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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

The Lochsa River,  east of Lewiston, is a beautiful river that offers outstanding whitewater and borders a huge wilderness area. Hikers and horses cross a bridge and step into a wilderness complete with grizzlies and packs of wolves.

Lochsa land exchange flush with challenges

PUBLIC LANDS -- A public open house meeting is scheduled Tuesday in Grangeville to help the public understand a new proposal in the controversial Upper Lochsa Land Exchange involving national forest and private timberlands in Idaho. The new proposal to protect timberlands west of Lolo...

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Snowy owls making a scene across the country

View Snowy Owls in the Upper US, 2011-12 in a larger map BIRDWATCHING -- Inland Northwest birders have been buzzing this month about the early arrival of snowy owls as they migrate from the arctic to northern Washington and new places in North Idaho. This...

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Mt. Spokane offers 1,250 acres of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. About 100 inches of snow has fallen on Mt. Spokane already this season.
 (Photos courtesy of Mt Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park / The Spokesman-Review)

Ski areas offer cool deal to fifth graders

WINTER SPORTS -- Once again, fifth-grade students are being treated like royalty at Inland Northwest ski resorts, with free skiing and other discounts. The Fifth Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport, costs $20, entitles students to three free lift tickets at each of the participating...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 27, 2011

SATURDAY, NOV. 26, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 25, 2011

THURSDAY, NOV. 24, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 23, 2011

Ladies took advantage of free snowshoe rentals -- and sunshine -- today during the Women's Souper Bowl fundraiser at Mount Spokane State Park. (Rich Landers)

Windy days risky for hiking at Mount Spokane

MOUNTAIN WEATHER -- "Today I hiked down to the Spokane Mountaineers chalet (near the cross-country ski trails) through knee-deep snow," said Holly Weiler, a club member and diehard hiker. "Then I hiked back to the car and discovered a big tree across the driveway, right...

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Skiers and snowboarders pack the lift during opening day at Lookout Pass Ski and Recreation on the  Idaho/Montana border Friday. Lookout reported 34 inches of snow at the summit and 18 inches at the base. (Kathy Plonka)

Most ski areas open; 5th graders get special deal 

WINTER SPORTS -- Silver Mountain opend its lifts Monday while 49 Degrees North had customers floating on two feet of prime powder for it's opener on Saturday. Lookout Pass will reopen on Thanksgiving and Mt. Spokane opens Friday, conditions permitting. FREEBIE FOR 5th GRADERS Don't...

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Wife of man killed by bear hunter sues 3 firms

HUNTING ACCIDENTS -- The widow of a man fatally shot by a hunter who mistook him for a bear in September has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the hunter and three Western Washington companies, reports the News-Tribune in Tacoma. Although a jury acquitted the shooter...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Cross-country skiers make nordic tracks on the Golden Tiger section of the Ferry Count Rail Trail. (Ferry County Rail Trails)

Big snow: nordic skiers having fun, too

WINTER SPORTS -- Alpine skiers weren't the only ones reveling in the early onslaught of winter and the deep powder in the mountains last week. Cross-country skiers were having a great time making tracks from the back-country of North Idaho, on Mount Spokane's ungroomed but...

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Colville National Forest South End Project, roads approved for motorized travel. (Colville National Forest)

Colville Forest OKs South End motor vehicle plan

PUBLIC LANDS -- Off-road vehicle riders have more routes for legally riding their ATVs and motorcycles on the Colville National Forest, according to a plan approved this month. Forest Supervisor Laura Jo West signed the South End Motor Vehicle Management Plan, which designates roads and...

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