Sports & Recreation

Idaho Parks and Recreation

A portion of a popular backcountry ski system in central Idaho will open this winter following a wildfire that burned through the area this summer.

The U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation said in a statement Thursday that two yurts in the Idaho City Backcountry Yurt System deemed safe will be available possibly as early as November.

Redfish Lake Camera Screengrab

Sawtooth National Recreation Area officials are planning a 4.5-mile bike trail to connect the city of Stanley to Redfish Lake.

The Times-News reports that as soon as 2018 work could begin on the new trail, which would connect Stanley's Pioneer Park to the popular lake.

Planning for the new trail began in 2013 after the recreation area purchased a trail easement through a private ranch in the north third of the proposed trail route.

Colleen Back / Idaho Aviation Foundation

The reopening of an iconic backcountry lodge has been pushed to next summer. As KBSX reported last year, the rebuilding of Big Creek Lodge near the Frank Church Wilderness is led by a group of hobby pilots who use the airstrip in the same location. 

Colleen Back of the Idaho Aviation Foundation can’t help but use flying analogies when she talks about the progress and setbacks with the Big Creek Lodge this year.

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In 1974 world-famous daredevil Evel Knievel attempted to jump the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket. He ended up falling into the canyon on a parachute. To this day, that’s probably what Twin Falls is most known for outside of Idaho.

Courtesy Twin Falls County Fair Board

So, Jesse Owens came to Twin Falls for a race in 1938 … against a horse. Yes, the Jesse Owens you learned about in history class who humiliated Hitler by dominating the 1936 Berlin Olympics. According to the Twin Falls Times-News Hidden History column, Owens was at the Southern Idaho Fair (now the Twin Falls County Fair) for a simple reason: money.

Boise State University

Curt Apsey is entering his second year as the athletic director at Boise State University. The longtime Bronco was called back to the school last summer after a short stint at a small college in Montana.

Today, Apsey oversees a football program that represents a national brand. Boise State plays nearly all of its games on national TV, but has also struggled to sell out home games. And this summer, word came that the Big 12 Conference – a member of college football’s so called Power Five – was looking to expand, and that Boise State was a potential candidate to join.

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Boise's Municipal Park has a new name as the city has dedicated the 28-acre park to three-time Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter unveiled the park's new signage on Sunday at an event celebrating the Boise cyclist, who just returned from winning her third-consecutive Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Armstrong says she is looking forward to working with youth at the newly renamed park. At the event Sunday she presided over a foot race for kids and presented winners with their own gold medals.

Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!  

We asked, and you provided. Earlier this week we put out a request to our audience to send in their favorite memory from one of the 58 national parks in the U.S. Turns out, ya'll *love* national parks. (Some of us at BSPR even shared our best vacay pics.) 

So without further ado, below are your photos, videos, memories -- and even a painting! -- gratefully shared with the world. Thanks for contributing to our "birthday gift!"

Idaho Fish & Game Headquarters Office Sign Director
Dan Greenwood / Boise State Public Radio

Idaho’s Department of Fish and Game says people can still buy hunting tags and fishing licenses at participating stores and Fish and Game offices, but not online. That’s after the software company that manages online and in-person sales told Fish and Game it had been hacked.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Three-time gold medal Olympian Kristin Armstrong arrived to a heroine's welcome at the Boise airport Monday afternoon. Since then, the Idaho native says she's been going nonstop.

Since she won the cycling event of time trial, she says she’s been constantly stopped by people calling out “congratulations,” and asking to pose for pictures.

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Boise State University

Boise State is reportedly among 17 schools that will make a formal pitch to officials from the Big 12 to join the athletic conference.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports Big 12 administrators will host video conferences with representatives of the interested schools. Boise State is currently a member of the lower profile Mountain West Conference.

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Wednesday morning while most people back home were still sleeping, Boise’s Kristin Armstrong was on a bike in Brazil trying to win a gold medal in her third consecutive Olympics. She succeeded.

Armstrong became just the second American woman to win the same event at three Olympics in a row. And she now owns all but two of the road-cycling golds ever awarded to the U.S.

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her third consecutive Olympic time trial Wednesday, her golden effort on the brutal course leaving her in an exhausted heap on the road at the finish line.

Armstrong covered the course through driving wind and rain in 44 minutes, 26.42 seconds, beating reigning bronze medalist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia by just 5.55 seconds.

Anna van der Breggen of the Netherlands added a bronze medal to her gold from the road race.

Kristin Armstrong Olympic Gold Medal
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

What would it be like to bring home your third Olympic gold medal for your birthday? 

Kristin Armstrong could get the chance to find out how that feels Wednesday morning. Her gold-medal winning streak began in 2008 after claiming the individual time trial race in Beijing. In London four years ago Armstrong became the oldest woman cyclist to win the race. She turns 43 Thursday.

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Organizers have announced sponsorships details of a new marathon to be run this fall in Boise.

The Onward Shay! Marathon and Half Marathon is scheduled for October 30. The event will honor the legacy of runner Shay Hirsch, who died of cancer in 2014.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Rhodes Skateboard Park in downtown Boise officially opens Saturday. The park has been around since the early 90’s, created by Glenn Rhodes, a former Ada County Highway commissioner.

The park recently got an upgrade, paid for by the Albertson Family Foundation and the City of Boise. It’s been open to skateboarders for a while and is packed full of kids every day.

Boise National Forest / USDA Forest Service

If you look up the Buffalo Creek rapid on YouTube, you’ll see videos rafters have filmed with their GoPro cameras. It’s a popular class five rapid on the South Fork.

 

Darin Oswald / Idaho Statesman

The men's and women's pro races are the most high-profile – and high-speed – events at Saturday's Twilight Criterium. Racers from around the country will speed through downtown, rounding turns over and over. Crashes do happen at these races, where one wrong move by a cyclist can cause mayhem on the course.

J. Stephen Conn / Flickr

If you’re getting in the car and traveling this weekend, you won’t be alone. AAA Idaho expects 176,000 Idahoans will be driving somewhere over Memorial Day.

Add in other forms of travel, and AAA expects 200,000 Idahoans to travel at least 50 miles over the holiday.

Idaho Kayaker Vies For Rio Olympics

May 6, 2016
Credit Allen Mayers

UPDATE: Tren Long missed qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Canoe and Kayak team as an alternate, but he did qualify for the National team and will represent the U.S. at World Cup events this summer. 

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An Idahoan is gunning for the chance to represent Team USA at this year’s summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

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