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THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Fly-tying class geared to beginners

FLY FISHING -- Silver Bow Fly Shop is offering the last chance before spring to take a beginner fly-tying class. Learn to tie 6 reliable fly patterns with techniques that can be applied to many more. When: Feb. 7-8 Where: Silver Bow Fly Shop Instructor:...

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First salmon of season shows in Columbia

FISHING – It’s a harbinger of spring, or perhaps a harbinger of spring chinook salmon fishing. An 18-pound lower river stock spring chinook was picked up in the lower Columbia commercial sturgeon fishery on Wednesday. The fish, checked by Oregon fisheries officials, is the first...

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Rafting the Selway River in Idaho requires considerable skill, wilderness self-sufficiency and advance planning to get one of the limited number of permits offered in a lottery drawing. RICH LANDERS  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Idaho river rafting permit deadline Jan. 31

IDAHO RIVERS -- Applications to get coveted permits for floating the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon rivers for this coming season must be submitted online by Jan. 31. The new shift by the Forest Service to online applications includes...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Forest Service names new Palouse District Ranger

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Susan Shaw, a Forest Service manager of planning, lands and minerals in Tennessee, has been named the new district ranger for the Clearwater National Forest's Palouse Ranger District headquartered in Potlatch, Idaho. Shaw has worked for the agency in several locations as...

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A herd of more than 60 elk, mostly mature bulls, was photographed in January 2011 in Utah by a Uinta County Sheriff as he waited for the herd to cross the road ahead of him about 12 miles out of Evanston. 
 (Courtesy photo)

Hunting season's over, bull elk know it  

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A herd of more than 60 elk, mostly mature bulls, was photographed recently in Utah by a Uinta County Sheriff as he waited for the herd to cross the road ahead of him about 12 miles out of Evanston. Hunting season is...

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Helicopter pronghorn roundup caught on video

WILDLIFE -- A helicopter's speedy pursuit and net capture of pronghorns in Nevada is captured on amateur video and posted on YouTube. If you think helicopter net gunning is child's play, you need to watch this. Click here for one video showing the intensity of...

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Winter is Hurricane season at Olympic National Park

NATIONAL PARKS -- Winter at Olyimpic National Park conjures up images of pounding surf on wilderness beaches. But many people don't realize the Western Washington park also offers stunning winter alpine beauty served by the plowed road to Hurricane Ridge. Bring your skis or snowshoes...

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See documentary on Skeena River woes

RIVERS -- Whether you're a paddler or a steelhead angler, you've probably heard of British Columbia's Skeena River. It's an iconic natural resource that's threatened, according to a documentary that will be playing in Spokane on Friday. "Awakening at the Skeena," a film by Andrew...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011




Hunt accident story makes Landers see orange

HUNTING SAFETY -- A 35-year-old eastern Idaho man who lost his right lung and most of the use of his right arm after being mistakenly shot during hunting season last fall is in the news for stating publically that he’s frustrated the shooter is facing...

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Frank Whitney caught this 23-inch kokanee -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing Lake Roosevelt the weekend of Jan. 22-23, 2011, out of Keller. (Courtesy photo)

Why fish for kokanee at Roosevelt?

FISHING -- Frank Whitney holds up one of the reasons anglers might want to pursue kokanee at Lake Roosevelt Whitney caught this beefy 23-incher -- weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces -- while fishing over the weekend out of Keller. His friend, Eldon Wagner, wasn't quite...

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MONDAY, JAN. 24, 2011

Spokane Boat Show has (safety) class

BOATING -- Get more bang for your buck by multitasking at the Spokane National Boat Show, which opens Friday and runs through Feb. 6 at Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center. The eight-hour America’s Boating Course, which satisfies Washington’s mandatory boater education requirements, will be...

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A pair of common loons produced one chick in their first nesting effort at Long Lake in 2009. The female loon was back on a nest in May 2010 before Fish and Wildlife Department officials reported that she had been shot around May 9. Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo by Daniel Poleschook Jr.)

Bill would give loons status against poachers

OLYMPIA -- A bill has been introduced in the Washington Legislature that would, among other things, give loons and trumpeter swans some clout against a poacher's bank acount. When a Newport-area man senselessly killed a common loon at Yocum Lake a few years ago, Washington...

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Sportsmen-related bills entered in Olympia

OLYMPIA -- Here' s a sampling of legislation of interest to sportsmen that's been introduced in the Washington Legislature and is up for major public hearings. It's a version reduced from a list being watched by the Fishing and Hunting Natural Resources Forum. SB 5201...

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Van Bennett drives the groomer at Fourth of July Pass for the Panhandle Nordic club while Geoff Harvey is helping to plan new trails. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Fourth of July Pass ski trail holding snow

WINTER SPORTS -- The Panhandle Nordic Club's annual Rock Soup event is set for Saturday at Fourth of July Pass nordic trails Panhandle Hut. Although the snow is thin on the trails, there's plenty for skiing. "The ski up Skywalker from Skateway to Twisted Klister...

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A sub-zero air temperature produces fog around water fowl huddled on a pond at sunrise in Marlborough, Mass., Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. (Associated Press)

Let winter get you down

WATERFOWL -- These ducks are offering their free services as models to promote the effective qualities of down insulation as they hang out comfortably on the ice in below-zero conditions. Down is the lightest most compressible and efficient natural insulator for cold weather clothing. But...

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Flying trapper shows his business class

OUTDOOR CHUCKLE -- As a trapper boarded the airplane, the flight attendant asked what he had in the bag over his shoulder. "It's a dead raccoon." "You can't bring a dead raccoon on the plane," the attendant said. "Sure I can. It's carrion."

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SUNDAY, JAN. 23, 2011

Ice shrouded everything on top of Star Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho, when a Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness arrived on a snowshoeing day trip Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. (Andrew Kraus)

Snowshoers making tracks this weekend 

WINTER SPORTS -- This has been a glorious and brilliant weekend for exploring the winter outdoors in the Inland Northwest, especially for snowshoers who absorb it all at a quiet pace that seems in step with the season. Ice shrouded everything on top of Star...

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At least one bird dieoff mystery solved

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy WILDLIFE -- Maybe it doesn't solve the case of 3,000 blackbirds that fell from the sky and died in Arkansas on New Years Day, but at least the people in South Dakota got...

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David Thompson detailed in Nisbet talk

ADVENTURE -- Historian and author Jack Nisbet of Spokane will give a slide presentation on "David Thompson among the Kalispel" this month in the cultural heart of the tribe's reservation. Although the Lewis and Clark Expedition had garnered much of the publicity a few years...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 22, 2011

Spokane River Water Trail discussed

RIVERS -- Andy Dunau, Executive Director of the Spokane River Forum, will discuss the effort to develop the recreation potential of the Spokane River Water Trail in a meeting with the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club Monday, 7 p.m., at the Corbin Community Center, 827...

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Program to steady minds of rock climbers

CLIMBING -- Arno Ilgner author of The Rock Warrior's Way will be in Spokane Tueday to present a free slide snow on mental fitness for athletes heading out to hang on the edge. The free program will beging at 7 p.m. at Mountain Gear, 2002...

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