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Two backpackers admire the view during a hike along the Rapid River, southwest of Riggins, Idaho. (Jim  Allen)

Rapid River trail bridge closed for repairs

TRAILS -- Here's another example of why it's best to check ahead with land managers before launching out on a backcountry trek. On June 20, the Forest Service will temporarily close one of the bridges that access trails in the Rapid River drainage, a popular...

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The Idaho Fish and Game Department has prepared a video series on angler etiquette.

Fishing etiquette 1: Fishing with others

FISHING -- With salmon and steelhead fishing catching the attention of more and more participants, Idaho Fish and Game officials have prepared videos on angling etiquette that highlight ways to avoid some of the issues that spawn irritation and complaints. As Joe DuPont, Clearwater region...

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Montana’s bighorn sheep plan has come under fire after a few attempts to establish new herds. (Associated Press)

Montana wildlife group seeks to stop sheep grazing

WILDLIFE — A wildlife group is asking a federal judge to stop domestic sheep grazing that it says is a threat to wildlife on U.S. National Forest land in the Gravelly Mountains of southwest Montana. The Gallatin Wildlife Association claims the government’s authorization for the...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 2015

While Glacier Peak and Mount Baker poke up into blue skies on the morning of Aug. 5, 2014, smoke from the Carlton Complex wildfires in the Methow Valley and newer fires near Leavenworth spew smoke that spreads across northeastern Washington. (Rich Landers)

Updated: Wild fire season has arrived in Washington

WILD FIRES -- With last year's Carlton Complex fires still heavy in the memories of locals as well as visitors and anglers, fire officials say they’re concerned that big wildfires already are popping up this summer in North Central Washington. Over the weekend, firefighters battled...

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A Lahontan cutthroat caught while trolling at Omak Lake on the Colville Indian Reservation. (Darrell & Dad's Guide Service)

Omak cutthroat on the bite

FISHING -- Good fishing reports are coming in from far and wide. Here's the latest on Omak Lake on the Colville Indian Reservation from Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Guide Service: On Omak the fish are coming off the spawn and biting like crazy!...

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This 2007 photo shows Eurasian milfoil found on the North end of Hayden Lake. (File / The Spokesman-Review)

Aquatic vegetation ID workshop in CdA

INVASIVE SPECIES -- A workshop on aquatic plant identification will be presented at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, at the Community Water Resource Center, 1031 N. Academic Way in Coeur d'Alene. This is billed as a hands-on experience to learn more about the plant...

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Certain insects are being groomed as bio-controls that can be released to feast specifically on the seeds or buds of noxious weeds. A citizen’s group backed use of bio-controls that virtually eliminated knapweed along trails in Spokane’s Palisades Park.

Scientists would rather have fire than weeds

PUBLIC LANDS -- As I watch the landscape turn brown during this drought, I can't help but notice the knapweed and skeleton weed look green and unscathed. Too bad elk and deer don't thrive on noxious weeds because... Noxious weeds gaining ground on federal lands...

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MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2015

Volunteers work on Trail 10 above the Spokane River during a National Trails Day project June 14, 2015, sponsored by Riverside State Park and REI.  (Rika Ream)

Trails Day volunteers dig into Riverside State Park

TRAILS -- About 100 volunteers turned out Sunday to brave the heat and dust as they put their muscle into upgrading Trail 100 in Riveside State Park, said Carol Christensen, Outreach coordinator for REI Spokane. Partner organizations included Washington Trails Association, Backcountry Horsemen, Spokane Mountaineers,...

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Jade Helm, of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, stocks thousands of catchable-size rainbow trout in the West Medical Lake. (Dan Pelle)

Some trout lakes restocked for Fathers Day

FISHING -- For the fourth year, hatchery crews will be stocking 10,000 large rainbow trout in 20 lakes just before Father’s Day weekend, June 20 and 21, the the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Two of the lakes are near Spokane. All of...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column.





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