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Dennis Nicholls Guides us Into the Selkirks

Put together about 4,000 square miles of territory, seven months of time, 336 pages and a man with legs and lungs Sandy Compton once described ... Full story

The Scenic Route

Dancing on stone ... Full story

Trout Lake & Big Fisher Lake

This year my wife and I spent the Fourth of July weekend backpacking. For me, every day is Independence Day when out in the backcountry ... Full story

Little Ibex

It was a day that screamed “Blue!” The sky, from horizon to horizon, was one color only – except where the fiery sun’s reddish orb ... Full story

Avista Working to Bring Network of Trails to the Area

   It’s payback time for Avista Corp. In 1999, as part of their re-licensing agreement on the Cabinet Gorge and Noxon dams, Avista and 26 ... Full story

Avista Eyes Trail Potential

Avista has begun a trail feasibility study to look at the opportunities for trails and trail improvement along the Clark Fork River corridor from Thompson ... 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…