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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 5, 2011


Jackass Day a deal at Silver Mountain

WINTER SPORTS -- Friday is Jackass Day at Silver Mountain as they pay homage to the resort's humble beginnings and its less-than-delicate original name. The lift tickets are less, too: Only $9.45 plus tax, if there are any taxes left in Idaho. On Saturday, the...

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Food lures WA bears from hibernation

WILDLIFE -- Eastern Washington's arctic cold snap has had one advantage you might not have considered: It's kept the bears in their dens. In the milder climate of Western Washington, an unusually high number of bears are staying active into the winter and causing problems...

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Crystal Mountain gondola a hit

WINTER SPORTS -- People began lining up an hour before sunrise on Saturday to be among the first to ride the state’s first enclosed ski lift that takes skiers and sightseers to the top of the Crystal Mountain ski area. The new Mount Rainier Gondola...

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Silver Mountain ski instructor Diane LeBlanc, right, talks with Jim Gregory, second from right, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Blaine Miller, third from right, of Maine, Thursday. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Ski resorts offer deals for beginners

WINTER SPORTS -- Cheap “Learn to ski and snowboard” packages are being offered this month at Silver Mountain, 49 Degrees North, Mt. Spokane and Lookout Pass. Check out the EZ Ski and Ride 1-2-3 packages, which includes three lift tickets, three rentals, and three lessons....

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Workers collect about 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on around that fell dead from the sky this week near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Another large blackbird dieoff reported 

WILDLIFE -- After reports of thousands of dead red-winged blackbirds falling from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on New Years Eve -- along with reports of a massive fish kill in the same area -- raised eyebrows across the nation, another bird kill is being...

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