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Outdoors blog archive for March 2016

THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2016


This dead Indiana bat,  found in an abandoned mine in Rosendale, N.Y., died of white-nose syndrome.  (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Bat with white-nose syndrome found in Washington

WILDLIFE – White-nose syndrome has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend. It's the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. Following are details from a media release by the agencies involved -- the...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016

TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2016



Casting call: Hoping for a bite from a redband rainbow trout, Mike Thomas casts his line into the Spokane River near Riverside State Park on Wednesday. Thomas, a student at Spokane Falls Community College, said he took the day for himself to get in some time at the river before temperatures start to drop. Thomas said he plans to transfer to North Idaho College to pursue studies in wildlife biology. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Fly fishing films to boost Spokane River trout

FISHING -- Local anglers are bringing an acclaimed collection of fly fishing films to Spokane as a benefit for river access and research projects to boost native redband trout. The third annual Spokane River Benefit and International Fly Fishing Film Festival is set for 7...

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MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016






A proposed steelhead license plate could become available to Washington motorists to raise funds for wild fish programs. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Steelhead license plate bill signed by Gov. Inslee 

FISHING -- Legislation has been approved that will help fund efforts to conserve wild steelhead populations in Washington through the sale of license plates featuring an image of the state’s iconic fish in the background. Senate Bill 6200, requested by the Washington Department of Fish...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016

SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2016

Kayakers paddle whitewater with the Yaak River at 4.9 feet. (Brian Jamieson)

Yaak River runs like the big ones in spring

WATERSPORTS -- For much of the year, the Yaak River in Western Montana is a smallish, trouty tributary of the Kootenai River. But as Spokane kayaker Brian Jamieson points out in this video, it's a true spring whitewater challenge at 4.9 feet. Heading there? You...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2016

A spring rockslide blocks the Falls Point Road on the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service)

Some roads washed out on Idaho Panhandle Forests

PUBLIC LANDS -- As reported earlier this month, people traveling into national forests should be prepared for the possibility of road blockages and washouts, especially in areas affected by 2015 wildfires. Idaho Panhandle National Forest officials in the Bonners Ferry and Sandpoint districts multiple roads...

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 2016



Two anglers in a small boat had Hog Canyon Lake all to themselves in late March. The winter fishing lake's fishing season closes on March 31. Access to the lake and shore is on land managed by the U .S. Bureau of Land Management west of Spokane south of Interstate 90 near Fishtrap Lake. (Rich Landers)

BLM seeks citizen advisors in Idaho, Washington 

PUBLIC LANDS – Nominations for citizen committees that advise the Bureau of Land Management on public land issues are being accepted by the Coeur d’Alene and Spokane districts through May 2. Five positions will be vacated this fall on the 15-member Resource Advisory Council...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2016


Seattle-area mountain biker Mire Levy rides a rugged, rocky portion of the Kettle Crest Trail toward Sherman Peak south of Sherman Pass.
 (Tim Banning)

Keep bikes out of wilderness, conservation groups say 13 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Mountain biking groups lobbying Congress to amend the Wilderness Act and allow bikes into designated wilderness areas have triggered a reaction from wilderness advocates. This week, 116 conservation organizations, including The Lands Council in Spokane, asked Congress to oppose attempts to weaken...

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A skier carves through new snow on March 23, 2016 at Silver Mountain Resort. (Alison Boggs / The Spokesman-Review)

Ski areas freshened with new snow

WINTERSPORTS -- Spring has arrived, and so has the fresh layers of snow skiers and riders expect in the mountains during March. Check out your favorite ski area; you may be pleasantly surprised. S-R staffer Alison Boggs "called in well" today so she could ride...

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