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TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017

A gray wolf is photographed at 11:58 a.m. on March 30, 2017, on Mount Spokane with the ski runs of Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park in the background. (Hank Seipp / Western Wildlife Conservation)

Tue., June 13, 2017, 10:55 a.m.

Photo: Wolf roams Mount Spokane State Park ski area 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- For the second consecutive year, a Spokane man's motion-activated trail camera has captured images of a wolf in Mount Spokane State Park, confirming sightings of wolves and wolf tracks that nordic skiers have been reporting with more frequency for several years. The...

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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2017

Climber Bryson Williams of Spokane enjoys the view from the top of Harrison Peak looking south along the Selkirk Crest on June 11, 2017.
 (Benjamin Read)

Mon., June 12, 2017, 3:11 p.m.

View from top of Harrison Peak worth the slog

CLIMBING -- The Selkirk Mountains in Idaho continue to open their arms to adventurers willing to tough out spring transition conditions in the high country. On Sunday, Bryson Williams of Spokane and North Idaho resident Benjamin Read boot-slogged with ropes and other climbing gear four...

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Burrowing owl chicks near Moses Lake. (Craig Goodwin)

Mon., June 12, 2017, 10:39 a.m.

Video: Burrowing owl chicks in formation

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Having raised children and puppies, I can't help but be astonished every year at the discipline born in young wild creatures. Fawns instinctively fold into motionless mats on the ground after feeding and stay put for hours until mother returns. Coyote pups...

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White sturgeon. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Mon., June 12, 2017, 10:04 a.m.

Toxicity rated low in Lake Roosevelt sturgeon

FISHING – The white sturgeon anglers are able to catch and keep for the first time in a new Lake Roosevelt fishery are healthy to eat, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist says. The Washington Department of Health lists the Columbia River reservoir...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017


A U.S. Army Chinook helicopter, the type used for high-elevation rescues, stages on the Kahiltna Glacier below Denali in Alaska.  (Associated Press)

Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:03 a.m.

Denali crevasse rescue chilling to say the least

MOUNTAINEERING -- Denali National Park climbing rescue rangers, God bless them, got a workout this week in two separate life-threatening incidents on North America's highest peak. Following are reports from the Associated Press regarding the rescue of two climbers in separate incidents on Denali...

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Blacktail Mountain ski area along Flathead Lake, Montana, is for sale. (Courtesy)

Tue., June 6, 2017, 7:53 a.m.

Montana mom-pop ski area for sale: $3.5 million

WINTERSPORTS -- If you're tired of complaining about management of your favorite ski resort, here's your chance to buy your own resort in Montana. Blacktail Mountain overlooking Flathead Lake is listed for sale at $3.5 million. The mom-pop resort is on Flathhead National Forest Lake...

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories and columns for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including Outdoors feature sections on Sunday and Thursday.