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Lookout Pass Ski Area to open Friday

Opening day at Lookout Pass is scheduled for Friday, November 28th.  The majority of the front side of the mountain will be open with top to bottom skiing and riding off Chair #1.

 

The beginner triple chairlift, Chair #4, will also operate.  Lodge and rental shop open at 8:00 a.m.  Lifts will operate from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. PST.  Ski School ski, snowboard, and telemark lessons will be offered every day beginning at 9:00 a.m.

 

Lookout Pass received 7 inches of new snow overnight, and 15 inches since Saturday.  The base currently has 14-22 inches, and according to the pass it’s still snowing.

 

Reduced ticket rates will be in effect and will be announced later this week, as more terrain openings are probable. Lookout Pass says they will operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday, this week,  then reopen on Thursday, December 4 and resume their regular December operations, of Thursdays through Mondays.  

 

Updated information can be found at www.skilookout.com.

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Holiday DUI emphasis in North Idaho

Holiday DUI emphasis in North Idaho

North Idaho law enforcement will be stepping up patrols in an efforts to reduce alcohol and drug related crashes, and get impaired drivers off the road. These patrols will take be put in place by the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, Idaho State Police, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Post Falls Police Department, Rathdrum Police Department, and Spirit Lake Police Department.

 

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to open November 22

Schweitzer Mountain Resort to open November 22

Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open for the season this Saturday, November 22 at 9am. The resort will operate Saturday and Sunday with 150 acres of open terrain.

Limited terrain will be available on Midway, with the Basin Express chair lift open. The Basin Express is scheduled to operate from 9am to 3:30pm during opening weekend.

“Even though we’re only opening with limited operations, we’re very excited to get the season started in the Inland Northwest,” said President/CEO Tom Chasse.  “The fact that we have anything to offer is a direct result of pre-season brush cutting, our snowmaking capability, and our dedication to the skiers/boarders of the region.” Schweitzer will close down mid-week and then re-open on Friday, November 28th for the weekend.  With new snow in the forecast over the weekend, they hope to expand the terrain and add the Musical Chairs lift for Thanksgiving weekend.

Panhandle Health District encourages participation in Great American Smokeout

Panhandle Health District encourages participation in Great American Smokeout

Panhandle Health District (PHD) is urging people in North Idaho to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 20th, as a first step to quitting smoking for a lifetime.

Everyone is welcome to join PHD at the North Idaho College (NIC) Student Union Building from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. There will be a booth set up with resources and educational materials, a pig lungs display, tar and phlegm jars, and other tobacco-related models. PHD staff will offer blood pressure checks, as well as carbon monoxide breath monitoring. 

“We are challenging smokers to quit for the day but, more importantly, to make a plan as to when and how they will quit entirely,” said Linda Harder, PHD’s Tobacco Cessation Coordinator. “Believe it or not, 7 out of 10 smokers want to quit. So we are here to support people through the quitting process.”

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Sandpoint eyes railroad quiet zone

Officials in the northern Idaho city of Sandpoint are considering a proposed railroad quiet zone.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that residents are complaining about the constant sounding of train horns that result in a loss to quality of life in town.

Council members are scheduled to discuss the quiet zone on Wednesday.

The Federal Railroad Administration would have to approve any request for a quiet zone.

Should a quiet zone be created, six railway crossings would have to be outfitted with safety equipment.

� �The area has seen an increase in train traffic with trains carrying crude oil and coal.

Missing hunters found in Boundary County

Missing hunters found in Boundary County

Two missing hunters in the Dawson Ridge area of Boundary County, Idaho were found early Thursday, November 13. The Boundary County Sheriff's Office sent out a press release on Monday stating their office received a call on November 12 at 11:00 p.m. regarding two hunters that had left home at 3:30 p.m. that day.