We sent out a reader survey late last year, and you overwhelmingly asked for a return to the traditional Thursday Outdoors section.
We listened and now its all here well, almost. Weve included the most popular, relevant and timely information that outdoor folks can use, and what people asked for most in the survey.
First off, you may notice theres no river, reservoir and snow reports below. Dont panic, theyre at idahostatesman.com/outdoors. Scroll to the bottom and look on the right side for Snow, rivers and reservoirs.
We know thats good information, but weve debated back and forth the wisdom of publishing it once per week while knowing its at least 24 hours old by the time you read it.
We decided its better to offer that data online so its available anytime you want it and in real time.
We also brought the popular Photo Challenge and Natural Wonder back into the Outdoors section, and you will find Zimos and Rogers columns on the back page alternating each week.
You will also notice we retired some old traditional features, such as Tackle Tip and Vektor Tables. We wanted to free up some space for other things.
You may also see the Makin Tracks feature is missing on the front page of Outdoors. Thats actually so you can get more information about upcoming events and activities. Were revamping the calendar to make planning easier and get as many events as possible into Outdoors, which was difficult in the limited space available on the front page.
Were asking for everyones help to keep folks informed about cool events happening in the Treasure Valley and beyond. You can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Preference will be given to events open to the public for free or a nominal fee.
We will periodically run a list of Treasure Valley clubs and their meeting schedules as space allows.
But our continued focus is keeping you informed about whats happening outdoors and getting you excited to go out and have fun.
Were doing it in print on Thursdays and online daily at Idahostatesman.com/outdoors and on our blog at voices.idahostatesman.com/outdoors, which you can also access through the Statesmans home page.
We will also be reaching out on Facebook and Twitter.
Weve been the Treasure Valleys leading source of outdoors news and information for a long time, and we plan to continue that tradition. We hope you continue joining us both in print and online.