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Outdoors blog archive for May 2011

TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011

Video: Lochsa River delivers whitewater thrills

RIVER RUNNING -- People lined up along Highway 12 over the Memorial Day weekend for a whitewater thrill show as rafters and kayakers challenged the big runoff waves on Idaho's Lochsa River. This YouTube video captures the action, and believe me, there's plenty to see......

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A crew of Spokane funseekers joins River Odysseys West rafting guides on the Lochsa River for premium whitewater. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Rafter dies in Lochsa River whitewater

RIVER RUNNING -- A Wisconsin man drowned while rafting on the Lochsa River on Saturday, according to a report filed today by S-R reporter Alison Boggs. This is the second rafting fatality in the region this spring, following the death of a Hauser, Idaho, man...

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Salmon River spring chinook caught in May 2011. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

Salmon River spring chinook fishing report

SALMON FISHING -- Here's today's Salmon River spring chinook salmon fishing report from Amy Sinclair of Exodus Wilderness Adventures in Riggins: The Idaho Department of Fish and Game have documented a total of 21 Chinook harvested from the Salmon River; 16 adult and 5 jacks...

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Research shows nonselective, heavy hunting--like with WA's boot hunt--leads to increased kitten mortality and potentially increased problem animals. The conversation must continue to find the best solution for cougars and people. 
 (Art Wolfe )

Cougars, wolves on Washington commission's agenda

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- Cougar management and the state Endangered Species Program are on the agenda for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Friday and Saturday in Olympia. During the two-day meeting, the commission is scheduled to hear a briefing on cougar management, including research...

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Vandalism mars the mural in the Fish Lake Rail Trail near Marshall. The dirty work was done around Friday May 27, less than two weeks after volunteers used colorful paint to fill in the outline Eastern Washington University art students devoted weeks to outline. (Courtesy photo)

Fish Lake Trail mural marred by vandals

TRAILS -- Vandalism has marred a mural in the Fish Lake Trail tunnel less than two weeks after volunteers had put all but the finishing touches on the colorful farm-to-rail scenes. Apparently on Friday night, a paint roller was used to write graffiti and ruin...

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MONDAY, MAY 30, 2011

Water surged down Meadow Creek during heavy rains on May 14-15, 2011, causing a washout on a portion of the Lake Chelan Lakeshore Trail.  Hikers could bypass the problem with some extra effort. (Paul Willard / U.S. Forest Service)

Hikers negotiating Lake Chelan Trail washout

BACKPACKING -- The big lingering snowpack and advent of warmer, wet weather is raising the pucker factor for any backpackers heading out on routes that cross streams. A point I missed in my Sunday story about hiking the Lake Chelan Shoreline Trail is that rising...

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

Slavin Conservation Area south of Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Sunday outdoors was wildlife Rich

WILDLIFE -- My day has been crawling with wildlife. 6 a.m.: Going out to get the newspaper, I see a robin chick has just broken out of its egg in the nest behind the house. Naked pink and squirming with a little shell still on...

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SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011

Second-graders from Skyway Elementary check out a Townsend’s warbler during a field trip with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Kingston, Idaho, on Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka)

Outdoor news trends from the past week

OUTDOORS TRENDS -- Compiled by Headwaters, here are a few of the past week's outdoors and environmental news stories to ponder while relaxing this weekend: USFWS study tracks lead's effect on songbirds in Idaho basin The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is studying the effects...

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FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011

Lake Roosevelt lake level chart for 5-27-11. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt water levels continue to rise

RESERVOIRS -- The Lake Roosevelt water elevation was 1,234.1 at noon today and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation predicts the level will continue to rise 1-2 feet a day through the Memorial Day weekend. The agency predicted today that the lake will be about 1,250...

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Laurie Fleming of Spokane adds muscle power to a Washington Trails Association volunteer project to improve a trail in Spokane County's Iller Creek Conservation Area. (Rich Landers)

Iller Creek trail project needs volunteers

COUNTY PARKS -- The National Trails Day weekend work project scheduled for Liberty Lake County Park has been changed to put more muscle to Spokane County’s popular Iller Creek Conservation Area up from Dishman-Mica Road. Volunteers are needed June 4 or 5 to improve the...

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On May 26, 2011, rainbow trout float dead in a net pen operated by Pacific Seafood on Lake Rufus Woods, the Columbia River reservoir downstream from Grand Coulee Dam. (Pacific Seafood)

Nature's runoff driving fish kill at Rufus Woods

FISHERIES -- Commercial net-pen-raised rainbows are dying by the hundreds of thousands from the impact of the huge runoff pouring down the Columbia River through Grand Coulee Dam -- and federal water managers say there's little they can do to help the Pacific Seafood operators....

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Trombetta Canyon boundary proposed by DNR in Colville

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will hold a public hearing in Colville regarding a proposed boundary to limit access to the Trombetta Canyon Natural Area Preserve. Trombetta Canyon, 2 miles southeast of Northport in Stevens County, is a striking geological...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

Crews trying to clear mountain passes

OUTDOOR ACCESS -- Highway crews are making headway on clearing snow from mountain passes that give outdoor enthusiasts quick access to the high country. North Cascades Highway was cleared on Wednesday and another Cascades route, Cayuse Pass, is supposed to be clear today, but many...

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Join local experts on nature hikes

NATURE -- Get more out of a walk in the woods by joining a group hike with a nature-related group. Here are two good upcoming options: Saturday, Bird Walk with Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. Join Marian Frobe, 8 a.m.-noon, for a walk around...

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