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TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

FRIDAY, AUG. 25, 2017

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 23, 2017

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9, 2017

MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2017

Gonzaga men's basketball coach Mark Few prepares to release a huge steelhead in a southeast Alaska stream during the second week of April 2017. (Greg Heister)

Coach Few reels in another big one

FISHING -- Gonzaga University men's basketball coach Mark Few is known for having some formidable bigs in the paint. He also is pretty good at landing some finny bigs in the water. Last week he broke away from the courts to get a good start on yet...

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

Major wildfires burning in Alaska on June 28, 2015.

Fires make Alaska hot spot for summer vacation 

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Good timing if you, like me, picked this summer for a wilderness adventure in Alaska. Alaska's wildfire season worries scientists While 2004 is currently the holder of the record wildfire year in Alaska, fire activity this month has put 2015 in contention...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

The Iditarod Trail passes over the high escarpment of the Blueberry Hills, which lie between Unalakleet  and Shaktoolik.  Immediately prior to dropping from the higher country and onto the beach, this view
presents itself. This long, narrow spit leading 15 miles off into the distance leads to Shaktoolik.  This spit separates the frozen ocean to the west (left) from the land/fresh water to the east (right).  The trail follows the spit toward the north.  Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014.
 (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 21

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane have repeated their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in starting in February and finishing on March 21, 2014. They endured bitter cold, treacherous ice, whiteout conditions and a...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

Josh Rindal on the Iditarod Trail between Elim and Koyuk coming south.  This section went out onto the sea ice for a few miles, where it made it's way between some unusual rock formations along the land and some unusual broken-ice conditions on the sea. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 20

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

After getting stuck along the Iditarod Trail, Josh Rindal of Spokane rigs up for a tow from Bob Jones.

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 19

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones pose with their snowmobiles  at the world's biggest gold pan in Nome. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 18

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane comes by a unique rock uplift on the Iditarod Trail with Little McKinley in the background. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 17

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014

Josh Rindal on the Iditarod Trail between Elim and Koyuk coming south.  This section went out onto the sea ice for a few miles, where it made it's way between some unusual rock formations along the land and some unusual broken-ice conditions on the sea. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 16

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

Bundled for the bitter cold, Josh Rindal of Spokane passes the Mile 709 marker on the historic portion of Alaska's Iditarod Trail between Unalakleet and Shaktoolik during his 1,400 mile snowmobile trek from Anchorage to Nome with Bob Jones of Kettle Falls.  (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 15

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Josh Rindal poses by a marten set in deep snow along the Iditarod Trail on the Kaltag Portage between Kaltag and Unalakleet. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 14

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

Sunset as seen from the porch of the Tripod Flat BLM Cabin on the Kaltag Portage along the Iditarod Trail.  Back-lit ice crystals cause the dynamic effect in the sky. Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 13

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane leaves the little village of Ruby on the Yukon River along the Iditarod Trail. He and Bob Jones spent the night here after we came in from McGrath over the North Route. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014.
 (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 12

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. Here's a tidbit Jones filed from the trail: We just got into Nulato after a...

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MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

In this Friday, March 9, 2012 photo, an aurora borealis swirls in the sky over the Yukon River village of Ruby, Alaska, a checkpoint of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. (Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 11

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014

Snowmobilers Josh Rindal and Bob Jones take refuge in the Carlson's Crossing Cabin during their 1,400-mile Alaska journey following the trail of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 10 

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014

Musher Matt Failor drives his team down the Kuskokwim River after leaving the Iditarod Sled Dog Race  checkpoint in McGrath.  By this point, mushers are well ahead of any snowmobilers following the Iditarod Trail. (Bill Roth / The Anchorage Daily News)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 9

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

A moose rests in deep snow by Bob Jones's snowmobile near McGrath, Alaska. Jones of Kettle Falls and his son-in-law Josh Rindal of Spokane followed the Iditarod Trail and the 2012 Iditarod sled dog race, and they did it again in 2014.
 (Bob Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 8

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane pauses at the "Nicolai 20 miles" sign in a thick stand of birch along the Iditarod Trail.  The old, totally faded, sign to the left was put there by John Runkles many years ago.  The new, yellow, BLM sign was also placed there by John, but about 20 years later. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 7

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th...

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