A new alternate airport for Ada County has been envisioned and presents a viable development opportunity due to area airports growth and lack of available space for homes interconnecting taxiways some distance away from the airports in the South-western Idaho region.  Fred Wolske envisioned the proposed airport/airpark in 1972 and FAA approval was granted and at present is still considered a viable alternate Southwester Idaho airport location.  Albert Blaser has for many years supported Fred Wolske airport proposal.  Although the present location is no longer feasible, due to existing and future proposed homes in the designated airport sections of ground disclosed in Appendix A, the area chosen is satisfactory for an alternate airport as illustrated in Appendix B.


    Weather the Southwestern region of Idaho needs a fourth airport capable of handling larger aircraft is another issue that must be decided upon by FAA, EPA, Ada County, public debate and those interested in purchasing an estimated 1,435 to 3,000-acres atop the Montebello project 5,200-acres.   Approval from the EPA for the proposed airport/airpark was never requested.   FAA still maintains Wolske airfield as an approved airport location.   Turning sagebrush land and farmland into a first class airport/airpark, golf course complex, luxury hotel, commercial, manufacturing and industrial areas, makes this project an enormous and attractive undertaking.  A large central park with horseback riding trails is envisioned.  One must be a little grandiose to even consider the possibility of such a large scale proposed development. 


    Demand indicators of economy and population growth of Idaho as discussed in Chapters III & I, indicate political and community awareness of environmental issues, future expansion of all types of developments, and establishments catering to an increased population.  As population of the Southwestern Idaho region grows, existing airports will also grow.  Although existing airports may continue to grow, developing more ground for commercial hangars is more of a priority then airparks.  The cities of Caldwell and Nampa are growing faster then anticipated twenty years ago by city planners and the city airports are somewhat limited as to the overall airports growth that may be allowed due to noise and availability of land for quarter mile taxiways interconnecting to homes abutting areas designated open space between the runways and airport.


    Discovering the facts about those existing airports in the Boise Idaho region, large enough to provide commercial airliners runway distances required for take off and landing and taxiway access to their hangars; allows a greater understanding as to weather a fourth airport/airpark is actually needed.  I have presented proposed ideas, facts and existing Ada and Canyon Counties Airports individual situations in relationship to growth, expansion and capacities.  I do not know if the proposed Airport/Airpark should or ever will be developed.  Yet I do provide evidences and supporting documents listed as Appendixes A & B, which illustrate past due diligence and favorable responses to Fred Wolske FFA and Ada County approved airfield in 1972. 




Continuing feasibility:  For a variety of reasons, feasibility for the construction of this facility and its connected services has been greatly enhanced since the original studies and approval, demonstrating the soundness of the original concept.


Regional aviation conditions:  The needs for aviation related facilities and services continue to grow at a rapid pace in the Boise area.  The Boise Air Terminal at Gowen Field has experienced crowded conditions for many years.  Causing private, business, and corporate aircraft to transfer to Nampa and Caldwell, suburbs nearby but not nearly as convenient as Montebello Airpark, only 7 miles from Boise Air Terminal. 


Package Delivery:  The package delivery phenomenon has added greatly to aviation traffic, ownership, and aviation services.  These services make heavy use of airfields that are conveniently connected to urban and suburban traffic corridors.  Package delivery services could make use of Montebello Airpark.


Air Freight: The air shipment of products as diverse as fresh produce and computer chips has opened another area of potential growth for the airpark.


Weather Conditions:  Original studies revealed that Boise Air Terminal is located in a low pocket which results in a number of days per year when the airport is not accessible for landings, causing delays, canceled flights, and other inconveniences. Montebello Airpark is located outside this zone, at a slightly higher elevation, resulting in more than 20 extra days with better flying conditions.  This opens the possibility for the proposed Montebello Airpark to serve as an alternate landing site for Boise Air Terminal, only 7 miles away.


Landing Field, Fixed Base Operator (FBO):  A survey to update the statistical base is recommended.  The object of the survey would be to determine if the field should be opened with 4,600ft runways, or larger and other issues.  In any event, additional land is readily available for purchase east of the proposed Planned Community for continuation of the runways, as the need arises.  A Fixed Base Operator should be chosen to provide fuel, mechanical services, and other services and amenities as determined to be needed in the final survey.


Airpark concept: The success of airparks designed with connecting ramps and private home sites that feature hangars for private and business aircraft, has demonstrated a large and growing demand for this kind of amenity.  Demographics statistical data show a high per capita concentration of wealthy individuals and families in the Boise region, and a typical aircraft owner profile among many Idaho residents, indicating continued growth.  Independence, Oregon City Airport, offering ramps to residences has been extremely successful and property values have sky rocketed in areas such as those with airparks


Regulatory status: The Montebello Airpark is conceived and designed, as a facility directly responsive to local and regional aviation needs.  The original feasibility studies for this airport were performed Aeronautical study conducted by the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration, April 21, 1972, “having submitted proposal of Wolske Field to the public for comment on March 15, 1972, found no objections, and having evaluated the impact on existing or contemplated traffic patterns of neighboring airports, the effect that Wolske Field would have on the existing airspace structure and projected programs of the FAA, reported that Wolske Field 7 miles southwest of Metro/Boise Air Terminal (Gowen Field), would not adversely effect the safe and efficient use of the airspace, and the FFA had no objections (Aeronautical Study 72-NW-15-NRA). Under the National Environmental Act of 1969, Public Law 91-190, Wolske Field must be approved by Federal Environmental Protection Agency.”


    The section of ground chosen in 1972 is unrealistic as no fly zone areas over homes and projected homes are generally understood to be present policy of Ada County.  Three or four miles to the east of the proposed PC is ideal for an alternate airport capable of handling all sizes of aircraft.


    Moving the Wolske Field to an eastern location 3 to 4 miles away from its present plotted location is realistic and may be seen as a positive proposal as southwestern Idaho airports growth is continuing and Airparks are sough after by many with aircraft. Appendix C discloses pertinent Idaho Aeronautic Statutes.




 "The Nampa Municipal Airport is located in southwestern Idaho. Toothman-Orton Engineering has served as airport consultant at this popular general aviation airport for over 5 years. Major construction projects completed during that time include runway and parallel taxiway extension, runway overlay, aircraft apron construction and reconstruction, taxiway construction and reconstruction, fueling apron construction, MIRL, PAPI and electrical vault installation. Toothman-Orton Engineering is currently updating the Master Plan for the Nampa Airport.


Toothman-Orton Engineering is responsible for 4 AIP projects totaling $3.2 million in work at the Nampa Municipal Airport."


"Nampa Municipal Airport serves Nampa and Canyon County and is owned by the City Of Nampa. The paved runway extends for 5000 feet. The facility is at an elevation of 2530 feet at a distance of about a mile or less from Nampa.


Nearby accommodations include Sleep Inn Nampa, Shilo Inn Nampa Blvd, Shilo Inn Nampa Suites, Nampa Super 8 Motel, and Inn America A Budget Motel, within about 3 miles of the facilities."




As reported by John Tucker of the Idaho Statesman August 15, 1999  “Five years of dramatic growth in the skies above Canyon County have virtually outdated the expansion plans of the Nampa Municipal Airport and Caldwell Industries Airport.”  Now a year later and several million dollars projected that would be expended on expansion efforts by both airports August 1999, growth in the number of companies and private pilots requesting use continue.  In August 1999 Nampa airport manager Dan Henry said, “We’re completely maxed out and have exceeded our 20-year master plan 10-years early.  In 1992, about 174 airplanes were based at the Nampa airport. 


 John Tucker’s report further states:  “The master plan projected there would be 212 planes based at Nampa Airport by 2002 and 250 by 2012.”  In August 1999, Dan Henry exclaimed there were 300 planes based at the Nampa airport.”


As the Boise airport becomes busier more and more aircraft owners move their planes to Nampa and Caldwell.  As of August 1999, “45 to 50% of the addresses of people who have planes at the Nampa Municipal Airport have Ada County addresses,” Henry said.




“Five years of dramatic growth in the skies above Canyon County have virtually outdated the expansion plans of the Nampa Municipal Airport and Caldwell Industries Airport.”  Now a year later and several million dollars projected that would be expended on expansion efforts by both airports August 1999, growth in the number of companies and private pilots requesting use continue. 


“The master plan projected there would be 212 planes based at Nampa Airport by 2002 and 250 by 2012.”  In August 1999, Dan Henry exclaimed there were 300 planes based at the Nampa airport.”


In 1995, there were 180 aircraft based in Caldwell.  The airport’s master plan estimated the number of planes would grow to 365 by 2015.”  “The airport hit the 300-plane mark in November 1997 as reported by Caldwell airport manger Jack Pearson:  “We’re completely maxed out for commercial hangars,” and we’ve built 200,000 square feet in hangar space the past two years (1997 & 1998) and we’re down to only about 30,000 square feet.”  Since August of 1999, Caldwell airport has developed more acres installing infrastructure and constructing more commercial hangars.


As the Boise airport becomes busier more and more aircraft owners move their planes to Nampa and Caldwell.  As of August 1999, “45 to 50% of the addresses of people who have planes at the Nampa Municipal Airport have Ada County addresses,” Henry said.


 Kurt Hopkins recently assumed the position of Caldwell airport manager.  As of September 25, 2000, Caldwell Industries Airport expansion includes three 80’ by 400’ Commercial Hangars.  Commercial space on Aviation Way has access to taxiways and the airport leases ground as growth occurs.  Commercial Hangar construction and building ownership is private, as airport chooses not to own Hangars.  Commercial Hangars are leased for $.1017 per square-foot and non-aviation commercial space is leased for $.20 per square-foot annually. 


Hopkins expressed that 10,000 square feet of commercial hangar space has been asked for by a private concern.  Seven years ago the airport had 80 planes.  September 2000, the estimated aircraft at Caldwell total 250 to 300 aircraft.  The exact number of aircraft at the airport is unknown as those leasing commercial hangars move planes in and out on a daily bases. 


Caldwell’s master plan allows for expansion up to 800 aircraft.  The Federal government allocates 90 percent of the funding for airport infrastructure expansion and if growth continues, the Caldwell Industries Airport can request annual funding allocation of a maximum of $1,000,000.00 from the Federal government for an additional 17 years. 


Aviation noise sensitive area ordinance is being presented to the city of Caldwell, which would establish a buffer zone of one mile to the end and sides of the airport." As reported by John Tucker of the Idaho Statesman August 15, 1999. 


Caldwell has a few less flying days then Boise Municipal Airport on an annual base. 


Harvey White, as of August 1999, an employee of Idaho Helicopters, and resident of Boise, and at that time had two single-engine planes at the Nampa airport, reported to John Tucker “It’s getting to busy to fly out of Boise.” 




"BOISE Airport development alternatives were discussed in a Public Information Workshop regarding the ongoing update of the Boise Airport Master Plan Wednesday, December 8th, 2000, at the Boise Airport, Second Floor Conference Room. The public was invited to obtain information regarding the Master Plan, ask questions, and provide input.


Since the possible alternatives can be nearly endless, alternatives have been examined and limited to those considered most feasible. Discussion topics included: third runway development; new cargo development; runway and taxiway improvements; maintaining current military facility; and potential relocation of Gowen Road. This Master Plan Study was a separate planning effort from the terminal building expansion project. The workshop will focus on updating the Airport’s 20-year master plan.


Runway 10L/28R (North Runway) under went a major rebuild, including removing old asphalt, reshaping the crown, resurfacing, upgrading lighting, and improving the safety area grading July 17 through late October 2000."  Boise Airport Web Site


For more information on the Master Plan visit the following Web site:


The Air National Guard commenced construction on a 5,000-foot runway sometime in 2001, funded by congress.


Larissa Stouffer, Marketing/Air Services Development Coordinator December 17, 1999 and June 27, 2000 stated to the press:


 December 17, 1999:


“November 1999, over 240,000 passengers flew through BOI, an increase of 13% over November 1998. Estimated numbers show that over 94,000 passengers will fly through Boise Airport, Wednesday, December 15th through Sunday, January 2nd. The busiest of the these days are:


Thursday, December 23rd – 6405 passengers

Sunday, December 26th – 6090 passengers

Monday, December 27th – 6486 passengers

Sunday, January 2nd – 6113 passenger

June 27, 2000:


“BOISE – 2.8 million passengers traveled through Boise Airport (BOI) in 1999, a 9% increase over 1998.  During the Fourth of July holiday, BOI expected to see a 10% increase in passenger levels. 


“Several airlines at BOI have made some changes in their service that may also contribute to the increase in passengers. Earlier this month, United upgraded from a BAE 146 to a 737-300 adding approximately 30 seats daily to Denver. June through August, Northwest will provide a third flight to Minneapolis. And, Horizon has made a few adjustments with additional service to Seattle and seasonal service to Sun Valley.”

Airport Statistics: 1996 through Present:


Boise Airport terminal building and Airport Expansion: 


"The current project includes a 361,000-square-foot terminal building with a two-level roadway system, additional airplane space and increased parking. Layton Construction of Sandy, Utah, is building the roughly $47million terminal, Anderson said, while McAlvain Construction, Inc., Boise, is building an $8 million roadway.
The terminal building "seems to be basically on schedule," said Anderson, with the likely addition of about 10 contract days due to modifications of the project.

"We originally said the middle of February (for completion), and we’re still hopeful of that, but probably by mid-March at this rate," he said.

The $8 million roadway system, including an elevated roadway, "seems to be on schedule with very few change orders," said Anderson. Completion of that project is slated for early August.

The roadway will be built out "so that we can add the second part of the terminal building in front, which allows us to double the size of our ticketing and baggage claim area," Anderson said.

But the completion of these projects may be followed quickly by consideration of new expansion, since the growth in usage at the airport has been "faster than anyone anticipated," said Anderson.

The project scope was intended to meet what Anderson termed passenger level 1, "which is supposed to get us through 1.5 million annual in-plane passengers, which we’ve done."

"We’re actually down to 1.4 million because we lost about 10 percent of our traffic because of 9-11, but we pretty much built to the level we’ve already reached."

"When we started this we didn’t think we’d reach this level for another five years," he said. "But the growth just went faster than anyone predicted."

Anderson said American Eagle, Frontier and America West came aboard at the airport after the original projects were set in motion.

"We’re essentially completely full in our ticketing positions in the ticket lobby," said Anderson. In the concourses, "we’re out of room to park all of the airplanes that are here overnight on jetways, and we’re scrambling to find places for them."

"We need to evaluate whether it’s time to start building on another new concourse. When this project is completed we’ll probably either build another concourse, add more ticketing (space) or add another parking garage, or we’ll do all three. That’s looking more true than ever."  As reported by By Ken Levy, Special to IBR.  Information obtained from an article Published in Idaho Construction Review and is not the full report.





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P-51 Copy Takes Flight - "NAMPA, ID-If you have ever wondered what it would be like to fly the legendary P-51 Mustang, your dream could come 75% true soon.  The Thunder Mustang, a 3/4-scale carbon-composite replica of the original, is undergoing flight tests following a successful "gear down" flight around Nampa Municipal Airport. Created by Dan Denney, who also designed the Kitfox, the Thunder Mustang is virtually identical to the World War II fighter. Its smaller size and use of composites help give it a weight of slightly more than 2000 pounds, making it 3 tons lighter than the original.  However, recapturing history is not without its price-$175,000 for a kit that comes complete with a 640-horsepower Falconer V12 engine, which is expected to give the plane a 360-mph cruise speed. Denney says that, if testing is completed on schedule, he plans to enter the Thunder Mustang in the Unlimited class at this year's Reno Air Races."


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                (a) Technical Services of the Department. The department may, insofar as is reasonably possible, make available its engineering and other technical services, with or without charge, to any municipality or person desiring them in connection with the planning, acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance or operation of airports or air navigation facilities.


                (b) State Financial Assistance. The department may render financial assistance by grant or loan or both to any municipality or municipalities acting jointly, in the planning, acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance, or operation of an airport owned or controlled, or to be owned or controlled by such municipality or municipalities, out of appropriations made by the legislature for such purposes. Such financial assistance may be furnished in connection with federal or other financial aid for the same purposes.


                (c) Federal Aid. The department is authorized to act as agent of any municipality or municipalities acting jointly, upon the request of such municipality or municipalities, in accepting, receiving, receipting for and disbursing federal moneys, and other moneys public or private, made available to finance, in whole or part, the planning, acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance, or operation of a municipal airport or air navigation facility; and if requested by such municipality or municipalities may act as its or their agent in contracting for and supervising such planning, acquisition, construction, improvement, maintenance or operation; and all municipalities are authorized to designate the department their agent for the foregoing purposes. The department, as principal on behalf of the state, and any municipality, on its own behalf, may enter into any contracts, with each other or with the United States or with any person, which may be required in connection with a grant or loan of federal moneys for municipal airport or air navigation facility purposes. All federal moneys accepted under this section shall be accepted and transferred or expended by the department upon such terms and conditions as are prescribed by the United States. All moneys received by the department pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the state treasury, and, unless otherwise prescribed by the authority from which such moneys were received, shall be kept in separate funds designated according to the purposes for which the moneys were made available, and held by the state in trust for such purposes. All such moneys are hereby appropriated for the purposes for which the same were made available, to be disbursed or expended in accordance with the terms and conditions upon which they were

made available.


                (d) No municipality, county, regional airport authority in this state, except airports serving regularly scheduled airlines certified by an agency of the federal government, whether acting alone or jointly with another local public entity or with the state, shall submit to any federal agency or department of the United States any project application under the provisions of any act of congress which provides airport planning funds, or airport construction and development funds for the expansion and improvement of the airport system, unless the pre-application for federal assistance has been first submitted to and approved by the Idaho transportation department.


                (a) Enforcement Officers. It shall be the duty of the director and employees of the department, and every state and municipal officer charged with the enforcement of state and municipal laws, to enforce and assist in the enforcement of this act and of all rules, regulations and orders issued pursuant thereto and of all other laws of this state relating to aeronautics; and in that connection each of the aforesaid persons is authorized to inspect and examine at reasonable hours any premises, and the buildings and other structures thereon, where airports, air navigation facilities, air schools, or other aeronautical activities are operated or conducted. In aid of the enforcement of this act, the rules, regulations and orders issued pursuant thereto and of all other laws of the state relating to aeronautics, general police powers are hereby conferred upon the director and such of the employees of the department as may be designated by it to exercise such powers.


                (b) Court Aid. The department is authorized, in the name of the state, to



                (a) Site Approvals and Designations--Regulations—Issuance of Certificates--Fees--Standards--Effective Period--Revocation—Existing Airports. Except as provided in subsection (d)[c] of this section, the department is authorized to provide for the approval and designation of airport sites and the issuance of certificates of such approval and designation. No charge shall be made for any such approval and designation, and certificates of such an approval and designation shall be issued without charge to all persons requesting them. Upon the promulgation of a rule or regulation providing for such approval and designation, any municipality or person desiring or planning to construct or establish an airport may, prior to the acquisition of the site or prior to the construction or establishment of the proposed airport makes application to the department for the approval and designation of the site. The department shall with reasonable dispatch grant approval of and designate a site if it is satisfied: 


(1) That such proposed airport will be open to public use;


(2) That site is adequate for the proposed airport;


(3) That such proposed airport, if constructed or established, will conform to minimum standards of safety; and


(4) That safe air traffic patterns could be worked out for such proposed airport and for all existing airports and approved and designated airport sites in its vicinity. An approval and designation of a site may be granted subject to any reasonable conditions, which the department may deem necessary to effectuate the purposes of this section, and shall remain in effect, unless sooner revoked by the department and when such airport site is approved and designated by the department such airport shall be deemed a public use.  The department may, after notice and opportunity for hearing to holders of certificates of an approval and designation, revoke such approval and designation when it shall reasonably determine (1) that there has been an abandonment of the airport site, or (2) that there has been a failure within the time prescribed, or if no time was prescribed, within a reasonable time, to develop the site as an airport or to comply with the conditions of the approval and designation, or (3) that because of a change of physical or legal conditions or circumstances the site is no longer usable for the aeronautical purposes for which the approval and designation was granted, or (4) that such airport has been closed to public use. No approval shall be required for the site of any existing airport. It shall be unlawful for any municipality or person to operate an airport for public use without first obtaining the approval and designation of such airport as required by this section.

Exemptions. The provisions of this section shall not apply to airports

owned or operated by the United States. The department may, from time to time, to the extent necessary, exempt any other class of airports, pursuant to a reasonable classification or grouping, from any rule or regulation, promulgated under this act if it finds that the application of such rule, regulation or requirement would be an undue burden on such class and is not required in the interest of public safety.


    The aforementioned was obtained from the Idaho Aeronautics Web Site and more regulations and information is available for further review on the Web Site.










The Three Island State Park


Open July 2000, the striking new center at Three Island State Park commemorates the convergence of people and cultures at this spot along the Oregon Trail.  The shady park preserves an important river crossing where pio­neers risked their lives and worldly posses­sions to ford the river 150 years ago.  The Shoshone-Paiute tribes worked closely with the state parks department to be sure their side of the story was told correct1y.  The new center features interactive displays and a video on the area's history.  Three Island Crossing History and Education Center, Glenns Ferry, about 65 miles east of Boise via Interstate 84.  Information:  208-366-2394.


Winchester State Park


Follow the call of the wild to the Wolf Edu­cation and Research Center near Winchester State Park in northern Idaho.  There you can see 11 gray wolves, which were filmed from the time they were puppies for the Emmy Award-winning documentary “Wolves At Our Door.”  You can walk a self-guided 1/3-mile Wolf Meadow Trail to see the wolves, who live behind a chain link fence.  Or follow a naturalist on a 1½-hour, half-mile round-trip interpretive walk.  The center is open from 7:30 a. m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and from 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays and 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays from late May to Labor Day and on weekends the re­mainder of the year.  Campground hosts are al­ways on site in case of emergencies. Informa­tion:  208-924-7563.


Ponderosa State Park


This park occupies a peninsula jutting into Payette Lake near McCall.  In June, visitors will find an abundance of wildflowers around Meadow Marsh, ranging from blue camas to wild orchids.  There are 137 campsites, with electricity and water hookups available in some. Campsites cost between $12 to $16 a night.  Fun stuff:  Picnicking. nature trails.  Bird watching and wildlife viewing of deer, red fox, beavers, muskrats and bear. Canoeing, sea kayaking or water skiing on Payette Lake.  Getting there:  Drive north along Idaho 55 from Boise to McCall and turn right at Railroad Avenue, just before the Hotel McCall. Follow signs to the park. Reservations: 208-634-2164.


Cascade State Park


This state park lounges on the banks of Cas­cade Reservoir 75 miles north of Boise off Idaho 55. There are 300 tent and RV campsites scattered around the reservoir, each with rest­ room facilities and potable water.  Costs range from $7 to $9 a night.  Fun stuff:  Picnicking, Water-skiing, Windsurf­ing, fishing for rainbow trout and coho salmon.  Golfing at a nine-hole course on the east side of reservoir near Cascade. Getting there:  Drive north along Idaho 55 to Cascade and turn left following the signs. Campsites on the north side of the reservoir can be accessed from Don­nelly.  Information:  208-382-4258.


Brunean Dunes State Park


This park is an ideal campsite for spring and late falls camping when other campsites are snowbound. Shade trees and shelters make it palatable for summer campers.  The main attraction:  Sand dunes that peak 470 feet above the lakes.  The park sports 48 developed camp­sites ranging from $12 to $16 a night.  Fun stuff:  Skiing, Hiking, Photographing and flying kites on the dunes.  Fishing for bluegill and bass in the lake.  Canoeing and kayaking.  Riding or horseback riding the trails that loop through the marsh around the dunes.  Watching lizards, eagles, hawks, owls and other wildlife.  There also is a visitor center with displays of local wildlife and information about how the unique sand dunes were formed.  Getting there:  Drive east from Boise on Interstate 84 and turn onto Idaho 51 at Mountain Home.  The park is just past the Snake River:   Reservations:  366-7919.


Three Island Crossing State Park


This park is near Glenns Ferry on one of the most dangerous river crossings of the Oregon Trail. Every year the river crossing is reenact­ed in mid-August.  Modem travelers find Three Island Crossing much more hospitable than the pioneers, thanks to a full-service camp-ground, picnic areas, historical interpretive programs, wagon ruts and historic memorabil­ia and an interpretive center.   There are 101 campsites, costing $12 to $16 a night.  Fun stuff:  Picnicking.  Attending historical interpretive programs.  Touring the interpretive center and viewing wagon ruts and other his­toric memorabilia from the Oregon Trail.  Getting there:  Drive east of Boise on Interstate 84 about 20 miles past Mountain Home.  The park is just before Glenns Ferry.  Reservations:  366-2394.


Farewell Bend State Park


This campground, on the banks of the Snake River a 1 ½-hour drive from Boise, is an-other good campground for early birds.  There are no dusty, bumpy roads to test your RV.  The park has 150 campsites with full RV hookups, showers and restrooms, ranging in price from $12 to $16 a night.  Fun stuff:  Picnicking.  Fishing for cattish.  Play­ing volleyball, basketball or horseshoes in the park.  Walking along the riverbank when the Brownlee Reservoir is down.  Watching water­fowl, hawks and eagles.  Getting there:  Drive west of Boise on Inter­state 84 past Ontario, Ore., to Farewell Bend.  Reservations:  800-452-5687.


As reported by the Idaho Statesman staff September 24, 2000


Here is a list of Idaho's state parks, direc­tions and how to get more information or re­serve a spot:


1.  Priest Lake:  Follow the signs off Idaho 57 north of Priest River in North Idaho.  Address:  314 Indian Creek Park Road, Coolin, ID 83821.  Phone:  208-443-2200.


2.  Round Lake:  10 miles south of Sandpoint off U.S. 95.  Address:  P.O. Box 170, Sagle, ID 83860.  Phone:  208-263-3489.


3.   Farragut:  4 miles east of Athol on Idaho 54, near Bay view.  Address: 13400 E. Ranger Road, Athol, ID 83801.   Phone:  208-683-2425.


4.         Coeur d'Alene Parkway:  Coeur d'Alene.  Phone:  208-769-1541.


5.  Old Mission:  Interstate 90 exit 39, 1 mile east of Cataldo.  Address: P.O. Box 30, Cataldo, ID 83810.  Phone:  208-682-3814.


6.  Heybum:  Near Plummer on Idaho 5. Ad­dress: 1291 Chatcolet Road, Plummer, ID 83851.  Phone:  208-686-1308.


7.  McCroskey:  30 miles north of Moscow off 95.  Phone:  208-769-15l1.


8.  Dworshak:  24 miles northwest of Orofino on County W Road.  Address:  P.O Box   2028, Orofino, ID 83544.  Phone:  1-208-476-5994.


9.  Hells Gate:  4 miles south of Lewiston of Snake River Avenue.  Address:  3620A Snake River Ave., Lewiston, ID 83501.  Phone:  208-799-501.


10.  Winchester:  Follow signs from town of Winchester off U.S. 95.  Address:  P.O. Box 186, Winchester, ID 83555.  Phone:  208-924-7563.


11.  Ponderosa:  2 miles northeast of McCall city center.  Address: P.O. Box 89, McCall, ID 83638.  Phone:  208-634-2164.


12.  Land of the Yankee Fork:  Junction of U.S. 93 and Idaho 75.  Address: P.O. Box 1086, Chal­lis, ID 83226.  Phone:  208-879-5244.


13.  Cascade:  Follow signs from the town of Cascade.  Address:   P.O. Box 709, Cascade, ID 83611.  Phone:  208-382-4258.


14.  Eagle Island:  8 miles west of Boise. Take U.S. 20/26 to Linder Road and follow the signs.  Address:  2691 Mace Road, Eagle, ID 83616-5727.  Summer phone:  208-939-0696; winter Phone:  208-939-0704.


15.  Lucky Peak:  10 miles southeast of Boise on Idaho 21.  Address: 9725 East Hwy 21 Boise, ID 83716.  Sandy Point:  208-334-2679 or 208-334-2432.  Spring Shores:  208-336-9505.


16.  Bruneau Dunes:  20 minutes off Interstate 84 near Mountain Home westbound exit 112, eastbound exit 95.  Address:  HC 85, Box 41, Mountain Home, ID 83647.  Phone:  208-366-7919.


17.  Three Island Crossing:  1-84 Glenn’s Ferry Exit. Address:  P.O. Box 609, Glenn’s Ferry, ID 83623.  Phone:  208-366-2394.


18.  Malad Gorge:  1-84 Hagerman exit 147, near Tuttle.  Address:  1074 E. 2350 5.  Hager-man, ID 83332.  Phone:  208-837-4505.


19.     Niagara Springs:  1-84 Exit 157 near Wen­dell.  Contact Malad Gorge State Park for more information.


20. City of Rocks National Reserve:  50 miles south of Burley on routes 27 and 77 to Oakley and Almo.  Address:  P.O. Box 169, Almo, ID 83312.  Phone:  208-824-5519.


21.  Lake Walcott::  11 miles northeast of Rupert off Idaho 24.  Address:  959 E. Minidoka Dam, Rupert, ID 83350.  Phone:  208-4361258.


22.                 Massacre Rocks:  1-86 exit 28 near Ameri­can Falls.  Address:  3592 N. Park Lane, Ameri­can Falls, ID 83211.  Phone:  208-548-2672.


23.  Bear Lake:  20 miles south of Montpelier on U.S. 89.  Address:  P.O. Box 297, Paris, ID 83261.  Phone:  208-945-2790.


24.  Harriman:  18 miles north of Ashton on US 20/191. Address:  HC 65, Box 500, Island Park, ID 83429.  Phone:  208-558-7368.


25.  Henrys Lake:  15 miles west of the west gate of Yellow­-stone National Park, off U.S. 20/191.   Ad­dress:  HC 66, Box 20, Island Park, ID 83429.  Phone: 208-558-7532.




“When camping, backpacking or nature investigating activities, the following information should be taken into consideration in order to have an enjoyable and rewarding activity:




Campfires in a developed campground or recreation site on federal land is not always allowed. First rule of thumb, check with the Fire district of the area you desire to camp, backpack, hunt, river raft, etc.  Just be careful. Be aware that during fire season, a fire also can spread throughout a campground.


You can easily tell the difference between a developed campground and an undeveloped campsite.  A developed campground will have outhouses, picnic tables, drinking water and fire pits.  Fees are usually charged at developed sites. 


No campfires are allowed anywhere, any time on land administered by the Idaho Department of Lands.


As far as federal lands, don't build a fire at an undeveloped campsite -- the little pull offs in the woods or along the river where you don't have any camping facilities.  All types of fires are prohibited outside of developed recreation sites.


If you are building a campfire in a federal developed campsite, build it in the fire pit provided at the site.  Don't build it anywhere else, like under overhanging branches, next to a log, under the picnic table, near rotten stumps or in a pile of dried grass.  You will single-handedly destroy the campground and the surrounding countryside.


Always have a shovel, bucket and axe when camping.


Don't build a bonfire. You're not trying to signal Life Flight or Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue.


Keep it small with flames no more than a foot high.  It will be plenty big for coals to cook your Dutch oven dinner or to roast marshmallows.


Don't store firewood near your fire.


Never leave a campfire unattended.  Besides getting a big, fat fine, you'll end up causing a wildfire if the wind kicks up.  Forest officials found 200 abandoned campfires in one weekend in the summer of 2000.


When it comes time to putting out your campfire, make sure it's dead out.  Drown it with water.  That's where your bucket comes in handy.  Make sure all embers, coals and sticks are wet.  Move rocks.  There may be burning embers underneath rocks.


Stir the remains of the fire and add more water and stir again. Be sure all burned material has been extinguished and cooled.  Feel all materials with your bare hand.


If you can't touch the drowned remains of your fire, it is still too hot to leave.  It can ignite again.

Don't try to have a campfire if you are in an undeveloped campsite.  It's illegal.  Do all your cooking on a propane camp stove or one that uses white gas.


Sheepherder stoves and charcoal are not allowed.


Make sure your gas stoves and gas lanterns are in good working order.  A gas lantern or stove, if malfunctioning, can be like a flamethrower.


Parents should keep all matches and lighters out of sight of children.  Don't tempt them with playing with matches in a dry campground or don't give them a chance to try to build their own campfires.


Store all white gas for camp stoves in a safe place.  Don't put it next to the stove or a campfire.  Don't attempt to refill a hot stove with gas.


Since charcoal is not allowed, use a portable gas grill if you have an appetite for grilled trout.


Be vigilant.  Wildfires can pop up anywhere.  If you are worried about camping and being in the path of an instant wildfire, the best place to camp is in a developed campground with a campground host.  They are in constant contact with the U.S. Forest Service and BLM will know any developments on fires.


If you are camping at an out-of-the-way place and have cell phone reception, you can check with a nearby U.S. Forest Service ranger district offices (see phone numbers) on fire conditions.


If you are out in the middle of nowhere in an undeveloped camping area with no communication with the outside world, you'd better keep your eyes on the mountain ridges.  A forest fire can travel 1 1/2 mph in a pine forest, much faster if wind conditions are right and as much as 30-40 mph in rangelands.  If a fire flares up anywhere in the drainage where you are camping, pack it up and get out.  You can't predict which way the fire will go.  It travels a lot faster uphill.  And, watch for heavy traffic from fire-fighting crews.


If you're out in the boonies and spot a fire, call 911, #fire on your cell phone or 1-800-418-4878.




Almost all trails in areas like the Sawtooths, White Clouds and around McCall remain open to backpacking.  The Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness is closed. 


Hikers should beware that a new fire is burning near Atlanta at Trail Creek.


Backpackers have to follow the same rules as other campers, and since there are no developed campgrounds along backpacking trails, the rule is no campfires.


Backpackers must do all cooking on gas stoves.  Lightweight gas stoves for backpacking are available in sporting goods stores.


Backpackers cannot have a fire on a fire blankets.


Trail users should sign in at trailhead registers.  That way authorities know if backpackers or hikers are in the area in case a fire flares up or if there is another emergency.




Fish and Game is looking at how fires are affecting the upcoming hunting season.  The Fish and Game Commission will meet August 24 and 25 in Boise to evaluate the situation.


Muzzleloader hunters, because their rifles are loaded with loose powder, must be extremely aware of the danger of starting a fire when they shoot, Fish and Game warns. However, the discharge of any muzzleloader using black powder and a patch or wad that can carry a flame beyond the end of the muzzle, is not allowed on land administered by the Idaho Department of Lands.  These restrictions apply to state lands within hunting units 23 and 24 in the McCall area and unit 22 in the Weiser area.


Hunting access in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness has been closed because of the fires.


If land managers with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management or state of Idaho close other areas because of fires, Fish and Game will support those closures.

Many hunters don't use developed campgrounds and traditionally camp in undeveloped areas. That means sheepherder stoves, the stoves that are traditionally used in large wall tents with a stovepipe coming out the roof, are not allowed.


Hunters cannot have warming fires. A warming fire is one that a hunter uses in the morning while sitting in a hunting spot waiting for game.  Instead, use portable pocket warmers.


It is illegal to operate motorized vehicles, including ATVs, off designated roads and trails from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. That means you can't just go blasting cross country to retrieve your elk or deer or other game animal with your ATV or motorcycle during those times.


Hunters should use common sense, too. If it looks extremely dry off trail, don't go cross country, even though it is allowed during certain hours.  If a fire starts, a hunter can be in the middle of it without a chance to escape.


Instead of using motor vehicles to retrieve game, it might be a better idea to use horses or other pack animals or good old-fashioned elbow grease with a lot of friends.  Give them a few elk steaks or roasts for helping you out.


Off Roading


Don't do it.  Although designated trails and maintained roads on federal lands are still open to motorized vehicles, use common sense.  If there is high grass on trails and roads, don't drive or ride on them.


Your car or trail machine can start a fire.  If you park or drive over dried grass, the car's exhaust system can start a fire.


No off-road travel, regardless of time and place, is allowed on lands administered by the Idaho Department of Lands.


If driving forest roads, watch where you park when you pull off.  Don't park in an area with brush and grass.


When driving, always check the underside of your car.  The skid plate on a 4WD vehicle can collect grass and brush and then ignite.

Carry a fire extinguisher in your vehicle.




Smoking: Don't flick ashes or butts out the window of your car while driving down the highway.  It's a sure way to start forest or grass fires.


If you have to smoke while enjoying the outdoors, you can only smoke in your vehicle, in a building, or in a developed recreation site.


Don't grind your cigarette or cigar out on a log.  Put it out on bare ground then take the butt home with you so you don't litter.  If you can put it in your pocket, you know it's dead out.


Closures:  September 2000, recreationists were allowed everywhere except in designated areas that are closed because of fires such as the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness area and the wilderness stretch of the Main Salmon River and the Middle Fork of the Salmon.


Firewood:  Firewood cutting permits are not always available in Southwest and Central Idaho, dependant upon fire conditions.  Good grillin': Charcoal is not allowed but you can still grill burgers at camp with portable propane grill.



USDA Forest Service Northern Region 1 Home Page - Provides information and maps on forests and grasslands in Montana, Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota.


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USDA Forest Service Northern Region 1 Overview


Bitterroot National Forest – “Comprised of two mountain ranges separated by the Bitterroot River valley in Montana and Idaho, it offers backcountry recreation opportunities. 1.6 million acre forest in southwest Montana and Idaho to be a priceless national heritage. Much of its beauty can be attributed to the heavily glaciated, rugged peaks of the Bitterroot Range. Drainages carved by glaciers form steep canyons that open into the valley floor.  Breathtaking scenery is provided by 30 deep, rocky, glaciated canyons breaking the sharp face of the Bitterroot range at regular intervals to the west. Most of this rugged range is wilderness. To the east, the Sapphire range presents a gentler horizon. The forest has plentiful big game, high quality water, and backcountry recreation opportunities including wild rivers. Half of the forest is dedicated to the largest expanse of continuous pristine wilderness in the lower 48 states--the Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church River of No Return, and the Anaconda Pintler.”


Bitterroot National Forest Recreation Opportunities


Clearwater National Forest – “Located in north central Idaho, it features mountainous scenery, an abundant habitat for wildlife, and includes several major tributaries to the Columbia River. Part of Idaho's Big Wild, the Clearwater National Forest covers 1.8 million acres from the jagged peaks of the Bitterroot Mountains in the east to the river canyons and the rolling hills of the Palouse Prairie in the west.  The North Fork of the Clearwater and the Lochsa rivers provide miles of tumbling white water interspersed with quiet pools for migratory and resident fish. The mountains provide habitat for elk, moose, whitetail and mule deer, black bear, gray wolf, cougar, mountain goats, and many smaller mammals.  The ridges between the deep canyons have provided travel corridors across the mountains for centuries. These routes were used by the Nez Perce Indians and, in 1805-1806, the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Today the main travel route is U.S. Highway 12 following the dramatic canyon of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River and its tributary the Lochsa River.  On September 11 1805, Lewis and Clark began one of the most difficult and demanding legs of their voyage to to the Pacific Ocean - the 86-mile trek across the Bitterroot Mountains in what is now the Clearwater National Forest.”


Clearwater National Forest Recreation Opportunities


Idaho Panhandle National Forests - "Including portions of Idaho, Montana, and Washington, it offers opportunities for camping, fishing, hunting, boating, swimming, hiking, and skiing. Riding the Hiawatha Rail-Trail.  One of the west's best bike rides is waiting for you here on the IPNF and now includes the 1.8-mile long St. Paul Pass (Taft) tunnel!  Coeur d'Alene, ID, sits on the shores of beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene. This was taken looking northeast, over North Idaho College.  The University of Idaho has developed cooperative agreements with five universities in Mexico: Universidad Veracruzana, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, ITESM (Monterrey Tech. University, and the Universidad de Guadalajara.  The agreements not only facilitate the volunteer internship programs; but also provide for student exchanges, faculty exchanges, program exchanges, and collaborative research.  This interchange of cultures generated another opportunity to develop a  “Sister Forest” relationship between the Idaho Panhandle National Forest and Bosque de la Primavera in the State of Jalisco, Mexico.  Under the auspices of the Forest Service International Forestry program, and the leadership of Deputy Forest Supervisor Pat Aquilar, efforts were undertaken to begin the establishment of the Sister Forest Program between the IPNF and La Primavera.  In August of 1999, Salvador Mayorga, Executive Director of Bosque de la Primavera, visited the Idaho Panhandle National Forest to familiarize himself with this ecosystem and the resources used to manage it.  During this visit Executive Director Mayorga and Deputy Forest Supervisor Pat Aguilar drafted a proposed Sister Forest Agreement."


Idaho Panhandle National Forests Recreation Opportunities


Kootenai National Forest - "Consist of 2.2 million acres and is located in the extreme northwest corner of Montana, bordered on the north by Canada and on the west by Idaho and it features high craggy peaks, deep canyons and mixed conifers. Of the total acres, 50,384 are in the State of Idaho. Access into the Forest is available from U.S. Highways 2 and 93, and Montana State Highways 37, 56, 200, and 508. Ranges of high, craggy peaks mark the Forest with Snowshoe Peak in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness at 8,738 feet, the highest point. The Whitefish Range, Purcell Mountains, Bitterroot Range, Salish Mountains, and Cabinet Mountains are all part of the rugged terrain radiating from the river valleys. In the north-central part of the Forest, the land is more open with gently rolling timbered hills lying in the shadows of the Whitefish Range. The Forest is dominated by two major rivers: the Kootenai and Clark Fork, along with several smaller rivers and their tributaries. Two dams on the Clark Fork have created the Cabinet Gorge and Noxon Reservoirs within the Forest boundary. Highway 200 parallels these reservoirs as it crosses the Forest. The Kootenai River is bridled by Libby Dam, creating Lake Koocanusa, a 90-mile-long reservoir reaching into Canada. Lake Koocanusa, 16 miles north of Libby, is almost totally encompassed by Forest land with Highway 37 following the east shore to Rexford, and a Forest road along the west shore to within a few miles of Canada. The elevation of the Kootenai River as it leaves the Forest and the State is 1,862 feet, the lowest point in Montana. The Yaak, Fisher, Tobacco, Bull, and Vermillion Rivers are smaller rivers within the confines of the Forest.


There are 141 lakes located within the Forest boundaries that range from small alpine lakes to 1,240-acre Bull Lake. Northern Lincoln County lies in the shadow of the Whitefish Mountain Range. Broad valleys and timbered slopes collect all their water into the Tobacco and Kootenai River drainages. A large portion of the Kootenai River was dammed in the mid 70's for flood control and now a 100 mile-long lake called KooCanUSA, stretches from above the Canadian border south to the giant Libby Dam located 17 miles north of Libby. The Purcell Mountain Range with it's narrower valleys occupies the lower portion of the County. The great Kootenai River meanders south below the dam and is joined by all the water from the Fisher River drainages; then it loops to the west tumbling over the last major waterfall in the northwestern US that doesn't have a dam on it - "Kootenai Falls"; from there on, it rolls westward toward the Idaho border. Along the way the Kootenai is joined by the drainages from the Yaak River, while the Bull River flows south into the Clarks Fork River at Noxon."


Nez Perce National Forest – “Located in north-central Idaho, its2.2 million acres of beautiful and diverse land features dramatic changes in elevation, dry rugged canyons of the Salmon River to the moist cedar forests of the Selway drainage.  It offers breathtaking scenery, wilderness, wildlife, fisheries, timber harvest, livestock grazing, mining, pristine water quality and a wide array of recreation opportunities including whitewater rafting, fishing, and camping.   The Forest is best known for its wild character.  Nearly half of the Forest is designated wilderness.  It also sports two rivers popular with thrill-seeking floaters--the Selway and the Salmon.  Hunters, anglers, and casual observers appreciate the countless undeveloped sites await discovery. Those seeking a more developed setting can choose from 25 designated camping areas.”






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Idaho’s past is the present in many ways because Idaho has not lost it’s glory and traditional values of the past.  Idaho’s future is bright and the environment clean.  History is preserved and cultural indifference's set aside for the world to marvel.  A society of pioneers unwilling to let go of the past, yet the future requires some change.  Tomorrow is another day, and everyone’s reading the Idaho Statesman, attending public hearings on Land Development, Sprawl, New Urban design and the environment.  The past is honored and the stories told truthfully.  The future is embraced and Idaho is ready for any and all challenges.


The Idaho Statesman recommended the following books September 24, 2000:


“Mormon Country” by Wallace Stegn­er. A celebration of a non-Mormon living with Mormons.




“Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” by Dee Brown. The best story of American Indi­ans in the West.


“The legacy of Conquest” by Patricia Limerick. The best “new” history of the American West.


“Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Am­brose.  A good history of Lewis and Clark.


“The Good Rain” by Tim Egan.  A won­derful book about the Pacific Northwest by The New York Times Seattle correspondent.


“A River Runs Through It” by Norman MacLean.


“This House of Sky” by Ivan Doig.


“Refuge” by Terry Tempest Williams. A remarkable book by a Mormon naturalist about the death of her mother and a wildlife refuge at the same time.


Reference books:


“Idaho for the Curious” by Cort Conley.


“Idaho Poiftical Almanac” by Randy Stapilus.  “Idaho Place Names” by Lalia Boone.


“The Payette River” by Steve Stuebner.  Compiled by Rocky Barker, The Idaho Statesman.


“In Mountain Shadows” by Carlos.  Schwantes.  A very readable history of Ida­ho.


“Angie of Repose” by Wallace Stegner.  The story of a Victorian writer illustrator married to an engineer in the American West of the late 19th century.  Taken in part from the life of Idaho writer Mary Hallock Foote, it in­cludes a lot  about early Boise.


“Paradox Politics” by Randy Stapulis.  Though becoming increasingly out of date, this book gives a history of Idaho politics from post-war through 1988.


“Big Trouble” by J. Anthony Lukas.  A tremendous story about the famous trial of Big Bill Haywood for the murder of Gov. Stuenenberg.  Great history of The States­man.


“Cadillac Desert” by Marc Reisner.  The best story about water in the West, the region's lifeblood."


“Smylie Remembers” by Gov. Robert Smylie.


“Politics Western Style” by Gov. Cecil Andrus.


“Saving All the Parts” by Rocky Bark­er.  A story about the Endangered


“Species Act and its effects on Idaho and the Pacific Northwest."


“Tiger on the Road” by Tim Woodward.  A biography of Idaho writer Vardis



Veteran Idaho Statesman writer Tim Woodward wrote this piece about life in Idaho in 1984 after the Mount St. Helens eruption, as reported in the Idaho Statesman, September 24, 2000:


“A fair part of the state has choked on vol­canic ash, and some scientist has predicted Idaho will fall into the sea.  No resumes are in my mailbox; no moving van is outside my door.  A world without Idaho?  Unthinkable.  What is Idaho?  It is like every state and no state.


Idaho is mountains.  John Steinbeck called them real mountains that reach straight to the sky.  Idaho is farm country, sonic of the best.  Its irrigated valleys with shimmering arcs of portable water; its rain-swept hills of green grain.  Smudge pots arid spray planes arid sweet-pungent earth.  Idaho is basins


where the snow never melts, forests where the sun hardly shines; sagebrush immensities where you can spend a whole day arid hear only the wind.


Idaho is an old man lamenting the demise of his favorite trout stream, a wide-eyed new­comer flushed with discovery of clean air arid free campgrounds.


Idaho is heart-stopping emptiness, half again as large as England with a fiftieth as many people.  You can start at the northern border and drive all day without seeing the southern border or a high-rise building.


Idaho is Sun Valley, the queen.  Exclusive shops; cocktails in the Duchin Room, little, suntanned crea­tures in new Porsches with leather seats.  Grand memo­ries - Cooper and Gable, Shearer and Southern, Harriman and the UP and simple fun - a Volkswagen-full of backpacks and pizza at Louie's.


Idaho is corporations with offices from coast to coast, a weekly paper with a staff of one.  Idaho is an abandoned cabin on a windswept plain, a lonely teacher in a one-room school.  It's elk grazing on a hillside, jackrabbits dy­ing beside a road. It's pioneers alone in the wilderness, working girls alone in the city. It's smog and computerized traffic, a town with a single parking meter.


Idaho is a thousand little towns with names that dance lightly on the tongue - Santa and Jerusalem and Coeur d'Alene. Eden and Hope, Pearl and Gem, Harvard and Princeton, Elk Creek and Three Creek, Grimes Pass and Good Grief. Bear, Eagle, White Bird, Duck Valley, Elk River, Horseshoe Bend.


Idaho is millionaires.  We have the Potato King, the Supermarket King, the Timber King, and other royalty and wages among the lowest in the nation.


Idaho is a million-dollar home with a view of the skyline, a baby crying in the hopelessness of a migrant labor camp.  Idaho is a general store with everything in the midst of nothing, a restaurant that serves eight kinds of homemade pie in the middle of nowhere.  Idaho is wilderness:  Jade lakes in granite basins, stories around the campfire, hot springs under the stars.  It's huckleberries and humming -birds arid hunters in the hills.  Raptors and rookeries and rivers on the run.


Idaho is Basque country.  Picnics, weight lift­ing and dancing in the streets.  It's chorizos arid old-world music and a pouch fat with wine.  Girls with dark, flashing eyes and boys in tow, a solitary sheepherder in a wagon called home.


Idaho is Indian heritage - Shoshone, Nez Perce, Pocatello- arid Indian reality-Fort Hall, Lapwai, Duck Valley.  Idaho has been called a natural paradise and a cultural wasteland; the truth is some where between.  You can't pigeonhole something as big and diverse as Idaho.


It won't sit still long enough.  Idaho can be ugly-barroom brawls, dirty politics, sewage flowing from a pipe - and it can be lovely-flowers on the Owyhee desert, a full moon on the Camas Prairie, sunlight on the St. Joe.  Anyplace in the mountains.  Any mountains.  Take your pick.  Other states have beckoned, but the sum of their offers is at best a trade.  When you're tired of Idaho, you're tired of life."








ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS offering volunteer activities and community services for all ages:


Big Broth­ers and Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho


Boise Parks & Recreation and Capitol Youth Soccer Association - Are family sports organizations designed to promote fun and fitness in the community.


Boys & Girls Club of Ada County


Capitol Youth Soccer Associa­tion - 336-6512


Idaho Youth Soccer Association - 336-5256


Idaho Tennis Association - 322-5150


Little League baseball - Meridian Police Activities League - 888-6030


Northwest Animal Companions


Treasure Valley Retired and Seniors Volunteer Program (55 or older, RSVP) - has volunteer requests from more than 120 agencies needing both long- and short-term help.


United Way of Treasure Valley


Volunteer Opportunities




As reported by By Charles Etlinger of the Idaho Statesman September 24, 2000:


Mad Hatter's Tea Party and Harvest Market at Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise, Sept.24


Woolgrowers Open House, Ste. Chapelle Winery, Caldwell, Sept. 24


Car Wars, Western Idaho Fair­grounds, Boise, Sept. 27-Oct. 1


Emmett Harvest Festival, Emmett, Sept. 29-30


Museum Comes to Life, Idaho State Historical Museum, Boise, Sept.30


Quilt Show, Boise Centre on the Grove, Boise, Sept. 30-Oct. 1


Meridian Scarecrow Festival, Meridi­an, Oct. 1-7


Boo at the Zoo, Julia Davis Park, Boise, Oct. 28


Festival of Trees, Boise Centre on the Grove, Boise, Nov.


Holiday Parade, Boise, Nov.18 Ans for Christmas, Boise Art Muse­um, Boise, Nov. 4-16


BB King, BSU, Boise, Nov.10 Canyon County Christmas Show, Ida­ho Center, Nampa, Nov. 17-19


December First Night Boise, down­town Boise, Dec.31


Winter Garden Aglow, Idaho Botani­cal Garden, Boise, Dec. 8-31


Winter Carnival, McCall, February U.S. Bank Boise Flower and Garden Show, Boise, March


HP LaserJet Women's Challenge, cy­cling races, Boise, June


Emmett Cherry Festival, Emmett, June National Old time Fiddler's Contest, Weiser, June 25-30


St. Ignatius Basque festival, Boise, July 29, 30


Snake River Stampede, Idaho Cen­ter, Nampa, July 17-22


Native American Pow-Wow, Montour, July 15,16


July 4 Parade, Boise


Caldwell Night Rodeo, Caldwell, August 20-25


Historic Three-Island Crossing, Glenns Ferry, Aug.19, 20


Art in the Park, Julia Davis Park, Boise, Sept. 8, 9


BEST OF THE TREASURE VALLEY WEB SITES offering area information and links to recreational activities, travel destinations, sports, entertainment and Economy Hotels in Boise:


Ada County Sheriffs Department




Best of the Treasure Valley - Idaho Statesman


Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau Home Page


Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau Recreation


Boise Culture & Entertainment


Boise Family Magazine Annual Events


Boise Family Magazine maintains contact information from those who offer the following recreational activities:


































Alternate Mobility Adventure Seekers

Boise Parks and Recreation

384-4216 ext. 25


Special Olympics Idaho - 323-0482


The Sonoma County Regional Parks Department, in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club at Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma, recently installed a new disabled-accessible pathway from the bus stop on Verano Avenue through the park and down to the Boys and Girls Club facility. This smooth, gently graded concrete pathway provides a safe, easy passage for all children using the park and the Boys and Girls Club.













Boise Idaho Recreation Activity Guide


Boise Idaho area information


Boise Idaho Resources and Information


Boise Tourism and Recreation Activity Guide


What to Do in Boise - ABLAZE Productions, Inc.


Camps, concerts and more cater to kids - Article By Karen Bossick
Idaho Statesman


City of Boise Home Page


Community Information Links - Advantage Team

· Area Entertainment                           · Area Information

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The City of - Boise


Destination Northwest - Boise Idaho


Destination Northwest - Idaho


Discover Idaho - Yellow Pages


Economy Hotels in Boise


Enrote Boise Idaho - What to See & Do


Find-America.Com - Idaho


History of Idaho - Idaho Statesman




Idaho Counties Directory


Idaho Film Bureau - Search for locations, in Idaho Fil Bureau photo data base of over 700 images.  You'll find permit information, climate data, contacts, detailed grid maps, links to related sites and a complete list of lodging properties throughout Idaho.  700 W. State Street - Box 83720 - Boise, Idaho 83720-0093.  Phone: 208 334-2470 - Toll-free: 800 942-8338 - Fax: 208 334-2631- Idaho Department of Commerce


Idaho Department of Fish and Game.


Idaho Department of Water Resources


Idaho Hotspots


Idaho Media Guide - 2001


Idaho Outdoor Recreation Links


Idaho State and Local Government


Idaho State at a Glance/Other Statistics


Idaho State Parks and Recreation


Idaho State University - Events & Affairs

Museum Building, Room 440, Campus Box 8108 Pocatello,

Idaho 83209. (208) 282-2380, Fax (208)282-4611


Idaho Tourism and Recreation


Idaho U. S. City Network


Idaho Vacation Guide: Romantic Idaho Vacations




Northend Boise Historic District


Onroute travel Guide


Recreation And Sports - Surf Boise - Down Home Web Design Inc.


Robnett Properties - Local Links & Statistics
1081 S. Star Rd., Star, ID 83669


Search for Lodging in Boise Idaho


Sun Microsystems Figures and Idaho Statistics


Southwest Idaho Town and Road Maps


The #1 Guide to North Idaho!


Things to - Southwestern Region


Treasure Valley Community Resource Center


Treasure Valley courtesy of Russ Stanley, Broker of Le Bois Realty


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