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Steelhead forecast sets up as worst in decades

The Snake River and its tributaries will see one of the lowest returns of steelhead in decades, according to a preseason forecast compiled by regional fisheries managers.

Silver Mountain to open ski lifts Friday

WINTERSPORTS -- After a soft holiday weekend opening for snow tubing, scenic rides and skiing and boarding on the beginner hill, Silver Mountain Resort plans to crank up more lifts on Friday. The resort plans to operate Chair 1, 2 and the beginner conveyer lift....

Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center has new director

WINTERSPORTS -- A man with 20 years of experience with safety in the snow industry has moved to Sandpoint to head the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center. Jeff Thompson joins IPAC as executive director after leaving his central Colorado post as head of Snow Safety for...

Oil glut predicted into 2017 as supply outpaces demand

The much-anticipated rebalancing of oil markets appears to be a bit further away after the International Energy Agency revised its forecast, trimming its expectations for the growth in oil demand and citing near-record production by OPEC’s Middle East exporters. The agency said Tuesday that the global oversupply of crude oil would last until the second half of 2017. It said that world oil demand is rising at a slower pace than expected, and it lowered its forecast by 100,000 barrels a day to an increase of 1.3 million barrels a day in 2016 and 1.2 million barrels a day in 2017.

Starbucks cuts sales forecast after growth slows

NEW YORK – Starbucks has trimmed its sales forecast after revenue came in lighter than expected in the most recent quarter. The Seattle-based company said Thursday global sales rose 4 percent at established locations, including in its flagship U.S. market, for its fiscal third quarter. It now expects the figure to increase in the mid-single digit percentages for the year. It previously forecast growth to be “somewhat above” that range.

IMF downgrades outlook for U.S. economy

The International Monetary Fund downgraded its forecast for the U.S. economy this year and said America should raise the minimum wage to help the poor, offer paid maternity leave to encourage more women to work and overhaul the corporate tax system to boost productivity.

Western snowpack disappeared at record rate in April

RIVERS – The overall snowpack in the West dropped at record speed in April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reports. Runoff was above normal because of the rapid snowmelt, but Washington’s rivers and streams were able to contain it without flooding....

Getting There: Labor Day travel to increase just 1 percent this year

Despite some of the lowest gasoline prices seen in years, travel over the upcoming Labor Day holiday is expected to increase only slightly across the U.S. AAA auto club said it expects 35.5 million Americans to travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday.

Idaho salmon leads 2015 run up the Columbia

FISHING -- An Idaho fish is leading the charge up the Columbia River. The first spring chinook of the year was counted moving over Bonneville Dam on Feb. 26. The wild fish is headed back in an attempt to spawn in the Lochsa River...