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President Franklin D. Roosevelt, rear seat on left, arrives at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park on Aug. 5, 1934, the year after Going-to-the-Sun Road had been opened to the public. Courtesy National Park Service (Courtesy National Park Service / The Spokesman-Review)
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, rear seat on left, arrives at Logan Pass in Glacier National Park on Aug. 5, 1934, the year after Going-to-the-Sun Road had been opened to the public. Courtesy National Park Service (Courtesy National Park Service / The Spokesman-Review)

Experts make case for getting out

OUTGOING – Backpacker magazine’s traveling “Get Out More” team will be in Spokane this week with a free hour-long seminar of trail-tested tips and the latest advice on outdoor gear.

When: Thursday, 6 p.m.

Where: Mountain Goat Outfitters, 12 W. Sprague Ave.

Another Roosevelt crosses Logan Pass

OUTDATED – The great-granddaughter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt was in Montana this week to mark the 75th anniversary of FDR’s tour over Going-to-the-Sun Road with her own ride over 6,646-foot Logan Pass.

Kate Roosevelt boarded a 1927 Cadillac used in the original procession that carried FDR over Glacier’s winding mountain road on Aug. 5, 1934, a year after the entire road was opened.

It was the only visit by a sitting president to Glacier Park, which in 2010 will celebrate its centennial.

New incentive targets pikeminnows

OUTFISH – It’s not enough that Washington and Oregon are paying anglers up to $6 a fish to crop the northern pikeminnow population in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

This month, an additional $60,000 in special prize money is being awarded in weekly drawings from the names of everyone who catches a pikeminnow. Fifteen $1,000 awards will be given each week.

The Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery Program has encouraged the removal of more than 3 million of the predators since 1991 to reduce pikeminnow predation on juvenile salmon by an estimated 38 percent.

Info on the program: (800) 858-9015; www.pikeminnow.org

What’s hot, What’s not

Huckleberries in the hills, coho salmon off the Washington Coast: Both are getting rave reports for being particularly big and plentiful this month.

Campfires: Banned on most public lands outside of designated pits in developed campgrounds.

She said it

“We had 169 new fires last night alone.”

Kim Steinbart, British Columbia fire information officer referring to last Sunday’s perfect storm of record high temperatures, tinder dry conditions and thunderstorms scattered the width of the province. More than 2,000 wildfires have broken out in the province this year.



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