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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2016

MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2016

SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2016

Backpacking in the high Sierra Mountains near Mount Whitney in California. (Rich Landers)

John Muir Trail hiking tips offered by locals

HIKING – Tips on hiking a classic 220-mile route through the high Sierra-Nevada Range of California will be presented by the Spokane Mountaineers at 7 p.m. on Monday at Mountain Gear Corporate Headquarters, 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley. Luke Bakken and Natasha Volkmann,...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2016

An osprey flies with a partially eaten fish. (The Spokesman-Review)

Falling fish fries powerlines in Seattle

FISH STORIES – Utility officials say a falling fish knocked out power to nearly 200 customers this week in Seattle. While the city is famous for throwing and catching fish in Pike Place Market, this fish apparently was fumbled by a wild bird of prey....

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THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016


Backcountry skiing involves some inherent risks, including exposure to avalanche terrain. (Rich Landers)

Avalanche awareness sessions offered in Sandpoint

WINTERSPORTS – Two avalanche awareness seminars will be be offered free this month in Sandpoint. Selkirk Powder Company and the Alpine Shop have teamed to host the one-hour seminars promoting avalanche awareness for outdoor enthusiasts, especially those in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains. On Dec....

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016

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

Bald eagles near record count at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Despite difficult viewing conditions, a near-record count of bald eagles was tallied today in the weekly winter survey at Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 257 eagles in the Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay...

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

Birds fluff up and take winter cold in stride

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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A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around waterfowl huddled on a pond at sunrise.  (Associated Press)

Down was made for weathering winter

WATERFOWL -- Ducks -- you'll find them looking for open water during this cold snap -- are models promoting the effective qualities of down insulation as they hang out comfortably in below-zero conditions. Down is the lightest most compressible and efficient natural insulator for cold-weather...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 13, 2016


Fourth of July Lake south of Sprague. (Rich Landers)

Ice firming on winter fishing lakes

FISHING -- Fourth of July Lake south of Sprague was still skimpy on safe ice this afternoon, but Hog Canyon Lake in the Fishtrap area was firming up nicely in this week's cold snap. The two winter trout fishing lakes opened the Friday after Thanksgiving...

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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2016

Skiing hazards.

Winter sports season gets off to rough start

WINTERSPORTS -- The skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling season has barely started for 2016-2017 and already the misadventures and fatalities are being logged. Among them: Skier dies in tree well at Snoqualmie Pass Skier dies in southwestern Montana avalanche Crystal Mountain out-of-bounds skier lost overnight, but...

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Colville offers grants for forest health projects

PUBLIC LANDS -- Individuals, non-profit organizations and local governments are invited by the Colville National Forest to submit applications for projects ranging from weed control to road and facilities improvements. Officials have $638,000 available for this year’s projects to improve the 1.1-million acre forest in...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016




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