Outdoors blog archive for June 2011

THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011

Another rafter dies on Lochsa River 

RIVER RUNNING -- The Idaho County sheriff's office says a Missoula man died Wednesday in a rafting accident on the Lochsa River in north-central Idaho, according to the Lewiston Tribune. Keegan Seth Ginther, 29, died after three or four people had been thrown from a...

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Jennifer Pharr (now Pharr-Davis) has hiked chronicled her record 57-day trek on the Appalachian Trail in her book, "Becoming Odyssa-Epic Adventures On the Appalachian Trail."   (Courtesy photo)

Long-distance lady finds life lessons on trail

BACKPACKING -- Women (especially) looking for hiking inspiration can score big with a book by an iron-woman who worked her way up the hiking status ranks before setting the supported Appalachian Trail women's record of 57 days to cover 2,175 miles. That's a brisk average...

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Cats frolicking in your flowerbeds? All-natural products can control critters in your garden and are safe for children and pets. (ARA)

Lame birdwatching joke of the day

CRITTER WATCHING -- I take no responsibility for this: Two robins were sitting in a tree. "I'm really hungry," the first one said. "Me, too," said the second. "Let's fly down and find some lunch." They swooped to the ground and found a plot of...

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The spillways of Dworshak Dam churn out excess water  in April 2008. Lewiston Tribune (Barry Kough Lewiston Tribune)

Infected steelhead killed at Dworshak Hatchery

FISHERIES -- Managers at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery say they have destroyed 332,000 juvenile summer steelhead since April to protect the rest of the hatchery’s fish from a deadly virus. In April, 240,000 steelhead were destroyed after IHNV was confirmed in some rearing tanks by...

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Don Burks, of Yakima, displays part of his catch, taken over a couple of days at the Brewster Pool. He and many other anglers have been doing better than usual because of the record run of sockeye salmon.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Tagged salmon must be released on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Starting Friday, all chinook and sockeye salmon with external floy (anchor) tags attached must be immediatly released if caught by anglers in the upper Columbia River system, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced Wednessday. The rule will be in effect through Oct....

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011


The Burroughs Mountain trail in the Sunrise area gives close-up views of Mount Rainier. (Kristin Jackson/Seattle Times/MCT)

Avalanches rock and roll on Rainier

NATIONAL PARKS -- Some of the biggest rock avalanches in years have been roaring off Mount Rainier the past several days, kicking up billowing clouds of dust and propelling rivers of muddy debris nearly two miles down the volcano’s flanks, according to an Associated Press...

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David Miller signs a countdown for Elizabeth Walker as she gets ready to take off on a tandem bike ride behind Randall Angell on Thursday as part of the 32nd annual Seattle Lighthouse Deaf-Blind Retreat in Seabeck, Wash.  (Associated Press)

Two-seater bikes stoke rally in Spokane

BICYCLING -- More than 600 tandem cycling enthusiasts are freewheeling to Spokane Friday through Sunday to celebrate the holiday weekend in the 26th annual Northwest Tandem Rally. The Spokane Regional Sports Commission is helping organize the event. Based out of Mukogawa Ft. Wright Institute, the...

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Idaho seeks comment on proposed fishing rules

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game Department officials are taking public comments through July 8 on proposed changes to fishing rules. All proposed rules are available on the Fish and Game website . Comments may be submitted at the links on the web page. Highlights...

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These marijuana plants were reaching maturity before being seized this year from the Okanogan National Forest. Courtesy of DEA (Courtesy of DEA / The Spokesman-Review)

Beware of marijuana sites in the woods

PUBLIC LANDS -- Outdoor recreationists have stumbled into illegal backwoods marijuana growing sites on several occasions already this year. That's prompted a warning from Forest Service officials: Marijuana operations pose significant threats to forest visitors, so it is very important for all national forest users...

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Fishing is a prime reason many floaters apply for a permit to float the Smith River (Rich Landers)

Montana FWP offers Internet fishng guide

FISHING -- Anglers planning to fish Montana waters can get useful information from the revised Montana Fishing Guide organized online by the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Department. Althought he site lacks some of the immediacy and detail of some fishing shop sites, it has...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011




The Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River is shown in July. Dam operation on the Snake River is just one wildlife-related issue on which judges in the West disagree with the Bush administration. 
 (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Dam advocates oppose Interior nominee

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Obama administration's nomination of former American Rivers CEO Rebecca Wodder for assistant Interior secretary of fish, wildlife and parks is being opposed by a coalition of industry and agricultural groups, as well as the Idaho Water Users Association. American Rivers has...

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Fishing guide Pete Paolino negotiates his jet boat through a rough rapid on the Snake River near the Washington-Oregon border as he shuttles his anglers to another steelhead fishing hole. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington abandons all state tourism marketing

OUTDOORS -- Spokane is Near Nature, Near Perfect, and the Evergreen state has some of the most diverse outdoor recreation opportunities in the nation -- the foundation for a vital outdoor tourism industry. Yet state officials are shuttering the official tourism agency that unifies its...

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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011



Montana works out wolf hunt in polarized atmosphere

HUNTING -- Public opinion on gray wolves remains sharply split as Montana and Idaho prepare to resume hunts for the predators after Congress removed their endangered species protections. Montana wildlife commissioners meet July 14 to adopt a quota of 220 wolves to be killed during...

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