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Outdoors blog archive for June 2011


Kahlotus Ridge named national landmark

PUBLIC LANDS -- Kahlotus Ridgetop, in Washington's Franklin County is among six of the newest national natural landmarks designated by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Kahlotus Ridgetop, known for its remnant Palouse prairie, was nominated by the Washington Department of Natural Resources for the National Parks…

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Dave Gooding, left and Roy Osterhout, both of Bremerton, Wash., hits the tide flats in search of geoduck on the beach in Retsil, Wash., Friday, June 4, 2004. Gooding was not shy about getting wet for a tasty clam buried two or three feet in the sand. Hundreds of people explored Puget Sound's beaches Friday, with many more expected to head out over the weekend as the lowest tides in 19 years are revealing all sorts of unusual creatures. (Associated Press)

Getting down and dirty for goeducks

SHELLFISHING -- Seattle Times outdoor writer Mark Yuasa dove head-first into the sport of goeduck harvesting last week. Read for insight on the technique his friends have developed for gathering the heavyweight of Pacific Northwest clams.

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Spring skiing: wear your shades (Associated Press)

Mt. Bachelor opening for summer skiing

SKIING -- Mt. Bachelor ski area near Bend, Ore., will open for summer skiing and snowboarding on July 1 with expanded holiday opportunities July 2-July 4 including intermediate and advanced skiing from the summit, snow and weather conditions permitting. Mt. Bachelor will be open for…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Salmon fly fans angler's fantasies

ALMOST FISHING -- S-R colleague Jim Kershner couldn't have been more excited if he'd just landed a whopper brown trout. He came into the office gushing about the salmonfly he found fluttering on the sidewalk on his way to work. Vaguely reminiscent of the legendary…

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A motion activated camera put out by Daniel Hawthorne photographed this whitetail buck developing antlers north of Spokane in the third week of June. (Courtesy photo)

Bucks already shaping up their antlers

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- While nature seems to be wrapped up with producing this year's new crop of fawns, bucks are in the background quietly getting ready for the next mating season. Daniel Haththorne's trail cam recorded this nice whitetail buck and its blooming rack of…

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Fly fishing (Courtesy photo)

Bamboo fly rod builder to speak in Hayden

FLY FISHING -- Scott Noble, master bamboo fly rod craftsman and fly-fishing expert, will offer a show-and-tell on building handmade bamboo fly fishing rods during the noon lunch on June 28 at the Hayden Senior Center, 9428 N. Government Way, in Hayden, Idaho. RSVP: (208)…

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A "feather stick" can be the key to starting a fire in wet conditions. In this demonstration, Survival School instructor Nick Weber blows on the embers of steel wool tinder to ignite a feather stick he created with a knife by shaving curly strands of dry wood. Next he would add more feather sticks and kindling to build a fire on a platform of small logs. (Rich Landers)

EWU outdoor classes focus on leadership, survival

OUTDOOR SKILLS– Whether you’re a church group leader or a solo adventurer, you can benefit from short summer outdoor courses in skills such as rafting and kayaking offered by Eastern Washington University. Veteran outdoor recreation professor Paul Green is offering two special courses: Outdoor Leadership,…

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Time to join the group for the Dishman Hills

CONSERVATION -- Thousands of people have enjoyed the Dishman Hills Natural Area and other conservation lands in this Spokane Valley paradise, but the association that's worked to protect and preserve the area has only about 200 members. Sounds like area residents are letting others do…

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