Hiking in Cascades with Christi: 16 miles of girl talk, one unforgettable memory.

Ammi Midstokke: Making memories with friends

When I first became a runner, I lost all kinds of friends. I lost friends that were tired of hearing about my mile splits. I lost smoke break friends. I lost friends I went out with on Friday nights because I had to get up Saturday for a long run. I get it. There’s nothing really much more obnoxious than someone at the water tank reporting everything from their fuel plan to their bowel status on mile 20. And of course I read enough Runner’s World to be a veritable expert on, well, everything.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing Hoot-Owl restrictions are on in the Spokane River, but water temperatures remain cool enough to keep the fish from being stressed. Double nymph rigs are good for trout, and near Sullivan, crawdad patterns are taking smallmouth.

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Weekend weather

After above-normal temperatures in June and July, you knew that the hot summer weather was bound to return. Today will offer a transition into a new round of heat.

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Priest Lake level might be lowered 

Drought conditions could result in a gradual drawdown of Priest Lake’s summer pool this year. Idaho Department of Water Resources officials met Friday with local residents to discuss the water levels at the mountain lake, a popular destination for boaters, kayakers and anglers.

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Kokanee restoration in Lake Pend Oreille and their introduction in Hayden Lake are among the recent fisheries management successes in North Idaho. (Kathy Plonka)

Fish brains: Regional managers in driver seat for future of fishing

Fisheries biologists are stepping in and out of the top regional fish management positions in North Idaho and Eastern Washington this month. These are the managers who supervise staff and hatchery managers, guide field work, administer fishing rule changes, chart policy, oversee projects, plow through the red tape of government regulations – and take the heat when fishing isn’t up to par.

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Climbers descend the Disappointment Cleaver high above Rainier’s Ingraham Glacier. (Associated Press)

Hot weather impacting climbing on Mount Rainier

Washingtonians without air conditioning aren’t the only ones suffering from record-setting temperatures this summer. The glacier-covered faces of Mount Rainier are melting faster than usual this year, creating conditions on the mountain that were more like August or September just a few days into July.

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Field reports: Field reports: Badger Lake rehab proposal presented

FISHING – A proposal for using rotenone to restore Badger Lake into a standout trout-fishing lake will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, 7 p.m., at the Spokane County Public Library, 610 First St. in Cheney. The treatment would rid the lake of bass, pumpkinseed sunfish, brown bullheads and tench so that cutthroat and rainbow trout can be restored.

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Half of this year’s sockeye salmon run toward spawning grounds already has died because of warm water conditions, and the sockeye fishing season will come to an early end on the upper Columbia River after this weekend. (File)

Sockeye salmon season cut short for anglers 

The sockeye salmon fishing season will come to an early end on the upper Columbia River after this weekend. Half of this year’s big run toward spawning grounds already has died because of warm water conditions, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department officials said Friday in announcing the early closure.

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Innocence lost with realization that fake bait catches big fish

From the very beginning, my 10-year-old friend Eddie and I were as infatuated with the process of catching bait as we were in catching fish. Our typical fishing expedition, in fact, was so handicapped with jars, cans, boxes, and buckets of wiggly things it was difficult to find room on our bikes for our tackle. Seldom did we leave my yard for the Little Spokane River without at least a few hellgrammites, a jar of grasshoppers and of course – a big coffee can of nightcrawlers. For us, gathering bait provided an excuse for being outside the entire spring and summer, gave us direction, and kept us wet and dirty – positive, consequential considerations, despite our mothers’ notions to the contrary. Nothing else made us feel quite so free as plunging recklessly into the Little Spokane River in search of crawdads, and easing a seven-inch nightcrawler from the back lawn at midnight under the dim approval of a dying flashlight was exhilarating.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing Red’s Fly Shop in Cle Elum (509-933-2300) is voluntarily shifting to morning-only guide trips in the Yakima Canyon.  Water temperatures in the canyon are currently at a “safe” level, so this applies to only guided floats and is not mandatory for the do-it-yourself anglers at this time. Fly fishing in the Yakima has been very good.

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