Sports & Recreation

Tribes Ask Idaho To Outlaw Instant Racing Machines

Jan 7, 2015

Several Native American tribes have sent a letter to Idaho officials, urging them to stop the proliferation on instant racing machines in the state.

The machines became legal after the state Legislature approved a bill in 2013. The machines are being operated at several sites around the state including the Greyhound park in Post Falls. The machines use videos of various unidentified horse races that players bet on.

Coeur d'Alene tribal spokeswoman Heather Keen says the law allows for the machines to be less regulated than the betting machines the tribes operate.

Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin will open Friday despite anemic snow accumulation on the mountain north of Boise.

The ski resort plans to open limited terrain to skiers and snowboarders. Bogus reports 13 inches of snow at its base.

"We’re ready and very excited to welcome the community up the mountain to have fun enjoying early-season skiing and boarding,” says Bogus General Manager Alan Moore.

Jody MacDonald

A Ketchum resident has received an unusual honor this year. Gavin McClurg is one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. McClurg is a paraglider who, earlier this year, flew more than 400 miles through the Canadian Rockies.

Paragliding is flying using a parachute. Some people do it as a hobby but it’s also an extreme sport. It’s popular in Europe where the biggest competitions take place.

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So far, Boise State has sold just over 22,000 tickets for Saturday's Mountain West Championship football game with Fresno State. That’s about 14,000 short of a sellout.

Max Corbett works in the university's sports information office. He says that’s fewer ticket sales than he’d like. But Corbett says it’s the first time the school has hosted a championship game with just one week’s notice.

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An Idaho charity is giving a million-dollar makeover to a skate park in downtown Boise.

The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation is donating $1.25 million for the renovation of the Rhodes Skateboard Park. The park is underneath the connector that joins I-84 to downtown Boise.

Over the summer, a group of homeless people began camping out across the street from the concrete skating area. Boise has tried repeatedly to move the campers out of the makeshift camp.

City spokesman Mike Journee says the camp had no bearing on the gift from the foundation.

Big Ed Beckley's Facebook page

Despite setbacks this year, two different men say they still plan to jump the Snake River Canyon.

Texas stuntman "Big Ed" Beckley tells the Times-News he still plans to make the jump.

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After two years of planning, a snow park will open Saturday for tubing and snowboarding in Eagle.

The City of Eagle and the park’s developer, Ryan Neptune, had been trying to get the park underway for two years. But they clashed with Ada County, which owned the land and said a commercial operation wasn’t allowed under the lease agreement.

The city finally bought the property from the county earlier this year, and gave the green light to the operation.

Bald Mountain, Sun Valley
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Sun Valley Co. is prohibiting recreational activity on Bald Mountain while workers prepare the ski area for the season.

The company has an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management that allows for the prohibition for safety reasons.

The company in December 2013 enacted a policy not allowing uphill foot traffic on the ski area from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the ski season.

Nick Symmonds has won his share of races, but he often gets as much attention for what he does off the track.

Symmonds is a two-time Olympian, a World Championship medalist and a multi-title winner in college, but he rubs some people the wrong way because he rails against the organizations that govern track and field and he speaks out on issues such as gun control.

Bogus Basin, ski
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This post was updated at 3:15 p.m. Nov. 14:

Those who operate Bogus Basin ski area say they're now "in wait-and-see" mode. Snow totals have been on the low side of forecasters' predictions for the mountain.

General Manager Alan Moore says the ski hill needs three or four more inches of packable snow in order to open a limited number of runs this weekend.

"At this point, without more snow, we're not opening," Moore said Friday afternoon. "And as of right now it's not snowing."

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State officials approved a lease for Tamarack Resort's ski area in about as long as it takes an expert skier to go from the top of the mountain to the bottom.

The five members of the Idaho Land Board voted unanimously at a special session Thursday to transfer the 2,100-acre lease to a company called New TRAC.

New TRAC acquired the lease following a sheriff's bankruptcy sale in March.

The lease costs about $278,000 annually, far more than the $80,000 the land would generate if it reverted to timber harvest.

College of Idaho

There's been a buzz around the College of Idaho campus this week that hasn't existed there since the 1970s. 

Last weekend the school played - and won - its first football game since 1977. The Yotes beat Pacific University 35-34. College of Idaho plays its first home game Saturday afternoon against Montana Western at Simplot Stadium in Caldwell. 

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Boise State opens its home football schedule Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium. The game vs. Colorado State marks the first time fans entering the stadium will be required to walk through metal detectors.

The university has purchased nearly $200,000 worth of equipment to help beef up security.

Greg Hahn, a university spokesman, says Idaho’s recent change in campus gun laws led Boise State to make the move.

BigEdBeckley.net

The Twin Falls Times-News reports that Texas stuntman "Big Ed" Beckley says he won’t jump the Snake River Canyon. At least not this year.  

On his webpage, Beckley writes that since the Fox television network “backed out” of a TV deal, he’s looking for a media partner for 2015. 

Slide the City

How does sliding down a busy Boise street on a 1,000 foot waterslide sound?

Amazing.

Utah-based Slide the City is making plans to bring its giant waterslide to Boise. The event is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 6, and details are contingent on permitting. If approved, you may have the chance to slip-and-slide your way down Americana Boulevard between Ann Morrison Park and Kathryn Albertson Park.

The U.S. Forest Service has banned exploding targets in southern Idaho, southwestern Wyoming, Nevada, Utah and a small portion of eastern California because of wildfire and public safety concerns.

Intermountain Region Forester Nora Rasure issued the ban that started Wednesday and runs through July 22, 2015, on national forest lands.

Some target shooters use exploding targets because they contain chemicals that mix when struck by a bullet and create a loud bang and big puff of smoke.

Fox Won't Broadcast Stuntman's Snake River Canyon Jump

Jul 23, 2014
Big Ed Beckley's Facebook page

The Times-News reports that the Fox television network won't broadcast Texas stuntman "Big" Ed Beckley's planned Snake River Canyon motorcycle jump.

On his Facebook page, Beckley writes the network didn't have the money to broadcast the event.

"We received the final word the executes at FOX TV have backed away from the Snake River Canyon Jump. It was not in their new budget for us to make the jump.

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More than 1,000 people gathered in a downtown Boise plaza to watch the US take on Belgium in the World Cup.

Fans across the country Tuesday gathered in public spaces, bars and sports stadiums to watch the U.S. try to move deeper into the tournament.

Boise's crowd showed their patriotic spirit, either with painted faces, flag-themed clothing or wrapped in oversized American flags at the Grove Plaza, braving 90-degree temperatures as they watched the U.S.'s fourth game in Brazil.

Albertsons, stadium
Boise State University

Boise State University has announced a $12.5 million, 15-year deal to change the name of the school's blue-turf football stadium from Bronco Stadium to Albertsons Stadium.

School President Bob Kustra made the announcement Wednesday morning at the stadium along with Albertsons CEO Bob Miller.

Miller says he can't wait for the first football game of the season when the stadium will be adorned with the new name.

The stadium is notable for its blue turf where the Boise State Broncos play.

Yellowstone, Mammoth, hot springs
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Visitors will be able to travel through the east, west and north entrances to Yellowstone National Park starting Friday.

Park officials say many popular park destinations including Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Norris Geyser Basin and Fishing Bridge will be open although visitor services will be limited at first.

Avalanches could still cause periodic closures of the east entrance road for the next several weeks because of deep snowpack above Sylvan Pass. Vehicles will not be able to stop on the pass because of the slide potential.

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