3rd Rail Jam and Take the Idaho Fish and Game Survey 

Whether you're into hip-hop or spotted dace, this is your week

When people think of Boise, their minds obviously turn toward hip-hop culture ... OK, maybe not, but for at least one day, hip-hop will ring across the Boise Foothills as the 3rd Rail Jam returns to Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The event is a mash-up of hip-hop music and a no-holds-barred rail jam for skiers and snowboarders that takes over the hill with a day of music, sports, graffiti art and MC battles. Competitors will battle it out for swag in front of the crowds, while graffiti artists demonstrate their skills, all set to a constant stream of music, including a few live performances.

For those who want to show off their prowess on the slopes, sign-ups for the rail jam begin prior to the 9 a.m. competition time in the J.R. Simplot Lodge, and any competitor 17 or younger needs to have a parent on hand to sign a waiver.

It will run you $25 to go for the gold--um, swag--but it's free for the public to watch. Music will play throughout the day.

This is the second year the 3rd Rail Jam has hit Boise after starting in New Jersey roughly five years ago. The founders have been expanding the road show since, taking the event to eight stops across the county.

For more information, check out bogusbasin.org or 3rdrailjam.com.

So, maybe a sick rail jam and hip-hop jamboree isn't your scene. If you're more into activities that require a hook and reel, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for your take on fishing in Idaho.

IDFG is conducting an online survey to get a better idea of the habits and preferences of Idaho anglers, with questions ranging from what they like to fish for to where they like to fish to what they think the department's conservation priorities should be.

The survey--done every five years or so--helps the department develop its next statewide fish management plan, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2013. IDFG officials will also host a series of public meetings to review the last plan. The meetings will be held around the state and start later this spring.

If you want to offer your comments online, do so at fishandgame.idaho.gov, but you'd better move fast--the last day to participate online is Sunday, Feb. 5.

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