Thursday, October 23, 2014

OUTLANDER: Hunting access, toxin investigations and outdoor event listings

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OUTLANDER: Hunting access, toxin investigations and outdoor event listings
A wheelchair-accessible hunting blind in North Idaho.

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 stories to national environmental disputes. We’ll also try to include some scenic photos. Feel free to pass along curiosities or suggestions for celebrating the Great Outdoors.

Two recent projects offer increased hunting access to veterans with disabilities, including one ranch in West Richland and an ADA-compliant blind in the Kootenai National Wildlife Refuge. (USDA/USFWS)

British Columbia officials are hoping to get more out of upcoming Columbia River Treaty, but not interested in salmon. And a Toronto university assesses the treaty. (S-R/POWI)

Department of Energy outlines expected delays and missed deadlines on Hanford cleanup. (Tri-city Herald)

Former Idaho governor wants Boulder-White Cloud mountains declared national monument, while representatives wants more time to make case for wilderness areas. (IDStatesman)

Seattle-based Crosscut runs a two-part series (one, two) on the increased risks and costs of wildfires. (Crosscut)

WSU research seeks common ground and solutions on wolf-livestock conflicts. (Capital Press)

A Seattle Times investigation highlights the risks of lead poisoning at indoor shooting ranges. (Seattle Times)

Oregonian investigation finds weak regulations for pesticides on timber property. (Oregonian)

Basic tips for safe hiking during hunting season. (USA Today)

Idaho officials seeking information in moose-poaching incident near Wallace. (IDFG)

Public comment continues on Washington's Game Management Plan. (WDFW)

LOCAL EVENTS: Spokane also has a ton of outdoor activities in our Calendar listings this week:


• The Idaho Humanities Council plans to host five readings on wilderness in history, literature and politics, starting tonight in Moscow. Participants have to commit to all five over the next month. An exhibit will also celebrate wilderness in mixed-art media.


• Lookout Pass plans to hold a job fair for lift operators, cashiers, ski/snowboard tech and other positions from 9 am to noon in Mullan, ID.

• Local tree experts will lead a walking tour of fall colors at Finch Arboretum from 1-4 pm.

• The Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol holds its 50th annual ski swap, Friday through Sunday, on North Havana Street. Tickets run $5-$12.


• The Lands Council hold its 4th annual Reforest Spokane Day, planting trees along the Spokane River.

• Washington Trails Association will host a work party on the Iller Creek trail Saturday and Sunday.

• “Return of the Zombies” haunted hike at Riverside State Park starts at 6 pm.

• Warren Miller’s No Turning Back screens at the Panida Theater in Sandpoint.


• Adventure writer John Roskelley will present his new book Paddling the Columbia at 7 pm Monday at Mountain Gear HQ.

• State ecology officials will accept public testimony on crude oil train traffic and safety at 6 pm Tuesday at the Doubletree Hotel.

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