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Alan Liere: Baby, it’s Cold Outside – inside too!

Many years ago, recently divorced, I was living in a trailer at Loon Lake. It was a tough winter, much like this one, and in early February, my hair often froze when I got out of the shower. I was younger and poorer then, and I accepted frozen hair as one of the punishments I had to endure for having let a marriage fail – guilt, compensation, and all that.

In brief: Program features year in the life of owls

Paul Bannick, an award-winning outdoor photographer from Western Washington, is coming to the region to present a program featuring video, sound, stories from the field and several dozen new images from his new book: “

Trapshooters smoke targets to ward off winter blues

From left, Ethan and Abbie Denmark, JC Craipo and Alvin Craipo, shoot a round of trap at the Spokane Gun Club for their weekly scores in The Spokesman-Review Trapshoot. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Asked why she’s devoting a portion of eight Saturdays from January into March to trapshooting at the Spokane Gun Club, Shel Giese noted that she’s a member of the American Legion Riders, a motorcycle club. “We can’t ride in winter,” she said. “So we shoot.”

Bill Jennings: Frost Fight pits bikes racing in the snow

An unusual event that has emerged recently at a few ski resorts around North America will make its Inland Northwest debut at Silver Mountain Sunday. The Frost Fight is a dual slalom competition pitting riders on fat bikes against each other in head-to-head racing on the snow. Mountain bikers are also welcome. But in this race, obesity is an advantage.

“All Out” effort connects people with outdoor pursuits

A snowshoeing group led by Spokane Parks and Recreation Department explores the Sherman Peak area east of Republic, Wash. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Taking that first step into an outdoor life-sport such as snowshoeing, mountain biking, paddling and fly fishing is less intimidating with the help of experienced “ambassadors” from clubs and agencies. The Spokane region is rich with assistance to tap.

Alan Liere: Differentiating between varieties of little brown birds

I recently visited a friend and his wife who live just down the road from me here on Wildrose Prairie. When I pulled into their snow-covered driveway, I noticed the tracks of pheasants and turkeys in the snow, and before I got to their front door, I had flushed a big covey of quail.

Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for Feb. 2

When trolling a lake like Chelan for kokanee, troll shore to shore rather than along the shoreline, concentrating in the middle of the lake. Kokanee are prey to Chelan’s mackinaw and they don’t go near the bottom or structure where the larger predator fish hide and attack. On Lake Roosevelt, predatory fish are not much of a factor and the kokes can be closer to shore.

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