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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011


Sid Marty is a leading Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and author. (Courtesy photo)

Big week for outdoor-related programs, meetings

OUTDO -- It's a big week of mostly free activities in Spokane, including nature photographer Art Wolfe, Canadian singer-songwriter conservationist Sid Marty, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission, whitewater rafting vendors, youth hunting clinic, snowshoing tours and more. Check them out here.

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Fish and Wildlife cops have another busy week

WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT – Snowmobilers and ATVers who are not good at reading signs continue to exercise the ticket-writing hands of Washington Fish and Wildlife police officers. Three wildlife officers joined with a Colville National Forest officer last week to follow up on a tip that…

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MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Hanford Reach steelheading slow in February

FISHING -- Here’s the February steelhead fishing recap for the Hanford Reach of the Columbia just filed by Paul Hoffarth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologist in the Tri-Cities: Lower Reach (Hwy 395 to old Hanford town site): An estimated 174 steelhead were…

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Art Wolfe is a nature and wildlife photographer and host for the PBS series "Travels to the Edge." (Jay Goodrich / Courtesy photo)

Art Wolfe to present slideshow at Whitworth

NATURE/TRAVEL -- Wildlife photographer and Public TV “Travels to the Edge” host Art Wolfe will give a lecture and slide show Tuesday, 7 p.m., at Whitworth University’s Weyerhaeuser Hall Robinson Teaching Theatre. Wolfe, 59, is one of the best globetrotting nature imagers in the world.…

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Non-resident hunting fees increase in Montana

HUNTING -- Out-of-staters will pay more for Montana big-game combination licenses in 2011. State voters approved a November initiative that moved 7,800 outfitter-sponsored big-game and deer combination licenses to the general nonresident license category, they also increased the associated license fees. The fee increases include:…

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The frazzled Olive Willy fly pattern, right, earned this trophy for Bill Lundin after catching 15 trout in the Spokane Fly Fishers’ One-Fly fishing contest at Badger Lake on May 9.  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Fly pattern raffle boosts conservation

FLY FISHING – The Spokane Fly Fishers annual fly pattern raffle to support fisheries conservation projects is March 9, 6:30 p.m., at St. Francis School Auditorium, 1104 W. Heroy. Members and public alike can by chances on locally tested and tied patterns as well as…

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SUNDAY, FEB. 27, 2011

BLM to rein in wild horse management

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management plans to scale back costly roundups of wild horses. In a news release issued Thursday, BLM officials said they will reduce the number of wild horses removed from the range by about one-quarter — to 7,600…

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Free skier abandons snow, hits the surf

SKIING -- If the bitter cold is turning you off to hitting the slopes in the Inland Northwest this week, maybe you should consider the possibilities of skiing Hawaii -- in the surf! Check out big-time freeskier Chuck Patterson's switch from the steep and deep…

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SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011

The Spokesman-Review Prussick Peak looms behind Deb Hansen and Rick Diffley, who secured permits with other Spokane Mountaineers well in advance of their trip to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Enchantments reservations go online Monday

BACKPACKING -- Reservations for overnight permits to camp in the Enchantment Lakes Basin will be available only online beginning this year, starting Monday. A popular destination in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, camping in the Enchantments from June 15-Oct. 15 is limited, and permits are picked…

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Eagles terrorize Sprague Lake coots

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The winter ice cap was almost gone from Sprague Lake a few days ago, but this week's cold snap has reversed the trend -- and that's bad news for the coots that had taken up residence in the open waters. Here's the…

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FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

Wolf poaching in Methow confirmed

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials this week confirmed the killing of an adult male gray wolf, shot in Eastern Washington more than a year ago and dumped in eastern Skagit County. Investigators believe the wolf was shot somewhere east of Rainy…

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