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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

A male wolf is released after being trapped an fitted with a radio collar on the Colville Indian Reservation onf June 5, 2012.  The Tribe named the group of wolves in the Sanpoil River region of the reservation the Nc’icn Pack, which means “grey mist as far as you can see” in the Okanogan language. (Colville Confederated Tribes)

Killing collared wolves has drawbacks

PREDATORS -- Should states that hunt wolves consider protecting wolves wearing radio or GPS collars attached by researchers? Idaho rewrites the definition of what constitutes a breeding pair of wolves Because so many radio-collared wolves have been killed in Idaho, the state is having trouble...

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The 350-acre fire on BLM land  near Fishtrap Lake Resort in 2012  burned up to the Farmer Landing trailhead west of Fishtrap Lake.  Another blaze, the Watermelon Hill Fire, burned even more of the area in 2014.
 (Rich Landers)

BLM to fight fire with fire at Fishtrap Lake

PUBLIC LANDS -- Slow-moving fires are planned for about 1,150 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management scablands southwest of Spokane near Fishtrap Lake starting this week to boost wildlife habitat and reduce the chance of intense wild fires during summer and fall. The Spokane...

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Jeff Zickler and Daniel Henry ascend to the summit of Mount Spokane for a pre-dawn workout, before resort lifts open, followed by a fast ski and splitboard descent. (Travis Nichols)

Recent outdoors stories in the Spokesman-Review

Ski areas confront boom of free-heeled freeloaders Backcountry Film Festival coming to Spkane, CdA Avalanche threat not apparent to victim RVs kick off outdoor show season Field reports: Free entry offered to parks, refuges Bald eagle gathering fades at Lake CdA Landers: Jurisdictional dispute puts...

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MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

Montana is smothered in powder snow in going into January 2014. (Montana Tourism)

Montana ski resorts smothered in powder

WINTER SPORTS -- While much of the West suffers for lack of snow, Montana is flush with powder. An AP news story today notes that the state has an above-normal snowpack already this year -- good news for river runners planning their spring. But for...

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Record bullhead confirmed from Potholes Reservoir

FISHING -- The number of record-setting fish caught in Washington during 2013 just increased last week as the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed a new bullhead record. Yellow bullhead, 2.06 pounds, measuring 14.5 inches long and 10 inches in girth, caught Sept. 8,...

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Nachtspektakel is a nighttime ski touring social event at Mount Spokane sponsored by Mountain Gear.

Skiers to explore Mount Spokane under the stars

WINTER SPORTS -- Gather your skis, skins and headlamp for and evening of food, climbing and downhilling under the stars at Mount Spokane on Jan. 24. Mountain Gear is sponsoring Nachtspektakel (pronounced knocked-shpeck-tockle), a traditional European-style ski event that bonds people through the sport of...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 2014

A fly tying class at Silver Bow Fly Shop in Spokane Valley. (courtesy)

More fly tying classes set at Silver Bow

FLY FISHING -- Slots are still open for some of the fly tying classes set for the second half of January at Silver Bow Fly Shop , 13210 E Indiana, in Spokane Valley. Pre-register: (509) 924-9998 Beyond the Basics Fly Tying What: Learn flies and...

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Backcountry Film Fest coming to Spokane, CdA

2013 Winter Wildlands Alliance Back Country Film Festival Trailer from Backcountry Film Festival on Vimeo. WINTER SPORTS -- The annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is coming to Spokane and Coeur d'Alene courtesy of several local outdoor groups. The lineup featuring all or portions...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014



Bryan Moss and Tracey Byrne from the Seattle area stop along the walking path in the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve Dec. 29, 2013, near Littlerock, Wash. Emmanuel “Manny” Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State University, states that prehistoric generations of pocket gophers created the vast fields of Mima Mounds found in south Puget Sound and in other locations around the world, a contention that is not without its critics, including local geologists and wildlife researchers. (Associated Press)

Gophers may be source of mysterious mima mounds 

LAND FORMS — A modern pest may be the answer to an ancient geological land form, according to a California geology professor who says he’s solved one of the enduring geological mysteries of the Pacific Northwest. Emmanuel “Manny” Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State...

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Video: winter trolling for Lake Roosevelt trout

FISHING -- Anglers new to winter trolling for trout at Lake Roosevelt should take five-minutes to view a video produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chris Donley, the agency's inland fisheries manager and a Spokane County native, offers general guidelines to help...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014




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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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