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North Idaho Boat Show runs through Sunday

BOATING -- More than 100 boats are on display in three buildings during the North Idaho Boat Show which runs through Sunday at Tobler Marina in Hayden. No boating or fishing seminars are included, but admission is free and the boats range from small flat-bottom...

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Stillwater fly fishing program tonight

FLY FISHING -- Canadian fly fisher and author Phil Rowley will present a free Stillwater fishing program on “Tactics for Tough Days” tonight, 7 p.m. during the meeting of the Spokane Fly Fishers at St. Francis School, 1104 W. Heroy Ave.

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Grand Canyon river float applications due

RIVER RUNNING -- Rafters who have the do-it-yourself skills for big water have until Feb. 23 to apply for a coveted permit to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service is holding its annual lottery this month to assign...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Hikers plan lobby to keep state parks open

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington Trails Association is organizing a Hiker Lobby Day at the state Capitol in Olympia on Wednesday (Feb. 9) to urging lawmakers to support for state parks and recreation threatened with closure because of the budget crisis. More than 2,000 hikers...

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Avalanche accidents reviewed in Sandpoint on Wednesday

WINTER SPORTS -- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center technicians will present, "10 Years of Avalanche Accident Review in North Idaho" Wednesday (Feb. 9) at 6 p.m. at the Sandpoint Forest Service Building. The hour-long discussion will focus on common characteristics involved in several fatal avalanche accidents...

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Dam reaches goal of 93 percent fish passage

FISHING -- Improvements in operating Rock Island Dam will allow survival of at least 93 percent of the young salmon and steelhead migrating downstream, according to the Chelan County PUD. The utility had to be able reach the 93-percent survival goal to meet federal criteria...

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Follow rare whale's route along Oregon

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Satellite technology is allowing whale enthusiasts to click here and join researchers in tracking a type of gray whale that spends summers off Russia as it makes its way along the Oregon coast. Researchers attached a satellite tag to a 13-year-old, male...

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MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

Barred owls could be shot to help spotted cousins

ENDANGERED SPECIES — How desperate are federal wildlife officials in protecting the endangered spotted owl from the larger, more aggressive barred owls? A story in the Oregonian says a draft environmental impact statement scheduled for release this summer most likely will recommend shooting barred owls....

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WA angler charged with illegal guiding in North Idaho

FISHING -- A Washington man has been charged with a misdemeanor for allegedly guiding fishing trips in North Idaho without an Idaho outfitters license, according to a Bonner County Daily Bee story. Prosecutors charged 49-year-old Charles Osterholm of Deer Park last week following an undercover...

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Sandpoint avalanche clinic for all snowgoers

WINTER SPORTS -- A free avalanche workshop for all snowgoers is set for Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Forest Service Building in Sandpoint. The topic to be tackled by the team of Forest Service technicians at the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center: "What we can learn...

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Skier’s death triggers avalanche of grief

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING – Last week’s news that a 40-year-old Seattle woman died exploring the outback slopes near Snoqualmie Pass has generated an outpouring of response on the Turns All Year website devoted to backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. Monika Johnson, 40, apparently died Tuesday after...

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Outdoors blogger back in the saddle 

OUTBLOGGING -- I'm back from a week "in the field" and catching up on a ton of outdoor news and happenings. Clearly the outdoor world has not stopped in my absence. Although I've been trickling in new info daily, I'll pass on more news and...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 5, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

Apply for Idaho turkey, bear hunts by Feb. 15

HUNTING -- The application period for Idaho's spring turkey and black bear controlled hunts is open and runs through Feb. 15. Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15 – some controlled hunts open later. Leftover tags for spring turkey and bear controlled...

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Fly fishers cast for brown trout along the stained rock-garden limestone cliffs that border central Montana's Smith River where special permits are required to float a 59-mile scenic stretch. (Rich Landers)

Smith River applications coming due

RIVERS -- Floaters and anglers have until Feb. 15 to apply for the coveted permits to float Montana's Smith River. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department holds a lottery to issue permits required to float the 59-mile section of river south of Great Falls between...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

Banks Lake drawdown set for August

LAKES -- Anglers and campers will see new ground at Banks Lake this summer. Starting Aug. 1, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will lower Banks Lake by 30 feet to complete about $2 million worth of work at Dry Falls Dam and North Dam, according...

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Yosemite a Slurpee on steroids in winter

NATIONAL PARKS -- This video offers a fascinating glimpse at the flow of frazil ice in the stream below Yosemite Falls. National Park Service rangers say this is just one of many attractions that occur in national parks only during winter before the summer crowds...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

Olympic biathlon coverage -- and USA's success at the Vancouver Winter Olympics -- has spawned interest in this sport that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. (Associated Press)

Chance to take a shot at biathlon

WINTER SPORTS -- Among the many activities ranging from snowshoeing to a Doggy Dash ski-joring race, two “Try Biathlon” events are scheduled near Winthrop, Wash., during the Methow Valley Winter Festival. The valley’s biathlon team coaches will put on the events Feb. 23 and Feb....

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MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

Snowshoeing topic at Fernan meeting

WINTER SPORTS -- Snowshoeing past and present will be the topic of the free program Tuesday at the Panhandle Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Club meeting. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District office, 2500 E. Sherman in Fernan Village. Park...

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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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