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In brief: Girl Scouts opening science lab at Lake CdA

OUTCLASS – A new lodge, state-of-the-art kitchen and science lab will broaden the summer camp experience this summer at the Girl Scouts’ Camp Four Echoes on Lake Coeur d’Alene near Worley.

Camp organizers expect to expand on the 2,100 marshmallows roasted at the hallowed site last year as the lodge allows girls as young as first grade to join the hikes, water sports, nature study and campfires this year.

The camp, established in 1938, still features a variety of accommodations for its campers, including teepees, cabins, chalets, gazebos and tree houses.

Girls do not have to be members of Girl Scouts to sign up.

Info: (800) 827-9478.

South Hill trail clinic offered by local expert

OUTROUTE – Hikers and bikers can learn the theory and application of effective route building and trail maintenance in a free clinic Wednesday on the South Hill.

Mike Brixey, who’s trained with the International Mountain Bike Association, will make the presentation starting at 6 p.m. at Polly Judd Park, 1732 W. 14th Ave.

The South Hill bluff trail system also will be discussed, and a volunteer trail maintenance group may be organized.

Bring a folding chair and, if you wish, a picnic dinner.

Small children and dogs are discouraged.

A follow-up practical trail building session will be scheduled next week on the bluff trails below High Drive.

Info: Diana Roberts, WSU Spokane County Extension, (509) 477-2167, email

‘Raft for the Cure’ July 31 on Clark Fork River

OUTGIVE – ROW Adventures will be giving breast cancer research a boost by hosting a one-day benefit raft trip on the Clark Fork River July 31.

Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer project in Coeur d’Alene. The event is great for families. Minimum age: 5. Pink will be “in.”

Sign up: (208) 770-2517;

Big game go wild at Olympic National Park

OUTRAGE – Olympic National Park rangers killed a cow elk last week after it charged three vehicles and damaged a tent at Hoh Rain Forest campground.

Rangers used loud noises to scare off the elk last week but decided to kill it when it persisted in approaching campers and charging vehicles.

A section of the elk’s brain was taken for lab tests for a possible explanation of its behavior. 

Last year, rangers killed a mountain goat after it gored and killed a backpacker. Two weeks ago, another mountain goat menaced a hiker for more than a mile on a backcountry trail.

Bucket brigade weak on fish science

OUTCRY – Illegal fish introductions continue to raise havoc with fisheries management in the Idaho Panhandle.

Not content with a few good northern pike fisheries, some people are transporting the predators to other waters and releasing them without concern for the consequences.

In recent years, pike have turned up from unauthorized releases in Hauser, Spirit, Bonner, Fernan, Rose – and probably more – lakes.

Is this a form of grassroots fisheries management, or is it simply greed and selfishness that costs us all dearly?