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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 11, 2011

Bill would expand Alpine Lakes Wilderness 

WILDERNESS -- Members of Washington's congressional delegation are making another attempt to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Cascades, according to a Seattle Times report. Republican Rep. Dave Reichert and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray reintroduced bills Thursday to expand the wilderness area by about…

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Biologists focus on fate of Methow wolf pack

WILDLIFE -- Washington wildlife biologist are keenly watching during the February wolf mating season to see if there's any breeding activity in the Methow Valley's Lookout Mountain pack. Two years ago, that pack became the first in Washington to have a confirmed breeding pair. State…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 10, 2011

New planning rules proposed for national forests

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Forest Service unveiled its proposed Forest Planning Rule today which would establish a new national framework to develop land management plans that protect water and wildlife. The details are still being analyized, but the proposal comes after 40 public meetings…

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State lands parking pass a tough sell in WA

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington's budget crisis is leaving lawmakers with the grim prospect of having to close perhaps 100 of the state's parks plus access sites at some recreation areas managed by other state agencies. One of the solution's is a $30 Discover Pass user…

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North Idaho Boat Show runs through Sunday

BOATING -- More than 100 boats are on display in three buildings during the North Idaho Boat Show which runs through Sunday at Tobler Marina in Hayden. No boating or fishing seminars are included, but admission is free and the boats range from small flat-bottom…

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Grand Canyon river float applications due

RIVER RUNNING -- Rafters who have the do-it-yourself skills for big water have until Feb. 23 to apply for a coveted permit to run the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park. The National Park Service is holding its annual lottery this month to assign…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Hikers plan lobby to keep state parks open

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington Trails Association is organizing a Hiker Lobby Day at the state Capitol in Olympia on Wednesday (Feb. 9) to urging lawmakers to support for state parks and recreation threatened with closure because of the budget crisis. More than 2,000 hikers…

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Avalanche accidents reviewed in Sandpoint on Wednesday

WINTER SPORTS -- Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center technicians will present, "10 Years of Avalanche Accident Review in North Idaho" Wednesday (Feb. 9) at 6 p.m. at the Sandpoint Forest Service Building. The hour-long discussion will focus on common characteristics involved in several fatal avalanche accidents…

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Dam reaches goal of 93 percent fish passage

FISHING -- Improvements in operating Rock Island Dam will allow survival of at least 93 percent of the young salmon and steelhead migrating downstream, according to the Chelan County PUD. The utility had to be able reach the 93-percent survival goal to meet federal criteria…

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Follow rare whale's route along Oregon

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Satellite technology is allowing whale enthusiasts to click here and join researchers in tracking a type of gray whale that spends summers off Russia as it makes its way along the Oregon coast. Researchers attached a satellite tag to a 13-year-old, male…

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MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

Barred owls could be shot to help spotted cousins

ENDANGERED SPECIES — How desperate are federal wildlife officials in protecting the endangered spotted owl from the larger, more aggressive barred owls? A story in the Oregonian says a draft environmental impact statement scheduled for release this summer most likely will recommend shooting barred owls.…

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