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Reader photo: Two small bulls duke it out

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 1, 2021

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11-year-old Idaho girl rode her horse 290 miles, earning state and national endurance nods

An Idaho girl earned local recognition and a national ranking after riding hundreds of miles on her horse over just a few days in a series of equestrian endurance competitions known as the Idaho IronHorse. Eleven-year-old Olivia Valtierra, of Eagle, began endurance riding this year. The sport involves riding long distances on horseback in organized events, sometimes covering as much as 50 miles in a single day. It’s a sport Olivia’s mother and grandmother did, and Olivia, along with her 19-year-old Arabian gelding Tai Juan, followed in their footsteps this summer and fall. Olivia completed three 3-day events (known as Pioneer rides) across Idaho, covering 25 to 35 miles each day as part of the “limited distance” category. The sixth grader is one of only a few juniors, or riders ages 15 and younger, to compete in the Idaho IronHorse. This year, she was one of only two riders — including adults — to complete the Limited Distance IronHorse, finishing three of the four IronHorse Pioneer rides on the same horse.
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A beginner’s guide to ski photography: You don’t need to be a pro to capture snowy scenes

As resorts begin a season much closer to normal, professional ski photographers' images on social media and magazine covers beckon Alpine and cross-country skiers more enticingly than ever. Those stunning shots of a solitary skier carving down a slope usually require a team on both sides of the camera: athletes and photographers who communicate and work together to envision, plan and create the photos.
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Off the grid: Passing down the wisdom of wood stoves

The first time my husband chopped firewood was when we started dating. It wasn’t the most romantic setting, but a woman desperately trying to get her winter’s wood in before autumn is remarkably attracted to someone who can split firewood.
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Wolf killed in Washington state for preying on cattle

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 23, 2021

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Monday that an adult male wolf was killed in Columbia County, drawing criticism from wildlife advocates who contend endangered wolves should not be slain for preying on livestock.
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River guide leads a full life

You run into them now and then, people doing the same juggling act as everyone else – consumed by kids, careers, and the commitments of daily life – but they’ve got another, less-visible dimension: an insatiable thirst for outdoor adventure.
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Biden mulls reversing Trump rules on western grouse species

The Biden administration on Friday said it will consider new measures to protect greater sage grouse, a bird species once found across much of the U.S. West that has suffered drastic declines in recent decades due to oil and gas drilling, grazing, wildfires and other pressures.