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TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

Associated Press Scoping mechanism: Gavin Snow, 7, of Kelso, Wash., uses a viewing scope to get a closer look at Mount St. Helens at the Johnston Ridge Observatory on Tuesday, the 30th anniversary of the volcano’s violent May 18, 1980, eruption. (Associated Press)

Mount St. Helens observatory opens May 15

VOLCANOES -- The Johnston Ridge Observatory -- the major facility attraction in the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument -- will reopen for the season on Sunday, May 15 — three days before the anniversary of the 1980 eruption. The center closes each winter...

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SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011

Idaho set out goals for managing wolves 

WILDLIFE -- Idaho Fish and Game Department biologists have wasted no time gearing up for their renewed chance to begin managing wolves on the state level, even though some federal guidelines still apply. The federal budget bill passed by Congress included a rider that removes...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011

Five tips for opening day anglers

FISHING -- Saturday is opening day of the Washington lowland lakes fishing season, which means trout for dinner this weekend! Jeff Mayor of the Tacoma News-Tribune offered these five tips from his experiences with opening day: Pack your patience. If someone is struggling to get...

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Four loons that nested in Eastern Washington or hatched in the region’s waters died last year from poisoning caused by ingesting lead sinkers or jigs.Photo courtesy of Daniel Poleschook Jr. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Poleschook Jr. / The Spokesman-Review)

Lead tackle restricted at 13 lakes

FISHING -- Starting Sunday, the use of lead fishing tackle will be restricted in northern Washington at 13 lakes frequented by nesting common loons. After a year of discussion and public meetings, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to prohibit the use of lead...

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Bill would remove lead tackle, bullets from EPA rule 

ENVIRONMENT -- Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, R-Wash., is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress that would protect fishing and hunting gear from environmental lawsuits, according to a report in Northwest Sportsman Magazine. Washington's 5th District Congresswoman is among 37 representatives cosponsoring "The Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting...

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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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