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Thu., March 8, 2012, 8:37 a.m.

294 coyotes killed in Northeast Washington derby

PREDATORS -- Northeast Washington businesses and hunters once again took aim at coyotes this winter to spread a little wealth and help beleaguered white-tailed deer a little more breathing room. Participating hunters checked in 294 coyotes during the winter Coyote Derby covering Ferry, Stevens and...

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Thu., March 8, 2012, 7:25 a.m.

Montana seeks ideas for more effective wolf hunt

PREDATORS -- Montana’s wildlife commission is soliciting ideas to make next season’s wolf hunt more effective. The Fish, Wildlife and Parks commission invited county commissioners from across Montana to participate in a work session in Helena to discuss what additional measures can be taken to...

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Ice sealed the water surface near the boat launch at Coffeepot Lake west of Harrington, Wash., on March 7, 2012. (Rich Landers)

Wed., March 7, 2012, 7:03 a.m.

Ice almost gone from Coffeepot Lake

FISHING -- A thin crust of ice still covered the boat launch area at Coffeepot Lake on Wednesday evening, but that didn't stop a fly fisher from launching his aluminum pram to fish the fingers of open water at the east end of the lake....

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Tundra swans stop at Calispell Lake near Usk in Pend Oreille County. (Bill Morlin)

Wed., March 7, 2012, 7:02 a.m.

Sign up: Pend Oreille Valley Tundra Swan Day

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Organized outings and access to experts are among the benefits of visiting festivals celebrating the arrival of migrating birds. Tundra Swan Day in the Pend Oreille Valley, set for March 17, is a good example of locals sharing a wildlife spectacle in...

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Snowboarding pro John Jackson models (and later destroys) a $4,000 suit for a fashion photo shoot for the March issue of Playboy magazine. Also in the photo are boarders Danny Davis and Mark Sollors. (courtesy of Playboy magazine)

Wed., March 7, 2012, 6:12 a.m.

Snowboarders dress up for Playboy

WINTER SPORTS -- The current playboy is one for the shredder. No longer your daddy's magazine, the March issue of the bunny pub features Burton snowboard pros Danny Davis, John Jackson and Mark Sollors. See more on their Playboy debut in this ESPN online story.

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Mon., March 5, 2012, 7:01 a.m.

15th annual Sandhill Crane Festival set at Othello

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Another great assortment of field trips and programs is being organized for the 15th annual Othello Sandhill Crane Festival, March 23-25 based from Othello, Wash., and the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. The festival highlights the spring migration of large, lanky and gorgeous...

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Sun & snow: While Spokane has been mostly smothered in low clouds and fog for more than a week, skiers at Mount Spokane have been above it all on most days. This skate skier was basking in sunshine last Sunday. The cross-country trails and parking area will be busy today for the annual Langlauf 10K citizens race, starting at 11 a.m. (Rich Landers)

Fri., March 2, 2012, 11:50 a.m.

It's Nordic Nirvana at area xc ski areas

Put away that garden seed catalog. Cross-country ski areas are enjoying the season’s best snow conditions. Mount Spokane: New snow has accumulated every day this week with temperatures largely in the teens and 20s. XCers in most of the world would die for these conditions....

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The 24 Hours of Schweitzer benefit ski event start. (Eric Ewing)

Fri., March 2, 2012, 9:01 a.m.

Are you game for 24 Hours at Schweitzer?

SKIING — Downhill skiing marathoners are conditioning their legs or gathering teams for the fourth annual “24 Hours of Schweitzer” March 30-31 at Schweitzer Mountain Resort -- a fundraiser for a good cause. Also known as "24 Hours for Hank," the event seeks participants to...

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Fri., March 2, 2012, 8:03 a.m.

Avalanche advisory: Mountains loaded with powder

WINTER SPORTS -- Wonderful deep powder is calling all backcountry snow worshipers today, and the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center is recommending that you go and get after it -- but consider staying on the lower angle slopes! The best snow avalanche technicians found during the...

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The Swedish team boat crewed by Benjamin Peterson and Philip Carlson races in the Star series of the Miami Olympic Classes Regatta on Biscayne Bay in Miami, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012. More than 500 sailors from 44 countries are competing in the steppingstone to the Olympic Games. (J Carter / Associated Press)

Fri., March 2, 2012, 6:17 a.m.

Top 10 boat names in past year revealed

BOATING -- Wet Dream is out, Dream Weaver is in. Popular names for boats are changing with the times, according to the 22nd annual survey of the most popular boat names by Boat Owners Association of the United States. “A boat name reflects the life...

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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.