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Friday, December 12, 2014

Weekly report: Mountain day, winter fishing and problem predators

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Do you have a favorite international mountain? Mine is Mount Rundle near Banff, Alberta. Look at that thing. - JACOB JONES
  • Jacob Jones
  • Do you have a favorite international mountain? Mine is Mount Rundle near Banff, Alberta. Look at that thing.

OUTLANDER serves as a weekly round up of Inland Northwest outdoor recreation and natural resources news. This feature will highlight a wide variety of issues and events, ranging from camping tips to national environmental disputes. We’ll also try to include some scenic photos. Feel free to pass along suggestions or curiosities celebrating the Great Outdoors.

Yesterday was International Mountain Day, so I hope you took a moment to consider the majesty of the world’s great peaks large and small. Here’s a start. (MNN)

Wildlife officials are investigating what may be first livestock animal killed by wolves in Whitman County (KXLY)

Kayak anglers find success at Rock Lake southwest of Spokane. (Seattle Times)

Recycle Man hits the ice to promote ecological responsibility. (Inlander)

Winter fly fishing tips on the Spokane River and other area waterways. (Silver Bow)

Spokane native’s Surviving the Tribe TV show looks at first season and future goals (S-R).

Idaho may resort to cloud seeding. (Idaho Falls)

Salmon restoration along the Columbia River (HCN)

As the movie Wild brings new attention to the Pacific Crest Trail, hear from an expert. (WTA)

The most popular Instagram outdoor photos from the Department of the Interior (Time)

Another slideshow, this time with crazy animal photos. (Time)

Also, an impressive photo of a deer getting heli-netted in Wyoming. (Wyodeer)

A sniper hunts foxes in the streets of London. (NYT)

Discovery Channel’s Eaten Alive disappoints. (WaPost)

Cross a metrosexual with a grizzly bear and you get the new “lumbersexual,” most commonly observed in beard, flannel and work boots. (The Atlantic)


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MB: Power, smoke, and the mighty "Cromnibus"

Posted By on Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 9:47 AM


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Avista upgrades the energy efficiency of its building
, what with energy prices so high these days. (SR)

Tribes can sell marijuana on Indian reservations, according to a new Department of Justice ruling. (SR)

Watch out for porch-package swipers this season. (KXLY)

A Spokane nurse saves a life at the airport. (KREM)

THERE

Thousands of sea turtles have washed ashore on Cape Cod Bay. (NYT)

The controversial $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill, named the Cromnibus, has passed the House, barely. Here's why Raul Labrador says he voted against it. (Washington Post)

Dick Cheney: A liar? It's not as crazy as it sounds. (The Atlantic)

ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALISM ETHICS

Former Whitman prof Anne Helen Petersen writes about the ethical dilemma of reporting on the hacked Sony files. (Buzzfeed)
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Thursday, December 11, 2014

MB: Chesney answers, liquor costs, and 21 Men in Black Street

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 9:55 AM


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Public record requests (including from the Inlander) have resulted in finally getting answers for why Planning Director Scott Chesney was ousted.  (SR)

A bunch of county residents are looking at a 10 percent garbage hike. (SR)

So here's what happened when we passed that privatizing-liquor bill. (KREM)

A trial is set in the murder of Delbert Belton (KXLY)

THERE

More revelations on what may, or may not, have happened in the alleged UVA rape story. (WP)

The Sony hack reveals the best crossover idea. (WSJ)

More good news for Wall Street, in a massive spending bill set to do basically everything. (WP)

READING ASSIGNMENTS

The Atlantic's big list of books to read. (The Atlantic)
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MB: Shooting, Smoking, and Sadism

Posted By on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM


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A former Washington State Representative Brian Sullivan was shot and killed in Alaska. (SR)

Spokane Valley is pretty darn libertarian. Just not, in any sense of the word, when it comes to marijuana
 
Spokane brought you Craig T. Nelson, Bing Crosby, and this guy, architect of the U.S. torture policy. (Vice)

THERE

No, the torture report says, torture did not help catch Bin Laden. (NYT)

Whoever would have expected the CIA, of all agencies, to lie? (WP)

A big loophole for political party spending slips into the final pages of a doorstopper of a spending bill. (WP)

OFF THE RAILS
 
This is the type of video that can be made with video game editing programs these days:

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

MB: Torture, Thieves, and French Toast Crunch

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2014 at 9:08 AM


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Veterans worry reduced hours at the VA could lead to emergency room backups and higher medical bills. (SR) 

Thieves broke into All Saints Lutheran Church, and stole religious keepsakes, including a Bible. (KXLY)

A lot of people are driving while high, according to a new Washington Traffic Safety Commission survey. (KXLY)

THERE

The torture report is out. (NYT)

French Toast Crunch is back, baby. (The Atlantic)

Portland sues Uber. (NYT)

Greece is in economic trouble, again. (Bloomberg)

THE COLBERT BUMP 

Barack Obama gets a chance to try a job more prestigious than President of the United States. (Colbert Report)
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Monday, December 8, 2014

MB: Bad journalism, grand hotels, and grumpy cats

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 9:22 AM


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Rejoice old license plate holders.
Washington drivers will no longer be required to replace their license plates every seven years. (SR)

How grand will the Davenport Grand Hotel be? (SR)

Good news: That missing 15-year-old girl from Cheney, gone for 10 days while searching for an animal, has reappeared at her family home. (SR)

A 13-year-old from Liberty Lake has raised money to buy more than 1,000 backpacks for the homeless. (KXLY)

Is Leach leaving for Houston? No, WSU officials tweet. "Who knows if there is any validity to this," KREM reporter says. "It is purely speculation at this point." (KREM)

THERE

Last week was absolutely dismal for fans of good journalism. (Bloomberg)

On a similar note, things keep looking worse for Rolling Stone's story about an alleged rape on the University of Virginia campus. (Washington Post) 

But surely, Aaron Sorkin's deft hand will be able to navigate the complicated issue of campus rape in a more elegant and enlightening manner. Surely. (Vulture)

George W. Bush and former CIA officials take a bold stand against torture. Sorry, that should be "take a bold stand against the torture report." (NYT)

Grand juries tend to almost always favor police, with at least one big exception. (NYT)

CAT MONDAY

Grumpy Cat has become a fat cat. And not in the Garfield sense. In that, the cat's net worth is over 2,600 times that of the median Spokane County household income. (Vox)
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Yes on 594 campaign announces 2014 legislative agenda

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 3:08 PM

The campaign behind Washington's successful background checks ballot measure, Initiative 594, has more plans in store for fighting gun violence across the state. 

Yesterday, on the same day that Washington's new background check laws took effect, the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced its policy agenda for the upcoming legislative session. The group identified six key areas in which new legislation could improve gun safety in Washington. 

Those areas include:
  • increasing access to mental health services
  • instituting "gun violence protection orders" to allow community members to petition the court to have firearms removed from a person in a mental health crisis
  • holding adults responsible when their children use their firearm to commit gun violence 
  • adding some violent misdemeanors, like stalking and reckless endangerment, to the list of factors that make someone ineligible to buy or possess firearms
  • notifying family members and domestic violence survivors when law enforcement returns previously confiscated firearms to offenders 
  • implementing policies to address lead-related safety and health violations at gun ranges
"Washingtonians are no longer interested in inaction on gun violence policies that we've seen for many years before 594 passed," says Geoff Potter, communications director of the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. "We don't expect that all of this will see action in this session, but certainly, there will be many things that do and we're going to be actively working on those."  

Read more about its legislative priorities below.

Policy Agenda


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MB: Freezing rain crashes, 321K jobs added and Grammy noms here

Posted By on Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 9:14 AM

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Freezing rain brought car crashes all over the area last night. (S-R)

The FBI is now involved in the case of a missing 15-year-old Cheney girl. (KHQ)

Spokane police and state welfare officials raided a vending machine company after allegations were raised the business was trafficking in black market food stamps. (KXLY)


THERE
321,000 jobs were added to the U.S. workforce last month, a significant jump from the average as of late. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Because we all love feeling rotten, this flu season could be extra terrible. (WaPo)

The 2015 Grammy nominations are here, and as usual, they get it mostly wrong. (LATimes)

Blast off! That’s what the Orion spacecraft (the one slated for Mars someday) just did, and the test run went smoothly. (ST)


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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Weekly report: Surprising wolf study, new wilderness protections and grizzlies

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 5:13 PM

A new study from WSU finds killing wolves tends to result in increased livestock attacks. - YOUNG KWAK
  • Young Kwak
  • A new study from WSU finds killing wolves tends to result in increased livestock attacks.

OUTLANDER serves as a weekly round up of Inland Northwest outdoor recreation and natural resources news. This feature will highlight a wide variety of issues and events, ranging from camping tips to national environmental disputes. We’ll also try to include some scenic photos. Feel free to pass along suggestions or curiosities celebrating the Great Outdoors.

A new WSU study linking the killing of wolves to increased livestock attacks picked up a lot of press this week, surprising man and challenging assumptions. (WSU) For tons of panel discussion on wolf management, check out this video collection. (Conservation Northwest)

Assessing the scale and safety of oil train shipments across the country. (WSJ, with interactive map)

Good news: Clean up of Seattle’s Duwamish River. Bad news: 1 million cubic yards of waste to be dumped in Eastern Washington. (HCN)

U.S. House of Representatives passes expanded wilderness protections. (OPB)

A Northeast Washington bighorn sheep herd could help other regional herds rebound and protect genetic diversity. (S-R, with a pretty majestic photo)

An in-depth look at potential for Grizzly reintroduction to the North Cascades. (NatGeo)

WSU Grizzly Center starting fellowship in memory of researcher. (WSU)

Three Idaho men lose hunting rights after using powered parachute to spot deer. (S-R)

Snake-Clearwater Steelhead derby decided by 1/100th of a pound. (NW Sportsman)

Idaho fish study finds significant gains for once all-but-extinct Snake River sockeye. (BPA)

WSU hosting a Ski and Gear Swap this weekend. (WSU)

Sandpoint officials grappling with potential impacts of new EPA water protections. (CdAPress)

The Nature Conservancy to buy 2,538 acres of Olympic Peninsula to help restore habitat. (SeattlePI)

It’s that time of year: Bald eagles have started congregating at Lake Coeur d’Alene. (CdAPress)


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MB: U.S. birthrates hit new low, more protests and Travolta says thanks

Posted By on Thu, Dec 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM


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A third Salvation Army donation kettle has been stolen in the Inland Northwest this holiday season. (KREM)

A Spokane Valley man is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and unlawful possession of a firearm in killing his two uncles last month. (S-R)

John Travolta enjoyed his time in Coeur d’Alene last week. (CdAPress)

Killing wolves to protect livestock doesn’t work in long run, a new WSU study says. (ST)

THERE
NASA cancels the Orion spacecraft launch this morning; say they’ll try tomorrow. They plan to someday use the vessel as transport to Mars. (NPR)

U.S. birthrate hits a new low as more couples delay having children. (LAT)

Protests in support of Eric Garner erupted all over America after a New York grand jury declined to indict a police officer for the man’s death. (WaPo)

After a scorching drought this summer, torrential rains hit California causing mass floods and mudslides. (LAT)


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