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THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2015

Schweitzer, Silver ski resorts closing Sunday

WINTERSPORTS -- They fought the good fight, but this strange winter is winning. Schweitzer Mountain and Silver Mountain ski resort swill close for the season after the end of operations on Sunday, officials announced today. The resorts normally are open at least through spring break....

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China Bend climbing area closed for eagle nesting

CLIMBING -- A portion of the China Bend climbing area has been closed to protect nesting raptors, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area officials announced Wednesday. The closure shuts down an area upstream from Kettle Falls to all public use until July 15. The area includes...

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Wild turkey gobblers court their hens for breeding during spring. (Rich Landers)

Spring gobbler hunting seasons coming up

HUNTING -- Spring wild turkey hunting seasons are knocking on the door. All of the rules for Idaho and Washington are in pamphlets at license dealers or online. Check them out before your hunt. Washington's youth-only season for hunters under age 16 is April 4-5....

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015

Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Steelheading to close on upper Columbia waters

FISHING -- Steelhead and whitefish seasons will close on the upper Columbia River and tributaries on March 31 to protect steelhead spawning, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department said announed Wednesday. The closure affects the mainstem Columbia from Rock Island Dam upstream to Chief Joseph...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015




Two floors of merchandise are featured at the flagship Recreational Equipment, Inc. store in Seattle, March 13, 2006. Started as a basement co-op in 1938 by Seattle climbing buddies, Recreational Equipment Inc. has grown to become the powerhouse in specialty outdoor retailing. In 2005, the co-op cleared  $1 billion in sales. In 2014, sales hit $2.2 billion. (Associated Press)

REI racks up record year selling outdoor gear

OUTDOOR RETAILING -- The funky economy couldn't keep outdoors enthusiasts cowering for long. Recreational Equipment, Inc., says its sales soared to $2.2 billion, up 9.9 percent from 2013 — the biggest annual increase since 2010, when the Kent-based retailer and its customers were bouncing back...

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The Panhandle stands out as Idaho’s top producer of whitetail bucks, state wildlife officials say, with numbers to back them up. (Associated Press)

Idaho commission could expand hunting seasons 

HUNTING -- Proposals for Idaho's 2015 big game hunting seasons that expand opportunity in many areas will be considered today at the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting in Boise. Much of the additional opportunity will be available to deer hunters, as another mild winter...

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Glacier Park cougar shot in fight with dog

PARKS -- A dog is better off suppressing the instinct to chase cats when it lives in Glacier National Park. Here's why, as explained Monday in a media release from park officials. A mountain lion was shot and killed by a park ranger after the...

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015

Western meadowlark in Eastern Washington. (J. Foster Fanning)

S-R Readers' Outdoor Photo Gallery captures March moments

We knew the great outdoors would provide inspiration before putting out the call for your images, but the photographic talent out there has been a pleasant surprise. The Spokesman-Review Readers Outdoor Photos web page hasn't just been popular -- it's become a regular online pit stop for a breath of fresh air.

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Washington Fish and Wildlife Officers Will Smith and Chris Busching pose in 2013 with 242 Lahontan cutthroat trout, a gillnet and a 2005 Toyota pickup they seized from four men later convicted of illegal fish netting at Lake Lenore.  (Courtesy And / The Spokesman-Review)

Lake Lenore a letdown, fly fisher says 

FISHING -- Fishing for Lahontan cutthroats at Lake Lenore leaves a lot to be desired, according to recent reports from fly fishers. Perhaps it has nothing to do with illegal gillnetting operations that have been busted in recent years (photo above). Terry Mauer offered this...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

Gov. Inslee appoints new fish, wildlife commissioners

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- An expert birder and physician from Spokane is one of two new members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission named by Gov. Jay Inslee. Although the appointments have not been officially announced, the governor's office has confirmed that Kim Thorburn, former...

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Western meadowlark in Eastern Washington. (J. Foster Fanning)

Photo: meadowlark brightens the prairie

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The Western meadowlark has a way of brightening anyone's day during a walk through the Eastern Washington prairies. Not just with its brilliant spring breeding plumage, but also with its song: Thanks to Ferry County photographer J.Foster Fanning for the photo (top)...

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Oregon Coast touts outdoor options for spring break

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- Planning a special spring break family vacation can be as simple as heading to the Oregon Coast. Check out the Tillamook Coast Top 10 Spring Break Adventures on the promotional website. Whale watching is particularly popular, with boating tours that take tourists...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.








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