SUNDAY, JULY 12, 2015

Pikeminnow Reward program paying anglers for 25 years

The precise details are stored deep in agency archives and would take almost forever to ferret out. But here’s likely what happened: At about 10 a.m. on May 24, 1990, an angler brought a squawfish to the registration station at LePage Park at the mouth of the John Day River in the Columbia Gorge.

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Field Reports: Fire threat closes private timberlands

FORESTS – More than a million acres of private timberlands are being temporarily closed to public access in the Inland northwest because of extreme fire danger.   Stimson Lumber Company has closed public access to 350,000 acres in northeastern Washington, North Idaho and western Montana because of dry conditions.

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Drought puts Western fisheries in hot water

Drought and record hot weather are producing lethal conditions for salmon and trout in rivers across the West. A recent survey released Wednesday of the lower reaches of 54 rivers in Oregon, California and Washington by the Wild Fish Conservancy showed nearly three-quarters had temperatures higher than 70 degrees, considered potentially deadly for salmon and trout.

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THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015

The Yuba balance trainer bicycle – a “push-bike” without drivetrain – allows younger children to learn balance without the added challenge of pedals and breaks.

Bikes for tykes 

At age 2, my son Levi is already pining to ride with his bigger siblings. He hopped on the push-bikes we gave him just a few weeks after learning to walk. Now he’s a tiny speed demon on the sidewalks, with scraped-up knees and a smile to prove it. This spring my wife and I upgraded Levi’s fleet with two new models. The first, made by Yuba Bicycles, has a rear rack and tiny panniers where he keeps some toys.

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Nature’s splash pad: A mule deer doe wades through the very low Kettle River about four miles above Curlew. This one, and several others with their fawns, often take to the water to cool in the daytime heat and stand in the water to reach the bottom side of the riverside brush to browse off the smaller, more tender leaves. (J. Foster Fanning photo)

Photo: Cooling off in the Kettle 

Nature’s splash pad: A mule deer doe wades through the very low Kettle River about four miles above Curlew. This one, and several others with their fawns, often take to the water to cool in the daytime heat and stand in the water to reach the bottom side of the riverside brush to browse off the smaller, more tender leaves.

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Thunderstorms on tap

Another smoky hot day is expected over the Inland Northwest before a significant change in this summer’s early heat wave arrives. Highs in the middle and upper 90s are expected across the region before moisture from the south raises the risk of thunderstorms and more wildfires on Friday.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing Fly fishermen should probably start looking at some of the high mountain lakes and streams for guilt-free fishing in the hot weather. One example is Horseshoe Lake, a drive-up lake in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that holds beautiful eastern brook, browns, and tiger trout. 

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In brief: Idaho hosts all comers for hunting workshop

Next month, Idaho Fish and Game will pilot “ HUNT IDAHO: Connecting Mountains to Meals,” a two-day event in Lewiston geared to anyone interested in hunting, residents and nonresidents alike. “Those who have never picked up a gun before and those who have hunted for many years but would like to try a different aspect of hunting are invited to attend,” organizers say in a media release. The events will be held:

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TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2015

SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015


Out & About: National forests hurdle language barrier

OUTSPOKEN – A pilot “on demand” phone interpretation service to enhance public service to non-native English speakers has been announced by the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service for its offices in Oregon and Washington. “We are committed to improving public access to Forest Service programs to foster respectful and inclusive interactions with the people and communities we serve,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester in Portland.

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Fishing guide devotes Columbia salmon opener to family as he tunes up for clients

Opening day is a slam-dunk money-maker for any fishing guide. But one Washington outfitter devoted the first day of the upper Columbia River salmon season to his family instead of paying customers. “I take opening day to fine-tune the boat, get all our gear switched over from the lake fishing we’ve been doing, see where the salmon are and what’s working,” Jerrod Gibbons of Okanogan Valley Guide Service said Wednesday. “That makes me more prepared for the clients I’ll have virtually every day of the season from now on.

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