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Ada County agrees to sell land for Eagle snow park, curling tourney set in Stanley

Following months of finger-pointing between Ada County and city of Eagle officials, county commissioners on Jan. 7 voted 2-to-1 to sell 35 acres of the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex so that Eagle can move forward with its plans to build an all-weather terrain park.

The city has had a 99-year lease for use of a public park on approximately 85 acres of the Ada County-owned land, which sits a half-mile north of East Floating Feather Road off of North Horseshoe Bend Road. In particular, Eagle had its eye on some of those acres at the Ada-Eagle Sports Complex for its proposed outdoor sports park, which would feature a sled hill, snow-making equipment, water retention pond and wakeboard cable park.

But commissioners balked at Eagle's plans, saying a commercial snow park wasn't allowed under the lease agreement.

Ultimately, the Eagle City Council voted to make an offer to Ada County to buy 35 of the acres at $4,000 per acre, which Ada Commissioners Rick Yzaguirre and Jim Tibbs voted to accept. Commissioner Dave Case voted against the sale.

In other sliding-things-around-in-the-snow news, the Boise Curling Club has announced the dates for this year's second annual Sawtooth Outdoor Bonspiel, set for Friday, Jan. 24-Sunday, Jan. 26, at the outdoor ice rink in Stanley.

For the uninitiated, curling is a centuries-old sport first played in Scotland and Northern Europe, in which players push specially shaped and weighted stones across a sheet or rink of ice, aiming at a target area of four concentric rings called a "house." The closer the stone rests to the center of the house, the higher the point value.

Similar to deck shuffleboard, curling--which is competitively played in tournaments called "bonspiels"--has had a long, though spotty history in organized play. A part of the first Winter Olympic Games in 1924, it disappeared from the event until 1984, when it was then presented as a demonstration sport with no medals on the line.

That changed in 1998, when curling was offered as a medal sport in men's and women's tournaments at the games in Nagano, Japan. Since then, Canadian and Scandinavian teams have dominated, though the U.S. men's team took the bronze in 2006.

Get in on the bonspiel action in Idaho with a free "Learn to Curl" session on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Stanley ice rink. Check out the Boise Curling Club league schedule at boisecurlingclub.org, and find more info on the bonspiel at sobidaho.com.

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