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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

Idaho House backs hunter 'loyalty discounts’ 

HUNTING -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game won House approval to give hunters and anglers a break on their licenses, provided they buy them year after year. The agency needs approval from the state legislature to change hunting and fishing license fees. Representatives…

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Italy's Lukas Hofer shoots on his way to win the bronze medal in the mixed biathlon relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.  (Lee Jin-man / Associated Press)

Sport of contrasts: ski hard, shoot straight

WINTER SPORTS -- Biathlon is a sport that mixes the oil and water of revving up the heartbeat with aerobic cross-country skiing and then asking your circulatory system to calm down instantly for precise marksmanship with the .22-caliber rifle you must carry with a special…

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Boys ride their bicycles on the Fish Lake Trail bridge over Interstate 90 near the bottom of the Sunset Hill at the west end of Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Regional Trails Plan is foundation for growth

TRAILS -- The big effort recently invested in updating Spokane County's 2008 Regional Trails Plan has resulted in maps and details important to everyone from hikers to developers. The Spokane County Commissioners approved the updated plan on Tuesday. The goal of the plan has always…

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TUESDAY, FEB. 18, 2014

The Tucannon River, flowing out of the Blue Mountains near Dayton, Wash., supports a range of fisheries at adjacent lakes. (Associated Press)

Tucannon River fishing to close March 1

FISHING -- All fishing on the Tucannon River, including fishing for hatchery steelhead and whitefish, will close March 1 through June 6, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has announced. Reason for action: A large component of Tucannon River wild steelhead enters the river in…

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A clump of buttercups are among the first flowers of the coming season. (Mike Prager)

Buttercups defy winter to pave way for spring

NATURE -- Less than two weeks after single-digit temperatures chilled the region, the cheery buttercups -- bold, ground-hugging harbingers of spring -- were blooming in profusion around the Dishman Hills Natural area, according to Jeff Lambert of the Dishman Hills Conservancy.

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Skiers, snowshoers to play best hands

WINTER SPORTS – Take a gamble on the hand you’re dealt to win prizes at the Panhandle Nordic Club’s 23rd annual Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe event Saturday, Feb. 22, starting at noon at Fourth of July Pass. Skiers will do an 8-kilometer course…

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Colville Tribe names new fish, wildlife director

WILDLIFE -- Randall Friedlander has been hired as the new director of the Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department. Friedlander served as interim director for the past year, replacing former director Joe Peone, who left the job unceremoniously. Friedlander oversees about 130 employees and a…

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MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

They're back! Red-winged blackbirds are harbingers of spring.
 (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Bird migrations kicking into gear

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The spring bird migration often subtly comes to our attention. Other times, it's obvious even to the casual observer. Here's a head's up from the weekend by birder Terry Gray in the Palouse: Today in east Moscow there were many American Robins…

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