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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2012

Idaho wolf killed near Hailey had parvovirus 

PREDATORS -- Lab reports released Tuesday show that a wolf killed Jan. 22 near Hailey, Idaho, was suffering from parvovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea and ultimately death from dehydration. The homeowner killed the wolf after it had been observed near his house for at...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2012

Corey Jacobsen, six-time world chamption elk caller, has killed a bull in Idaho every year since 1996. (COURTESY OF COREY JACOBSEN / The Spokesman-Review)

Top elk callers crowned by RMEF

HUNTING -- Elk callers from 10 states, led by Oregon, Colorado and Nevada, earned Top honors in the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation/Leupold World Elk Calling Championships for 2012. One man from Idaho and one from Washington were in the cream of the crop. Competition was...

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

Elite skiers save their sponts before the mass start for 250 competitors in the 34th annual Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race Sunday at Mount Spokane. The fastest skiers through the foggy conditions were Brad Bauer, 38, of Seattle, the overall winner in 27:33, and Deb Bauer, 46, of Spokane, the top female in 33:01. (Rich Landers)

250 skiers brave cold, fog at Langlauf 10K

NORDIC SKIING -- A few skis got tangled during the mass start for 250 competitors in the 34th annual Langlauf 10-kilometer cross-country ski race Sunday at Mount Spokane. But the event went smoothly and, as usual, the field feasted on soup an treats before hanging...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2012

This size of snowcat groomer used for years at Mount Spokane State Park nordic tails was underpowered for the snow and size of the trail system.  On Feb. 11, 2012, the Winter Recreation Advisory Committee approved $300,000 to purchase a larger snowcat and widen trails for more efficient one-pass grooming. (Rich Landers)

New snocat groomer approved for Mount Spokane nordic trails

WINTER SPORTS -- Washington's Winter Recreation Advisory Committee today approved $300,000 to purchase an larger snowcat groomer for the 30-kilometers of nordic trails at Mount Spokane State Park, reports George Momany, the Spokane-region representative on the panel. The appropriation should allow the state park staff...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2012

Avalanche advisory: Two weak layers to consider

WINTER SPORTS -- The region's mountain snowpack is stabilizing, but snow-goers must be aware of a couple of weak layers, says Kevin Davis in the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center weekly avalanche advisory issued this morning. Of the two layers of surface hoar, one has been...

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Nancy Sim, of Toronto, Canada skates The Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes in Enaville on Wednesday. She is part of a group of inline skaters spending five days skating the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes and Centennial Trail. 
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Congress considers wiping out trail funding

TRAILS -- The Inland Northwest, with its fabulous system of rail trails, has insight to what would be lost if a malicious defunding bill gets anywhere in Congress. The Rails to Trails Conservancy is calling H.R. 7 -- the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act...

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"Cold Cackle," an image by wildlife photographer Tim Christie of Coeur d'Alene, captures a rooster pheasant as it crows in the chill of early morning. (Copyright Tim Christie)

Pheasant photo triggers memories of morning walks

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY -- The one-in-a-million pheasant photo by Coeur d'Alene wildlife photographer Tim Christi sparked some pleasant memories after the S-R published it in the Outdoors section. I received this letter last week: "My late husband used to rise earlyl in the morning to surveyhis...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

An undated photo provided by the Oregon State Police shows Jared Townsley. Search and rescue teams on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 found the body of Townsley, an experienced mountaineer who apparently died in a severe fall during icy conditions on Oregon's Mount Hood, authorities said. (Oregon State Patrol)

Dead climber had goal to climb Hood monthly

MOUNTAINEERING -- Jared Townsley had a goal this year to ascend Mount Hood once a month. The 32-year-old from Tigard was a skilled climber who had already scaled the mountain more than a dozen times, sometimes solo, the Oregonian reports Sunday night, Townsley headed up...

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Fly fishing films rise to expectations

Doc Of The Drakes, Short from Silver Creek Outfitters on Vimeo. ANGLING -- The annual Fly Fishing Film Tour presented last night to a nearly full house at the Bing Crosby Theater soared beyond expectations. The films were beautifully photographed and brilliantly edited, capturing moods...

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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.