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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Lynn and Stan Mrzygod lead Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club paddlers out of the Calispell Creek slough area off the Pend Oreille River. (Rich Landers)

Club offers canoe, kayak clinics for paddlers

PADDLING – The annual Flatwater Canoeing Clinic conducted by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club is set for May 31 at Medical Lake. The clinic for solo and tandem canoeists covers strokes, equipment, safety and rescue, hypothermia, transporting canoes, launching and canoe trim and paddler...

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

A trail-cam monitored by Conservation Northwest snapped this photo on Feb. 16, 2015 of an animal later confirmed as a gray wolf by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists. The location, known as the Chiwaukum Range on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in the Cascade Mountains, is roughly 75 miles northeast of Seattle. The site is between Stevens Pass and Leavenworth, south of Highway 2. (Conservation Northwest)

Wolf documented between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A gray wolf was photographed in February by a trail cam between Leavenworth and Stevens Pass, state and federal biologists have confirmed. The confirmation is another piece of mounting evidence that the wolves are advancing their recovery toward the West Side of...

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Mount Rainier is seen at dawn last month from Seattle, some 50 miles away from the national park. (Associated Press)

Mount Rainier Park prices increasing

PARKS -- Today is the last day for the $15 per vehicle access fee to visit Mount Rainier National Park. The park will start increasing camping fees on Friday, May 22. Annual passes, which are good for one year, will rise, first to $40 Friday,...

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Lake Roosevelt water level chart for May 21, 2015. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt refill won't start until June 1

BOATING -- The level of Lake Roosevelt is likely to fluctuate in the 1,248-1,252 feet elevation range through the end of May, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says. That could keep Memorial Day weekend boaters and campers on their toes, especially if they're beach camping....

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Western rattlesnake. (Jaimie Johnson)

Rattlesnake strike easier to handle in slo-mo

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "They are pretty misunderstood creatures – honestly they will do almost anything to not bite someone." That's the up-close observation of Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson, who's been spending some quality time with rattlesnakes lately. He and his wife, Lisa, have been...

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Carson Blakesley of Post Falls caught one of the few really big rainbows swimming with the more average-sized trout in the net pens set up at Clear Lake for the annual Kids Fish-In on May 1. Colby Price, in the background, caught a big one, too. Both boys are 5 years old. RICH LANDERS richl@spokesman.com
 (Rich Landers)

Emphasize fun while fishing with kids

FISHING -- Fishing is a time-tested, generations-approved way to have quality time with kids. But keep it cool. Going fishing is a way to get away from the pressure kids feel in mainstream sports and school. Idaho Fish and Game staffers have assembled some kid-fishing...

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TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2015

Hillary Landers shares the top of Scotchman Peak with mountain goats above Clark Fork, Idaho. (Rich Landers)

Scotchman Peaks group plans hikes, trail work 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are launching another ambitious season of guided hikes, outings, trail work -- along with gentle advocacy for securing wilderness designation for a little piece of heaven northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The group's newsletter, Peak...

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Rattlesnake (Jaime Johnson / Zenfolio.com)

Rattlesnake aversion clinic offered for dogs

HUNTING DOGS -- A rattlesnake aversion clinic for dogs is being offered June 26 in Lewiston by California-based Natural Solutions. The clinic is being promoted by Lewiston-area resident Shelly DeAtley, who lost her dog to a rattlesnake bite two years ago. "This is the second...

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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015

Skin tanning is one of the primitive skills taught at the Between the Rivers Gathering in Valley, Wash. (Courtesy)

Hands-on primitive skills and living event May 26-30

PRIMITIVE SKILLS -- The third annual Between the Rivers Gathering, an extended ancestral living skills workshop geared for families, is returning May 26-30 in Valley, Wash., north of Spokane, sponsored by the nonprofit group Bridges to the Past. What: Hands-on primitive skills instruction, from Upper...

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THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015

Grizzly bear roaming through Usk 

WILDLIFE -- Here's the latest news on a lowland grizzly in Pend Oreille County, from Northwest Sportsman magazine: Wildlife managers are keeping tabs on a grizzly that’s wandering in Pend Oreille County’s lowlands and so far isn’t causing any problems. Observed in recent weeks near...

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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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