By Rachel D'Oro, The Associated Press - Tue, Jan 15, 2013 5:23 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Unseasonably warm weather in parts of Alaska has complicated training for some mushers already signed up for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It has also forced the cancellation of several qualifying races for future rookies of the famous 1,000-mile trek to Nome. But there’s still plenty of snow along much of the route, Iditarod officials said Tuesday. There’s no need yet to... Read more.
By Eric Willemsen, The Associated Press - Fri, Jan 4, 2013 4:31 pm
ZAGREB, Croatia — Mikaela Shiffrin is living up to her billing as skiing’s next big star. The 17-year-old captured a slalom by a massive 1.19-second margin Friday night, becoming the first American woman to win two World Cup races before turning 18. Her first career victory came last month in Sweden. “Everything went really well today,” said Shiffrin, who had the fastest time in both runs. “It... Read more.
By The Associated Press - Thu, Jan 3, 2013 6:29 pm
JOHANNESBURG — Burry Stander, a two-time Olympian from South Africa and one of the world's best mountain bikers, was killed while training Thursday when his bike collided with a taxi. He was 25. The circumstances of the accident near his home in Shelley Beach, south of Durban, were still being investigated, Cycling South Africa said. Stander competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, finishing fifth... Read more.
By Paul Foy, The Associated Press - Wed, Jan 2, 2013 2:10 pm
SALT LAKE CITY — A weeklong storm clearing Northern Utah on Friday left ski resorts with more than 3 feet of fresh snow, marking a big change from the dry holidays of last year. The Wasatch resorts between Salt Lake City and Park City were swarming with thousands of skiers. Morning traffic was backed up in Little Cottonwood Canyon, home to Alta and Snowbird resorts, where skiers said it took 90... Read more.
By Jeff DeMoss, Standard-Examiner staff - Wed, Jan 2, 2013 12:04 am
OGDEN — Last winter, there wasn’t much snow to speak of along the Wasatch Front all winter long. So far, this winter is obviously a different story after a large post-Christmas storm blanketed the hills and valleys, and local kids have been taking full advantage. For eight-year-old Jace Larsen, the timing of the storm was perfect for him to try out the new sled he found under the tree on... Read more.
By The Associated Press, The Associated Press - Tue, Jan 1, 2013 3:30 pm
MONTICELLO — Federal land managers are seeking public comment on the draft business plan for the San Juan River. Bureau of Land Management officials say the plan calls for an increase in river recreation fees to help cover operational costs, which have soared since the last fee increase in 2001. More than 11,000 visitors take river trips each year in San Juan County. Plans call for an increase... Read more.
By The Associated Press - Fri, Dec 28, 2012 3:21 pm
DENVER — Climbing legend Bill Forrest, who also made notable innovations in mountaineering equipment, died while snowshoeing near Colorado’s Monarch Pass. The Denver Post reports (http://bit.ly/ZGEW4h ) the 73-year-old Salida resident was with his wife, Rosa, when he collapsed Dec. 21. Other hikers performed CPR, but Forrest died at the scene. Forrest was known for the first ascent of the Painted... Read more.
By Oliver Grassman, The Associated Press - Thu, Dec 20, 2012 5:51 pm
ARE, Sweden — Mikaela Shiffrin showed that the American ski team can live without Lindsey Vonn, at least for a little while. In the first World Cup race since Vonn said she was taking a break from the circuit, the 17-year-old Shiffrin picked up the slack quite nicely. She won a night slalom ahead of Sweden’s Frida Hansdotter for her first World Cup victory. Shiffrin has been touted as the next... Read more.
By Chris McDaniel, The Enterprise - Thu, Dec 20, 2012 5:45 pm
BROCKTON, Mass. — In most family households, guns are discouraged, but things are different in the May household and it has helped Sonya May earn a scholarship to the University of Kentucky and, perhaps, a spot in the Olympics. May, an 18-year-old senior at Rockland High School, recently signed her letter of intent onto join the Kentucky rifle team next year. “When I signed the letter of intent,... Read more.
By Greg Keller, The Associated Press - Fri, Dec 14, 2012 8:30 pm
PARIS — France loved him for his indefatigable, pioneering spirit — the first man to climb an 8,000-meter Himalayan peak despite losing all his fingers and toes to frostbite, a man who later went on to scale the heights of French politics. Six decades after his 1950 Annapurna climb made Maurice Herzog a household name, the famed French mountaineer died Friday at age 93. The statement from the... Read more.