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It’s sink or shred at Ione’s snowmobile watercross event

For riders skipping 400-pound snowmobiles across the Pend Oreille River there are only two choices – sink or shred.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 3:02 p.m.

Agency pulls some Idaho, Wyoming snowmobile maps after suit

The U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn snowmobile use maps for two national forests in Idaho and part of another in Wyoming after environmental groups said the maps violate the federal …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 2:11 p.m.

Federal officials ban snowmobiles in parts of Idaho forest

Federal officials have released a plan for a northern Idaho forest proposed wilderness area that includes banning snowmobiles.


Avalanche awareness key to off-trail snowmobiler survival

The same conditions that make Cooke City so attractive to snowbobilers can also prove deadly – a high concentration of big, steep mountains; old mining roads that provide easy access …


End of era for Yellowstone as snowcoaches retired

With an unceremonious trip from Old Faithful to Mammoth early Tuesday morning, a form of winter transport in Yellowstone National Park motored into history. The 18 clattering yellow Bombardier snowcoaches …


South Selkirk caribou herd protections being revised

Caribou worldwide share similar features – branching antlers, stocky bodies covered with hollow hair that insulates against the cold, and snowshoe-like hooves. Herds across North America and northern Europe all …


Moto Mania

Dan Shanahan is a self-described dirt bike guy. He grew up on a ranch near Weiser, Idaho, and rode dirt bikes for fun. In the winter he would switch to …


Museum features cross section of vintage snowmobiles

It’s a collection that has been in the making since Jerry Kienbaum took his first snowmobile ride as a kid. “It was addicting,” Kienbaum said of that ride. He enjoyed …


Snowmobile races earn bragging rights, raise funds

There doesn’t have to be snow on the ground for snowmobile enthusiasts in Idaho to log some hours on a sled. Even in 90-degree heat, dozens of riders from all …


Snowmobiler-commissioned study disputes caribou impact

PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – Protecting habitat for woodland caribou has cost North Idaho’s economy $26 million, with winter tourism in the resort area of Priest Lake taking the biggest hit, …


Bonner County files petition to delist caribou

Endangered species protections should be rescinded for the 46 caribou in the South Selkirk herd, Bonner County argued Wednesday in a delisting petition. “Caribou aren’t endangered, when you look at …


Alaska bound: Iditarod Trail source love-hate relationship with snowmobiles

After snowmobiling 1,414 miles along the Iditarod Trail, Bob Jones said life is especially sweet back home in Kettle Falls. “I’m a free man,” he said. “I sold my snowmobiles …


Vandals hire veteran football assistant to coordinate running game

College football: Veteran coach Gordy Shaw has been named the Idaho run game coordinator/offensive line coach, head coach Robb Akey announced Monday. Shaw was the defensive coordinator at Idaho in …


Caribou face precarious prognosis

While the Cessna 182 circled, Tim Layser used binoculars to peer down into a snowy meadow. Woodland caribou tracks crossed the glade and led into a grove of trees. But …


New forest plan may restrict backcountry snowmobile use

WENATCHEE – Rob Mullins remembers the days when he could load up his snowmobile, ride for a few miles up any one of a dozen groomed snowmobile trails, park the …


Snowmobilers flock to Montana’s Rich Ranch every winter

Snowmobiling has a way of giving you a rush. Driving down a snow-covered road or trail at 40 mph on the back of a snowmobile feels like you are living …


Snowmobiler killed in North Idaho avalanche

A 35-year-old man from Farmington, Wash., was killed Wednesday when an avalanche overtook his snowmobile and buried him in 9 feet of snow in North Idaho, authorities said. The body …


Agencies increase caribou protections

Federal and state agencies will step up patrols in the Selkirk Mountains this winter to keep snowmobiles out of protected woodland caribou habitat. While most snowmobilers obey the rules, a …