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Politics + Spring + Butte = Montana Democrats’ Prom

On Saturday I attended that time-honored American spring ritual: the prom. Granted, I'm ten years too old for the real thing. But the beauty of this particular prom is that the older you are, the cooler you are—because this was the Montana Democrats’ version of prom, the annual Mansfield-Metcalf dinner in Butte. This prom featured coiffed mullets, shiny curls, and stiff Stetsons. Diamonds set off battered-looking bolo ties. Ballgowns swished next to Wranglers, and minks sat next to Carhartt coats—usually on different people, too. My take on the night's theme: “sequins and denim.” As Hillary Clinton said in her speech at the dinner on Saturday night, the only party to rival Butte’s infamous Saint Paddy’s Day is the Democratic Party. And, boy, was she ever right.

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A Ritual Complete: Montana Snowbowl’s Last Day

The beginning of April signifies many things for different people: Easter and chocolate bunnies, rebirth and renewal, and, of course, the tail-end of Montana Snowbowl’s lease with the U.S. Forest Service. In some circles, the latter event involves almost as much ritual and tradition as religious ceremonies. Folks came up to “The Bowl” in colors and costumes of all kinds to celebrate—and properly mourn—the end of the ski season on Sunday, April Fool’s Day. Bikinis, fur coats, pirate costumes, Hawaiian shirts, evening gowns, and plenty of crazy hats decorated the slopes. Discarded capes, pajamas, '80s outfits and boas littered the slushy snow around the Last Run Inn as revelers soaked up the spring sun (and the remaining Snowbowl beer) after removing their skis and snowboards for the last time.

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Spring is the Squishy Season for Skunks and Writers

Spring is around the corner when I open the bedroom window and inhale the tang of squished skunk. Why do Le Pews cross the road? I know, I know—to get to the other side. Trouble is, as all our noses know, a bunch of them never make it before a car sends them to squishyville. Their jelly-roll bodies litter our highways and byways. Their final odors cast a pall over what should be, according to the Hallmark people, the soft season of love.

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Fish and Game Closes Spring Salmon Season, Opens Summer Season

Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced yesterday that it closed spring Chinook salmon fishing statewide. Alas, the harvest target for spring hatchery Chinook has been reached. Anglers had reached the limit, and fish experts were concerned that additional fishing would exceed the state's harvestable share (about 1,000). Fishers have no reason to be blue, however, for a summer Chinook salmon season was approved by the commission for the South Fork Salmon River starting June 29.

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On Liftlines and Legacies

The birds are out in force in Boulder. They're singing loud enough that I don't need to set my alarm. The windows have been open all night and it's warm enough at 6AM to enjoy the sunrise without shivering. This morning's light offered a rainbow between me and the Flatirons. And I'm shedding the first layer of the season's first sunburn. Spring comes early this year in Boulder, or rather, there still seems like there's plenty winter to enjoy, especially after this winter. Several resorts closed last week, and with a few exceptions, most will stop the lifts and wish the Ski Patrol well after this weekend.

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It’s almost like spring…

With the recent snow, then melt, then rain...it's almost like spring. The hills are turning green and rippling with white cascades where once were only rocky gullies. This waterfall is bursting over the lip of a basalt cliff in the Columbia Hills.

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Don Gisselbeck: Spring Skiing Guru

When I walked into the Bike Dr. on North Higgins this morning I wasn’t looking for a check up, I was there to talk skiing. Don’s eyes sparkled behind his wire rim glasses as he looked up from a disassembled bike. “Skied Gash Point Saturday,”? he said. “Six, 700 feet of sweet spring skiing.”? With the end of June just around the corner skiing is the last thing on most Missoulians’ minds, but for some of us a skiing addiction is not something that fades with the passing of winter. The mercury is rising to uncomfortable temperatures in the lowlands and the allure of a few hard-earned turns is stronger than ever. At this time of year skiers can expect long approaches to short, stalwart snowfields and shaded chutes. When it comes to these bastions of winter’s bounty there is no one more knowledgeable than Don Gisselbeck. He is a spring skiing guru of western Montana.

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