BarKING SPIDER NETS LOCAL WINNERS
More than a dozen IO/LRC (Intermountain Orthopedics/Lost River Cycling) riders participated in the annual Barking Spider Bash held recently near Nampa. The spring opener, part of the Wild Rockies Mountain Bike Series, featured a nine-mile loop with rolling terrain, gentle climbs, terrific spectator viewing and the infamous "Skateboard Park" descent, as well as the breath-taking "Fill Yer Pants" downhill near the end of the loop. Local racers Nick Hardy, Henry Harper and, Bob "The Riding Fiend Weatherman" McLaughlin all found themselves on the top step of the podium and won their respective race classes. Ed Steckmest was second in his field, while Steve Care and his son Nick also took podium positions with third-place finishes in their races. On tap is Idaho's only NORBA sanctioned bike race of The Knobby Tire Series, which kicks off its season with the Third Annual Coyote Classic May 22. The Coyote is held a few miles north of Eagle, is easy to access and is a great course. The race is recommended for those looking for a good entry level event.
For more information, logon to www.knobbytireseries.com and click on "Races." For sign-up information, logon to www.sportsbaseonline.com. For more information on Lost River Cycling, logon to www.lostrivercycling.org.
VANDAL FOOTBALL TO AIR IN BOISE
Vandal football is back on the airwaves in 2005 after an agreement was reached between KBCI Television and the University of Idaho. Vandal fans throughout Idaho, western Wyoming and eastern Oregon will have the opportunity to watch at least three and as many as eight live football games this fall. "This is the next logical step in our progression into the Western Athletic Conference," UI Director of Athletics Rob Spear said. "This agreement provides us a tremendous opportunity to promote our athletic department and the University of Idaho."
KBCI Vice President and General Manager Jeff Anderson said the footprint of the network embraces the thousands of Vandal fans and alumni who live in southern Idaho. "This contract represents a watershed event for the Vandal football program and for the Go Vandals Television Network," Anderson said. "We will be able to bring Vandal athletics to fans and alumni from the Palouse to Jackson, Wyoming, covering virtually the entire state of Idaho. We're very proud to be associated with a football program and a university that have such a rich tradition and an incredible fan base." Included in the network in addition to KBCI in Boise are KIDK (Idaho Falls/Pocatello), KMVT and KTWT (Twin Falls), and KLEW (Lewiston). Games will be rebroadcast three times each week on Boise's Cable One channel 17.
A complete broadcast schedule will be released when it is available.
BOATER'S GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published a new boater's guide to enhance the enjoyment and safety of recreationists visiting the Lower Salmon River in Idaho. The new Lower Salmon River Boating Guide has information and a series of 24 full-color maps to help boaters navigate the 73-mile stretch of the river from Hammer Creek to the confluence with the Snake River and downstream to Heller Bar. The 72-page publication contains a wealth of information on launch sites, campsite locations, canyons and rapids. The public will also appreciate the informative descriptions and stunning photos depicting the natural and human history and the plants and wildlife of the area. It provides tips on river etiquette and safety, with informative sections on minimum impact camping and what boaters need to know to prepare for a trip. At $5 each, the guide is printed on waterproof paper in a 5-1⁄2-inch by 8-1⁄2-inch format designed to fit comfortably in an ammo can.
To order copies, call the BLM Cottonwood Field Office at (208) 962-3791, or send a check or money order payable to the BLM by writing to: Bureau of Land Management, Cottonwood Field Office, RR3 Box 181, Cottonwood, ID 83522.
Idaho Fish and Game
APPLY FOR HUNTS, WIN BIG BUCKS
Hunters who apply early for this fall's controlled hunts for deer, elk, black bear and antelope can win big bucks in either of two ways: draw a tag and hunt one in the field, or be the lucky winner of a drawing worth $550 and $450. The applications will be accepted during the whole month of May, but only those received by May 9 will be entered in the $550 drawing to be held May 13. The next deadline is May 20 for the $450 drawing to be held May 25. The drawings are sponsored by the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation and funded by GTECH Corporation. By encouraging the early application process, the Foundation and GTECH hope to prevent overload on the computer terminals at license vendors in the final days of the application period. This same incentive has been offered over the past few years and has proven to be popular with hunters.
FEES RISE JULY 1
Anglers who have not yet purchased their seasonal fishing license are encouraged to do so now. Beginning July 1, both resident and nonresident Fish and Game license and tag fees will go up. Most fees are to rise by approximately 10 percent. Gov. Dirk Kempthorne signed the fee increase legislation on April 15. The last time a fee increase went into effect was in 2000. Resident adult hunting licenses will go from $11.50 to $12.75 and adult fishing licenses rise from $23.50 to $25.75. A combination license will go from $30.50 to $33.50. Tags will show similar modest increases. A junior resident combination license increases from $16 to $17.50. Legislators brought the resident senior license more in line with juniors, raising a senior license from $4.50 to $11.75. Licenses and tags purchased before the July 1 increase goes into effect are valid through the rest of 2005.