Toppled trees provide primo bark beetle habitat, prompting temporary Mineral Ridge recreation area closure

As the trail switchbacked and gained elevation, the damage from January’s windstorm appeared.

“This is where it starts to pick up,” said Debbie Paul, a Bureau of Land Management forester in Coeur d’Alene.

Paul was hiking the Mineral Ridge National Recreation Trail, a popular 3.3-mile trail near Coeur d’Alene, in late February. A massive January windstorm toppled hundreds of trees in the 206-acre recreation area. Wind gusts as high as 61 mph splintered and ripped mostly Douglas fir and grand fir trees from the ground. Now these trees are scattered like matchsticks across the hillside.

“I mean, it looks

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Covid-19 vaccination, testing proof should only be ‘temporary’ travel requirements, IATA says

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Travel restrictions that require proof of Covid-19 vaccines or negative tests should be lifted once the pandemic is under control, the new head of the International Air Transport Association said Wednesday.

“These are measures that may be necessary as temporary arrangements while we go through this crisis, but once we’re through it, we want to see

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La Jolla Recreation Center inches toward reopening, Cuvier Street vacation and temporary bocce court

With San Diego County in the red tier of the state’s coronavirus reopening system, those who oversee the La Jolla Recreation Center are taking steps to prepare for its reopening, possibly before summer.

No opening date is set, but “our entire department is having weekly meetings to discuss … how to open up recreation centers, how to have social distancing markers, how to have entry points and exit points,” San Diego Parks & Recreation Department area manager Rosalia Castruita told the La Jolla Community Recreation Group, the Rec Center’s advisory board, at its March 24 meeting.

Castruita said opening the

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Blackburn Rovers man seals temporary departure

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Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tom White has joined National League side Hartlepool United on loan, the Championship club have confirmed.

White spent the first half of this season in League Two with Bolton Wanderers, having joined the Trotters on a temporary basis back in the summer transfer window.

But after making 14 appearances in all competitions for Ian Evatt’s side, White returned to Blackburn at the end of the January transfer window, and is now set to go in search of first-team football elsewhere.

It was announced on Friday that White

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