THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

Mackenzie Ryan boats a kokanee from Lake Pend Oreille. IDFG surveys indicated a population of 1.4 million adult kokanee, one of the highest estimates since the 1970s.

Landers: Pend Oreille kokanee top ‘State of Lake’ review 

Anglers responded with hooks, lines and the best success rates in decades to the recovery of kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille last year. The Idaho Fish and Game Department says anglers harvested nearly 150,000 kokanee from the lake in 2014, buoyed by the state raising the kokanee daily bag limit last spring from six to 15 fish. 

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THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

A federal court directed Forest Service managers to bring snow machine use in line with the 2005 Travel Rule that was applied to wheeled motorized travel. (Jesse Tinsley)

Landers: Over-snow vehicle rule seeks backcountry balance

Snowmobiles and other over-snow vehicles eventually will be allowed to ride only on roads, trails and areas specifically designated for their use, according to a rule being adopted by the U.S. Forest Service. The policy for managing over-snow vehicles on national forests and grasslands was posted in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015

Kate Painter of Colfax warms up Van, her Bernese mountain dog, for their first skijoring lesson. “He’s just a pup,” all 120 pounds of him, Kate said. (RICH LANDERS photos)

Skijoring: enjoy winter with man’s best friend

Cross-country skiers are harnessing their dogs’ pent-up winter enthusiasm in a fast-growing sport that’s finding a niche in the Inland Northwest. Skijoring – derived from a Norwegian word that means ski driving – involves being pulled on skis by various means including horses or motor vehicles.

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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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THURSDAY, DEC. 4, 2014

Volunteers built or improved nearly a mile of trail in the Glenrose Conservation Area.

Landers: Volunteers serve as unheralded heroes of our trails 

With little fanfare this season, volunteers packing saws, brush cutters and Pulaskis made our piece of heaven a better place. The trails they built or maintained in county conservation areas, state parks and national forests are the ticket thousands of people will take to adventure, fitness, camping, berry picking, fishing, mushrooming, hunting and wildlife watching.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Tracks in snow leave the story of a chickadee’s visit to a tree stump in the Blue Mountains. (Rich Landers)

Landers: Hunt provides memories to make up for empty freezer 

Yellow larch needles litter the laundry room floor where I dropped my hunting clothes Sunday night. After devoting 10 days to the pursuit of elk meat for our freezer, I’m reluctant to sweep up the mess. It’s all I have to show for the effort. I’m left to chew on little more than the memories of another rewarding but meatless nature observation season.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Colors and styles changed since Andrew Harpster picked out skis and boots from a sea of fiberglass at the 35th annual Ski Swap, but the values continue year after year.

Landers: 50 years of ski swap

The fastest Inland Northwest skiers and snowboarders who’ve collected the most medals are no match in hero status to the founders and perpetuators of the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol’s annual Ski Swap. Without the Swap, many families could not afford regular upgrades in equipment – if they could afford to be in the sports at all.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014




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