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Jack Kola, 11, rides the bowl during last year’s Wild West Skateboard Contest Series.

Skate competition wraps up

The fourth and final stage of the Wild West Skateboard Contest Series will drop in at the town skate park on Saturday.

The format no longer features separate street and bowl competitions, instead running a jam format with skaters encouraged to incorporate the entire park into their runs.

There will also be a “Firing Line” segment, with two or three park features highlighted and skaters taking two runs.

There are five divisions: Cowpokes (9 and under), Buckaroos (10-12), Young guns (13-19), Cowgirls (open, females) and Outlaws (open, males).

The Outlaws class awards $150 for first place with sponsor packages for second and third. All other divisions will take sponsorship packages for first, second and third.

The contest series began Aug. 10 in Ketchum, Idaho, and then made stops in Jackson and Driggs, Idaho.

Jackson’s Isaac Puente was the male series champion a year ago, earning $350 for his victory. Kaya Kandolin was the overall female winner.

Champs take academic awards

Four members of the 2019 state champion Jackson Hole High School soccer team were recognized by the Wyoming Coaches Association for academic achievement, Broncs head coach Matt Hoelscher announced Friday in a news release.

Spring graduate Will McCreedy, now-junior Leo Harland and Rafa Silva Magana, and now-sophomore Hunter Dewell met the criteria of earning a varsity letter and having a GPA of 3.5 or better during the spring season, Hoelscher said.

“It’s an honor for these boys to be recognized for their academic performance,” the coach said. “I’m proud of them for their pursuit of excellence both on the field and in the classroom.”

Burns affect hunting in Idaho

Hunters in Idaho’s Tex Creek Zone, east of Idaho Falls, should be aware of prescribed burn activity in Unit 66. Some minor trail and area closures may be in effect this week as the U.S. Forest Service wraps up fire activity.

Archery seasons for deer and elk will be open during this time, so hunters need to be aware of and respect the closures for their safety. All closures will be temporary and mostly occur between Commissary Ridge and Fourth of July Ridge. All major roads in the area are expected to remain open.

Idaho Fish and Game said the primary purpose of the prescribed burns is to improve big game habitat by stimulating aspen growth and diversifying vegetation communities.

“Everything is going really well on the ground,” Martell Gibbons, assistant fire management officer for the Palisades Ranger District, said in a news release. “The fire is meeting our objectives and performing like we anticipated.”

Residual smoke will remain in the area as interior pockets continue to burn.

For information, call the Palisades Ranger District at 208-523-1412.

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