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TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2015




MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2015






SUNDAY, AUG. 23, 2015

A sow black bear and her five cubs cool off in a kiddie pool in a New Jersey family's backyard. (Tim Basso)

Momma bear, 5 cubs, play in kiddie pool 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This video of a black bear sow with FIVE cubs seeking relief from summer heat is worth enduring the entry commercial for a few minutes of wildlife observation. Momma bear immediately recognizes the cool water haven in a New Jersey family's backyard,...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2015




Spokane is in the center of this satellite image wildfire smoke across Pacific Northwest on Aug. 20, 2015.  Origin point of smoke on the left is the 42,000-acre Wolverine Fire in the Glacier Peak Wilderness area near upper Lake Chelan.  Farther east, the 134,000-acre Chelan, 162,000-acre Okanogan, 110,000-acre Colville Indian Reservation, and 90,000-acre Colville area fires all merge and drift east across Montana and into the Midwest. (NOAA)

View from above raises pall of concern 

WILDFIRES -- I flew from Seattle to Spokane this morning after 10 days off the grid in Alaska. Heartbreaking is the first word that came to mind as I watched the smoke rising from east of the Cascades and spreading eastward across the state, mixing...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2015


WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2015

The Idaho Fish and Game Department has prepared a video series on angler etiquette.

Fishing etiquette video 3: At the Boat Ramp

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game has produced well-done series of four videos on angler etiquette. On Monday and Tuesday, I posted Parts 1 and 2. Here's Part 3, The Boat Ramp, which explains common do’s and don’ts and highlighting that getting a boat in...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2015

Cow moose and calf. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Citizens use smartphones to boost moose research

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Don't just tell your friends and family next time you see a moose in Washington. Tell somebody who really cares. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers want to hear about your moose observations when you’re afield this fall and winter, especially...

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The Idaho Fish and Game Department has prepared a video series on angler etiquette.

Fishing etiquette video 2: Boat Wakes

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game has produced well-done videos on angler etiquette. Yesterday I posted Part 1. Here's Part 2, Boat Wakes, which explains long-time practices among local anglers for both boat drivers and shore anglers. The bottom line: All boaters need to be...

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2015


The Idaho Fish and Game Department has prepared a video series on angler etiquette.

Fishing etiquette 1: Fishing with others

FISHING -- With salmon and steelhead fishing catching the attention of more and more participants, Idaho Fish and Game officials have prepared videos on angling etiquette that highlight ways to avoid some of the issues that spawn irritation and complaints. As Joe DuPont, Clearwater region...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2015

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2015

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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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