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Outdoors blog archive for Aug. 2011

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

The trees and vegetation are scheduled to be removed on the dike at the north end of McDowell Lake in the Little Pend Oreille National Wildlife Refuge southeast of Colville starting in fall 2011. (Rich Landers)

Trees to be cut off McDowell Lake levy

PUBLIC LANDS -- The dikes and levies along the Coeur d'Alene River near North Idaho College and along Lewiston aren't the only areas where trees are scheduled to be cut by order of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The trees and woody vegetation is...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2011

MONDAY, AUG. 22, 2011

Multi-sport race to debut at Plante's Ferry

EVENTS -- A new multi-sport race in the Spokane Valley will put three-person teams to the test of paddling on the Spokane River, mountain biking on Beacon Hill and running on the Centennial Trail. The Plante’s Ferry Adventure Race is set for Sept. 18, sponsored...

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SATURDAY, AUG. 20, 2011

Mosquitoes are among the biggest outdoor annoyances, whether you’re camping or just enjoying a quiet evening in the backyard. (The Spokesman-Review)

West Nile virus found in Yakima mosquito

OUTDOOR HAZARDS -- The state Health Department says the West Nile virus was found in a mosquito collected Tuesday in Yakima County -- the first sign of the disease this year in Washington. No human cases have been identified this year, but there were two...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

No Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishery this year

SALMON FISHING -- The return of sockeye salmon to Lake Wenatchee is not strong enough to allow a recreational fishery in the lake this year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced. Although more than 185,000 sockeye have passed Bonneville Dam this year,...

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Lake Roosevelt water levels trending down

COLUMBIA RIVER -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1286 feet this morning. High pool is 1290. For the next week, the level of Lake Roosevelt is anticipated to continuing dropping gradually, the Bureau of Reclamation reports. The predicted level of the lake by the...

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Project returns bluebirds to San Juan Islands

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A five-year project has succeeded in returning the Western bluebird to Washington’s San Juan Islands. The bird had historically inhabited the islands, but changing land use practices and a paucity of nesting sites meant the species had not nested there for over...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011

Brian Johnson tips a giant red band trout from his net into a bucket in a deep hole in the north channel of the Spokane River Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011. Johnson works for EES Consulting, which is a contractor on the Avista Utilities project to install a series of concrete weirs, shaped and camouflaged to blend into the rocky landscape, that will reroute the flow pattern of water through river channels in downtown Spokane. The result will be a more natural flow through a series of pools and away from several man-made alterations to the river channels. The changes are part of the relicensing agreements for Avista's dams on the Spokane River. The crew from EES was removing the fish from pools being pumped dry before work begins nearby. (Jesse Tinsley)

Redband trout net-rescued at Spokane Falls 

FISHING -- The Spokane River's struggling native redband trout are in the news for more reasons that one this week. As stream flows hit their seasonal lows in the Spokane River, Avista Utilities begins a to-do list of work on their dams and on the...

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Aggressive mountain goat reported in North Cascades

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- Hikers in the Teanaway area of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest are being warned to watch out for an aggressive mountain goat. Spokeswoman Nancy Jones says the forest has received six or seven complaints since June, most recently last weekend. The goat is...

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