Julianne Ubigau of Conservation Canines reinforces the reward of playing with a ball with Ranger. (Rich Landers)

Poop-sniffing dogs work for wildlife researchers 

Shelter dogs too intense or feisty to be adopted are helping wildlife scientists by doing what comes naturally – running through the woods and sniffing for the poop of other animals. “But they don’t get to roll in it,” said Jennifer Hartman of Conservation Canines. “We’ve heard those jokes.” The noses of the canine misfits are being put to use in Pend Oreille County in a pilot project seeking more information about the interrelationships of wolves and other carnivores – as well as with their prey. The dogs are tools for studying endangered species and other wildlife that doesn’t require trapping or tranquilizing the animal.

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Shade protection tours offered in Idaho

Shade from trees and shrubs is often essential to keeping water temperatures in Idaho forest streams cool enough for healthy fish and other aquatic species. Many stream organisms also benefit from the deep pools created in streams when large logs fall into the stream.

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Temps force Montana fishing restrictions

FISHING – High water temperatures in Western Montana have prompted emergency restrictions on the hours fishing will be allowed on the Bitterroot, Blackfoot and Clark Fork Rivers starting Friday. Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks officials said all fishing on the prized trout rivers as well as Flint and Silver Bow Creeks will close daily from 2 p.m. to midnight until conditions improve.

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High holiday heat brings burn bans

With the extremely hot and dry conditions, Fourth of July campers in North Idaho and Eastern Washington should consider their campouts fire-free unless they have a fire ring inside a designated recreation site. It’s not as if any people will want a fire with temperatures on Saturday expected to be 97 degrees, but anyone on public land in Washington and Idaho, and on Potlatch-owned lands in Idaho, will face fire restrictions on one of the busiest camping weekends of the year.

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When high heat hits, staying cool is a science

When Mother Nature turns up the heat, one of the best ways to cool off is to head for the hills. Nature’s own air conditioner operates during normal atmospheric conditions, cooling the air almost 6 degrees for every 1,000 feet you climb. So if it’s 90 degrees in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene, it’s 72 degrees along the mile-high ridgetops of the Salmo-Priest Wilderness. While we all sweat around here, mountain climbers at the summits of Washington’s snow giants are chilling out in temperatures hovering around freezing.

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Ammi Midstokke: The Kaniksu50 and the misery/gratitude balance 

To achieve optimal suffering potential, you need a few different ingredients. Sometimes I try to mix it up, like trying a new cocktail at the same bar, but the results are typically the same. On Saturday – this particular day of suffering – I’d been runhobbling for three hours with nearly 30 pounds on my back while the sun cooked the earth into a ceramic trinket for the gods. The dust-to-oxygen ratio had me feeling like a pack-a-day smoker.

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Warm June has western Montana anglers scrambling to enjoy good conditions 60 

Western Montana anglers have reported some of the best early summer fishing they’ve seen in years in the past week, but they’re bracing for an early end of the season, too. “We’ve been telling our out-of-state customers exactly what the conditions are, and our late-July and August bookings are nonexistent,” said Matt Potter of Kingfisher Fly Shop in Missoula.

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After 10 days enjoying the towns and scenery of northern Washington, Nick Deshais reaches Sandpoint, the end of his Route 10 journey. On the Web: Browse a large-format photo gallery of Deshais’ journey online at www.spokesman.com/picture-stories/tour-deshais (Dan Pelle)

Blazing a trail: U.S. Bicycle Route 10 burnishes Washington’s standing as most bike-friendly state in the union

In a forest of blackened spires, the recent victims of the largest wildfire in Washington’s history, I climbed toward Loup Loup Pass on two wheels, breathing heavy and dripping sweat. A cardboard box on the side of the road stopped me. It was illustrated with a bicycle ascending the steep incline of Loup Loup, flames licking its tires. “Cold Water,” the box read, describing its contents. “Hot Hot.”

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Hunting »
Weekly hunting and fishing report
Weekly hunting and fishing report
In brief: Walla Walla man prosecuted for landing plane in Wilderness area
Weekly hunting and fishing report
Out & About: Snake-aversion clinic for dogs June 26
Fishing »
Warm June has western Montana anglers scrambling to enjoy good conditions
Weekly hunting and fishing report
Anglers ready to compete in 23rd annual Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament this weekend on Lake Roosevelt
Out & About: Angler hooks big surprise at Newman Lake
Water management affects every living thing
Wintersports »
Out & About: Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol searches for recruits
Bill Jennings: Shift in omega block weather pattern presents hope for area ski conditions
Jennings: Bode Miller’s do-or-crash attitude would be missed
Jennings: Many deals await area skiers looking for pocketbook help
Mushers, skijorers converge on Priest Lake for sled dog race
Watersports »
Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde a respite
Recreationists will find summer-like conditions for holiday outings
Low runoff boon to spring recreation on reservoirs
Nine Mile Reservoir drawdown set for May
Out & About: Sportsmen required to report hunting activity
Nature »
Coeur d’Alene Lake cruise follows biologists researching nesting ospreys
Area birding: Migratory Bird Day approaches
Landers: Turkey hunter sometimes eats crow
User’s guide to Mount Spokane unlocks park’s secrets
Moths high in grizzly bear’s food pyramid
Hiking »
Volunteers clean up, widen area trails
Scenic route not for everyone
Bolivia: Footloose family vacation finds rich experience in poor nation
Top of the world: Spokane Mountaineers club prepares climbers to reach for the sky
Photo: Haystacks at the beach
Biking »
Blazing a trail: U.S. Bicycle Route 10 burnishes Washington’s standing as most bike-friendly state in the union
Volunteers clean up, widen area trails
Tour Deshais: Water, water everywhere, and only 8 liters to drink
Tour Deshais: Descending through history
Tour Deshais: Closure a downer on dry stretch
Out and About »
Out & About: Angler hooks big surprise at Newman Lake
Shooter sets one-hour clays record
Loose dogs growing issue at Mount Spokane
Out & About: Snake-aversion clinic for dogs June 26
Out & About: Scotchmans group plans hikes, events

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