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Outdoors blog archive for March 2012


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Lake Roosevelt water level report on March 30, 2012. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt levels continue to drop

COLUMBIA RIVER -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1259.10 this morning, as it continues to drop about a foot a day, a trend likely to continue for the next week at least. "With an increase in precipitation, the water supply forecast is increasing. As...

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Osprey. (Jesse Tinsley)

Ospreys migrating back to Spokane area

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Tundra swans are flocking to the region, enjoying the fields and sloughs flooded with our record March wetness. But while the swans will continue north in their spring migration, other birds are moving in to say all summer and raise broods in...

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Muddy water in Hangman Creek generally is a signal to kayakers, canoests and rafters that the stream is in rare good form for paddling. (Rich Landers)

Paddlers have eye on surging Hangman Creek 

PADDLING -- Spokane paddler and guidebook author Dan Hansen couldn't find a scouting report for a stretch of Hangman Creek at high water, so he set out by foot to find out for himself. Hansen hiked the 10-mile stretch from the Qualchan Historical Monument site...

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STP still hot on cyclists's summer tour list

CYCLING -- The 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic -- which can be done in one or two days -- shows no signs of declining in popularity. STP, the Northwest's largest multi-day cycling event, capped at 10,000 riders, filled it's quota on Feb. 21 this...

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MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

A Canada lynx visits a bait station set up by Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers monitoring wolverines in North Idaho. (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

Lynx shows up at wolverine bait station 

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- Although they're trying to document the presence of wolverines, getting good snapshots of a Canada lynx still made the day for volunteers monitoring bait stations for the wolverine research project trail cams in North Idaho last week. The photo comes from a...

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With Lake Pend Oreille below, snowshoers head up Goat Peak in the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. (Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness)

Snowshoers find plenty to walk on

WINTER SPORTS -- Photo shows a group of snowshoers enjoying a fine March 24 during the 6th annual Goat Mountain trek above Lake Pend Oreille. Almost daily snowfall in the previous five days has left fresh layers on a deep snowpack. The hike is one...

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4,000 miles of roads closed on Wallowa-Whitman forest 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Passenger cars, ATVs, dirt bikes and four-wheel-drive rigs will be prohibited on on nearly 4,000 miles of roads in northeastern Oregon's Wallowa-Whitman National Forest starting in June. The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest management plan, entered last week into the Federal Register -- prohibits...

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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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