Ok, so it’s not really outdoor news but I know we will have a lot of readers interested in this. Gonzaga’s Spring Concert, April 24th 2009 is Death Cab For Cutie. Tickets go on sale today for about 30 smacks at ticketswest.com. Hopefully you won’t have to camp out in the cold like you do for Zags b-ball tix.
OK, here are my requests for musical genres heretofore under-represented on the Bloomsday course: Nordic death metal, dub reggae, electronica, soul/rare groove DJ, a Scorpions cover band, and the one and only Tom Jones live and in person at the finish line. Can you think of anything else we need? If so read the details in this press release:
BLOOMSDAY LOOKING FOR ENTERTAINERS
On-Course Performers Have Until March 11th to Sign Up
Spokane, WA—With just over three months remaining before the 33rd running of the Lilac Bloomsday Run, organizers are looking for bands, drummers, dancers and other performers interested in entertaining participants along the route. Entertainers who would like to perform along the 7-1/2-mile course on May 3 should fill out an application and return it to the Bloomsday office by Wednesday, March 11th. (more…)
Here’s the trifecta of winter outdoor mountaineering, courtesy RAA:
Revelstoke Alpine Adventures Fills First Avalanche Skills Training Courses, Adds More Avalanche Training, Guided Ski Touring and Waterfall Ice Climbing
REVELSTOKE, British Columbia – As the snow continues to fall and the need for avalanche safety and skills training increases, Revelstoke Alpine Adventures (RAA) announces additional classes for the winter season.
Avalanche Skill Training
Taught by RAA owners Norm Winter and David Scott, both of whom are certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) and members of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association, these classes are held in the Revelstoke area and take advantage of the spectacular and challenging terrain of the Selkirk and Monashee mountains. (more…)
Backpacker and bowhunter Dick Hentze of Baker City spent the past three years translating the decades-old idea of friend Loren Hughes into a workable plan. The result: a vast trail that winds through the mountains of northeast Oregon, including the Elkhorn Mountains behind him. // Photo Richard Cockle.
Richard Cockle has an interesting piece in the Oregonian about a new Eastern Oregon Trail set to open:
BAKER CITY — It took almost half a century, but Loren Hughes, 83, is about to see his dream of an 870-mile hiking and horse trail circling the Blue Mountains come true. Click here to read more.
Theo over at Cycle Sports in Liberty Lake is putting together a cool winter event: indoor bike races on new hi-tech video trainers. The Computrainers are available at his shop and if the races go well he plans to have finals at a local bar. How’s that for cure for the winter blues? Here’s the details:
If your looking for a little competition, try indoor racing right here in the shop. Season starts February 1st so sign up now! The first race will be a moderately challenging 15mi. road course lasting about 30 minutes. The format will be double elimination tournament style with cool prizes for the podium and swag just for signing up. Call (509) 893-BIKE for more information. (more…)
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Drawing will be held January 30th, 2009!
How about some good news about protecting rivers? This news comes from American Rivers, the group responsible for the annual Endangered Rivers list:
1,000 miles of rivers in seven states to be protected as Wild and Scenic
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Senate passes public lands legislation protecting over 270,000 acres along 82 rivers
Washington, DC — The second largest Wild and Scenic package in history passed the Senate today, safeguarding over 1,000 miles of rivers in Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah, Vermont, and Massachusetts. S. 22, the bi-partisan Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, includes important protections for 270,000 acres of land along 82 new Wild and Scenic Rivers. The legislation also contains new Wilderness designations for over two million acres of public land.
“We applaud the Senate for demonstrating its commitment to protect the nation’s rivers and clean water, and our priceless natural heritage for future generations. We especially appreciate the leadership of Sen. Harry Reid and Sen. Jeff Bingaman in passing this legislation,” said David Moryc, Senior Director of River Protection at American Rivers. “These rivers are the best of the best and Wild and Scenic designations will help many communities by safeguarding clean drinking water and boosting recreation and local economies.” (more…)
This is a great day for America–another peaceful transition of power, this time to America’s first African American Commander-in-Chief. In the spirit of President Obama’s national call to service we are happy to make you aware of this fundraiser for a much beloved local yoga teacher who is working hard to recover from breast cancer:
Harmony Yoga Weekend Fundraiser
January 23rd – 25th, 2009
8:45-9:45 am: Nia . . . Laura Markmann
10-11:30 am: Finding Flow: Vinyasa Basics . . . Shawn Brow
provided by ‘Soulful Soups’ . . . Soup and Bread $5 donation
2-3:30 pm: Alignment and Stability: Iyengar style yoga . . . Jackie Kittel
4-5:30 pm: Discovering Our Heart Chakra . . . Cara Wright
10-11:30 am: Restorative Yoga . . . Brit Penberthy
Suggested Donation $15-$20/class or $90-$100 for entire weekend
Non-attending donations graciously accepted!
Please make check payable to Alison Rubin, and mail to:
Shawn Brow c/o South Perry Yoga
PO Box 30306
Spokane, WA 99223
Questions and Pre-registration
Shawn 443-6241 in support of Ally’s healing and recovery from breast cancer
Justin Bennee jumps off the roof of Merlyn’s. // Photo John Waite
The snow has melted fast enough that you could be forgiven for forgetting that just a few days ago someone could jump their snowboard off a downtown building without killing themselves. John Waite sent us this reprt:
Nike Snowboarder commercial filmed at Merlyn’s – We were lucky enough to have Nike film an advertising shot at our Store last week. This is for a new Nike brand of Snowboards. Nike snowboarder Justin Bennee jumped off the roof of Merlyn’s, across the alley, over the fence, and landed in the parking lot opposite us. This was all filmed from a “black helicopter” hovering above. John Waite, the owner of Merlyn’s hopefully will be in the official ad. You can see my pictures from the filming, or my video from the event at -