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Business briefs: Boise Olympian’s team will ride in women’s cycling race

Boise Olympian’s team will ride in women’s cycling race

Kristin Armstrong is a step closer to having home field advantage, as her cycling team has officially signed on for the Exergy Tour, a five-day women’s cycling race during Memorial Day weekend.

Armstrong’s team, Exergy Twenty12, is one of 11 teams that race organizers announced will be competing in the event.

Armstrong, who won the women’s road time trial event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, is on the long list for the 2012 Olympics. Her performance in Idaho in May could help her make the Olympic team and defend her gold medal.

The other ten teams already on the docket come from three continents .

Race officials say the final slate will include fifteen teams. The tour, sponsored by Boise-based Exergy Development Group, includes four races in the Treasure Valley as well as a mountain stage going from Crouch and Garden Valley to Idaho City. The race will cover more than 200 miles and has the highest race classification of any women’s race in North America.

Brad Iverson-Long 

New name for Regence Life and Health Insurance

Regence Life and Health Insurance Company will become LifeMap Assurance Company April 1.

The company offers life, dental, vision, disability and short-term medical insurance. It is separate from Regence Blue Shield of Idaho, which offers traditional health insurance plans for individuals and employers.

Regence Life and Health dropped its affiliation with the BlueCross BlueShield Association, and will no longer offer BlueCross or BlueShield products, said Christine Lynch, spokeswoman for Regence Life and Health. The name change to LifeMap does not affect benefits, terms and conditions of current members’ policies.

Portland-based Cambia Health Solutions, which changed its name from The Regence Group in November, is the parent of Regence Blue Shield of Idaho and Regence Life and Health.

Brad Carlson

Hatchery Chinook salmon run expected to double in size this spring

State fish managers expect nearly double the number of hatchery Chinook salmon to cross the Lower Granite Dam and enter Idaho this spring.

Peter Hassemer, anadromous fish manager for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said his agency predicts about 83,000 of the hatchery fish will cross the dam this year, compared to about 46,000 last year. The increase is partly because of a larger number of smolts released from hatcheries last year and good migrating conditions, Hassemer said.

Steelhead runs are expected to stay stable at about 200,000 fish, as they have for the last few years, said Hassemer.

“For steelhead anglers this spring, in the upper salmon tributary areas there should a be a lot of fish in the water,” he said. “Anglers should expect good fishing.”

Hassemer says the increase is partly because of a larger number of smolts released from hatcheries last year and good migrating conditions.

The Associated Press

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