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Snowmobilers, backcountry skiers lobby U.S. Forest Service to adopt shared-use plan for the Lookout Pass backcountry area

In a jam-packed room lined with lockers and the musky smell of oft-wet clothing, a circle of 25 covered familiar ground.


In brief: Snowmobilers lose suit over wilderness recommendations

A federal judge last week upheld protections for some of the last roadless areas of the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.


Search and rescue volunteers make commitment to community

It’s not enough that a search and rescue (SAR) team knows how to look for people in the wild. The team members also must be able to look out for …


Priest Lake revved up for snowmobiling with groomed trails, services

Relentless snowfall has smothered Priest Lake this winter, and snowmobilers are loving it. “This is one of those years when snowmobiles can drive right up to the restaurant, have a …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 16, 2017

Vintage Snowmobile Races at Priest Lake

More than 22 classes of snowmobiles built before 1985 will roar around an oval track during the Vintage Snowmobile Races at Priest Lake airstrip near Nordman next Sunday.


Snowmobiling star: Winter X Games champion just an average Joe in Yakima

One of the most decorated extreme sports athletes in history regularly rubs elbows with shoppers in Yakima grocery stores, yet few people recognize him.


Cascades ski patrol has been rescuing people since 1970s

About a decade ago in British Columbia, on Dylan Currie’s very first day of backcountry skiing, another group of skiers set off an avalanche from above that partially buried one …


Spout Springs ski area closes citing snowmobile issues

WINTERSPORTS – The owner of an Oregon ski area says he won’t open this season because of concerns about snowmobiles creating an unsafe environment in his parking lot. Spout Springs …


In brief: Yellowstone starts drawing for snowmobile permits

Beginning on Thursday, snowmobilers will be able to enter a drawing for permits to ride through Yellowstone National Park without a guide.


Field reports: Free boater education classes offered by Spokane County sheriff

A free Boater Education class that’s required for Washington boat drivers is being offered monthly by Spokane County Sheriff Department marine deputies.


Iditarod snowmobiler, 76, savors Alaska experience

A couple of weeks ago when we checked in on Bob Jones, the Kettle Falls snowmobiler was in Alaska patching his bruised ego after crashing his machine twice on his …


Avalanche fatalities related to size of group, study finds

When it comes to avalanche safety, a


Outpeople: Washington snowmobiler can’t get enough of Iditarod Trail

For the 16th time, Robert Jones, 76, of Kettle Falls is on a snowmobile touring the Iditarod Trail just ahead of the famous 1,400-mile Alaska sled dog race. He’s already …


Motorized users sue Kootenai Forest for more access to proposed wilderness areas

Snowmobile clubs and advocacy groups from Montana and Idaho are suing the U.S. Forest Service and its plan that bars motorized access in certain protected areas of the 2.2 million …


Technology improves avalanche gear for backcountry skiers

SALT LAKE CITY – As outdoor recreation companies increasingly cater to skiers and snowboarders who like to venture beyond the groomed slopes at ski resorts and tackle backcountry terrain, they’ve …


In brief: Birders help science in Great Backyard Bird Count

Birders – including a lot of families and kids – are signing up to contribute 15 minutes of their favorite hobby to science. The Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 13-16, …


Landers: Over-snow vehicle rule seeks backcountry balance

Snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles eventually will be allowed to ride only on roads, trails and areas specifically designated for their use, according to a rule being adopted by the …


Snowmobiler found safe after going missing near Lookout Pass

MULLAN, Idaho — Searchers in North Idaho and northwest Montana are looking for a missing snowmobiler.


Peet Shoe Dryer provides double benefit to Benewah County

A family-owned company in North Idaho has a product that’s making the great outdoors more enjoyable in more ways than one. The Peet Shoe Dryer has been comforting the feet …


1,400-mile snowmobile trek follows Iditarod Trail

A Kettle Falls man has an enduring love-hate relationship with snowmobiles and the Iditarod Trail. In 2012, Bob Jones was frank after completing his 14th 1,400- mile journey with a …


Out & About: Deep, deadly week for snow-goers

Deep, deadly week for snow-goers OUTSTORM – Powder snow that’s piled up in the region’s mountains in recent weeks has created nirvana for skiers at managed ski resorts, with some …


Avalanche threat not apparent to victim

The avalanche that killed a Bozeman snowmobiler riding in the Gallatin Mountains on New Year’s Day – the first Montana avalanche death in more than a year – was somewhat …


Snowmobiler dies in avalanche in SW Montana

BOZEMAN, Mont. — One snowmobiler died and two others suffered minor injuries in an avalanche in southwestern Montana, marking the fourth death in the region in a week.


Live large this winter

Although winter weather arrived early this year, the season officially begins on Saturday. So what are you going to do about it? You could join the masses that cower inside …


Examining the X Games

DENVER – For more than a decade, daredevils in snowsuits climbed atop their quarter-ton snowmobiles, sped them up icy ramps and flipped them head over heels into the frosty night …


Field Reports: Fishing rule changes on commission agenda

WILDLIFE – Updates on proposed fishing rules changes will be presented by state fish managers at the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Feb. 8-9 in Olympia. Proposals affecting Eastern …


Backcountry films at GU benefit winter access

The Backcountry Film Festival’s road show of human-powered outdoor recreation films will be back for the third year at 7 p.m., Jan. 30, at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center. The seven …


Landers: Snowmobilers still waiting for Selkirk access

Snowmobilers have been champing at the bit to make tracks across the crest of Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains, where they’ve been banned since 2005. On Nov. 27, the U.S. Fish and …


New groomer gears up to tackle Mount Spokane’s nordic trail system

Big, broad, sweeping changes are in store for cross-country skiers heading to Mount Spokane State Park this season. Existing nordic skiing trails have been widened to accommodate a new, more …


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 …