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Mountain Bluebird

Your new favorite species! ... Full story

American Redstart

Shock and Awe in Action! ... Full story

White-Crowned Sparrow

An Above-Average, Average Bird ... Full story

Brewer's Blackbird

Spring arrives on the wings of returning birds ... Full story

Cassin's Finch

The other rosefinch ... Full story

The Spruce Grouse

Living Life with Altitude - A Bird in Hand ... Full story

Calliope Hummingbird

The wee-est of the wee ... Full story

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

This bird’s the bane of bird-feeders everywhere! ... Full story

Ruffed Grouse

The scariest bird in the woods! ... Full story

Gary's Quest for the Snowy Owl

It began simply with a Sunday edition of the Missoulian. The headline announced, “Snowy Owls: Parliament is in Session in Polson.” The occurrence of an ... Full story

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Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

I was born a poor German child in the suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on a cold April eve in 1958, on the heels of the greatest event in the history of the state: the hiring of Vincent T. Lombardi to the Green Bay Packers. Hence began my love affair with the game of football and my team in green and gold. Due to my father’s (100%) disability with MS, we moved to sunny San Diego, CA in the summer of 1968 to escape the bitter cold of those Wisconsin winters and its negative effect on my Dad's disease. While in San Diego I found not only my love for beautiful beaches and beautiful girls, but also for the stage. From junior high through college at San Diego State University, I was performing and directing in three to five theatrical productions per year. Between theatre and football I managed to squeeze in distance running as an avocation, competing in numerous 10k races, half marathons and finally the San Diego Marathon. Realizing that the chances of becoming a fabulously rich and famous actor were few and far between, I decided on an advertising career in the newspaper business as my vocation. I began at a weekly publication, then a daily, then the #1 monthly senior publication in the country, Senior World Newsmagazine, where I became their Regional Sales Manager. Looking for a “quality of life” change for our family, my wife I found Sandpoint, Idaho in 1993 and moved here with our son in 1994. I worked for the Daily Bee and then in the car business before finding my niche as Director of Sales and Advertising for Keokee Creative Group in 2001, where I remain today. In the Fall of 2006, Trish found my knowledge of sport, my gift of gab and my theatrical spin on life in the sporting world a match for the River Journal, and I’ve been writing my sports column ever since. Still waiting for that call from Sports Illustrated, though. Of course now that Ric Reilly has retired, maybe there’s a chance…