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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 2011


Crystal Mountain gondola a hit

WINTER SPORTS -- People began lining up an hour before sunrise on Saturday to be among the first to ride the state’s first enclosed ski lift that takes skiers and sightseers to the top of the Crystal Mountain ski area. The new Mount Rainier Gondola...

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Silver Mountain ski instructor Diane LeBlanc, right, talks with Jim Gregory, second from right, of Cherry Hill, N.J., and Blaine Miller, third from right, of Maine, Thursday. 
 (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Ski resorts offer deals for beginners

WINTER SPORTS -- Cheap “Learn to ski and snowboard” packages are being offered this month at Silver Mountain, 49 Degrees North, Mt. Spokane and Lookout Pass. Check out the EZ Ski and Ride 1-2-3 packages, which includes three lift tickets, three rentals, and three lessons....

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Workers collect about 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings on around that fell dead from the sky this week near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Another large blackbird dieoff reported 

WILDLIFE -- After reports of thousands of dead red-winged blackbirds falling from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas on New Years Eve -- along with reports of a massive fish kill in the same area -- raised eyebrows across the nation, another bird kill is being...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 4, 2011

Rich Landers' English setter, Scout, holds point on a pair of chukar partridges during their hunt in the Snake River breaks of Washington. (Rich Landers)

Slip-sliding along the Snake River breaks 

BIRD HUNTING -- The temperature was 18 degrees this morning when I started hiking up a ridge toward the top of the Snake River canyon. Somewhere between the river and the rim I expected to find chukar partridges hunkered down and waiting for me to...

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State agencies swap East Side land

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington departments of Natural Resources and Fish and Wildlife swapped thousands of acres in a deal signed today. Generally, the trade helps each agency consolidate lands. It gives DNR more land to put to work for the benefit of state schools...

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Error in new Idaho fishing regs

FISHING -- Idaho Fish and Game Department officials are trying to get word out about an error in the new 2011 state fishing regulations. It affects anglers who fish the Coeur d'Alene River. The published rule reads as follows: Coeur d’Alene River and Tributaries (to...

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MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011

Marilyn Omler of Ponti Veterinary Clinic noticed what looked like burn marks on the pads of the immature bald eagle's large taloned feet.  It's possible the bird came in contact with powerlines, leading to its poor health.  (Tina Wynecoop)

Update on eagle rescued from river

WILDLIFE -- Much like some people you might have seen on New Year's Eve, the immature bald eagle was grounded, wings spread with its head face-down in the snow along the Little Spokane River. It was rescued after an ordeal and it's still alive Monday...

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Schweitzer Mountain Resort offers scenic views of several mountain ranges. This year, visitors can order their tickets in advance through their smart phones.  (Courtesy of Schweitzer Mountain Resort. )

Schweitzer reports hot start to season

WINTER SPORTS -- Maybe the outdoor economy isn't all doom and gloom. Schweitzer Mountain Resort today reported solid increases in visitation for December and the holidays that grace the early snow season. Overall visitation for the month of December was up 18.9 percent, while up...

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East Side fishing worth the trip

FISHING -- Sometimes it's healthy to assess our Eastern Washington bounty from the perspective of Western Washington anglers. Here's a few out-takes from the most recent fishing column by Wayne Kruse of the Daily (Everett) Herald: "It's too bad that winter tends to be so...

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A dead red-winged blackbird, one of nearly 2,000 found in Beebe, Ark., on Jan. 1, 2011. (Warren Watkins / The Daily Citizen)

Video report: Birds fall dead from sky

WILDLIFE -- The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said is still investigating why around 3,000 red-winged black birds fell from the sky and died in Beebe, Ark. The agency said its enforcement officers began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. Friday. Lightning...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 2, 2011

At the Rendezvous Hut on a very crisp 2011 New Year's Day morning: Linda, Joe, Tom, Martha and Hannah Koeske join Meredith, Brook and Hillary Landers. (Rich Landers)

Skiers chill out in warm cabin

NORDIC SKIING -- Waterbottles left against the windows froze overnight, and there was no dilly-dallying on the round-trip runs to the outhouse. But zero-degree temps couldn't deter my annual New Year's Eve family ski trek that requires a six-mile uphill ski to overnight at one...

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A whitetail doe browses on a cold morning near the Sunset Hill in west Spokane on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2010. (Todd Klement)

Cold days prime for wildlife viewing

WILDLFIE WATCHING -- Todd Klement, who lives in Spokane west of Highway 195, bought himself a pair of snowshoes for Christmas, and this morning was prime time to try them out in 9 inches of fresh powder and 0 degree temperatures. He didn't have to...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 2011

OR takes almost-bold hunter safety step

HUNTING -- Young hunters in Oregon will stand out a bit more in the crowd in 2011. But just a little bit more. The new hunter-orange clothing requirement approved in Oregon for youths under 18 that kicks in during this year's fall seasons was a...

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Snow followed by cold weather allowed Spokane City Parks to groom the Centennial Trail for cross-country skiing from Seven Mile to Bowl and Pitcher overlook for the New Year holiday. (Steven Reynolds)

Centennial Trail groomed for skiers 

NORDIC SKIING -- Cross country skiers are enjoying the rare treat of groomed trails in the city. Mike Aho of Spokane Parks and Recreation saw the gift of snow and cold weather coming before the New Year and used a snowmobile to groom tracks and...

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Washington lead restrictions advance today

ENVIRONMENT - Washington is taking another step today in giving lead the boot in the state's hunting and fishing circles. Although pheasant releases won't resume until next fall in Eastern Washington, hunters technically will be required to use nontoxic shot at the specified pheasant release...

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