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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2010

TUESDAY, DEC. 21, 2010

Forest plan sweetens Lochsa land swap deal

NATIONAL FORESTS -- Officials with the Clearwater National Forest are floating a plan to buy a big chunk of private timber land in the upper Lochsa River basin as one way to curry public favor for a land exchange with a private company. The proposed...

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Jeff Corkill (#171), a top masters runner from Spokane, puts his fitness to the test on skinny skis with 193 other participants in the soggy 2007 Langlauf 10-kilometer race at Mount Spokane. 
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Selkirk Nordic Series tests skiers

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING – Cross-country skiers can test their performance over the course of the season and take a stab at winning cool prizes by entering the three-race Selkirk Nordic Series. First event is Jan. 22 – the 5- or 10-kilometer Cougar Gulch event at Schweitzer....

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A worker monitors the unleashing of Montana's Clark Fork River into its restored channel near the old site of Milltown Dam. (The Missoulian)

Clark Fork River back in its channel

RIVERS – Milltown Dam was breached in March 2008, allowing Montana’s Clark Fork River to flow free just above Missoula for the first time in a century. But it wasn’t allowed to run freely in its restored channel until last week. As The Missoulian story...

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Outdoors making most of shortest day

HUNTING -- I've endured some long days in the field this season with little to show for hours of follownig Scout, my English Setter, through the Palouse. But today, the shortest day of the year, was the best of the season: Scout tallied 18 points...

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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

State Parks confronts crisis management 

STATE PARKS -- With the governor's budget proposal leaving now General Fund money for Washington State Parks and Recreation, officials have called a special meeting for Wednesday, 10 a.m., at parks headquarters in Olympia.The agenda includes discussion of the plan to merge parks and rec...

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Bill Pirami photographed this duck with a stainless steel blowgun dart in its head. This was one of five ducks documented as being shot with blowgun darts in Billings' Riverfront Park. (Bill Pirami)

Jerks use wildlife as blowgun fodder

WILDLIFE -- Last week I shared a photo of a wild turkey feeding and gettng along somehow in North Spokane, even though it had been skewered with an arrow by a less-than-worthy archer.Today we get an even grimmer report from Billings, where wildlife photographers have...

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Biologist sheds light on wolf behavior

WILDLIFE -- Wolves are not bloodless killers, but they can appear to be, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Russ Morgan.Wolf kills can appear perplexing because often they barely have a scratch. The state's wolf program coordinator explained why -- and much...

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Eagle-killers sentenced in Yakima

WILDLIFE CRIMES -- Two Yakama Nation tribal members have been sentenced to six months in federal prison for killing and selling more than 100 bald and golden eagles.Alfred L. Hawk and William R. Wahsise, both in their 20s, pleaded guilty to taking, selling or transporting...

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Priest Lake's resident blogger Pecky Cox used her every-ready camera to capture this whitetail buck against the moon beams reflecting off the water. The photo is posted on her "As the Lake Churns" website. (Pecky Cox)

Buck by moonlight at Priest Lake

WILDLIFE -- Priest Lake's resident blogger Pecky Cox used her every-ready camera to capture this whitetail buck against the moon beams reflecting off the water. The photo is posted on her "As the Lake Churns" website.

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Some poachers can't be overlooked

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – While patrolling the Horseshoe Lake area, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Officer Paul Mosman had one of those rare “game warden moments.”“It started when he pulled in behind a likely looking truck parked at an access gate and just happened to notice...

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An airplane passes in front of a darkening moon as it becomes a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008 in Seattle. (Joshua Trujillo / Associated Press)

O say can you see: lunar eclipse tonight

SKYWATCHING – On the fat chance that the clouds will disappear, the heavens will giving us a reason to stay up late tonight.A lunar eclipse is set to begin about 10:30 p.m., when the Earth¹s shadow begins to pass over the surface of the moon,...

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SUNDAY, DEC. 19, 2010

SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 2010

FRIDAY, DEC. 17, 2010

George Orr leaving Wildlife Commission

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- George Orr, the always quotable Washington Wildlife Commissioner from Spokane, announced today that he will be leaving the commission when his term expires next year.Orr, a retired fireman and former state legislator, made the announcement during a commission conference all meeting called...

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Ski-joring North Idaho style: Giddyap

SKIING -- Photos of a skier getting air -- water-skier-style -- behind a horse was the Huckleberrys parting shot for Thursday, and it's a soaring wintery start to the outdoors blog for Friday.Get the scoop -- (does the skier need a clean-up shovel?) -- and...

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Video: Into a black bear's winter den

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bring any kids in the house over to watch this entertaining video of a Canadian TV humorist joining bear biologists as they crawl into a winter den to put a radio collar on an almost hibernating black bear. Hint: They find three...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

This week's CdA eagle count: 117

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- BLM biologist Carrie Hugo counted 117 bald eagles in the Wolf Lodge Bay area of Lake Coeur d'Alene during her weekly count on Wednesday. The 117 birds -- 85 adults with white heads and 32 immature birds -- is up from 89...

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When quail don't fly

HUNTING -- I was pretty confident going into today's hunt. I had a shotgun and an English setter that covers real estate like the wind.But the valley quail didn't fly.Instead, they challenged us to a footrace through the Lincoln County sagebrush.The birds won, by a...

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The bald eagle at right drops a kokanee salmon back into Lake Coeur d’Alene near Higgens Point after the eagle at left began harassing it Wednesday. Birdwatchers and photographers gather along the lake’s eastern arm this time of year to watch the eagles feed on spawned-out kokanee. The birds migrate through the region on their way south each December.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Board CdA boats to view bald eagles

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A scenic boat cruise is one of the more enjoyable ways to view the annual winter bald eagle gathering at Lake Coeur d'Alene's Wolf Lodge Bay.Here are a few options;Dec. 26-Jan. 2: Coeur d'Alene Resort 2-hour cruises start at 1 p.m. Cost:...

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Owl carving stolen at 49 Degrees North

NORDIC SKIING -- Etta, the owl beautifully carved out of cedar, has been stolen from its perch overlooking the the Hoot Owl nordic ski trail at 49 Degrees North."Please put out the word," said Keith Wakefield, who helped design and create the ski area's nordic...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 15, 2010

This 770 foot railroad trestle across the north end of Curlew Lake is a key feature in the 33-mile Ferry County Rail Trail  that runs along an abandoned railway from Republic to the Canada border. (Bob Whittaker)

Ferry County trail gets $100,000 grant

TRAILS -- A $100,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation will help put railings and other safety features on a 770-foot trestle -- one of the jewels in the rough of the rail trail that runs 33 miles from Republic to the Canada...

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Early reaction to Wildlife merger plan

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The buzz is growing over Gov. Chris Gregoire's budget-cutting proposals that would, among other things, merge the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department to into a new mega agency and reduce the Fish and Wildlife Commission to an advisory role or eliminate it...

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A white wild turkey feeds with a flock of normal wild turkeys in north Spokane County. (Evan Johnson)

Wild turkeys toughest bird around

WILD FOWL -- In a testament to the species' hardiness, reports of white wild turkeys among the region's big wintering flocks are fairly common.First, one must marvel that there are big wintering flocks after two bad winters in the past three years followed by this...

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