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End of season is bittersweet day for bird dogs

Scout, an English setter, holds a steady point on a quail covey he sniffed out in Lincoln County on Monday as hunter Tim Hood moves in for the flush. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
My old English setter was melted into his dog bed Tuesday morning. He was stiff but fulfilled from closing out Washington’s upland bird hunting season Monday afternoon with a nose full of sage and quail scent.

Lookout’s wife-carrying contest a big hit

Participants in the Lookout Pass annual wife-carrying race scramble off the starting line on Jan. 14. Justin Shipman and Megan Cox, center, won the race and were awarded $139. (Eli Francovich / The Spokesman-Review)
Under normal circumstances it’s a major faux pas to ask someone’s weight. And many, when asked, might shave a few pounds off in the telling.

Reader photo: Prepare for takeoff

A pair of trumpeter swans preparing for takeoff at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 13. (Cortney Litwin / Courtesy)
Cortney Litwin caught a pair of trumpeter swans preparing for takeoff at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge on Jan. 13. “It takes tremendous effort to get 30 pounds off the ground and into the air,” Litwin wrote.

New ranger in Coeur d’Alene River district

A new deputy district ranger has been selected for the Coeur d’Alene River district in Smelterville, Idaho. Phillip Blundell started his new job on Jan. 8.

Mount Spokane’s ladies days start

Mount Spokane’s Friday ladies days ski and snowboard instruction program has started. On Feb. 9 and March 2 women can learn from female ski and snowboard coaches.

Sturgeon fishing to reopen on Lake Roosevelt

FILE - Anglers will again be allowed to fish for sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt in 2018. (Courtesy)
FISHING – Anglers will again be allowed to fish for sturgeon on Lake Roosevelt. However, the details of the season have yet to be finalized, said Bill Baker, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in Colville. Baker said the slot limit will likely be narrower than last. Last year’s limit was between 38 and 63 inches.

Bill Jennings: Impressive expansion looms for Lookout Pass

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 6:30 a.m.

A skier flies down the slopes at Lookout Pass in late December, 2017. A proposed expansion would increase the resort's existing 538-acre permit area by 458 acres, for a total of 1,023 acres of terrain. (Eli Francovich / The Spokesman-Review)
If there’s anything good about being a year older, it could be skiing at Lookout Pass for free on your birthday. It’s a benefit I rarely fail to claim. Last week on my special day, it was very cold up there. A stiff, gusting breeze stung like a swarm of bees. But the sun was bright, the sky was blue and vistas of the surrounding Bitterroot Mountains were unlimited.

Lookout hosts wife-carrying contest

Race across the snow with your wife on your back. Participants sprint 100 feet, over the snow, while carrying their wives in Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation Area’s annual event

Longtime Spokane bike mechanic Dave Mannino retiring

BIKING – Dave Mannino, a longtime Spokane bike mechanic has retired. His 40-year career will be celebrated Friday at the Bike Hub in the South Perry Neighborhood (817 S. Perry Street). The event starts at 5 p.m. There will be food and beverages. For more information visit Facebook.

Public asked to comment on Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife land acquisitions

UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Myles Heistad, left, and Scott Wolff hike the trail along the North Fork of Asotin Creek before buds have opened on trees and plants in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington in this March 23, 2010 photo. A Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife proposal would add 653 acres and will connect two pieces of state land in the Blue Mountains. The purchase would keep a migration corridor open for wildlife and provide access to hunting, hiking horseback riding, mountain biking and bird watching. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
CONSERVATION – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking for public comment on 9 proposed land acquisition projects throughout the state. The department will accept comments through Feb. 2, 2018. Four sites are east of the Cascades, including ones in Ferry, Columbia and Asotin Counties. The Ferry County proposal would add 53 acres to the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area eliminating the need for an easement for access.

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