OUTCAST – Republic-area businesses are creating what may be the closest thing to a complete fishing tournament weekend:
The Bass/Blues/BBQ & Brews will debut next weekend at Curlew Lake based out of Black Beach Resort, (509) 775-3989.
Bass fishing in the Ferry County lake can range from good to shockingly good if a tiger musky attacks your lure.
Music from blues bands will be free. The local brew pub is involved and the resort is offering discounts on cabins and camping, said spokeswoman Mary Masingale.
Bass teams of two anglers pay $60 entry.
These and other anglers also can compete for prizes in contests for tiger musky and pike minnow starting Saturday.
Kids will be encouraged to join the lake associations “perch purge” to reduce numbers of the illegally introduced species.
“We’ll have some special contests for kids – mostly focusing on Sunday, with some prizes like rods and tackles,” Masingale said.
Roskelley details Columbia paddling
OUTSEE – John Roskelley, best known for his mountaineering achievements, is giving a free program on his new guidebook to Paddling the Columbia River at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the Spokane REI store.
Seating is limited. Reserve a spot in advance at rei.com/spokane.
Wilderness 50 trivia
OUTTEST – Here’s a six-question trivia tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act (answers below):
1: Who wrote that wilderness sanctuaries are the “need of a civilized man” and what was the name of the book?
2: Who was the lead founder of The Wilderness Society?
3: Who was the primary author of the 1964 Wilderness Act?
4: The 2,160-mile Appalachian National Scenic Trail traverses through how many wilderness areas?
5: The 2,655-mile Pacific Crest Trail runs through how many wilderness areas?
6: What’s the closest wilderness area to Spokane?
1: Henry David Thoreau in Walden, 1854. 2: Bob Marshall, a forester, in 1935. 3: The Wilderness Society co-founder Howard Zahniser, who steered the first draft through 65 rewrites and 18 public hearings. 4: 21. 5: 33. 6: Salmo-Priest Wilderness in the Colville National Forest.
Replay: duck season
The general duck hunting season in North Idaho opens Oct. 11. The date was wrong in the special Hunting section on Thursday.
Also: Washington units 117 and 121 have a four-point minimum for taking whitetail bucks.
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