Surfing on snow

A powder surfer pauses during his hike up a mountain. Photo by Craig McCollum

For Luke Rieker, powder surfing represents a journey backwards — a de-evolution of snowboarding, to a simpler, purer, more intuitive ride.

Utah lawmakers push ahead on return of public lands

Orem Republican Rep. Keven Stratton speaks during a committee hearing Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Utah lawmakers have backed a resolution urging the state to be prepared to sue the U.S. government if Washington leaders don't start handing over federal land to the state. Members of a House natural resources committee approved the proposal, despite concern from one lawmaker that it could be costly and hurt the environment. Stratton, says he made changes because he thinks the Republican-controlled Congress and White House may be willing to hand over the land to Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah lawmakers backed a resolution on Friday urging the state to be prepared to sue the U.S. government if Washington leaders don’t start handing over federal land to the state.

Raccoons find a home living near humans

Raccoons are skilled climbers, curious and yes, meddlesome. They are fortunate to also be charismatic, cute and Raccoons are skilled climbers, curious and yes, meddlesome. They are fortunate to also be charismatic and cute and that sometimes buys them a little tolerance. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

I was saddened to see that the unmoving lump in the middle of the road was a raccoon, all its charm snuffed out by a car tire. Later inspection proved it to be a male, possibly drawn to its unfortunate demise while searching out a female to mate with.

Be flexible to beat the late-winter blues

Julie Painter skis a trail from West Yellowstone, Mont., into Yellowstone National Park last winter. Because it's still full-on winter in the West Yellowstone area, trails are in decent shape. (Jerry Painter photo)

It seems to hit about this time every year. Late-winter blues. Blame it on the rain, icy slopes, hard-packed trails, limited sun, cabin fever or a grouchy spouse (oh, was it my turn to do the dishes?).

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