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Outdoors blog archive for May 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

Spokane River flows have been lower and warmer than average in 2015. (Rich Landers)

Gov. Inslee asked to support Spokane River flows 

RIVERS – Environmental groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to increase the summer time flows of the Spokane River, to improve recreation and to maintain the scenic falls in the middle of the state’s second-largest city. The groups on Tuesday asked Inslee to revisit an...

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Ground squirrel. (Associated Press)

Boise-area ground squirrels may have plague

CRITTERS -- For the second year in a row, Idaho health officials say preliminary tests on dead ground squirrels south of Boise have come back positive for plague. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is still confirming the diagnosis, but officials are asking the...

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MONDAY, MAY 30, 2016

SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016

SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016


Mitch Byrd of Spokane caught this 25-inch-long steelhead weighing 5 pounds from Sprague Lake on May 26, 2016.
 (Scott Haugen)

Steelhead living large in Sprague Lake

FISHING -- "What happened to the 370,000 hatchery steelhead stocked in Sprague Lake in 2014?" That's been a frequently asked question among anglers this spring. Mitch Byrd of Spokane reeled in the answer this week. Those truckloads of West Side steelhead that needed a home...

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Tyler Barrong of Spokane lands a 34.25-inch fall Chinook while salmon fishing near the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers on Sept. 16, 2014.    (Shawn Barrong)

Snake River fall chinook delisting denied

FISHING -- Not yet. The first attempt to delist one of the 13 species of Columbia Basin salmon and steelhead protected under the Endangered Species Act has been denied by federal authorities. The decision made public Thursday by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries cites...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016



WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2016





Downfall on the North Idaho trail to Revett Lake. (Lynn Smith)

Revett Lake, other trails, need clearing

TRAILS -- Snow recedes and exposes trails, expect to find downfall on many of the popular hiking routes in the region. The photo above captures a spot on Trail 9 to Revett Lake in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests near Thompson Pass. Volunteers from the...

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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016

Melissa Arnot (Eddie Bauer)

Melissa Arnot climbs into Mount Everest record book

MOUNTAINEERING -- Professional climber Melissa Arnot, 32, on Monday became the first American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest and survive the descent without supplemental oxygen, according to Outside Online. Arnot's ascent of the 29,035-foot peak’s northeast ridge from Tibet marked her sixth...

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Cabela's in Post Falls lured 58 humans and one dog to don lifejackets on May  21 to celebrate Ready, Set, Wear It!
 (Kristi Blaver)

Giving life jackets a plug

WATERSPORTS -- As a reminder for the spike in boating activity for the Memorial Day Weekend, the Post Falls Cabela's store joined the sixth annual Ready, Set, Wear It! campaign to encourage boaters to wear life jackets while on the water. "We had participants come...

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Josh Fedder holds a limit of rainbow trout caught from the Four Seasons Campground on Sprague Lake. (Scott Haugen)

Anglers take a shine to Sprague Lake rainbows

FISHING -- Scott Haugen of Four Seasons Campground emailed several photos like those above showing resort anglers beaming with the rainbow trout they've been catching from the resort. Each photo had two things in common: The rainbows were big and bright. So were the smiles...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

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