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Outdoors blog archive for June 2, 2011


Free forest access Saturday for Trails Day

PUBLIC LANDS – Saturday is a thrifty time to visit Washington and Oregon national forests that require an access pass for popular recreation sites. In honor of National Trails Day, the Pacific Northwest Region of the Forest Service will waive the fees at sites that…

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Washington wolf plan calls for 15 packs in state

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- There's something for everyone to dislike in Washington's revised draft Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. The number of breeding packs needed statewide before endangered species protections could be lifted is increased from nine to 15. Landowners would have few restrictions on shooting…

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Brenda Christensen, right, of Athol and Bill Hingley of Victoria, B.C. celebrate crossing the finish line at the NIC Challenge race at Farragut State Park Saturday, May 7, 2005. It's the first of its kind in North Idaho, a team crosscountry adventure race in which participants were running, kayaking and biking around Farragut State Park.  (Jesse Tinsley)

NIC's challenging adventure race June 18

ADVENTURE RACING -- The seventh annual NIChallenge adventure sprint race is coming up to challnge teams of two or four to a 3-5 hour workout that involves paddling, trail running and mountain biking, special challenges and navigation trials. When: 9 a.m., June 18 Where: At…

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A shad is reeled in by an angler on the Columbia River. Well over a million American shad run up the Columbia each summer.

Commercial netters to target Columbia shad

FISHERIES -- The Columbia River's non-native and under-exploited American shad is finally going to face some fishing pressure this year. When the 3-pound shad swarm in by the hundreds of thousands this summer to spawn they'll be met by Indian and non-Indian commercial fishers wielding…

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No box with pouch wine geared to outdoors

CAMPING -- The people who make Clif Bars, the on-the-go energy food, have introduced a product for consumption after the climbing, backpacking and other active sports are done for the day. The Clif Family Winery's new Climber Pouch features a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon…

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