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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015

FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015

Gov. Inslee appoints new fish, wildlife commissioners

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- An expert birder and physician from Spokane is one of two new members of the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission named by Gov. Jay Inslee. Although the appointments have not been officially announced, the governor's office has confirmed that Kim Thorburn, former...

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Western meadowlark in Eastern Washington. (J. Foster Fanning)

Photo: meadowlark brightens the prairie

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The Western meadowlark has a way of brightening anyone's day during a walk through the Eastern Washington prairies. Not just with its brilliant spring breeding plumage, but also with its song: Thanks to Ferry County photographer J.Foster Fanning for the photo (top)...

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Oregon Coast touts outdoor options for spring break

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- Planning a special spring break family vacation can be as simple as heading to the Oregon Coast. Check out the Tillamook Coast Top 10 Spring Break Adventures on the promotional website. Whale watching is particularly popular, with boating tours that take tourists...

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Jim Donelan of Spokane Valley holds a 13.5-pound walleye he caught Feb. 15 at Lake Roosevelt. Before releasing the fish, he measured it at 31.5 inches long and 18 inches in girth.  (Courtesy)

Northwest Walleye Circuit expands fishing waters

FISHING -- Competitive walleye anglers have a longer trail to trek through the region this season. Walleyes Unlimited Northwest has assembled a new tournament trail that provide a more diverse selection of fisheries. The 2015 Northwest Walleye Circuit should appeal to a wider range of...

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The Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River near Pasco. (Associated Press)

Panel at UI discusses breaching Snake River Dams 

RIVERS -- A panel discussion titled Lower Snake River Dam Breaching: Embracing the Inevitable. Saving Money, Saving Salmon is scheduled for noon on Monday, March 23, in the University of Idaho Commons (Whitewater Room) in Moscow. The free event is sponsored by the Palouse Environmental...

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Kristina Kripaitis had to scuttle her March 14, 2015, plans to launch a canoe from Beaver Creek Campground near the north end of Priest Lake -- because that portion of the lake was still frozen despite unseasonably warm winter weather. (Mike Wootton)

Upper Priest Lake paddlers get cold reception 

PADDLING -- In case you think winter's over, check out this field report from a pair of canoeists who thought they'd take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow last weekend to beat the boating crowd to Upper Priest Lake. "OK, sooooo…...

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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.

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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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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