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Moms gone wild

All mothers deserve a tip of the hat today, including remarkable wild moms such as:

Pacific gray whales that migrate thousands of miles from Arctic waters in order to give birth away from killer whales in Mexico lagoons. The mother whales go hungry for months and lose up to 8 tons while nursing their young.

Deer and elk that lick their babies clean and even the waste of fawns and calves to reduce predator-attracting scents.

Many bird species share every meal by regurgitating and letting the little ones peck it out of their mouths. A little rough, maybe, but at least the little chicks never throw a fit about their food.


Most popular boat names

Following are the most frequently registered boat names for 2009, according to BoatU.S.

1. Seas the Day. 2. Summer Daze. 3. Second Chance. 4. Aqua-Holic. 5. Wind Seeker. 6. Dream Weaver. 7. Black Pearl. 8. Hydrotherapy. 9. The Salt Shaker. 10. Sea Quest.

That’s right. “Wet Dream” did not make this list this year.


Locals leave legacy on Slipstream

Last week’s story on John and Jess Roskelley tackling the fabled Slipstream route up Snow Dome in the Columbia Icefields caught the attention of former Spokane ice climber Dane Burns, who resides in Issaquah, Wash.

Burns and the late Gary Silver of Spokane made the second ascent of Slipstream in 1981 and were the first to do it in one day.

Spokane climbers caught the attention of Canadians, he said, noting that the first ascent in 1979, by two of Canada’s best, required three days.

Locals, including John Roskelley, were running their best ice lines on routes such as Slipstream and Polar Circus, he said.

“Slipstream isn’t taken lightly even by the very best climbers today with all the improvements in gear and clothing.”


Best fishing times

Lunar tables from the U.S. Naval Observatory. Be fishing at least one hour before and one hour after peak times. Applies to all time zones.

(* indicates best days.)

Through May 17


1:50 a.m., 2:15 p.m.


2:45 a.m., 3:10 p.m.


3:35 a.m., 4 p.m.


4:25 a.m., 4:50 p.m.


5:15 a.m., 5:35 p.m.

* Friday

6 a.m., 6:20 p.m.

* Saturday

6:45 a.m., 7:05 p.m.

Next Sunday

7:25 a.m., 7:45 p.m.

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