FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 2015

THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2015

Trying to bring pheasants back to the Palouse 

A small but diverse crowd devoted last Saturday morning to catching, cuddling and banding 7-week-old juvenile rooster pheasants behind Jim and Barbara Hagedorn’s house in Viola, Idaho. Ranging in ages from single digits to more than eight decades, the dozen or so hunters, farmers, bird lovers and children found the coop alive with the soft whistling of young birds just starting to get their colors.

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Killing cormorants to save salmon: 11,000 in crosshairs of controversial program 

Shots ring out, then there’s a splash: Government agents gunning for double-crested cormorants have hit their mark again. Federal agents have stalked tiny uninhabited East Sand Island in the estuary of the Columbia on the Oregon side with night-vision goggles and silencers, blasting birds on the nest. They have oiled more than 5,000 eggs to suffocate the embryos within.

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In Brief: Sight-in days at Spokane Rifle Club

HUNTING – Hunters can zero-in their rifles before the general hunting seasons at the annual Sight-In Days at the Spokane Rifle Club. Club facilities along the Spokane River downstream from the Bowl and Pitcher will be open to nonmembers starting Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continuing on Oct. 8-10 and Oct. 15-16.

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Weekend weather: Cloudy and windy conditions

Two more warm and sunny days are expected across the Inland Northwest before a low-pressure system turns conditions cloudy and windy on Saturday. The National Weather Service is calling for highs in the upper 70s today in Spokane and lower 70s on Friday with plenty of sunshine as this year’s dry weather continues.

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Rich Landers spent a few frantic hours trying to find his lost English Setter; fortunately there was a happy ending 

A short preseason bird-dog workout session turned into a marathon when my English setter ran out of sight and never came back this morning.  I was trying to take advantage of the cool morning before the predicted 80-degree high temps. But my dog Scout lost me in rugged terrain.   I looked and looked. Even though he had a beeper collar, I couldn’t hear him or see him.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing Silver Bow Fly Shop says all rivers are in a transition state. Late-summer tactics like hopper/dropper rigs will still work, but fall patterns like Mahoganies, BWOs and October Caddis are picking up steam. Nymphing and streamer tactics are effective on cooler mornings. The Clark Fork and Kootenai are good fall choices with larger fish.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 27, 2015

Volunteers use Google Trekker cameras to record area trails for online viewing 12 

The world will soon have virtual access to paddling the Little Spokane River, biking the Centennial Trail and hiking across the suspension bridge at the Bowl and Pitcher. Volunteers this month are escorting the Google Trekker along some of the area’s signature routes. The high-tech digital imaging device will provide panoramic Street View images of off-road scenery for anyone with Internet access to explore.

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Volunteer Andy Fuzak hikes with the Google Trekker up Deep Creek Canyon in Riverside State Park. (Rich Landers)

Reactions vary as Google Trekker records area trails

Most people who encountered Google’s Trekker on Spokane-area trails last weekend smiled and seemed curious. As the device perched on a volunteer hiker’s back was making 360-degree images at Riverside State Park, the most common question was, “How much does it weigh?” or “How much is Google paying you?” But when volunteers Katherine Beal and Andy Fuzak departed the Centennial Trail for an off-trail route between towering basalt walls up Deep Creek Canyon, some hikers reacted differently.

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Outdoor writing contest geared to high school students

It’s time for high schoolers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests for youth outdoor writing. The 2015 S-R contest is open to high school students from the newspaper’s circulation area.

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“Anish” holds Appalachian, Pacific Crest trail records.

Out & About: Seattle’s Heather ‘Anish’ Anderson breaks Appalachian Trail hiking record

OUTDONE – A Seattle woman, 34, has set an unsupported speed record for hiking the 2,189-mile Appalachian Trail through 14 states from Maine to Georgia in 54 days, 7 hours and 48 minutes. Heather Anderson (trail name “Anish”) is no fleeting moment in trail-record history.  In 2013, she set the unsupported backpacking speed record for the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes. 

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