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Reader photo: Urban Blue Jay

Buck Domitrovich took this photo of a blue jay near Steptoe Butte on Saturday. According to the Audubon Society, the raucous and colorful bird is slowly expanding its range into the Northwest. Logging of Eastern forests initially depressed the species’ population, but the birds have adapted to nesting in cities.

Reward offered in Idaho grizzly poaching case

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Citizens Against Poaching are each offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of whoever shot and killed a female grizzly in Idaho.

Suspension of steelhead season spawns unease

A crowd of more than 80 people at a Riggins community meeting over the looming closure of the steelhead fishing season in Idaho heard mostly bad news Tuesday night.

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.