Outdoors / Recreation

Kai McKinnon, of the New York Ski Education Foundation, lines up to leap off Oak Hill's K10 jump during Ford Sayre Ski Council jumping meet on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Storrs Pond Recreation Area in Hanover, N.H. McKinnon won the girls open division on Oak Hill's smallest jump, scoring 41.5 points.
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Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre Crowns Champs at Oak Hill Jump Meet

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Hanover — Ford Sayre’s Aiden Cudhea nipped Hanover High’s Sam Strohbehn for the high school boys title to highlight Saturday’s Ford Sayre Ski Council ski jumping meet on the Oak Hill jumps at the Storrs Pond Recreation Area. Nearly 50 youths of all ages participated in the competition, which was staged on Oak Hill’s three jumps. Flying off the K32 …

A Straight Arrow: Thetford’s Kasten on Target at Bowhunt Worlds

Monday, February 1, 2016

Thetford — A personal chef by trade, Brian Kasten is always aiming to improve his Supper Solution cooking business. He’s also taken steps to find a solution for his bow-shooting troubles, which paid off last month with his first amateur world championship. Kasten, 53, won the senior hunting class at the International Bowhunting …

The Outside Story: Have You Seen a Mountain Lion?

Monday, February 1, 2016

In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Tail lights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the animal on a June night in 2011. Wildlife biologists quickly confirmed this mountain lion was …

The Language of Crows

Monday, January 18, 2016

“Caw! Caw!” Every spring we hear it. And my wife says, “that’s My Crow.” It’s apparently the bird’s name. She capitalizes it in her tone. I think she hasn’t bestowed a more formal name because she doesn’t know …

Mixed Early Returns At Twin State Ski Areas

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Across ski country it’s beginning to look — and feel — a lot like winter. Snowmaking is still king while Mother Nature’s in a giving mood of late, dropping some snow across the region. That’s allowed trail counts …

Eagles Returning to Washington State

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Seattle — Bald eagles heading to the North Cascades to feed on salmon in the Skagit River draw visitors to one of Washington state’s most beautiful natural settings with event weekends through January in Rockport, Concrete and Marblemount. …

Rec Briefs: Rhim, Furman Take Second at Cyclocross Nationals

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Asheville, n.c. — With Norwich native and Hanover High School graduate Brendan Rhim playing a noteworthy role, the Furman University cycling team produced a runner-up finish in the overall omnium standings at the USA Cycling Cyclocross national championship …

Floor It: Fun is Priority No. 1 for Floor Hockey League

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Lebanon — Now in its sixth season, Upper Valley Floor Hockey continues to provide an attractive platform for exercise and competition at the Carter Community Building Association’s Witherell Center. The best part, players say, is that experience isn’t …

Lake Morey Skate Postponed to Jan. 31

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Staff Reports Fairlee — The slow-to-start winter has led the Upper Valley Trails Alliance to put its Lake Morey Skate-a-thon fundraiser on hold for two weeks. Originally scheduled for Sunday, the event has been postponed to Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The day revolves around skating on …

The Ups and Downs of Life

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I wanted to run in the woods in Oak Hill one day last week, but it had poured the day before. The rain had been nonstop, driving. With the busyness and stress of the holidays, I longed for the peace and quiet of the woods, so I set …

Loving Youth, Loving the Ice

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Into a new year and enduring a winter without much snow or ice, I’ve begun dreaming of childhood days that were filled with sledding and ice skating. Like New England, growing up in Canada’s winter meant bundling up …

Florida Gears Up for Another Everglades Python Hunt

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — More than 400 people have registered so far for Florida’s second Python Challenge, hoping to win prizes and fleeting fame in the fight against the Burmese pythons that have infested the Everglades. The snake-catching festival, which runs from Jan. 16 to Feb. 14, attempts …

Alpine Essay Contest Seeks Submissions

Sunday, January 10, 2016

East Corinth — The Waterman Fund, which works to strengthen human stewardship of the Northeast’s open summits, exposed ridgelines and alpine areas, is accepting submissions for its annual essay contest. In honor of the centennials of Acadia National Park and the National Park System, the essays should explore …