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Legislature to honor Kristin Armstrong

Here's a news item from the Associated Press:  BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho's two-time Olympic gold medalist cyclist Kristin Armstrong is due to be honored by the state Legislature. Armstrong is coming off a big win in the time trial in the 2012 London Olympics last summer.The Boise resident also won time-trial gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.On Wednesday, Boise Rep. Hy Kloc introduced a measure lauding Armstrong's dedication to her sport in the face of adversity. The resolution is now headed for a vote in the full House. Kloc cited Armstrong's diagnosis of osteoarthritis that ended her triathlon career a dozen years ago, but got her started on the path to becoming the most-successful U.S. professional women's cyclist ever. She retired following her win on the streets of London and lives in Boise with her husband and young son.

Idaho Statesman reporter Dan Popkey has a report here; Armstrong didn't appear in the committee this morning, but told Popkey she hopes to appear at the Capitol later in the process.

Homeland Security investigating theft of Olympian’s bicycles

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is now investigating the theft of two specialized competition bicycles that Olympic gold medalist Kristin  Armstrong rode in the Olympics. “The bicycles are believed to have been stolen while in transit from Germany to Idaho,” the bureau reported.

HSI special agents in the U.S. and Germany are on the case, and are asking anyone with information to contact the HSI Tip-Line 24/7 at (866) 347-2423 from the U.S., Mexico, or Canada; 1-802-872-6199 (from any country in the world), or online at In a statement, the agency said, “HSI combats worldwide criminal enterprises who seek to exploit America's legitimate trade, travel and financial systems and enforces America's customs and immigration laws at and beyond our nation's borders.”

Olympic gold medalist’s bikes stolen en route back to Boise

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) ― The bicycles that Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong rode in the Olympics were stolen at some point while they were being shipped to Boise after being on display at an event called “Eurobike” in Germany. Her gold medal time trial bike is worth nearly $30,000 and her road bike is valued at almost that much. Armstrong says the time trial bike is a symbol of all the hard work she put in and she's sad that somebody took that away from her family. The bikes were shipped from Bremen Germany on Sept. 7 and made stops in Frankfurt and Atlanta, but only empty boxes arrived at Armstrong's house Tuesday. It's unknown when the bikes went missing. Her team “Exergy 2012” is offering a substantial reward for the return or knowledge of the whereabouts of the bikes; there's more info here.

Olympic gold medalist to greet Boise fans

Olympic cycling gold medalist, Boisean and University of Idaho alum Kristin Armstrong will greet fans, sign autographs and give away free copies of a new UI poster featuring her in London with her gold medal, pictured above, tomorrow at the Capital City Public Market in downtown Boise. Armstrong's appearance from 10 a.m. to noon outside the Vandal Store, 821 W. Idaho St., is sponsored by the UI, but UI spokeswoman Ysabel Bilbao said it's “not just for Vandals, but for our entire community.” Added Bilbao, “There will be posters for everyone and Kristin will be there to sign anything people want.” Fans are encouraged to bring personal sports memorabilia for the Olympic cyclist to sign.

Armstrong's appearance will be under a Vandal tent outside the store.

A newsy week for summertime, from state legal woes and wins to Olympic cheer…

For the dog days of summer, there was a fair amount of news happening in Boise last week while I was off on vacation. Here are some highlights:

* Public records revealed that the state has sent another $15,760 payment to the private law firm it hired to defend the state Transportation Board against a wrongful-firing lawsuit from former state Transportation Director Pam Lowe. Lowe, the department's first female chief, recently settled her lawsuit, which charged both gender discrimination and political pressure; the settlement hasn't yet been disclosed. The state's legal bill to the law firm of Holland & Hart now adds up to $556,239.

* U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Candy Dale sided with Idaho Gov. Butch Otter in a lawsuit challenging the federal listing of slickspot peppergrass as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The court decision requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to revisit the issue; a jubilant Otter said he was “encouraged” that the court agreed the federal decision was “flawed.” The plant, a native desert flower found only in small parts of southern Idaho, was declared threatened in 2009 despite several years of efforts by the Otter Administration to develop a conservation plan. The primary threats to the rare flower are trampling by livestock, off-road vehicles, agriculture and other human activity.

* The Idaho Department of Lands announced that fiscal year 2012 saw a record timber harvest of 330 million board feet of timber from state endowment trust lands; that's about 35 percent of the total timber harvest in the state, though state-managed forests are only about 5 percent of Idaho's forest lands, and it's 150 percent of the five-year average for state timber harvest. However, it's only 98.5 percent of the five-year average for state timber harvest receipts; that's due to lower timber prices that have dropped significantly in the last five years.

* An archaeological dig by the University of Idaho in the heart of downtown Boise found artifacts dating back 130 years in an old well discovered on the Basque Block; items recovered included an intact decorative bottle of Gilt Edge ladies' shoe polish, marbles and jacks, and the head of a porcelain doll.

* A state prison instructor was arrested for having sexual contact with a prisoner, a felony; the female instructor taught at both the South Boise Women's Correctional Center and the South Idaho Correctional Institution, a minimum-security prison for men south of Boise.

* Boise Police raided six massage parlors in a sweep resulting in charges ranging from prostitution to licensing violations.

* State tax revenues for July came in 1.5 percent below forecast, $3.4 million down. All but one category, miscellaneous revenue, missed the forecast, which called for the month's general tax revenues to rise by 6.4 percent over last year's July revenues; instead, it was 1.5 percent lower.

* Idaho has seen an increase in fatal motorcycle accidents, with preliminary data showing 13 motorcycle deaths in the state so far, compared to six at the same time in 2011. Six of the 13 were in July. Most of those who died were men over age 40; those who went through the state-sponsored motorcycle skills training, STAR, or Skills Training Advantage for Riders, had a 79 percent lower risk of being involved in a crash.

* Olympic cycling gold medalist Kristin  Armstrong was welcomed home to Boise by a crowd of more than 1,000 at a group bike ride and celebration on Saturday, at which Gov. Butch Otter proclaimed it “Kristin Armstrong Day” in the state, and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter declared Armstrong's almost-2-year-old son Lucas honorary mayor. It was also Armstrong's 39th birthday.

Crapo, Risch honor Olympic gold medal cyclist Kristin Armstrong

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch today honored Boise's Kristin Armstrong on her Olympic gold medal in the cycling time trial in London - her second straight gold in the event, after winning it in 2008 in Beijing - with a statement submitted into the congressional record; Armstrong is shown here celebrating her victory with son Lucas. “Kristin is truly a gifted athlete with immense abilities and talents,” the senators said in the statement. “Her capacity to push forward beyond the challenges provides encouragement to all of us, and we congratulate her on this, and her many, extraordinary achievements.” You can read the full statement here.

Boise’s Kristin Armstrong wins gold medal in Olympic cycling time trial

Boise's Kristin Armstrong won the gold medal this morning in the Olympic cycling time trial in London, her second straight Olympic gold in the event. Armstrong, 38, beat Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds; Arndt took the silver medal, while Olga Zabelinskaya of Russia took the bronze. Click below for a full report from AP sports writer Dave Skretta in London.

Kristin Armstrong is headed to London Olympics, will ride in time trial, road race

Boise cyclist and Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong is headed to the London Olympics, USA Cycling announced today, despite having broken her collarbone in a crash at the inaugural Exergy Tour just three weeks ago. Armstrong and Amber Neben were selected for the 18-mile Olympic time trial on Aug. 1; they'll also ride in the women's road race, along with Evelyn Stevens and Shelley Olds. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Exergy Tour riders race across countryside, Cliff-Ryan wins stage

Theresa Cliff-Ryan, a U.S. rider and teammate of injured racer Kristin Armstrong, won the first stage of the Exergy Tour on Friday, a 76.7-mile road race through southwestern Idaho in a steady rain. Armstrong, who crashed in the race's prologue time trial on Thursday and broke her collarbone, was at the finish - just hours after undergoing surgery - to cheer her teammates on. German champ Ina Yoko Teutenberg came in second, and Australian Rochelle Gilmore third; based on combined times from the two days of racing, Teutenberg took the overall lead for the tour. As the sky turned from gray to blue, six riders crashed near the final turn in Nampa, including world champion Giorgia Bronzini of Italy. Click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller. The professional women's cycling race continues through Monday.

First stage of Exergy Tour ends in heartbreak for local cyclist after high-speed crash

The first stage of the Exergy Tour kicked off under mostly sunny skies, with a large and enthusiastic crowd of spectators in downtown Boise to see the 103 elite women cyclists from around the world compete. But it ended in a heartbreaker when local favorite Kristin Armstrong, the 2008 gold medalist in the time trial and the last rider of the day, crashed midway through the course and broke her collarbone. Amazingly, Armstrong got back on her bike after her crash by the Boise Depot and finished the course, coming in 13th, showing she was on pace to have won with a blisteringly fast time. But she's now out for the rest of the tour, which continues today with a 77-mile road race starting from the Nampa Rec Center.

Final results for the day showed top honors went to Tara Whitten of Canada, one of the Team TIBCO to the Top riders whose bike was stolen a day before the race, then recovered by Boise Police on the BSU campus and returned in time; she completed the course in 4 minutes 9 seconds. Two other Canadians rounded out the top three: Gillian Carleton was second, and crowd favorite Clara Hughes, a Canadian cyclist and speed skater who's won multiple Olympic medals in both sports, came in third.

Evelyn Stevens, a U.S. rider and former investment banker who's one of Armstrong's rivals for a spot on the time trials team at the London Olympics this summer, placed fifth; and Amber Neben, the other rival, a former Olympian and the world time trial champion from 2008, placed 10th.

Armstrong is scheduled to undergo surgery this morning and still hopes to qualify for the Olympics, though she's out for the Exergy Tour; click below for a full report from AP reporter John Miller.

Local cycling star ready to ‘show Boise off’ to international competitors

Boise cycling star Kristin Armstrong, Olympic gold medalist in the time trial and headliner of the Exergy Tour, is clearly on her own turf in the five-stage women's professional bike race that kicks off today - the first stage, for example, tonight's prologue, has its turnaround at the Boise Depot, where Armstrong was married, as AP reporter John Miller noted in his report yesterday on the race. The final stage Monday, which starts and finishes at Hyde Park in Boise's North End, comes within a mile of her home.

Armstrong said, “I'm so happy to show Boise off to everybody.” At the opening press conference of the Exergy Tour yesterday, she said, “Last night I was talking to my husband, and I said, 'Wow, I really, I need all this stuff to start, because I have to get it out of my mind that I'm not just not going to a local race tomorrow. Because it's not often that we get to experience a world-class competition in your home town, waking up from your own bed, thinking you're going to roll down to a road that you ride a couple times a week. And you're going to actually be there with all of your competitors.”

Tonight's race, featuring more than 100 elite women bike racers from 18 nations, starts at 6:30 p.m. at Julia Davis Park, where it both starts and finishes; there's public viewing all along the route, with the most action likely at the park and at the Depot, which is the turnaround. It's designed in part to establish a seeding for the next stage, a 77-mile road race starting from the Nampa Rec Center on Friday. Festivities will start at 5 p.m., when the Expo opens, with live music from Bill Coffey & His Cash Money Cousins. Each day's stage features an Expo; tomorrow's in Nampa will include fitting and providing free bicycle helmets to the first 100 children ages 5 and under. There's more info here.

On the unsettled weather this week, including rain showers, Armstrong said she hopes the riders won't encounter thunderstorms in the mountains, but said aside from that, “The more weather the better, right? I mean, we're all tough women.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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