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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

Author to read from Grizzly Manifesto at Gonzaga

WILDLIFE -- Canadian conservation author Jeff Gailus will read from his book “The Grizzly Manifesto” at Gonzaga University this week, sponsored by the university's Environmental Studies Speaker Series. The program will start at 7 p.m., Wednesday, (Feb. 22) in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium. Gailus...

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2012

Patterned after hunter safety requirements in effect for decades, Washington’s boating safety law has been phasing in since 2005, when the Washington Legislature obliged most powerboat operators to pass a boater safety education course and carry a Washington State Boater Education Card. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Milestone: 100,000 boaters complete safety course

BOATING -- The Washington State Boating Program reached a milestone in its mandatory boater education program last week, issuing card number 100,000. David Eckols of Seattle won tickets to a Seattle Seahawks game for being the 100,000th boater card recipient. See my recent column pointing...

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Brandon Palaniuk of Rathdrum holds up his two biggest bass of the day, Feb. 20, 2011, during the final weigh-in at the three-day Bassmaster Classic in New Orleans.  (Jason Cohn / B.A.S.S.)

Rathdrum angler returns to Bassmaster Classic

TOURNAMENT FISHING -- Brandon Palaniuk, 24, of Rathdrum, Idaho, has been pre-fishing this weekend, warming up with the 50 anglers competing in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 24-26, on the Red River near Shreveport-Bossier City, LA. This is the second consecutive year Palaniuk has qualified...

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This undated file photo shows a polar bear in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. (Associated Press)

Expert to speak on polar bears in Colville 

WILDLIFE – An internationally recognized polar bear expert who moved to Stevens County will present a slide program about the threatened status of the arctic bruins at 7 p.m., March 2, at the Colville Community College. Steven Amstrup, who’s studied polar bears in Alaska for...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2012

3 reported dead in Stevens Pass avalanche

WINTER SPORTS -- Three people have died in an avalanche near Stevens Pass ski area, authorities say. Others who had been reported missing were accounted for today, the Seattle PI Online reports. Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff's Office said the slide occurred...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2012

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012

Wildlife commission approves Okanogan land purchase

CONSERVATION -- The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the purchase of 165 acres of key fish and wildlife habitat in Okanogan County today during a conference call meeting. State Fish and Wildlife Department officials say purchasing the land along the Okanogan River about 20...

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Lake Roosevelt levels begin downward trend

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was at elevation 1277.60 at 7 a.m. this mornining and headed for a slight downward trend next week to the 1276-1278 range. The reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam currently is being operated for power demand, Hanford Reach flows...

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An Idaho record yellow perch measuring 16 inches long and weighing 2.6 pounds was caught Feb. 11 in Lake Cascade by Bob Shindelar of Meridian, Idaho, to tie an Idaho record unmatched since 1976. (Courtesy photo)

Lunker perch matches 36-year Idaho record

FISHING -- An Idaho record yellow perch measuring 16 inches long and weighing 2.6 pounds was caught Feb. 11 in Lake Cascade by Bob Shindelar of Meridian, Idaho, to tie an Idaho record unmatched since 1976. One angler described the lunker perch as "a smallmouth...

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Avalanche advisory: storm could prompt changes

WINTER SPORTS -- New snow this week has created good sliding conditions for skiers and snowmobiles. But The Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's weekly advisory cites conditions and areas of concern in the snowpack. "The southerly aspects were a little firmer with suncrusts and shallower snow...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

Cabela's new store near Stateline, Idaho, was an instant hit. The region also drew other major retail stores.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Cabela's to open 'outpost' store near Yakima

OUTDOOR RETAILERS – Cabela’s announced this morning it is introducing a new store format that will bring the outdoor sporting goods retailer to Washington Plaza, a shopping center under construction at the former Costco property near Yakima. The news was reported by the Yakima Herald-Republic....

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Montana rejects extending Bitterroot wolf hunt

PREDATORS -- A proposal to extend this year’s wolf hunt in a portion of the Bitterroot Valley was rejected today by Montana’s wildlife commission. The proposal, voted down 5-0, would have allowed the hunt to continue in the area near the Idaho border until April...

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Correction: hunting rules vote set for April

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The newspaper version of today's outdoors column includes an error by saying the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote on hunting season proposals in March. The vote will come in April, but the March meeting will be the last opportunity for...

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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.