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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2016

FRIDAY, DEC. 9, 2016

Boating is popular on the wealth of waters in the Inland Northwest. (The Spokesman-Review)

Marine trade group offers 'Grow Boating' grants 

WATERSPORTS – A grant program has been established for non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the Northwest. The grants are being awarded through the Northwest Marine Trade Association's Grow Boating program, which seeks to increase the number of boaters and encourage current boaters to...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016





Remote camera images such as this one snapped in August 2015 have helped California wildlife officials to confirm that five gray wolf pups and two adults are in Northern California.
 (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)

California extends protections for rebounding gray wolf 

ENDANGERED SPECIES – The California gray wolves will keep their endangered species protections even once the rebounding animal hits a population of at least 50, state wildlife officials said Wednesday. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife published its plan for managing wolves late Tuesday,...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2016

Orofino fishing guide Jim McCarthy relishes the moment after netting two Clearwater River steelhead hooked simultaneously.

Idaho Fish and Game aims again at fee hikes

FISHING-HUNTING -- Officials with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are once again proposing a plan to raise hunting and fishing fees, despite previous resistance from state lawmakers who have refused to advance similar proposals. A feature of the proposal would allow sportsmen...

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Fog sits in a valley near Olympic National Park's High Divide Trail, with glaciated peaks in the background (Associated Press)

Olympic Wilderness re-named for Sen. Dan Evans 

PUBLIC LANDS – Congress has approved a bill that will rename the Olympic Wilderness within Olympic National Park in honor of former Washington Governor and U.S. Senator Dan Evans. The legislation will rename the Olympic Wilderness within Olympic National Park as the “Daniel J. Evans...

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Big Rock and the Rocks of Sharon glisten under a dusting of cold, fresh snow in Spokane Valley. (Mary Weathers / Dishman Hills Conservancy)

Dishman Hills beckons hikers in winter, too

HIKING -- Dishman Hills Conservancy members are leading a winter hike into the Rocks of Sharon on Saturday, Dec. 10, likely through several inches of cold, beautiful snow. The group will depart the Stevens Creek Trailhead at 10 a.m., hike about 3 miles gaining 600...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2016


Nolan Stewart won the Junior  Division of the 2016 Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Fall Fishing Derby with a rainbow trout that weighed 14.72 pounds and measured 31.75 inches long. (Courtesy)

Big fish meets special needs

FISHING -- The list of winners published last week after the 2016 Lake Pend Oreille Fall Fishing Derby has a lot of untold stories to go along with them. One worth noting is Nolan Stewart, 12, who won the Junior Division with a rainbow trout...

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Anglers fish for spring chinook on the lower Columbia River. (Rich Landers)

Columbia salmon on commission agenda

FISHERIES – Options for the state's reform policy on Columbia River salmon management will be up for public comment during a Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10, in Olympia. The commission's meeting agenda also schedules action on a variety...

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2016





The Northwest Passage Ski Mountaineering Race, Dec. 16-17, will require competitors to go uphill as well as down and through backcountry areas near McCall, Idaho. (Courtesy)

Ski mountaineering race set at Brundage Dec. 16-17

Some of the most passionate and dedicated backcountry skiers in the nation are expected to flock to the McCall area for a world-class mountaineering event at Brundage Mountain this December. The McCall Winter Sports Club and the USSMA (United States Ski Mountaineering Association) are teaming...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016


The fisher, a member of the weasel family, is being re-introduced to Washington.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Fishers reintroduced to Mount Rainier National Park 

WILDLIFE -- Ten fishers were released by state and federal biologists today in the Nisqually River watershed of Mount Rainier National Park as part of a collaborative effort to restore the species to Washington. Fishers, a housecat-sized member of the weasel family, were eliminated from...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2016


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