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Outdoors blog archive for April 2014


A morel mushroom emerges in full "bloom" on April 29, 2014. (Ken Vanden Heuvel )

There's a morel to this story

MUSHROOMING -- Let's see, April's cool rainy weather has evolved to sunshine and warming. It's prime time for mushrooming! Hot spots, so to speak, for finding morel mushrooms are areas that have burned in the past few years. But Ken Vanden Heuvel snapped the photo…

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A geocache.

BLM seeks ban on geocaches in wilderness 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is trying to get geocaches removed from wilderness and environmentally sensitive areas in Central Oregon. Geocaches are the containers at the end of high-tech treasure hunts undertaken by hobbyists. They use GPS devices or smartphones to…

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Squirrel takes 10. (Phil Hough)

Readers photos capture the outdoor moment

PHOTOGRAPHY -- Readers have shown their talents, outdoor savvy, enthusiasm and good humor with the photos they've submitted to our Outdoors Reader Photos Page. The flurry of squirrel photos triggered by the submission (above) by Phil Hough of Sandpoint was a hoot. Check out all…

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The Spokane River, dubbed Long Lake or Lake Spokane behind the Long Lake Dam, pools behind the dam, which generates the most power of any dam on the river, Tuesday, July 9, 2008.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Lake Spokane water levels to drop tonight 

BOATING -- Avista Utilities will start lowering the water level of Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) today by an additional one and one-half feet to facilitate work downstream of the company’s Long Lake Dam, the company has just announced. By Thursday morning, May 1, the…

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Naples men guilty in cougar case

POACHING -- Poachers sometimes get off lightly with their local courts for illegally killing fish and game in the region's hinterlands. But when you participate in a wildlife crime that crosses state lines, you're violating the Lacey Act, which sets you up for federal law…

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Skiers found powder snow for the Nov. 16 opening of the 2013-2014 season at Washington's Stevens Pass Ski Resort. (courtesy)

Stevens Pass Ski Area reports record season

WINTERSPORTS -- More than 406,000 guests visited Stevens Pass ski area last winter making 2013-14 its largest season since visits have been electronically tracked. While much of the West Coast saw below average snowfall, Stevens Pass surpassed its 450-inch average with a seasonal total of…

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Signs posted by the Idaho Panhandle National Forests requesting that shooters be responsible for cleaning up their mess at a target shooting site near Hayden Creek were destroyed by gunfire within a few months during the summer of 2013.   (U.S. Forest Service)

Unethical marksmen shooting sport in the foot 

SHOOTING -- Shooters have a widespread issue to deal with, regardless of their perspective on the mind-boggling surge in firearms sales in recent years and movements that have liberalized the application of firearms in national parks and college campuses. No one can deny that there's…

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Film: fascinating insight on obstacles to migration

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Last week, Wyoming researchers released their report on the longest mule deer migration in the world, which was happening virtually unrealized for who knows how long. This amazing short video, using remote camera photography, illustrates the man-made obstacles these mule deer must…

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MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014

Mike Berube, right, watches Dan Ferguson tie his version of an October Caddis pattern. Both men are Spokane Fly Fishers members who contribute to the club's annual Fly Fishing School. (Rich Landers)

Inland Northwest fishing clubs listed

FISHING -- Join the group! Here's a list of Inland Northwest fishing-related clubs: Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club Inland Empire Bass Club Inland Empire Fly Fishing Club Inland Northwest Wildlife Council North Idaho Pike Association Kelly Creek Fly Casters North Idaho Fly Casters Panhandle Bass…

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Fish on! Anglers get some action from the dock of Klink's Williams Lake Resort on the opening day of Washington's lowland lake fishing season. (Rich Landers)

Results from opening day fishing lakes

FISHING -- A mixed bag of weather couldn't keep anglers from reaping a fine harvest of trout Saturday and Sunday during the opening weekend of Washington's lowland lake fishing season. Check out these results from Washington Fish and Wildlife Department creel checks for a hint…

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FRIDAY, APRIL 25, 2014

Wild steelhead. (Associated Press)

State settles hatchery steelhead lawsuit

FISHING – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife reached an agreement with the Wild Fish Conservancy today that stops the lawsuit over the state's Puget Sound hatchery programs for 2½ years and permits the release of hatchery steelhead this spring into the Skykomish River.…

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