Outdoors blog archive for March 2014

MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014





Roosevelt bite still on despite drawdown

FISHING -- Fishing for trout remains good in Lake Roosevelt -- for kokanee, too, on occasion -- despite the deeper than previously predicted drawdown that's underway. In mid March, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had predicted the lake level would drop from the full pool...

Continue reading this post »


Washington DOT crews clear snow from the North Cascades Highway at  Liberty Bell chute #1.
 (Washington Department of Transportation)

North Cascades Highway clearing starts today

PARKS – Crews are scheduled to begin clearing snow from the North Cascades Highway today, March 31, Washington Transportation Department officials say. The mountainous stretch of Highway 20 could reopen by early May. The highway closed for the winter on Dec. 3. Avalanche control and...

Continue reading this post »

SUNDAY, MARCH 30, 2014

The Iditarod Trail passes over the high escarpment of the Blueberry Hills, which lie between Unalakleet  and Shaktoolik.  Immediately prior to dropping from the higher country and onto the beach, this view
presents itself. This long, narrow spit leading 15 miles off into the distance leads to Shaktoolik.  This spit separates the frozen ocean to the west (left) from the land/fresh water to the east (right).  The trail follows the spit toward the north.  Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014.
 (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 21

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane have repeated their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in starting in February and finishing on March 21, 2014. They endured bitter cold, treacherous ice, whiteout conditions and a...

Continue reading this post »

SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2014

FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2014



Quinn Connacher, 6, of Spokane celebrates catching his first trout while fishing off the dock at Bunker's Resort on Williams Lake with his stepfather, Andy Benson. They were fishing on April 28, 2013, the opening day of Washington's lowland trout fishing season. (Rich Landers)

Washington anglers need new licenses April 1

FISHING — $29.50. If that number doesn't jingle a bell, maybe you haven't renewed your 2014-15 Washington resident season fishing license. Your 2013-14 license will expire on April 1. Get a new one here or from a license dealers or your favorite fishing retailer. Idaho's...

Continue reading this post »

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

Gonzaga University student Derek Desrosier works a Pulaski on a trail in the Dishman Hills Natural Area in a project organized by the Dishman Hills Conservancy on April 21. He was among about 200 volunteers who showed up to help create a series of new trails. (Rich Landers)

Dishman Hills trail project needs volunteers 

TRAILS -- There's still time to join group that's reworking a trail in the Dishman Hills Natural Area on Sunday, March 30. The Washington Trails Association is teaming with the Dishman Hills Conservancy to get the job done Get details and sign-up here. WTA will...

Continue reading this post »



A bighorn sheep ram curls its lips to collect more sensory information as it seeks receptive ewes during the late November-December breeding season in Montana. (Jaime Johnson)

Bighorn sheep gain ground in grazing lawsuit 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Good news for bighorn sheep, which have been squeezed and put at risk even on public lands in Idaho. Judge upholds USFS's plan to reduce grazing to save bighorn On Tuesday, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge A. Wallace Tashima, sitting...

Continue reading this post »



Preseason bird dog training is essential for the dog and the hunter. (Dan Hoke)

Bird dog club invites public to training day

HUNTING -- The Spokane Bird Dog Association is inviting hunters to bring their dogs to a training day, which includes expert help for all breeds, starting Saturday at 8 a.m., at the Espanola training grounds managed by the club west of Medical Lake. This session...

Continue reading this post »


WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Paintbrush and penstemon grace the Seven Devils Loop in the Hells Canyon Wilderness.

Native plants highlighted in Moscow program

NATIVE PLANTS -- Learn about native plans, with emphasis on the penstemon family, at a free illustrated program by Nancy Miller on Thursday, March 27, at 1912 Center, Fiske Room (412 E. 3rd St.), Moscow, Idaho. Experience the rocky beauty, plants and animals seen in...

Continue reading this post »


Beargrass blooms along the Eagle Crest cross-country ski trail at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

Landers hiking program featured at county libraries 

TRAILS -- I'll be at Spokane County Libraries tonight and Thursday night to present free programs on "Hiking, the Perfect Sport" based on my latest trail guidebook, "Day Hiking Eastern Washington." I'll be sharing tips from the trails and, while I'll cover some great places...

Continue reading this post »



Campground hosts donate time to maintain campgrounds in exchange for free camping at choice locations, especially in Idaho.  This photo features Joe Willard, a host at Sam Owen Campground on the north end of Lake Pend Oreille.

Campground hosts sought for choice locations

PUBLIC LANDS -- Being a fly fisherman and if I were looking for a place to be a campground host this summer, I'd jump at this announcement from the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. Although the Clearwater offers many great camping options, I'll let you...

Continue reading this post »




Steelheading to close on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Steelhead fishing will close on Monday, March 31, on the Columbia River and tributaries above Rock Island Dam, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced. Most steelhead will be spawning beginning in April, the agency said in a release, and the closure...

Continue reading this post »

TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014

Outdoors blog

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





Blog Archives

March 2014
01 02 03 04 05
06 07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20
21 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31


Close

Sections


Profile

Close

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801