Outdoors blog archive for Feb. 2014

FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014

Most nordic routes groomed at 4th of July Pass

WINTER SPORTS -- Here's today's grooming report for Fourth of July Pass cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails from Geoff Harvey of the Panhandle Nordic Club: The last warm system that passed through condensed the dryer snow from Sunday and Monday and dropped a little new...

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Public fishing access proposed at Chapman Lake

FISHING – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is inviting public comment through March 21 on a proposal to acquire and develop public access to Chapman Lake in Spokane County. Once a popular fishing spot, the 128-acre lake near Cheney has been inaccessible to...

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Bob Jones of Kettle Falls, left, and Josh Rindal of Spokane finished their 1,000-mile Alaska snowmobile trek along the Iditarod Trail in time to get tickets for the Musher Banquet in Nome on March 18, 2012. They put in 15 days on the trail between the Anchorage area and Nome.

 (Bob Jones)

Alaska, Iditarod hurting for snow 

SNOWMOBILING -- Don't bother driving your snowmobile -- or your sled dogs -- to Alaska in search of good snow conditions. Bob Jones of Kettle Falls drove up the Alaska-Canada Highway with his son in law, Josh Rindal, to make another 1,000-mile run on their...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 27, 2014



First springer heads up Columbia 

FISHING -- Here's the harbinger of what should be a better than average spring chinook fishing season in the Columbia and Snake Rivers. "First spring Chinook of the year returned to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery yesterday!" says Joe Hymer, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife salmon...

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Gonzaga's new Rod & Gun Club a bright idea

HUNTING/FISHING -- Today's Outdoors column highlights the debut of the Gonzaga University Rod & Gun Club, founded by the Student Bar Association. The legal angles of the organization were researched and negotiated for nearly two years by students and Law School professors before the club...

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Great winter walking on plowed Rimrock Drive

HIKING -- Spokane has a choice snow-free place for a winter walk at Palisades City Park thanks to a maintenance issue that prompted plowing of Rimrock Drive overlooking Spokane Falls Community College area. After Monday's snow storm, Fairchild Air Force Base crews plowed the road,...

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Storms paint better picture of region's snowpack

WEATHER -- February's storms are loading the region's mountains with snow, presenting a better picture for outdoor recreation that depends on water, including anglers and river runners. However, we need another snow dance or two for the Idaho Panhandle. March can be a good month....

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Biologists have high hopes for wild-hatched condor

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Groups tracking the reintroduction of the endangered California condor celebrated last year when a record four birds hatched near the Arizona-Utah border. This year has brought increased enthusiasm with the possibility that a condor hatched in the wild will produce the first...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2014

Girl, 11, kills cougar that trailed her brother 

UPDATED: 3:15 p.m., Feb. 26 with info about increase in cougar permits. WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- An 11-year-old girl shot a cougar that was following her 14-year-old brother to their home at Twisp, in north central Washington, the state Fish and Wildlife Department said. You've got...

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Backpackers west of Lake Ozette explore a stretch of the Olympic Wilderness beaches.

Outdoor industry applauds Inslee's initiative

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- The Outdoor Industry Association has high praise for Gov. Jay Inslee's recent executive order creating a blue-ribbon task force to support outdoor recreation in Washington state. Inslee’s task force demonstrates the state’s commitment to supporting and expanding the outdoor recreation and tourism...

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Oregon releases statewide gray wolf status report 

WILDLIFE -- Oregon is reporting significant growth in wolf packs in its annual status report on gray wolf recovery released Tuesday. The status reports from all the western recovery states are filed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. At the end of 2013, Oregon...

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Weather prime for low-flying wildlife researchers

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- The region's wildlife researchers are flying high -- and low -- with this week's weather. The big dump of snow followed by clear weather is perfect for using helicopters to locate and capture critters so transmitter collars can be attached for research....

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Surveys sort out angler gear preferences

FISHING -- The brands and products anglers purchased most frequently in 2013 are listed in a survey just released by Southwick Associates’ AnglerSurvey.com. The list was been compiled from the 18,559 internet-based surveys. It doesn't reflect my preferences, and it may not be the choice...

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After placing an electronic collar around the neck of a cow elk, biologists work to take other samples before the animal awakens during a recent elk capturing operation in the southern Bitterroot Valley. Biologists will begin fanning out across the region to begin gathering information about mountain lions as part of three year study. (Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)

Panhandle elk collared for research

WILDLIFE RESEARCH -- More elk are likely to be wearing research "necklaces" in the Coeur d'Alene River drainage by the end of the week if Idaho Fish and Game researches get good weather for flying. The agency worked with a private helicopter contractor on Jan....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2014


Steelhead caught by fly fisher and released on Grande Ronde River, Washington. (Rich Landers)

Lessons from rafting the Grand Canyon: for anglers

ADVENTURING -- My recent multi-week winter rafting-hiking adventure on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon (see story here) prompts a few hints to people planning similar river trips as well as to anglers planning multi-day trips to places such as Alaska: CARE FOR YOUR...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.





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