Out & About: Youth get shot at Turnbull ducks

Bart Mihailovich, 27, will become the point man for the privately funded Spokane Riverkeeper Project starting in August.
Bart Mihailovich, 27, will become the point man for the privately funded Spokane Riverkeeper Project starting in August.

OUTHUNT – Youngsters have one more week to apply for a two-day youth waterfowl hunt scheduled at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge this fall.

It will be the first season in which limited hunting will occur on the refuge since it was established in 1937.

The two-day youth hunt will run concurrently with the state youth waterfowl season on the last weekend in September.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will restrict the young hunters under 16 to about eight hunting sites, depending on water levels.

Two youth hunters accompanied by one or two non-hunting adults will be allowed at each site.

Hunters will be selected in a random drawing. The deadline for applications is next Sunday at the refuge or by mail. Friends or siblings can apply on the same application.

Apply on a standard U.S. Postal Service postcard. Include the youth’s full name, address and telephone number.

Mail postcards to Refuge Manager, Turnbull NWR, 26010 S. Smith Road, Cheney, WA, 99004.

Info: 235-4723; www.fws.gov/turnbull.

EWU grad named Riverkeeper

OUTFIELD – Bart Mihailovich, 27, a Montana-born writer, has a been named point man for the Spokane Riverkeeper Project, which monitors the river for environmental compliance.

Mihailovich is replacing Center for Justice attorney Rick Eichstaedt, who became the first Spokane Riverkeeper in 2009 sponsored by the International Waterkeepers Alliance.

Eichstaedt continues with the program providing legal support.

The project has its eye on dock permitting as well as commercial stormwater enforcement to help fill a void in state Department of Ecology staff for Eastern Washington.

Info: Spokaneriverkeeper.org.

South Hill helpers to pull together

OUTWEED – Fans of the South Hill Bluffs plan to gather at 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 to test a method of controlling invasive species by hand-cutting the rush skeleton weed along one of the popular trails.

To join the group, contact Diana Roberts, WSU Extension county agronomist, 477-2167 or e-mail robertsd@wsu.edu.

Pomeroy hunter steps up big

OUTSTANDING – Elton Brown, 86, of Pomeroy was honored by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department recently for three decades of volunteer service to hunter and shooting education.

Brown bought his first hunting license as a 10-year-old in 1935, an annual tradition he’s maintained for 75 years.

He’s been a member and mentor to youth shooters in the Pomeroy Gun Club for 50 years.

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