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Idaho Panhandle National Forest assessing trees following campsite death

Idaho Panhandle National Forest assessing trees following campsite death

A falling tree caused the death of a Sandpoint man who was camping at the Stagger Inn Campground in the Kanisku National Forest on Sunday night. A strong storm caused a 200 foot tree to fall onto the man's tent.

 

The 48-year-old man was found dead by the Pend Orville County Sheriff's Office around 11:30pm Sunday night. A 52-year-old woman was also injured by the falling tree and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

 

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic accident at our campground and are making every effort to ensure that last's night storm damage has not left hazard trees in our developed recreation sites, “said Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor Mary Farnsworth.

 

Hiawatha bike trail opens for the summer

Hiawatha bike trail opens for the summer

The scenic and historical Hiawatha bike trail opens for the summer on May 25th. This 15 mile stretch of abandoned railroad is considered the “Crown Jewel” all rail-to-trail bike projects in the country.

 

The last train passed over the Milwaukee Railroad rails in 1980. The old rail way was converted into packed gravel trails that are an easy ride for every one including children and seniors. Riders can enjoy beautiful views of the Bitterroot Mountains while riding down the 1.6 percent grade.

 

Hiawatha is operated by the Lookout Pass Ski Area under special permit use of the U.S. Forest. Lookout offers bike rentals, as well a shuttle to take you back to the top of the trail head once you reach the end. It takes about two and a half hours to complete the ride going at a leisurely pace.

 

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

ATV safety courses provide valuable skills to keep you safe

In last two weeks Eastern Washington and North Idaho have seen over five ATV accidents including one death in the LC Valley last week. While ATV riding is fun, it's important to learn proper technique to remain safe.

 

“We think it takes special skills to ride an ATV,” says Dale Stevens, a licensed ATV safety instructor with the ATV Safety Institute. ASI is a non-profit sponsored by the all the major ATV manufacturers. Instructors like Stevens teach regular safety classes to educate riders on proper technique, safety skills and the responsibilities that come with owning and riding ATVs.

 

After taking his course many riders tell Stevens that they didn't know what a work out riding is and that they expected it to be easier. Stevens says that a lot of people expect ATVs to be like riding a couch on wheels but it that it takes a lot of physical effort and knowledge of how ATVs operate to remain safe while riding.

 

Perfect weather for...skiing?

Yes, the sun is shining today and the thermometer is creeping into the 70's.  Even so, there's one more day of skiing and snowboarding that you won't want to miss.

Tomorrow, Silver Mountain is hosting its 9th annual Leadman triathlon, which involves skiing, a 7.4 mile muddy, downhill bike ride, and a 4.7 mile run. 

If that sounds like too much work, you can pick up a "Silver Saturday" lift ticket ($39 for adults, $29 for kids) and enjoy the 14 inches of untouched snow that fell earlier this week.  This is the last day of skiing in the Inland Northwest - don't miss it!

 

 

 

Perfect weather for...skiing?

Yes, the sun is shining today and the thermometer is creeping into the 70's.  Even so, there's one more day of skiing and snowboarding that you won't want to miss.

Tomorrow, Silver Mountain is hosting its 9th annual Leadman triathlon, which involves skiing, a 7.4 mile muddy, downhill bike ride, and a 4.7 mile run. 

If that sounds like too much work, you can pick up a "Silver Saturday" lift ticket ($39 for adults, $29 for kids) and enjoy the 14 inches of untouched snow that fell earlier this week.  This is the last day of skiing in the Inland Northwest - don't miss it!

 

 

 

Schweitzer Extends Ski Season

Schweitzer Extends Ski Season

 

Sandpoint, ID - Schweitzer Mountain Resort has announced the extension of the ski season one extra week, with the new closing date falling on Sunday, March 14. A combination of excellent snow and weather conditions has prompted the resort to offer this extra week of operation.

 

“This year conditions came together perfectly for us to operate for an additional week,” said Schweitzer President and CEO Tom Chasse. “We’re thrilled to offer this extended season to our guests.”

 

Even though the season has been prolonged, Tropical Daze, Schweitzer’s annual spring celebration, will stay on its original dates of Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7. Events for the weekend include the Rubber Ducky Derby, pond skimming in the village, the ever popular Downhill Dummy Derby on lower JR run, live music and a boom box party in Taps Lounge, family friendly pirate themed activities throughout the village and much more.

 

“Tropical Daze is a great way to celebrate the change in weather and welcome in spring skiing,” Chasse said.

 

Silent Auction to Benefit Injured Football Player

 

 

It's been a year and half since Bobby Clark suffered a brain injury playing football at Priest River High School. Now his family his hoping the community can rally behind them one more time to raise money for a treatment that could help him heal.

 

“He's come a long way and has potential to go a lot further and needs all the opportunities he can get,” his mother Julie Clark. Bobby is hoping to travel to Spokane for treatments in a hyperbaric chamber, but unfortunately his insurance does not cover the care. After doing extensive research on the the chamber and it's lasting effects Julie believes that it could go a long way toward improving his physical and cognitive capabilities.