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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 7, 2014

Flamingos gather at lagoons in the high Andes of South America.   (Pacific Biodiversity Institute)

Birding, fly fishing programs presented this week

OUTGROUPS – Inland Northwest outdoors groups have drummed up some good stuff for their monthly free programs. Among this week’s offerings are: • Trans-America touring and local bicycling programs will be discussed by three speakers, 6:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Riverview Retirement Center, 2117…

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THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Tracks in a skiff of snow on a tree stump indicate the arrival and departure of a small bird. Considering the birds most frequently seen in that area, the tracks likely were made by a chickadee or an Oregon junco. (Rich Landers)

Tracks: wildlife stories in the snow

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- The weather presented only one brief opportunity for good tracking conditions through fresh snow during the nine-day Washington modern firearms elk hunting season that ended on Sunday. Fresh snow is to hunters what the pages of a book are to voracious readers.…

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Dishman Hills Cliff Trail heads to this area. (Spokane Mountaineers)

Volunteers needed for Dishman Hills trail work

HIKING -- The Dishman Hills Conservancy and Spokane Mountaineers plan to complete a new stretch of trail this weekend linking conservancy lands with the Glenrose Conservation Futures Area managed by Spokane County. The Cliffs Trail needs another 500 feet of new construction to finish up…

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 5, 2014


A whitetail doe, illegally shot from a public road, lies dead in the yard of a home in Idaho's Clearwater region.  The doe was feeding with her two fawns in the yard between the residence and the garage. The shot was down the driveway and across the mowed lawn with a .30-caliber rifle. The unknown shooters fled the scene and left the deer to rot. The fawns fed next to the dead doe until officers removed the carcass. (Idaho Department of Fish and Game )

Road hunting bruises image of sportsmen 

HUNTING -- Hunters and joyriders who discharge firearms from vehicles are killing the sport of hunting a shot at a time. Idaho Fish and Game officers in the Clearwater Region report they are getting reports of road shooting every day. Imagine sitting in your house…

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Grizzly bear cub in Montana huckleberries during autumn. (Jaimie Johnson)

Bedtime coming soon for grizzly cub

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- This grizzly bear cub photographed last month by Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson appears to have had a great first year in the field. In a few weeks, depending on the weather, this cub, its sibling and mother will be snuggling into…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 4, 2014





Video: mountain biker rocks on this ride

MOUNTAIN BIKING -- A new flick, The Ridge, by mountain-biking trick rider Danny Macaskill is one of the most beautifully filmed to date. Macaskill climbs aboard a mountain bike and returns to his native home of the Isle of Skye in Scotland to take on…

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MONDAY, NOV. 3, 2014


Pretty Faces is an all-female ski film.

Women rule slopes in flick at GU

WINTERSPORTS -- A film celebrating an all-female cast of skiers will screen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, at Gonzaga University, Wolff Auditorium. (See trailer below) Pretty Faces is a film celebrating women who thrive in the snow. Pro big mountain skier and SheJumps…

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Yocum Lake is near Newport, Wash. (U.S. Forest Service)

Access changes at Yocum Lake 

FISHING -- Motor vehicle access to Yocum Lake from Forest Service Road 1900096 (Coachman Road) will be closed beginning Tuesday in an effort to curb the abuses to the land and lake in recent years. Vehicle access to Yocum lake will still be available via…

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FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 2014


THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

A blue jay is attracted by peanuts at a feeder in northwest Spokane. Up through the 1990s, blue jays were considered very rare east of the Rocky Mountains. But the birds have been expanding their range and settling into the Inland Northwest. Coeur d'Alene Auduboners have documented nesting jays in their area and even hybrids from interbreeding between blue jays and native Steller's jays. (Tom Munson)

Video: Eastern blue jays have taste for West 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Eastern blue jays have been trickling across the Rockies to the West for years. Birders are resigned to the invasion, saving them driving miles for an addition to their life list. Montana outdoor photographer Jaimie Johnson captured the feeding ways of this…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 29, 2014


Coach Jon Beresford, explains to a couple of the Silver Mountain SMART students, that by bending your knees over your ankles you can turn more smoothly, during their training session Jan. 12.
 (Barbara Minton / The Spokesman-Review)

Resorts offer ski passes to fifth graders

WINTERSPORTS – Once again, fifth-grade students are being treated like royalty at most Inland Northwest ski resorts, with free skiing and other discounts. The Fifth Grade Ski or Ride Free Passport, costs $20, entitles students to three free lift tickets at each of the participating…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 28, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014


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