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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015



TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015

A sailboat sits on a dry riverbed in front of the Vantage Riverstone Resort on Thursday in Vantage, Wash. The river has been drawn down due to a crack in the Wanapum Dam. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Wanapum Dam repairs allow refilling reservoir

RIVERS -- Repairs to a cracked spillway on the Wanapum Dam are allowing the reservoir to be refilled to normal levels. The Grant County Public Utility District says the refill of the reservoir began on Monday. Depending on river flows, the utility hopes to be...

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A greater sage grouse hen feeds with with here brood at the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Wyoming.   (Tom Koerner / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Sage grouse protections falling short, biologists say 

THREATENED SPECIES — The government is preparing insufficient protections for a ground-dwelling bird that has declined significantly over the past century and soon will face a possible endangered species listing, according to 11 biologists who have studied the greater sage grouse. Federal agencies have abandoned...

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A hiker pauses for a view from Jumbo Pass in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia near Invermere. (Courtesy photo)

Canada ski resort could impact U.S. grizzlies

WILDLIFE -- Opponents to a major ski resort being planned for the Purcell Mountains near Invermere, British Columbia, are emphasizing that their wilderness and wildlife aren't the only resources threatened. Jumbo Glacier Resort also threatens grizzly bears in the United States, researchers say. See the...

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Seward is a fishing village in Southeast Alaska, as ferry and cruise ship stop.
 (File)

Birding program features Alaska tundra

WILDLIFE -- Here's a free birding program that might be of interest to folks in the Moscow-Pullman area: Wednesday, March 18, 7:30pm: “Birding and botanizing trip to Nome, Alaska, June 2014.” Naturalists Jerry Cebula and Sarah Walker will share the sights of their 250 mile...

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2015


A whitetail buck sniffs bait in front of a hunter's trail cam.

Washington commission to hear hunting proposals

HUNTING -- Restrictions on using bait and other possible changes to hunting rules and seasons will be presented to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission Friday and Saturday in Moses Lake. Public comments will be taken on proposed changes to state hunting rules for deer,...

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Dworshak Reservoir. (Associated Press)

Dworshak boat facilities starting to open 

WATERSPORTS -- Boating facilities at Dworshak Reservoir are starting to open for the season, with houseboat moorage notably absent from recent years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says. Smallmouth bass anglers are likely to be the first to zero in on the lake this...

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A herd of elk crosses a ridge in the Blue Mountains of Washington during an aerial survey by state wildlife biologists.

North Idaho big-game survey results topic at breakfast

WILDLIFE -- An update on North Idaho big-game aerial surveys will be presented by Wayne Wakkinen, Idaho Fish and Game Department regional wildlife manager during the monthly public sportsman's breakfast meeting starting 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 17, Lake City Center, 1916 N. Lakewood Dr. in...

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The endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon.  (Randy Wilder / Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Kootenai River white sturgeon film debuts

FISHERIES -- A documentary film about the endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon is debuting next week at screenings from Helena to Coeur d'Alene. The sturgeon, an ancient fish species, has been imperiled by operations of Libby Dam. From the filmmakers: Ten thousand years ago Kootenai...

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This trail cam photo showing two gray wolves near an elk carcass enabled Washington wildlife officials to confirm the Wenatchee Pack. The camera was put out by hunting guide Stuart Hurd in March 2013.

Wolf bills still lurking Washington Legislature 80 

WILDLIFE -- Several of the wolf-related bills introduced in the 2015 Washington Legislature are still alive. Here's an update from the Wenatchee World: OLYMPIA -- State lawmakers in both the house and senate passed bills dealing with wolves that are sponsored by Republicans from northeastern...

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2015

The Pacific Crest Trail runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada. (Andy Davidhazy)

Video captures 2,600-mile hike of PCT in 4 minutes

TRAILS -- Andy Davidhazy hiked the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 2013 and 2014 and snapped a selfie every mile to document the route. He's compiled the images into a four-minute time-lapse video (below) that flies viewers ground-level from Mexico through Callifornia, Oregon and Washington...

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The reservoir behind Mill Pond Dam on Sullivan Creek during summer of 2011.  (Rich Landers)

Colville Forest closes Mill Pond site temporarily

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Colville National Forest is temporarily closing the Sullivan Lake area's Mill Pond Historic site at trails to public access while contractors are in the area with heavy equipment. Seattle City Light is setting up drilling equipment and doing core samples for...

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The Spokesman-Review Steelhead and salmon make their way up the Snake River through the viewing window at Lower Granite Dam. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

East Side meetings tackle 2015 salmon seasons

FISHING -- Eastern Washington anglers have a chance to get details about salmon fishing season setting at two public meetings next week. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has scheduled meetings starting at 6 a.m.: Tuesday, March 24, in Clarkston at Walla Walla Community...

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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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