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Mountain bikers urged to avoid rutting trails

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 11:45 A.M.

Mountain bikers were champing at the bit to get out on not-quite snow-free trails at BLM's Fishtrap Recreation Area on March 11, 2017. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Members of a local mountain biking group that devotes a lot of time to trail building and maintenance is asking other cyclists to take the high road in choosing ride routes when the ground is soggy.

Spokane is annual stop in Canadian outfitter’s hunting lifestyle

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 6 A.M.

British Columbia hunting outfitters Lynn and Scott Pichette have had a booth at every Big Horn Outdoor Recreation Show since 1975. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Scott Pichette and his wife, Lynn, were setting up their Bowron River Guiding booth on Wednesday in preparation for today’s opening of the Big Horn Outdoor Recreation show at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. They’ve been doing it every year since 1975.

Alan Liere: Discoveries abound during walk up the driveway

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017, 7 P.M.

I have been in this home north of Spokane for 22 years now. In the previous 50 years, my longest stay in one place was a house in Spokane where I tormented my mother for 20 years. Mom never could understand why I didn’t want to sit home with her on the sofa, eat popcorn and watch Lawrence Welk on Saturday night.

Reader photo: Powerful waters


Palouse Falls billows in a cloud of mist caused by big flows from upstream snowmelt on March 11, 2017. (Barb Brock)
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Revolutionary rafts lower danger of extreme whitewater

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

Boaters paddle a Creature Craft on a wild ride down the North Fork of the Smith River in northwest California. The raft design prevents the raft from turning bottoms up. (GEORGE NUCKOLS / Courtesy of George Nuckols)
It’s been raining for almost a week here on California’s northwest coast, and the Middle Fork Smith River has transformed into a raging, swirling, terrifying torrent of whitewater.

Avalanche forecasters keep motorists safe at a snowy pass

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

In this Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 photo, John Stimberis, an avalanche forecasting and control supervisor for the Washington State Department of Transportation at Snoqualmie Pass, does a compression test to get a feel for the strength of the snow and any unstable layers. Stimberis generally starts his day with closely monitoring the weather forecast and measuring different conditions at the WSDOT snow study area at Snoqualmie Pass. (Bettina Hansen / Associated Press)
John Stimberis’ office looks nothing like that of a typical state employee. Sure, there’s an ancient coffee pot in the corner, cheap carpet and old computers humming quietly. But you’re also liable to trip over a stray pair of ski boots.

Mauled mountain biker riding fast when attacked by grizzly

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 4:34 P.M.

Treat (Uncredited / AP)
The Kalispell mountain biker killed by a grizzly bear outside of Glacier National Park last year was going at a high rate of speed into a collision that triggered the mauling, investigators say in the official report released this week.

Ammi Midstokke: Coexisting with nature in your kitchen

FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017, 11:55 A.M.

There are certain people out there, I am sure, that have a sort of karmic magnet for chaos. They are the people that somehow manage to pile several catastrophes into a day and casually cook dinner on the side. I watch them from a distance and silently judge their sixth sense for disaster and mayhem.

Oregon capital has ticket for off-leash dogs

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

“I’m so happy for the sunshine,” said Diane Sherman as she exercises her dogs Zara (running) and Benji in Corbin Park Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2012. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Escalating complaints about loose-running dogs weighed heavy in the decision by the city of Salem, Oregon’s capital city, to hire its first city parks ranger.

Reader photo: Spring is coming

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017, 4:04 P.M.

Sign of spring: A spotted Towhee huddles at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on March 6, a sure sign that spring is on the way. (Buck Domitrovich photo)
A spotted Towhee huddles at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge on March 6, a sure sign that spring is on the way.

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Parting Shot — 3.18.17

President Donald Trump speaks while signing various bills in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Monday. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)