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Silver Mountain named a top ski area in North America

Silver Mountain named a top ski area in North America

Silver Mountain Resort has been named one the top ski areas in the U.S. and Canada by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. The local favorite came in at number 19 in the list of 20.


Conde Nast Traveler, one of the world’s premier travel magazines and websites, asked their readers to vote on the best ski areas in North America for their annual Reader’s Choice Survey. The magazine asked 20,000 readers to rate mountains based on the terrain, lifts, nightlife, ambience, restaurants and lodging.

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Meet the Athletes: Spencer

Week days after school you can find Spencer Kimbro shooting hoops in the gym at the elementary school where his mom teaches in Moses Lake. This fall, he raced cross country at Chief Moses Middle School for the first time. On weekends, the Kimbros head to Spokane so that Spencer can practice with ParaSport Spokane.


Spencer, who has Spina Bifida, is no stranger to being interviewed. He’s the face of Youth Outdoors Unlimited, a Central Washington based nonprofit that teaches kids with disabilities how to hunt and fish. Spencer learned how to hunt and fish in 2010 and loves it.

Meet the Athletes: Mike

Meet the Athletes: Mike

You can’t help but smile when you’re around 10-year-old Mike Lucas. He’s a double amputee, but his smile and spirit are bright reminder to always get back up and go for it.


Outside of his disability, Mike is just like any other 10-year-old boy. He likes to play basketball and video games on the Wii. His favorite subject in school is science. At the Shoe City Open track meet, Mike ended a long day of races making sure that everyone had a snack and chasing after a football with members of Team U.S.A.. When he took a tumble on the field he popped right back up.

Meet the Athletes: Mikila

Meet the Athletes: Mikila

Mikila Salazar is a 17-year-old West Valley senior who like most students is trying to decide which college to enroll at next year. Unlike most students, Mikila is trying to decide which school’s wheelchair basketball program will be the best fit for her.


Mikila was born with Sacral Agenesis which means her last two vertebrae are missing. Mikila can walk, but only for short distances. For longer distances she prefers to use a wheelchair.

Meet the Athletes: Phillip

Meet the Athletes: Phillip

It’s been a year of firsts for 14-year-old Phillip Croft. His first time in America, his first track meet, and his first family. Phillip was adopted from China just over a year ago, and since then he’s been learning the nuances of wheelchair racing while adapting to his new life.


“When you’re adopted things just all change,” said Phillip. He joined the Croft family last year after living in an orphanage for most of his life. “I was just really happy and so excited.”

Meet the Athletes: Isaiah

Meet the Athletes: Isaiah

While most teenagers were relaxing over summer break, 14-year-old Isaiah Rigo was busy training for the 2013 International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Lyon, France. Over 1,000 athletes from 99 countries attended and Isaiah was one of the youngest competitors.


“I got frustrated because I couldn’t do anything,” said Isaiah.