The Twin Lakes in the Elkhorn Range of eastern Oregon boast magnificent views in in a peaceful, pristine setting. (Associated Press)

Elkhorn Crest Trail in northeast Oregon is a unique pathway

BAKER CITY – Views across the length of northeast Oregon feel almost commonplace on the Elkhorn Crest Trail, one of the highest and most unique pathways in the state. The 23-mile national recreation trail tightropes across the granite spine of the Elkhorn Range, where mountain goats roam sheer peaks and alpine lakes dapple multicolored valleys high above the prairie below.

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In brief: Wildfires displace some holdiday recreation

Campers and other recreationists must keep numerous wildfire closures in mind as they plan outings for the Labor Day holiday weekend. Major areas of the Colville, Idaho Panhandle, Okanogan-Wenatchee and Clearwater-Nez Perce national forests are closed to public access and will remain closed over the Labor Day weekend.

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Weekly hunting and fishing report

Fly Fishing The St. Joe is still a reasonable option for fly fishermen. Silver Bow Fly Shop suggests pink or yellow hoppers, caddis and ant patterns. Before making a long drive to any fishing destination, it would be wise to check the national fire information website:                      

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Charles Sheldon campaigned with the Boone and Crockett Club to designate Mount McKinley National Park.

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The Alaska mountain formerly known as McKinley has a less-than-thoughtful naming history that President Barack Obama cleared up this week. What didn’t come up in the trailing deluge of Alaska news was the role trophy hunters played in securing millions of acres around the highest peak in North America for the preservation of the wildlife, not to mention the view.

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Obama: Mount McKinley to be renamed Denali

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will change the name of North America’s tallest mountain from Mount McKinley to Denali, the White House said Sunday, a major symbolic gesture to Alaska Natives on the eve of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Alaska. By renaming the peak Denali, an Athabascan word meaning “the high one,” the Obama administration waded into a sensitive and decades-old conflict between residents of Alaska and Ohio. Alaskans have informally called the mountain Denali for years, but the federal government recognizes its name invoking the 25th president, William McKinley, who was born in Ohio and assassinated early in his second term.

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Field reports: Three bucks poached north of Reardan 

Three buck deer were illegally killed in a spree-poaching case north of Reardan this month. Wildlife officers are asking the public for tips. The whitetail bucks, their nearly fully grown antlers still in velvet, were poached during the night of Aug. 10 at the intersection of Schwartz and Littell roads.

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Heavy equipment was used to rebuild shorelines and raise the height of partially submerged areas of the Clark Fork Delta.

Clark Fork Delta on the mend with $6 million project 

CLARK FORK, Idaho – Katherine Cousins motored a small boat through the Clark Fork Delta’s back channels this week, pausing to watch a belted kingfisher swooping over the water near a stand of young willows. The natural-looking scene is the result of $6 million worth of construction at one of Idaho’s most important wetlands.

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Hunting »
Trophy hunters prized Denali; led national park campaign
Weekly hunting and fishing report
Archery hunter recovering after Idaho grizzly bear attack
Drought, wildfires combine to impact region’s wildlife
Wildfire closures block access to popular hunting, hiking, boating areas
Fishing »
Weekly hunting and fishing report
Unguided anglers lured by adventure of eight-day, fly-in, Alaska float trip
Wildfire closures block access to popular hunting, hiking, boating areas
At almost 90, Montana angling icon Bud Lilly is a trout’s best friend
Out & About: Chronic Wasting Disease’s gradual spread worries wildlife biologists
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 »
Never at dull moment rafting the Middle Fork
Paddleboarding appeals to exercisers of all ages
In brief: Ultra runner sets Appalachian Trial speed record
Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde a respite
Recreationists will find summer-like conditions for holiday outings
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 »
Elkhorn Crest Trail in northeast Oregon is a unique pathway
Wildfire closures block access to popular hunting, hiking, boating areas
With rainy weather, a backup camping plan can be as good as original – and a lot drier
The Gear Junkie: ‘Best in show’ gear
Spokane Mountaineers celebrate centennial with 100 miler in Pasayten
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: Gadgets create moral dilema
Out & About: Chronic Wasting Disease’s gradual spread worries wildlife biologists
Jess and Allison Roskelley take their grandpas’ fishing gear on honeymoon
Out & About: State grants boost recreation, wildlife projects
Out & About: Some trails reopen at Little Spokane River

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