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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11, 2012

Kaley Hurst skis toward Junction 5 during the Spokane Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country race Feb. 13, 2011, at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

Race series keeps nordic skiers waxing poetic

WINTER SPORTS – Cross-country skiers can test their performance over the course of the season and take a stab at winning cool prizes by entering the four-race Selkirk Nordic Series at Inland Northwest venues. The series schedule includes: Jan. 21: Cougar Gulch Race, 5- or...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012






Video: Shooting mishaps compiled

SHOOTING -- Someone has gone to the effort of compiling video clips of shooting mishaps, including a lot of people getting thumped by high-powered guns. Some incidents are humorous, some sad, some downright scary for the lack of thought and muzzle control. It includes the...

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Snowshoe hare, in its winter white phase, hides in a tree well. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

A peek at animals that turn white in winter

WILDLIFE -- Critters have many adaptations for handling the rigors of winter. Some hibernate, some constantly look for food. Some develop thick winter coats to stave off the cold while some others change color to be better predators or less vulnerable prey. Creatures that change...

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MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012

Snakepit closes as owners battle illness 

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- This is sad news for Coeur d'Alene River anglers, floaters and users of the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Future of historic Enaville Resort (Snakepit) uncertain as owners battle cancer -- story by D.F. Oliveria/Huckleberries.

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The Spokesman-Review high school Outdoor Writing Contest logo

Kids cash in on S-R's Outdoor Writing Contest

OUTDOORS -- Kyle Hansen, a sophomore at West Valley High School, received his first check for writing outdoor prose on Saturday. You can see he wasn't disappointed in this photo from his parents. Hansen won the top award in The Spokesman-Review's 2011 Outdoor Writing Contest...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012

Ski tracks on the thin snow cover on the Ferry County Rail Trail on Jan.8, 2012. (Ferry County Rail Trail Partners)

Ferry County Rail Trail skiers make do

WINTER SPORTS -- The mountains are in need of new snow for skiers an the hopes of river runners. But at the valley level north of Republic, Wash., there's boundless optimism for the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners Ski Day on Saturday, Jan. 14, at...

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Asian duck drawing crowds in California

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A duck normally only seen in Asia has somehow turned up in California, drawing excited bird watchers from all over the U.S. and Canada to a wildlife refuge in the state’s Central Valley, the Associated Press reports. Wildlife officials say a male...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2012

Kids join the Lookout Pass Free Ski School on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012. (Lookout Pass Ski Area)

Lookout Pass Free Ski School underway today

WINTER SPORTS -- The Lookout Pass Free Ski School started its 72nd year this morning to a swarm of enthusiasm. More than 500 kids age 6-17 had been registered in the program last week. The resort's professional instructors are being joined by Ski School volunteers...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012





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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




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