Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bloomberg: Seahawks' Richard Sherman Takes Out the Trash(Talk)

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 12:35 PM

First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move!" taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. - OFFICIAL WHITE HOUSE PHOTO BY AMANDA LUCIDON
  • Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon
  • First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a "Let's Move!" taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014.

As millions of Americans prepare to chow down on chips and dip while they watch the New England Patriots (14-4) and the Seattle Seahawks (14-4) go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, Feb. 1, writer Will Leitch (founding editor of Deadspin) offers some food for thought with his Jan. 30 Bloomberg Politics article, "The NFL's Trashtalker of Truth," a piece about Seahawks' cornerback Richard Sherman, who Fleitch calls "the most eloquent critic of his own league."

It's an excellent, eye-opening read—especially if you've had your fill of Deflategate.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Concert to Benefit Wheelchair Trip Across Northern Spain

Posted By on Mon, Apr 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

The Shell: the official logo of the Camino de Santiago - WIKIPEDIA.ORG
  • The Shell: the official logo of the Camino de Santiago

At a glance, the Camino de Santiago looks a lot like Idaho. It's flanked by dramatic hillsides and lazily crosses rolling golden wheat fields. Hikers and cyclists bob along its dusty trail. 

The Camino is a 500-mile track running across northern Spain. An avenue of religious pilgrimage since Medieval times, today it's also a destination for secular tourists, including best friends from Boise Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray, who will be hiking the Camino from Sunday, June 1, to Saturday, July 12. The catch? Gray will be pushing Skeesuck's wheelchair from St. Jean Pied de Port, France, all the way to Cabo de Finisterre, Spain.

To raise funds for the trip, Skeesuck and Gray are holding a benefit concert Saturday, May 3, 8 p.m. at The Bouquet, featuring performances by Fires in FranceA Sea of Glass and Michael Gray  Admission is a minimum $10 donation at the door. 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Need Something To Do Saturday?

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 6:30 PM

Get off your duff! The weather will be splendid this weekend and there's no reason you should hole up inside watching television. Besides, modern technology enables you to save your favorite episodes so you can watch whenever you like. The weather, however, cannot be controlled by mankind. 

Join the Idaho Conservation League and embark on a hike through Dry Creek Canyon. Hike leader Talo Pinto will lead you through the area to ensure your adventure is safe and informative. Take some allergy pills beforehand if necessary, and treat yourself by soaking up some sweet vitamin D.

8:30 a.m. FREE. Idaho Conservation League, 710 N. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-6933, 
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Boating Set to Open on Lake Lowell April 15

Posted By on Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Good news for the water sports set: Boating will open on Lake Lowell, in Nampa, Tuesday April 15.

The same day, Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge will also re-open the Lower Dam Recreation Area, Gotts Point to the first parking lot, and all boat ramps.

Visitor center hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Ride Idaho Announces 2014 Route

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM


Ride Idaho—a roughly 400-mile, seven-day recreational bicycle tour around some of the most beautiful and historic places in the Gem State—announced the 2014 route at the annual kick-off party on Tuesday night at Beside Bardenay. This year's event will start and finish in Twin Falls, looping through Malad Gorge State Park, the Wood River Valley and the City of Rocks.

Between 350 and 400 riders from around the country are expected to attend the 10th iteration of Ride Idaho—making it one of the most popular annual cycling events in the state.

Director Earl Grief is very happy with the response Ride Idaho receives from the communities along its route. "Its about tourism and health—we give back to different communities in different ways. We've given equipment to Sandpoint and to Coeur d' Alene to help clean the trails and clean the beaches. We also align with the Idaho Pedestrian & Bicycle Alliance," said Grief.

With an average age of 55, nightly entertainment and a relaxed vibe, Ride Idaho offers something for most skill and fitness levels.The event runs Aug. 3-9, 2014.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tour de Fat Raises $55,000 in Boise

Posted By on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 12:02 PM

  • Laurie Pearman

If there was ever any question that Boise loves both beer and bikes, it should be put aside considering Tour de Fat on Aug. 17 raised more than $55,000 to support local bike nonprofits.

Festival organizers from New Belgium Brewing announced that the Boise stop of the tour—which celebrates both beer and non-motorized transportation—drew about 7,500 people to Ann Morrison Park, with 6,000 people participating in the morning bike parade through downtown Boise.

Proceeds from merchandise sales and donations made at the event all go to nonprofits at each tour stop. In Boise, the Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association, Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance and Boise Bike Project were the lucky beneficiaries.

Both the turnout and the proceeds are records for the Boise stop of Tour de Fat—in 2012, about 6,500 people came to the party and 5,000 rode in the parade, raising $50,000.

Just how Boise stacks up against other cities on the tour has yet to be seen. The 12-stop tour wraps up on Saturday, Oct. 5 in Tempe, Ariz.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Start Training, Here Comes Double Robie

Posted By on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 10:19 AM


If you thought Robie Creek was way too easy, you're in luck—organizers have just announced the creation of the Double Robie and Aldape Challenge races. Yes, you read that right, the Double Robie.

The new races—slated for Saturday, Sept. 28—will include the full-marathon-length Double Robie, leading 26.2 miles along the traditional Race to Robie Creek course, but this time it will be an out-and-back race.

The Aldalpe Challenge is along the same course, but clocks in at 16.6 miles. Both races will start and finish at Fort Boise.

The races are a benefit for Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs and there are special offers for teams who register.

Registration is already open, with special early bird prices. Check out the details and register at the race's website.

Editors Note: Double Robie and the Aldape Challenge are not associated with the Race to Robie Creek.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jet Boat Races Return to Riggins Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM

World Champion Ryan Rogers rocks the river.
  • World Champion Ryan Rogers rocks the river.

Anyone who is tired of spring taunting us with brief cameos before disappearing behind winter-like temperatures needs a heavy dose of warm weather-style excitement.

Luckily, the annual Salmon River Jet Boat Races are back and ready to slam a little fun in spring's face Friday, April 19-Sunday, April 21. The 29th annual event includes 20 jet boat teams from the United States and Canada, competing on Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors can kick off the weekend with a community barbecue at 6 p.m. on Friday for $10 a person before heading to the riverbank to watch the action on Saturday and Sunday. A free fireworks display will follow the races on Saturday, and vendors will be set up throughout Riggins during the weekend.

Out-of-towners can get some deals on lodging in Riggins, New Meadows, McCall, Whitebird and Grangeville by calling 1-800-844-3246.

Races begin at 10 a.m. each day.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Lake Lowell Set to Open For Boating Monday, April 15

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM


Here's a sign that summer might actually show up soon than later: Lake Lowell in Nampa will open to boating on Monday, April 15.

The lower dam recreation area, Gotts Point and the first parking lot will also open that day, along with all of the area's boat ramps.

The Deer Flat Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center will be open for those who want a little off-water entertainment. The center is open weekdays from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Boise Bicycle Project Host Spring Bike Drive

Posted By on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:44 PM


Got an old bike taking up space in your garage? Boise Bicycle Project will not only take if off your hands, but the nonprofit is making it even easier to do during its annual Spring Bike Drive.

BBP is holding the bike drive as part of Unplug and Be Outside—a week-long event that encourages people of all ages to be active outdoors through free public events. The Bike Drive will be held at multiple locations across the Treasure Valley on Saturday, April 20, and each location will host activities for kids.

Bikes and bike parts can be dropped off from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the following locations:
• Boise Bicycle Project, 1027 Lusk St., Boise
• World Cycle, 1407 W. State St., Boise
• Reed Cycle, 238 E. State St., Eagle
• Rolling H Cycles, 115 13th Ave. S., Nampa

Unplug and Be Outside week includes events across the Treasure Valley Saturday, April 20-Saturday, April 27. Activities include geocaching, fishing, biking, clean-up days, writing groups, story times, golf classes and more. For a full listing of events and classes, visit the website.

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