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Outdoors blog archive for Jan. 1, 2014

SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014






THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014


Todd Crossett, of Sandpoint, loads his shopping cart with skis, boots and poles as he searches for bargains  at the 2007 Mount Spokane Ski Patrol Ski Swap at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. He was shopping for two families that included seven people. 
 (Photos by DAN PELLE / The Spokesman-Review)

Pre-season ski swaps great for gearing up

WINTERSPORTS – Used equipment and new but year-old products will be coming out of closets and warehouses for great deals at annual ski- and winter-gear swaps in the next two week. The following fundraisers help finance area ski patrols and racing groups: 49 Degrees North…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014


At an elevation of about 10,900 feet, the Beartooth Pass offers early- and late-season backcountry skiing opportunities.  (Casey Riffe / Billings Gazettte)

Winter knocks: Beartooth Pass closed for season

WINTERSPORTS -- Winter conditions are finally starting to bare their teen in the high mountains. Beartooth Pass on the Montana-Wyoming border is closed for the winter and significant snowfall is forecast today for the Washington Cascades. Forecasters say 3-to-7 inches of snow are possible in…

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A mule deer roams through an area burned by the summer 2014 Carlton Complex fires in northcentral Washington. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Role of wildfire topic of Colville program

FORESTS -- A burning issue will be discussed in Colville on Oct. 22: “Fires and Forests, East of the Cascade Divide” will be presented by John F. Marshall sponsored by the Panorama chapter of the Society of American Foresters, Northeast Chapter of the Washington Farm…

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TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014




MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014

The gray wolf is an apex predator roaming the Inland Northwest, along with the grizzly bear and mountain lion. Elusive wolves sometimes reveal their presence with a howl. (Associated Press)

Wolf shot in Whitman County; charges pending 151 

Updated 8 p.m. with response from state Fish and Wildlife police chief. ENDANGERED SPECIES -- A farmer is being investigated in the shooting of a gray wolf in Whitman County on Sunday. The wolf was shot southwest of Pullman, said Washington Department of Fish and…

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Fishing guide Pete Paolino negotiates his jet boat through a rough rapid on the Snake River near the Washington-Oregon border as he shuttles his anglers to another steelhead fishing hole. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Gas prices drop 9 cents in a week

HUNTING/FISHING -- Declining fuel prices are good news for hunters in the peak of the fall seasons as well as for steelhead anglers pulling boats to the big rivers: The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has dropped for 18 straight days to a…

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A wolverine is seen in Glacier National Park. The wolverine will not be gaining threatened-species status. (Associated Press)

Wildlife groups sue for wolverine protections 

ENDANGERED SPECIES -- Making it three-in-a-row posts on environmental lawsuits --- a coalition of advocacy groups today challenged the government’s denial of federal protections for the snow-loving wolverine, filing a lawsuit that contends officials ignored evidence a warming climate will eliminate denning areas for the…

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A cow moose rests with her twins in the Ponderosa neighborhood. (Bob Fulton)

Ponderosa moose family livin' the life

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Moose in wild and not-so-wild areas are popular subjects for in Inland Northwest shutterbugs, as one can see in a glance on our Readers' Outdoor Photo Gallery. But some neighborhoods are more oriented to family living than others. "This moose family visits…

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Hiking as a family helps develop a love for the outdoors. 
 (Photospin / The Spokesman-Review)

Nature hikes make us happy, study confirms

HIKING -- British and American scientists have published new research showing that group nature walks help us combat stress while boosting mental well-being. Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England evaluated 1,991 participants in England’s Walking for Health program, which…

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