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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Bill would expand Alpine Lakes Wilderness 

WILDERNESS -- Members of Washington's congressional delegation are making another attempt to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Cascades, according to a Seattle Times report. Republican Rep. Dave Reichert and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray reintroduced bills Thursday to expand the wilderness area by about...

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Biologists focus on fate of Methow wolf pack

WILDLIFE -- Washington wildlife biologist are keenly watching during the February wolf mating season to see if there's any breeding activity in the Methow Valley's Lookout Mountain pack. Two years ago, that pack became the first in Washington to have a confirmed breeding pair. State...

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Skiers big and small, fast and not-so-fast, make Langlauf the granddaddy of the region’s nordic events. (FILE)

Free Langlauf nordic waxing clinic tonight

NORDIC SKIING -- The countdown has begun for the annualLanglauf 10K classic cross-country citizens race set to start at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mount Spokane. A free waxing clinic geared to the race will be held today, 6 p.m., at Fitness Fanatics, 2425 E. Trent.,...

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Sportsmen back Wildlife Commission at Legislature

OLYMPIA — Sportsmen jammed a state Senate hearing room Thursday and delivered this message to legislators over and over: Don't strip the Fish and Wildlife Commission of its authority in an attempt to save the state money. The sportsmen were testifying before the state Senate...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

New planning rules proposed for national forests

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Forest Service unveiled its proposed Forest Planning Rule today which would establish a new national framework to develop land management plans that protect water and wildlife. The details are still being analyized, but the proposal comes after 40 public meetings...

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State lands parking pass a tough sell in WA

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington's budget crisis is leaving lawmakers with the grim prospect of having to close perhaps 100 of the state's parks plus access sites at some recreation areas managed by other state agencies. One of the solution's is a $30 Discover Pass user...

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The Skwala Stonefly pattern, with egg sack and bright indicator, by fly tier LeRoy Hyatt of Lewiston. Steve Hanks/Lewiston Tribune (Steve Hanks/Lewiston Tribune / The Spokesman-Review)

Free fly tying activities at Silver Bow

FLY FISHING -- Two free fly tying activites are scheduled at Silver Bow Fly Shop, 13210 E. Indiana Ave., plus an in-depth class for a fee. Flies and Lies What: Free fly tying clinic with local professional tier Tom Keefe. Bring your own fly tying...

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Cross-country snowboarding catches on, a little

WINTER SPORTS -- If you're looking to be a maverick on the snow, cross-country snowboarding is a good bet. Put a little skooch in your getalong with this video. For you incurable traditionalists, the Spokane Langlauf 10 cross-country citizens race is Sunday, 11 a.m. at...

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North Idaho Boat Show runs through Sunday

BOATING -- More than 100 boats are on display in three buildings during the North Idaho Boat Show which runs through Sunday at Tobler Marina in Hayden. No boating or fishing seminars are included, but admission is free and the boats range from small flat-bottom...

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Stillwater fly fishing program tonight

FLY FISHING -- Canadian fly fisher and author Phil Rowley will present a free Stillwater fishing program on “Tactics for Tough Days” tonight, 7 p.m. during the meeting of the Spokane Fly Fishers at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy Ave.

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Grand Canyon river float applications due

RIVER RUNNING -- Rafters who have the do-it-yourself skills for big water have until Feb. 23 to apply for a coveted permit to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service is holding its annual lottery this month to assign...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Hikers plan lobby to keep state parks open

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington Trails Association is organizing a Hiker Lobby Day at the state Capitol in Olympia on Wednesday (Feb. 9) to urging lawmakers to support for state parks and recreation threatened with closure because of the budget crisis. More than 2,000 hikers...

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Avalanche accidents reviewed in Sandpoint on Wednesday

WINTER SPORTS -- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center technicians will present, "10 Years of Avalanche Accident Review in North Idaho" Wednesday (Feb. 9) at 6 p.m. at the Sandpoint Forest Service Building. The hour-long discussion will focus on common characteristics involved in several fatal avalanche accidents...

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Dam reaches goal of 93 percent fish passage

FISHING -- Improvements in operating Rock Island Dam will allow survival of at least 93 percent of the young salmon and steelhead migrating downstream, according to the Chelan County PUD. The utility had to be able reach the 93-percent survival goal to meet federal criteria...

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Follow rare whale's route along Oregon

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Satellite technology is allowing whale enthusiasts to click here and join researchers in tracking a type of gray whale that spends summers off Russia as it makes its way along the Oregon coast. Researchers attached a satellite tag to a 13-year-old, male...

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MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

Barred owls could be shot to help spotted cousins

ENDANGERED SPECIES — How desperate are federal wildlife officials in protecting the endangered spotted owl from the larger, more aggressive barred owls? A story in the Oregonian says a draft environmental impact statement scheduled for release this summer most likely will recommend shooting barred owls....

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WA angler charged with illegal guiding in North Idaho

FISHING -- A Washington man has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly guiding fishing trips in North Idaho without an Idaho outfitters license, according to a Bonner County Daily Bee story. Prosecutors charged 49-year-old Charles Osterholm of Deer Park last week following an undercover...

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