Robert Lowry, right, a long-time hydroplane and boat racing enthusiast, checks out a hydroplane with Ted Yurek, vice president of Coeur d'Alene Silver Cup, at the Spokane Boat Show. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Boat Show: Wake boats gain in popularity and options

The only way you can surf behind a boat is to have a boat that somehow makes a wave big enough to allow said activity. The so called “Wake” boats, which suck in water as ballast to create surfable waves, have been around for more than a decade. And, many cost as much as a new house.

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Jennings: “El Nino” affects area ski hill conditions 

Meteorologists say we’re about halfway through the snow accumulation season in the inland northwest. Despite the snowfall angst brought on by the emergence of the strongest El Niño in recorded history, the winter of 2015-16 has been a pleasant surprise. So what’s going on?

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Larry Cassidy makes fish, wildlife his business

It was a testament to Larry Cassidy Jr.’s massive legacy of public service to Northwest fish and wildlife that the large crowd applauded before he could even sit down to testify Jan. 23 at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Vancouver.

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Mountain snowpack continues to deepen

A pair of early February storms is expected to leave a deep blanket of fresh snow at mountain elevations. Lowlands should see a new layer of snow Thursday morning, but a second storm on Friday night is going to bring ...

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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016

Out & About: Long-distance hiking workshop in CdA

OUTDISTANCE – A workshop for hikers planning major-league backpacking commitments is scheduled in Coeur d’Alene by people who’ve walked the talk. The second annual Inland Northwest Winter Ruck will feature programs by five Triple Crown achievers who have thru-hiked the ...

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Wolf pack scrutinized after harassing dog near Chewelah 59 

ENDANGERED SPECIES – A northeastern Washington wolf pack is under scrutiny after rural residents fired shots to scare at least five wolves away from a confrontation with their two dogs. “We’re taking this incident very seriously,” said Donny Martorello, who heads the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department’s wolf recovery program.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2016

Weekend weather: Two more rainy days ahead

Two Pacific storm systems with subtropical moisture are going to dampen the Inland Northwest through Friday before cooler temperatures return on the weekend. Gusty south winds are likely during the Thursday storm. Snow levels could rise to 6,000 feet in ...

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Eric Gullickson, an instructor with the Northwest Avalanche Center, points toward the sky as he explains how a slope heated by the sun can affect the possibility of an avalanche as he leads teenagers on an avalanche awareness field trip at Mount Baker, Washington. As more young adults head out of bounds to ski, snowboard or hike in the winter, experts are targeting their message about avalanche safety and knowledge to an even younger audience. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)

Avalanche educators target teens for safety message

This month has been the country’s deadliest January for avalanches in nearly 20 years with 10 fatalities in 10 days, including four last weekend alone. On an average, 27 people die in avalanches across the U.S. each year. Avalanche deaths typically involve men between 20 and 45.

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Midstokke: Parenting outside against better judgment

The creek-now-river was rushed over my toes, frigid and teasing in little curls of clear water. It rushed over the now defunct bridge that once crossed it, hugged the shoreline it was making, then wrapped around a bend and poured through the redwoods toward an ocean I could not see.

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