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Outdoors blog archive for Oct. 2014

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

FRIDAY, OCT. 24, 2014

LaFawn Sutton poses with the whitetail buck in velvet she killed during the archery season on her family’s property north of Spokane in September. (Rich Landers)

Photo contest focused on women hunters

OUTPHOTO – Washington’s modern rifle elk season opens Saturday, giving sportsmen another chance to put aside the rifle, pick up the camera and snap a good photo of the girl or woman out for the hunt. For the fourth year, the Washington Department of Fish…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 23, 2014

Andrus favors Boulder-White Clouds monument

PUBLIC LANDS -- While a Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, requests a little more time to persuade his party's naysayers to let him usher in a new Idaho wilderness, former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus says it's time for action: Andrus urges Idaho Boulder-White Clouds be named…

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 21, 2014

Yakima River stretch opening for coho

FISHING -- A coho fishing season will open on the “middle” Yakima River on Wednesday, Oct. 22, -- for both hatchery and wild fish, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. Location: From the Interstate 82 bridge at Union Gap to the “closed…

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This 50-pound fall chinook salmon was caught in September using downriggers and plug-cut herring on the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Hanford Reach fall chinook still on the bite

FISHING -- "The number of anglers fishing for salmon in the Hanford Reach continues to slowly decline but the fishing remains excellent with 2.7 fall chinook landed per boat," says Paul Hoffarth, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department Columbia River biologist in the Tri-Cities. An estimated…

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Brad McQuarrie of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is seeking an expansion to put runs on the mountain’s Northwest face.

Mt. Spokane ski area expansion meeting Nov. 19 10 

STATE PARKS -- The controversial proposal to expand the downhill ski area at Mount Spokane State Park will get another public hearing in Spokane Valley next month. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has announced a special evening public meeting to take testimony about…

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