Outdoors

TUESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2013

Rattlesnakes common in Selway drainage; why not Lochsa?

WILDLIFE -- River rafters, hikers and hunters are keenly aware that rattlesnakes are common on portions of the Selway River. But why are there virtually now rattlesnakes on the Lochsa River, which joins the Lochsa near Lowell, Idaho, to form the Middle Fork Clearwater River?...

MONDAY, FEB. 25, 2013

Weighted lottery could help luckless river permit applicants

RUNNING RIVERS -- My wife and I and a dozen friends in our would-be rafting group feel your pain if you didn't draw a coveted permit to reserve a launch date for one of Idaho's four famous wilderness whitewater rivers. We bombed, too. The competition...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

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,...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 25, 2012


No life jacket on the Selway River? God help us

RIVER SAFETY -- The number of drownings in the region's rivers this year has prompted a local campaign to get people thinking about reasonable safety practices. Most of the victims would be alive today had they been wearing life jackets. Perhaps the most incredible drowning...

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2011

Group vows to sue over sewage in Selway River

NATIONAL FORESTS -- An environmental group is vowing to sue the Nez Perce National Forest over allegations the agency is allowing undertreated sewage to be discharged into the Selway River and South Fork of the Red River. Moscow-based Friends of the Clearwater sent letters to...

FRIDAY, JAN. 28, 2011

Last call to apply for Idaho’s “Big 4” rivers

RIVER RUNNING -- Applications to get coveted permits for floating the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon rivers for this coming season must be submitted online by Monday. The shift by the Forest Service to online applications includes a few...

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Idaho river rafting permit deadline Jan. 31

IDAHO RIVERS -- Applications to get coveted permits for floating the Selway, Snake, Middle Fork of the Salmon, or wild main Salmon rivers for this coming season must be submitted online by Jan. 31. The new shift by the Forest Service to online applications includes...

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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