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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015



Ashley Lewis, guide and owner of Quinault Sport Angling, lands a steelhead on a Washington Coast stream.  (Pete Hoberg)

Washington fishing rules adopted 

FISHING -- Nearly 50 new sportfishing rules, including a requirement that anglers release all wild steelhead they catch on several streams on the Olympic Peninsula, were adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission during its Dec. 11-12 in Port Townsend. Most of the proposals...

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MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015

Sunset over Lake Quinault and the boating beach at Quinault Lodge.

Boating grants available to nonprofit groups

WATERSPORTS -- The Northwest Marine Trade Association is accepting applications through Jan. 29 for a grant program to boost non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region. The Grow Boating program seeks to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to boat...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 11, 2015


THURSDAY, DEC. 10, 2015

Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park will open lifts on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015.

Mount Spokane ski area to open Friday 

WINTERSPORTS -- Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park has announced it will open Friday, Dec. 11. The mountain will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with midweek pricing. "The mountain has received enough snow to open Chairs 2, 3, & 5 on Friday, and...

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Bald eagles are gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene to feast on spawning kokanee

Bald eagle numbers still increasing at Lake CdA 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles continue to flock into the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene for the annual feast of spawning kokanee, with more eagles counted this week. Today's survey by U.S. Bureau of Land Management biologist Carrie Hugo found 109 adults...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9, 2015

Lightning Creek swells to flood stage with warming temperatures and rain on newly fallen snow on Dec. 9, 2015. (Mary Franzel)

Lightning Creek struck by big runoff 

RIVERS -- Now you see it, now you don't. That snow that piled up in the mountains Sunday and Monday was dramatically reduced by rain and flushed down rivers today. Lightning Creek and Pack River in North Idaho surged with runoff, with Lighting's flows increasing from...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 8, 2015






A grizzly bear roams in 2011 near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (Associated Press)

Grizzly bear experts meeting in Montana

CARNIVORES -- State and federal grizzly bear experts from across the Pacific Northwest are in Missoula this week to discuss ongoing efforts to remove the bears from federal Endangered Species Act protection. The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, the multi-agency committee responsible for grizzly bear recovery...

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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2015




A fisher is released in the South Cascades by wildlife biologists on Dec. 3, 2015, in an effort to reintroduce the species, a member of the weasel family. (Jason Wettstein / via Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Fisher reintroductions extended to south Cascades 

WILDLIFE -- Buoyed by a successful 2008 introduction in the Olympic Peninsula, wildlife biologists on Thursday released seven fishers into Washington’s south Cascades mountains, where the reclusive, cat-sized mammal hasn’t been seen for more than 70 years, state wildlife officials report. The fisher is one...

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