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Outdoors blog archive for May 2015

SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2015

Hikers and bikers enjoyed plenty of elbow room at the Vista House and top of Mount Spokane on May 31, a day before the gate would be opened to allow vehicle traffic up the Summit Road for the summer season. (Rich Landers)

Mount Spokane Summit Road opens June 1

PARKS -- Hikers and bikers enjoyed plenty of elbow room at the Vista House and 5,886-foot top of Mount Spokane today, May 31. The experience will be a little busier starting on Monday, June 1, when Mount Spokane State Park rangers are scheduled to open...

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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2015



A big rainbow, left, and 14 steelhead made up the April 8 catch of these three Sprague Lake anglers off the dock at Four Seasons Campground.
 (Scott Haugen)

Steelhead to be released again at inland lakes

FISHING -- Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish managers will release "early winter" hatchery steelhead into inland lakes again this year, now that federal fisheries officials have decided to conduct a full-scale environmental impact analysis of all Puget Sound hatchery steelhead programs. No word...

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015


A 5 year old grizzly bear wakes up after being trapped by researchers, tranquilized and radio collared north of Upper Priest Lake in 2012. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Grizzly bear researchers working near Sullivan Lake

WILDLIFE -- Federal grizzly bear researchers are working near the Salmo-Priest Wilderness to trap and fit GPS collars on grizzly bears. The researchers also are trying to get DNA samples from other bears to help determine the number of grizzlies in the Idaho-Washington Selkirk Mountains....

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015

Greater sage grouse (AP / File)

Otter orders Idaho sage grouse plan

UPLAND BIRDS -- Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed an executive order requiring state executive agencies to adopt Idaho’s Sage-Grouse Management Plan. The plan demonstrates the state’s commitment to a viable sage grouse population while also maintaining predictable levels of use on public lands,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015




MONDAY, MAY 25, 2015


SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015




Lynn and Stan Mrzygod lead Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club paddlers out of the Calispell Creek slough area off the Pend Oreille River. (Rich Landers)

Club offers canoe, kayak clinics for paddlers

PADDLING – The annual Flatwater Canoeing Clinic conducted by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is set for May 31 at Medical Lake. The clinic for solo and tandem canoeists covers strokes, equipment, safety and rescue, hypothermia, transporting canoes, launching and canoe trim and paddler...

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015



Mount Rainier is seen at dawn last month from Seattle, some 50 miles away from the national park. (Associated Press)

Mount Rainier Park prices increasing

PARKS -- Today is the last day for the $15 per vehicle access fee to visit Mount Rainier National Park. The park will start increasing camping fees on Friday, May 22. Annual passes, which are good for one year, will rise, first to $40 Friday,...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.




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