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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

TUESDAY, JAN. 19, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2015

MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015

TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

Ski-skaters fly in the Methow Pursuit 30K cross-country race. (Methow Trails)

Methow Nordic Fest for skis, bikes, snowshoes

Friday, January 23 - Sunday, January 25, is the annual Methow Valley Nordic Festival in Winthrop, Washington: a three-day weekend dedicated to celebrating Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking and winter trail running. The ski and snow conditions have been incredible this year in the Methow...

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2014

Lisa Sunderman of Spokane Nordic, left, starts a cross-country skiing lesson with The Spokesman-Review Slice columnist, Paul Turner, and his partner, Carol. (Rich Landers)

The Slice meets the Mount Spokane nordic trails

WINTERSPORTS -- The Mount Spokane cross-country ski trails were a happy place to be on Saturday, as snow dumped onto the sprawling 60K trail system -- finally -- and The Spokesman-Review's beloved columnist Paul Turner turned out for his first cross-country skiing lesson. Lisa Sunderman,...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2014

MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

Map shows North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) in northcentral Washingtons. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

North Cascades Highway closed for season

OUTDOOR TRAVEL --The North Cascades Highway is closed for the winter after an avalanche assessment on Tuesday determined transportation workers could not safely reopen it. The 37-mile stretch of Highway 20 between Mazama and Newhalem closes every winter due to avalanche danger. The highway temporarily...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 27, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 11, 2014

FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014

Cross-country skiers on the Methow Valley Sport Trails. (courtesy)

Free cross-country ski day in Methow Valley

WINTER SPORTS -- The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association and community partners are sponsoring a free cross-country ski day on Friday, March 14 for people to explore the region's most expansive and varied system of groomed nordic trails. Trail passes will not be required on...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2014

cougar, mountain lion. (Associated Press)

Girl, 11, kills cougar that trailed her brother 

UPDATED: 3:15 p.m., Feb. 26 with info about increase in cougar permits. WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home at Twisp, in north central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said. You've got...

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TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

MONDAY, MAY 7, 2012

Thes pair of wolves was photographed in April 2012 in the mountains southwest of Twisp by a motion-activated Forest Service camera. (U.S. Forest Service)

Cameras, eyes on wolf pair in Methow Valley

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A trail-cam image of a pair of gray wolves in the Methow Valley is raising the possibility that the Lookout Pack may be regrouping -- and possibly reproducing. The wolves (above) were photographed in April by a motion-activated camera put out by...

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Sun & snow: While Spokane has been mostly smothered in low clouds and fog for more than a week, skiers at Mount Spokane have been above it all on most days. This skate skier was basking in sunshine last Sunday. The cross-country trails and parking area will be busy today for the annual Langlauf 10K citizens race, starting at 11 a.m. (Rich Landers)

It's Nordic Nirvana at area xc ski areas

Put away that garden seed catalog. Cross-country ski areas are enjoying the season’s best snow conditions. Mount Spokane: New snow has accumulated every day this week with temperatures largely in the teens and 20s. XCers in most of the world would die for these conditions....

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

Northern pygmy owl. (Teri Pieper)

Pygmy owl catches nordic skier's eye

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The diminutive pygmy owl stands less than 7 inches tall, and it's easy to miss. Birder Teri Pieper of Twisp used her eagle eyes to spot this little guy as she skinny-skied behind friends who had swooshed past the owl in the...

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MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2012

TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

TUESDAY, NOV. 1, 2011

Methow Valley Sports Gear Swap on Nov. 5

OUTDOOR GEAR – The annual Sports Swap organized by the Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is set for Saturday at the Red Barn in Winthrop. Here's a tip: Some great gear from bicycles to nordic skis and all the accessories changes hand at cheap prices...

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