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FINDING A LINE Throw a line for Free Fishing Day.
JUST REWARDS Boiseans love their bikes, and they get darned-tootin’ ticked off when someone messes with them. That’s why when someone broke into Team TIBCO’s trailer just before the May 24 start of the Exergy Tour and stole the team’s custom bikes, residents were both embarrassed and furious. While all the bikes were quickly recovered, Boiseans felt like something more needed to be done to honor the local resident who ﬁrst noticed a group of the bikes locked together on the Boise State campus. That thank you came in the form of $2,450 to Paul Robertson, a facility manager at Boise State’s College of Engineering. Seems like an odd number? Well, that would be because the money was donated by individuals throughout the community who wanted to do something for Robertson. The good samaritan was recognized at a small ceremony May 31 in front of George’s Cycles in downtown Boise, where Robertson was given his reward—which came as a motley collection of checks and cash. “Just to make clear how it was a community response, everybody who donated wrote separate checks or brought some cash by,” said Kurt Holzer, director of St. Luke’s Medicine Cycling. “All of that is saying thank you.” Robertson was given swag and a jersey from Team TIBCO, as well as personal thank-you notes from the racers whose bikes he found. Since so many people ponied up to help with the reward, you might be a little strapped for cash. Lucky for those who are both broke and anglers, because Saturday, June 9, is Free Fishing Day in Idaho. For one day, ﬁshermen can cast a line without a ﬁshing license. While all the rest of the ﬁshing regulations must still be followed—catch limits, tackle restrictions. A few locations will be hosting special programs where novices can get advice from expert anglers and take advantage of available equipment. Your chances of actually catching something will be pretty good, too—all the program locations will be stocked with hatchery rainbow trout. Here’s where to get in on the action: UÊ*>ÀViÌiÀÊ*`ÊvÀÊÊ>°°ÓÊ«°° UÊiÀÀÊ*`ÊÊ >}iÊvÀÊÊ>°°° UÊ>iÊÜiÊÊ >«>ÊvÀÊ£äÊ>°°ÎÊ p.m. UÊ7ÃÊ-«À}ÃÊ*`ÃÊÊ >«>ÊvÀÊnÊ a.m.-noon. For more info, check out ﬁshandgame. idaho.gov. —Deanna Darr and Jessica Murri
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Speed is a kayaker’s friend at the North Fork Championship JESSICA MURRI “You drop into that rapid and then after that, it’s the most chaotic, powerful, insane, awesome rapid,” said paddler James Byrd. “It’s a sense of speed and power that I’ve never felt before in a kayak.” It’s a feeling kayakers from all over the world will experience Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, during the ﬁrst North Fork Championship, a competition that will include A shoulder injury prompted kayker James Byrd to bring world-class kayakers to Idaho for the an on-river race on the Payette and ﬁlm screenNorth Fork Championship on the North Fork of the Payette River. ing at the Egyptian Theatre Thursday, June 7. The main race happens on Jacob’s Ladcrazier than anything else they’ve done. But “With music playing and people cheering der, a stretch of the North Fork that spans it will be on the upper end of it, I guaranand helicopters ﬂying overhead,” Byrd said. three-quarters of a mile along scenic Highway tee that. These people’s skill levels are not The course takes 20-25 minutes with some 55 near Banks. Local kayakers maintain a questionable.” ﬂat spots where kayakers will have to paddle healthy respect for the Class V rapid, which Byrd said he’s conﬁdent that the kayakers hard to beat each other. has claimed injuries and lives in the past as it will assess the rapids with their skill level and “Even in a ﬂat spot, it will be fun to winds between sharp rocks and continuous be respectful and smart. watch,” Byrd said. white water, proving a challenge for even the One of the biggest motivations for Byrd to The ﬁve paddlers who “live on to the next most experienced kayaker. put the event together was to get local paddlers day,” as Byrd puts it, will compete in someByrd, 27, moved to Boise four years ago thing much more serious among the 30 “elite” competing with the biggest names in the world. to live at the gateway to Idaho’s whitewater. “There’s so many really good paddlers here athletes Saturday, June 9. He has been paddling for 19 years and is the that can come to this race that work a 9-to-5 The race through Jacob’s Ladder, near mile organizer of the race, the biggest kayaking that can paddle with these paddlers that go all marker 86 on Highway 55, will be a slalom event to take place on the North Fork of the over the world all the time paddling,” he said. course with gates hung from Payette yet. But this also proved to be a bump in the trees. Byrd estimates it takes The North Fork Championroad for the race. Byrd created an “elite” list three or four minutes to comship has been in the back of THURSDAY, JUNE 7 The Meltdown Film Fest plete. The paddler with the fast- inviting kayakers from all over the world to Byrd’s mind for years, but it 7 p.m., Egyptian Theatre est time wins and takes home a skip the qualiﬁer and go straight to Jacob’s took a shoulder injury last fall Ladder. That upset several local paddlers. $4,000-$5,000 purse. to put the plan into motion. Jesse Murphy grew up paddling the North Jacob’s Ladder is known “That sidelined me for a FRIDAY, JUNE 8 Fork. Though he lives in Denver, he still made NFC Whitewater Festival for its danger and safety is a long time,” Byrd said. “I had Food, beer, sponsor booths, the elite list. concern for the event. to put my energy into kayaking music, 4 p.m., Weilmunster “The paddling community is so small that “Dude, I don’t sleep somesomehow.” Park, Crouch this caused some upheaval,” Murphy said. “A times because of the safety Byrd started writing emails Expert Division Race lot of local paddlers expected to make that list. issue,” Byrd said. and making calls, sending in 5 p.m., Highway 55 mile But James had a vision to showcase the North Isaac Levinson, 22, will padproposals and securing permits marker 80 Fork. He could have made it a grassroots event dle in the elite division of the in October 2011, in preparation or a big impact. He got the movers and shakers race. He’ll travel from Atlanta for hosting 30 elite kayakers SATURDAY, JUNE 9 of kayaking out here.” to compete and has kayaked from around the world. Byrd NFC Whitewater Festival Murphy said local kayakers who were upset competitively for the last ﬁve got applicants from Germany, 11 a.m. years. He even made the Top 10 about not making the list may not see the bigCzech Republic, New Zealand, Elite Division Race in the Olympic qualiﬁer race to ger picture of the event. But he said the list is South America, South Africa, 12 p.m., Highway 55 Mile fair, and there is Idaho representation. go to London this summer. France, Canada and all over the Marker 86 “People want to be a part of [the race], and “One of the guys who United States. Awards Ceremony that’s cool,” Byrd said on the controversy. worked at Liquidlogic [LevinThings will kick off Thurs7 p.m., Weilmunster Park, The qualiﬁer race held the day before was son’s sponsor] passed away on day, June 7, when the Egyptian Crouch open to anyone who wanted to apply. The ﬁeld that river last year,” Levinson Theatre hosts The Meltdown, a is now set and Byrd will race in it himself. said, referring to the Payette. whitewater ﬁlm festival featurThe top two paddlers who win the elite “It’s heavy stuff.” ing many of the kayakers who race Saturday will move onto a competition Though the athletes are aware of the will paddle in the next day’s events. hosted by White Water Grand Prix in Chile danger, Levinson and Byrd remain conﬁdent. The Friday, June 8, race acts as a qualiﬁer this December. Water levels should be around 2,500-3,000 on the lower three miles of the North Fork of “I paddled [Jacob’s Ladder] the other day,” cubic feet per second, a fairly safe ﬂow. the Payette. Roughly 80 competitors will be “These people do this all over the world,” Byrd said. “I just couldn’t stop laughing and released into the river in groups of ﬁve, every having fun.” Byrd said. “Jacob’s Ladder isn’t harder or three to six minutes starting at 5 p.m. WWW. B O I S E WE E KLY. C O M
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