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Field reports: Event will explain connection between Dishman Hills, Spokane Mountaineers

A group of hikers explores a Dishman Hills Natural Area trail to the Lost Ponds. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
A group of hikers explores a Dishman Hills Natural Area trail to the Lost Ponds. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Get caught up on what’s new in the Dishman Hills and learn some history on Tuesday.

Jeff Lambert, the executive director of the Dishman Hills Conservancy, and Chris Kopczynski, the president, will speak about the interconnected histories of the Dishman Hills area and the Spokane Mountaineers. The presentation will feature photos and videos.

There will also be an update on the status of the area’s current conservation projects.

The event is free and open to the public and starts at 7 p.m. The event will be held at Mountain Gear Headquarters (not the retail store) on 6021 E. Mansfield Ave., Spokane Valley.

Student biking informational meeting

The Washington Student Cycling League plans to hold an informational meeting on Thursday. The event is for students in sixth through 12th grades. According to an event description: “Whether you are an avid racer, like to kick around on your bike or are interested in trying mountain biking for the first time, come join us. Come learn more about our mountain bike program and meet area coaches and riders.”

The event is 7 p.m. at Liberty Creek Elementary 23909 E. Country Vista Dr., Liberty Lake.

Annual IDFG meeting upcoming

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game Commission’s annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in Boise.

The meeting will cover a variety of topics, including: chronic wasting disease; a preview of a forthcoming statewide angler opinion poll; a statewide deer and elk population update; possible ways to minimize animal stress occurring from shed antler hunting and a discussion about returning to an annual proclamation of the big-game hunting season, among other things.

To see the full agenda: idfg.idaho.gov.

Feedback requested for Pioneer Park camping

The Pend Oreille County Public Utility District and the Colville National Forest are requesting feedback from users about camping along the reservoir near Pioneer Park, according to a news release.

Pioneer Park Campground has exceeded capacity over the last few years, prompting the two agencies to develop an alternative camping area.

One option is to develop No Name Lake Campground. Currently, that areas is a primitive no-fee campground.

Another option could be adding camping options at the Oldtown Rotary Park, an already developed RV park, according to the news release.

To comment on the proposals visit popud.org and fill out the campsite feedback survey, or bring a written survey to the PUD’s Newport office. Comments will be accepted until March 30.

Mount Spokane’s ladies days start

Mount Spokane’s Friday ladies days ski and snowboard instruction program has started. On Feb. 9 and March 2 women can learn from female ski and snowboard coaches.

The package deal costs $89 and gets participants a lesson, a lift ticket, rentals and video review with a coach. For more information: www.mtspokane.com/ladies-only.

New ranger in CdA River district

A new deputy district ranger has been selected for the Coeur d’Alene River district in Smelterville, Idaho. Phillip Blundell started his new job on Monday. Previously, Blundell worked for the Bureau of Land Management as a landscape planning coordinator for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative, according to a Forest Service news release.

“I look forward to the challenges of this new position and to working with the local communities and stakeholders,” Blundell said in a news release.


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