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MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2015

Green Fire is a documentary about conservationist Aldo Leopold. (Courtesy photo)

Aldo Leopold film screens Tuesday, free

ENVIRONMENT -- Green Fire, the first full-length, high-definition documentary film about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at the Community Building Lobby. Admission is free. The film showing sold out when it debuted in 2013 at the Riverfront...

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Catherine Hennings, right, board president of Cascade Bicycle Club, pauses on the bicycle trail at Seattle’s Myrtle Edwards Park, part of an urban loop she recommends. (John Lok/The Seattle Times / Associated Press)

10 top bicycle routes in Washington listed

CYCLING -- Travelers visiting Washington State, including Puget Sound, for business or pleasure shouldn't forget their bikes. Following is a rundown of 10 favorite bike rides from the leader of the Cascade Bicycle Club in a Seattle Times story moved by the Associated Press. The...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015

Discarded fishing gear has fowl impacts 

FISHING -- Anglers have a responsibility to gear up properly to reduce break offs and clean up line and tackle as much as possible, whether it's theirs or that of another fisherman. A lot of critters are out there making a living in and under...

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BLM opens Escure Ranch road to Towell Falls

PUBLIC LANDS -- A gate has been opened temporarily at Escure Ranch allowing motor vehicles to drive the rough road less than three miles into Towell Falls, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Spokane office says. The 14,000-acre BLM Rock Creek Recreation Area site south...

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Vehicle break-in at Riverside State Park not unusual 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Climber-cyclists Eric Barrett has a first-person reason for repeating the warning state park rangers preach to visitors leaving their vehicles in any park or Centennial Trail trailhead. Hey Riverside State Park users, I had my car broken into at Bowl & Pitcher...

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The view from Glacier National Park's Two Medicine campground on April 16, 2015. (National Park Service)

Glacier Park lowland camp sites beginning to open

PUBLIC LANDS -- Services remain limited at Glacier National Park, but access is gradually opening earlier than normal as snow recedes. The road to Two Medicine and a loop of the Two Medicine Campground near East Glacier should be opening this weekend. Glacier National Park...

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A white turkey with a 4-inch black beard came to Ivan Lines decoy on the opening day of Washington's 2015 spring gobbler season. (Courtesy)

White turkey with black beard comes to hunter's decoy

HUNTING -- Here's another unusual report from the April 15 opening day of Washington's spring gobbler season. This one, along with several photos, is from long-time Spokane-area hunter Ivan Lines: Hi Rich: Enjoyed your turkey hunting story in the paper this morning. I've experienced all...

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A male sharpt-tailed grouse displays and dances during its mating season in April. (Jaimie Johnson)

Prairie grouse are in the mood this month 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- April is like party time for prairie grouse, as Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson reminds us with this photo of a dancing male sharptail. Johnson shot the image above this week in Montana from a blind at the site -- known as...

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Wild turkeys are numerous in and out of towns around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, and sometimes they're nuisances, too. (Troy Maben)

Emergency rule OKs crossbows for turkey hunts

HUNTING -- For the first time, crossbows became legal to use for hunting wild turkeys this morning as Washington's spring gobbler season opened. The change was allowed by an emergency rule vote of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission announced on Tuesday. The commission made...

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Jim Costello pauses during a summer hike at the main hiker campsite at Rock Lake in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness of Montana. (Rich Landers)

Hecla to focus on Rock Creek mine in Cabinets 

WILDERNESS -- The future owners of the Troy Mine confirmed its closure Monday, while committing to move forward on the nearby Rock Creek Mine plan to drill underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana, the Missoulian reports. Hecla announced it was acquiring Revett Mining...

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Mandy Miles of Lewiston and his son, Spencer Miles, pose with the bighorn ram the elder Miles took in a Unit 11 hunt south of Lewiston in September 2011.  (Mandy Miles)

It's the season for special hunt permit applications

HUNTING -- Hunters hoping to fulfill their dreams in the fall hunts had better be thinking ahead. Special permit application deadlines are coming up. Special license drawing deadlines by state include: IDAHO April 30 for moose, bighorn sheep and mountain goat. Info: fishandgame.idaho.gov MONTANA May...

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2015

Enviros haggle over Idaho wolf numbers 96 

PREDATORS -- There's no way and no reason to count every single wolf in Idaho. But some environmental groups that need to stay in the headlines to keep the outrage and money flowing are contesting Idaho's recently released 2014 year-end wolf population estimates. Despite the...

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015

Rainier's Wonderland Trail booked for season

HIKING -- Mount Rainier National Park has stopped taking reservations for the popular Wonderland Trail because of a overwhelming surge in demand this year. The park will still have some walk-up permits available this summer. The Wonderland Trail is nearly 95 miles long and circumnavigates...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2015

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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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