Off-road group schedules anniversary celebration Saturday

HEADQUARTERS — The off-road group Public Lands Access Year-round will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a rally at Camp 60 near Headquarters Saturday.

Registration for the ride featuring all-terrain vehicles, utility-task vehicles and motorcycles will be held from 8-10 a.m., and the ride itself will be held from 10 a.m. to about 2 p.m. It will feature several drawings. Prizes include a Yeti cooler and Stihl chain saw. A free barbecue will follow the ride, and camping is available at the trailhead

The group, which also goes by the name PLAY, was founded following a similar rally to help promote the creation of motorized trails on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest. Since its founding, the group has worked with agencies like the U.S. Forest Service and the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation both to create new trails and maintain existing routes.

Marksmanship clinic planned over two days at range near Lapwai

LAPWAI — The Lewis-Clark Wildlife Club will play host to an Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Clinic Saturday and Sunday at its public shooting range near here.

Marksmanship training will include the six steps to firing the shot, how to use a rifle sling, how to zero a rifle and how to shoot properly from the various shooting positions. The training is open to anyone old enough to load and manipulate a rifle. Rifles may be centerfire up to 8 mm or .22 rimfire. A semiautomatic, .22 rimfire with adjustable sights or scope and adjustable sling is suggested.

Participants should bring a rifle and about 400 rounds of ammunition, eye and ear protection, a shooting mat or carpet piece to lay on and be willing to learn. Also included in the clinic will be a discussion on the story of April 19, 1775, and the start of the American Revolutionary War.

The cost of the training is $60 for adults and $20 for youth, active duty military and law enforcement officers, plus range fees of $15 per day per participant. The training starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4-4:30 p.m. each day. Those interested may sign up or ask questions by contacting Griff Marshall at gmarshall@marshallmaterials.com or Robert Coons at (509) 780-2244 or darrangerc@cableone.net.

The Appleseed clinic will occupy the six-bench portion of the range on both days, leaving the other side open to nonAppleseed shooters.

Washington agency sets meetings on Landowner Hunting Permit Program

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will play host to a series of public meetings next month to discuss the Landowner Hunting Permit Program.

The program was introduced to enhance public access to large tracts of private lands across Washington.

Currently, five properties participate in the program, totaling 116,515 acres. All properties enrolled in the program allow public access through the distribution of big-game hunting permits advertised in the department’s Big Game Hunting Regulations pamphlet. There is also a Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission policy that outlines the available permits between the department and landowners. That policy can be found online at http://bit.ly/2J9ptUj.

The meetings are meant to gather information from the public as well as current participating landowners to aid department officials in determining if a change to the program is warranted. The program was last revised nearly 15 years ago.

The meetings will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. at the following locations and dates:

Ephrata: July 9, in the large conference room of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Region 2 office, 1550 Alder St. NW.

Dayton: July 10, at the Dayton Memorial Library, Delany Building, 111 S. Third St.

Spokane Valley: July 11, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel and Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road.

Tribal stories on tap at Lolo Pass Vistor Center on Fourth of July

LOLO PASS — The Lolo Pass Visitor Center here will be open on the July Fourth holiday Thursday and feature traditional Nez Perce stories by tribal member Bessie Walker.

Walker will present at 9 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Thursday and at 10 a.m. next Friday. She has an Indian language certification from the state of Idaho as well as the Nez Perce language tribal certification. As a lifetime student and a teacher of the Nimiipuutimtki dialect on the Nez Perce Reservation, she has been a proponent of promoting and preserving the Nez Perce language and culture.

On July 6-8, Gayle Bear will be at the visitor center and serve as its artist in residence. Bear is a Nez Perce tribal elder well-versed in the traditional art forms of the Nez Perce people. She specializes in corn husk weaving, basket weaving and beading. She will demonstrate corn husk weaving and interact with visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. In addition to her demonstrations, Bear will have some of her artwork available for purchase.

Fire restrictions start today at Whitman County parks, trails

COLFAX — Fire restrictions go into effect today at all Whitman County-managed parks and trails, including Kamiak Butte, Wawawai, Klemgard and the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail.

Campfires and smoking on trails is not permitted within park boundaries. Fireworks are also prohibited. Cooking with charcoal briquettes or gas grills is allowed. The parks department is asking visitors to be prepared and vigilant by keeping a bucket of water and shovel nearby when cooking.

Logging operations, road work will disrupt traffic in some forest areas

POTLATCH — Visitors to the Palouse Ranger District of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest should be prepared for ongoing and upcoming timber hauling, road work and delays on various roads, according to a news release from the agency.

Roadwork is underway on Forest Service roads 768, 1427 and 4774. Delays of as much as four hours are possible in these areas.

The work will improve drainage and bring the road to standards for safe timber hauling, which will also allow for improved vehicle access by the public following the conclusion of the project. Road construction is also underway on Forest Service roads 447 and 767 in support of the Lockout Timber Sale. Lengthy detours are possible for all of the construction areas.

Timber hauling on the Palouse Ranger District is taking place on Forest Service roads 382, 1969 and 3801 in the Elk River area, and roads 768, 768-D and 1427 in the Laird Park area, as well as on other nearby roads. Heavy truck traffic should be expected on all roads in the Strychnine Creek, Palouse River and Elk Creek areas. Visitors are encouraged to travel in vehicles equipped with CB radios and be knowledgeable in their use.

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