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In brief: Groups help state acquire elk habitat near Yakima

State agencies and conservation groups have closed a $1.55 million deal to secure 2,893 acres of wildlife habitat especially important to the Yakima elk herd. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday that the deal was made to purchase the private land 15 miles northwest of Yakima with help from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and Department of Ecology.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 31, 2014

The Glowing tent is a bright idea that is really quite simple.

Clever new outdoor products

Last week in this column I mentioned gear from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, a major exhibition in Salt Lake City held this month. I spent three days trekking the trade show floor to see thousands of new products set to debut in 2015. These six items below, my “Best In Show” picks, stood out as some of the most worthy.

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Andy Gonerka hikes toward Ice Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness from the Matterhorn, the second-tallest peak in the Wallowa Mountains. (Associated Press)

Peaking in Wallowas

As we stood on the top of Oregon’s largest wilderness area, looking down upon mountains that spread across the horizon like rows of jagged teeth, we made a plan to celebrate by swimming in a lake partly covered by snow and ice. From the moment we’d entered the backcountry of the Wallowa Mountains it had been hot, and during the 3,400-foot gain in elevation to our campsite at Ice Lake – and the even steeper trek to the 9,826-foot summit of the Matterhorn that morning – we’d been marinating in a cocktail of sweat, sunscreen and bug dope.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 24, 2014

The Great Old Broads for Wilderness, gathered for volunteer trail work, include, from left, Suez Jacobson, Helen Kiefer, Donna LaCasse, Nancy Ostlie, JoLynn Jarboe, Laurie Kerr and Di Allison. (Brett French)

Great Old Broads: Wilderness advocacy group hikes with a purpose

It was a little jarring at first when the group of tanned, dusty, “women of a certain age” cheerfully referred to themselves as “broads” as they gathered at the Lava Lake Trailhead on Friday. “When I talk about them at home my friends are like: ‘Broads?’ ” said Laurie Kerr, of Battle Ground, Washington. “But now it’s just kind of accepted.”

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THURSDAY, AUG. 21, 2014

Expedition Idaho tough

A team of three men and a woman covered 500 miles of rugged Panhandle mountain terrain on their feet, bikes and rafts, spiced with rock climbing and other challenges, to win the 2014 Expedition Idaho adventure race last week. Five teams started the event from the Silver Springs Resort on Aug. 10 and finished Saturday before the cheering Brewsfest crowd on Silver Mountain.

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In brief: Recreation areas reopen to public after wildfires

As crews continue to harness wildfires in the Methow Valley region of northcentral Washington, the U.S. Forest Service has been able to reopen more recreation areas this week. Most backcountry areas and front-country campgrounds in the Twisp River and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness were reopened to public access on Tuesday as the Little Bridge Creek Fire is about 80 percent contained.

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Tubbs Hill main trail getting an upgrade this fall

Tony A. Tubbs, an immigrant from Germany, came to North Idaho in 1882 and filed a claim that included a large portion of what is now Tubbs Hill. The hill consists of 135 acres of publicly owned land. Tubbs Hill was obtained through four separate purchases that spanned a period of over 40 years. The first 33 acres were purchased in 1936 for $19,000. It was not until 1969 that the second purchase was made for 34 additional acres. At that time, Tubbs Hill was dedicated to the people forever. In 1974, 34 more acres were purchased and yet another 34 acres were added in 1977.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

In brief: Turnbull youth hunt applications due

Youths up to age 16 who've passed their hunter education requirements have until tomorrow to enter a drawing for a blind in the 2014 Youth Waterfowl Hunt at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will open up to eight hunting blinds at the Cheney-area refuge to a limited-entry hunt during Washington's Sept. 20-21 youth-only waterfowl season.

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Rich Landers: Berry-picking readers enjoy penning purple prose 

One of the best huckleberry crops in memory is leaving stains on fingers and smiles on faces throughout the region. Berries are so thick in some mountain areas, a serious harvester might move less than 25 feet in an hour. A season like this can inspire people to literary heights, as I found out six years ago when the region enjoyed a bounty of huckleberries similar to this summer’s bumper crop.

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Opening Day for Trails a good start

TRAILS -- The outdoor and indoor activities planned for the Opening Day for Trails celebration Saturday in the Spokane area connected a lot of people with outdoor groups and trails ...

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