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THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2012

There are plenty of trails available for fans of snowmobiling.  (Tia Troy / Glacier Country)

Snowmobile registrations down in Idaho

WINTER SPORTS – Idaho snowmobile registrations, which fund trail grooming and access plowing, were down by nearly 8,800 early this month, probably because of meager snowfall to start the season. That means Idaho Parks and Recreation collected $286,000 less for its snowmobiling programs, or about...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2012

This 2005 photo  shows part of the southern Selkirk caribou herd moving north through the Selkirk Mountains about three miles north of the Washington border.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Feds agree to review endangered status of caribou

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- "Maybe you got a point there," the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seemed to say today as it annouced its response to a petition questioning whether the Southern Selkirk Mountains Population of Woodland Caribou deserves status as an endangered species. The petition...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2012

Fire burns Panhandle warming hut; tips sought 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Forest Service law enforcement officers are investigating the destruction of the Skitwish Warming Hut, which was discovered this morning to have been destroyed by fire sometime during the past 48 hours. The warming hut is located approximately 14 miles east of Coeur...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5, 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012

A snowboarder rides past debris from a large avalanche on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, B.C. (Associated Press)

Level I avalanche class offered in Spokane area

WINTER SPORTS -- A 28-hour Level I avalanche class geared to ski patrol, search and rescue and backcountry skiers/snowboarders is being offered over the next three months starting next week. Arch Harrison, local search and resecue and ski patrol veteran, will teach the classroom portion...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012

FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2012

Avalanche advisory: watch out on the steeps

WINTER SPORTS -- "Snowfall continues in the mountains and the riding conditions Thursday were superb," reports Kevin Davis of the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center after his North Idaho mountains snow survey. " It was easy to figure out where not to go yesterday with the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012

Few snowmobilers dare to follow the Iditarod Trail.

Cold overlooked along Iditarod Trail

Septuagenarian Bob Jones of Kettle Falls has chiseled into the frozen culture of arctic Alaska as he's snowmobiled 1,000 miles along the Iditarod Trail. His diary and photos have been a highlight of my blog for two weeks. Here's one of Jones's many observations from...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012


TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 9, 2012

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012

Avalanche advisory: Mountains loaded with powder

WINTER SPORTS -- Wonderful deep powder is calling all backcountry snow worshipers today, and the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center is recommending that you go and get after it -- but consider staying on the lower angle slopes! The best snow avalanche technicians found during the...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2012

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2012

3 reported dead in Stevens Pass avalanche

WINTER SPORTS -- Three people have died in an avalanche near Stevens Pass ski area, authorities say. Others who had been reported missing were accounted for today, the Seattle PI Online reports. Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office said the slide occurred...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

Avalanche advisory: storm could prompt changes

WINTER SPORTS -- New snow this week has created good sliding conditions for skiers and snowmobiles. But The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's weekly advisory cites conditions and areas of concern in the snowpack. "The southerly aspects were a little firmer with suncrusts and shallower snow...

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