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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

Anglers pose with their spring chinook salmon at The Guide Shop in Orofino, Idaho, after returning from a Clearwater River fishing trip. (Rich Landers)

About 1K spring chinook in Idaho as season opens

FISHING -- About 1,000 spring chinook will be holding in Idaho water's when the season opens in the Clearwater Region on Saturday -- and that's more than usual for the opener. Joe DuPont, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional fisheries managers made these observations Thursday:...

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Fishtrap Lake resort docks are always busy on opening day of Washington's lowland lake fishing season. (Rich Landers)

S-R's 2015 fishing stories, map compiled on website

FISHING -- Fishing stories that will help guide you through the region's 2015 seasons are compiled on The Spokesman-Review's Outdoors webpage under 2015 Fishing Guide. Check out the site regularly for additional stories as well as blog posts for updates. Also, click on the "Documents"...

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Bird watcher thinks out of the (nest) box

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- My Sunday Outdoors story on nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds struck a chord with Dick Thiel of Spokane: Wrens and flickers are my favorite; flickers are so entertaining and wrens so busy and such beautiful singers. Here's my latest wren palace, made...

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Salmon anglers on the Wind River, a Columbia River tributary in Skamania County, could have a whopping good time if forecasts hold true. (File)

Barbed hooks OKed for salmon in Wind River area

FISHING -- Anglers will be allowed to use barbed hooks through June at Wind River and Drano Lake while fishing for hatchery chinook and steelhead, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced. Location and effective dates: Wind River from mouth (boundary line markers)...

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Idaho lawmakers stay one up on Fish-Game panel 

CONSERVATION -- The Idaho House appears to have squandered a great conservation opportunity in order to show it's in control if not necessarily in step with the needs of Idaho sportsmen. Disgruntled legislators nix Idaho Fish & Game's land purchase The Idaho Department of Fish...

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Sage grouse produced chicks in Lincoln County. (Associated Press)

Idaho on board with sage grouse conservation plan

THREATENED SPECIES -- Idaho officials have approved a plan to protect habitat for greater sage grouse on state endowment lands as part an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act. The Associated Press reports that Gov. C.L. “Butch”...

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Montana’s bighorn sheep plan has come under fire after a few attempts to establish new herds. (Associated Press)

Bighorns killed on Bison Range to curb disease

WILDLIFE -- More bad news for bighorn sheep. Six young bighorns that escaped the fence around the 19,000-acre National Bison Range near Ravalli, Mont., were shot last week in a measure to confront disease that's been killing the wild sheep on several fronts. Sport hunting...

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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015

Early and later versions of 100 Hikes in the Inland Northwest have been published since 1987. (Rich Landers)

Tonight: The Making of '100 Hikes'

TRAILS -- The Spokane Mountaineers are planning a series of events this year to celebrate the club’s centennial, including a free program, The Making of 100 Hikes, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday at Mountain Gear Corporate Offices, 6021 N. Mansfield. Rich Landers -- that's...

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Green Fire is a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold. (Courtesy photo)

Aldo Leopold film screens Tuesday, free

ENVIRONMENT -- Green Fire, the first full-length, high-definition documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Community Building Lobby. Admission is free. The film showing sold out when it debuted in 2013 at the Riverfront...

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Catherine Hennings, right, board president of Cascade Bicycle Club, pauses on the bicycle trail at Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park, part of an urban loop she recommends. (John Lok/The Seattle Times / Associated Press)

10 top bicycle routes in Washington listed

CYCLING -- Travelers visiting Washington State, including Puget Sound, for business or pleasure shouldn't forget their bikes. Following is a rundown of 10 favorite bike rides from the leader of the Cascade Bicycle Club in a Seattle Times story moved by the Associated Press. The...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

Discarded fishing gear has fowl impacts 

FISHING -- Anglers have a responsibility to gear up properly to reduce break offs and clean up line and tackle as much as possible, whether it's theirs or that of another fisherman. A lot of critters are out there making a living in and under...

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BLM opens Escure Ranch road to Towell Falls

PUBLIC LANDS -- A gate has been opened temporarily at Escure Ranch allowing motor vehicles to drive the rough road less than three miles into Towell Falls, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Spokane office says. The 14,000-acre BLM Rock Creek Recreation Area site south...

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Vehicle break-in at Riverside State Park not unusual 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Climber-cyclists Eric Barrett has a first-person reason for repeating the warning state park rangers preach to visitors leaving their vehicles in any park or Centennial Trail trailhead. Hey Riverside State Park users, I had my car broken into at Bowl & Pitcher...

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The view from Glacier National Park's Two Medicine campground on April 16, 2015. (National Park Service)

Glacier Park lowland camp sites beginning to open

PUBLIC LANDS -- Services remain limited at Glacier National Park, but access is gradually opening earlier than normal as snow recedes. The road to Two Medicine and a loop of the Two Medicine Campground near East Glacier should be opening this weekend. Glacier National Park...

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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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