December 2009

Fools Float

Join the Northwest Whitewater Association on January 1st for their 17th annual Fools Float on the Spokane River. Here are the basics for this year’s float: • Optional breakfast 9:30 to 10:30 at the Swinging Doors. • Meet and unload at TJ Meenach launch 11-11:30 a.m. (If you have to rig a boat, be there earlier.) • Shuttle

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The Beacon Debate

Three climbers are presumed to have died on Mt. Hood on December 12, reports this story from the Seattle Times, re-kindling an ongoing debate in Oregon about whether locator beacons should be required for all climbers. Is it an unnecessary encumbrance for experienced climbers? An infringement of liberties? Do beacons give novice climbers a false

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New Local Guidebook

One last gift idea: Legendary Lake Pend Orielle guidebook, written by longtime Sandpoint resident and avid outdoor recreationist Jane Fritz. Published by Keokee Books of Sandpoint, “Legendary Lake Pend Oreille” sells for $24 at select retailers and booksellers. To learn more about the book, visit or call 208-263-3573. Cover art auction Artist Karen Robinson

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Fresh Snow!

Going snowboarding or skiing this weekend? Schweitzer Mountain Resort announced today that it will open its chair lift Stella in the Outback Bowl this weekend, as well as the Lakeview Triple on the front side of the mountain. If you’re on a budget, take advantage of half-priced lift tickets from 12:30 pm to closing time

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