Outdoors blog archive for June 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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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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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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MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2011

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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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