Thursday, November 6, 2014

Weekly report: Snowlander Expo, mining toxins and election's enviro impacts

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click to enlarge Weekly report: Snowlander Expo, mining toxins and election's enviro impacts
Jacob Jones
Sunset over the Dishman Hills area where volunteers will complete a new section of trail this weekend.

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 suggestions or curiosities. The Inlander looks forward to sharing and celebrating the Great Outdoors.

First off, the Inlander will host its annual Snowlander Expo this weekend with dozens of exhibits, gear booths and the PowderKeg brewery showcase. The event will include a Rail Jam ski and snowboard competition on Saturday. (Inlander)

Local conservation programs looking for volunteers this weekend for Dishman Hills trail expansion work. (S-R)

EPA accepting public comment on updated clean up plans for Midnite Mine until Nov. 10. (TASC)

Meanwhile, thousands of abandoned mines continue leaching toxins and heavy metals into public lands decade after decade. (CIR)

Unnamed sources indicate dead wolf found in Central Washington was shot. (NWS/KING 5)

Meanwhile, a hunter has been cleared of wrongdoing after shooting at a wolf during a tense confrontation in Stevens County. (S-R)

DSLR camera silencers offer ability to photograph wildlife without spooking them. (Outdoor Photographer)

Strong coho season delighting anglers from coast up into Idaho. (Columbian)

State officials extend shoreline restrictions near damaged Wanapum Dam into mid-January. (WDFW)

Idaho Fish and Game Commission will hold its quarterly meeting in Post Falls on Nov. 12-13. (IDFG)

Idaho officials emphasize illegally shooting at game from roadways is not hunting. Don't be an idiot. (IDFG)

U.S. Senate's top committee position on environmental issues likely to fall to prominent climate change denier. (The Guardian)

How the rest of the midterm election results may impact conservation efforts in the West. (HCN)

U.S. Forest Service Chief reinforces policy that journalists do not need permits to film in wilderness areas. (Oregonian)

Antarctic islands now added to Google Street View. (Outside)

Discovery Channel to air "Eaten Alive" show in which man gets consumed by massive anaconda snake. (HuffPo)

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Northwest Winterfest @ Spokane County Fair & Expo Center

Thursdays, Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Saturdays, 4-8 p.m. and Sundays, 3-6 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31
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Jacob Jones

Staff writer Jacob Jones covers criminal justice, natural resources, military issues and organized labor for the Inlander.