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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011

Landowner workshop deals with weeds, pests

HABITAT -- Pend Oreille County property owners can learn to manage pests and noxious weeds and sign up for neighborhood cost-share assistance in a free March 26 workshop offered by WSU Pend Oreille County Extension and the Weed Board. The event runs 8 a.m.-noon at…

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FRIDAY, MARCH 18, 2011

Tipster helps bag Blue Mountains bull elk poacher

POACHING -- Jason Locke, 37, of Kennewick has pleaded guilty to poaching a bull elk and using his wife's special hunting license illegally, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reports. Locke was fined a total of $11,345, including a $6,000 criminal wildlife assessment penalty for…

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Spokane-area birdwatcher Ron Dexter used a remote motion-activated camera to photograph this golden eagle on a deer carcass in the Mount Spokane foothills. (Ron Dexter / Courtesy photo)

Non-lead ammo may spare critters in Wyoming

WILDLIFE — Wyoming researchers say the distribution of nonlead ammunition to hunters in Jackson Hole is likely helping prevent lead poisoning of ravens, eagles and other scavengers. But the study is in its early stages. This is the second year researchers have tried to gauge…

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Avalanche advisory: Layered snowpack a concern

WINTER SPORTS -- Warmer days followed by cool nights and continued snowfall are creating a stew of conditions for backcountry winter travlers to consider, says Kevin Davis from the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center in Sandpoint. Generally, the weekly avalanche advisory posted this morning rates avalanche…

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Appalachian Trail: End-to-end in five minutes

Green Tunnel from Kevin Gallagher on Vimeo. HIKING - Under the trail name "Fester," Virginia hiker Kevin Gallagher hiked the 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Then he compiled some 4,000 photos into a stop-motion video called Green Tunnel, which gives a view of the…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011


Hunter Hedquist (cq)of Spokane uses his phone to make a picture of mounted animal heads complete with horns hanging at the Big Horn Show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo site Thursday March 17, 2011. The Outdoor enthusiast show runs through the weekend.  (Christopher Anderson)

Big Horn Show racks 'em up at fairgrounds

The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show kicked off today and runs through Sunday at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. The show has something for every member of the family, including fishing ponds and staffed shooting ranges for the kids. In this photo made this…

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North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo expands to two days

FLY FISHING -- The annual North Idaho Fly Fishing Expo presented by the Kelly Creek Flycasters is expanding to two days this year and moving from Clarkston to Lewiston. The event, which covers everything from beginning fly-casting instruction to advanced spey casting with two-handed rods,…

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Construction to affect centennial trail access

TRAILS -- The Indiana Avenue road extension project will limit access to the Centennial Trail and paddle-boat launching near Mission and Flora from April through July 4. Route changes in the area include new names for some of the roads, Spokane Valley officials said. Since…

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Idaho's specialty license plate benefiting trail work in the Selway and Frank Church wilderness areas debuted in February 2011. (Courtesy photo)

Idaho offers 'wilderness' license plate

CONSERVATION -- Idaho is offering several new specialty vehicle license plates this year, including one that benefits mountain biking programs and one to help manage Idaho's premier wilderness areas. The wildernes plate, sponsored by the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, benefits trail maintenance and wilderness stewardship…

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Lake Roosevelt offers 10 youth summer positions

OUTDOOR YOUTH -- A local follow-up to yesterday's post on outdoor-related summer jobs for youths: The Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area soon will be hiring for 10 Youth Conservation Corps positions for youths 15-18 years old. Work starts in June . The youths work 40-hours…

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A clump of buttercups are among the first flowers of the coming season. (Mike Prager)

Spring birds filling the wet scablands

NATURE WATCHING -- January's warm streak was cruel, luring buttercups to bloom prematurely west of Spokane. But now they're blooming with confidence around town, and birds are flocking in all around us. Spokane Auduboner Kim Thorburn takes a special interest in the Swanson Lakes Wildlife…

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Rafael Izquierdo-Spencer monitors bluebird nesting progress at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge last spring during one of the bi-weekly field trips with other Discovery School second-graders. 
 (Photo by Lorna Kropp / The Spokesman-Review)

Friends of Turnbull benefit March 27

CONSERVATION -- The 4th annual dinner and auction fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge is set for March 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. in Spokane. The events helps fund Turnbull’s environmental education…

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A stretch Hummer limo in Las Vegas. (Phil Hough)

Standard Hummers are excessive, but this...

CONSERVATION -- "Nothing says 'excess' like Vegas and a four axle, 40-foot long strech "Hummer" limousine," said Phil Hough of Sandpoint, who's visiting Sin City this week for a conservation conference. "No, this was NOT the airport shuttle we took," said the spokesman for the…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011

Stan Wills, left, and Steve Brown, both with the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, move  a mounted elk to the “Trophy Territory” display area at the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure show Friday  at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center. The Rocky Mountain Elk has 306 inches of horn and was shot with a muzzleloader gun near Newman Lake  in 2006.  (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Trophy measuring underway at Big Horn Show

HUNTING -- The Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show doesn't open until tomorrow, but hunters already have been bringing their trophy antlers, horns and heads for measuring by official Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young scorers. In addition to getting an official score, Big Horn…

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A group heads out on a guided snowshoeing trek, one of several activities offered during the Women’s Souper Bowl at Mount Spokane.  (File)

Snowshoe into the moonlight at Mount Spokane

WINTER SPORTS -- A guided full-moon snowshoe hike at Mount Spokane is set for Saturday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The trip, sponsored by REI and Spokane Parks and Recreation, includes transportation and all snowshoeing equipment for $31 ($27 for REI members). Generous snowfall in the past…

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