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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014


MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane and Bob Jones pose with their snowmobiles  at the world's biggest gold pan in Nome. 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 18

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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FILE - A June 8, 2010 photo shows a wood tick - or dog tick - clinging to a pencil used for scale, in Springfield, Ill.  Hantavirus, West Nile, Lyme disease and now, bubonic plague. The bugs of late summer are biting, although the risk of getting many of these scary-sounding diseases is very small. Lyme Disease is spread through ticks, the symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue and a bulls-eye rash. (Chris Young / The State Journal-register)

'Tis the season for ticks 

HIKING -- If you're heading out to explore the lowland natural areas around Eastern Washington, be warned that it's time to be using some DEET insect repellent on your neck and cuffs of shirt and pants, and going "nerdy" by tucking those pant-legs into your…

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SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Josh Rindal of Spokane comes by a unique rock uplift on the Iditarod Trail with Little McKinley in the background. 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 17

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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Hunting, fishing seminars set at Big Horn Show

HUNTING/FISHING -- A good lineup of hunting and fishing seminars is scheduled in the background of 250 exhibitors at the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show that runs Thursday-Sunday (March 20-23) at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Programs cover elk calling and archery techniques,…

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SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 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 16

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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FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014

Bundled for the bitter cold, Josh Rindal of Spokane passes the Mile 709 marker on the historic portion of Alaska's Iditarod Trail between Unalakleet and Shaktoolik during his 1,400 mile snowmobile trek from Anchorage to Nome with Bob Jones of Kettle Falls.  (Robert Jones)

Iditarod snowmobile Diary: Day 15

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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In this 1987 photo released by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a wolf stands in the snow near Ishpeming, Mich. Once hunted to near extinction, gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and the northern Rocky Mountains have rebounded. (courtesy)

Wolves hot topics, targets this week

PREDATORS -- Wolves are in the news and on the agenda this week In Idaho today: Idaho’s Senate Resources and Environment Committee scheduled a hearing of House Bill 470, legislation authorizing Gov. Otter’s “Wolf Control Board,” today, March 14, at 1:30 p.m. (MDT). Today, the…

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Lawmakers leave 3 unconfirmed on wildlife panel

WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT -- The Washington Senate's Natural Resources and Parks Committee took the time to hold confirmation hearings on three Fish and Wildlife Commission members, but they never bothered to vote yea or nay. But the way the commission operates, members appointed a governor can…

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River otter in Kettle River. (J. Foster Fanning)

Photos: River otters thriving in Kettle River 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- "I had a rare treat today (March 13)," says J. Foster Fanning of Curlew. "Came across a family of four river otters enjoying the warm, late winter's afternoon and nearly ice-free Kettle River upstream from Curlew, Wash. "While they were curious about…

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THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Josh Rindal poses by a marten set in deep snow along the Iditarod Trail on the Kaltag Portage between Kaltag and Unalakleet. 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 14

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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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

Sunset as seen from the porch of the Tripod Flat BLM Cabin on the Kaltag Portage along the Iditarod Trail.  Back-lit ice crystals cause the dynamic effect in the sky. Josh Rindal of Spokane 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 13

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 11, 2014

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