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A bicyclist gets big air on the jumps course at Camp Sekani managed by Spokane City Parks. There will be plenty more action such as this at Spokatopia on Saturday.
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Spokatopia offers intro to variety of muscle-powered sports

The best opportunity of the year to sample land- and water-based muscle-powered sports in one location is set for Saturday at Camp Sekani along the upper Spokane River. The second annual Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival will be a giant playground for learning about recreational activities, gear and skills.

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Jarrett Moss, of StanCraft Marine, demonstrates wake boarding on the Spokane River in Coeur d'Alene. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

Wake surfing catches attention of water sport enthusiasts 

When ocean surfers want the perfect wave, they first have to wait for the correct tide and then paddle out and meet the roller at just the right time. But emerging technology has produced wake boats that can turn any area lake into the perfect wave for surfing as long as the rider wants to catch it.

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Alan Liere: In admiration of birds

I have been watching six turkey vultures the past few days. They’re not something I normally see here just north of Spokane. Although I find them extremely homely, they are graceful in flight and have an important niche cleaning up dead things. This particular flock had found a dead deer just off the road near my house.

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Alan Liere’s fish and game report for July 7

Fly fishing There are few streams or rivers in Washington, Idaho and Montana that aren’t producing well for fly fishermen now. Water is in good shape and success ranges from fair to excellent. Take along your golden stones, pmd's and caddis, and fish dry with a dropper.

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SUNDAY, JULY 3, 2016

Madison River rainbow trout have rebounded well from a population crippling spread of whirling disease in the 1990s. (Ben Pierce / AP)

Madison River trout rebound from whirling disease

Two decades ago, rainbow trout in the upper Madison River were struggling. Whirling disease had been found in the stream, caused by a microorganism that latches onto fish. Brown trout aren’t affected by it, but rainbow trout are, and numbers of adult rainbows dwindled. In one section of the river, estimates of adult rainbows — those larger than 14 inches — fell to fewer than 150 a mile. That was about the time Tim Weiss, a fisheries technician with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, started working on the Madison. A little more than two decades later, the density of adult rainbow trout in that river has changed dramatically.

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Madison revival: Fabled fishery tests every angler’s skill level

The Madison River below Quake Lake and along U.S. 287 holds legendary status among fly anglers. It’s a standout even in Montana, which is host to 2.2 to 3.36 million angler days a year, mostly in the summer. The 183-mile long Madison River begins in Yellowstone National Park at the junction of the Gibbon and Firehole rivers. From there it flows peacefully through 23 miles of the park before entering Montana and creating Hebgen Lake.

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Field Reports: Idaho fire salvage to close some forest roads

PUBLIC LANDS – About 52 miles of roads in the 2015 Tower Fire area west of Priest River drainage remain closed for safety as salvage logging is scheduled to begin in July and last for up to three years. Idaho Panhandle Forest Supervisor Mary Farnsworth announced the Tower Fire Salvage and Reforestation Project last week.

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Bicycling events treat cyclists in July

July is a fine month for bicycling. Every cyclist should be tuned up and the sky’s the limit. The region has plenty of organized events this month to test that theory. Some of them are fundraisers for worthy causes. Bicyclists have long been known to donate generously in return for a well-oiled cycling event. Indeed, the 2016 Silver Valley Ride to Defeat ALS, which was held June 18 on the trail of the Coeur d’Alenes raised $60,000 to support local people with ALS and their families, said spokeswoman Candace Godwin.

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Hooking memories: Hells canyon sturgeon

Hells Canyon Sport Fishing guide Ryan Rosenbaum was all smiles before releasing a huge white sturgeon in the Snake River last weekend. Even a veteran guide doesn’t often get to put clients onto a 10 footer with a 54-inch girth. In this case, the catch-and-release team effort on a fish that might be a century old was especially sweet, he said.

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Mount Spokane Park Road closing for summer construction 

The summer closure of the Mount Spokane State Park Road, which is set to start around July 11, is required for safety during road repairs and resurfacing, says Steve Christensen, park manager. The recently announced closure plans will prevent public motorized access to the park into October except for condominium owners and people with approved pre-planned events, such as races or volunteer projects.

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