SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2015

Out & About: TV series features state wildlife police

OUTPATROL – Rugged Justice, a six-episode Animal Planet network series featuring Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers, will debut on TV on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. Filmed last fall, the show follows wildlife officers as they patrol “unforgiving mountain terrains, twisted rainforest back roads and densely populated coastal areas … more than 42 million acres of rugged terrain, half of it heavily forested and filled with wild animals – and often-dangerous people,” according to a press release from the cable channel.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2015

Joey Nania and Miles Burghoff, both 20-something pro anglers based in Alabama, work from their boat during filming.

Former Liberty Lake resident Joey Nania hosts national Sweetwater Fishing TV series

A youth angling phenomenon formerly from Liberty Lake is weighing in with another major-league milestone in his fishing career – a nationally televised TV series. When Joey Nania graduated from Central Valley High School in 2009 and launched his adult tournament fishing career, he’d already won five Washington junior state titles. He’s the only two-time Junior Bassmasters World Champion, winning titles in 2005 and 2008.

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David Chodounsky, of the U.S., wears a black armband and a sticker on his helmet bearing the initials of two teammates who died Monday in an avalanche in Austria. (Associated Press)

Jennings: Scratching surface of avalanche safety

Two up and coming young athletes on the U.S. Ski Team, Ronnie Berlack, 20, of Franconia, New Hampshire, and Bryce Astle, 19, of Sandy, Utah, were killed Monday in an avalanche near Solden, Austria. They were caught skiing off piste during a training session on Rettenbach Glacier, a site for World Cup alpine events and the European training base for the U.S. Ski Team. A BBC report said officials in the Tyrolean region had declared an avalanche alert for the area after days of heavy snowfall and mild temperatures. But Berlack and Astle weren’t touring in the backcountry, they simply ventured off the prepared slope when they met their fate.

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In brief: Rescued snowmobiler serves a reminder to all riders to practice safety

After the relief of finding a North Idaho snowmobiler who’d been lost in rough winter weather for two nights, the Shoshone County sheriff issued a stern reminder to the survivor and to all other winter snowgoers. Barry Sadler, 54, of Mullan, went missing on Sunday after he continued riding alone in heavy snowfall conditions when his partner had departed for home. Sadler got stuck in a steep Montana drainage near the state line and spent the night out alone.

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When the ice is solid at Priest Lake, fishing for mackinaw can be excellent for jiggers. (Rich Landers)

Ice fishing parameters vary

The recent cold snap paved the way for ice fishing in the Inland Northwest, although this week's thaw is cause for caution. Anglers in this region frequently cross borders to find the perfect fishing hole, making it even more important to check regulations closely.

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Weather: Arctic blast will pass by region

While the mountains of the Inland Northwest could still use a lot more snow, the weather has shifted to a dry pattern for the next several days. On the plus side, the forecast is calling for partly sunny skies at higher elevations for today and Friday with highs in the lower 30s before clouds arrive for Saturday and Sunday. Gusty east winds are likely through Friday.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2015

SUNDAY, JAN. 4, 2015

L.L.Bean’s bootmobile is a replica of the brand’s hallmark model and is estimated to be a size 708.

L.L. Bean hit on popular recipe for dry feet

Wet feet while hunting more than 100 years ago in Maine resulted in the invention of one of the most iconic pieces of gear ever made. It was during a soggy trek that Leon Leonwood Bean had the idea of building a boot with leather on the top and rubber on the bottom. His resulting Maine Hunting Boot was an original and hot-selling product of the day. Unfortunately, the rubber cracked on the first batch, causing a mass return by customers who were refunded in full.

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Field reports: S-R Trapshoot is winter tradition

OUTGUN – Starting today, for the 97th year, clay targets will be vaporized by shotgunners competing in The Spokesman-Review Trapshoot, an eight-week contest with open, women and youth divisions. The oldest shooting event of its kind in the country pits participants against flying clay targets as well as winter wind, cold and snow as they shoot at their own clubs.

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Snow-goers boosted by services, clinics

OUTGOING – Support is on its way for getting into the growing winter sports of snowshoeing and skijoring. Following is a list of area services and clinics geared to getting you out on the snow. • Mount Spokane rentals – Through the winter season, a new snowshoe and nordic ski rental service is available at Mount Spokane State Park nordic ski area next to Selkirk Lodge and the Mount Spokane nordic ski trails.

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Environmentalists undaunted by lead ammo ruling 

Environmental groups say a recent court loss won’t make them remove lead ammo from their crosshairs. “We are absolutely going to push forward with our campaign to end lead ammunition. We think it’s the right thing to do for both wildlife and human health,” said Bill Snape, a senior attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “This is not about ending hunting, this is about having safe hunting, not only for wildlife but for hunters as well.”

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