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Out & About: Panel brings 6 perspective on wolf revival 

OUTBACK – Hunter, biologist, conservationist, cattleman, philosopher, ethicist – these six perspectives will take on the topic of gray wolf reintroduction during a special panel discussion, 7 p.m. Thursday at Gonzaga University’s Jepson Center, Wolff Auditorium, 502 E. Boone Ave. It’s the final event in the winter Big Read activities organized by the Spokane County Library District. This year’s Big Read has focused on the novel Call of the Wild, by Jack London.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2015

Dean Jacobson is a marine biologist, and artist focused on coral reefs.

Spokane man spotlights demise of coral reefs

A marine scientist is scheduled to give a Spokane presentation about coral reefs that’s likely to be colorful in more than one way. Dr. Dean Jacobson, who taught at Whitworth University in the 1990s before leaving with his canoe and dive gear to the Marshall Islands, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday at Mountain Gear Corporate Offices, 6021 N. Mansfield. The program is sponsored by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2015

Out & About: Idaho girl’s perch confirmed as record

OUTCATCH – Tia Wiese, 12, of Eagle, Idaho, caught a yellow perch weighing 2 pounds, 11.68 ounces on March 1, 2014, at Lake Cascade. Shortly afterward, the fish was confirmed as the Idaho state record. During a hunting trip in Wisconsin, her father, Gary Wiese, visited the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, where he learned of a special world-record category for ice fishing with a tip-up – and the yellow perch record was 2 pounds, 6 ounces caught in Massachusetts.

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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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SUNDAY, DEC. 28, 2014

An elk shot during a hunting season near Vader, Wash., had hoof rot.

2014 Outdoors: out & about

Elk hoof disease in 2014 continues to plague herds in Southwestern Washington, where a new law requires hunters to leave the hooves of elk where the animal is killed as a precaution. Meanwhile, a larger scientific effort continues to evaluate a mysterious disease that’s been crippling elk in an outbreak that started booming in 2009. Citizens are being recruited to help with monitoring elk for the research. Boaters born prior to Jan. 1, 1955, required in Washington to complete a safety course in order to operate powerboats with 15 horsepower or greater, completing last phase of boater education law of 2005.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 21, 2014

First Day hikes at state parks

OUTDO – Get the new year off on the right foot, and the left one, too, by heading out for a New Years Day hike on foot or snowshoes. Go alone, with a friend, the family, or join one of the groups organized for the First Day Hikes at some state parks across the country.

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A female common loon sits with her chicks at one of the rare loon nesting sites in Washington.

Out & About: Groups revive monthly programs

OUTTEACH – After a summer hiatus, Inland Northwest outdoors groups are reviving monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: • Bicycling Trans-Washington, 6:30 p.m., Monday, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave., for Spokane Bicycle Club.

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SUNDAY, AUG. 31, 2014

Tuscan Ridge access is closing. (Rich Landers)

Out & About: South Hill bluff trail access closing

 OUTGATED – An access to South Hill bluff trails at 57th Avenue and Hatch Road is set to be closed this week. The area is large enough for a dozen vehicles and is popular with hikers and bikers as well as people looking for unobscured views of full-moon rises and blaze-orange sunsets.

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