THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

Before the age of personal injury lawsuits, neighborhood streets were blocked off after a good snow. (Kathy Plonka)

Sledding benefits spirit, body of all ages

One grueling step at a time, 8-year-old Gunnar Moffitt strides his way back up Cherry Hill, his blue plastic sled in tow. Sure, he could go all the way to the top again, but that’s a lot of work after a long day of sledding. So, three-quarters of the way, he stops and turns around, and after a natural pause, he fearlessly hops into his sled and takes off down the hill … swoosh!

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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2015

Out & About: TV series features state wildlife police

OUTPATROL – Rugged Justice, a six-episode Animal Planet network series featuring Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers, will debut on TV on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. Filmed last fall, the show follows wildlife officers as they patrol “unforgiving mountain terrains, twisted rainforest back roads and densely populated coastal areas … more than 42 million acres of rugged terrain, half of it heavily forested and filled with wild animals – and often-dangerous people,” according to a press release from the cable channel.

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2015

SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2015

Snow-goers boosted by services, clinics

OUTGOING – Support is on its way for getting into the growing winter sports of snowshoeing and skijoring. Following is a list of area services and clinics geared to getting you out on the snow. • Mount Spokane rentals – Through the winter season, a new snowshoe and nordic ski rental service is available at Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski area next to Selkirk Lodge and the Mount Spokane nordic ski trails.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 25, 2014

Peet Shoe Dryer provides double benefit to Benewah County 

A family-owned company in North Idaho has a product that’s making the great outdoors more enjoyable in more ways than one. The Peet Shoe Dryer has been comforting the feet of skiers, hunters, loggers, snowmobilers, hikers, anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts since 1968, when it was created by Gene Peet of St. Maries.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014


THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

Bill Jennings: There’s still time to shape up for ski season

After persisting as if it would last forever, our bone-dry arctic interlude is coming to an end. Moisture is in the immediate weather outlook and mountain resorts should finally start seeing snow. Looking on the bright side, in addition to the endless sunshine, this dry spell has given you extra time to get in shape for skiing and riding.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014

Bill Jennings: Mount Spokane expansion decision set for next week 

Last fall Brad McQuarrie, general manager of Mount Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park, bought a chairlift from Bridger Bowl near Bozeman, hauled it home and parked it on his property. His original plan was to store the classic Riblet double – with a few hundred chairs and 20 lift towers – on a few acres of his pasture for a few months. More than a year later, the lift still lies there patiently, in pieces, awaiting a decision about its ultimate fate that will be made next week.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Curling participants are encouraged to wear pants that will stretch, since the delivery requires extra extension in the legs. (Dan Pelle)

Chess on ice: Curling requires strategy and skill

While channel-surfing during the past Winter Olympics, you may have come across it – a game of shuffleboard on ice, where skippers yell in various languages at their teammates sweeping frantically ahead of a sliding 40-pound stone. You, like so many others, may have found yourself inexplicably drawn to this “goofy” game. For several founding members of curling clubs throughout the Inland Northwest, that is how it all began – watching television at odd hours of the night, trying to decipher this enigma on ice.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Colors and styles changed since Andrew Harpster picked out skis and boots from a sea of fiberglass at the 35th annual Ski Swap, but the values continue year after year.

Landers: 50 years of ski swap

The fastest Inland Northwest skiers and snowboarders who’ve collected the most medals are no match in hero status to the founders and perpetuators of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol’s annual Ski Swap. Without the Swap, many families could not afford regular upgrades in equipment – if they could afford to be in the sports at all.

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Ethan Crawford caught a 9.4-pound coho in the Clearwater River to set an Idaho state record last weekend. (Courtesy photo)

Outdoors notes: biologist catches Idaho record coho

Idaho’s first specific coho fishing season opened Friday on the Clearwater River and before the weekend was over, the state had a new record for coho salmon. Ethan Crawford caught a 9.4-pound coho, 31-inches long, in the Clearwater and had it officially weighed, according to Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game Department Clearwater Region fishery manager.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014

THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014

In brief: Groups help state acquire elk habitat near Yakima

State agencies and conservation groups have closed a $1.55 million deal to secure 2,893 acres of wildlife habitat especially important to the Yakima elk herd. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday that the deal was made to purchase the private land 15 miles northwest of Yakima with help from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and Department of Ecology.

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Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park wants to add a chairlift and seven runs on the mountain’s undeveloped “backside.” (Jesse Tinsley)

Landers: Mount Spokane ski park plans may be nearing finalization 

After 15 years of meetings, proposals, appeals and enough red tape to harness a PistenBully, the latest plans for expanding the downhill ski area at Mount Spokane State Park are entering final stages for approval, maybe. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park wants to offer more intermediate ski runs to remain competitive with other ski areas in the region while reducing fire hazard.

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