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TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

Habitat destruction, compounded by the recent energy boom in Wyoming, have put more pressure on sage grouse and their struggle to keep their home on the range. (Wyoming Game and Fish)

Sage grouse habitat map released

WILDLIFE -- A breeding bird density map for the greater sage-grouse released today by the Department of Interior could be a step in controling development to help keep the prairie bird off the Endangered Species list.The map identifies important areas having high density occurrences of...

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Fire starter for the future?

OUTDOOR NEWS -- Linsey, a student from Eastern Washington University, has been job-shadowing me today, and she's been asking a lot of good questions about the Outdoors beat and about newspapers in general."Will there be newspapers around in 10 years?" she asked as we were...

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Sea Kayak Adventures based in Coeur d'Alene offers toasty warm winter paddling vacations in the Sea of Cortez.   (Sea Kayak Adventures)

Follow Black Friday with Adventure Tuesday

OUTBOUND – Two Coeur d’Alene-based outdoor adventure companies are the ticket for people prompted by this week’s snow and cold to start planning an active getaway -- to someplace warm.Read on to check out the latest from Sea Kayak Adventures and ROW Adventures:

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MONDAY, NOV. 22, 2010

Paddlers float program for cancer kids

PADDLING -- If you're looking for inspiration tonight, check out the free First Descents program at the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club meeting."The River Ward" is a documentary that chronicles the experiences of four individuals as they attend a First Descents week-long kayak camp for...

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Snow deluge at Fernie

SKIING -- Inundated with more than 41 inches of snow in the past seven days, Fernie Alpine Resort in British Columbia plans to open this weekend for skiing and snowboarding. An estimated 44 runs will be open and four chairlifts.

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Get permit to cut Christmas tree

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Ho, ho, ho! It’s time for many to honor the family tradition of heading to a national forest to cut a Christmas tree.First stop should be to a U.S. Forest Service office to get a $5 permit. Families can purchase up to...

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Schweitzer joins list of ski resorts to open

SKIING -- Schweitzer Mountain Resort has joined the almost complete list of ski resorts that will be open during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.Schweitzer officials said the resort will open for the season Friday at 9 a.m. and operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the holiday...

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The Banff Mountain Film Festival has been held in early November in Banff, Alberta, for 35 years. (Banff Mountain Film Festival)

Banff Films leave us in the dust

ADVENTURE --Spokane movie buffs lived on the edge for the past three days. The World Tour from the Banff Mountain Film Festival featuring sometimes death-defying feats from underground to the highest mountains ended its three-day run at The Bing Crosby Theater Sunday night.The Spokane audience...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 19, 2010


Climbers feeling the squeeze 

CLIMBING -- Rock climbers are feeling the pinch and the need to get involved in agency decisions.Smith Rocks State Park, a prized rock climbing area near Portland, Ore., is closing camping at the area during winter. Climbers are trying to work with officials for a...

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Crystal joins Lookout in ski opener

SKIING -- Lookout Pass isn’t the only ski area with enough snow to open the season this weekend.Crystal Mountain resort near Mount Rainier opened today, but running just two chair lifts. Mount Baker will have seven lifts in operation starting Saturday, the Seattle Times reports....

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Cheney High School freshman Andrew Graham used a lot of practice to win four junior titles in duck- and goose-calling competitions. (Rich Landers)

Cheney teen excels in goose call contest

HUNTING -- Andrew Graham, 15, a freshman at Cheney High School, recently returned from Easton, Md., where he attracted plenty of attention in the venerable World Goose Calling Championship. Surrounded by and judged by such goose-calling notables as Tim Grounds and Fred Zink, Graham took...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 18, 2010

Judge rules for Wyoming in wolf case 

WILDLIFE -- A federal judge says the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was wrong to refuse to turn management of gray wolves over to the state of Wyoming.Judge Alan B. Johnson of Cheyenne today ordered the federal agency to consider again whether Wyoming's wolf management...

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In 2004, Inland Empire Paper Company attempted to charge a fee for snowmobile access to their lands on Mount Spokane and educate riders about the need to stay on designated trails.  The program has failed to keep the riders from going off trail into clearcuts where they damage the tops of young trees. This winter, IEP is closing its lands to snowmobiling. A barricade fence will be set up at this access point to Linder Road near the cross-country ski trails. (Rich Landers)

IEP closes land to snowmobiling 

WINTER SPORTS -- Snowmobiling will be prohibited this winter on Inland Empire Paper Company lands at Mount Spokane as well as on the rest of the 116,000 acres the company manages in northeastern Washington and North Idaho.The decision to end the decades-old welcome comes this...

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Zebra mussel threat lingers

WATERWAYS -- Inconclusive test results showing signs of invasive mussels in Flathead Lake still have downstream interests on edge."Part of me still stands strong and thinking positive that it's going to be OK," said Erin Mader of the Pend Oreille Basin Commission in Sandpoint.Results from...

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Fred Beckey iclimbing n Yosemite National Park. (Fred Beckey photo)

Fred Beckey still on the rocks

CLIMBING -- Northwest climbing legend Fred Beckey might be close to 80 -- no one seems to know, including Fred -- but he's still globetrotting to climbing venues. Is the pioneer of first ascents in the Cascades and Canada keeping up with the trend toward...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 17, 2010

Choose your hunting dog wisely

HUNTING -- The cold snap forecast for the weekend has waterfowl hunters packing their gear for the duck blinds and goose pits to intercept northern flights soon to be on their way.Meantime, if you're in the market for a good hunting dog, be selective when...

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Sno-Parks stay status quo

WINTER SPORTS -- Disregard the previous post about Washington reconsidering Sno-Park permit reciprocity with Oregon. In fact, disregard a lot of proposed rule changes in state government for the time being.The Governor's office issued an order today to suspend non-critical rule development through 2011. For...

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A scene from the Warren Miller film "Wintervention." (Warren Miller Films)

'Wintervention' showing at NIC

WINTER SPORTS -- If you missed the show in Spokane and the wintery weather forecast finally has you in the mood for the slopes, North Idaho College is presenting Warren Miller’s ski and snowboard film ‘Wintervention’ Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in Boswell Hall Schuler...

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Are you sure this is an eagle?  Take the birding ID quiz to find out. (Greg Gillson)

Try this birding ID quiz

BIRDING -- Eagle-eyed birdwatchers can test their bird identification skills with this online photo quiz. It focuses on situations in which individual birds sometimes don't match the descriptions depicted in field guides.

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A big whitetail buck peeks out of the cover, where he's hidden successfully from hunters for several years.  (Rich Landers)

Buck rattling technique refined

HUNTING -- It's down to the wire for Eastern Washington rifle hunters trying to put their crosshairs on a whitetail buck. The late season ends Friday. Idaho hunters have through Dec. 1 in some areas. But while time's waning, you have one thing on your...

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B.A.S.S. is changing guard

PRO FISHING -- The Florida-based fishing tournament group founded 40 years ago as the Bass Angler Sportsman Society became known simply as as BASS purchased and reconfigured by ESPN in 2001. Last week, BASS was acquired by three businessmen who vow to make it "a...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 16, 2010

1 year, 2 million vertical feet for skier

SKIING -- Starting Jan. 1 and hitting slopes on both sides of the equator, Greg Hill of Revelstoke, British Columbia is 80 percent through his goal to climb and ski 2 million vertical feet in one year -- all self-propelled.To put this in perspective, powering...

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LaFawn Sutton, 12, bagged this record-book whitetail buck in velvet during the September early bowhunting season near her Mount Spokane area home.  (Jim Sutton)

Teen skewers record-book buck

A whitetail buck bagged by an almost-teenage bowhunter from the Spokane area qualifies for the record books, according to official Pope & Young measurer Larry Carey.LaFawn Sutton, 12, arrowed the buck near her Mount Spokane home in September when it was still in velvet.The buck...

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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