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FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017

Which fish will anglers prefer for Priest Lake? 

Anglers attached to fishing Priest Lake tend to fall into two camps that are being asked to make a decision. One group favors a return to the good old days of fishing for abundant kokanee and cutthroat trout. The other group generally prefers the current abundance of delicious shrimp-fed mackinaw. Which would you choose? CH

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Trekking poles boost hikers 21 

Trekking poles are modern versions of staffs that date back to Moses for easing the way along difficult routes, catching your balance and prodding the occasional sheep along the way. My husband just got a set and loves them. Have you tried trekking poles? CH

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Settler's Grove of Ancient Cedars is a popular walking attraction on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District. (U.S. Forest Service)

Settler’s Grove of Ancient Cedars reopening

The Settler’s Grove of Ancient Cedars and its associated 5-mile trail is reopening to visitors on Saturday, June 24, the Idaho Panhandle National Forests says in a release. Located on the Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District, the area has been under an emergency closure for health and safety since fire burned through the area in 2015.

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MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2017

In this July 28, 2014, file photo, then-Yosemite National Park Superintendent Don Neubacher speaks in El Portal, Calif. Neubacher created a hostile workplace by belittling employees, using words such as stupid, bozo and lazy, and showing gender bias against women, a new report says. (Mark Crosse / Fresno Bee via AP)

Ex-Yosemite chief belittled workers, mainly women 

The former superintendent of Yosemite National Park created a hostile workplace by belittling employees, using words such as “stupid,” “bozo” and “lazy,” and showing gender bias against women, a new report says. Don Neubacher retired last fall after allegations that he created a toxic work environment were made public at a congressional hearing.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2016

Deer usually handle cold winter weather unless factors such as deep snow restrict their daily movements to feeding areas and shelter. (Rich Landers/SR photo)

Critters are masters of enduring cold 

Judging from the bloom of down coats showing up downtown this week, humans have learned a few valuable lessons from wildlife about surviving bitter cold weather. But critters are the masters at enduring cold with their own feathers, fur, fat, mobility and other adaptations beyond human capability. Rich Landers/SR Outdoors reports.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2016

Rich, powerful target Idaho wildlife 

Rich Landers/SR Outdoors comments that Idaho sportsman " are becoming wary of wealthy individuals who appear to be working to monopolize hunting access and wildlife management." Rich mentions the Wilks brothers of Texax who bought 172,000 acres of Potlatch timberland and then shut public access. And there's more ...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2016

Cabela's sale worries customers 

For some, a visit Monday to Cabela’s in Post Falls was just another day of shopping. For others, it was the first day under a cloud of uncertainty as to the future of the company following news of its acquisition by outdoor gear giant competitor Bass Pro. “I hope they keep the same standard Cabela’s is known for,” said Sarah Greenwood.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2016

Clark Fork Delta ducky for paddlers

A $6 million project to arrest erosion in the Clark Fork delta has a multitude of beneficiaries, including paddlers.Waterfowl and hunters, fish and fishermen, birds and birdwatchers are finding more attraction to the area as a partnership of agencies and groups works to restore wetlands thru which the Clark Fork River pours into Lake Pend Oreille.

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Kris Crocker says camping is not her favorite thing. (Staff illustration by Ralph Walter)

Landers: Camping is an educational event worth the misery 

Veteran KXLY TV meteorologist Kris Crocker came out of the tent this week with a confession: “This is the summer I stop pretending to love camping,” she posted on her Facebook page in a moment of impressive courage and honesty. As I gasped for breath, I thought this must be a cry for help. It’s as though an Inland Northwest icon woke up realizing she needs treatment for an aversion to huckleberries. I was gearing up for an intervention until Crocker’s fans rallied with an outpouring of support. Apparently a lot of Spokane folks are irreversibly and shamelessly attached to hotels and hot showers.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013

Big fish 

FISHING — Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, smashed the state's 12-year-old record for tiger musky while fishing in Little Payette Lake on Aug. 6, the Idaho Fish and Game Department has confirmed. Kalinowski landed the 44.26 pound lunker on a 12-pound test line with...

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MONDAY, NOV. 12, 2012

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...

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MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011

Fly Fishermen Can Always Improve 12 

While fly fishing the Missouri River a few years ago, a friend of mine – close enough to be funny and frank at the same time – called from upstream and said, “Did anyone ever mention you cast like an old lady?” “That comment is...

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Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.