Field reports: Settlement paves way for wolf delisting, hunting revenue

FISHING – The tradition of Washington salmon season being debated and set on the West Side as been altered to give East Siders access to the process.

On Wednesday, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department and agencies in the North of Falcon deliberations will hold a meeting, 6 p.m., at the Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave. in Kennewick.

There’s reason to speak up.

For example, last year the spring chinook salmon season closed just as the fish were starting to arrive in the lower Snake River. Anglers in the lower Columbia overharvested their share of the run. East Siders ended slightly under.

Rich Landers

Youth whitewater open house set

RIVER RUNNING – Peak 7 Adventures, a faith-based youth outdoor adventure group focusing on the underprivileged is already riding Spokane River whitewater.

The group schedules challenging outings, including climbing, kayaking, backpacking and team-building skills activities.

Youths and adults interested in participating or mentoring are invited to a rafting-season open house with pizza on Wednesday, 6 p.m., at 1409 W. White Road.

Info: (509) 467-5550, peak7.org/

Lake Roosevelt offers youth jobs

PARKS – The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area soon will be filling 10 Youth Conservation Corps positions for youths 15-18 years old. Jobs start in June and run through August.

Applications due March 31.

Contacts: (509) 725-2715, ext. 20 at Fort Spokane, or (509) 738-6366, ext. 102 at Kettle Falls.

Rich Landers

Moose raffle tag drawing today

HUNTING – The Washington 2011 moose raffle tag will be drawn this afternoon at the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show underway at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center.

State residents and nonresidents are buying $10 raffle tickets for a coveted chance to hunt with an either-sex tag anywhere moose hunting is allowed in far-Eastern Washington.

Rich Landers

Tip helps convict elk poacher in Blues

HUNTING – A Kennewick man has pleaded guilty to charges of illegal big-game hunting in the Blue Mountains following a tip to state Fish and Wildlife police.

Jason Locke, 37, of Kennewick pleaded guilty last week to poaching a bull elk and using his wife’s permit illegally in Columbia County.

He was fined a total of $11,345, including a $6,000 penalty for taking a trophy-size bull elk.

David E. Myles, 50, of Richland, and Brian E. Badgwell, 40, of Pomeroy where charged for helping transport the game.

Rich Landers

Fly-Fishing Expo expands in Lewiston

FISHING – The annual North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo presented Friday and Saturday by the Kelly Creek Flycasters is expanding to two days this year and moving from Clarkston to Lewiston’s Red Lion Hotel.

Program schedules are online at niffe.org/

Rich Landers

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