THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2015

Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing There is a lot of bug activity now on area rivers, so a double dry rig of a drake pattern and a caddis trailer would be a good choice. The North Fork Coeur d’Alene is getting so low the riffles are nearly too shallow to float.

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SUNDAY, MAY 24, 2015

Odd trail couple: Dad, daughter sharing bugs, blisters and beauty of Pacific Crest Trail

After 20 years of going out on search-and- rescue missions, Kem Russell of Selah, Washington, has plenty of experience in finding lost hikers. Now, in a way, Russell and his youngest daughter, Karra, are out on a hike to find themselves. On April 20, Kem, 66, and 26-year-old Karra set out on foot from the California-Mexico border in the hilly desert of eastern San Diego County, beginning what they plan to be a 41/2-month, 2,650-mile thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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With an accelerator control in his hand, a motorized longboarder can go zero to 22 mph in seconds.

Gear junkie: Motorized longboard a no-sweat hit

A paved path stretches ahead, and I hit the accelerator control in my hand. The board under my feet whirs, wheels spinning to life, and I brace to rocket off on a ride from the future. Boosted Boards have high-power electric motors and can roll for miles between charge-ups. Built with top-end materials and parts, they don’t come cheap, at $999 and up.

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Spruce grouse does it privately

May was a mere seven hours old and a veil of fog hugged the ground. But even in the dim early light, it was clear spring had fully sprung in the North Woods. This encounter occurred in Wisconsin, but it just as easily could have been in Montana, Idaho or the northern forests of Washington.

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Out & About: Scotchmans group plans hikes, events

OUTDO – The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness are launching another season of guided hikes, outings, trail work – along with gentle advocacy for securing wilderness designation for a little piece of heaven northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. The group’s summer activities start in Sandpoint at 6 p.m. Thursday, with its annual State of the Scotchmans program at Forrest M. Bird Charter High School. Guest speaker is Doug Scott, who was involved with writing the original 1974 Wilderness Act. The group is posting a list of hikes for the season to acquaint people with portions of 88,000-acre proposed wilderness area.

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2015

Wolf worries lead to hiring of wildlife-conflict specialist 29 

The state of Washington has hired an internationally known wildlife-conflict specialist to help defuse tensions over the state’s expanding wolf population. Francine Madden is the executive director of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, which also works in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The Houston-based nonprofit tries to resolve conflicts that arise when protecting animals such as lions, leopards and elephants leads to clashes with local communities.

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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2015

Alan Liere: Turkey hunting tests patience 

It has been my experience that turkey hunting is somewhat akin to trick or treating when I was a kid – even when you dress up nice and do and say all the right things, there’s a chance the lady at the door will still give you raisins. I got a lot of raisins in my sack during the turkey season that just ended – the same as last year. In fact, it took 11 months to forget about last year’s spring gobbler tribulations – the 3 a.m. alarms, the finger-numbing cold, the achy joints that came from trying to do a teenager’s day with a senior citizen’s body.

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Showers expected for Memorial Day weekend

You knew that the recent spell of fine spring weather would end with the Memorial Day weekend. National Weather Service forecasters said a low pressure system is expected to migrate south from the British Columbia coast, triggering showers across the Inland Northwest mainly from Friday night through the day on Sunday.

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