THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2015


Not a Van Gogh painting, but a Perseid Meteor zips through the sky above the old Govan Schoolhouse in Lincoln County. The meteor appears to have a straighter trajectory than the spire on top of the decaying building.

Photo: Starry, starry night

Not a Van Gogh painting, but a Perseid Meteor zips through the sky above the old Govan Schoolhouse in Lincoln County. The meteor appears to have a straighter trajectory than the spire on top of the decaying building.

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Alan Liere: The Kid and the Shooting Instructor

With the Washington State deer season coming up, I have been tinkering with my reloader and sighting in my rifle. I have also been giving a friend’s daughter an opportunity to shoot while checking out how much she has retained from the Hunters’ Safety Course she passed last spring. As I live in the country, I have an excellent spot to do this, firing down from my front lawn into my pasture. I am confident the young lady now knows what to do and when and how to do it. To allay any fears she might have had as she prepared to shoot her first-ever big game rifle, I told her I would take the first shot. “It won’t kick if it’s tight against your shoulder,” I said. “If it isn’t, though, the scope can come back and hit you in the face.” With that, I laid the rifle across a sandbag and squeezed one off.

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Weekend weather

Weather conditions conducive to wildfire are likely to persist for the next several days, but there is a hint that a change is due later next week. A cold front pushing into the region from the northwest is likely to aggravate fire problems today through Friday.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing At Silver Bow Fly Shop, “Musky Dave” Dana says if you cast a big fly from 50 feet out toward shore in most spots on Curlew Lake, you WILL catch tiger muskies. He said there are fish of 40 inches and much larger all over the lake. Info: (509) 924-9998.

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One of the trail cameras set up by Troy Pottenger and his son, Tyson, near Harrison, Idaho, in hopes of spotting a trophy whitetail. (Kathy Plonka)

Area hunter Troy Pottenger uses trail cameras and wind data to search for trophy whitetails

Wind charts. Thermals. Bedding areas. Travel lanes. Finding the edge of the wind. These are the tools that Troy Pottenger uses every day during the summer to locate what he hopes is that buck of a lifetime. While his goal is to someday find that 200-inch class whitetail buck, he’d be just as happy to take home a mature bruiser who has lived in the Idaho high country for eight or nine years.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 16, 2015

Retailers demonstrate yoga on a Glide brand paddleboard in a demo pool at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City. (Associated Press)

Paddleboarding appeals to exercisers of all ages

SALT LAKE CITY – Colorful paddleboards and pictures of people practicing the sport in beautiful settings filled the exhibit halls at the world’s largest outdoor retail trade show this month in Salt Lake City in the latest illustration of the sport’s exploding popularity. They make long, skinny boards for racers. They make wide, sturdy ones for more casual users, some of whom do yoga or fish off the boards. They even make inflatable boards for people who want the convenience to be able roll them up and put them in a bag.

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The Gear Junkie: ‘Best in show’ gear

 After three August days surveying products from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, a twice-annual event in Utah, these items stood out as some of the most innovative and unique, a “best-in-show” list of new outdoor gear. Mega headlamp: At 2,000 lumens, it is brighter than most car headlights. The XEO from LED Lenser (pictured at right) was built for biking at night, skiing after dark, and other nocturnal adventures where a normal headlamp won’t cut it. To manage the inevitable heat build-up that comes from all that light, there’s an air intake chamber on front – as you bike, run, or ski, air gets “scooped” into the vent, cooling the LED unit.

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Out & About: Chronic Wasting Disease’s gradual spread worries wildlife biologists 

OUTLOOK – As Chronic Wasting Disease, a fatal and contagious disease that can spread slowly among a deer or elk herd, is discovered in more whitetails in Missouri, wildlife biologists are worried about future deer populations. The situation isn’t at the crisis stage, deer biologist Jason Sumners told the Missouri Conservation Commission recently. But aggressive action is needed, he said.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2015

THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2015


Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing Most fly fishing reports throughout Washington, Idaho and Montana say the same thing – flows are extremely low and a lot of rivers might best be left alone for awhile. Exceptions are the Spokane, the Clark Fork, the Kootenai, the St. Joe above Avery and the Yakima. The North Fork Coeur d’Alene is a possibility downstream from Pritchard. The Yakima is still flowing at about 78 percent of normal.  Most anglers are fishing exclusively dry flies.

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A bull moose lounges in the kiddie pool at the Johnson family residence in the Spokane Valley near Dishman-Mica Road.

Summer splash

Kathy Johnson's 2-year-old grandson was bullied out of his kiddie pool this week in the wild- life-rich Painted Hills neighborhood of Spokane Valley. A bull moose took refuge from temperatures in the 80s Tuesday afternoon by sneaking into the Johnsons' backyard and cooling off in the inflatable pool.

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