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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 21, 2014

Shorty Peak has a hike-in fire lookout for rent in the Idaho Selkirk Mountains. (Rich Landers)

Recent outdoors stories in the Spokesman-Review

Advance planning required for cabins, lookouts, permits Beyond feeding: birders create habitat in yards Field Reports: Montana high court upholds stream access law Women's Souper Bowl a chance to revel in winter Out & About: Women adventurers detail their travels on Jan. 27 Effort to...

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Bald eagles fight over a dead horse. (courtesy)

Trail cam catches battling bald eagles 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Sometimes trail cams are flat out lucky -- as effective as a pro photographer at snapping the shutter at precisely the right moment to capture wildlife in action. Here's a case in point. The two photos, provided by a reader, show not...

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This June 3, 2011, file photo shows the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River near Cascade Locks, Ore. The federal government will release, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, a final version of its management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead killed by federal dams on the Columbia River. (Associated Press)

Revised plan is status quo for Columbia salmon

FISHING -- The federal government’s management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by federal dams in the Columbia River basin differs little from its earlier version and continues to rely heavily on habitat improvement. Click continue reading for a report by the Associated...

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MONDAY, JAN. 20, 2014

4th of July Pass nordic trails groomed

WINTER SPORTS -- Snowshoers and cross-country skiers have some decent opportunities this week at Fourth of July Pass. Here's today's grooming report from Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Club: Glen Truscott and I groomed a good deal of the Area today. The Inner Loop...

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Nordic skiers enjoy sunrise over the fog-shrouded valleys from the Shadow Mountain Trail at Mount Spokane State Park. (John Stucke)

Mount Spokane skiers rise above it all

WINTER SPORTS -- Pity everyone who has no way out from the gloom of the lowlands. A few folks are choosing to rise above the persistent fog by heading to their favorite ski resort. John Stucke joined Caroline Woodwell got up early enough to be...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 19, 2014


Paddlers from the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club paddle toward the Buttes of the Cross in Canyonlands National Park during their September 2013 float on the Green River of Utah.  ( Debbie Pierce)

Flash flood ordeal recounted by paddlers

NOTE DATE: The date for this program was incorrect in today's print version of the announcement. PADDLING – Four Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club members who survived a close call with a freak flash flood event while kayaking the Green River of Utah will present...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 18, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 17, 2014

Northern hawk owl with vole it caught for meal in Moscow, Idaho, on Jan. 1, 2014. (Ron Dexter)

Dead hawk owl to live on in WSU collection

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The northern hawk owl that thrilled hundreds of birders as it ranged south to hang out around Moscow this winter was killed in a vehicle collision Thursday but will live on as an exhibit at Washington State University. Judging from the emails,...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 16, 2014





Lake Roosevelt levels chart, Jan. 15, 2014. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Minor fluctuations in Roosevelt levels expected

BOATING -- The elevation of Lake Roosevelt was 1278 feet Wednesday and is expected to range from 1270 to 1278 through mid-February as the dam operates primarily for providing power, the Bureau of Reclamation reports. Although local snowpacks are thin, the status of the Columbia...

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States react to hunters scouting with drones

HUNTING -- My recent post on states reacting to the possibility of hunters using camera-toting drones for scouting caught the attention of Northwest Sportsman editor Andy Walgamott, who checked the regulations of regional wildlife agencies. Both Washington and Idaho have regulations banning the use of...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 15, 2014






TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

Cabela's .22 ammo shelf. (Dan Hansen)

Outdoor writer has wolf wish for 2014 

PREDATORS -- Roger Phillips, outdoor writer for the Idaho Statesman, lists his four top wishes for 2014. More snow. More ammo. Non-government groups take the lead. No more wolves in the news. Says the Boise-based writer: Let’s all take a time out about wolves. If...

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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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