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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014

Four bald eagles show up at lake CdA, so far

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Four bald eagles were counted today at Lake Coeur d'Alene in the weekly fall survey conducted during the annual fall-winter congregation at the northeast corner of the lake. That's up from zero birds counted last Wednesday by U.S. Bureau of Land Management...

Snake River dredging challenged by fishing groups

FISHING -- A decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin dredging a silted-in shipping channel in the Snake River near Lewiston is facing a court challenge by Northwest fishing and conservation groups and the Nez Perce Tribe. The groups said in a...

MONDAY, NOV. 24, 2014

Mining in the Cabinets: It’s a question of wilderness

PUBLIC LANDS -- I'm getting mixed reviews in comments and emails about my Sunday Outdoors story: Not-so-wild wilderness: Mining proposals threaten Cabinet Mountains streams, lakes and grizzlies. Some people say I featured only wilderness activists and that there's really nothing to worry about regarding the...


Lake Roosevelt launch permits available online

UPDATED with 2015 fees. WATERSPORTS – Annual permits for launching any vessel at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation area can be purchased online in a new page on pay.gov. Details and a link are on the Lake Roosevelt website. Permits cost $6 for a week, $20...

FRIDAY, NOV. 21, 2014

Banff Mountain Films lineup listed for Spokane

ADVENTURE -- The lineup of films for the three-day run of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Spokane has been decided — just hours before the first films will be shown tonight starting at 7 p.m. at The Bing Crosby Theater. Shows are...


Let’s name Mt. Spokane’s new downhill ski runs

WINTERSPORTS -- Now that the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission has approved the controversial expansion of the downhill skiing area at Mount Spokane State Park, much more work must be done. More planning is needed, plus permitting, installing a chairlift and building seven new ski...


Report: sage grouse need large buffer from drilling

WILDLIFE -- A government study with significant implications for the U.S. energy industry says the breeding grounds of a struggling bird species need a 3-mile or larger buffer from oil and gas drilling, wind farms and solar projects. The Associated Press reports that’s a much...

THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014

State Parks board approves expansion of Mt. Spokane ski area

PUBLIC LANDS -- A proposal to expand downhill skiing at Mount Spokane was approved by the Washington Parks Commission today during a meeting in Spokane. The proposal has been years in the making. By a 5-2 vote, commissioners approved the designation of the land for...


Nordic skiing isn’t everyone’s cup of tea

WINTERSPORTS -- Cross-country skiing is an active way to glide through winter, as S-R columnists explored in the paper this week. But several readers pointed out that they prefer other less athletic ways to endure the snowy months. Among them, Gary Polser, who writes: My...


Bald eagles slow to show at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The annual winter congregation of bald eagles at Lake Coeur d'Alene has not yet started, according to biologists who surveyed the north end of the lake on Wednesday. For decades, the eagles have provided a popular wildlife-viewing attraction as the birds are...


Antlers, meat seized in Asotin County trophy elk poaching case

POACHING -- After receiving multiple tips throughout the week, Washington Fish and Wildlife Police, with the help of Idaho Fish and Game Officers, identified two suspects in the poaching of two bull elk in the Anatone area on Nov. 2. WDFW Officers Sabo and King,...


Wild turkeys window shopping in Dayton

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Downtown Dayton, Wash., is a hot spot for wild turkeys, who apparently feel at home on Main Street even in the week before Thanksgiving. Reports the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: This was the scene in downtown Dayton (Columbia County) this...


Trail cams stolen from I-90 wildlife collision study

WILDLIFE -- I don't have numbers, but I have enough information from hunters, wildlife watchers and wildlife researchers to confidently say that theft of trail cameras has reached epidemic levels. I've seen posts from a few anonymous thieves rationalizing their behavior by saying they don't...

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

Gonzaga ranked in top 10 colleges — for skiers!

WINTERSPORTS -- In addition to the weekly diet of national ratings for basketball teams, Gonzaga University this week has made a list of top 10 colleges for students and their quest for "higher shreducation." Holy sitz-mark! The list has been posted by Freeskier Magazine in...


Schweitzer sets limited opening for skiers on Saturday

WINTERSPORTS -- Schweitzer Mountain Resort will open for the season at 9 a.m. on Saturday officials say. A lift will operate through Sunday with 150 acres available for skiing out of the resort's 2,900 acres of terrain. Skiers will be limited to Midway, with the...


Idaho farm-raised elk get loose near Yellowstone

WILDLIFE -- State officials say 28 domestic elk escaped from a hunting ranch in eastern Idaho near Yellowstone National Park but only one is unaccounted for and it’s wounded, according to the Associated Press. Veterinarian Scott Leibsle of the Idaho Department of Agriculture says Broadmouth...


Route to Olympic Hot Springs reopened

TRAILS -- Olympic National Park has reopened a road and trailhead leading to Olympic Hot Springs. The Kitsap Sun reports Olympic Hot Springs Road and the Boulder Creek Trailhead had been closed for three years while workers dismantled the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha...


Poachers kill two trophy bighorn rams in Asotin County

POACHING -- Two trophy class bighorn rams were illegally killed up Asotin Creek on the Asotin Creek Wildlife area last weekend. "One was shot and wounded and we just found it (Tuesday)," said Paul Mosman, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife police sergeant in Clarkston....


Study: Polar bears decline 40 percent in a decade

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- The heat is on this indicator species. Who's next? Study finds 40% decline in polar bear numbers in E. Alaska, W. Canada A study done by researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and Environment Canada, as well as other groups, followed polar...

TUESDAY, NOV. 18, 2014

Video: Cast of fly fishers tackles climate change

ENVIRONMENT -- The new "CO2ld Waters" documentary will debut in the 2015 Fly Fishing Film Tour (January-February) as fly fishers such as Yvon Chouinard call on anglers to pay attention to the signals their sport is sending about climate change. Some quotes: (Fishing) is not...

Rich Landers

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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