October 19, 2008 in Outdoors

Out & About

 

•Inside: Mountain bikers have big plans for Beacon Hill/T2

OUTSTANDING

River Clean-Up highlights

Here are the big numbers from the sixth annual Spokane River Clean-Up organized Oct. 4 by the Friends of the Falls and a stable of local groups:

•800 volunteers.

•8 tons of trash collected, an increase of 4.7 tons over the waste removed from the river in the 2007 cleanup.

•2 tons of recyclables hauled to Earthworks Recycling.

Areas targeted included the Great Spokane River Gorge and a stretch between the Bowl & Pitcher and the sewage treatment plant. The event expanded into the University District, with a crew picking up in the Iron Bridge area from Northern Lights Brewery to Avista’s headquarters on Mission.

Most interesting trash award went to a rusted Studebaker door hauled in by Brett, Kristen and Jasper Danielson, who won the competition’s grand prize — a river trip with the Northwest Whitewater Association.

OUTNAVIGATE

Overlooked treasure on Forest Service maps

National forest maps are a bargain for the wealth of information they contain, from trails and logging roads to public land ownership.

But many people have missed a useful nugget of information that’s printed on every forest map.

“People come in the store trying to figure out which topographic map corresponds with a specific area on the national forest map,” said Steve Mitrovich of Northwest Map & Travel Book Center in Spokane. “It’s surprising how many people have never noticed that each national forest map includes a map index to all the topos covering the forest.”

OUTFITTER

Cabela’s downsizes

The outdoors industry isn’t immune to the sinking economy.

Even though this is the middle of hunting season, Cabela’s President and CEO Dennis Highby announced last week a 10 percent reduction in the workforce in the corporate office in Sidney, Neb.

OUTLOOK

Best fishing times

Lunar tables from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Be fishing at least one hour before and one hour after peak times. Applies to all time zones.

(* indicates best days.)

Through Oct. 26

* Today

5:10 a.m., 5:40 p.m.

* Monday

6:10 a.m., 6:40 p.m.

* Tuesday

7:10 a.m., 7:35 p.m.

Wednesday

8 a.m., 8:25 p.m.

Thursday

8:50 a.m., 9:10 p.m.

Friday

9:35 a.m., 9:55 p.m.

Saturday

10:20 a.m., 10:40 p.m.

Next Sunday

11:05 a.m., 11:25 p.m.

See the Hunting-Fishing Report

every Friday in Sports


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