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TUESDAY, OCT. 3, 2017

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.
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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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MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2015

THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015


THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014

Idaho sockeye salmon success could be blueprint 

FISHING -- The fishing scene is roughly beginning to resemble the good-ol' days on the Snake-Salmon river systems of Idaho. You've read about the spring and fall chinook plus the coho comeback this year. Here's the latest good news on sockeye recovery. By KEITH RIDLER/Associated...

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Rafting whitewater rapids on the main Salmon River in Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness. (Rich Landers)

Lifejackets aren't for sissies

WATERSPORTS -- The season's barely begun and already two drownings have been reported from private rafting trips on Idaho's Salmon River. Neither victim was wearing a lifejacket on the RIVER OF NO RETURN, which, forgive me for being honest, is inexcusable.

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 22, 2013

THURSDAY, AUG. 8, 2013


Spring chinook salmon caught in the Salmon River near Riggins, Idaho. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

Idaho chinook salmon fishing opens May 4

FISHING -- Idaho will open a spring Chinook salmon fishing season on Saturday, May 4, on parts of the Clearwater, Salmon and Snake rivers, according to rules adopted today by the state Fish and Game Commission. Fish counts from Bonneville Dam suggest that the 2013...

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MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

Amy Sinclair of Exodus Wilderness Adventures in Riggins hoists a Salmon River steelhead aboard her jet boat. (Exodus Wilderness Adventures)

Steelheading remains good on Idaho rivers

FISHING -- Steelhead have been working their way into tributaries as they near their spawning areas after a long migration that started last year. Many anglers love this time of year, when the fish are more accessible in the smaller streams. Recent angler surveys show...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 27, 2013

MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Rafting the Selway River in Idaho requires considerable skill, wilderness self-sufficiency and advance planning to get one of the limited number of permits offered in a lottery drawing. RICH LANDERS  (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

River rafters have to be cool with rejection

RIVERS -- My group of river-running hopefuls are feeling left out after all of us received "unsuccessful" notices from the annual lottery for summer floating permits on Salmon River through Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness. The Forest Service permits for the Salmon, Middle Fork,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21, 2012

South Fork Salmon River targeted for gold mining 

RIVERS -- The Idaho Conservation League has petitioned the U.S. Forest Service, asking the agency to reconsider allowing more gold exploration near the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River. See the story: Idaho group asks USFS to reconsider gold mining near Salmon...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012


TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

FRIDAY, OCT. 12, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2012

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