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Outdoors blog archive for July 2011


A climber learns the ropes during a UClimb rock climbing event at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls in July 2010. (Jon Jonkers)

UClimb: learn to have a life on the rocks

ROCK CLIMBING – A fun-oriented, low-key weekend event to introduce people to the sport of rock climbing is set for July 23-24 at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. The annual UClimb ( sponsored by Mountain Gear recruits professional climbers who teach and encourage beginners to...

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Prince William and wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge take a canoe ride with elder Francois Paulette, left, from the Fort Smith area at Lake Blatchford, Canada, lodge on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.
 (Associated Press)

Royal honeymooners resort to paddling

CANOEING -- Prince William and wife Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have been muscling their way through the Prince Edward Island portion of their Royal Tour of Canada this week. First they competed against each other in Dragonboat races, digging in with paddles...

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Slow start to upper Columbia chinook fishing

SALMON FISHING -- High water and gusty winds hindered the opening weekend of chinook salmon fishing on the upper Columbia River. The Wenatchee World reports the water was rough and fishermen say they’re getting few bites. Glen Sagdal of East Wenatchee said he and a...

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Rigby man named to Idaho Fish and Game Commission

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT — Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter named a 60-year-old Rigby man to the seven-member Idaho Fish and Game Commission, the Associated Press reports Kenny Anderson replaces Cameron Wheeler of Ririe, whose term expired June 30. Among the issues Anderson will help decide is management...

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Rufus Woods trout game for almost any lure

FISHING -- While many river anglers are in a deep funk over the unusually high water, fishermen focused on Lake Rufus Woods been coming home with huge smiles -- and even bigger fish -- for several weeks. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of fish released...

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Mike Rule, wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, points out migration and nesting patterns to a visitor at Turnbull Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. (Christopher Anderson / The Spokesman-Review)

Turnbull Refuge offers tours, activities Saturday

NATURE -- Turnbull Wildlife Refuge staff and volunteers are leading several tours, walks and activities Saturday to coincide with the annual Jubilee in nearby Cheney. Pre-register with group leaders for details and meeting places. 8 a.m: A two-hour morning walk around the Pine Lakes area...

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Mountain goat on Scotchman Peak. (Phil Hough)

Snow sloggers find company on Scotchman Peak

HIKING -- Deb Hunsicker and Phil Hough know their way around Scotchman Peak northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. As members of the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness the couple has hiked up the namesake peak numerous times. Their intimacy with the mountain paid off...

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Mount Baker, meadows and beautiful sunrises await hikers at Welcome Pass. (Jason Racey / Washington Trails Association)

Climber's body found on Mount Baker

MOUNTAINEERING -- Searchers have found the body of a woman who fell and was missing Saturday while climbing on Mount Baker on northwestern Washington. The Whatcom County sheriff’s office says 34-year-old Sheryl Costello, of Golden, Colo., had reached the summit of the 10,781-foot mountain on...

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These Diamond Pack wolf pups triggered a remote camera stationed in northeastern Washington by the Washington Department of Natural Resources in cooperation with the state Fish and Wildlife Department. The motion-triggered cameras help monitor wolf movements and numbers.  (Washington Department of Natural Resources)

Fourth breeding wolf pack confirmed in Washington

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Washington’s fourth documented breeding wolf pack has been confirmed, this one in Kittitas County, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Depatment just announced. Last month, agency biologists caught, attached a radio collar and released an adult female wolf that was lactating, indicating she...

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Three moose stand along Interstate 90 near Liberty Lake early in the morning on July 5, 2011. State Fish and Wildlife police used paintball guns to chase them away from the traffic. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Paintball guns deter I-90 moose at Liberty Lake

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Nevermind the Tasers and high-powered weaponry in their vehicles. When law enforcement officers arrived around 6 this morning to deal with three moose on Interstate 90 near Liberty Lake, they were armed with guns you can buy at a toy store. Washington...

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Woman drowns rafting Wenatchee River

RIVER RUNNING -- A 69-year-old Chelan County woman drowned Sunday while on a guided rafting trip on the Wenatchee River. The Wenatchee World says Sharon G. Hughes was one of seven family members and a guide in a raft that hit log jam in the...

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