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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2009



Fat tire plans at Stevens Pass

New ski lifts, a mountaintop lodge and mountain biking routes are being proposed for Stevens Pass ski area of U.S. 2. Mountain bikers are especially excited about the 5 miles of downhill trail that would be opened in the summer of 2010 under phase one …

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2009

Hunting and fishing

Trout and kokanee Rock Lake has been good for rainbow and browns with most of the action coming at the creek end on a variety of trolled and tossed offerings. The gold F-7 Rapala has been good, but everything from hootchies to spoons has proven …

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2009

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009


BLM restoring wetlands

Waterfowl are riding the coattails of the federal land consolidation program in Eastern Washington. Now that it holds large blocks of choice habitat in the channeled scablands region, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has become an especially attractive partner for Ducks Unlimited, an international …

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Field Reports: Lake PDO Fishery update

A public program on the status of Lake Pend Oreille fisheries recovery efforts and the latest research data will be presented by Idaho Fish and Game Department officials and biologists on Saturday, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., at the Sandpoint Community Center. Since 2000, researchers have employed …

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2009

Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Fly fishermen are having some success either swinging leeches or nymphing with egg patterns for Grande Ronde steelhead, Sean Visintainer at Silver Bow Fly Shop said. He also said Rocky Ford is still productive, though not spectacular, and a fair number of big …

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2009

Gold vs. salmon debated at GU

Students enrolled at Gonzaga University often sprout some of their roots on campus, but Lange Solberg, a third generation commercial fisherman, is sowing a homegrown international controversy. Solberg is taking time from his senior studies in Spanish and international business to help organize a public …

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2009

Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Rocky Ford has been excellent for anglers throwing a two-fly rig with an intermediate sinking line. A small leech pattern with a scud dropper has been effective if you can keep the dropper out of the weeds.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009

Think ahead for coveted permits

A few new cabin options join the list of lookouts and other accommodations available in the region’s national forests this season, and reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Also, hikers and river runners who would like to visit some of the …

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Ice fishing requires faith

Winter fishing gods played a cruel joke on Glen Kivett last Sunday at Sprague Lake. The Spokane angler caught a bright, hefty 19-inch rainbow trout almost immediately after dropping a jig through a hole in the ice around 10 a.m.

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Anglers speak at Boat Show

Local anglers are giving fishing seminars at the Spokane National Boat Show, which is on through next Sunday at Spokane Interstate Fair and Expo Center. Today’s seminars start at 10:30 a.m. with Jeff Smith on catching chinook salmon in Lake Coeur d’Alene.

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