February 23, 2005 

registration

SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Wednesday, February 23 is the last day for West YMCA swim team members to sign-up for the 2005 Pacific North YMCA Swimming Championships taking place from March 11-13, hosted by the Treasure Valley Family YMCA and the Boise Y Swim Team. Entries are due no later than 6 p.m. Use the online entry form or give entries to your respective coaches. Entry forms can be attained online at entries@boiseswimteam.org.

LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL

West Boise Little League open registration for the 2005 season is over, but late registration is still being accepted by mail only. To register your child, please call the message line at 378-9336 to hear if there are any openings in your child's age group. You can also print off the registratin form at www.wbll.net. Fill it out and mail to WBLL, P.O. Box 44772, Boise, ID 83711-0772. Make sure to include necessary fees, plus a $10 late fee.

INDOOR TRACK

Entries for the 2005 National Masters Championships are due no later than Tuesday, March 1. A $50 late fee will be applied to entries submitted after Wednesday, February 23. The competition is open to all men and women 30 years of age and older. Individuals will compete in five-year age groups and relays in 10-year age groups. The meet will run in accordance with USA Track and Field Competition Rules and Regulations.

Sunday, March 13, 8 a.m., The Idaho Center, Nampa. For more information call 859-9219, or log on to www.usatf.org

GIRLS ON THE RUN

The Girls on the Run program has expanded to 16 locations and begins March 14. Registration is open until March 11th, 2005 and is on a first come, first serve basis. Girls do not have to attend the school site hosting the program to participate at that site.

Girls on the Run programs are life-changing learning programs for girls in third through fifth grades. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.

For more information, contact Rebecca Evans at 794-5578 or register online at

www.gotr.org. To find out about becoming a coach, volunteering, sponsoring scholarships or donating to Girls on the Run, call 388-4687 or log on at info@gotr.org.

events

BOISE BIKE SWAP

The second annual Boise Bike Swap, presented by Team Dobbiaco and Boise Development Cycling, is scheduled for March 3 to 5. Patrons can buy or sell used bikes, clothing and accessories. A 15 percent commission will be taken by the bike swap. Attending the event will be local biking clubs and bike shops, offering reduced prices on bikes and accessories. Food and beverages by Satchel's Grill. Those wishing to sell equipment can drop off items at the event location on Wednesday, March 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., or on Thursday, March 3, from 12 to 4 p.m.

March 3 to 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, $1 (13 and under are free). Old TJ Max Plaza, 1405 Milwaukee St., For more information contact Vernon Padaca at 884-2614 or Mike Cooley at 343-3782.

cycling

LOOKING FOR BICYCLE

COMMUTERS

The Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance is looking for eight individuals to take part in a starter project for bicycle commuting. Individuals sought are those who presently commute to work or school by driving alone but desire to commute by bicycle. These eight people will be identified through applications taken on TVCA's Web site at www.biketreasurevalley.org

skiing

TEST DRIVE TAMARACK

Test Drive Tamarack! Through February 28th Tamarack Resort in Donnelly is offering another opportunity for Idaho residents to "Test Drive" the resort by offering free skiing and boarding. Tickets can be obtained online at www.tamarackidaho.com. Click on the Test Drive Tamarack banner and answer a couple of questions. A voucher will be issued to the registrant via e-mail. Print it and present the voucher at the Tamarack Ticket Counter upon arrival and you'll be given a complimentary lift ticket. Limited one ticket per person per day. Guests must register 48 hours prior to the day they wish to ski or ride.

For more information, call (877) TAM-RESORT.

Idaho Fish and Game

ASK FISH & GAME

Q: I heard the rules for muzzleloaders are about to change in Idaho. Is that true?

A: You heard correctly. The Fish and Game Commission has approved the use of conical bullets in traditional hunts. The Commission was responding to concerns of some hunters who feel conical bullets penetrate better than round ball bullets, resulting in more humane kills. Lead or lead-alloy, non-jacketed conical bullets will be allowed. Sabots will not be permitted in traditional muzzleloader hunts. At the same time the Commission denied the request of some hunters to allow the use of low powered scope sites in traditional hunts.

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