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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 25, 2011

REI recalling 160 Novara Fusion bikes

BICYCLING -- REI is recalling about 160 bicycles because of a potential fall hazard. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the alloy steerer tube on certain Nova Fusion bicycles could separate from the fork, causing the rider to lose control, posing a fall hazard…

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Option cites removal of Lake Roosevelt cabins

PUBLIC LANDS -- The National Park Service may require the removal of 25 private cabins that have been built and upgraded over many years within the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area northwest of Spokane. That’s one of three options in an environmental assessment released Thursday…

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A northern flicker stops for a bite of suet from a backyard feeder in North Spokane on Thursday. The flicker is a type of woodpecker. (Bill Morlin)

Robins looking forward to spring, too

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Bird feeders are especially alive with activity in this cold weather as birds -- and other wildlife -- look for easy calories. To get a cross section of species, you need seed feeders filled separatel with black sunflower seeds and others with…

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Summit of Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. (Jake Ostman )

Avalanche advisory: now is safer than later

WINTER SPORTS -- The Inland Northwest avalanche advisory issued this morning notes that snow that accumulated in the cold temperatures of recent storm is light enough to warrant only "considerable" avalanche danger in many (not all) areas. But a change is expected around Sunday. The…

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Ice fisherman jigs up a whopper

FISHING -- The arctic weather chilling the Inland Northwest is firming the surface at some lakes and pushing the reset button for ice anglers. If you're looking for a wall-hanger fish to brag about this weekend, try to guess where the angler in this video…

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Silver Bow offers crash course in fly fishing

What: Beginner fly fishing class on basics to get started in a one-day crash course. Covers equipment, knots and gear, trout habits and the flies they like, reading water, presenting, fly casting and fishing local waters. Where: Silver Bow Fly Shop, 13210 E. Indiana Ave.…

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Jennings: Who's flying high at Schweitzer?

SKIING -- Fireworks will pierce the cold mountain air tonight and Saturday around a stunning display of aerial skiing stunts during the Yoke's Outrageous Air Show at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. S-R skiing columnist Bill Jennings has the down to earth story on the Olympian who…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Wolves are hunting elk on the open canyon slopes of northeastern Oregon. (Courtesy photo)

Oregon wolves out in the open 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Blue Mountains elk winter in the low open canyon slopes of Oregon, and the recent-arrival gray wolves figured that out fast. These wolves made themselves at home on the open slopes in northeastern Oregon near Pendleton, where they've been feeding on elk,…

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Montana surveying right-wing boundaries

OUTDOOR POLITICS -- Two Associated Press news stories this week out of the Montana Legislature give sportsmen reason to pause and wonder if these are the healthiest approaches to the issues. Republicans enthused by Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s recent tough talk on wolves are getting…

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More swans sighted, but big freeze coming

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Another report on tundra swans in the region, this one coming from Warren Current in the Colville area: "Yesterday afternoon I saw seven tundra swans along the shoreline of Lake Roosevelt just south of Colville Flats (Highway 25). Other species in the…

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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