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Wallace Zipline Opening Soon

(Updated 4:08 p.m.) - Looking for a new way to get your adrenaline rush this summer? David DeRoos wants to strap you into a harness and send you soaring through the air, hundreds of feet above the ground.

DeRoos and his wife Bonnie are gearing up to open Silver Streak Zipline Tours in Wallace. Silver Streak offers a total of ten different runs, 3 miles of cable in all, spread out over 250 acres.

DeRoos got the idea for for the park on a trip to Central America, where he had the opportunity to try ziplining. He came back home wanting more, and found himself looking around his own property.

"When I'm up here working and I look from one point to the other, I think, 'That would be a great place to put a zip line.'" DeRoos says.

He started doing research, came up with a business plan, and Silver Streak was born.

A Little Time for Hank

A Little Time for Hank

Registration is now open for the fourth-annual “24 Hours of Schweitzer,” the all-day, all-night fundraiser held in honor of five-year-old Hank Sturgis of Sandpoint, who has the rare, fatal disease Cystinosis that affects only 500 people nationwide. 

Participants, volunteers and sponsors are needed for the March 30-31 round-the-clock ski relay, which is one of only three events like it in the country.

As a tie-in to Hank’s love of super heroes, this year’s theme is “Hank’s Heroes: Mission Possible,” which recognizes participants for their efforts and the progress being made in the quest for a cure.  “This event would not be possible without the remarkable dedication and ongoing contributions of our many friends and supporters, who are real heroes to Hank and our family,” said Sturgis. 

“24 Hours of Schweitzer” is a team relay for skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders that begins at 8:30am on Friday, March 30 and runs continuously through 8:30am on Saturday, March 31.  Participants raise pledges and see how many runs they can ski or ride in 24 hours.  

Search For Missing Snowmobilers

The Shoshone County Sheriff's Office spent another busy weekend looking for missing snowmobilers. The Sheriff's Office put out a search for 62 year old Lester Allert after he got separated from his group near Bloom Peak. A helicopter from the 36th Rescue Flight from Fairchild Air Force base was enroute when Allert was located and able to rejoin his group.

During that search, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office was also searching for 50-year-old Kevin Gouin. A friend reported him missing near Wallace when he failed to meet him near Placer Creek after 5 hours. Searchers found him near Avery after walking 10 miles. Gouin had to abandon his snowmobile after it ran out of gas.

This is the sixth search of the winter season. Just last week, the Shoshone County Sheriff's Office issued a press release after three other search and rescue incidents. The Sheriff's Office reminds recreators to be prepared with equipment and emergency supplies when they head into the back country. It also warns of avalanche danger in warmer temperatures.

Sandpoint's Holland Wins Sixth X Games Gold Medal

Sandpoint's Holland Wins Sixth X Games Gold Medal

Sandpoint native Nate Holland won his sixth Winter X Games boardercross gold medal Saturday in Aspen, Colo., beating out 2011 champion Nick Baumgartner and Jayson Hale in a thrilling finish.

“It always feels great to be back on top,” Holland said. “It all came down to today, and I knew I had to ride my heart out to back my words up.”

You can see video of Holland's winning run here, courtesy of ESPN.com.

Holland had to settle for the bronze medal last year, which snapped his string of five consecutive Winter X golds in boardercross.

And Holland was determined to get back on top of the podium.  Earlier in the week, he reportedly tweeted: "XGames here I come and I want my gold back.”

Mission accomplished.

Holland's win brings his total Winter X Games medal tally to nine.


Meeting Set Over Plan to Protect Caribou Habitat

Meeting Set Over Plan to Protect Caribou Habitat

A federal plan to protect habitat for woodland caribou has become a hot topic in North Idaho.  So Bonner County commissioners will meet with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials last this month with the goal of altering that plan.

Commissioners are concerned the plan to designate nearly 600 square miles of land in north Idaho and northeastern Washington as critical habitat will harm the local economy by restricting logging, snowmobiling and forest access.

Commissioners tell the Bonner County Daily Bee the meeting is set for Jan. 24 at the Inn at Priest Lake in Coolin.

Commissioners are working to form a coalition with other counties impacted by the federal plan made in November, while also insisting the Fish and Wildlife Service coordinate with them on the habitat designation.


Alpine Art: Fresh Tracks at Lookout Pass

Alpine Art: Fresh Tracks at Lookout Pass

"On a powder day, every run tells a story.  A practiced eye can discern a great deal about a skier or rider by the shapes of their turns. As the sinewy lines connect, they form a beautiful pattern, a work of spontaneous art" - words that make me weep from Bill Jennings, Marketing Director at Lookout Pass Ski Area.

Powder Wednesday at Lookout not only offered six fresh inches of champagne powder for the lucky artists, but a beautiful bluebird sky to highlight their work.

Jealous?  Don't be.  The storm track is delivering a week's worth of fresh canvas to a ski area near you starting Sunday.

Send me a picture of your best work: krisc@kxly.com

A look at Silver Mountain's past

A look at Silver Mountain's past

Back before the majority of the world knew what snowboarding was, there was skiing and it was fashionable. Here's some photos taken at Silver Mountain back in the day - possibly the late 1970s or early 1980s. Marketing director, John Williams, isn't sure of some of the date, but says it was before his time.

The resort is gearing up for their "Jackass Day" on Friday. It's actually a day dedicated to the historical creation of the resort in 1968.

Earlier today we mentioned the history behind the event: "Jackass Ski Bowl on Wardner Peak opened to the public in January 1968 with a single Riblet chair. After four years, the name was changed to Silverhorn Ski Area. Then in 1990, it became known as Silver Mountain, after a major expansion of trails on Kellogg Peak."

Williams also had another historical factoid up his sleeve. The resort was supposed to open in December, but there wasn't enough snow, so they had to delay until January 7th, 1968 - thus Jackass Day.