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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2015



In this June 28, 2013 file photo, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell poses for photographers during the Western Governor's Association meeting, in Park City, Utah. A deadline Utah set for the federal government to hand over 31 million acres of public land quietly passed this week with no such transfer, something predicted by both critics and supporters of the state's push for control. (Associated Press)

Utah's federal land take-over plan stalls 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Do you get the feeling this federal land-grab frenzy is all about local politicians courting voters -- while taxpayers pick up the tab? Utah's deadline for federal handover of lands comes and goes Last Wednesday was the deadline Utah set for the...

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From the foreground, Amanda Parker, Aleu Aleu and Isaiah Mitchell poke cuttings of willow branches into the muddy banks of Hangman Creek in Valleyford on May 7. The students, from M.E.A.D., were helping the Lands Council stabilize the eroded banks of the creek. (Jesse Tinsley)

Local trout conservation group features Land Trust 

CONSERVATION -- The Inland Northwest Land Trust will present a program on area land conservation programs during the Spokane Falls Chapter of Trout Unlimited meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the Longhorn BBQ, 2315 N. Argonne Road, Spokane Valley, in the upstairs meeting room. Socializing...

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Jason Baker climbs an ice fall in the first week of January near Yaak, Mont. (Rich Bennett )

Climber grabs ice while it's still hanging 

WINTERSPORTS -- Ice climbers and ice fishermen were in the zone last week as sustained cold temperatures put their playgrounds in prime condition. Today's sudden change in weather puts everybody on safety alert as ice conditions change under warming temperatures and rain. The Big Drip...

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Branches help soften look of a communications tower as seen from Interstate 90 along Lake Coeur d'Alene. (Jaimie Johnson)

Cell phone towers can blend into the landscape

OUTDOOR LANDSCAPES -- It's nice to get the view of our local outdoor views from an out-of-area perspective. Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson traveled to Lake Coeur d'Alene to photograph bald eagles recently. As he drove into the area on Interstate 90, he was impressed...

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Tracks and wing marks in the snow indicated where the injured immature bald eagle was able to climb out of the Little Spokane River on New Year's Eve 2010. (Tina Wynecoop)

Expose yourself to winter outdoors in NIC classes

NATURE – North Idaho College at Sandpoint is offering three, one-day, winter recreation classes January through March: Winter Ecology will be offered Saturday, Jan. 17; Animal Tracking and Sign Interpretation will be offered Wednesday, Feb. 7; Winter Birds of Prey will be offered Saturday, March...

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Hungarian partridge plump in in bitter-cold December temperatures in Montana. (Jaimie Johnson)

Birds a lot of hot air when temperatures dip

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- For being light a fragile, birds are incredible at surviving cold that drives humans indoors. Birds are warm blooded, which means their bodies maintain a constant temperature, often around 106 degrees Fahrenheit. Since they can't just throw a log on the fire,...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2015

Kids line up to learn the ropes on using the rope tow on Saturday, Jan. 7, the first day of the 2012 Free Ski School at Lookout Pass. (Lookout Pass Ski Area)

Resorts gear up for Learn to Ski Month 

WINTERSPORTS -- Novice skiers and snowboarders can find bargains on ski instruction during January, which is "Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month." Participating resorts in 34 states are offering discounts and incentives to motivate children and adults to take lessons from instructors certified by the...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 2, 2015

A snowshoer's view of First Night fireworks as Spokane celebrated the beginning of 2015, as seen from Mount Spokane. (Holly Weiler)

Snowshoers didn't miss First Night fireworks

WINTERSPORTS -- Snowshoers walked into 2015 by making first tracks in Mount Spokane State Park. Holly Weiler led a group of six Spokane Mountaineers on Wednesday to celebrate New Years Eve on the summit, where they watched Spokane fireworks. The group romped in the darkness...

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With the Cabinet Mountains in the background, Todd Dunfield of Spokane treks toward the Ross Creek Cedars in northwestern Montana during a snowshoeing trip with the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness.  (Rich Landers)

Clinics help snowshoers walk the walk

WINTERSPORTS -- A long list of services and events is forming this winter to help more snowshoers get on the trail. Mount Spokane Rentals Through the winter season, new snowshoe and nordic ski rental service is available at Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski area...

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Roy Wickstrom, right, calls for a target at the Spokane Gun Club last Sunday, joined by his family’s three generations of trapshooters. From left,Taylor Hughes, Matthew Hughes, Kim Knapply. Also on the line but not pictured is Charles Knapply. (Rich Landers)

The Spokesman-Review Trapshoot is winter tradition

SHOOTING -- Starting Sunday, for the 97th year, clay targets will be vaporized by shotgunners competing in The Spokesman-Review Trapshoot, an eight-week contest with open, women and youth divisions. The oldest shooting event of its kind in the country pits participants against flying clay targets...

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