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Curious Mind: Males historically outnumber female athletes

Q: I heard there are more female athletes in the Magic Valley than males, but it seems that sporting goods stores target male athletes. Why is that?

A: “I would say 20 years ago, this question probably had some merit,” said Pat Donnelley, president and co-owner of Donnelley Sports, which has been in business since 1975. “However, in this day and age the industry has changed.”

“The National Sporting Goods Association meticulously tracks trends, both buying and participation, in our industry,” Donnelley said. As a group we are acutely aware of female participation trends across the country and have dedicated ourselves to the sale and service of female athletes. Because of this awareness, our industry which includes dealers such as Donnelley Sports and vendors that supply us with our goods have addressed the female customer.”

There are many gender-specific products available to women athletes, Donnelley said.

“Equipment has been specialized to fit the female athlete and meet their performance specifications,” he said. “The vast majority of our vendors also provide dual fits and equipment for both male and female sports participants.”

Donnelley said that at his store, sales to female customers account for roughly 40 percent of its overall sales.

“When we had our retail store in town, we carried many items specific to female athletes,” he said. “And now as a wholesale team dealer we still carry and sell many of those items.”

“Schools are tasked both at the high school level and college level through Title IX to provide equal opportunity for both male and female students,” said Joel Bate, College of Southern Idaho’s athletic director. “At the College of Southern Idaho, our programs reflect this balance as opportunities in both men’s and women’s programs are equal, and monies spent in ‘like’ programs provide equal opportunities.”

“The numbers of scholarship athletes in baseball/softball, men’s and women’s basketball and cross country, are equal,” Bate said. “Volleyball balances out the larger numbers of men’s rodeo vs. women’s rodeo, as there are many more events for men’s rodeo than there are for women.”

Lonnie Ahlquist, activities director for Canyon Ridge High School said there were 269 girl athletes at the school and 410 boys.

Twin Falls Parks and Recreation’s coed adult sports teams are equal male to female split. There are 2,180 youth male athletes and 1,545 youth female athletes.

“Most of the women play on both women’s and coed volleyball teams, and two-thirds of the men who play men’s softball also play on coed teams,” said Brandy Mason, recreation coordinator for youth sports for the city’s Parks & Recreation.

She said they “have tried repeatedly to bring back women’s adult basketball to the area and thought this year we had five teams, but only two signed up.”

“This just represents the city of Twin Falls Parks and Recreation adult and youth sports programs, it in no way reflects the entire sports realm within the city of Twin Falls. In both of our youth and adult programs, the male athletes outnumber the female athletes in most programs. We are only a small piece of a bigger whole, but in our world, the males historically outnumber the female athletes,” said Mason.

The YMCA and Twin Falls High School was unavailable to comment.

“Twenty years ago there wasn’t much thought given to producing and selling gender specific equipment and clothing,” Donnelley said. “Times have changed, and the ladies have shown there is a huge opportunity to deal with them.”

Mandatory minimum drug sentencing bill heads to Senate

BOISE (AP) — Idaho’s House has advanced a proposal that would remove mandatory minimum sentences for drug trafficking cases despite some critics warning the bill will increase crime activity throughout the state.

House members on Monday voted 46-20 to send the bill to the Senate. A hearing has not yet been scheduled.

Reps. Ilana Rubel, a Democrat from Boise, and Christy Perry, a Republican from Nampa, say the bill will give judges more discretion in sentencing and does not halt drug trafficking cases from being tried in court.

Perry, who is running for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District seat, added that some of the convicted are addicts and not the high-level dealers the law was designed to target.

However, Republican Rep. Luke Malek — who is also running for the open congressional district — countered that drug dealers will flock to Idaho if the bill is enacted.

Motorcyclist injured in Sunday collision in Twin Falls

TWIN FALLS — The driver of a motorcycle was injured Sunday afternoon in a crash.

Twin Falls Police Department traffic supervisor Ryan Howe said the vehicles were southbound on Eastland Drive north of Kimberly Road at about 3:10 p.m. when they collided.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Magic Valley Medical Center, Howe said. His name has not been released.

"We're still trying to sort through everything," Howe said Monday. "There were no good witnesses so we're not sure who's at fault."

The crash is still under investigation and no citations have been issued, he said.

Tech gains but industrials slide, leaving indexes mixed

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were split Monday as technology companies continued to climb, but Boeing and other industrial companies gave back some of the ground they won on Friday.

Companies like Apple and Alphabet, Google's parent company, and chipmakers including Micron Technology have led the market's recovery in recent weeks. Retailers including Amazon and Starbucks also made headway. The market was coming off its biggest gain in a month following the February jobs report, which showed strong hiring and moderate growth in wages.

Inflation has been the market's dominant concern over the last six weeks, and two more measuring sticks of inflation will be reported this week as the Labor Department discloses data on consumer prices Tuesday morning and producer prices on Wednesday. Prices paid by consumers jumped in January and so did producer prices, which measure the cost of goods before they reach the consumer.

The Federal Reserve is gradually raising interest rates to keep inflation in check, and it expects to boost rates at least three times this year. JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist for TD Ameritrade, said investors are looking at a lot of data but are really asking one question.

"If you think about the selloffs that we've had, they've all been about 'are we going to get a fourth rate hike or aren't we?'" he said.

The S&P 500 index fell 3.55 points, or 0.1 percent, to 2,783.02. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 157.13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 25,178.61. Almost all of that loss came from three industrial stocks: Boeing, Caterpillar and United Technologies.

The Nasdaq composite finished at another record high after it added 27.51 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,588.32. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 3.91 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,601.06.

Most of the stocks on the New York Stock Exchange ended the day higher.

Optical communications company Oclaro surged after it agreed to be bought by optical networking company Lumentum Holdings. The deal values Oclaro at $9.99 a share, or $1.69 billion, and its stock gained $2.16, or 27.5 percent, to $10.01. Lumentum also rose $3.03, or 4.4 percent, to $72.

Late Friday the Wall Street Journal reported that Intel might try to buy rival Broadcom. Broadcom is trying to buy a third chipmaker, Qualcomm, for $117 billion, and the Journal said that if that deal appears to be moving forward, Intel will consider responses that could include an attempt to buy Broadcom. It could also attempt a smaller deal.

Broadcom jumped $9.06, or 3.6 percent, to $262.84 while Intel fell 67 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $51.52. Qualcomm gave up 22 cents to $62.81.

Industrial companies like aerospace and defense firms and machinery makers lost about half of what they gained during their rally Friday. Boeing shed $10.33, or 2.9 percent, to $344.19 and Lockheed Martin lost $7.39, or 2.2 percent, to $333.10. Construction equipment maker Caterpillar dipped $3.75, or 2.4 percent, to $154.50.

Industrial companies have bounced around since President Donald Trump said he would order tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. That will mean higher costs for companies that use those metals to make machinery, and their sales could be hurt if other companies respond by placing tariffs on goods made in the U.S.

The February jobs report, which came out on Friday, eased investors' minds and sent stocks jumping. The market had tumbled in early February following the January jobs report, which showed a surprise spike in hourly wages. Wall Street worried that that might be the start of faster inflation, which would lead the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates more rapidly. Higher rates slow down economic growth.

Goldman Sachs said David Solomon will become its sole president and chief operating officer, clearing the way for Solomon to become the firm's next CEO. Solomon and Harvey Schwartz had shared both job titles, but the company says Schwartz will retire next month. Last week the Wall Street Journal said CEO Lloyd Blankfein could retire as soon as the end of this year, and that Solomon and Schwartz were the only two candidates to replace him.

Goldman's stock gained $2.61, or 1 percent, to $273.38.

Benchmark U.S. crude declined 68 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $61.36 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, shed 54 cents to $64.95 a barrel in London.

Wholesale gasoline lost 1 cent to $1.89 a gallon. Heating oil fell 2 cents to $1.86 a gallon. Natural gas climbed 5 cents to $2.78 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Bond prices edged higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note dipped to 2.87 percent from 2.90 percent.

Gold dipped $3.20 to $1,320.80 an ounce. Silver lost 7 cents to $16.54 an ounce. Copper lost 1 cent to $3.12 a pound.

The dollar slid to 106.35 yen from 106.77 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.2336 from $1.2313.

The German DAX rose 0.6 percent and the FTSE 100 in London lost 0.1 percent. France's CAC 40 eked out a small gain. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 added 1.6 percent and the Hang Seng of Hong Kong jumped 1.9 percent. The Kospi in South Korea gained 1 percent.

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Oct Live Cattle 111.950 110.500 110.825 S -0.825

Aug Feeder Cattle 143.250 141.700 142.175 S -0.350

Oct Feeder Cattle 145.250 143.600 144.100 S -0.550

Aug Lean Hogs 72.075 70.775 71.225 S -0.775

Oct Lean Hogs 77.525 76.525 77.050 S -0.625

Jul Wheat 486.5^0 483.5^4 489.5^6 S 0.5^6

Sep Wheat 492.5^6 483.5^0 490.5^6 S 1.5^4

Jul KC Wheat 512.5^6 506.5^0 509.5^0 S 1.5^0

Sep KC Wheat 525.5^0 513.5^0 522.5^2 S 1.5^6

Jul MPS Wheat 625.5^4 622.5^6 625.5^4 10.5^4

Sep MPS Wheat 625.5^0 615.5^0 625.5^0 7.5^4

Jul Corn 384.5^2 380.5^4 384.5^2 S 1.5^2

Sep Corn 391.5^2 387.5^0 390.5^6 S 0.5^2

Jul Soybeans 1034.5^2 1023.5^0 1033.5^2 S 4.5^0

Aug Soybeans 1045.5^0 1032.5^0 1041.5^0 S 1.5^6

Jul BFP Milk 14.06 13.86 13.86 -0.17

Aug BFP Milk 14.20 14.04 14.04 -0.12

Sep BFP Milk 14.73 14.63 14.63 -0.06

Oct BFP Milk 15.29 15.21 15.24 -0.01

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Valley BeansPrices are net to growers, 100 pounds, U.S. No. 1 beans, less Idaho bean tax and storage charges. Prices subject to change without notice. Producers desiring more recent price information should contact dealers.

Open market prices established by Kelley Bean’s Idaho locations: pintos, $21; great northerns, $21; small reds, $28; blacks, $27; pinks, ask. Quotes current March 12.

Valley Grains

Prices for wheat per bushel mixed grain, oats, corn and beans per hundredweight. Prices subject to change without notice.

Wheat, $3.45, new barley, $6.00 (cwt) corn, $7.00 (cwt) oats, $5.45 (cwt). Prices are given by Rangen in Buhl. Prices current March 12.

Corn, $7.67 (cwt) barley, $5.30 (cwt) wheat, $4.10 (bushel). Prices quoted by JD Heiskell. Prices current March 12.


Barrels $1.5000 +.25 Blocks $1.5500 -2 Prices current March 12.

Snow pack

Today’s Median

Salmon 104%

Big Wood 86%

Little Wood 85%

Big Lost 92%

Little Lost 111%

Henrys Fork/Teton 113%

Upper Snake Basin 119%

Goose Creek 63%

Salmon Falls 63%

Today’s median peak compares water content with what is normally seen on this day.

As of Mar. 12.

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