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MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 28, 2014

Photo: Northern Lights over Priest Lake

OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY -- It pays to lose yourself watching the stars on a clear summer night. In the photo above, Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church, sits by the still-glowing embers of a fire some other Priest Lake visitors to Hill's Resort had...

THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014

Huckleberry festivals mark ripening of Idaho state fruit

WILD EDIBLES -- The huckleberry harvest season is underway at lower elevations and the pleasure is working its way up the region’s mountainsides as the berries ripen. People and communities have taken note: The Priest Lake Huckleberry Festival is set for Saturday, July 19, at...

FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014

Roosevelt cedar grove reopens, but only for day use

CAMPING -- The Forest Service has re-opened Stagger Inn, the Roosevelt Grove of Ancient Cedars and Granite Falls, but visitors will be allowed in the area only during daytime. Camping will not be allowed this season. The sites were closed last summer for removing hazardous...

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18, 2014

Fascinating funji delicate, pink; will it kill you?

NATURE -- This week's damp June weather is a gift from God for mushroom gatherers, and Priest Lake is a hot spot for variety. Indeed, Pecky Cox, producer of the everything-about-Priest Lake website, found this beauty in her neck of the woods on Wednesday. Can...

SUNDAY, MARCH 2, 2014

Angler pulls huge mack through ice at Priest Lake

FISHING -- Micah Smith caught this huge mackinaw while ice fishing at Priest Lake on Saturday, says lakeside reporter Pecky Cox in her As the Lake Churns blog. No other details, however. Most lake trout caught by ice fishermen are in the 3- to 6-pound...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013

Priest Lake campground closed for hazardous tree removal

CAMPING -- Beaver Creek Campground at the northwest end of Priest Lake has been closed today and visitors are being evacuated after Forest Service inspectors discovered more than 40 hazardous trees that must be removed for visitor safety. The Beaver Creek boat launch and canoe...

THURSDAY, AUG. 15, 2013

Cougar report on Priest Lake’s Bartoo Island put to rest

WILDLIFE -- Relax and enjoy yourself if you vist Bartoo Island at Priest Lake. Rumors of a cougar roaming the island have been dispelled. Here's the report just issued by the Idaho Fish and Game Department. On Monday, August 12, 2013, campers on Bartoo Island...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2013

Idaho state parks loaning gear to new campers

CAMPING – Idaho State Parks has partnered with The North Face to loan camping equipment at no charge to first-time campers through September. The Explore Your Parks program is underway at two North Idaho state parks: Hells Gate, (208) 799-5015. Priest Lake, (208) 443-2200. The...

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2013

Field report: Kayaking Lion Creek near Priest Lake

PADDLING -- Spokane kayaker Brian Jamieson and some friends had a hoot paddling the slick granite slides of Lion Creek near Priest Lake on Saturday, as you can see in his helmet-cam video above. Lion Creek is a popular destination for Priest Lake visitors, who...

SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013

Photographer captures star show over Priest Lake

SKYWATCHING -- The Milky Way and the northern lights were putting on a light show over Priest Lake, Idaho, Friday night for Spokane photographer Craig Goodwin. This is why some people don't sleep after dark. Says Goodwin: I was surprised to find so few shots...

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2013

IFG ends first round of lake trout sampling at Priest Lake

FISHING -- More than 4,000 lake trout were caught and handled -- most of them released -- during the first phase of a Priest Lake fisheries assessment that ended May 17, the Idaho Fish and Game Department reports. Most of those lake trout were tagged...

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2013

Paddlers carefully eye Priest River flows

RIVERS – The best time to float the Priest River comes and goes, but the next couple of weeks will be worth checking out. At its extremes – up to 10,500 cubic feet per second and down to 165 cfs – the river is basically...

MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013

Court say crashing into anchored boat isn’t illegal; county appeals

BOATING -- Idaho boaters may want to upgrade their vessels to the equivalent of old Iron Sides if a court ruling on negligent boat driving holds. Bonner County is appealing a North Idaho magistrate court judge’s ruling that the state’s statute regarding the negligent operation...

MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

Anglers divided on macks or kokes at Priest Lake

FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing nonnative lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public meeting Thursday (Feb. 28) in Priest River. Biologists will present their evaluation of the fisheries...


Fish, wildlife, Mount Everest and much more in the news last week

Top recent outdoors-related stories in The Spokesman-Review include: First U.S. team to summit Everest reunites Field Reports: Biologists to present basics for Priest Lake fisheries plan Roskelley takes lesson from Frieh on smash-and-grab climbing Spokane Fly Fishing School teaches lasting lessons Out & About: Record...

FRIDAY, JAN. 25, 2013

Lake trout to be netted for study at Priest Lake

FISHING – Coinciding with a debate about future management of the Priest Lake mackinaw fishery, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game is joining a comprehensive study of the lake trout population. The University of Idaho College of Natural Resources and the Kalispel Tribe will...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23, 2013

Sled dog racing hits full stride this week

WINTER SPORTS -- Sled dog racing hits high gear in the Inland Northwest starting this week -- and skiers should note that skijoring is a category insome sled dog racing events nowadays. The Eagle Cap Extreme Sled Dog Race starts today (Jan. 23) and runs...

THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

Idaho Park-n-Ski free day promotes N. Idaho events

WINTER SPORTS -- Special events, such as guided snowshoe hike and ski touring, are planned for Saturday's Park-n-Ski day at winter hot spots such as Priest Lake State Park and Fourth of July Pass while fees are being waived for parking. A winter fat-biking demostration...

Rich Landers

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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. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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