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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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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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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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Landers: Hunter honored to name wolf pack 

Bob Jensen is a big-game hunter, one of the three Washington wildlife watchers featured in a Sunday Outdoors story who found a new Washington wolf pack and earned the prize of naming it. After the story was published, I received comments from a few hunters who were critical of Jensen because he didn’t condemn wolves when he had a stage for making a point.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

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