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Comment Archives: stories: Rec & Sports

Re: “Summer Skiing in the Sawtooths

As a volunteer EMT and past guide in this region, I'm excited to see your coverage, but extremely disappointed to see your lack of helmets and proper gear in ascending such a steep and dangerous slope, let alone to be skiing down without safety gear (especially when you position the two employees of Backcountry Pursuit - a retail store - as if they're professional guides..."no backcountry gear needed" to ski the Sawtooths, huh?). There is a long history of guiding in this region, so I think your approach is appalling and irresponsible. What would you have done had you fallen and started sliding on such a slope, let alone a million other things. Snow is thin and rocks are everywhere. These mistakes kill! This is a popular spot and adventure, but most go more prepared for the risks. Were something to happen, you are very far from help, where no helicopter can land and no ski patrol can dream to help, and you put all your rescuers at risk because you wanted to have a good time without preparing properly. Now you're putting your readers at risk by making it seem like no big deal. If it took you 4 hours to hike, imagine rescuers with gear going up and down again to help. VOLUNTEERS!! If you only knew how many rescues there were in this region every year; How many people have lost their lives in adventures that started off fun but end in tragedy due to lack of preparation (including a close friend of mine). Do your research and understand your risk folks. Everyone thinks it can't happen to them, but it happens to the experts. Mother Nature is not forgiving and it's all fun until someone gets hurt. The boy scouts had it right...Be Prepared.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by Zack Nundo on 08/11/2014 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Debating Dog Parks

I have a nice home in the north end on a corner with plenty of grass. Its private property and I clean up feces constantly and step in it from time to time. Its all kinds of sizes and colors and I have seen many different offenders stop drop a log and walk. I'm done being mad about it but its apparent that people are great with letting their animals poop on their neighbors and could care less.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Shane Blair on 07/29/2014 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Loathsome Dove: Open Season on Eurasian Collared Doves

I live in NorthWest BC. These things are all over the place, their cooing is incessant and aggravating. I would like to see them eradicated.

13 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by friartuck on 07/28/2014 at 7:48 PM

Re: “Debating Dog Parks

Dog parks are probably a necessary evil in a city the size of Boise, especially since the foothills have become so restrictive. The 'feces' is the easiest part in my opinion. Most dog owners do not understand when their dog is being an asshole vs playing, so a few dogs 'play' and many others are terrorized. Good dogs learn a lot of bad behaviors in a small tense area. That isn't a problem politics can solve, but it's why I wouldn't take my dogs to one. I think the rest is just ridiculous shit. (Yes! LITERALLY!) Share the parks and quit whining about your babies touching 'feces'. I've seen their hands. I'd be more worried about the poop.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by katy on 07/28/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Debating Dog Parks

As a dog owner I take responsibility to pick up after other lazy owners, and alert those who may not see their dog's 'business' in action. It's not difficult, but I see the frustration. Stiff fines could easily solve the problem.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by pappasquat on 07/28/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Debating Dog Parks

Problem with the dog poop argument is that it doesn't matter if the dog is on or off leash... dog poop is a problem regardless...This is a problem with owners not cleaning up not dogs being off leash..

7 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Kim Ernstrom on 07/28/2014 at 11:20 AM

Re: “Debating Dog Parks

Just create separate dog parks. All a dog park requires is ground and a place for owners to put their dog poop. Keep kids and dog poop separate.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Jewels in Boise on 07/26/2014 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Debating Dog Parks

I'm a dog owner and am always happy to see more places for my guy to run. But pooping and peeing in the morning followed by children playing on the grass in the afternoon, is just plain not a good plan. Even if people are picking up most of it, there is plenty of fresh residue in a designated dog play zone.

It is commendable of the city to try and accommodate everyone, but this is a good intention with bad results.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chuck W on 07/24/2014 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Inspiring on the Payette

Obviously what this dude is able to do is amazing, the fact that he is doing these things makes the inspiration self evident. This piece retains journalistic integrity and reads like any other story about any other event. In any other issue, projection of the author gushing about how amazing, inspirational, or unbelievable something was would be unwelcome. My guess is that this is what other commentators are expecting, and missing, in order to elicit such oddly outraged responses. People with disabilities don't need don't need the sympathy or "good try buddy" that many people feel compelled to spew. The dude is doing his best, is trying hard, and is an inspiration for that. Murri treated this athlete like any other athlete, disability or not. That is FAR from being insensitive. Rabelo doesn't need a participation medal, an over-inflated saccharin story of overcoming adversity, or asterisk of "...which is great for someone like him" tacked onto his accomplishments. It's inappropriate to wax outraged on behalf of people who can defend themselves just fine.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by clintron on 07/24/2014 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Inspiring on the Payette

I appreciate that this isn't a fluff piece of "inspirational" BS. Obviously what this dude is able to do is amazing, the fact that he is doing these things makes the inspiration self evident. This piece retains journalistic integrity and reads like any other story about any other event. In any other issue, projection of the author gushing about how amazing, inspirational, or unbelievable something was would be unwelcome. My guess is that this is what other commentators are expecting, and missing, in order to elicit such oddly outraged responses. People with disabilities don't need don't need the sympathy or "good try buddy" that many people feel compelled to spew. The dude is doing his best, is trying hard, and is an inspiration for that. Murri treated this athlete like any other athlete, disability or not. That is FAR from being insensitive. Rabelo doesn't need a participation medal, an over-inflated saccharin story of overcoming adversity, or asterisk of "...which is great for someone like him" tacked onto his accomplishments. It's inappropriate to wax-outraged on behalf of people who can defend themselves just fine.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by clintron on 07/24/2014 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Debating Dog Parks

With apologies to the 'few' dog owners who do clean up their dog's feces, the majority of owners fail to do this very basic chore, and thusly put the whole idea of 'dog parks' in jeopardy.

9 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ajax on 07/24/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Inspiring on the Payette

Wow! What an incredibly ignorant article!! I'm embarrassed for the Boise Weekly for publishing this and Jessica Murri for writing this insensitive and plain rude article. It's almost like you chose to put him down instead of building him up with your poor choice of words. "Eyes like opals", "Rabelo clumsily dipping his paddle blades into the water, oblivious to a near miss with the shoreline", "he managed to stand up and ride the wave, but only for seven seconds--a fraction of the time of the other surfers"... that last one is 100% not true. I was one of the competitors in the event and many didn't stand up at all! It's amazing how ignorant some people are. Anthony Vela

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by Anthony Vela on 07/23/2014 at 2:43 PM

Re: “It's Not About The Fish

Jessica, this is a great story. Idaho Veterans Network is always looking for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who want to join us for hunting, fishing, car races, and of course our peer to peer group every Thursday. This group is the place they meet and make new friends, establish bonds and form a new brotherhood where they live now. Please call us or send an email via our website if you are one of these veterans and would like to join our family.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Marnie Adamson Bernard on 07/16/2014 at 12:46 PM

Re: “It's Not About The Fish

Thanks for writing this Jessica. Veterans are thankful for those that begin to understand some of the struggles and are overjoyed to see our brothers get back to semblance of normalcy.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sapper on 07/16/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Take a Hike to Tablerock

Tablerock would such a great icon and backdrop for Boise except for it's similarity to a pin cushion with all the antennas and especially the lighted cross that shouts, "Beware of living here if you are not my religion. Maybe you could sponsor an antenna count, or get folks to guess the height of the cross and how many light bulbs it takes to cast that glow over what it defines as a provincial city.

6 likes, 51 dislikes
Posted by Chuck Woods on 07/09/2014 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Inspiring on the Payette

'Eyes like opals', really?? Nice. I had the pleasure of meeting Derek and watching him surf. River surfing is difficult at first and different than ocean surfing. Your lack of knowledge about the sport is only surpassed by your lack of humanity.
Julie Steinberg

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Julie Steinberg on 07/01/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Payette River Games

With the second Payette River Games in the books, it may be appropriate for the author to issue a retraction for the use of the word "gimmicky" when describing what is now the one of the largest, richest and most competitive surf/kayak/SUP events in the world.

Posted by Waterman on 06/27/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Inspiring on the Payette

I can only imagine experiencing the river without the sense of sight. Right now, I couldn't get an "only" 7-second ride on the wave... kudos to Derek for being bold. I know his story inspires many people.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Sean Bierle on 06/27/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Transworld Tour Rides On in Singapore

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Posted by AndersonSmith on 06/26/2014 at 11:54 PM

Re: “What SUP?

almost 1500 cfs not 15000.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Victor Myers on 06/25/2014 at 8:25 PM


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