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TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2012

 Dakota Jones of Spokane will be representing Washington in a national bass fishing competition after winning the 15-18 age-group title in the 2012 Washington’s Junior State Bass Fishing Championship at Lake Washington on April 28, 2012. Jones is a member of the Inland Empire Junior Bass Club. 
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Local junior angler to represent state

TOURNAMENT FISHING -- Dakota Jones of Spokane will be representing Washington in a national bass fishing competition after winning the 15-18 age-group title in the 2012 Washington’s Junior State Bass Fishing Championship at Lake Washington. Jones, a member of the Inland Empire Junior Bass Club,...

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Salmon season closing in Snake today

SALMON FISHING – Fishing for spring chinook salmon will close on the last two sections of the Snake River at an hour past sunset Today (May 22). By then, the catch of Snake River spring chinook salmon is expected to reach harvest guidelines based on...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

A sea lion eats a salmon in the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam. Wildlife biologists in Oregon and Washington say hungry sea lions at the mouth of the Columbia River are responsible for the rapid decline in numbers of sturgeon in the river. (Associated Press)

Sea lions raising hell above Bonneville Dam 

PREDATORS -- Like the cormorants that move in ahead of them, California sea lions are leaving their original saltwater hunting areas to chase fish inland as they go up the Columbia River. At least three, and maybe four of the big marine mammals this year...

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BLM Advisory Council meets Wednesday

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will hold a meeting on May 23 in Moses Lake focusing on the East Side and San Juan Resource Management Plan and the Forest Plan Revision for the Colville National Forest. The meeting will run...

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SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012

Tamae Watanabe (right) of Japan in 2002 at a base camp on the foot of Mount Everest in Nepal. She became the oldest woman to summit during that climb. She did it again Saturday morning at age 73. (Associated Press)

Woman, 73, oldest to climb Everest -- again

MOUNTAINEERING -- At 73, Tamae Watanabe is the oldest woman to summit Mount Everest — again. The last time she made the record, she was 63. She reached the top with four other team members Saturday morning after an all-night climb, Asian Trekking says. The...

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This mudbogging site was also found off the Milner Trail where extensive damage occurred in a meadow on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest in Idaho in May 2012. (U.S. Forest Service)

Mud boggers damaging forest meadows 

PUBLIC LANDS -- They're at it again. As though it's a rite of spring for lame brains, some four-wheel drive enthusiasts are ripping into soggy national forest lands for a few thrills that will leave ruts and plant damage for years to come. Some of...

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FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2012

Boating safety course offered at Northtown 

BOATING -- A boating safety class that satisfies Washington’s driver certification requirements will be offered at the Northtown Mall 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday next week (May 21-24) in honor of National Safe Boating Week. The eight-hour course will be taught by the Spokane...

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Many species of waterfowl were feeding and rearing their young on the wetlands Ducks Unlimited has restored on the former pasture land at the Slavin Conservation Area. (Rich Landers)

Migratory bird day events set in Inland Northwest

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- National Migratory Bird Day has inspired several upcoming events in the Inland Northwest: Saturday (May 19): Birding activities at Blue Creek Bay on Lake Coeur d'Alene, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, an event for all ages. Info: BLM wildlife biologist Carrie Hugo, 208-769-5048; or...

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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012

Icicle River salmon fishing opens Saturday

SALMON FISHING -- The spring chinook salmon fishing season on the Icicle River in Chelan County will open Saturday (May 19), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this afternoon. The closing date, subject to change, is July 31. Daily limit: Daily limit two...

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In this July 2009 photo, “Three Cups of Tea” co-author Greg Mortenson, left, shows the locations of future village schools to U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the opening of Pushghar Village Girls School in Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

’Three Cups’ readers take fraud claims to court

MOUNTAINEERING -- Three people who bought books by mountain climber Greg Mortenson are taking their claims of fraud against the humanitarian to a federal appeals court. Last month, U.S. District Judge Sam Haddon dismissed their lawsuit that alleged that Mortenson, his publisher, his co-author and...

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Riverside State Park Ranger Brian Frahm pauses at the Bowl and Pitcher, where Washington’s new Discover Pass will be required on vehicles beginning July 5. (Dan Pelle)

Spokane meetings focus on future of state parks

PARKS -- Washington State Parks officials have set meetings in Spokane to discuss potentially sweeping changes in management of facilities at Riverside and Mount Spokane. The meetings will be at Spokane Public Library Shadle Branch, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. as follows: Saturday, 3:30-5 p.m., specific...

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Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-800 with salmon graphics. (Courtesy photo)

Alaska Airlines lands a whopper salmon

FISHING IN YOUR DREAMS -- Alaska Airlines and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute on Monday unveiled the world’s largest king salmon. Stretching nearly 129 feet, the fish-themed design will adorn a Boeing 737-800 this fall. The new "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II" design is derived from an earlier...

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Salmon River, Idaho. (Wapiti River Guides)

Sacred Salmon Ceremony set for May 26

SALMON FISHING -- Dorey boat fishing guides and elders of the Nez Perce Tribe will row around a big eddy on May 26 and pray for a safe return of spring chinook to the Salmon River during the 11th annual Sacred Salmon Ceremony and Friendship...

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Bike riders participating in the Ride of Silence are framed in the white painted “ghost bike” at Sprague Avenue and Division Street on Wednesday. The white bike represents those riders injured or killed while riding. (Christopher Anderson)

Ride of Silence mourns downed cyclists

BICYCLING -- Ride of Silence, a global moment of solidarity, is bringing bicyclists together tonight for the 10th annual informal ride to commemorate cyclists who have been killed in accidents involving motor vehicles. In Spokane, riders will meet 6 p.m. at Riverfront Park between the...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.