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Outdoors blog archive for July 22, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

Eric Weatherman is trying to save his and the 25 other privately owned cabins on leased public land at Lake Roosevelt.    (Photos by RAJAH BOSE / The Spokesman-Review)

Lake Roosevelt OKs private cabin permits

PARKS – Special use permits will continue to be issued for private vacation cabins in the Sherman Creek and Rickey Point areas of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, officials say. This decision was announced today by National Park Service officials after months of deliberation. An...

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In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt  (Associated Press)

Glacier tourism down after record season

NATIONAL PARKS – The late spring and heavy snowpack has been a downer for visitation to Glacier National Park. The National Park Service reports 266,263 people entered the park in June, down 21 percent compared to June 2010. Of course, the park attracted record crowds...

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Elsbeth Otto fords the swollen Mowich River while backpacking around Mount Rainier on the Wonderland Trail.  (Rich Landers)

Swollen streams pose obstacles to hikers

TRAILS -- Many mountain streams are still flowing higher than normal for this time of year. Hiker's setting out for hikes that require fords should call ahead and plan for possible adjustments to their routes. Routes around Mount Rainier that ford glacier-melt rivers can be...

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