Outdoors / Recreation

A muture bald eagle cruises the skies Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, on the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minn. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

Sunday, January 25, 2015

When Minnesota’s bald eagles head south for the winter, they don’t go far. Like the hardy Northerners they are, they’re content to bask in the less-than-balmy breezes along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota, which on the day these photos were taken had cooled the air, already struggling to reach zero degrees, to a 20-below windchill. Birds don’t migrate for warmth but for food, said Scott Mehus, education director of the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, Minn. And eagles from northern Minnesota, as well as Wisconsin and even Canada, head toward stretches of open water on the river to enjoy what Mehus calls a “floating …

TV Host Explores Watersports

Sunday, January 25, 2015

She’s an IBM engineer on weekdays, a champion free-dive spearfisher on weekends and, for six years, the host of a TV show on the Outdoor Channel. Now she’s developing her Blue Wild Ocean Adventure and Marine Art Expo into a major consumer watersports show, expected to attract 5,000 people in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. …

Fat of the Land: Wide-Tire Biking Makes an Inroad in the Winter

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Lebanon — Spending long winters away from trails is quickly becoming less mandatory for mountain bike enthusiasts. Snow-covered ground is turning much more accessible thanks to “fat bikes,” mountain bikes with giant tires made especially for traversing wintry surfaces. Up to five inches thick and loaded with treads, fat-bike tires allow riders to …

Silencers Bring Loud Complaints

Sunday, December 14, 2014

By Stephen Hudak Orlando Sentinel Hunters had reason to celebrate last month when Florida lifted its ban on silencers, but Chuck O’Neal saw cause for alarm. “If a bullet travels farther than the sound of the shot, it creates a zone of significant danger,” said O’Neal, who lives …

New Owners Race to Put Speedway Back on Track

Friday, December 12, 2014

Claremont — Start your engines: The Twin State Speedway will boast a full slate of racing — and new ownership — when it opens next season. Early this week, Claremont Speedway LLC bought the landmark racetrack for $518,000 …

An Olympian Task: Lebanon Marathoner Qualifies for U.S. Olympic Trials

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For a runner who prefers to keep her expectations moderate, Lebanon resident Laura Hagley sure knows how to progress like someone with all-star ambitions. Hagley, 30, on Sunday qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a …

Norwich’s Rhim Wins College Cyclocross Championship

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Clemson, s.c. — Hanover High school graduate Brendan Rhim is now a national collegiate cycling champion. Rhim added a new item to his competitive resume on Saturday when he won the Southeastern Collegiate Cycling Conference championship as part …

Hoping for a Whale of a Winter: Whaleback Improvements Taking Hold, Work Still to Be Completed

Monday, December 8, 2014

Enfield — It’s still officially the offseason at Whaleback Mountain, yet the facility is far from quiet as the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation prepares for opening day. Volunteer construction workers have been tightening up the base lodge, …

The Outside Story: How Toads Survive the Winter

Monday, December 8, 2014

I manage a lodge in the Groton forest on behalf of Vermont State Parks. One warm fall day, while standing outside the lodge, I noticed movement inside one of the window wells around the basement. Realizing that something …

Downhill Ski Deals for the Season

Sunday, December 7, 2014

By Marty Basch Special to the Valley News No season pass? Don’t go for multi-ticket discounts? Not working in the industry or volunteering? Is Luddite your middle name? No problem. If you’re a show and go skier or …

Free Spirit: After Olympics, Hanover’s Krass Looks to Carve Her Niche

Thursday, December 4, 2014

It may eventually become a financial means to an end, but Julia Krass would like for freeskiing to remain fun just a little while longer. A home-schooled high school senior who played a key role on Hanover High’s …

Recreation Briefs: Williams, Zaring Conquer Snow at Turkey Trot 5K

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Woodstock — Former Hanover High School cross country runner Noah Williams came home for the holidays and left with the victory in Thursday’s Zack’s Place Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K. Williams, 19, of Norwich, outpaced a field of 540 runners with a victorious time of 16 minutes, 53.0 seconds. …

A Mountain of Land in Thetford: 208-Acre Conservation Area Donated to UVLT

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thetford — Upper Valley Land Trust Stewardship Director Jason Berard was hopeful a giant white ash tree on Ely Mountain might be the largest of its species in Vermont. Orange County forester David Paganelli joined UVLT staff and …