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Jennings: Early season skiing has hazards, but also great benefits

Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 1:18 p.m.

If you believe in omens, skiing on Thanksgiving weekend is a good one. I’ve heard from some resort managers that historically, inland northwest ski areas are able to open during the Thanksgiving holiday about 25 percent of the time. If your heart is set on making turns this early, chances are you’ll be making them at Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area

Ammi Midstokke: Battling the binge with resolution prep

Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 1 p.m.

Every year, I spend approximately as much time considering my New Year’s Resolution as I spend committed to it after Jan. 1. This week in our home we discussed heavily what ought our resolutions be. Thus, we can estimate a month-long commitment to whatever life-altering change I fervently entertain come the new year.

Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report

Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 12:42 p.m.

Just because no fish are showing on your fish finder, don’t assume there are none in the area. Fish in the top 20 feet of water often do not show at all, and fish hugging the bottom sometimes just look like bottom structure.

State closes some Palouse Falls trails

Tue., Dec. 1, 2015, midnight

KAHLOTUS, Wash. – The state has erected fences closing some unauthorized trails around scenic Palouse Falls as a safety measure. The Tri-City Herald reported Tuesday that temporary fencing is in place at Palouse Falls State Park, limiting the use of unauthorized trails.

Tips on tuning your body for ski season

Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10:37 a.m.

Winter resorts are beginning to open for the season.
When the snow starts falling, people think of tuning up their skis or snowboard. You might check out your boots and bindings to make sure everything works right for the coming season.

Bald eagle numbers up at Lake CdA

Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10:34 a.m.

Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho’s two largest lakes and bald eagles are loving it.

Young hunters: Petite huntress bags prowess one step at a time

Wed., Nov. 25, 2015, 10:32 a.m.

Katie Helm, a student at Eastern Washington University, bagged her first elk while hunting the 2015 modern rifle season in northeastern Washington with her husband, Cooper Helm, left, and her brother, Brent Oliver.
Katie Helm has grown up with hunting on several levels beyond her 5-foot height. “I was about 5 years old when I started going out with my dad,” said the senior in communications at Eastern Washington University. “He said I had to reach 95 pounds and able to hold a rifle steady before he’d let me hunt.”

Bill Jennings: Preparation for slopes begins with core values

Wed., Nov. 25, 2015, 10:29 a.m.

This week’s snowfall was my wakeup call for engaging in some ski-specific conditioning. Even though you work out throughout the year, getting on the snow puts unique demands on the body. Some dry land preparation can make your first day a lot more fun and a little less painful afterward.

Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report

Wed., Nov. 25, 2015, 10:07 a.m.

Idaho will have some new fishing rules for 2016-1018. The four changes closest to home will affect Pend Oreille Lake, Spirit Lake, Hayden Lake and the Clearwater River.

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to open on Friday

Tue., Nov. 24, 2015, 9:53 a.m.

Crews are hard at work preparing Schweitzer Mountain Resort for its Friday opening day.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort in Sandpoint will open Friday, becoming the first of the Inland Northwest’s five ski areas to start up the lifts for the 2015-2016 season.

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