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Outdoors blog archive for July 2016

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016

A mountain lion, also known as a cougar. (Associated Press)

Wyoming targets cougars to boost mule deer

PREDATORS -- A predator management project is hitting a few snags, according to National Geographic: Research-driven mountain lion management taking hold in Wyoming Since 2007, Wyoming has been aggressively trying to reduce its mountain lions in many areas to support mule deer populations and reduce…

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Participants in the annual Pend Oreille Poker Paddle have a tradition of having fun while traveling 32 miles downstream on the Pend Oreille River in two days from Usk to Ione.  (Eileen Dugger )

Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle Aug. 13

WATERSPORTS –The 35th annual Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle, featuring non-motorized vessels ranging from sleek kayaks to parade-float creations, is set for Aug. 13. The event will start at 8 a.m. at Pioneer Park Campground at Newport and finish 15 miles downstream at Usk by…

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This photo taken Friday shows the Aegean with crew members at the start of a yacht race. (Associated Press)

Top 10 boat names for 2016 

WATERSPORTS -- A boat name can reveal much about the personality of a boat owner. Are they into fishing? Reel Therapy on the boat’s transom certainly shows it. Do they have kids in school? What College Fund? says it well. Like to sing? In Harmony...

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Towell Falls on Rock Creek in the Escure Ranch south of Sprague, Wash., managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. (Mary Aegerter)

BLM closes Towell Falls road during fire season

PUBLIC LANDS -- Towell Falls Road in the U.S. Bureau of Land Management Spokane District’s Rock Creek management area has been closed to motorized traffic as a fire precaution, officials announced today. This route into the Escure Ranch unit is particularly susceptible to wildfire ignition…

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Volunteers work on Marie Creek Trail. (Lynn Smith)

Marie Creek Trail volunteers needed

TRAILS -- The Spokane Mountaineers are looking for more hands for a trail-clearing work party on Monday, Aug. 1, at Marie Creek Trail just east of Coeur d' Alene. Sign-up and get details from Lynn Smith (208) 772-4337, email

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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

Salmon anglers bag limits of sockeye and chinook in the Columbia River near Brewster. (Jerrod Gibbons / Okanogan Valley Guide Service)

Salmon fishing heats up at Brewster Pool

FISHING -- Game On! for sockeye and chinook anglers on the upper Columbia River near Brewster. Apparently the Okanogan River has finally warmed up enough to form a thermal barrier that's slowing the migrating salmon from entering the river and racing upstream toward spawning areas.…

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Video: World population growth illustrated

ENVIRONMENT -- If you're finding a crowd at your favorite fishing hole this summer, get used to it. In just a little over three minutes, this video graphic by explains why -- and why you should be concerned and involved with slowing the rate...

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

Boaters on Lake Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Boaters clean up their act to fight invasive species

WATERSPORTS -- Before and after using a watercraft for cooling off in the region's waters this summer, the Washington Invasive Species Council would like boaters and paddlers to remember three important words: Clean. Drain. Dry. Invasive species are non-native animals, plants, microorganisms and pathogens that...

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016


Day hikers follow the trail to the top of Hall Mountain above Sullivan Lake in the Colville National Forest. (Rich Landers)

Hall Mountain-Grassy Top trail reopens

TRAILS -- The Newport-Sullivan Lake Ranger Districts have reopened Forest Service Trail 533 from Hall Mountain to Grassy Top after the trail was closed during the Grease Creek fire of last summer. The trail is located southeast of Sullivan Lake, Washington, on the Colville National…

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A young splash participant waits for the NIC mascot's arrival at Cecil’s Summer Splash at Lake Coeur d'Alene in 2015. (North Idaho College)

Watersports free to try at NIC Summer Splash

WATERSPORTS -- North Idaho College is offering a free opportunity to try out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and catamarans, and awarding scholarships, too, at the school's annual beach party (open to the public). What: North Idaho College Cecil’s Summer Splash When: 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, July…

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