Sports & Recreation

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Ticket sales at Boise State football games have been declining for several years, and average attendance at games is flagging too. With numbers trending downward, the school’s athletic director says he’s concerned.

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Eyes were on the sky this weekend in the Treasure Valley. 

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Britta Closson adopted her dog Kohl about three years ago when the black lab was in pretty rough shape.

After a tumultuous summer of E. coli outbreaks, ponds in Boise are again dealing with tainted water. This time, algae found in pond water could be toxic.

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OK river rats, here’s the scoop: Ada County will open Barber Park services this Saturday where you can start your day on the river. The tube and raft rentals open at 10 a.m., and the first shuttle departs Ann Morrison Park at noon, where floaters can take out.

For those new to the summertime experience, you can expect the float to take about two hours.

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Renowned Boise State football coach, Lyle Smith, died Tuesday night at the age of 101. He left a legacy of dedication and victory within the Bronco athletics program.

 

 

Smith graduated from Moscow high school 1934 and attended the University of Idaho, receiving his bachelor’s in education with a minor in history. After teaching at Moscow High and serving in the naval reserve during WW11, Smith returned to U of I for graduate school.

 

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The Army Corps of Engineers is seeking input from the public on a proposed new bike trail at Lucky Peak Dam and Lake.

The 15-mile mountain bike trail would start along the southern shore of Lucky Peak near Lydle Gulch and stretch to the area around Chimney Rock.

The Statesman reports the trail would be designated for multi-use and open to more than just mountain bikers. Horseback riders, hikers, birders and picnickers would all be welcome to utilize the proposed pathway.

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The temperature is scorching and the Boise River is slowly dropping, but it's still not clear when float season will get underway. Officials say the river is nearly low enough to start pulling debris like logs and other hazards from the water.

With the river running well above flood stage for several months earlier this year, the annual job of removing debris is expected to take longer than usual.

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In the run up to the Fourth of July, fireworks are now on sale at licensed stands. With the memory of last summer’s Table Rock Fire still fresh, officials are asking people to be mindful of where they detonate their pyrotechnics.

The Table Rock Fire scorched four square miles of the Boise foothills and burned destroyed one home last year; it started with an illegal Roman candle.

Even so-called “safe and sane” fireworks can start wildfires and present a danger if set off improperly or in areas close to accelerants like fuel or dried brush.

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After 57 years at the intersection of Collister and State Street in Boise, 20th Century Lanes is closing down June 30. A community fixture since Eisenhower was in the White House, the same family has operated the alley for generations.

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BASE jumper Miles Daisher reclaimed his record for the most human-powered jumps in 24 hours off the Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls Tuesday morning.

Daisher hurled himself off the Perrine Bridge, hiked up the canyon wall and rode a bike to the jump spot in the middle of the bridge 63 times. Daisher was looking to complete 62 jumps to reclaim the unofficial record from his rival Danny Weiland.

In September, Weiland leapt off the bridge 61 times to beat Daisher’s old record of 57 BASE jumps.

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After waters raged over Shoshone Falls earlier in the spring, the Bureau of Reclamation cut the flow of the Snake River over the scenic landmark to a trickle. However, the flow is going back up and the falls will again be a spectacle.

Whether a lot or a little water is flowing over Shoshone Falls, the landmark is something to see. However, when the amount of water plummeting more than 200 feet over the falls is greater than 15,000 cubic feet per second, the falls live up to their nickname: “The Niagara of the West.”

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The North Fork Championship is one of the biggest kayak competitions in the country, and will culminate this weekend with a race for some of the most elite boaters in the world.

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Friday and Saturday, Boise is playing host to the X Games Qualifier at Rhodes Skate Park. What are the X Games and what does it mean for the city?

 

The X-Games feature relatively new sports, sometimes called “extreme sports,” including skateboarding and BMX biking. The competition began Friday afternoon, as some Boise streets west of downtown were closed.

 

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Boise State track and field athlete Allie Ostrander is competing in the 5,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships in Eugene, Oregon this Saturday. There will only be about 90 minutes between the events.

 

 

This will be the first time since high school that Ostrander has competed in two events in one day.

“This is just a new opportunity for me to explore another one of the ways that it can challenge me,” Ostrander says.

 

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