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TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2011

MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011


MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011


Banks Lake drawdown to begin Aug. 1

LAKES -- Anglers and campers will see new ground at Banks Lake this summer. Starting Aug. 1, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will lower Banks Lake by 30 feet to complete about $2 million worth of work at Dry Falls Dam and North Dam. "It...

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TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011

A Clearwater National Forest Service crew leader and 23 volunteers from the North American Pack Goat Association -- some from as far as Kansas -- made major improvements to an Idaho stretch of the Lewis and Clark National HistoricTrail on July 8, 2011.
 (U.S. Forest Service)

Pack goat group works on Lewis and Clark Trail

PUBLIC LANDS -- A Clearwater National Forest Service crew leader and 23 volunteers from the North American Pack Goat Association made major improvements to an Idaho stretch of the Lewis and Clark National HistoricTrail last weekend. The organization established in 2001 to promote packing with...

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MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011



These marijuana plants were reaching maturity before being seized this year from the Okanogan National Forest. Courtesy of DEA (Courtesy of DEA / The Spokesman-Review)

Beware of marijuana sites in the woods

PUBLIC LANDS -- Outdoor recreationists have stumbled into illegal backwoods marijuana growing sites on several occasions already this year. That's prompted a warning from Forest Service officials: Marijuana operations pose significant threats to forest visitors, so it is very important for all national forest users...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28, 2011

Fishing guide Pete Paolino negotiates his jet boat through a rough rapid on the Snake River near the Washington-Oregon border as he shuttles his anglers to another steelhead fishing hole. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Washington abandons all state tourism marketing

OUTDOORS -- Spokane is Near Nature, Near Perfect, and the Evergreen state has some of the most diverse outdoor recreation opportunities in the nation -- the foundation for a vital outdoor tourism industry. Yet state officials are shuttering the official tourism agency that unifies its...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

A "feather stick" can be the key to starting a fire in wet conditions. In this demonstration, Survival School instructor Nick Weber blows on the embers of steel wool tinder to ignite a feather stick he created with a knife by shaving curly strands of dry wood. Next he would add more feather sticks and kindling to build a fire on a platform of small logs. (Rich Landers)

EWU outdoor classes focus on leadership, survival

OUTDOOR SKILLS– Whether you’re a church group leader or a solo adventurer, you can benefit from short summer outdoor courses in skills such as rafting and kayaking offered by Eastern Washington University. Veteran outdoor recreation professor Paul Green is offering two special courses: Outdoor Leadership,...

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Dworshak camping 50 percent off in August

To reserve a campsite go online to Non-reservable sites are first-come, first-served. -- Make camping reservations during August weekdays -- Monday through Thursday -- and get 50 percent off at facilities near Dworshak Dam managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dent Acres...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011

TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

Hostels open in Kellogg, Boise

OUTDOOR TRAVEL -- Two hostels have opened in Idaho this season, including one in the Silver Valley that's convenient to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes. Hostels are ideal for bicycle tourists. Closed for years, Kellogg's historic McKinley Inn is back open, resurrected as a...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011

Landslide strands hikers up Icicle Creek

NATIONAL FORESTS -- A series of mudslides todayoccurred mid-morning have blocked the upper Icicle Road west of Leavenworth, stranding about 30 hikers and campers, Wenatchee National Forest officials report. Slides as wide as 40 feet occurred near Fourth of July Trail and Fourth of July...

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Backpackers find snow up the Stehekin Valley in North Cascades National Park during the first week of June, 2011. (Hillary Landers)

North Cascades hikers limited by snow

BACKPACKING -- A group of Western Washington University students found plenty of snow-free landscape for backpacking and camping up the Stehekin Valley from Lake Chelan last week. Portions of the Pacific Crest Trail in North Cascades National Park were snow-free and easy cruising, they said....

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

Riverside State Park plans forest thinning

STATE PARKS -- Preliminary plans to thin some forest areas in Riverside State Park to reduce fire danger and the spread of bark beetle infestations will be presented at a public meeting tonight, 6 p.m., at the Shadle Park Public Library. Park officials say the...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3, 2011


No box with pouch wine geared to outdoors

CAMPING -- The people who make Clif Bars, the on-the-go energy food, have introduced a product for consumption after the climbing, backpacking and other active sports are done for the day. The Clif Family Winery's new Climber Pouch features a Chardonnay or a Cabernet Sauvignon...

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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2011

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