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Ammi Midstokke: The continuing education of a homesteader

Once, I took a class on building birdhouses. I thought it had all the basic carpentry skills I would need, no matter that the wood was precut. There was glue, nails, some paint, which seems the main fabric of any good home as far as I could tell. But being a home owner has taught me a few new things about building and myself.

Fish Black Friday for big rainbow trout

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering anglers opportunities for tight lines rather than long lines on the day after Thanksgiving.

Skiing youngster from Idaho lands big part in Teton Gravity Research film

It was a classic moviemaking scenario: One of the stars bails out during production and the new kid gets his shot at a role and comes up big. In this case, it was the latest Teton Gravity Research film “Far Out” presented by REI, and the new kid really is just a kid, Kai Jones, only 11 at the time.

Grizzlies spreading into Washington

As Montana grizzly bears have pushed beyond their usual mountain strongholds into the Bitterroot and Judith Basin areas, Washington state residents got a surprise visit this fall from a 476-pound grizzly west of the Pend Oreille River.

Reader photo: Flying along

Colville photographer Joanie Christian took this photo of a female common merganser while kayaking on the Colville River in late October.

Columbia River salmon, steelhead fisheries reopen Jan. 1

Salmon and steelhead angling will remain closed from Buoy 10 to Hwy. 395 at Pasco through Dec. 31 on the Columbia River. Most tributaries remain open for salmon and steelhead fishing, but anglers are reminded to check for emergency fishing rule changes before heading out.

Declining caribou illustrate the challenges of conservation

UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 10:45 a.m.

The fate of the mountain caribou highlights the myriad ways in which habitat degradation impacts the natural world. And, it illustrates the unsavory choices conservationists often make about which species live and which die.