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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

Stevens Pass is offering $12 lift tickets on Super Bowl Sunday. (Courtesy)

Be the 12th player on the slopes - for $12

WINTERSPORTS -- Acknowledging that there might be some serious competition for visitors this weekend, Stevens Pass Ski Area is deflating ticket prices on Super Bowl Sunday. In a Re-Peat performance from last year, the resort is offering $12 lift tickets good for 4 hours --...

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Rafting whitewater rapids on the main Salmon River in Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness. (Rich Landers)

Idaho whitewater river trip applications due Saturday

WATERSPORTS -- River permits or the region’s world-class rafting streams are among the most coveted recreation reservations in the West -- and Saturday, Jan. 31, is the deadline to apply. River runners sometimes can obtain no-show permits for the Selway, Salmon, Middle Fork Salmon and...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

Wilderness vs. monument for Boulder White-Clouds?

PUBLIC LANDS -- Some Idaho groups are supporting national monument status for the Boulder-White Clouds rather than a compromise wilderness bill. Groups weigh in on Idaho U.S. Rep. Simpson's wilderness bill Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch introduced legislation last week to prevent...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

A gray wolf is seen on the run near Blacktail Pond in Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyo. The Obama administration on Friday June 7, 2013, proposed lifting federal protections for gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 states, a move that would end four decades of recovery efforts.  (Yellowstone National Park)

Wolf advocates petition for threatened status 16 

PREDATORS -- Overlooking the most astonishing if not over-successful recoveries of wildlife under the Endangered Species Act, pro-wolf groups are still trying to argue that the effort to reintroduce wolves to the Northern Rockies has failed. Wildlife advocates petitioned federal officials today to reclassify gray...

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Snowmobilers share groomed trails with recreationists on foot and sometimes wildlife. (FILE)

Forest Service sets rule for oversnow vehicles 

WINTERSPORTS -- Just-released news of special interest to backcountry skiers and snowmobilers alike: The U.S. Forest Service today released the final policy for managing snowmobile and other "over-snow" vehicle use on national forests and grasslands. As directed by court order, the policy requires that roads,...

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An angler holds a fine Clearwater steelhead caught with the help of Clarkston-based fishing guide Toby Wyatt, right. (Courtesy)

Steelheading improves in Idaho's Clearwater River

FISHING -- Anglers fishing the Clearwater River are enjoying a healthy increase in the number of steelhead returning, according to the Idaho Fish and Game Department. After a lackluster season in 2013-2014, the number of “B-run” steelhead is up in 2015, and anglers are taking...

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MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015

20 moose tags added to North Idaho hunts

HUNTING -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission has set seasons for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goats for 2015, adding moose tags for the Panhandle Region and adding new hunts farther south for bighorn sheep. The new rules will include the following changes: Panhandle...

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A grizzly bear feeds in a Western Montana farm field with a herd of cattle on June 17, 2014.  (Jaimie Johnson)

Man fined $30K for shooting grizzlies 

ENDANGERED SPECIES — The Montana man's excuse that grizzlies were a threat to his grandchildren didn't fly in court. Everett Skunkcap, 75, accused of killing three grizzly bears near his Browning home last summer has been ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution. The U.S. Attorney’s...

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Videographer Jay Krajic filming in the White Clouds mountains for Idaho Public TV's "Outdoor Idaho" program. 
 (Rick Gerrard / Idaho Public Television)

Senators work on central Idaho wilderness plan

WILDERNESS — Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Risch derailed a 2010 wilderness bill but says he’s working now with U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson on a scaled-down version as others attempt to persuade President Barack Obama to designate a central Idaho area a national monument. Risch, a...

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Boater registrations fund Idaho access sites 

BOATING – Idaho boat registrations, which must be renewed starting Jan. 1, help fund county recreational boating services and marine law enforcement activities, the state Department of Parks and Recreation says. Idaho allows boaters to decide what counties receive their registration dollars. The annual registration...

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Sportsmen rally against public land transfers 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Sportsman's groups are organizing a voice against efforts in Western states to eliminate federal control of public land. Lawmakers in Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming are spending considerable money and effort in attempts to get state control of federal public lands within...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2015

Priest Lake Search and Rescue volunteers practice building emergency fires. (Rich Landers)

Priest Lake Search and Rescue learning some lessons

SURVIVAL -- Fairchild's Air Force survival instructors are schooling Priest Lake Search and Rescue in the art of survival this weekend. Everybody's a volunteer in this group, getting ready to help other outdoors folks out should they need it. By the way, everyone should practice...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2015

Raccoon tracks in fresh wet snow near downtown Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Fresh, wet snow perfect for tracking critters

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I was late into the office this morning, delayed by urgent messages from a variety of critters. Last night's light, wet snow created a fresh page for wildlife to tell the stories of their early-morning lives for trackers to read. Conditions are...

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