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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2010

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2010

Anti-wolfer faces felony elk charges

HUNTING -- Tony Mayer of Twin Falls, Idaho, -- founder of the anti-wolf website SaveElk.com -- is charged with illegally killing a bull elk with antlers so large the crime qualifies as a felony.A judge on Tuesday ruled that Mayer must come back to Blaine...

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Larry Dowd ( back center ) and James Mittelstadt ( rear right ) of Rathdrum, Idaho learn about avalanche beacons in an Avalanche Awareness Class during a demonstration at the Fourth of July snowmobile area today.  (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Early-season avalanches claiming victims

WINTER SPORTS -- The season's first big snow storms had barely blanketed the mountains before this year's first avalanche deaths were recorded in the West.Three people already have been killed.On Sunday, a Colorado backcountry skier died in a 15-foot avalanche in Clear Creek County between...

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Winter sport clinics and films in Sandpoint

WINTER SPORTS -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks and Idaho Conservation League are sponsoring a winter backcountry film festival Friday and winter outdoor skills workshops on Saturday in Sandpoint.Winter backcountry films will be shown at the Panida Theater Friday starting at 7 p.m.On Saturday,...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

Operator sought for Stehekin resort

NATIONAL PARKS -- Managing a 21-room lodge can't be easy anywhere, but would it be be more enjoyable in paradise?Check out this story on the National Park Service search for someone to run the Stehekin resort at the wilderness end of Lake Chelan in North...

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Fish-Wildlife director hints at cuts

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- None of Washington's state government agency heads is making any friends by suggesting possible program cuts in order to comply with voter wishes to reduce government -- and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlfie Director Phil Anderson is no exception.After the elections,...

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An Animal Tracks Casting Kit from imaginechildhood.com (Imaginechildhood.com)

Gifts greenies are giving their kids

WILDLIFE EDUCATION -- Here's a list of cool educational stuff to consider getting a kid 4-9 years old for a holiday gift, regardless of whether you're an environmentalist or someone who's afraid of that title but still loves the outdoors.The list that comes from imaginechildhood.com...

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County Commission ready to review Conservation Futures picks

CONSERVATION — At 9:30 this morning, the Spokane County Commissioners will hear the final recommendations in this round of nominations for Conservation Futures acquisitions.The 36 nominations for Spokane County Conservation Futures land acquisitions have been winnowed to a top-10 list.The commission plans to review the...

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Deer season's over; it's time to feast!

HUNTING -- Nothing celebrates a successful hunting season more than putting the meat on the table. Hunters work hard for their game, and they pay respect to their effort and their animal when they take care to serve it with a flair."Venison is the crowning...

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Hunters must file season-end reports

HUNTING -- Washington Fish and Wildlife officials adding incentive to get hunters to file their manadatory post-hunt report forms by phone or online.Hunters who file reports will avoid hassles when they try to buy a license next year -- and they'll have a chance to...

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MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

The Obama administration wants to set aside more than 200,000 square miles in Alaska for polar bears habitat.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

187,000 acres designated for polar bears

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles in Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, an action that could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas. The total, which includes large areas of sea ice off...

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Northern pikeminnows are targeted in a BPA program to reduce predation on endangered salmon.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Spokane pikeminnow angler earns 22K

FISHING -- Spokane-area angler Ed Williams earned $22,374 in this year's Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Program, according to information just received from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.This is an update from last week's blog post revealing that the Bonneville Power Administration paid out...

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Multi-mountain ski passes almost gone

ALPINE SKIING -- Only 20 of the multi-mountain ski passes being offered by Ski the NW Rockies are still available, the group says this afternoon.The pass offers 25 lift tickets for $750 (plus tax). That's $30 a ticket.The lift tickets can be used one at...

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Off-roader fined for mudding

FOUR-WHEELING -- A 22-year-old Ellensburg man who was outed by disgruntled off-road vehicle enthusiasts was ordered last week to pay $2,000 to help restore a Reecer Creek meadow that he extensively damaged with his pickup.Jose Mora Villanueva, 22, was charged in U.S. District Court in...

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Lake Coeur d'Alene attracts one of the largest concentrations of nesting osprey in North America.  However, the birds leave the area in fall to winter in far-flung warmer destinations.
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Lingering osprey gets taste of winter

BIRDING -- Snow buntings and a late-lingering osprey were in the birder buzz this weekend.One person in the Inland Northwest Birders group reported counting 160 snow buntings during a cruise through Lincoln County. These are the small birds -- grey-brown backs, white fronts and black...

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Poachers keep wildlife officers busy

HUNTING/FISHING -- Spokane-area wildlife enforcement officers are still in high gear even though most big-game hunting seasons area winding down.Here are a few highlights from the past week's officer reports:An anonymous tip led officers to a man who had five deer hanging in his south...

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Wolf study strains MSU ties with wildlife agency

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- An official with the state's wildlife agency has told Montana State University’s president that cooperation between the two entities could end due to one of the school’s scientists challenging the agency’s conclusions on how significantly a proposed wolf hunt would reduce wolf...

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This is one of the photos bowhunter Dave Bradt snapped of the fossilized neck vertebrae of what paleontologists think is a plesiosauer --  la ong-necked, four-finned aquatic reptile that once roamed the Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge when it was part of a vast inland sea -- the Cretaceous Seaway of North America -- roughly 75 million years ago. (Dave Bradt)

Elk elude hunter, but not dino fossil

PALEONTOLOGY -- Montana hunter Dave Bradt, 43, wasn’t able to tag the bull elk he wanted to shoot while bowhunting for elk in the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in September. Instead, he found the fossilized remains of an ancient sea creature, according to...

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In this  May 21 photo, water pours over the spillway of the Elwha Dam west of Port Angeles, Wash. (Associated Press)

Revival of rivers begins in 2011

RIVER RESTORATION -- According to the conservation group American Rivers, 2011 will be the ‘year of the river’ because of the unprecedented number of major river restoration projects happening nationwide.After more than a decade of ground work, two of the world’s biggest river restoration projects...

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Columbia barbless hook rule scrapped

FISHING -- Washington salmon and steelhead fishermen will not be required to use barbless hooks in the Columbia River beginning Jan. 1, according to the Vancouver Columbian.Phil Anderson, state fish and wildlife director, said Friday he will issue an emergency rule rescinding the barbless hook...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 5, 2010

Scout, Rich Landers' English Setter, retrieves a Hungarian (gray) partridge. (Rich Landers)

Short hike plans fowled by bird dog

HUNTING -- I meant to take a relatively brief hike today from the Snake River up to the canyon rim and back. But I made the mistake of bringing my shotgun and following my English setter. I think we saw the whole freaking canyon, up-down...

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SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 2010

Brian and Ann Grow leave the groomed trails behind to enjoy some old-style skiing on skier-made tracks around Shadow Mountain on a brilliant Saturday at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

Mount Spokane nordic groomer finally up and running

NORDIC SKIING -- Whether on groomed trails or on the tracks skiers made themselves, the cross-country skiing at Mount Spokane State Park was stunning today.The large Bombardier snowcat grooming was finally running well enough to smooth the snow on cross-country ski trails at Mount Spokane...

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Eagle gathering grows at Lake CdA 

WILDLIFE -- At least four 65 bald eagles are gathered in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene for their annual feast of spawning kokanee. BLM wildlife biologist Carie Hugo counted 39 adults and 25 immature eagles on Friday.“I know I missed some...

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