Mountain View girls soccer aims for top seed in district tournament

Mountain View, which advanced to its first 5A girls soccer state tournament in school history last season, is atop the 5A Southern Idaho Conference standings with two games remaining before the District Three tournament begins next Saturday.

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Click here and submit your best high school sports videos and photos by using the links in the right column when the Varsity Extra page loads.

Each Monday, we’ll select the best videos and photos submitted during the week and award the winners $20 gift certificates to Domino’s Pizza.

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Salmon fishing in the fall?

Idaho Fish and Game Commission is holding a meeting Wednesday to decide whether to open a fall chinook season on the Snake River, which could mean Idaho anglers will get to bonk a hatchery chinook as early as tomorrow.

The proposal is for a season to run Wednesday through Oct. 31 from Lewiston upstream to Hells Canyon Dam. Anglers could keep one chinook and have three in possession. Like steelhead and spring chinook, only fish with clipped adipose fin can be kept.

Centennial boys soccer leads pack of teams nipping at Boise's heels

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BOYS SOCCER: 5A SIC RACE

Boise High boys soccer team may have a 6-0-0 record in 5A SIC play, but with two weeks remaining in the regular season, five teams remain in the the hunt for the conference title and a No. 1 seed in the District Three tournament.

Tickets still on sale for La. Tech; BSU 14th in BCS

Boise State has 350 tickets remaining for Wednesday night's game against Louisiana Tech. The Broncos have sold out their first two home games this season.

Tickets are available at Select-a-Seat outlets, www.idahotickets.com and the Athletic Ticket Office (426-4737).

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The Broncos are getting a nice boost from the computers early in the season. They are 14th in the latest BCS projections at collegebcs.com, four spots ahead of their ranking in the coaches' poll and Harris poll, the two human polls used by the BCS.

Name the Boise State-Louisiana Tech score, win pizza

I should have gotten this up yesterday, but there is still plenty of time to enter this week's "Name the Score" contest for Wednesday's Boise State-Louisiana Tech game.

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The trillion-dollar talking point

President Bush made about as good a case as possible this morning for fixing the nation's credit crunch.

Citing the record-shattering 777-point drop in the Dow Jones index — a sobering Monday not just for big-time investors, but any poor regular person with a 401(k) — Bush pegged Monday's losses at more than a trillion dollars. As long as the credit crunch is couched in Wall Street-vs.-Main Street rhetoric, this deadlock is going to be hard to break — whether it's with a $700 billion bailout or some less expensive alternative.

Dam breaching an issue in Oregon Senate race

Salmon and dams could play a role in who wins the U.S. Senate race in Oregon.

Incumbent Republican Gordon Smith has made protecting the four lower Snake dams on the Snake River in Washington a foundation of his own energy policy, following the roadmap of President George Bush in 2004 and Democrat Maria Cantwell in 2006.

His Democratic challenger, Oregon Speaker of the House Jeff Merkley, has not endorsed dam breaching. But he has said the magic words that please salmon advocates, he's keeping his options open.

Onions, dogs and the Foothills

Heads up! If you like dogs and onions there's an important meeting coming up at the Foothills Learning Center in Hulls Gulch.

A recommendation to allow leashed dogs on Polecat Gulch trails will be discussed by the Foothills Conservation Advisory Committee (FCAC), at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, at the foothills center, located at 3188 Sunset Peak Road.

The proposal is being considered in conjunction with a survey of Aase’s onions and other endangered plants conducted this summer by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Polecat Gulch Reserve.

Idaho Newsreader - 09.30.08

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