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TUESDAY, AUG. 29, 2017

MONDAY, JUNE 5, 2017

TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12, 2017

THURSDAY, APRIL 6, 2017

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017

Pam Rogers rows in the glacier waters of the Tatshenshini River. (Whitney Schroeder)

Tatshenshini-Alsek river rafting program tonight

WATERSPORTS -- A free program to spike your adventure bucket list is scheduled tonight as veteran river rat and gifted photographer Pam Rogers presents a show on her 13-day raft trip on the very wild Tatshenshini-Alsek rivers. The program is sponsored by the Spokane Mountaineers...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1, 2016

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2004, file photo, two fly fishermen and an oarsman test their angling skills as they float down the Yellowstone River near Pine Creek, Mont., fishing access. Montana is closing a  183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River to all recreational activities to prevent the spread of a parasite that is believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish, authorities said Friday. (Garrett Cheen / Associated Press)

Montana reopens stretches of Yellowstone River

WATERSPORTS -- Restrictions were lifted today on two sections of the Yellowstone River as environmental conditions have improved since the state of Montana closed 183 miles of the river and tributaries on Aug. 19. Fishing is still closed on some portions of the restricted area...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2016

Sullivan Road bridge reconstruction -- workers maneuver on a temporary bridge on the downstream side of the main bridge in this Feb. 14, 2015, view with the river running at 20,000 cfs. (Tanner Grant)

Spokane River reopened at Sullivan Bridge

PADDLING -- The Spokane River in the vicinity of the Sullivan Road Bridge Replacement project has been reopened to floaters. The river had been closed since Feb. 2 for safety reasons related to construction of the new (west) bridge. The stretch was reopened Thursday. For...

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

Itchy, painful blisters ooze on the legs of a hiker after contact with poison ivy in Palouse Falls State Park. (Courtesy)

Photo: Poison ivy best avoided

HIKING -- Poison ivy is common along the Spokane River and other waterways in the region and it shows up on dry slopes where you'd never expect it, too. Just keep that in mind and avoid contact to miss out on the fun depicted in...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

Spokane River flows have been lower and warmer than average in 2015. (Rich Landers)

Gov. Inslee asked to support Spokane River flows 

RIVERS – Environmental groups are asking Gov. Jay Inslee to increase the summer time flows of the Spokane River, to improve recreation and to maintain the scenic falls in the middle of the state’s second-largest city. The groups on Tuesday asked Inslee to revisit an...

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TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2016

THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016


Muddy water in Hangman Creek generally is a signal to kayakers, canoests and rafters that the stream is in rare good form for paddling.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Video: Rafters go with the flow in Hangman Creek

RIVER RUNNING -- Hangman Creek is notorious among rafters and paddlers for being a now-you-see-it, now-you-don't whitewater attraction. Adequate flows for rafting usually come and go quickly in winter or early spring with rain and snowmelt events. Spokane river runner Tanner Grant jumped on the...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2016

Sullivan Road bridge reconstruction -- workers maneuver on a temporary bridge on the downstream side of the main bridge in this Feb. 14, 2015, view with the river running at 20,000 cfs. (Tanner Grant)

Sullivan Bridge still closed to river passage

WATERSPORTS -- Although a construction project has allowed the Centennial Trail to reopen below the Sullivan Bridge in Spokane Valley, a closure remains on floating the Spokane River under the bridge project. Increased water flow has caused the river to rise, reducing the clearance between...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016

Measured mountain snowpack in the Northwest was near average or above average on Feb. 1, 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Snowpack looks good in region, so far 

WATER SOURCES -- Snow is piling up in the mountains, and last year's big early thaw that ravaged the snowpack for water needed by fish, boaters and other uses isn't in the forecast -- so far. See the second photo to remember how grimly low...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2016

SATURDAY, JAN. 2, 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 11, 2015

FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2015

THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015

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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.