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Rich Landers: Life jacket requirement renders tubers disposable

Thu., June 8, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Life jackets are required to be worn while floating on any sort of vessel on moving water in Spokane County, but Spokane does not have the same requirement for waters within the city. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle through the rapids at the Bowl and Pitcher would be required to wear a life jacket for a baseline measure of safety. But a fun-loving dude floating on an inner tube could legally bare his chest to the whitewater without a life jacket or fear of a ticket.

Prime time for hunter ed; Idaho offers combo class

Thu., June 8, 2017, 6 a.m.

Summer is prime time for new hunters to enroll in hunter education classes in Idaho and Washington. State wildlife officials say prospective hunters to procrastinate can find fall classes full or in conflict with fall school and sports schedules.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for June 8

Wed., June 7, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

The Okanogan district’s quality trout fishing lakes have all been performing very well. Anglers have been getting into several fish an hour at the Green lakes northwest of Omak and Aeneas Lake west of Tonasket.

Reader Photo: Robbing the cradle

Wed., June 7, 2017, 12:49 p.m.

As goslings crawl over a shoreline branch to swim after their parents, a smallmouth bass blasts up to the surface and claims one for dinner. (DORIAN POLOWAY / Courtesy)
As goslings crawl over a shoreline branch to swim after their parents, a largemouth bass blasts up to the surface and claims one for dinner.

Leave nature to care for its own, wildlife biologists say

Tue., June 6, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

A newborn whitetail fawn curls up motionless where its mother left it between feedings. Does sometimes leave their fawns for as many as nine hours between feedings to avoid tipping off predators. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
As more people head outdoors to enjoy spring weather, they’re entering nature’s nurseries where it’s best to leave the babies be. Last week, for example, a male whitetail fawn was brought into the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine teaching clinic by a person concerned the animal had been abandoned by its mother.

Gear Junkie: A training partner athletes can wear on their wrists

Mon., June 5, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

The Spartan Sport Wrist HR tracker features include 24/7 heart rate; steps counted; and calorie-burn rate. (Courtesy)
It’s an even seven minutes into an afternoon run. My watch buzzes, denoting a mile complete. Pace and heart-rate numbers flash on the screen. For a month the Spartan Sport Wrist HR from Suunto has served as my training partner. It also tracks my steps, calories burned, and other metrics during the day.

Field Reports: Washington sets gray wolf conflict protocols, requires deterrents

Sun., June 4, 2017, 6 a.m.

Gray wolves are reclaiming territory in Washington, especially in the northeast corner of the state. (Washington Fish & Wildlife Department / Courtesy)
Washington has released a revised “Protocol for Wolf-Livestock Interactions” that requires livestock producers to try at least two proactive deterrence measures appropriate to their operation before the state would consider using lethal control in cases of wolf attacks on cattle, sheep and other stock.

Are you prepared for reacting to a drowning incident?

Sun., June 4, 2017, 5:30 a.m.

Boaters should be familiar with what to do if they encounter a drowning scene. (J. David Ake / Associated Press)
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are children under the age of 4 who drown in backyard swimming pools.

Ammi Midstokke: Coping mechanisms for the unexpected disasters

Sat., June 3, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

It’s not a bad back yard... (Ammi Midstokke / Special to Outdoors)
I was standing in my kitchen crying. There are very few records of actual Midstokke crying to date, but this was the real deal. Full fledged, trembling lip, snotty nose crying. My dad was wearing a tool belt and a pair of noise muffs over his already deaf ears. He tried to help and suggested, “Maybe we should remodel your bathroom another time.” The choked tears turned into a full sob – I want to do laundry in my own house.

Summer skiing: Mt. Hood provides year-round access to snow

Thu., June 1, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

A snowboarder shreds soft snow near the top of Palmer Snowfield on Mount Hood. (John  Nelson / The Spokesman-Review)
It’s the high-elevation lift that makes Mount Hood ground zero for summer skiing in the United States. The resort has the longest ski season in the country, operating into September. Ski and snowboard teams spend their summers at Timberline, more so this year in advance of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Black flies, mosquitoes and ticks – Oh my!

Thu., June 1, 2017, 6 a.m.

Outdoors editor Rich Landers makes the sun shades on his had flap in the wind as he enjoys a boot-skiing glissade down the snowfield on the east side of Spider Gap in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. Note that he wears a lightweight long-sleeve shirt and pants while hiking for effortless skin protection from biting insects and the sun. (Holly Weiler)
Biting insects aren’t a notable scourge in this area compared with other parts of a country, but mosquitoes, black flies and ticks are feeling their oats this spring around Spokane.

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