Outdoor news in brief

D93 seeks volunteers for XC ski program

Bonneville Joint School District 93 is looking for experienced cross-country skiers to help fourth-graders learn to ski this winter.

District 93 received $7,000 from the Idaho Falls Nordic Ski Patrol this year to purchase 35 pairs of skis and 48 pairs of boots to be used in its fourth-grade cross-country ski curriculum. Each elementary school in District 93 will have the skis for up to two weeks, exposing more than 100 students to the sport.

The fourth-grade teachers will be trained Dec. 13 and will serve as the primary instructors, but the district is looking for community members to help out. The district is asking for people to commit to one to three hours a day in January and February to help students put on equipment, get into their bindings, and encourage and help while they are skiing around their schools.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Julie Abbott at abbottj@d93.k12.id.us or 208-520-3485, or Terry Belnap at belnapte@d93.k12.id.us or 208-681- 4324.

Snake River Cutthroats to offer winter fly-fishing, rod-building classes

The Snake River Cutthroats Fly Fishing Club is offering a beginning fly-tying class and a rod-building class this winter.

The fly-tying classes will start Jan. 23 and run for six weeks. The classes run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All basic fly-tying techniques are taught with an emphasis on fly patterns that work well locally. All required materials and hooks are supplied for the basic cost of $30. The class is open to anyone 10 and older.

Buck Goodrich, who has been fly tying and fly fishing in southeast Idaho and the northern Rocky Mountains since the 1960s and has fished just about every river and lake in the region, will lead the classes. In addition there will be six or seven associate instructors with an average of 20 years teaching fly tying and extensive knowledge of fly fishing in the area, assisting Goodrich.

Students need to bring a fly-tying vise, scissors, bobbin, hackle pliers, hair stacker and other useful tools. For more information or to sign up, contact Goodrich at 208-357- 7328.

The rod-building class is being taught by Wade Allen and John Rivera. Allen has built rods for over 20 years and has taught this class for the last six years. Rivera, who is joining Allen for the first time this year, is a master rod builder who owns The Fly Rod Company (theflyrodcompany.com). He and his wife, Fabia Fuensalida, have been building graphite rods, fiberglass rods and bamboo rods for over 30 years, both in Idaho and California. Rivera is also a certified casting instructor.

The class is designed for building a quality rod for fresh or salt water. The cost is $30. The exact dates of the class have not been determined, but it will be sometime in late January or early February.

For more information or to sign up, contact Allen at 208-390-3130.

Annual Driggs Snowscapes event scheduled

The seventh annual Driggs Snowscapes is scheduled for Jan. 16-20 at Driggs City Plaza, 60 S. Main St.

The free event occurs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and features up to 10 professional and amateur teams sculpting large blocks of snow into public art displays.

The event ends with the Snow Ball from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. The cost for that event is $14 for adults and $8 for children.

For information, contact Alison Brush at events@downtowndriggs.org, visit www.downtowndriggs.org or call 307-690-4434.

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