Kotler Ice Arena celebrates tourney last weekend, warns rink poachers

TETON VALLEY, IDA – The Teton Valley Foundation and management at the Kotler Ice Arena wanted to pass along some info to the public. Buckrail is happen to help spread the word.

First off, the good news. Last weekend’s tournaments were fantastic. Mini-mites, Mites, Bantams, and the Women’s Team all skated well.

The not-so-good news is the increasing number of ice poaching incidents. In an email signed by Foundation executive director Erica Linnell and rink manager Howie Carruth, a reminder was issued that “skating on the ice rink when it is not open is not allowed, ever.”

“First, it puts us in jeopardy with our insurance. If someone was injured while we weren’t there it could create huge problems for the ice rink, which then impacts our ability to serve the community,” the email stated. “Second, it puts rink staff in an unfair position if they show up the next morning assuming the ice is pristine for the next program, but it was cut-up the night before.”

The cost to operate and maintain the ice chillers at the rink is about $18,000 for the season. This expense is offset somewhat by season passes and drop-in fees for all open skating and stick n’ puck sessions. Too many have been skating for free during these programs and it can no longer be tolerated.

“Unfortunately, we need to take a hard line. Anyone who is discovered poaching the ice and/or not paying during programs will be stripped of their rink privileges for the rest of the season,” according to the email.

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