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Film lineup announced for Banff Film Fest World Tour in Spokane

ADVENTURE — The lineup of films for the three-day run of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Spokane has been decided — just hours before the first films will be shown tonight starting at 7 p.m. at The Bing Crosby Theater.

Friday and Saturday night snows are sold out.  Only a few tickets remained for Sunday at last check.

See the always exciting World Tour trailer here.

Note: The new owners of The Bing have just installed a new state of the art projector and larger screen to debut with this weekend's film festival showing. Also, for the first time, alcoholic beverages will be sold during the festival event.

World Tour host — better known as the World Tour road warrior — Charla Tomlinson and her traveling partner Lorraine Fung from Canmore, Alberta, met with Phil Bridgers of Mountain Gear at Northern Lights Brewery this afternoon to work through the options.  Several films Bridgers wanted to show still were not licensed and a couple more were hung up in U.S. Mail. 

But they came up with a good lineup of shows for each night.  This is the second week Tomlinson and Fung have been on the road.  They'll log 60 hours of driving and 4,000 kilometers of travel from Nov. 8-Dec. 10 to show the World tour around the region.

Read on for the lineup in Spokane, subject to minor modifications.

Banff Film Fest trailer gets adrenaline flowing for weekend shows at the Bing

ADVENTURE FILMS — The trailer for this year's Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has been released (above) and, as usual, it doesn't disappoint.  The action you see in this trailer will be played out in Spokane on a bigger screen in this year's World Tour weekend at The Bing — tonight, Saturday and Sunday.

The shows for tonight and Saturday are sold out but tickets are still available for Sunday.

The Mountain Gear staff is meeting with the Banff World Tour host at noon to begin the task of selecting the available films for each night. The decisions are based on film lengths, diversity of films and what films have been licensed to show on the road to get a good mix of different films for each night.

I'll post the lineup as soon as the decisions are made.

See you at the shows!

Grande Ronde steelhead dwarfs typical fish

STEELHEAD FISHING — The S-R's Fishing-Hunting Report this week notes that steelhead fishing has been good on the Grande Ronde River this week.

But angler Jeff Holmes puts an exclamation point on that report with these photos and this assessment of his recent driftboat outing, which includes the thrills of seeing bighorn rams along the shores.  

A ferocious fight resulted in the eventual netting of this Grande Ronde goliath (I) caught above Boggan's Oasis while backtrolling a metallic blue size 35 Hot Shot trailing a 1/0 Gamakatsu Siwash on double split rings. 

With this being such a special fish for the Grande Ronde, stretching a hair over 34 inches and weighing 14 pounds, I thought it only appropriate to have a normal-sized human photographed with this fish, per the previous advice of WDFW's Chris Donley. 

Thanks, Teddy Schmitt, for holding this fish for me, and for outfishing me by putting three big hens in the net, including a 28 1/2-incher just moments before this one bit.

In case you don't get his humor, Holmes is a large man. He didn't want to make his huge fish look dinky in comparison by holding it for the photo. 

Holmes said Chris Donley, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife inland lakes manager and steelheading expert, said he's seen only one hatchery steelhead larger than this fish come out of the Ronde.

See my column on a new steelhead fishing book that will giving you insight on how to catch more steelhead in the region's rivers.

Deer killed near Painted Hills; officers seek tips

POACHING — Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife enforcement officers are seeking information about a Spokane-area spree killing involving at least three deer.

The poaching incident occurred last week near the intersection of Madison and Thorpe Roads near the Painted Hills Golf Course.  Three white-tailed deer were shot from the road in a “no-shooting” area at about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, says Madonna Luers, department spokeswoman.

Two of the deer were left injured and paralyzed in the field.  One of the deer was taken.

Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to call the Spokane Regional WDFW Office, (509) 892-1001 and ask for Officer Douglas King. 

Information can also be called in to the WDFW poaching hotline at 877-933-9847, or texted to TIP411.

Persons providing information that leads to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for these poachings may be eligible for a reward and may remain anonymous.

Snowy owls brightening the Washington landscape

BIRDWATCHING — The first snowy owls of the season are being reported in Washington as their annual winter migration from the arctic is underway.  The mostly-white owls have been spotted from Seattle to Asotin County this week, bringing back memories of last year's "irruption" of birds that saw snowy owl sightings soar across the northern tier of the United States.

Birder David Woodall found a snowy owl in Asotin County Thursday morning off Halsey Road near a stubble field perched on a "Hunting by Permission" sigh.  When he posted the sighting, Keith Carlson pointed out that's a hot spot for the birds each year.

"There is something magic about this location," he said. "The first Snowy of last year's Asotin County irruption was in this same location. On 31 March of 2007, we found a Snowy at this location."

The Davenport area of Lincoln County also is a perennial host for snowy owls.

Veterans to be honored with eagle cruise on Lake CdA

WILDLIFE WATCHING — A special cruise boat is being reserved for veterans to tour Lake Coeur d'Alene on Nov. 24 to view the annual congregation of bald eagles that come to feast on spawning kokanee.

The Bureau of Land Management, in cooperation with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, is offering a Veteran’s Eagle Watch Cruise on Wolf Lodge Bay — a free event focused on recognizing veterans, active military and their immediate families from the North Idaho area. 

In the past the agencies have been able to offer two cruises; however, this year due to leaner budgets they are only able to fund one cruise, which will accommodate up to 150 participants. 

Veterans and active military personnel that have never before taken advantage of the opportunity will have first priority for seating.  A total party of up to six immediate family members will be accommodated, including the veteran or military personnel.

Reservations are required and will be taken via telephone.

  • Call Suzanne Endsley of the BLM at (208) 769-5004 during the business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • The current status of available seating will be posted on the Coeur d’Alene Field Office’s website.

Boarding for the two-hour cruise will begin at 9:30 am on November 24 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Lake Cruises boat dock located on the east end of the Resort.  Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and bring binoculars and cameras.  Food and beverage are available for purchase aboard the ship.

Winter Knights snowmobilers stock warming cabin

WINTER SPORTS — About a dozen volunteers from the Spokane Winter Knights Snowmobile Club convened at Mount Spokane State Park recently and rolled up their sleeves to get the CCC Cabin near Mount Kit Carson ready for winter.

The group  takes on the annual event to cut and split firewood and neatlyh stock it into the shelter, which is used by a wide range of snowmobilers, skier and snowshoers.

Learn to tie flies, build fly rods at evening classes

FLY FISHING —  Sign up is underway for evening classes being offered by Spokane fly fishing shops:

Rod building, Nov. 21, 28, by Steve Moran. Cost: $75. Sign up at Swede’s Fly Shop, 1611 N. Ash St., 323-0500.

Beginner fly tying, Dec. 3, 4, by Mark Poirier. Cost: $50. Sign up at Silver Bow Fly Shop, 13210 E. Indiana Ave., 924-9998.

Fisheries reform may not boost upper Columbia angling

FISHING — Our recent report on the reaction to drastic changes proposed for Columbia River commercial and recreational fisheries has prompted a heads up for anglers in the upper Columbia River.

The comment on lower Columbia River fisheries reform being debated by Washington and Oregon comes from Paul Lumley, executive director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission:

A recent story in The Spokesman-Review paints the Columbia River’s Lower River Fisheries Reform process as a potential boon for fishermen in the upper Columbia. Certainly a boon for fishermen in the lower Columbia, the proposal has yet to pass the sniff test.

At this point, the “boon” for Eastern Washington fishermen is little more than wishful thinking. The states have not provided any credible harvest impacts analysis to their peers in federal and tribal governments, nor to the public.

If the region wants to increase recreational fishing opportunities we need to be working together to rebuild abundance. The region has demonstrated that cooperation can rebuild abundant naturally spawning fall chinook in Hanford Reach, which now support fisheries from Kennewick to Ketchikan. 

By all indications, the proposal is not about conservation, it is about providing even more to an already voracious lower river recreational fishery. Real conservation will come from us working together and restoring salmon passage in the upper Columbia Basin. This, along with other actions, will rebuild abundance. Abundance allows everyone to go fishing, not just fishermen in the lower Columbia 

State spent $76,500 to eliminate Wedge Pack

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Killing seven members of a wolf pack that repeatedly attacked a Northeast Washington rancher’s cattle cost about $76,500, according to preliminary state figures, according to today's story by S-R reporter Becky Kramer.

The amount includes all hunts targeting the Wedge Pack, which is believed responsible for killing or injuring 16 calves last summer belonging to the Diamond M Ranch in Stevens County.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates it has spent bout $376,000 this year on wolf management, including the $22,000 spent to hire a helicopter and use aerial gunning to eliminate the Wedge Pack.

Volunteers clear tangled timber from Big Lick Trail

TRAILS — A skilled group of skilled youths and other volunteers have prevailed after putting a week of sweat into the seemingly hopeless task of clearing blowdowns off the Big Lick Trail in the Kettle River Range.

The maze-like tangle of downfall had rendered the historic route impassable before volunteers from Kettle Range Conservation Group and Curlew Job Corps forestry students put in a herculean effort requiring seven days and 366 person hours to clear 5.5 miles of trail. The hundreds of blowdowns in some locations were piled into twisted trunks and branches more than 7 feet deep, said Tim Coleman, KRCG director. 

“That’s a tremendous amount of hours and work, but thanks to the volunteers that organized work parties and the Curlew Job Corps crew that completed much of the heavy lifting to reopen this trail, the task got done this year,” said Eric McQuay, Recreation Program Manager for the West Zone of the Colville National Forest.   “Without help from groups such as these, we simply couldn’t keep trails such as Big Lick maintained with the Forest Service’s limited trail maintenance budget,” he said.  

Big Lick Trail is a historic Ferry County trail along North Fork St. Peter Creek and traversing the Kettle Range between Mt. Leona and Profanity Peak. It links the western side of the Kettle Range to the Kettle Crest / Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and to Ryan’s Cabin Trail and S. Fork of Boulder Creek on the range’s eastern flanks. Historically, this route was used by fur trappers, market hunters, ranchers and prospectors, but more recently its use is primarily for backcountry recreation.

Read on for more details about this effort that serves everyone who uses and appreciates trails.

Appalachian Trail proposal seeks link to Gulf of Mexico

HIKING — A proposed extension of the Appalachian Trail could add add a few hundred miles of foot trail — and possibly a canoeing option — to link the trail all the way south to the Gulf of Mexico.

The nonprofit organization Trust for Public Land has been working for years to acquire land along the Chattahoochee River in the southeastern United States, where the Appalachian Trail (AT) ends at its southernmost point. The organization intends to make this land available to the National Park Service and other partners for an extension of the AT that would lead all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently, the 2,184-mile AT begins in the middle of Maine and ends in northern Georgia. It crosses the Chattahoochee River’s uppermost headwaters. Curt Soper, the Georgia-Alabama state director of the Trust for Public Land, told ABC News that the non-profit envisions Appalachian hikers being able to continue on a trail down along the river to the Gulf of Mexico at the shores of Florida.

Vehicle emergency kit cheap insurance for winter travelers

WINTER TRAVEL — Slippery roads this week are a reminder that drivers should be prepared for mishaps that might catch stuck, stranded or off the road in winter conditions.

A bag of items stashed in your vehicle could spell the difference between comfort and misery if not — in the worst case scenario — life and death. 

Carry a survival kit in your vehicle.

  • First-aid kit
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Cellular phone and charger
  • Windshield scraper with snow brush
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Extra winter clothes including shoes, hats and gloves
  • Compact shovel
  • Traction aids (bag of sand or  cat litter) and tow strap
  • Emergency flares
  • Jumper cables
  • Non-perishable food and bottled water
  • Road map
  • Candles, matches, non-liquid firestarter.
  • Special-needs items vehicle passengers may require.

Sad story about dads taking daughters hunting

HUNTING — Normally we're uplifted by parents who take their kids hunting.

Not this time.

No one was injured, physically at least, but a Western Washington hunting incident described by this weekend story in the Olympian might be one of the grimmest stories I've read about parental responsibility and the sport of hunting.

Read on.

Snow closes Rainier highway passes for season

PARKS — The Washington Transportation Department has closed two passes on the east side of Mount Rainier for the winter.

Chinook Pass on Highway 410 and nearby Cayuse Pass on Highway 123 have been closed by recent snow and avalanche danger, department officials announced today.

Outdoor retailers want Obama to designate Utah monument

PUBLIC LANDS — The Outdoor Industry Association and more than 100 outdoor-related businesses are asking President Barack Obama to designate 1.4 million acres of federal wildlands surrounding Canyonlands National Park as a national monument, according to a report by Brett Prettyman of the Salt Lake Tribune.

The group is sending a letter to the president today asking for the protective designation.

The Greater Canyonlands area includes geologic landmarks such as Labyrinth Canyon, Indian Creek, White Canyon, Fiddler Butte, Robbers Roost, Lockhart Basin and the Dirty Devil River, the story says.

The area is under increasing pressure from what monument proponents say is off-road-vehicle abuse, proposed mining and oil and gas development.

The OIA is the retailers group that brings to Utah its annual summer and winter markets, the state’s largest conventions, which draw more than 46,000 visitors and $42.5 million annually to the local economy.

For months OIA has been at odds with Utah Gov. Gary Herbert over the state’s bid to reclaim more than 30 million acres of federally-controlled public lands. If it succeeds, Utah plans to sell or lease some of that land for development.

Travel: Seeing the world with 1940s Wollensak Rambler field glasses

(Photo by R. B. Millsap) 


    When I’m traveling and working I usually have a big digital camera slung on my shoulder and, more often than not, my iPhone in my hand. I know it probably looks odd to have what seems to be a child’s toy hanging around my neck when the rest of my tools are expensive and modern, but I’d put my shabby old Wollensak Rambler field glasses against just about anything I could buy today.

    The Wollensak Optical Company originated in Rochester, New York, in the late 1880s and made precision camera lenses and shutters until it closed in the mid-1970s. During WWII, Wollensak manufactured optical equipment for the US military. The company also produced a series of small binoculars for sportsmen and opera lovers. My aluminum glasses were made in 1940 and were fairly expensive—for the time—at $9.95. I love them because they are small and lightweight and easy to pack—slipping neatly into my purse or my suitcase—but they focus easily and the view is crystal clear.

    I picked up the little Rambler glasses at an estate sale in Spokane more than 10 years ago and I’ve taken them all over the world with me since that day. The original leather strap was brittle so I fastened a lanyard that allows me to hang them securely around my neck.

    Recently, on an InnerSea Discoveries small-boat voyage to Southeast Alaska, although there were plenty of binoculars around for passengers to use, the Rambler binoculars were my constant companion. As we sailed along the beautiful wild coast, I scanned the beaches for bears and the waves for Humpback whales and Orcas. When I spotted something, and it seemed as though every time I lifted them to my eyes I was rewarded, the focus was sharp and instant.

    I spent many contented hours either standing on the deck or sitting on my bed in our stateroom, gazing out at the beautiful scenery. I brought them along when we left the boat and paddled a kayak through crystal-clear and ice-filled water. When I wasn’t taking photos, I was getting a closer look through the lenses of my old field glasses.

     I will admit to a certain romantic attraction to the back-story of the ordinary old objects that find their way to me. And when I look at the worn exterior of the glasses I do like to imagine who else might have gazed at the distant horizon through the lenses.
    It pleases me that even with the most modern equipment, when I pick up my Rambler field glasses and put them to my eyes, I have a clear (and vintage) view of the world around me.

Cheryl-Anne Millsap is a travel writer based in Spokane, Washington. Her audio essays can be heard on Spokane Public Radio and on public radio stations across the country. She can be reached at catmillsap@gmail.com

Pro angler to speak at steelhead derby opening ceremony

FISHING — Anglers registered for the annual steelhead fishing derby on the Clearwater and Snake Rivers will be given food, prizes and information at the opening ceremonies on Friday (Nov. 16) in Lewiston.

Activities that formerly were split at the beginning and end of the derby will combined in the opening event of the 2012 Kendall Subaru Clearwater Snake Steelhead Derby, organizers say.

As this advance story revealed, the event itself has a pair of new twists that will please traveling anglers, especially those from Washington.

Prizes, including a guided fishing trip and a $1,000 Cabela's gift card, will be awarded Opening Ceremony, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday at Kendall Subaru. Registered anglers also get dinner and they can purchase additional meals for their non-fishing guests.

Chevy USA is flying Pro Angler, Dion Hibdon, from Missouri to speak on fishing techniques.

Derby registration forms are available at Tri-State Outfitters, Camp, Cabin, and Home, Riverview Marina, at the Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce or online.

Anglers will receive a complimentary Mag Lip 3.5 lure when registering for the derby.

Info: Lewis Clark Valley Chamber of Commerce,509.758.7712.

Woodpeckers topic at Audubon program

BIRDING – Wildlife biologist Jeff Kozma, who specializes in cavity-nesting birds with the Yakama Nation, will present a program on the reproductive ecology of the white-headed woodpecker in Washington’s ponderosa pine forests on Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. at Riverview Retirement Community, Village Community Building, 2117 E. North Crescent Ave.

The program is sponsored by Spokane Audubon.

Click here for directions to the meeting location.

Target shooters wear out welcome on DNR land near Newman Lake

STATE LANDS — Shooters are creating a safety hazard and trashing a section of state land near Newman Lake, Department of Natural Resources officials say.

Complaints from area landowners have prompted more enforcement and citations for littering, using motorized vehicles in closed areas and failure to have a Discover Pass, said Loren Torgerson of the agency’s northeastern Washington staff.

The property– section 36 off Koth Road just northeast of Newman Lake – has been promoted as a good place to shoot in blogs and brochures left at gun shops, including Cabela’s, Torgerson said.

“Most shooters are responsible, but a subset of that group isn’t being responsible,” he said. Shooters have been using garbage as targets and leaving the trash as well as using semi-automatic weapons to blast and “saw down” cedar trees, he said.

Washington Fish and Wildlife police and Spokane County Sheriff’s Department have been assisting the DNR’s one enforcement officer covering seven counties, he said.

“Citations have been written and we’re starting to see a reduction in the number of bad actors up there,” he said.

Improving barriers to driving off the main road is helping with the problem, he said.

DNR has been working with the county’s shooting area advisory committee to consider a petition that would close the area to shooting, he said.

“We certainly want holistic view of the issue. We know that closing one area to shooting simply moves the problem somewhere else,” he said.

“Ultimately the community needs to look at the options.”

Last Leaf

On Election Day last week, outdoor photographer extraordinaire Robin Loznak of Kellogg, Ore., posted this photo on his Facebook wall of a last maple leaf in a Roseburg, Ore., park, entitled "Last Leaf." You can see more of Robin's outdoor photography here. Meanwhile, leaf pickup in Coeur d'Alene begins tomorrow.

Question: Do you have your leaves raked into a row on the street?

Whitetail bucks active in rut, winter conditions

HUNTING — Reports have been coming in for two weeks that whitetail bucks are actively scraping, sparring and now they're pursuing does.

Rattling is a good hunting tactic in the early portion of the rut.

The late season for whitetail bucks opened in select northeastern Washington units Saturday and the season runs through Nov. 19

Nate Krohn photographed this bruiser with his trail cam at a baited plot on Nov. 6. He also had remote photos of sparring bucks.  He was planning to be out this week rattling to help his wife put a tag a nice 6x4 pointer he's been following.

"I have his sheds and mounted them on a skull and he scored out in the low 170's," Krohn said.


Banff Mountain Film Fest flicks coming to The Bing

ADVENTURE — When they talk about "action films," these are the real deal.  The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour has hit the road and the next stop is the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane. 

About two dozen films will be shown in Spokane over the three-night run at the Bing, including Crossing the Ice (above), which won the Grand Prize, Adventure category prize and the coveted People's Choice Award at the recent nine-day film festival in Banff, Alberta.

Here's the schedule for this year's tour in this region.

Spokane: Friday and Saturday (Nov. 16-17) starting 7 p.m., and Sunday, 6 p.m., at The Bing. Different films at each showing. Tickets $15 a show or $40 for all three sessions, from Mountain Gear, 325-9000 or mountaingear.com.

Sandpoint: Jan. 24-26 at Panida Theater. Info: Mountain Fever, (208) 661-3857.

Coeur d’Alene: Jan. 27-28 at Kroc Center, 1765 W. Golf Course Road. Info: Mountain Fever, (208) 661-3857.

Pullman: Jan. 29 at Washington State University. Info: Outdoor Recreation Center, (509) 335-1892.

Spokane film lineup to be announced

Since licensing is still underway for films pegged for the World Tour version of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, the features to be shown this week in Spokane won’t be selected until Friday afternoon.

Outdoors editor Rich Landers will be at Friday afternoon’s the selection meeting to post the film lineup for the three-day event online at www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors

Dog owners beware: wolf trapping season to open

PREDATORS — For the second year, wolves will be join furbearers as targets during Idaho’s winter trapping season.

Although trappers must take a course in safe techniques before they can purchase a wolf-trapping license, bird hunters and other people who let their dogs run freely in the wilds of the Idaho Panhandle should familiarize themselves with techniques for releasing a pet from a foothold trap or neck snare.

The wolf trapping season is set for Nov. 15-March 31 in most of Idaho's Panhandle zone. The exception is that wolf trapping is prohibited in hunting units 2 and 3, which generally includes the region from Priest River and the west shore of Lake Pend Oreille south to the Coeur d’Alene area.

The rules are fairly liberal for wolf trappers:

Trapping regulations prohibit traps from the center and within 5 feet of center line of all maintained designated public trails and from the surface and right of way of all maintained designated public roads. Ground traps are prohibited within 300 feet of any designated public campground, picnic area and trailhead.

Idaho’s point of view is that hound hunters, hunters with bird dogs and other pet owners have a responsibility to keep track of and maintain control of their pets. Perhaps a good pair of wire cutters should be on your belt, too.

Releasing a pet from a snare trap can be tricky. Dog owners should bone up for the possibility.

This website has the best information I've found.

Conservation groups challenge Idaho roadless rule in court

PUBLIC LANDS — A coalition of environmental groups made arguments before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Portland, Ore., today in an ongoing effort to repeal the Idaho roadless rule and replace it with one adopted under President Bill Clinton.

The Wilderness Society, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council contend the Idaho rule, crafted in a collaborative effort led by former Gov. Jim Risch, is weaker than the 2001 rule that is now in force on most national forests outside of Idaho, according to a report by Eric Barker of the Lewiston Tribune.

Read on for the rest of Barker's story.

Spawning kokanee create wildlife viewing spectacles

WILDLIFE WATCHING — Kokanee provide two notable spectacles in this region for anglers and nonanglers alike:

Bald eagles flock to the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene to feast on spawned out kokanee starting this month and peaking around Christmas. The spectacle attracts thousands of visitors to the Higgens Point are and the Wolf Lodge exit off I-90.

Sullivan Lake kokanee are running up Harvey Creek to spawn, providing a notably accessible viewing point from the bridge area at the south end of the lake.

I'll have much more about the eagles as they begin their congregation.

Read on for more details about the Sullivan Lake viewing opportunity that started this week.

Lake Pend Oreille kokanee fishing to be revived in 2013

FISHING — For the first time since 1999, anglers will be allowed to harvest kokanee in Lake Pend Oreille starting in 2013 under a fishing regulations adopted Thursday by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission.

The popular fishery has rebounded enough under a fisheries recovery program to allow anglers to keep up to six kokanee a day.

The kokanee increase will allow a move back toward trophy rainbow trout management. A size and bag limit will be reinstated for rainbows: six rainbow trout, only one more than 20 inches long.

The $15 per rainbow angler incentive will no longer be in effect, but the $15 bounty remains in place for lake trout. 

The new rules will go into effec Jan. 1.

Elsewhere in the Panhandle Region, the kokanee limit was lowered to six fish in Priest and Upper Priest lakes. In Lake Pend Oreille anglers are allowed to harvest six kokanee and six rainbow trout – only one more than 20 inches long.

Clark Fork river and tributaries; Pack River and tributaries; and Grouse Creek and tributaries will be closed to trout harvest from December 1 to the Friday before the Memorial Day weekend.

BLM names citizen advisors for CdA District

PUBLIC LANDS — Six new members have been appointed to the Bureau of Land Management’s Coeur d’Alene District citizen-based Resource Advisory Council. 

The appointees will serve a three-year term and advise the BLM on public lands issues.

“I want to welcome our new and reappointed RAC members and commend them for their commitment to public service,” said Coeur d’Alene District Manager Gary Cooper.  “Their counsel will serve the BLM well as the agency carries out its multiple-use mission.”

The RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the BLM carry out its stewardship of 245 million acres – the largest land portfolio of any Federal agency.  The BLM has established 29 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located.  Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest in public land management, such as conservationists, outdoor recreationists, ranchers, Tribal officials, state and local government officials, academics and others.

The newly appointed and reappointed members of the Coeur d’Alene District RAC, and the area they represent on the committee, include:

•  Linda Rider, Grazing Industry

•  Douglas Boggan, Dispersed Recreation

•  David Uberuaga, Environmental Organizations

• Jerry Shriner, Wild Horse and Burro

• Tommy Stroschein, Public-at-Large

•  Chris Goetz, Public-at-Large

 Info: 208-769-5004.

Photo: Mission Mountains in fall transition

PUBLIC LANDS — The calm before the storm that brings on winter.  Montana outdoor photographer Jaime Johnson reminds us why we love mountains with this scene of the Mission Mountains captured a few days ago.

Late whitetail buck season opens Saturday

HUNTING — The whitetail deer mating season — better known as "the rut" — is the best few weeks of the year to tag a big buck. 

The rut in Eastern Washington will be reaching it's peak just about the time the late buck season closes on Nov. 19.