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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

Sandpoint avalanche clinic for all snowgoers

WINTER SPORTS -- A free avalanche workshop for all snowgoers is set for Wednesday, 6 p.m., at the Forest Service Building in Sandpoint. The topic to be tackled by the team of Forest Service technicians at the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center: "What we can learn...

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Skier’s death triggers avalanche of grief

BACKCOUNTRY SKIING – Last week’s news that a 40-year-old Seattle woman died exploring the outback slopes near Snoqualmie Pass has generated an outpouring of response on the Turns All Year website devoted to backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. Monika Johnson, 40, apparently died Tuesday after...

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Outdoors blogger back in the saddle 

OUTBLOGGING -- I'm back from a week "in the field" and catching up on a ton of outdoor news and happenings. Clearly the outdoor world has not stopped in my absence. Although I've been trickling in new info daily, I'll pass on more news and...

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SATURDAY, FEB. 5, 2011


FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

Apply for Idaho turkey, bear hunts by Feb. 15

HUNTING -- The application period for Idaho's spring turkey and black bear controlled hunts is open and runs through Feb. 15. Spring turkey and spring black bear seasons start April 15 – some controlled hunts open later. Leftover tags for spring turkey and bear controlled...

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Fly fishers cast for brown trout along the stained rock-garden limestone cliffs that border central Montana's Smith River where special permits are required to float a 59-mile scenic stretch. (Rich Landers)

Smith River applications coming due

RIVERS -- Floaters and anglers have until Feb. 15 to apply for the coveted permits to float Montana's Smith River. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Department holds a lottery to issue permits required to float the 59-mile section of river south of Great Falls between...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011


Banks Lake drawdown set for August

LAKES -- Anglers and campers will see new ground at Banks Lake this summer. Starting Aug. 1, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will lower Banks Lake by 30 feet to complete about $2 million worth of work at Dry Falls Dam and North Dam, according...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011


Yosemite a Slurpee on steroids in winter

NATIONAL PARKS -- This video offers a fascinating glimpse at the flow of frazil ice in the stream below Yosemite Falls. National Park Service rangers say this is just one of many attractions that occur in national parks only during winter before the summer crowds...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

Olympic biathlon coverage -- and USA's success at the Vancouver Winter Olympics -- has spawned interest in this sport that combines cross-country skiing and target shooting. (Associated Press)

Chance to take a shot at biathlon

WINTER SPORTS -- Among the many activities ranging from snowshoeing to a Doggy Dash ski-joring race, two “Try Biathlon” events are scheduled near Winthrop, Wash., during the Methow Valley Winter Festival. The valley’s biathlon team coaches will put on the events Feb. 23 and Feb....

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MONDAY, JAN. 31, 2011

Snowshoeing topic at Fernan meeting

WINTER SPORTS -- Snowshoeing past and present will be the topic of the free program Tuesday at the Panhandle Nordic Ski & Snowshoe Club meeting. It starts at 7 p.m. at the Coeur d'Alene River Ranger District office, 2500 E. Sherman in Fernan Village. Park...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 30, 2011

SATURDAY, JAN. 29, 2011

Birds show signs of spring fever

BIRDWATCHING -- The ever-vigilant eyes of area birdwatchers are finding more to see every day. Here's this week's report from Charles Swift in Moscow: I had a smallish mixed flock of Bohemian and cedar waxwings on campus this morning. There might be more Bohemians around...

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Fishing seminars featured at Boat Show

FISHING- Even without the boat displays, anglers can justify going to the Spokane National Boat Show just to sit in on the varied list of fishing seminars. The show is on today and running through Feb. 5 at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Bass,...

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Dine for birds with CdA Audubon

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- If you have a love for birds, make time in your Valentines Day for the Coeur d'Alene Audubon Society's Midwinter Banquet, Feb. 14, at the Greenbriar Inn, 315 Wallace Ave., in Coeur d’Alene. Cost: $35. Reservations due by Feb. 7 to Coeur...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

An angler reels in a rainbow trout at Lake Roosevelt. (Rich Landers)

Shore still hot for Roosevelt rainbows

FISHING -- Friends who trolled from a boat for trout at Lake Roosevelt Wednesday worked 8 hours and bagged only nine trout total for three of them. Nice fish to be sure, but that's an unusually lean day at the lake's top trout fishery this...

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WA mandatory hunter reports due Monday

HUNTING -- Washington hunters must file their season's hunting activity report by Monday for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they purchased in 2010. Whether successful or not, hunters are are required to file the reports by phone or online or face a...

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Fly-tying class geared to beginners

FLY FISHING -- Silver Bow Fly Shop is offering the last chance before spring to take a beginner fly-tying class. Learn to tie 6 reliable fly patterns with techniques that can be applied to many more. When: Feb. 7-8 Where: Silver Bow Fly Shop Instructor:...

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First salmon of season shows in Columbia

FISHING – It’s a harbinger of spring, or perhaps a harbinger of spring chinook salmon fishing. An 18-pound lower river stock spring chinook was picked up in the lower Columbia commercial sturgeon fishery on Wednesday. The fish, checked by Oregon fisheries officials, is the first...

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