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MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014

Firefighters hold two mountain lion cubs rescued from under a burning log in this Aug. 29 photo provided by Bitterroot National Forest in Montana. A fire crew working near the log heard the cubs. (Associated Press)

Time to apply for Forest Service seasonal jobs

OUTDOORS -- The U.S. Forest Service is employing a new centralized hiring process for temporary or seasonal jobs in national forests throughout Oregon and Washington. The new phased process started last week. The deadline to get applications turned in is shorter than in the past....

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FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014

Congress finally gives wilderness a nod 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Congress shook its inability to work across the aisle this week and passed public lands legislation that's been years in the making. The U.S. House on Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for the West. In...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

Map shows prime areas for bald eagle watching and photography during the annual November-January gathering of eagles that feed on spawning kokanee around Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay. (Tim Colquhoun)

Lake CdA bald eagle gathering is annual photo op

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Now that the bald eagles are starting to show for their annual kokanee feast at Lake Coeur d'Alene, photographers are making plans to capture big-bird images through their cameras. S-R Outdoors is making it easy for you to share your photographic gems...

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Reese Witherspoon stars in the movie Wild, depicting a woman trying to find herself by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

Will Reese Witherspoon spur a backpacking boom? 

HIKING -- Industry insiders are wondering whether the soon-to-be-released movie "Wild" featuring Reese Witherspoon will provide the boost for backpacking that A River Runs Through It, featuring Brad Pitt, bestowed on fly fishing. The buzz is already buzzing. “The movie follows the book by Cheryl...

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The winter gathering of migrating bald eagles peaks in mid-December at Lake Coeur d’Alene. (File)

Bald eagle gathering grows at Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bald eagles are finally showing some interest in their traditional winter feast of spawning kokanee at Lake Coeur d'Alene. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist, counted 18 bald eagles today in the Wolf Lodge Bay area. That's up from...

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Oregon state parks eliminate winter discounts

PUBLIC LANDS — Oregon state parks are ending their annual winter discounts on camping fees. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department says the across-the-board discounts will be replaced by targeted deals starting next year. The 20-year-old “discovery season” program reduced tent and recreational vehicle campsite...

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Nominations open for Washington's Outdoor Hall of Fame? 

OUTDOOR PEOPLE — Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation and several other co-sponsoring conservation and historical organizations will announce the first round of inductees into the newly formed Montana Outdoor Hall of Fame on Saturday. The first batch of 12 inductees includes people still alive and some...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

Chelan's Echo Ridge nordic ski area open

WINTERSPORTS -- The snow that had accumulated on Mount Spokane's cross-country ski park last week was rendered to a few inches of ice and hardpack by the rains that followed. Be patient. But as we reported yesterday, the Methow Trails are groomed and open for...

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Cacti and yarrow survived in the blackened landscape of the Big Cougar Fire at Idaho's Craig Mountain Wildlife Management Area. (Idaho Fish and Game)

Idaho won’t charge hunter who killed 2 rams 

HUNTING -- A hunter from Washington who shot two bighorn sheep on Craig Mountain in Idaho will not be charged. An Investigation by Idaho Fish and Game determined the shooting was a freak accident. Authorities issued a written warning to the hunter, Kevin Klumper of...

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Idaho sockeye salmon success could be blueprint 

FISHING -- The fishing scene is roughly beginning to resemble the good-ol' days on the Snake-Salmon river systems of Idaho. You've read about the spring and fall chinook plus the coho comeback this year. Here's the latest good news on sockeye recovery. By KEITH RIDLER/Associated...

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The avalanche that killed a Bozeman snowmobiler and partially burried another as they were riding in the Gallatin Mountains of Montana on Jan. 1, 2014. (Gallatin National Forest)

Avalanche safety course for snowmobilers Dec. 10

WINTERSPORTS -- A free snowmobile-centered Avalanche Safety Course is being offered by on Dec. 10, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at Liberty Lake, Wash. Pre-registration required. Contact Blair Geiger, email Blair.Geiger@idpr.idaho.gov or call (208) 769-1511 Approximately half of all avalanche fatalities are snowmobile related, says Idaho...

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MONDAY, DEC. 1, 2014

Methow Trails opened for groomed skiing on Thanksgiving 2014. (Courtesy)

Methow Valley ski trails groomed, open for season

WINTERSPORTS -- The Methow Valley has good news for cross-country skiers champing at the bit to get onto groomed trails. While Mount Spokane nordic trails area still begging for a base, Methow Trails had enough early season snowfall to open trails for skiing, snowshoeing and...

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Idaho hunters fined for 'chuting' 

HUNTING --Three southeastern Idaho men have been banned from hunting for a year after one of them used a powered parachute to spot deer and radio back information to two others on the ground. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game in a news release...

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Biologists say black bears can usually be scared off a carcass. (Associated Press)

Man killed by bear likely interrupted feeding 

BEAR ATTACKS -- Hikers and hunters who venture into bear country can benefit from reading investigations of bear attacks. Here's a report on the most recent investigation of a bear mauling in the Northern Rockies. CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A panel of wildlife experts has...

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SATURDAY, NOV. 29, 2014

An angler holds a fine Clearwater steelhead caught with the help of Clarkston-based fishing guide Toby Wyatt, right. (Courtesy)

River changes could spur Clearwater steelheading 

FISHING -- Clarkston-based fishing guide Toby Wyatt has this professional insight on what steelhead anglers might expect, possibly as soon as this weekend: Despite a very strong run of B run Steelhead due to low burn stained ( runoff from fire's) water the Clearwater has...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 28, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 27, 2014

Schweitzer skiers enjoyed their first chairlift ride of the 2014-15 season as the resort opened limited terrain on Nov. 22. (Courtesy)

Four area ski resorts opening this weekend 

UPDATED 2:35 p.m. on 1-27-14 -- 49 Degrees postpones opening because of warm weather. WINTERSPORTS -- Four ski resorts in the Inland Northwest have announced they plan to be running lifts this weekend. Skiing will be on limited terrain until more snow falls; ticket prices...

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We won't be talking turkey at Thanksgiving

The family we're joining for Thanksgiving dinner today are long-time outdoors-loving friends with daughters the same age as ours. Early this morning, their daughter Elise texted my daughter, Hillary with an urgent message: "Do you know any good games to play? Because if you don't,...

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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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