SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 2015

Field reports: Razor clamming hits peak season

SHELLFISHING – Razor clam digs proposed for April and May would cap a season packed with more “beach days” than any time in the past 25 years, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says. State shellfish managers are planning another 24 days of digging on morning low tides at various beaches from April 4 through May 17.

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Tribal fisheries beckon anglers to the Rez

A group of excellent fishing waters will open April 11 for non-tribal members on the Colville Indian Reservation, but anglers don’t have to wait that long to wet a line. The tribe released 10,000 triploid rainbow trout weighing about 2 pounds each in the year-round fishing waters of Lake Rufus Woods on Thursday, making the reservoir between Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams a likely hot spot for anglers this weekend.

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In May, trail cams confirmed OR-7 had formed the Rogue Pack and sired pups. (Associated Press)

Out & About: Film on Oregon wolf’s journey screening at The Bing 

OUTROAM – A documentary about a radio-collared gray wolf that captured international attention as it roamed for years from Oregon into California and back will screen in Spokane Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., at the Bing Crosby Theater. “OR-7 – The Journey” is based on a wild male wolf that was trapped by researchers and fitted with a GPS collar. Satellite tracking eventually was shared online as the wolf broke from its pack and ventured some 1,200 miles.

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Oregon getaway options expanded

Inland Northwest families planning spring break vacations sometimes zero in on Oregon as a not-too-close yet not-too-far destination with loads of options. And this year, there are more things to do outdoors than usual around the region.

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Leif Whittaker, left, and Bobby Whittaker train for a May 2015 climb of Canada’s Mount Kennedy. (Eric Becker)

Whittaker legend lives on 50 years after Kennedy climb 

On Tuesday, Bobby Whittaker, 48, was driving from his Seattle home for a morning workout on Mount Si when he answered the phone. “It’s a 4-mile grunt with 3,150 feet of elevation gain close to home,” he said, noting that he’d need all the training he can get to follow in the footsteps of his brother – and father.

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Allen: Tri, tri again Part 2: Testing the waters

This is the second in a six-part series of stories called “Tri, tri again,” as a Spokesman-Review sportswriter trains for his first triathlon with no guarantee of finishing. The arduous journey continues. I had that sinking feeling even before I stepped into the pool at my local fitness club.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly fishing If you’re up for an adventure and an opportunity to catch big crappie and largemouth on a fly, give Spokane County’s Bonnie Lake a look in the next couple weeks. The lake is accessed via the Belsby Road/Hole in the Ground Road crossing of Rock Creek. You’ll launch your small boat off a steep bank into the creek and motor upstream through a narrow passage to the lake. A Carey Special on a sinking line will do the job.

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Bill Jennings: Tumultuous FlowRider lessons woes of ski season’s end

In online snow reports Sunday morning, the ski areas remaining open hinted that another weekend of operations was not a sure thing. Feeling restless with the ski season hanging by a thread, I decided to head to the beach – with my skis. No, I hadn’t finally lost my mind as a side effect of powder deprivation. Silver Mountain made me an offer I couldn’t refuse, so I accepted it. The resort’s Sunday Ski and Surf Special lets you arrive at noon for some afternoon turns on the mountain, and then play in the Silver Rapids Waterpark until 7 p.m. – for $29.

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Alan Liere: The dreaded season of sinister trailers is almost here 

I always get a little tense this time of year because the summer fishing/camping season is about to begin and I know I will once again be scrutinized, critiqued and derided because of my hateful association with trailers. There are two major requirements to master if you own a trailer – be it boat trailer, travel trailer or even a simple trailer used for hauling camping gear. You must be able to back them up using side mirrors and hook up the lights. I don’t do either well.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015

Rich Landers

Rich Landers

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Opening Day for Trails a good start

TRAILS -- The outdoor and indoor activities planned for the Opening Day for Trails celebration Saturday in the Spokane area connected a lot of people with outdoor groups and trails ...

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