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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 10:00 am

BONNERS FERRY — A motocross race series could be coming to Boundary County this summer if the permit is approved.

The race series would include eight to 12 race events and possibly two snowmobile race events, snow permitting.

John Becker of 9B Motoplex LLC is requesting a conditional use permit from Boundary County Planning and Zoning to operate a commercial motocross business from May through October at his property near Smith Lake.

Planning and Zoning will be holding a public hearing on the application on Thursday, May 16 at 5:30 p.m. in the main courtroom of the Boundary County Courthouse.

The motocross track would be located near Smith Lake, shortly after the junction of Templman Road and Smith Lake Road.

There would be one large motocross track and a second smaller track designed specifically for beginner youth riders. Designated parking, pit and spectator areas would be constructed.

According to the application, the primary hours of operation would be Friday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. On non-race days, the track would be open for practice. Primitive camping would be available and quiet hours would be from 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.

There is no public motocross track north of I-90 and 9B Motoplex would be dedicated to a safe, healthy, family friendly motocross racing experience according to the application.

Many residents of the Smith Lake area have submitted comments with concerns of noise, vandalism, erosion, wildlife disturbances and reduction of value in their properties. The nearest house is 1,429 feet away from the center of the proposed operation.

According to the application, dust would be controlled by spraying water over the track surface, the same technique used at fairgrounds and tracks around the country.

Written comments will be accepted until Thursday, May 9, by mail or email. Written comments can be sent to Boundary County Planning and Zoning, PO Box 419, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805; faxed to 208-267-7814; or emailed to

Written comment will be accepted at the public hearing provided the material is read into the record. There may be a five minute limit per person on verbal testimony.

Further information on this application is available at the Planning and Zoning Office, Room 16 of the Courthouse, and the application is available for public review. Information is also available by calling (208) 267-7212 or by visiting the county website,

Anyone requiring special accommodation due to handicap or disability should contact the planning office at least two days prior to the hearing.

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  • millicater posted at 5:09 am on Sun, Dec 28, 2014.

    millicater Posts: 17

    Children and adults as well, can enjoy a Chicago go-kart racing without a permit or any other special procedure. The Sugar Grove Family Fun Center has many other great activities, but this seems to be the most popular. The track is specially arranged to be safe for racing, a detail that most parents are searching for when they visit a recreational park.

  • Nwindependent posted at 3:02 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    Nwindependent Posts: 1

    Airway heights is next to a prison, casino, and a desert, not a quiet neighborhood.

  • shawnm posted at 1:15 pm on Tue, May 7, 2013.

    shawnm Posts: 13

    Well said!

  • old school posted at 7:38 pm on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    old school Posts: 13

    Please realize that MANY people who do attend the different mud bogs are responsible 4 wheelers and truck enthusiasts. It's a shame that many responsible 4 wheelers are assumed to be a certain type. The guys who are serious are generaly very responsible and take pride in thier sport. On the other I think if your going to go camp and party the mud bogs are a pretty safe place to do that.

    An ORV park is a positive thing as long as it is regulated and doesn't negativly affect the neighborhood. There must be rules and regulations which I'm sure these folks have i mind. It's 2013 and extreme sports are whats up. Lets make a place to do them smart and responsibly.

  • shawnm posted at 10:46 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    shawnm Posts: 13

    Also one more thing to point out. There is an ORV park in Naples, to my knowledge the sheriffs are rarely (which could be never) called out for drinking, property damages, or disorderly conduct. That park is open all the time yet it remains free of "white trash"...

  • shawnm posted at 10:09 am on Mon, May 6, 2013.

    shawnm Posts: 13

    Sounds like complete ignorance to me. Obviously you have never been to an MX race and I would suggest to anyone that opposes this to please go to a race, Airway Heights in Spokane is a great park to attend. Unfortunately people seems to assume that we are all a bunch of drunkin redrecks that just party all night long and then somehow go race at 8am. Motocross is a very competitive sport and requires proper nutrition and exercise just to perform, racers joke that people that dont race just assume you throw a leg over a bike and twist the throttle, those people end up in the hospital in a quick hurry. This is not the Mud Bogs, that is something you can drink all night get up around noon and run thru some mud, that is what it is supposed to be, to compare MX to the mud bogs is again ignorant.
    To point out the "noise level" issue. The AMA has very strict regulations on the Db level of a 4 stroke (not sure about 2) All exhaust must not be above 97Db, now obviously the track in Bonners isn't an AMA regulated track however most newer bikes will meet this criteria from factory anyway. I ask that people not be so quick to assume this will be another place to party and cause property damage. If you ever do actually go see a race the first thing you will notice is the very expensive RV's and the amount of money that goes into this sport... I shouldn't have to say this but you know what they say about assuming right?

  • callsign87 posted at 3:49 pm on Sun, May 5, 2013.

    callsign87 Posts: 15

    Wonderful. We finally got rid of that drunken nightmare called the Mud Bogs, and now they want to replace them with a motocross track. I'm bet the neighbors are just thrilled, especially since the noise from the 4 stroke motors used today carries even further than the old 2 strokes. And to top it all off, there's going to be a campground. I'll bet there will be plenty of white trash drinking parties to keep the local deputies busy.