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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26, 2014

Steelheading to close on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Steelhead fishing will close on Monday, March 31, on the Columbia River and tributaries above Rock Island Dam, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced. Most steelhead will be spawning beginning in April, the agency said in a release, and the closure…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2014


Meadow Creek Cabin, Clearwater National Forest. (U.S. Forest Service)

Clearwater National Forest proposes fee increases

PUBLIC LANDS -- Anyone who'd been paying attention to the federal budget and cutbacks in recreation funding shouldn't be surprised at today's announcement from the Clearwater National Forest. Officials propose to raise fees at 29 campgrounds and cabin/lookout rentals. Nez Perce–Clearwater National Forests Propose Recreation…

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014



Following wild turkey tracks. (Tina Wynecoop)

Time to start locating a gobbler

HUNTING -- The 2014 spring gobbler seasons are coming up: WASHINGTON Youth turkey season -- April 5-6 General spring gobbler season -- April 15-May 31 IDAHO Youth turkey season -- April 8-14. General spring gobbler season -- April 15-May 25.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2014

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2014

This illustration provided by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on March 18, 2014 shows the dinosaur Anzu wyliei. The birdlike animal, about 7 feet tall, weighed an estimated 500 pounds when it roamed western North America around 66-68 million years ago. Nicknamed the "chicken from hell," the creature was formally introduced with an official name to the scientific community Wednesday, March 19, 2104 as scientists published a description and analysis of its anatomy. (Mark Klingler / AP Photo/Carnegie Museum of Natural History)

Wild chicken from hell once roamed Dakotas

WILDLIFE -- Looks like hunters missed out on some impressive big game by being latecomers to North America. Chicken from hell once roamed the Dakotas For nearly a decade, scientists have been trying to piece together bones discovered in a sedimentary rock layer known as…

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Fly fishing the Coeur d'Alene River on March 20, 2014. (Sean Visintainer / Silver Bow Fly Shop)

Calm before runoff beckons fly fishers 

FISHING -- Skies are clearing, river flows are down -- we're entering the window of opportunity to fish hatches that flourish before runoff. Here's a post from Sean Visintainer, a Spokane Valley guide who was on the local favorite North Idaho cutthroat stream on Thursday…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2014

Seven Summits climber speaks Friday at REI

CLIMBING -- Looking for a diversion from basketball? Check this out: Friday (March 21): John Mauro, the 65th American to climb the highest peak on all seven continents, will recount his expeditions, including his 2013 ascent of Everest, 7 p.m., at REI,1125 N. Monroe. He…

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Western gray wolf photographed in Montana. (Tracy Brooks / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Lawmakers pressure Jewell to keep wolf protections 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Federal lawmakers pressed Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Wednesday to drop the administration’s plan to end federal protections for gray wolves across most of the Lower 48 states. Seventy-four House members signed onto a Wednesday letter to Jewell that cited a peer-review…

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Tundra swans take off from feeding grounds on Mike Schlepp’s property in Harrison, Idaho, on Wednesday. About 3,000 swans are using the feeding grounds. (Kathy Plonka)

Top 10 ways to help birds this spring

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Spring migration is kicking into high gear as birds move, sometimes for thousands of miles, from wintering areas to settle into their breeding territory. Birders know the beauty and excitement of the migrations also must be balanced with concern for the birds…

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014

Josh Rindal on the Iditarod Trail between Elim and Koyuk coming south.  This section went out onto the sea ice for a few miles, where it made it's way between some unusual rock formations along the land and some unusual broken-ice conditions on the sea. Rindal and Bob Jones of Kettle Falls were snowmobiling 1,400-miles along the route of Alaska's famous Iditarod Sled Dog Race in March 2014. (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 20

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

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TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014

After getting stuck along the Iditarod Trail, Josh Rindal of Spokane rigs up for a tow from Bob Jones.

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 19

SNOWMOBILING -- Bob Jones of Kettle Falls and Josh Rindal of Spokane are repeating their effort to follow Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race by snowmobile in February and March 2014. See the complete diary and photos from their 2012 trip -- which marked Jones's 14th…

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Colville Valley high school students hike through the 19 acres of woods surrounding the Colville Fish Hatchery, purchased by Stevens County to be used for science studies. (Rich Landers)

Colville Hatchery site a natural jewel

CONSERVATION -- My Sunday Outdoors feature story focused on the Colville Fish Hatchery and how it's been transformed into a science classroom for the area's high school students. But it can't be overemphasized that the hatchery Stevens County acquired from the Washington Fish and Wildlife…

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