Feds Shut Down, But Kids Keep Going 

U.S. shuts down wildlife refuges, BLM campgrounds and visitor centers and National Park Service land.

Nothing makes you realize quite how much public land there is in Idaho until the government decides to shut down and, in the process, close access to some of the region's favorite resources. While state parks and recreation areas remain open, here is what the feds have on hold for now:

• All national wildlife refuges and their support facilities are closed, including fish hatcheries.

• Developed facilities on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management--including campgrounds, boat ramps and visitors centers--are closed. BLM lands that are not developed and have no controlled access remain open.

• All developed facilities run by the U.S. Forest Service--campgrounds and the like--are closed, but firefighting, law enforcement and other essential services are still up and running. All undeveloped lands with open access are still open.

• All National Park Service land--including national parks themselves--are closed, but those roads inside the parks that serve as thruways will remain open to drivers.

• All recreation areas managed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation are closed, including Black Canyon Reservoir. Those areas managed by an outside entity, or that are not funded by appropriation money, will remain open unless otherwise stated.

(Specific closure information at usa.gov.)

While the federal government might not be able to keep things rolling, two local young athletes can.

First up, T.J. Hughes is putting his skateboard where his heart is and skating from the Idaho City Skate Park to Rhodes Skate Park in downtown Boise beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 13.

Why would anyone want to ride a skateboard for 45 miles? Hughes is raising money for La Roca Skate Church in Quito, Ecuador, where he plans to travel with plenty of donated gear for area kids.

Supporters can get more information on the project, as well as donate for each mile he skates, at tjskatecharity.blogspot.com.

In more kids-kicking-ass news, 16-year-old Rocky Mountain High School student Alec Voorhees came home with a bronze medal at the ICF Freestyle Kayaking World Championships.

Voorhees competed in the Junior Men's K-1 division at the competition in Atlanta in early September.

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