Outdoors blog

TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015

Week-old pheasant chicks huddle in an incubator before they can be released. (Steve Hanks)

Pheasant chicks available to raise and release

GAME BIRDS – The Inland Northwest Wildlife Council is distributing pheasant chicks to people who have facilities to raise 25 or more birds for around six weeks before releasing them into the wild. The council provides the day-old birds in lots of 25 and charges...

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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2015

SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2015


Prescribed burns planned in Upper Coeur d'Alene River area. (U.S. Forest Service)

Prescribed burns to start in Upper CdA River area 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Hikers and anglers need to be aware that the Forest Service will begin prescribed burning in the Upper Coeur d'Alene River area starting Sunday, May 3. Here's the notice from the Idaho Panhandle National Forests: Beginning on Sunday, May 3, 2015 firefighters...

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015

Chart shows elevation of water at Lake Roosevelt. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt water level to decrease slightly

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt is likely decrease slightly this week for maintenance at Grand Coulee Dam. However, significant further drawdowns are not required to handle runoff, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says. The level was 1251 feet above sea level today, May...

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Singer Chris Ellengberger entertains runners during Bloomsday 2014 on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in Spokane, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Bloomsday mile-by-mile course guide online

FITNESS -- Bloomsday is more than a run or walk to celebrate fitness. It's an extravaganza -- as you can see here in a Bloomsday mile-by-mile guide (use it in your mobile device!) prepared by S-R graphic artist Molly Quinn. In case you're wondering, Molly...

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Mudders foul Colville NF meadow -- again 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Some knuckle-dragging knucklehead in a four-wheel-drive vehicle left his mark in a Colville National Forest meadow this month. The meadow had been torn up by "mudding" enthusiasts in a few years ago. The Forest Service has worked to restore the meadow with...

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Geologist and Eastern Washington University alumnus Bruce Bjornstad joined forces with one of his former professors, EWU Professor Emeritus of Geology Eugene Kiver, to write On the Trail of the Ice Age Floods: The Northern Reaches" (Keokee).  (Courtesy photo)

Ice Age Floods group offers lecture, tour

LANDSCAPES -- A free lecture and field trip (by bus) are scheduled in May by the Cheney-Spokane Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute. LECTURE: May 8, 7 p.m. at Auditorium, JFK Library, Eastern Washington University, JFK Library Auditorium in Cheney. Dr. Gene Kiver will...

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Before they were trout fishermen, many anglers throughout the region cut their teeth on species such as crappie and sunfish. (Rich Landers)

Take a kid fishing, hook him/her for life

FISHING -- In Thursdays package of Fishing 2015 stories, I used a file photo of a successful young angler for a story about crappie fishing. It struck a chord with Mike Meseberg of Mar-Don Resort on Potholes Reservoir: Thephoto is of Levi Meseberg as a...

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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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