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Silver Mountain named top bike park in the Northwest

Silver Mountain Resort was recently named the Northwest's best bike park by a survey conducted by MTBparks.com. The website is a North American mountain bike website that provides a guide to mountain biking across the continent.

Over 3,000 people participated in the survey voting on the best parks of 2014. This year, Silver Mountain jumped up three spots on the list, from its number four spot in last year's survey.

“We are excited to have earned the top spot in our region,” said Willy Bartlett, Silver Mountain Marketing Coordinator. “We have come a long way in the last two years, but we see this as the foundation for our future plans. We have been working hard to ensure that Silver Mountain Bike Park continues to grow and encourages riders of all abilities to try out lift served mountain biking.”

The resort's bike park built three new trails in 2014, and has continued to make improvements to its existing network of trails and services.

According to Silver Mountain Resort, a partial opening will be held on Memorial weekend for experienced riders. A full opening for summer operations is set to take place on June 13th.

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U-Idaho's Natural Resources Camp offers kids opportunity to explore the environment this summer

U-Idaho's Natural Resources Camp offers kids opportunity to explore the environment this summer

 

Natural Resources Camp, a University of Idaho Extension tradition, will again offer Idaho youth a unique opportunity to learn about and explore the environment June 22nd through 27th.


 

The camp for 12 to 14-year olds will celebrate its 55th anniversary this year with a program that focuses on wildlife, rangeland, forests, water and soil. The camp is located north of Ketchum in Idaho’s Smoky Mountains.


 

New staff members joining the camp this year are experts in water-related topics and fire management, said Amber Moore, NRC camp director and UI Extension soil specialist in Twin Falls.


 

Idaho Brewers Trail Map Brochure now available

Idaho Brewers Trail Map Brochure now available

 

The craft brewing industry has seen remarkable growth in Idaho with new breweries opening their doors at record numbers. The new Idaho Brewers Trail Map makes it easy to find information on all these breweries in one location. Visitors and locals now can sip their way around Idaho and learn more about the state’s craft brew industry. The collaborative effort between the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and Idaho Brewers United features information on 51 breweries and an additional six breweries scheduled to open this year. 

 

In 2013 Idaho had only 34 operating breweries. Idaho Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould said, “Many of Idaho’s craft breweries go beyond just brewing beer in Idaho and include many Idaho ingredients in their brews, such as locally grown grains, hops, and berries. The craft beer industry is important to Idaho’s economy and the agriculture industry.”

 

The brochure was created not only to show the locations of Idaho’s craft breweries but also to teach about the ingredients grown in Idaho that are used in the brewing process.

 

Dates set for the Lake Pend Oreille Club Spring Derby and Pin Auction

Dates set for the Lake Pend Oreille Club Spring Derby and Pin Auction

 

The Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club's Annual Spring K&K Fishing Derby will kick off on April 25th, running through May 3rd.

 

Prior to the Derby, the organization will host their annual Pin Auction at the Sandpoint Elks Club at 6:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the event which the organizations says will have a great selection of items going up for bid.

 

The Derby will run for 9 days. There is a $40 Adult Entry fee. Over $9500 in cash and prizes in the Adult Divisions for Mackinaw and Rainbow will be up for grabs to those who bring home the biggest catch.

 

Information on the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club and how to enter the Derby can be found at http://lpoic.org/.

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Man arrested for fleeing from rollover crash

A driver fled from a rollover crash in the Coeur d’Alene National Forest resulting in an extensive search and his eventual arrest.

On Friday at about 10:30 p.m., Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a single vehicle rollover collision in the forested area about three miles due east of Chilco, Idaho and about five miles southeast of Athol, ID.

A 911 call came into the Sheriff’s Office from a woman reporting that she, her boyfriend, and her three juvenile sons were driving in the National Forest looking for an area to camp in when they came to the end of a narrow road. The female and the juveniles had exited her Chevrolet Suburban so her boyfriend could turn the truck around. Unfortunately the rear tires slid over the edge of the road and the truck went down the hill about 50 feet, rolling several times.

1 dead in semi truck collision

An elderly woman is dead after her vehicle collided with a commercial semi-trailer.

It happened Saturday afternoon at about 3 p.m. at the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Pleasantview Road, near Hauser, Idaho.

Kootenai County Sheriff's Deputies found that a 1995 Aerostar van being driven by an 85-year-old woman was westbound on Prairie Ave., when it appears that she failed to yield from the stop sign and drove into the path of a northbound conventional semi truck pulling a 53-foot box trailer.

The van struck the side of the semi trailer. The woman, who was the only occupant in the van, was found dead at the scene.

The Sheriff's Traffic Investigation Team responded to the collision and will determine the cause of the crash.

The woman's name is being withheld pending notification to her next of kin. Investigators are having difficulty locating her family as she was known to be living a transient lifestyle. Autopsy and toxicology results won't be available for several weeks.

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

Local partnership works to prevent drowning by offering discounts on life jackets

 

As the weather continues to warm up, more and more boaters will be hitting the water.

 

To encourage safe boating, the Washinton State Drowning Prevention Network, Safe Kids Washington, and the Spokane Regional Health District have partnered with Big 5 Sporting Goods to previde 25% off coupons on life jackets.

 

These coupons can be used at any Big 5 Sporting Goods from April 1st through September 30th 2015 in Washington and North Idaho.

 

Coupins are available online on the Spokane Region Health District's website: CLICK HERE.