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Sunday, May 23, 2004


Here's a list of all stories that were posted online May 23, 2004

Comic strip includes ‘inappropriate’ image
Today's “Doonesbury” comic strip unfortunately depicts a man's head on a platter in a panel that was created and printed weeks before the recent release of a videotape showing an American's beheading by Iraqi militants.

‘New math’ takes lessons beyond book
The same debate going on in Paul Huffman's ninth-grade math class zings through classrooms coast to coast: Is a new, more collaborative and hands-on approach to learning math better for students, or should teachers stick with traditional, from-the-book problem solving?

Testing its limits
In the early 1900s, Liberty Lake was a premier playground known as “Spokane's Inland Seashore.” A century later, it's one of the region's newest cities and among its fastest growing.

North Idaho officials expect high voter turnout for primary
Ballots packed with contested races are expected to bring many North Idaho voters to the polls for Tuesday's primary elections. Related stories

Drained at the pump
Ben Strength and Damon Borden are struggling to deal with the same problem: rising fuel prices that are eroding the bottom line.

Bomber targets Iraqi official
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A suicide car bomber killed four people and slightly wounded a deputy interior minister Saturday in the second such attack on a senior Iraqi official in Baghdad this week – both claimed by the same al Qaeda-linked group. Related stories

Critique of 9-11 response wins at Cannes
CANNES, France – American filmmaker Michael Moore's “Fahrenheit 9/11,” a scathing indictment of White House actions after the Sept. 11 attacks, won the top prize Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival. Related stories

Lottery numbers
Saturday's Washington Daily Game: 0-0-5. Sat. Lotto: 15-20-32-35-37-42. No winner. Next jackpot $6.8 million


Death of Palestinian girl, 3, pushes incursion toll past 40
JERUSALEM – A 3-year-old Palestinian girl was shot dead near her home in the Rafah refugee camp on Saturday, according to medical officials, pushing the Palestinian fatality toll during a 5-day-old Israeli military offensive above 40.

Vietnam POW set to retrieve comrades’ remains
. DAYTON, Ohio – The last Vietnam prisoner of war still flying in the Air Force will mark his final military flight by traveling to Hanoi to retrieve the remains of fallen comrades.

Secretive jails in Afghanistan to be reviewed
KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S. brigadier general will review the military's secretive prisons in Afghanistan, the Army announced Saturday, as officials in Washington revealed they were looking into the deaths of two more Afghans here. Related stories

Bird enthusiast, author Skutch dies at 99
In 1941, he bought a 178-acre swath of tropical rain forest in Costa Rica that he named Finca Los Cusingos for the fiery-billed aracaris birds nesting all around. For the next 63 years, he lived in a house he built himself, with no car and no telephone or electricity, simply watching the neotropical birds from dawn to dusk.

In passing

Kerry at Simons’ star-studded fund-raiser
NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Singers Paul Simon and Edie Brickell hosted a $1 million fund-raiser with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry Friday night, but when it came to music there were only the sounds of silence. Related stories

Bush boasts of employment boom
WACO, Texas – President Bush is pointing at “Help Wanted” signs in key election states as evidence that “America's jobs engine is running strong.” Related stories

Kerry unsure on nomination delay
BOSTON -- Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said Saturday he has yet to decide whether to delay his nomination at the party's convention to improve his campaign's financial prospects. But he said he wouldn't put himself at a disadvantage. Related stories

Faith-based activists seek to make poverty a priority
WASHINGTON – Faith-based activists who believe that ideas for eliminating poverty should be getting more attention in this year's presidential campaign will hold a three-day conference in Washington starting today.

Bush twins ready to go public after graduations
CRAWFORD, Texas – Jenna and Barbara Bush celebrate their college graduations this weekend in private dinners with their famous parents, but the festivities mark more than academic achievement.

President Bush banged up after bicycle crash
CRAWFORD, Texas – President Bush suffered cuts and bruises early Saturday afternoon when he fell while mountain biking on his ranch, White House spokesman Trent Duffy said.

17,500 may be victims of human trafficking
WASHINGTON – As many as 17,500 people each year are brought to the United States by human traffickers who trap them in slavery-like conditions for forced sex, sweatshop labor and domestic servitude, the Justice Department reported Tuesday.

Romania preparing to end adoptions
BUCHAREST, Romania – Flushed from his game of hide-and-seek, 4-year-old Vasile munches a brownie as his mother recalls the day he entered her life.

Device forces dieters to take smaller bites
ATLANTA – It's hard enough to diet. The latest dieting gimmick makes you go to the dentist, too.

Kids to face more BP checks
New federal guidelines recommend checking children for possible heart and blood vessel damage if they have high blood pressure – a hazard increasing among the very young as Americans put on more and more weight.

Light treatment provides relief for diabetics
MILWAUKEE – It seems almost too simple to work: Significantly reduce pain and numbness that prescription medications can't defeat by passing near-infrared light through the skin.

Iran may have used Chalabi to ‘game the system’
WASHINGTON – Ahmad Chalabi, the onetime White House favorite who has been implicated in an alleged Iranian spy operation, sent Iraqi defectors to at least eight Western spy services before the war in an apparent effort to dupe them about Saddam Hussein's illicit weapons programs, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said. Related stories

Low crime rate gives city a peaceful reputation
In Liberty Lake, police pay attention to the little things. They notice when kids egg a house or skateboard over picnic tables.

Bottled coffee drinks gaining popularity
WASHINGTON -- Beverage companies are brewing up a hot business in cold coffee that is sold like soda.

Keeping their faith
In search of a cure, the two women traveled across an ocean praying for solace from their pain.

Antiques pique interest aplenty
Antique hunters packed into Fairfield's Triangle Grange Hall on Saturday, proving that one person's rusty brass headboard is another person's fanciful yard art.

Citizens decry asphalt plant
ENAVILLE – Is a scenic North Idaho bike trail compatible with a proposed asphalt plant in Idaho's Silver Valley?

Lookin’ for a home
The 3 1/2 -foot long nameless ball python, rescued in a drug bust, didn't get any nibbles.

WWII Memorial special for daughter
Phyllis “Chickie” Shields was a cherub-faced 5-year-old when her mother, Gwendolyn, was handed a Western Union telegram notifying her of her husband's death in the South Pacific.

Guardsmen prepare emotionally for war
BOISE – Before he joined the Idaho Army National Guard, Pfc. John McNabb, 22, was in the Air Force, where throwing grenades wasn't a priority. Related stories

Jones to clinch spot on high court
BOISE -- Former Idaho Attorney General Jim Jones will surely win election to the Idaho Supreme Court in Tuesday's primary election, reversing a trend over the past several Supreme Court elections that saw bitter contests. Related stories

Board pushes for more college graduates
VANCOUVER – Over the next few weeks, the state agency that oversees Washington's public colleges and universities is going on the road touting a radical idea: funding colleges on the basis of how many students graduate rather than how many enroll.

Pratt runs for Otter’s House seat
BOISE -- For “Big Jim” Pratt, running for Congress is personal. “I've embarrassed some Republicans,” said Pratt, who is challenging 1st District Rep. Butch Otter in the GOP primary. “But no one can stop me from running.” Related stories

Audit finds accounting problems
PROSSER, Wash. -- A draft copy of a recent state audit reveals questionable accounting practices and a lack of checks and balances throughout the financial system in this tiny city southeast of Yakima.

Idaho records
For Sunday, May 23, 2004

Reservoir may be spared for now
OROFINO, Idaho -- The Bonneville Power Administration intends to seek stored water in Brownlee reservoir for summer flows rather than draw down Dworshak by an extra 20 feet, officials said.

Arts advocates decry utility ruling
SEATTLE -- A recent court ruling that Seattle City Light should no longer routinely pay for public art could have a major impact on Seattle's cultural life, arts advocates warned.

Democrats want everyone to know who was first
Whether they voted to raise their sales tax for buses on Tuesday or not, Spokane residents have to be happy that Congress finally seems serious about making sales tax deductible again. How serious is debatable, but at least serious enough to take partisan shots at each other over an issue that has been comatose for much of the past 16 years. Related stories

Week in Review
Leslie Walls was a reluctant supporter of a Spokane Transit Authority request for a sales tax increase. “I don't want any new taxes, but basically transit has us between a rock and a hard place,” Walls said while leaving the polls Tuesday. Voters in 2002 had rejected the .3 percent tax, which amounts to 3 cents on a $10 sale.

‘The Spinner’: His innocence, antics are missed
Charles “Dickie” Floyd died earlier this month at the seasoned old age of 80 and was buried next to Myrtle, his mother.

Group says all Americans have stake in uses of western lands
DENVER -- Energy development and other uses of Western land concern everybody because the public lands “belong to all Americans,” said Larry Schweiger, the new president of the National Wildlife Federation.

Benefits upheld for gay couples
SEATTLE -- A King County Superior Court judge has affirmed the city's right to determine employee benefits for married same-sex couples.

Locke plays POG for his legacy
OLYMPIA – Around the arcane and sometimes perplexing world of Olympia, POG isn't a children's game or a tropical fruit drink. Related stories

Pair rescued after falling into river
WALLACE – A 50-year-old man and 2-year-old girl were in serious condition at area hospitals Saturday night, after they were rescued from the Coeur d'Alene River on Friday night.

Mandatory sentencing not justice
A few words on behalf of Dixie Shanahan. Granted, some might consider her a less-than-sympathetic figure. After all, two years ago, Shanahan, a 36-year-old from Defiance, Iowa, killed her husband with a shotgun blast to the head. She left his body decomposing on the bed for a year.

STA cannot get complacent
Our View: The election is over, but officials must be held accountable.

There’s no such thing as a good war
BOSTON – In a few days we'll go back to the good war. Just for a visit. We'll rerun the tape of World War II with respect, gratitude and, maybe, nostalgia. Related stories

Key races will be decided Tuesday
Our View: Election Endorsement Related stories


Fire forecast continues to get worse
Months ago, national fire managers predicted the 2004 wildfire season would be a bad one. Now, they're changing their forecast: It's going to be worse.

Nonprofits betting on casinos’ philanthropy
GRAND RONDE, Ore. – When the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde put their charitable contributions on hold last month amid questions over how the grants were being distributed, nonprofits around the state had to scramble.

Sneva enters Indianapolis Hall of Fame
INDIANAPOLIS -- Gone are the days of dark horn-rimmed glasses, thanks to Lasik eye surgery. Spokane's Tom Sneva, the 1983 Indianapolis 500 winner and a veteran of 23 Indy 500 races, was inducted into the 2004 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in ceremonies on Friday evening.

Merrell shines at regionals
YAKIMA – Tears welled up in Amanda Merrell's eyes and there was a look of amazement on her face.

Trio runs down history
As milestones go, 3:42.22 on a stopwatch hardly resonates with romance. But you work with what you have.

LC comes up just shy of title
BOISE – Here's another one for the it's-a-game-of-inches department: The Timberline High baseball team scored what proved to be the winning run without the benefit of hitting a ball out of the infield.

M’s may be ready for changes
SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners aren't hinting at changes now. They're talking about them. Moments after the bullpen had fallen apart and the offense struggled again in an 8-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers, manager Bob Melvin said it finally may be time for change. Related stories

Miller the difference as Pacers hold off Pistons
INDIANAPOLIS – Reggie Miller did what Reggie Miller does. After missing his first six shots, Miller drilled a 3-pointer with 31.7 seconds left to break the game's final tie and lead Indiana past Detroit 78-74 Saturday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

M’s can’t find relief in 8-4 loss
SEATTLE -- Jason Johnson pitched into the ninth inning and Craig Monroe hit a three-run double in a five-run eighth, leading the Detroit Tigers to an 8-4 win over the slumping Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. Related stories

Look to Playfair for new facility
In 1950, the railroad yards on Trent Avenue were vital to Spokane's economy, the fighter jets and commercial planes took turns landing at Geiger Field, the old ice arena on Maple Street served the hockey team well and the Armory on Third Avenue was home to high school basketball.

On the air
For Sunday, May 23, 2004


Shadow stay in hunt for Open Cup
The Spokane Shadow did their part to earn a berth in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Smarty getting the perks
Smarty Jones has already earned $7.4 million, and a victory in the Belmont on June 5 would mean his second $5-million bonus in five weeks. It would also mean that Smarty Jones would be horse racing's all-time leading money winner.

Legal woes force budget cuts at UW athletic department
SEATTLE -- The University of Washington athletic department is cutting its budget, in part due to the cost of defending itself against a lawsuit brought by former football coach Rick Neuheisel.

Today’s menu


Local boy Campbell on top at Colonial
Chad Campbell learned to play golf in windy conditions growing up in the flatlands of west Texas. So, 20-25 mph winds at the Colonial didn't so much as faze him.

Oregon State’s Buck stops Cougars for sixth save
Dallas Buck earned his sixth save of the season Saturday while completing Oregon State's 3-2 win over Washington State in a Pacific-10 Conference baseball game suspended by rain Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Yanks put Giambi on disabled list
Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi went on the disabled list for the first time in his 10-year career Saturday, giving him two weeks to rest a sprained ankle as well as other aches and pains.

Saturday’s AL games
Twins 9, White Sox 1: At Minneapolis, Brad Radke allowed one run in seven innings and Matthew LeCroy hit a two-run homer to lead Minnesota over Chicago. Justin Morneau went 3 for 3 with his first homer and first two RBIs of the season for Minnesota.

Saturday’s NL games
Pirates 3, Brewers 1: At Pittsburgh, Josh Fogg allowed one run into the seventh inning, and Pittsburgh broke a tie by scoring two runs without a hit in the sixth to beat Milwaukee.

Robinson would be happy to manage Expos again next season
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Even though he doesn't know where the team will play or who will own it, Frank Robinson said Saturday he'd be willing to come back and manage the Expos again next season.

Best free agent: Big Unit
Randy Johnson and Barry Bonds would not seem to have much in common, aside from their inevitable elections to the Hall of Fame.

No place like road for Mariners
The Mariners are batting .283 on the road, and .233 at Safeco Field. Seattle Mariners manager Bob Melvin first said he doesn't know the reason, although he knows what isn't the reason. He ruled out the hitting background, which the new black batter's eye has changed from “bad” to “tremendous.” Then he took a shot at explaining it: Related stories

M’s haven’t written off season quite yet
SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners do not believe they are dead, and therefore their clubhouse does not feel like a morgue. Related stories

Wings of a different sort
If there's one thing a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy looks forward to it's graduation, for obvious reasons.

Career achievement nearly eluded Riley
What Rick Riley remembers above all is an unfamiliar helplessness: he couldn't gain on anybody. Here he was – never more fit, never more dialed into a race, never more aware that this could be his culminating moment on the track – and 300 yards from the finish he couldn't pick up a step on the leaders.

Formula One seeks Far East
The head of Formula One would like to have a Chinese-backed team as early as 2005, and he also wants a Chinese driver for the sport.

Indy gets one more chance to fill field
INDIANAPOLIS -- Tradition might yet triumph at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Going into the final round of time trials today, it's going to take seven drivers to fill the traditional 33-car lineup for the May 30 race. By the end of Saturday's practice, six had rides and had turned laps on the 2 1/2 -mile oval.

Kenseth’s best of the best
CONCORD, N.C. -- With $1 million on the line, Matt Kenseth showed just how aggressive he can be.

Middleton wins 3A softball
Donnae Carrell scattered seven hits, singled and doubled Saturday to lead Middleton to an 8-2 win over Buhl in the title game of the State 3A softball tournament at Timberlake High in Spirit Lake.

GSL struggles at regional tourney
It was not a good weekend for the District 8 boys tennis champions. Doubles champions Matt and Mike Dorr of Mt. Spokane were ousted from the Class 4A Regional tournament Friday after back-to-back losses.

Heart of sprinter spurs Tigers to title
BOISE – Brian Kluss cried talking about the come-from-behind win by Caleb Cazier in the 400 meters Saturday afternoon.

Blackhawks lead way for GSL teams
YAKIMA – If Friday was West Valley's day at the Eastern Regional 3A track meet, Saturday belonged to Cheney.

Vikings win way into title game, but fall 2-0 to Eagle in 5A finale
POCATELLO -- This bridesmaid thing is getting old. For the sixth time in seven years, Coeur d'Alene coach Larry Bieber was the guy forced to give a congratulatory speech to the state champions while picking up his second-place trophy.

LC posts dramatic win in State 4A soccer
Saturday's State 4A boys soccer quarterfinal at Hart Field began with fans huddling under umbrellas and sophomore David Graham sitting on the bench.

Collins sisters lead Kootenai threepeat
BOISE – The Kootenai High girls track team's drive to a State 1A championship threepeat Saturday was powered by AC/DC.

Fisk leads Gorillas to district title
Kayleigh Fisk (10-1) struck out seven, collected three hits and scored twice Saturday as Davenport (21-3) defeated Odessa 11-5 in the championship game of the District 7 B softball tournament at Kettle Falls.

Minnesota in familiar position
Once again, the Minnesota Timberwolves have thrown away their homecourt advantage. It didn't cost them in the last round against Sacramento, but overcoming an early disadvantage against the Lakers looks like a much greater challenge.

Taurasi’s return is triumphant
Diana Taurasi was all business in her return to Connecticut. The former UConn star scored 26 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 65-58 win over the Connecticut Sun in her second pro game and first in the state where she led the Huskies to three straight NCAA titles.

Flyers struck by Lightning
TAMPA, Fla. – Dave Andreychuk was as happy for his teammates as he was for himself.

WSU programs get back in the game
Bottom of the ninth. Two out. Two strikes. Grizzled, hard-throwing Don Parker on the mound. Rookie Len Jessup at the plate.

7E7 Dreamliner to put passengers in lap of luxury
SEATTLE -- The first new American commercial jetliner to be built in more than a decade won't be the biggest or fastest passenger plane in the sky.

Coming Monday
If you're kicking yourself that you didn't buy a house or refinance your current home loan when mortgage rates were at historic lows, stop kicking.

Consumer worries belie stable economy
Consumers can't be blamed for feeling grumpy. With prices rising and interest rates creeping up, bargains are harder to come by and it's too late to land a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage anywhere close to 5 percent.

Week Ahead

Business Beat

NextFest gives us a glimpse of future
If you're fretting that inventors and scientists have stopped dreaming big dreams, the NextFest exposition in San Francisco last weekend showed that's just not so.

This time around, push technology gets nudge it needs
I remember well the enormous hype surrounding “push technology.” The idea was to broadcast information to computer users much as e-mail is sent. Entrepreneurs raised hilariously large sums of money to make it happen.

The Game of Love
LOS ANGELES -- The hot new creation in video games may be procreation. Amid the thousands of new products at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo that featured shooting, racing, punching, slashing and pummeling, a handful of upcoming titles like “The Sims 2” and “Playboy: The Mansion” focused on “love” -- or at least the physical act of it -- as the player's main goal.

by the numbers

Blogger and Movable Type

tech speak
pure play

Pal’s trip is planned, so zip it
Here's something to keep in mind. By the time friends announce summer travel plans, they've usually made up their minds. They're not in the market for second-guessing. Affirmation is what they seek. Related stories

Mitchie Rich
Mitchie Brusco, chocolate mouthed, is springing from bed to bed like a pinball. It's his latest trick.

All in all, Michael is really just a regular guy, Moore or less
Michael Moore is a shy man, a lazy man. A couch potato who watches too much TV and does not read enough literature. Someone with a teeny ego who cannot stand to look at himself on a movie screen.


Ultimately, you have to live with your decision
Dear Carolyn: I have been dating someone for 7 1/2 years. I am in love with him and, what I still find amazing, not at all bored with our relationship, even after all this time. We most likely will get married in the next couple of years. Unfortunately, our families have been less than supportive throughout the years, my parents being particularly bad. They cornered me into yet another discussion of my relationship recently during which they stated that they don't like anything about my boyfriend and that

Shock values
In New York, Howard Stern asks a stripper to unveil her new implants so that he can describe them to his listeners.

Travolta family to put on a show
HERE'S THE SKINNY on how to spend some quality time with John Travolta and the rest of the Travolta clan in Coeur d'Alene this summer:

Singer asks for presidential ideas
On his new single, “If I Was President,” Wyclef Jean outlines his plans for the White House. Now Jean wants to find out what his fans would do if they were president. The singer has set up a message board on AOL for people to offer their ideas.

Emo bands drawing young audience
Emo is the rock music that dare not speak its name. Like goth, it's a shorthand tag -- for “emotional” -- that everyone uses except its devotees. Like goths, emo kids deny the style even exists, or insist that some other band than the one they like is emo.

Kravitz gets back to basics with ‘Baptism’

Music charts

Digging deeper
It's an uncomfortable predicament for a singer and songwriter when she doesn't care much for the songs she writes or the way she sings them.

Inspiration for book about baseball still eludes Grisham
You could call John Grisham a frustrated writer. True, he has enjoyed phenomenal success with a golden shelf of best-selling legal thrillers, including “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Rainmaker,” “The Runaway Jury” and “The Last Juror.”

‘Sweet Land Stories’ riveting tales
Although the five stories in E. L. Doctorow's new collection, “Sweet Land Stories,” are far more conventional in form than his prize-winning novels “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate” or “World's Fair,” the characters who animate them are anything but conventional.

‘Boy Scout’ follows teen’s fascination with nuclear power
Where have all the chemistry sets gone? Like Lincoln Logs and Erector Sets, starter kits for young scientists were almost standard issue for mid-20th century kids, especially boys. With beakers, test tubes and household chemicals, their fertile minds were marshaled for the charge into the Atomic Age.

Best-selling books

Tony Randall had many great supporting roles
To recent generations, he was known for the persnickety fussbudget he played on TV's “Odd Couple.” But Tony Randall, who died last week, was one of the all-time great supporting actors on the American screen.

Auditions planned for Children's Chorus
The Spokane Area Children's Chorus will hold auditions for its 2004-05 season June 1 to 3 at its office, 411 S. Washington St.

Golf tourney will benefit Wishing Star
Join local and national celebrities for the third annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at The Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course June 18.

Take Your Dog to Work Day helps homeless pets
Friday, June 25, is the sixth annual Take Your Dog To Work Day (TYDTW Day), and all dog lovers are urged to participate.

Graduates best brace themselves for moving
A Commencement Address to the College Class of 2004: This is your big day -- the day when you jam four years' worth of unlaundered underwear into a Hefty bag and leave college, prepared by your professors to go out into the Real World.

Spokane calendar

Idaho calendar

Road man talked out of tree rage
‘You're nice people,” the road man says. “I can tell you're not from around here.”

Partnerships: same sex, same problems
Married heterosexual couples could learn a thing or two from same-sex couples. A University of Washington study late last year found that same-sex couples are less negative when resolving conflicts than heterosexual couples, using less belligerence and domineering, and more humor and affection.

All washed out
Nature lovers seeking the beauty in portions of the North Cascades could face a frustrating summer of blocked trails, impassable streams and upended bridges, courtesy of last October's floods.

Blazing new trails
Horse riders are hot to trot for a neglected gem of wilderness just off the four-lane stretch of U.S. Highway 2 between Spokane and Newport.

Advancing civilization puts birds in peril
SEATTLE -- Nearly one-third of Washington's bird species are at risk because of urban sprawl, pollution and other environmental threats, according to a new report from the Audubon Society's state field office.

Fishing reservoir to open
There's something fishy about North Idaho's newest reservoir. It wasn't built for power generation or irrigation or municipal water supplies or livestock.

Field Reports

Kujala top 2003 volunteer
Teaching fishing techniques to youngsters and collecting roadkill from area roadways are among the many activities that led to Jim Kujala, 63, being named Volunteer of the Year by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife this month.

Winding through Italy
The map said northern Italy, but the landscape said Wyoming. In fact, the mountains looming over the body of water off to my right looked just like the Grand Tetons guarding Jenny Lake.

Wrangle up a summer adventure close to home
Dude ranches dot the West like spots on an appaloosa. So why steer toward Montana or Colorado when there's a gem in our own back yard? The Hidden Creek Ranch spreads out across 570 acres surrounded by miles and miles of forest outside Harrison, Idaho.

Whitefish at 100
The tick-a-ta, tick-a-ta, tick-a-ta sound hammers through the evergreen forest. Then an eerie laugh, nervous and repeated, echoes from boulder to stream. A flash of red identifies the interminable pileated woodpecker, once rare around communities of northwest Montana.

Experience wolves of Yellowstone through summer programs
Hear the call of the wild during educational summer programs at Yellowstone National Park, one of the few places in the nation where wolves can be seen running free.

How to get boosted from simple to superb
Upgrade. The word is like music to my ears. I live for the business-class bump-up, the better-positioned table, the superior room. Especially the suite talk.

Summer plans include close to home car trips
This summer Americans are going to load up the car and hit the road big-time, according to a new survey and an academic forecast. The predictions fit with an ongoing trend in which short close-to-home getaways are replacing two-week stays far from home.