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  • Turnbull refuge reopens after concerns over Oregon standoff

    Turnbull Wildlife Refuge is back open Monday after closing late last week over concerns prompted by the armed occupation of a refuge in eastern Oregon.


  • Turnbull Wildlife Refuge has reopened

    The occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Oregon, by armed militia members has prompted the closure of the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge near Cheney.


  • Landers: Shutdown closes doors on outdoors lovers

    Because of politics, the gates are locked at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and a Washington hunter has lost what may be his last chance in a lifetime to hunt elk …


  • Hunting group works for access near Cheney

    “I never wanted it to be a hunting club,” said John Bruce, who founded the Columbia Plateau Wildlife Management Association 12 years ago. “Some wanted that, but I held firm.” …


  • Field Reports: Priest Lake fish plan to be presented at meeting

    FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing non-native lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public …


  • Field reports: Steelheading to open on Upper Columbia

    FISHING – Fishing for hatchery steelhead will open Tuesday on the mainstem upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow and Okanogan rivers, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday. …


  • Out & About: Three of five cygnets survive at Turnbull

    OUTTRUMPET – A young trumpeter swan was found dead on an island at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last week with no cause of death evident. The carcass has been sent …


  • Out & About: Downtown events lack RV sites

    OUTCAMP – There’s a notable lack of RV camping areas with easy access to downtown events at the Convention Center and elsewhere, said Len Zickler, chairman of the host committee …


  • Wild mallards teach lessons at Ferris High School courtyard

    Students are gone for summer vacation, but school’s still in session for the ducks at Ferris High School. For seven years, mallards have homed in on the two small ponds …


  • Field reports: June fishing clinic geared to adults

    FISHING – Sign-ups are under way for 30 openings in a two-session basic fishing clinic for adults who haven’t been introduced to the sport. The Washington Fish and Wildlife Department …


  • 2010 featured recreational abundance

    As the economy sputtered and unemployment soared, people flocked to national parks and other outdoor venues and federal stimulus dollars spiffed up trails and campgrounds.


  • 2010 Highlights from the field

    A list of anniversaries, tranistion and milestones that highlighted the Inland Northwest outdoors in 2010


  • Landmark youth hunts approach

    Potential duck and goose hunters under the age of 16 have the chance of a lifetime in the Idaho Panhandle this month, while a few selected Washington youths will make …


  • A tough sell

    Several families with farms south of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge are upset with a long-term state plan to preserve a corridor of wildlife habitat stretching from Chapman Lake south around …


  • Swan brings brood back to Turnbull, quelling fears he was killed

    As he has for possibly more than four decades, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. …


  • Solo the trumpeter swan still alive

    Ending fears that he may have been killed by poachers in Stevens County, the trumpeter swan nicknamed Solo returned Monday to the year’s first big patch of ice-free water at …


  • Birdwatchers unite to catch killer of rare trumpeter swan

    A wildlife murder mystery is unfolding in the Colville River Valley with possible links to one of the region’s remarkable romance stories. Local birdwatchers already have built a reward of …


  • Federal budget allots $1.5 million to expand Turnbull refuge

    The Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge will receive $1.5 million to purchase nearly 500 additional acres of Eastern Washington’s Channeled Scablands. The federal appropriation will help preserve one of the world’s …


  • Turnball manager retires after 18 years on job

    At a fraction of their salaries and with no stock options or bonuses, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager near Cheney has done what many high-powered CEOs have …


  • Ups and downs for loons, geese, swan

    Washington waterfowl have been keeping an unusually high profile in the news this month. Among the top recent stories:


  • Sowing seeds far from home

    Representing five different high schools and hailing from four countries, the eight teens planting trees at the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge last week all had one thing in common: They weren’t …


  • Turnbull trumpets return of senior swan

    Solo is back. The elegant trumpeter swan is likely the elder seasonal wildlife resident at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the oldest documented anywhere among his endangered species.


  • Refuge puts hunt in sights

    More than two hours of dirt-road driving through an off-limits portion of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday garnered a 30-second payoff for two dozen visitors on the annual refuge …


  • Hunting authorized on wildlife refuge

    After eight years of discussion and study, officials at the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge have authorized hunting for the first time since the refuge was established in 1937.

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