Field reports: Colville Forest crews clearing blowdowns

SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2012

ROADS – Crews have reopened all the primary roads on the Colville National Forest since a July 20 storm leveled trees on roughly 4,000 acres of the 1.1 million-acre forest. Most of the damage was on the Republic Ranger District.

Secondary roads listed as open to motor vehicles also have been cleared.

All trailheads are open, but trails can still have trees down across them.

Updates: Republic Ranger District Office, (509) 775-7400.

State waterfowl calling contest Aug. 25

HUNTING – The 2012 Washington State Duck Calling Championship is Aug. 25, sponsored by the Washington Waterfowl Association, Yakima Valley Chapter.

The event, a qualifier for international competition, will be held at Columbia Park in Kennewick. Contests include:

•  Washington state Duck Calling Championship, open only to Washington residents. 

• Washington State Goose, open to Washington residents.

Winners will qualify for the World Duck Calling Championship in Stuggart, Ark.

The event also has seven additional open divisions for duck and goose calling, plus contests for two-person duck and goose, peewee and junior divisions.

Info and registration: Abel Cortina (509)786-9196.

Shore-to-Shore race at Flathead Lake

PADDLING – Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards will go 4.5, 9.5 or 24 miles on Montana’s Flathead Lake on Aug. 24 in a race event to benefit First Descents, a nonprofit group providing outdoor adventure therapy for young adults with cancer.

The Epic Shore to Shore is for teams and individuals. Info: epicshoretoshore.com.

Warm water closes Yellowstone fishing

FISHING – Parts of three rivers in Yellowstone National Park closed to fishing Wednesday because of unusually warm water temperatures.

Fishing was closed on the Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls, Firehole River below Keppler Cascades, and the Madison River.

The closures came a week after Montana issued restrictions on fishing in the Smith, Dearborn and Sun rivers as water temperatures ranged into the high 70s.

Warm water can be stressful or even fatal for trout.

Storms of Denali author at Auntie’s

CLIMBING – Spokane Mountaineer John Roskelley is mentioned in a new climbing novel and serves as an inspiration for one of the characters, says author/climber Nick O’Connell of Seattle.

“The Storms of Denali,” is a disaster epic. Four young men set out to climb a new route on the 20,320-foot peak, the highest and coldest summit in North America. They battle avalanches, fierce winds, and mind-numbing cold to ascend a classic new line up the south face. In confronting these obstacles, the group splinters, leading to tragedy.

O’Connell will read from the novel Thursday, 7 p.m. at Auntie’s Bookstore.


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