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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2011

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2011

SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2011

Inland Northwest Land Trust annual party is Monday

CONSERVATION -- The Inland Northwest Land Trust, which works quietly with landowners to preserve the landscape with conservation easements and other methods, will hold its annual meeting and Harvest Party Monday, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Community Building lobby, 35 W. Main Ave. in Spokane. INLT…

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Hunting groups support Ore. order to shoot wolves

WILDLIFE – Three hunting groups are supporting the state of Oregon in a lawsuit trying to overturn state authority to shoot wolves that attack livestock, the Associated Press reports. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Oregon Hunters Association, and the Oregon chapter of the North…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 11, 2011

THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

Post Falls boat ramp closing for season on Monday

BOATING -- The Q’emiln Park boat launching ramp on the Spokane River in Post Falls will be closed for the season beginning Monday (Nov. 14). The ramp, situated upstream from Avista’s Post Falls Hydroelectric Development, is closed each year in mid-November because of weather conditions…

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Bull moose along the Little Spokane River in Spokane. (Mike Miller)

Where would you go to see a moose?

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A reader emailed me today asking where he could bring a friend from out-of-state to see a moose. Most of us who live in this region take moose for granted. We see them regularly, if not predictably. Seeing a moose for the…

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No virus found in B.C. salmon; testing continues

FISHERIES -- Canadian government officials said Tuesday they have found no signs of a potentially deadly, infectious salmon virus in British Columbia, according to an Associated Press report. Researchers with Simon Fraser University in British Columbia announced last month they had detected infectious salmon anemia,…

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A hole in the clouds offers the gods a spotlight view of Mount Rainier. (Rick Rocheleau)

Who's looking down on Mount Rainier?

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY -- I love this autumn photo of Mount Rainier snapped by my backcountry skiing buddy, Rick Rocheleau. Even Seattle residents tell me they can't remember seeing a hole in the clouds so perfectly poised over the state's highest peak.

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A skier near the summit of Big Mountain at Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana glides by the signature snow ghosts with the peaks of Glacier National Park in the background.  (Brian Schott / Associated Press)

Resort proposes putting powder days in spotlight

SKIING – Whitefish Mountain Resort is proposing putting up beacons in downtown Whitefish to signal skiers when there are ideal conditions at Big Mountain. The Missoulian reports resort marketing director Nick Polumbus presented the idea to the Whitefish City Council. Under the proposal, a pair…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 8, 2011

In this Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 photo provided by the South Florida Water Management District, workers are shown holding a nearly 16-foot long Burmese Python that was captured and killed in Everglades National Park, Fla. The Python had recently consumed a 76-lb. adult female deer. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida.  (Associated Press)

Everglades python not a dainty eater

SNAKES -- Assuming you've eaten your breakfast, check out the AP photo from Everglades National Park showing the capacity of a Burmese python for consuming an ENTIRE deer -- whole. Indeed, they kill alligators, great blue herons and full-grown deer, but Florida wildlife officials say…

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Idaho wolf trapping season opens Nov. 15

PREDATORS -- Hunters and their guns have not been particularly effective in controlling wolf numbers in Idaho in the two seasons that have been held over the past three years. This month, wildlife managers will turn to trappers to do the job. The first wolf…

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