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Outdoors blog archive for Sept. 23, 2015


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New supervisor named for Colville National Forest 

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Colville National Forest has a new supervisor hired from within the forest's ranks. Rodney Smoldon, currently the district ranger on the Colville's Three Rivers Ranger District, has been appointed by Jim Peña, the Pacific Northwest Region’s top Forester based in Portland....

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A sage grouse is pictured near Fallon, Nev., in 2005. (Associated Press)

What's the big deal about sage grouse? 

THREATENED SPECIES -- It's a long story, but the Associated Press has made this attempt at a summary: By MEAD GRUVERAssociated Press LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story CHEYENNE, Wyo. The Interior Department said Tuesday it won't propose federal protections for...

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