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Scotchman Peaks winter hiking series starts Saturday

HIKING – The Friends of the Scotchman Peaks 12th winter hike series starts January 20. Join a guided winter hike in the Scotchman Peaks proposed wilderness areas. The hikes range in difficulty from easy to very strenuous. FSPW Executive Director Phil Hough will lead the season’s first hike, Saturday. Saturday’s moderate hike will take participants from Lightning Creek to Regal Creek Trail.

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.

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