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Wolf-killed sheep from Dashiell flock on private timber company land grazing lease in southern Stevens County in August 2014. (Stevens County Cattlemen's Association)

Enviros sue to prevent wolf control in Washington

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Turning a cold shoulder to the social and economic issues of wolf recovery, five environmental groups including The Lands Council based in Spokane say they have filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program. The groups are...

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A whitetail buck, shown as it was found after Dan Hoke of Spokane bagged it during the rut near Lake Pend Oreille toward the end of Idaho's rifle deer season. (Dan Hoke)

Idaho big-game hunting rule changes proposed

HUNTING -- Idaho hunters have until Sunday March 8 to comment of proposed changes to state big-game hunting rules and seasons. Biologists from across the state will answer questions about the proposals during two live web chats set for Wednesday, March 4, from 11:30 a.m....

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Spokane River Impressions exhibit coming to Dodson's Jewelers Gallery.

Spokane River: What image comes to mind?

RIVERS -- Spokane nature landscape photographer Charles Gurche is giving us a new way to look at the Spokane River that many of us think we see every day. Check out his Spokane River Impressions photo exhibit at the Dodson's Jewelers Gallery, 516 W Riverside...

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Mountain biker Steve Weinberger follows the trail markers on a single-track section through a basalt-lined canyon on the Odessa-Pacific Lake Trail near Odessa, Wash. Bobs Lakes in the bottom have been mostly dry for years. (Rich Landers)

Scablands trails bloom for explorers in March

TRAILS -- Trails through the sage-steppe scablands of Eastern Washington are among the first to welcome hikers and mountain bikers in March. Sunday was a perfect day to bike the single-track and double track through along the basalt-rimmed canyon and blooming buttercups of the Odessa-Pacific...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2015

Snowmaking machines help boost lower than normal snow coverage at Schweitzer Mountain Resort in February 2015. (Courtesy)

49 Degrees North ski passes honored by other resorts 

WINTERSPORTS -- Season pass holders at 49 Degrees North aren't being left out in the warm-er than normal weather that's forced the northeastern Washington resort to shut down lifts until more snow falls. While waiting for winter to return to the mountain, several other resorts...

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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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