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SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012

SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012

Few snowmobilers dare to follow the Iditarod Trail.

Cold overlooked along Iditarod Trail

Septuagenarian Bob Jones of Kettle Falls has chiseled into the frozen culture of arctic Alaska as he's snowmobiled 1,000 miles along the Iditarod Trail. His diary and photos have been a highlight of my blog for two weeks. Here's one of Jones's many observations from...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012

Volunteers needed to score recreation grant requests

OUTDOOR RECREATION -- The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for nearly 70 volunteers to help determine how millions of dollars in state grants should be spent in Washington’s great outdoors. The volunteers will score grant applications submitted in two statewide programs: The...

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Wildlife imagery. Hunter Hedquist of Spokane uses his phone to make a picture of wildlife trophy mounts hanging at the Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center on Thursday. The outdoor enthusiast show runs through Sunday. (Christopher Anderson)

Trophy mounts measured at Big Horn Show

HUNTING -- The Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show doesn't open until Thursday at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, but “Trophy Territory” big-game mounts already are being scored and judged and eventually will be awarded ribbons in numerous categories. Several species and racks, in...

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Aaron Theisen, right, and Craig Romano explore the trail between Odessa and the BLM Lakeview Ranch in Lincoln County. (Rich Landers)

Sage advice for hikers in tick country

HIKING -- The ticks are out in the scablands around the region, and they're thirsty. Spokane hiker, writer and photographer Aaron Theisen offers this observation from his vast experience: "Never go to a dinner party directly from an early-spring hike, unless you want to entertain...

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012


American dog tick

Ticks rise to occasion of warmer weather 

HIKING -- What a difference a couple of warm days can make. Neither my dog nor I picked up ticks in Wednesday's cold temperatures while hikng BLM's Lakeview Ranch near Odessa. On Friday, after a couple warmer nights and days, a friend harvested a bumper...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Myles Heistad, left, and Scott Wolff hike the trail along the North Fork of Asotin Creek before buds have opened on trees and plants in the foothills of the Blue Mountains of southeastern Washington. (Rich Landers)

Court tells Forest Service fees to take a hike

PUBLIC LANDS -- The fees forest visitors have been paying to access trailheads in some national forests may be history following a federal court ruling. The Ninth Circuit Court of appeals recently ruled the U.S. Forest Service "Federal Lands Access Enhancement Fees" are not legal....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

BLM proposes fee increases at Lake CdA sites

BOATING – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing recreation fee increase for sites around Lake Coeur d’Alene. Daily boat launch fees at Blackwell Island and Mineral Ridge would increase from $4 to $6 and season passes would increase from $30 to $40. Tent...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012

Cabela's new store near Stateline, Idaho, was an instant hit. The region also drew other major retail stores.
 (The Spokesman-Review)

Cabela's to open 'outpost' store near Yakima

OUTDOOR RETAILERS – Cabela’s announced this morning it is introducing a new store format that will bring the outdoor sporting goods retailer to Washington Plaza, a shopping center under construction at the former Costco property near Yakima. The news was reported by the Yakima Herald-Republic....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Hershberger Lookout sits atop Hershberger Peak in the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest  near Onion Creek, Ore. The lookout was built in 1925 and is being restored as a rental. Associated Press
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Time to reserve forest cabins, lookouts

PUBLIC LANDS -- Most rentals for cabins and fire lookouts on national forests and parks are reserved on a national reservation system that allows the public to book dates no more than 180 days in advance. Check out the National Recreation Reservation Service online or...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012


El Ninia gives region a dry shoulder so far

We thought that first big snowstorm just before Thanksgiving was the beginning of the predicted big snow accumulation associated with an El Ninia year. However, to date, Idaho has accumulated only 73 percent of normal snowpack. Check out this SnoTel chart to see where the...

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MONDAY, JAN. 2, 2012

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