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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015

A girl feasts on huckleberries during the Schweitzer Huckleberry Festival. (Courtesy photo)

Huckleberry picking banned in Idaho Panhandle forests 10 

PUBLIC LANDS -- In the latest and worst-case scenario of federal government overreach, huckleberry picking will be prohibited on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests in 2015. Although the formal announcement hasn't been made, Priest Lake blogger Pecky Cox spilled the berries today after beating the...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015



Newborn Orca calf L121 swims with its mother, L94, off Westport, Wash., with the NOAA research ship Bell M. Shimada in the background, in this photo taken Feb. 26, 2015. At least four new calves were known to be born to killer whales in Washington waters by the end of March.  ( NOAA Fisheries)

Baby boom of orcas in Washington waters

MARINE MAMMALS -- The endangered population of killer whales that spend time in Washington state waters is experiencing a baby boom with a fourth calf orca documented this winter. The newborn was spotted Monday by whale-watching crews and a naturalist in the waters of British...

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MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2015




SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015

A group of 43 hikers joined Rich Landers for his 18 Downtown Bridges trek, one of eight hikes and three bicycle tours led by groups for the Opening Day for Trails celebration in the Spokane area organized by the Inland Northwest Trails Coalition. (Rich Landers)

Opening Day for Trails a good start

TRAILS -- The outdoor and indoor activities planned for the Opening Day for Trails celebration Saturday in the Spokane area connected a lot of people with outdoor groups and trails in the region. Participation in the 3 bike tours and 8 guided hikes was good...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015


THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015

Schweitzer, Silver ski resorts closing Sunday

WINTERSPORTS -- They fought the good fight, but this strange winter is winning. Schweitzer Mountain and Silver Mountain ski resort swill close for the season after the end of operations on Sunday, officials announced today. The resorts normally are open at least through spring break....

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China Bend climbing area closed for eagle nesting 

CLIMBING -- A portion of the China Bend climbing area has been closed to protect nesting raptors, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area officials announced Wednesday. The closure shuts down an area upstream from Kettle Falls to all public use until July 15. The area includes...

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Wild turkey gobblers court their hens for breeding during spring. (Rich Landers)

Spring gobbler hunting seasons coming up

HUNTING -- Spring wild turkey hunting seasons are knocking on the door. All of the rules for Idaho and Washington are in pamphlets at license dealers or online. Check them out before your hunt. Washington's youth-only season for hunters under age 16 is April 4-5....

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015

Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Steelheading to close on upper Columbia waters

FISHING -- Steelhead and whitefish seasons will close on the upper Columbia River and tributaries on March 31 to protect steelhead spawning, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department said announed Wednesday. The closure affects the mainstem Columbia from Rock Island Dam upstream to Chief Joseph...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 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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