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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2012

Myles Heistad, left, and Scott Wolff hike the trail along the North Fork of Asotin Creek before buds have opened on trees and plants in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington. (Rich Landers)

Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, 12:59 p.m.

Tussock moth infestation found in Blue Mountains

FORESTS -- The Washington Department of Natural Resources has discovered a new infestation of Douglas-fir tussock moths that occurred last summer in the Blue Mountains of Washington and Oregon. Light defoliation caused by the moths was mapped across 9,000 acres of the Umatilla National Forest,...

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Snowy owl in western Montana during the big winter of 2011-2012 irruptions. (Jaime Johnson)

Mon., Jan. 30, 2012, 9:34 a.m.

Snowy owl vote: The eyes have it

WILDLIFE -- Hypnotizing. Could you ever get tired of looking into a snowy owl's eyes? The nifty image above was captured over the weekend by wildlife photographer Jaime Johnson of Lincoln, Mont. See a video with some details of this season's snowy owl irruption.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2012

Sun., Jan. 29, 2012, 7:08 a.m.

EWU angling team places 4th in college bass tournament

COMPETITIVE FISHING -- The Oregon State University team of Zach MacDonald, of Willits, Calif. and William Sparks, of Corvallis, Ore. won the National Guard FLW College Fishing West Conference event on Lake Shasta near Redding, Calif., Saturday. An Eastern Washington University team of local anglers...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27, 2012

Trals on the South Hill Bluffs were solid ice on Jan. 27, 2012. (Jim Kershner)

Fri., Jan. 27, 2012, 8:27 p.m.

Studs required for city hiking

TRAILS -- South Hill trailmaster Jim Kershner said he didn't see anyone while hiking the South Hill Bluff trails this morning. His photo explains why. He managed to get home without any broken bones. Anyone for luge?

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Fri., Jan. 27, 2012, 3:26 p.m.

Idaho expands wolf trapping near Dworshak

PREDATORS -- The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday expanded the wolf trapping season to include Unit 10A in the Dworshak-Elk City wolf management zone starting Feb. 1. The season in Unit 10A opens Wednesday and runs through March 31. Commissioner Fred Trevey, of...

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Fri., Jan. 27, 2012, 9:10 a.m.

Avalanche advisory: where to go, what to avoid

WINTER SPORTS -- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center technicians found great riding and sliding conditions in the mountains during their Thursday survey, but they also found areas to avoid, according to the report posted this morning. The snow was lighter on top and firmer down toward...

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Fri., Jan. 27, 2012, 6:32 a.m.

New fishing rules on commission agenda

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Allowing bait fishing on the Kettle River and other proposals debated in 2011 will be considered by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission next week in a package of sportfishing rules for 2012-13. The meeting is set for Feb. 3-4 in Olympia....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Rebel, a 7-month-old bluetick coonhound, gets foot therapy from one of the Crooks family dogs after being safely returned home to Nine Mile Falls. Rebel was rescued by students from the Curlew Job Corps Center after spending two nights lost in the Kettle Range. (Mariann Crooks)

Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 9:24 a.m.

Photos show rescued dog getting TLC

SEARCH AND RESCUE -- Readers following the story of the lost dog rescued high in the Kettle Range yesterday will enjoy these followup photos. The pix, just sent to me by Mariann Crooks, show Rebel, a 7-month-old bluetick coonhound, still wiped out from the two...

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Students at the Curlew Job Corps Center rescue Rebel, a young bluetick coonhound, on Jan. 24, 2011, after the dog had been lost for two nights near Sherman Pass east of Republic, Wash. The owners had lost the 7-month old male while snowshoeing to Columbia Mountain on Jan. 22. (im Beckwith)

Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 9:23 a.m.

Dog rescuers went the extra mile 

WINTER SPORTS -- Today's story about students rescuing a snowshoer's bluetick coonhound lost in the Kettle Range for two nights offers a life lesson to all of us. Helping other people can be remarkably easy and productive if we just make the effort to try....

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Salmon anglers on the Wind River, a Columbia River tributary in Skamania County, could have a whopping good time if forecasts hold true. (File)

Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 8:24 a.m.

Good spring chinook run headed for Wind, Drano

SALMON FISHING -- State biologists are forecasting good returns of spring chinook salmon this year to Wind River and Drano Lake, popular sport-fishing spots in the Columbia River Gorge. The prediction is for 8,400 adult spring chinook to enter the Columbia destined for the Wind...

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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.