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Outdoors blog archive for June 9, 2011


Most state offices closed Friday for furloughs

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Friday will be another furlough day for many Washington state employees. Washington Fish and Wildlife Department employees and offices are included, except that fish and wildlife police officers and other enforcement officers statewide are exempt. Friday is the last of 10 unpaid…

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Trillium -- would this be a winnner in the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks hiker photo contest? (Deb Hunsicker)

Scotchman friends honor shutterbugs on hikes

HIKING -- The annual summer series of group hikes organized by the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness will is giving participants something to focus on besides exploring potential wilderness areas in the Cabinet Mountains northeast of Lake Pend Oreille. Each volunteer-led hike has its…

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Loose dogs killing livestock in Stevens County

PREDATORS -- Stevens County officials have ranted about wolves and endorsed a coyote hunting contest, but free-running dogs are making the headlines for destruction to livestock and pets. According to the Association Press, after the latest attack by a pack of wild dogs killed a…

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The Slavin Conservation area, like many of the areas preserved by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program, are close to Spokane, enabling visitors such as these Spokane Mountaineers, to make quick visits even on weekday evenings after work.  (Rich Landers)

Don't be creeped out by ticks; be proactive 

CREEPY CRITTERS -- With a local girl being diagnosied with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it's worthwhile for outdoors enthusiasts to reup our precautions against tick bites. Following is my Thursday column on ticks and precautions against tick bites. However, the following blog version includes numerous…

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.

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