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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2013

THURSDAY, JAN. 24, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013


Groups skeptical of Kretz wolf relocation bill 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Wolf supporters and even some cattleman's groups say an Eastern Washington lawmaker's bill aimed at moving wolves to the west side of the state is damaging their efforts to relocate wolves to the southern Cascade Mountains, according to a story in the...

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Avista begins drawdown of Lake Spokane

RIVERS – The annual drawdown of Lake Spokane, the Spokane River reservoir also known as Long Lake, has begun, Avista Utilities announced today in a media release. Starting today, operators expect to lower the reservoir up to one foot a day for two or three...

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Sean Visintainer at the fly tying vise at Silve Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley. (Mike Visintainer)

Two new fly tying classes at Silver Bow

FLY FISHING -- Two more fly tying classes have been added to the already busy schedule of instruction being offered by Silver Bow Fly Shop, 13210 E. Indiana Ave. in Spokane Valley, (509) 924-9998. Preregistration required. NW Top Producing Nymphs What: Learn some of the...

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Sled dog racing hits full stride this week

WINTER SPORTS -- Sled dog racing hits high gear in the Inland Northwest starting this week -- and skiers should note that skijoring is a category insome sled dog racing events nowadays. The Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race starts today (Jan. 23) and runs...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 22, 2013



A great blue heron snatches a small perch discarded by an ice fisherman at Silver Lake on Wednesday. (Rich Landers)

Week's top outdoor stories in The S-R

Here's a roundup of the S-R's top outdoors stories in the past week: Plan ahead or be left behind on outdoor adventures Only early birds will bag this 2013 bike tours Blue Heron among friends with ice fishermen Field Reports: Forest Service opposed mining on...

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American Robins flock to a Mountain Ash in the backyard of a house on Birch Street in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The birds picked the tree clean of berries during their morning feeding. (Liz Kishimoto)

Idaho tax checkoff supports non-game wildlife

WILDLIFE – Idaho residents have a rare chance to support the state’s wildlife when they file state income tax returns. Check the square to donate any amount of your refund to the Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund. State wildlife management for fish and animals is funded...

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A great horned owl flies out of its roost in a barn. (Jaime Johnson)

Well owl be! Planning pays off for photographer

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Some wildlife photos happen spontaneously, the product of being ready to capture a surprising moment. Other great photos are the product of planning, such as this great horned owl image by Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson: We knew where this guy was,...

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MONDAY, JAN. 21, 2013


SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2013


Van Bennett drives the groomer at Fourth of July Pass for the Panhandle Nordic club while Geoff Harvey is helping to plan new trails. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

All ski trails groomed at Fourth of July Pass

WINTER SPORTS -- Skiing conditions are great at Fourth of July Pass sport trails for the holiday weekend. All nordic trails have been groomed and are in especially prime condition for skaters. Here's today's report from Panhandle Nordic Club president Geoff Harvey: Skip Truscortt and...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 18, 2013


TV catches fish footage at Spokane Hatchery

FISHING -- KHQ-TV paid a visit to the Spokane Fish Hatchery this week to produce this segment on winter operations that are vital to the region's anglers. The cameraman was a bit late for the peak December spawning action described in this story by North...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013





Avalanche film romances the fury

WINTER SPORTS -- This film, "Ode to Avalanche," will be awesome to some winter recreationists and frightening to others. Either way, I hope it at least prompts you to check in with a regional avalanche forecast -- such as the weekly bulletin by the Idaho...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 16, 2013


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