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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

TUESDAY, JAN. 14, 2014

A male wolf is released after being trapped an fitted with a radio collar on the Colville Indian Reservation onf June 5, 2012.  The Tribe named the group of wolves in the Sanpoil River region of the reservation the Nc’icn Pack, which means “grey mist as far as you can see” in the Okanogan language. (Colville Confederated Tribes)

Killing collared wolves has drawbacks

PREDATORS -- Should states that hunt wolves consider protecting wolves wearing radio or GPS collars attached by researchers? Idaho rewrites the definition of what constitutes a breeding pair of wolves Because so many radio-collared wolves have been killed in Idaho, the state is having trouble…

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The 350-acre fire on BLM land  near Fishtrap Lake Resort in 2012  burned up to the Farmer Landing trailhead west of Fishtrap Lake.  Another blaze, the Watermelon Hill Fire, burned even more of the area in 2014.
 (Rich Landers)

BLM to fight fire with fire at Fishtrap Lake

PUBLIC LANDS -- Slow-moving fires are planned for about 1,150 acres of U.S. Bureau of Land Management scablands southwest of Spokane near Fishtrap Lake starting this week to boost wildlife habitat and reduce the chance of intense wild fires during summer and fall. The Spokane…

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Jeff Zickler and Daniel Henry ascend to the summit of Mount Spokane for a pre-dawn workout, before resort lifts open, followed by a fast ski and splitboard descent. (Travis Nichols)

Recent outdoors stories in the Spokesman-Review

Ski areas confront boom of free-heeled freeloaders Backcountry Film Festival coming to Spkane, CdA Avalanche threat not apparent to victim RVs kick off outdoor show season Field reports: Free entry offered to parks, refuges Bald eagle gathering fades at Lake CdA Landers: Jurisdictional dispute puts…

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MONDAY, JAN. 13, 2014

Nachtspektakel is a nighttime ski touring social event at Mount Spokane sponsored by Mountain Gear.

Skiers to explore Mount Spokane under the stars

WINTER SPORTS -- Gather your skis, skins and headlamp for and evening of food, climbing and downhilling under the stars at Mount Spokane on Jan. 24. Mountain Gear is sponsoring Nachtspektakel (pronounced knocked-shpeck-tockle), a traditional European-style ski event that bonds people through the sport of…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 12, 2014

Backcountry Film Fest coming to Spokane, CdA

2013 Winter Wildlands Alliance Back Country Film Festival Trailer from Backcountry Film Festival on Vimeo. WINTER SPORTS -- The annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival is coming to Spokane and Coeur d'Alene courtesy of several local outdoor groups. The lineup featuring all or portions…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 11, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 10, 2014

Bryan Moss and Tracey Byrne from the Seattle area stop along the walking path in the Mima Mounds Natural Area Preserve Dec. 29, 2013, near Littlerock, Wash. Emmanuel “Manny” Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State University, states that prehistoric generations of pocket gophers created the vast fields of Mima Mounds found in south Puget Sound and in other locations around the world, a contention that is not without its critics, including local geologists and wildlife researchers. (Associated Press)

Gophers may be source of mysterious mima mounds 

LAND FORMS — A modern pest may be the answer to an ancient geological land form, according to a California geology professor who says he’s solved one of the enduring geological mysteries of the Pacific Northwest. Emmanuel “Manny” Gabet, a geomorphologist at San Jose State…

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Video: winter trolling for Lake Roosevelt trout

FISHING -- Anglers new to winter trolling for trout at Lake Roosevelt should take five-minutes to view a video produced by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Chris Donley, the agency's inland fisheries manager and a Spokane County native, offers general guidelines to help…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

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