time walking is necessary, sign them up for a little friendly competition. Events are as follows:

June 19: Fort Boise Skate Park

July 10: Kuna Skate Park

July 31: Burley Skate Park

Aug. 14: Tully Skate Park, Meridian

Aug. 28: Fort Boise Skate Parks

Entry fee for a single event is $25 per competition, to enter all competitions is a $60 fee plus $15 for each competition. All fees include insurance. Call 388-0646 or visit www.idasl.org for information.

 

WOMEN'S BIKE RACING 101

For biking women by biking women. June 26-27 Team Dobbiaco, Wenzel Coaching, St. Luke's Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Services and Brian's Pro Bike host Bike Racing 101, a women's racing clinic. Whether you're an amateur in need of some strength or you're a little more experienced but want to be smarter and faster, Bike Racing 101 will get you where you want to be.

Coach Kendra Wenzel, coauthor of Bike Racing 101 and coach and pro racer Laura Downey will teach group riding skills, cornering, positioning, climbing and more through both classroom and on-the-bike learning.

The session on Saturday, June 26 will focus on group riding, skills and bike comfort. Sunday, June 27 will emphasize training, strategy and racing skills.

For more information and prices call (541) 822-3737 or visit www.wenzelcoaching.com/Boise_clinic.htm. Online registration is available.

--Compiled by Rachael Daigle

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