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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

Snowmobilers share groomed trails with recreationists on foot and sometimes wildlife. (FILE)

Forest Service sets rule for oversnow vehicles 

WINTERSPORTS -- Just-released news of special interest to backcountry skiers and snowmobilers alike: The U.S. Forest Service today released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads,...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

The Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint. (Courtesy)

Raise a cold one to youth outdoor education

OUTDOORS -- Join the North Idaho folks from Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) and NoLi Brewhouse for the kick-off of a community fund-raiser for youth outdoor education programs. The event is set for 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Idaho Pour Authority, 203...

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After a seminar on building a fire in wet conditions, Adam Dewey of Sandpoint applies the techniques to stoke a blaze on Feb. 1, 2010, during a misty morning search and rescue team exercise at Priest Lake State Park. The instructor for this group of students was Nick Weber of the Survival School at Fairchild Air Force Base.  The next photos follow Weber's progression for making a life-saving fire in what some people might consider hopeless conditions. (Rich Landers)

Survival classes offered at EWU

OUTDOOR LEARNING – A pair of two-day survival courses, involving a classroom session and a field day, are being offered in July at Eastern Washington University. The courses, Primitive Survival and Outdoor Survival Skills, each pack a weekend with instruction and practice at building survival...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

A "feather stick" can be the key to starting a fire in wet conditions. In this demonstration, Survival School instructor Nick Weber blows on the embers of steel wool tinder to ignite a feather stick he created with a knife by shaving curly strands of dry wood. Next he would add more feather sticks and kindling to build a fire on a platform of small logs. (Rich Landers)

EWU outdoor classes focus on leadership, survival

OUTDOOR SKILLS– Whether you’re a church group leader or a solo adventurer, you can benefit from short summer outdoor courses in skills such as rafting and kayaking offered by Eastern Washington University. Veteran outdoor recreation professor Paul Green is offering two special courses: Outdoor Leadership,...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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