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Outdoors blog archive for Sept. 2013

MONDAY, SEPT. 30, 2013

About 8 inches of snow was recorded Sept. 30, 2013, at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park.    (Glacier National Park)

Snow closes Glacier Park's Logan Pass temporarily 

PARKS -- The first serious bout of winter-like weather has temporarily closed Glacier National Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road today at The Loop on the west side of the park. Weather conditions along the higher elevations of the Going-to-the-Sun Road today have included very windy conditions --...

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Steelhead counts at Lower Granite Dam as of Sept. 30, 2013. (Fish Passage Center)

Steelhead still moving over Lower Granite

FISHING -- It's not necessarily a year for celebration, but it isn't one of despair, either. The steelhead counts over Lower Granite Dam continue to mount and put fish in the sights of anglers in the Snake, Clearwater and Grande Ronde river areas of Washington...

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Wilderness first aid course offered at NIC

OUTDOORS -- A two-day Wilderness First Aid course is being offered this weekend, Oct. 5-6, by North Idaho College Outdoor Pursuits. The course is intended for the outdoor enthusiast who wants more than an urban first aid course provides. The emphasis of the class is...

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A trumpeter swan called Solo has frequented Turnbull Refuge for at least three decades. (Rajah Bose / FILE The Spokesman-Review)

Plan ahead for free entry to refuges Oct. 13

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. The next freebie is Oct.13 -- National Wildlife Refuge Day...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 27, 2013

Abercrombie Mountain is the centerpiece in a 35,200-acre wilderness area proposal recommended by Colville National Forest. (Rich Landers)

Abercrombie area roads to be repaired 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Good news/bad news for hikers who enjoy the trails to Abercrombie and Sherlock Peaks in Pend Oreille County: The Colville National Forest will begin road maintenance and reconstruction on Oct. 1 on the following roads. Forest Service Road 7078000 (Sherlock Peak Road)...

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Dan Magers holds a steelhead he caught from his drift boat on Idaho's Clearwater River. (Courtesy photo)

Clearwater steelhead forecast reduced -- again

FISHING – The forecast for B-run steelhead -- the bigger steelhead bound primarily for Idaho's Clearwater River -- has been downgraded for the second consecutive week, prompting fisheries officials to consider reducing bag limits for the Clearwater catch-and-keep season, which begins Oct. 15. Fisheries managers...

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Photo by John E. Moore Upper Roman Nose Lake is among high lakes Moore sampled. (Photo by John E. Moore / The Spokesman-Review)

Roman Nose access blocked for road repairs

PUBLIC LANDS – The Bonners Ferry Ranger District will close the access road to the Roman Nose trailhead this week for repairs, according to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Forest Service Road 1007 over Caribou Pass will be closed Tuesday-Friday so culverts can be replaced....

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 2013

This 50-pound fall chinook salmon was caught in September using downriggers and plug-cut herring on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Gone fishing

SALMON FISHING -- I've headed to the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River to see first hand what this record run of chinook salmon is all about. Photo above shows a 50-pounder I landed there a few years ago. Think big! Stay tuned.

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A boat reportedly used for drug running across the English Channel had eight outboards totaling 2,000 hp.

8 outboards ought to get you a big fish

BOATING -- "But officer, we're just out fishing..." I've seen boat set up something like this for federal drug enforcement being transported on I-90 near Seattle. Seems the feds have to keep up with the speed-boating criminals. But outboards totaling 2,000 hp? Can you imaging...

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