The defending Kelly Cup Champion Idaho Steelheads were eliminated in the first round of the ECHL's West Division Semifinals Sunday night with a 7-2 defeat to the Long Beach Ice Dogs at the Bank of America Centre. Long Beach won the series 3-1, and advanced to play the winner of the Bakersfield Condors and Alaska Aces series, which is currently tied at two games apiece, with game five tomorrow night. Idaho gave up the first goal following a turnover by Petr Suchanek. Long Beach center Evan Cheverie gathered up the puck and one-timed it over Idaho goalie Frank Doyle's right shoulder at 3:45. Despite outshooting Long Beach 23-16 for 40 minutes, Idaho trailed by three goals heading into the third period. The Ice Dogs' Michael Lambert tallied the sixth and seventh goals of the game, and Doyle was pulled with 7:02 left to play. David Bararuk scored an Idaho goal at 15:23 after a flurry of shots and Peter Metcalf tallied at 17:29 on a shot that was deflected in off of an Ice Dogs' stick.
PGA PROFESSIONALS AND AMATEURS RAISE $7,000
Snake River Chapter PGA professionals and southern Idaho amateurs teamed up to raise $7,400 at the annual Larry Malone/Snake River Chapter Pro-Am at Hillcrest Country Club in Boise. The 2005 event marks the 31st year for the pro-am, and during that time, has raised and distributed over $170,000 to college-bound high school seniors. "The Snake River Chapter PGA is extremely proud of its association with the Malone family and the annual pro-am," stated Rocky Mountain PGA Executive Director Vaughn Jenkins. The Larry Malone/Snake River Chapter PGA Scholarship Pro-Am is held annually in memory of the late Larry Malone, a standout golfer at Twin Falls High School and Weber State University, who was struck down by cancer at the age of 22.
Pro-Am Event Results:
1. Mike Hamblin (Professional), John Reitsma, Jerry Ridley, Gary Rowland 65-66-131
Jonathan Gibbs (Professional), Jonathan Gibbs, Lorin Gibbs, Rich Stanwood 65-66-131
3. Jeffrey Taylor (Professional), Brian Strand, Mike Taylor, Renny Wiley 66-66-132
4. Kevin Burton (Professional), Darren Driscoll, Dan Harpe, Greg Stevenson. 65-68-133
Denny Howell (Professional), Frank Chandler, David Lower, Mike Marks 65-68-133
1. Mike Hamblin, Twin Falls, 33-37-70
1. Kevin Burton, Boise, 33-37-70
3. Jeff Thompson, Boise, 32-39-71
4. John Graham, Idaho Falls, 36-36-72
4. Adam Martens, Boise, 36-36-72
6. Jon Potter, Idaho Falls, 37-39-76
6. Jeffrey Taylor, Eagle, 38-38-76
Senior Professional Results
1. Denny Howell, Eagle, 36-37-73
2. Del Ericson, Twin Falls, 35-43-78
Idaho Fish and Game
SNAKE RIVER CLEANUP PLANNED
A trash cleanup along a popular stretch of the Snake River is planned for Saturday, April 23, beginning at 9 a.m. Additional volunteers are needed to help with this effort, sponsored by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Food and refreshments will be provided, so volunteers should RSVP to Fish and Game utility craftsman Dennis Hardy at the Fish and Game Nampa office, 465-8465. Hearty volunteers should wear boots and gloves and plan to meet at Fish and Game's Map Rock site, located 6.5 miles west of the intersection of Map Rock Road and State Highway 45 at 9 a.m. The project should be completed by early afternoon. The river cleanup will be conducted from the Walter's Ferry bridge downstream to the Marsing bridge. Trash will be hauled to a central location for transport to a landfill. Past cleanup efforts along this same stretch of river have netted more than six tons of trash, including all types of furniture, appliances and even a safe that was stolen from an area business. Area landowners are encouraged to note the cleanup effort date.
For more information regarding the Snake River cleanup, contact Dennis Hardy at Fish and Game's Southwest region office, 465-8465.
STEELHEAD STILL IN RIVERS
Steelhead anglers on Idaho's Salmon River may get some extra late-season opportunities this year thanks to cold water. The number of fish returning to the Pahsimeroi Hatchery is down from previous years. Anadromous Fishery Coordinator Bill Horton believes the low return probably has something to do with low water temperatures. Last week, temperatures in the Salmon River finally started warming up. Water temperatures hit the 50s in some stretches of river, and the fish appeared to respond. On Thursday, April 7, 120 steelhead were trapped at Pahsimeroi. That's about 20 percent of the total number trapped at Pahsimeroi for the entire season prior to that date. On Monday, hatchery workers found 385 fish in the trap, which raised the total to about 1,400.
Even if the number of steelhead returning to Pahsimeroi remains lower than average, Horton says there should be more than enough fish to meet hatchery goals. Fish and Game needs about 3 million "eyed eggs" from Pahsimeroi to produce the optimum number of steelhead for future runs. That requires a total of 2,000 fish returning to the hatchery.
Meanwhile, up the river, the Sawtooth Hatchery is right on track. More than 800 steelhead have been trapped there already. Of those, 65 percent are males, indicating to managers that most of the run is still to come. Production goals at Sawtooth require the capture of around 1,000 steelhead. Since the year 2000, Sawtooth has trapped at least 2,400 steelhead per year. The general season for steelhead fishing closes on April 30. However, the Little Salmon River will remain open until May 15, and steelhead fishing remains open on the Snake River from Hells Canyon Dam upstream to Oxbow Dam and the Boise River until May 31. The main Salmon River downstream from Long Tom Creek closed on March 31.
My son is participating in a wild turkey controlled hunt for youth only. If he doesn't get a bird, can he use the same tag for a general hunt?
Yes. His wild turkey tag is valid for any hunt. If he doesn't get his turkey in the controlled hunt, he can use the tag for a general spring hunt. If he still doesn't bag a turkey during the general spring hunt, he can save that tag and use it in the fall.