Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 2011

MONDAY, OCT. 31, 2011



Oregon's new wolf pack adopts Hells Canyon

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Oregon's newest confirmed wolf pack is roaming the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Wilderness along the Snake River bordering Idaho. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife used hunter reports and remote cameras to help them document at leat five wolves in...

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Steve Alexander of Spokane Valley hooked this 32-inch-long, 10-pound walleye while fishing the Goat Farm area of Lake Roosevelt on Oct. 21, 2011. (Mike Speer)

Local walleye anglers thinking big at Roosevelt

FISHING -- Mike Speer was fishing by the Goat Farm area of Lake Roosevelt last weekend with his friend, Steve Alexander, who hooked this 32-inch-long, 10-pound walleye. Each of the two Spokane Valley anglers was trolling a perch-colored fly and a worm, nothing more, Speer...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 30, 2011

Condit Dam was built in 1913 on the White Salmon River, 3.3 miles upstream from the Columbia. It is 125 feet tall. Most of the river flow runs through a pipeline for three quarters of a mile downstream to a powerhouse, mostly dewatering that stretch of the river. But in the spring, when flows are up and water is spilled at the dam, there's enough to float that stretch. Once the dam is gone, that stretch will have enough flow to use a much greater time of year. (Troy Columbian / The Columbian)

Have a blast watching Condit Dam go down

FREE-FLOWING RIVERS – The demise of Condit Dam on Washington’s White Salmon River is available for all to see online in photos and video. The demolition crew used explosives to blow out the bottom of the dam on Wednesday (Oct. 26) to let water gush...

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Idaho chinook harvest season closes Monday

FISHING -- Salmon fishing in Idaho will be over for the year when the fall chinook harvest season on the Snake and Clearwater rivers ends Monday (Oct. 31). The season opened Sept. 1 on the Snake River between Lewiston and Hells Canyon Dam and, this...

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WEDNESDAY EDITIONS.  TOM LUTEY WILL HAVE A STORY.     Troy Silte is about to roll through Dead Dog hole on the Spokane River near state line.  Dozens of kayakers are playing on the river.   (Archive / The Spokesman-Review)

Stateline bridge engineers pay tribute to kayakers

PADDLING – The new stateline bridge over the Spokane River, which is expected to open to traffic on Tuesday, features a railing with illustrations of an evergreen tree, symbolizing Washington, and a kayaker. Give credit to state and county engineers for listening to paddlers concerns...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 28, 2011

Carl Kjellstrand of Walla Walla calls his son with details of his successful morning whitetail hunt. The former Spokane resident was hunting with Outdoors editor Rich Landers in Montana.   (Rich Landers)

Returning home with loaded pickup 

HUNTING -- I'm on the road, returning from the annual cast and blast trip to Montana -- perfectly timed to avoid the Spokane Public Radio pledge drive. The pickup is loaded with a whitetail, a pronghorn, pheasants, Huns, sharpies, and a dog-tired dog. Fishing waders...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26, 2011


TUESDAY, OCT. 25, 2011

In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt  (Associated Press)

National parks to offer 17 `free' days in 2012

PUBLIC LANDS -- For the third consecutive year, visitors will enjoy free admission to national parks on 17 days in 2012, the Department of Interior has announced. Some of those freebies include three-day holiday weekends and even a week-long celebration of National Parks Week. National...

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Bike glove turn-signal invented for cyclists

CYCLING -- An Oregon man is using the latest LED technology to develop a turn signal glove to give bicyclists, and those behind them, a safer and more visible way to turn, especially in low-light situations. Jack O'Neal, an Afghanistan war veteranmechanical engineering at Portland...

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MONDAY, OCT. 24, 2011

An angler shows the northern pike she landed while fishing in the Pend Oreille River near Cusick, Wash.  Pike are a relatively recent nonnative invasive species that's booming in the river between Newport, Wash., and Box Canyon Dam. (Rich Landers)

Fishing rules proposed; Oct. 27 meeting set in Spokane

FISHING– The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department is taking comment statewide on proposed changes to sportfishing regulations. A public meeting has been scheduled Thursday (Oct. 27), from 6 p.m.-8 p.m., in the agency’s Spokane Region Office, 2315 N. Discovery Pl. in Spokane Valley. Current proposals...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 21, 2011



Great conditions for fall mushrooming

FORAGING– Mushroom foraging conditions have been near perfect with the recent rainfall followed by cooler temperatures and sunny days, according to the Seattle Times "Shroomers are flocking to forests in search of Japanese matsutake (Armillaria ponderosa), known for their unique smell and excellent table fare,"...

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Mike Rule, wildlife biologist, shows how elk have been eating all the aspen shoots on Turnbull Naitonal Wildlife Refuge except those in the fenced enclosure behind him. Russell Frobe of the Friends of Turnbull is at right. Photo by Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review  Photo by Rich Landers/The Spokesman-Review (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

National Parks take heat over reducing elk numbers

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- An annual elk hunt in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and a volunteer-based "elk reduction" project in western North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park got underway this month amid public criticism, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The issue is developing across...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 20, 2011




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