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Outdoors blog archive for Feb. 2016

MONDAY, FEB. 29, 2016

Despite two decades of efforts to save them, spotted owls continue to disappear.
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Protected status upheld for four Washington species

THREATENED SPECIES -- Greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrels will remain on the state’s threatened species list and snowy plovers and northern spotted owls on the state’s endangered species list, according to a vote by the the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The commission took...

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Buttercup. (Jim Cummins)

Buttercups advance the season

FLORA -- The scablands may look brown from a distance at the end of February, but the buttercups that bloom with the first winter hint of sunshine and warmer temps shout "Spring" to walkers who get out and explore. Delightful buttercup images from the past...

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Alex Harris, 37, of Coeur d'Alene shot this 52-inch bull moose on Sept. 19, 2013, in Idaho's Unit 6 in the St. Joe River drainage. (Jacob Rothrock )

Auction big-game tags topic at CdA meeting

HUNTING -- A proposal to raise money for wildlife management and sportsman access by offering five big-game hunting tags for auction -- one each for elk, mule deer, mountain goat, pronghorn and moose -- will be presented for public comment at a meeting in Coeur...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2016

Cancer patient Jace Malek, 18, bagged on Nov. 14, 2015, in northeastern Washington during a special end-of-life hunt organized by Youth Outdoors Unlimited with a special permit from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and help from a group of sportsmen volunteers. (Courtesy)

Cancer claims Jace Malek, West Valley athlete

HUNTING -- Everybody knew that Jace Malek's last hunting trip would be bittersweet. But the emphasis was on the sweet. West Valley football star, Idaho Vandal recruit and all around good-guy, Malek has lost year-long battle with a savage form of cancer. Malek was diagnosed...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2016

FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2016

THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016



Yosemite National Park's Horsetail Falls glows like a lavafall as the sun sets on Feb. 24, 2016. (Hillary Landers)

Photo: Yosemite waterfall lights up like fire

WATERFALLS -- Always the light of my life, my favorite youngest daughter brightened my morning with this photo she snapped as daylight waned Wednesday where she works in Yosemite National Park, California. Last night, the sunset hit Horsetail Falls just right so that it look...

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A grizzly bear roams Yellowstone National Park shortly after emerging from its winter den in March 2013. (Yellowstone Tour Guides)

First grizzly emerges from den in Yellowstone

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Yellowstone National Park has reported its first grizzly bear sighting of 2016. Park officials spotted the male grizzly bear Tuesday near the Nez Perce Creek drainage during a wolf survey flight. Park spokeswoman Amy Bartlett says the timing of this year’s first...

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Muddy water in Hangman Creek generally is a signal to kayakers, canoests and rafters that the stream is in rare good form for paddling.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Video: Rafters go with the flow in Hangman Creek

RIVER RUNNING -- Hangman Creek is notorious among rafters and paddlers for being a now-you-see-it, now-you-don't whitewater attraction. Adequate flows for rafting usually come and go quickly in winter or early spring with rain and snowmelt events. Spokane river runner Tanner Grant jumped on the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2016




Washington Fly fishing Fair in Ellensburg

FISHING -- The 10th annual Washington Fly Fishing Fair, featuring a variety of tying, casting and learning events, is set for April 29-30 in Ellensburg, sponsored by the Federation of Fly Fishers. Free seminars include Fishing the Upper Columbia, Steelhead Fishing in Washington and...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2016


In this Sunday, May 3, 2015 photo, ice clings to a cliff at Tuckerman Ravine on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Avalanches, falling ice, crevasses and undermined snow are some of the dangers faced by backcountry skiers at the birthplace of extreme skiing. (Robert Bukaty / Associated Press)

Avalanche deaths: worst January since 2008

WINTERSPORTS -- Avalanche deaths are on the rise as more people explore backcountry recreation and El Nino dumps snow in the West, the Associated Press reports. Data from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center shows the 11 deaths in January made that month the deadliest since...

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