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SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2015

FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015

THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2015

A cutthroat trout from Kelly Creek in the Clearwater National Forest of Idaho. (Rich Landers)

Clearwater Collaborative says working together works

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Clearwater Collaborative, a working group of various interests, from recreation and conservation to the timber industry, has issued a report listing its accomplishments in working out management issues for the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forests. Even though some will say they come...

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A crane on the Heidi Renee dredges sediment from the Clearwater River.  (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

Corps completes dredging in Snake-Clearwater rivers

RIVERS -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today completed maintenance dredging in the barging channel and two port berthing areas in the Snake and Clearwater rivers where accumulated sediment had interfered with navigation. "Dredging was performed to meet a current immediate need to re-establish...

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Dan Sumner, left, was paired with boat owner Tyler Brinks during a Spokane Bass Club tournament.

Free 'Fishing Frenzy' seminars set for Saturday

Six bass and walleye seminars are scheduled on Saturday, Feb. 28, during the February Fishing Frenzy at Spokane Valley Marine, 7915 E. Sprague Ave. The presentations will be made by local anglers as well as Bassmaster pro John Murray. The one-day event involves prize giveaways...

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Jenna Jambeck, an environment engineering professor at the University of Georgia, holds a shopping bag filled with plastic trash from the ocean, right, and a plastic baggie with trash collected last fall from a clean up at Panama Beach, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.  Each year about 8.8 million tons of plastic ends up in the world oceans, a quantity much higher than previous estimates, according to a new study that tracked marine debris from its source.  (Associated Press)

Plastic bits in steelhead's gut worries angler 

FISHING -- Somebody's trashing our fisheries. Something to think about next time you're tempted to buy bottled water or vote on a plastic bag law. B.C. angler snags steelhead, finds guts filled with plastic A British Columbia man who caught a steelhead last week on...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2015


Report: Oregon wolves multiplied, expanded in 2014 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Oregon has released its draft 2014 Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report and it's available online. The report, required by the federal government for states dealing with gray wolf recovery, includes the 2014 update for Oregon’s Wolf Population. Nine wolf packs...

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Fly fishermen work the waters of the Missouri River near Wolf Creek, Mont., a stretch popular for trout fishing. Researchers say the overall size of the trout is remarkably large.  (File Associated Press)

Montana to survey Missouri River anglers

FISHING -- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks will interview anglers starting in March 2 on the Missouri River between Holter Dam and the town of Cascade to get a better idea of angler usage and their opinions about the popular trout fishing river. The creel...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2015


An elk is one of about 20 wildlife species photographed by motion-activated cameras as they came into bait stations in the Idaho Panhandle region mountains. The project is monitored by the Multi-Species Basline Initiative research organized by the Idaho Fish and Game Department. (Multi-species Baseline initiative)

Idaho lawmakers vote 5-4 to protect wild big game 

WILDLIFE -- There's good news and bad news this morning for big-game hunters and wildlife lovers from the 2015 Idaho Legislature: Thank God -- The Senate Agriculture Committee voted today to reject a controversial rule change easing restrictions on importation of farmed elk into the...

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Cascade Mountain Men hold 50th annual show

SHOOTING -- The 50th annual Muzzleloading Arms and Pioneer Craft Show sponsored by the Cascade Mountain Men is set for March 7-8 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Wash. The event is billed as a pre-1840's Walmart with some 300 tables filled with all...

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MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2015



Baby becomes motivator for hiking parents

HIKING -- The photo with the Sunday Outdoors story of a beaming baby on his mother's back is worth a thousand words about an online social group that gets new parents out of the house and on the trail. MaryBeth Bryant, who organized the mushrooming...

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Idaho plan seeks to protect sage grouse habitat 

THREATENED SPECIES -- The effort continues to avoid the restrictions that would go along with having an endangered native bird on western prairies. The Idaho Department of Lands has put forward a draft plan to protect sage grouse habitat on state endowment land as part...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 21, 2015


Tundra swans risk their lives visiting the Silver Valley, as mining waste pollution kills some of them every year. (File)

Tundra swans flocking to region's open water

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Recent unseasonably warm weather has invited birds into the region, including tundra swans that are finding open water from eastern Washington into the Silver Valley of North Idaho. Their migration farther north isn't likely to kick into high gear for awhile, but...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2015

Wolf bills debated in Washington Legislature 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- House and Senate committees in the 2015 Washington Legislature considered bills Wednesday to deal with the issue of livestock-killing wolves in eastern Washington, according to a report by Jacob Rummel of Washington State University's Murrow News Service The bills are aimed at...

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Coffeepot Lake water levels unusually low in February 2015. (U.S. Bureau of Land Management)

Coffeepot Lake boat launch closed by low water

BOATING -- Low water levels will prevent the boat lauch at Coffeepot Lake from being opened to anglers when the lake's fishing season opens March 1. U.S. Bureau of Land management officials say the unusually low water levels would lead to boat trailers getting stuck...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2015


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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.



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