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Montana T. rex goes to Washington, D.C.

As thunder boomed and lightning illuminated their small camper, Kathy Wankel couldn’t help but think that after years of being buried, the few fossilized bones she and her family had dug up that day, and carefully swaddled in towels and an old sweatshirt, did not want to be moved.

Spring brings end to era, rebirth to Valley life

Time is a constant, but we humans change and age through the course of our lives. The creatures in the natural world are tied to generations as they replace each other in looks and actions that are much alike, such as ants in a colony.

High demand likely to blame for ammo shortage

For more than four years, shooting enthusiasts have suffered through ammunition shortages that have often left shelves bare even at giant retailers such as Cabela’s.

Record gun sales boost wildlife budgets

Record-breaking sales of guns and ammunition in recent years have resulted in a windfall for wildlife conservation.

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Cheap UAVs give photographers an eye in the sky

Aerial photography, once confined to shots taken from an expensive-to-fly airplane or helicopter operated by a highly skilled pilot, can now be made from small remote-controlled helicopters holding mini cameras, the whole outfit costing as much as one tank of helicopter fuel.

Landers: Ghostly moose are proof that ticks suck

The graying look of moose you might see in the field this spring isn’t the result of old age.

Century rides are great way to explore Northwest

With the harsh winter weather finally behind us, cyclists are back out on the road in greater numbers, ramping up mileage and finalizing cycling event plans for the 2014 season. As a complement to the many excellent riding opportunities we have in the Walla Walla Valley, scheduling some century rides during the season is a great way to meet people and enjoy the scenic beauty in other areas of our region. It also establishes your training needs and the incentive to train.

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Ready. Aim. Plink.

Taking aim at targets that react can be great fun, but think before you shoot.

If you’re a shooter, you know putting holes in paper can get boring. No matter how tight a group you can shoot, it can be just as satisfying to make an aluminum can dance with a .22 rifle.

Google cameras raft through Grand Canyon

The Colorado River, under threat from drought and overuse, is now tourable via Google’s Street View.

Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Long-bill curlews moving in for spring nesting

The natural world is only slightly hindered by this weather as wild animals meet their designated places for the coming of spring.

Columnist: Spring a perfect time for learning to shoot

As I write this, outside my office the sun is shining, a few robins flit around the grass looking for worms that haven’t quite surfaced yet, there are some store-bought primroses on the table — and the wind is howling something fierce. Nevertheless, can spring be far away?

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Square dancers find love at Cowtown

Dan Lawyer was on the dance floor with a woman who wasn’t his wife. Betty Lawyer would usually lend her husband out for at least one dance a night. The women outnumber the men by so much at Cowtown Square Dance Center, she had to.

Columnist: Spring presents a variety of options for Valley athletes

With the warmer temperatures and longer days, one has the chance to revisit many outdoor activities that may have been put on hold during the cold, foggy winter months.

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Arctic weather isn't enough to deter Grand Canyon tourists

Potential for debilitating desert coldness was the baseline in preparations to raft the Colorado River through Arizona’s Grand Canyon during February.

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Ice dancing is spectacle, not sport

The IOC’s skating onslaught of 2014 meant we had multiple chances to watch ice dancing, a category I’ve always found ludicrous — more akin to “Skating with the Stars” than to any Olympic sport.

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