Outdoors blog archive for June 2014

MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014

ILE - in this April 19, 2005 file photo, a Canada lynx heads into the Rio Grande National Forest after being released near Creede, Colo. The U.S. government declared the snow-loving big cats a threatened species across the Lower 48 states in 2000. (AP / David Zalubowski)

Lawsuit filed to protect lynx from Idaho traps 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit today against the governor of Idaho and other state officials to halt trapping that can harm or kill Canada lynx, one of the rarest cats in the United States. The lawsuit charges Gov. Butch Otter, the...

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Chuck Littlecrow of the Kalispel Tribe Natural Resources Department removes a northern pike from a gillnet on the Pend Oreille River.  (Rich Landers)

Northern pike can't get food stamps 

FISHING -- An angler took a shot at me in the Sunday Sports Letters regarding my Thursday column updating the northern pike suppression effort on the Pend Oreille River downstream from Newport. That's fine. All opinions are welcome. But he insinuates that I "didn't tell...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 2014

A Spokane Mountaineers hiking group takes in the scenery from the top of Graham Mountain near the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River. (Rich Landers)

Graham Mountain hike overlooks Silver Valley

HIKING -- It's called Coal Creek Trail No. 41, leading up, steeply up in some places, roughly 6 miles from the North Fork Coeur d'Alene River road to Graham Mountain, elev. 5727 feet, overlooking the Silver Valley. Great views from a former fire lookout sight,...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014



Canoe racer Megan Burgmuller takes spray from the Blackfoot River earlier this week during a practice run through the gates set for the 2014 Open Canoe Slalom National Championship race at Roundup Rapids. (Kurt Wilson / Missoulian)

Racers hit Blackfoot in open canoes

WATERSPORTS --The 2014 Open Canoe Slalom National Championship starts today and runs through Sunday (June 29) near Missoula on the Blackfoot River upstream of the Roundup Fishing Access Site off Montana Highway 200. Spectators can view the American Canoe Association event for free in the...

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Frank Moran poses with the deer he killed while hunting in Eastern Montana.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Montana surplus big-game tags on sale

HUNTING -- The wait is over for nonresidents still hoping to purchase a license to hunt deer and elk in Montana. A number of first-come first-served surplus licenses, good for antlered deer and elk in most hunting districts, can be purchased online or over-the-counter at...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2014




Lunch Peak Lookout north of Lake Pend Oreille, with snow lingering on June 25, 2016. (Mary Franzel)

Hikers: snow still lingering in area mountains 

HIKING -- "Road is open from Lightning Creek through to Trestle Creek," reports Mary Franzel of Hope, Idaho. But the photo she posted (above) indicates significant snow on the ridge at Lunch Peak Lookout. Creeks are still running high in most areas, making crossings a...

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Carrie Ringo Carlquist and other Spokane Mountain enjoy spectacular views during their slog up the Muir Snowfield the day before they began their summit bid on Mount Rainier. That's the Tatoosh Range, Goat Rocks Wilderness and Mount Adams in the background.

Photo:A fine day to climb Rainier 

CLIMBING -- Climbing Mount Rainier with the Spokane Mountaineers clearly was a perfect way to celebrate the first day of summer. This group beat the odds and made it to the top. Only about 40 percent of the 11,000 mountaineers who attempt the climb reach...

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 (National Weather Service)

Lightning: flashy way to die outdoors  

OUTDOOR SAFETY -- Name the safest place to seek refuge if you are outdoors and a lighting storm moves in? Answer: An automobile -- totally safe, unless a tree blows down on top of you. This is Lightning Awareness Week, so be aware. Sure, you...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014

Bear spray canister: recommended equipment for recreating in bear country. (Colin Mulvany)

Injured hiker had to fend off bears

HIKING -- Bears have always been good at smelling opportunity. A hiker who fell, broke his leg and dislocated his shoulder in the North Cascades last weekend said he had to fend off bears while he waited several hours for a helicopter rescue team. The...

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Holly Weiler and Ed Bowers of the Spokane Mountaineers hike down off Little Snowy Top Mountain during a day-long trek on the 20-mile Salmo Loop in the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. In the background is Crowell Ridge and Gypsy Peak, highest point in Eastern Washington.  (Rich Landers)

Films celebrate 50 years of wilderness Thursday 

PUBLIC LANDS – A free mini-film festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is traveling through the Inland Northwest this summer. The beauty, history and adventure of wilderness areas, the highest level of protection offered for America’s public lands, is featured in 10...

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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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