A United States District judge approved a plan on Monday to release more water over federal dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
The Spokesman Review’s Inland Northwest Trapshoot competition is in its 100th year.
Washington State University is poised to take over inconclusive research on elk hoof disease that’s been plaguing elk west of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon.
Wildlife officials say two deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease after they were killed in the opening weekend of a special hunt underway in southern Montana to gauge the prevalence of the brain-wasting illness.
The Nepali government banned solo climbing on the world’s tallest peak on Dec. 30, 2017.
Former Spokesman-Review outdoors editor Rich Landers will talk about his career, Jan. 13.
The Bureau of Land management has changed sagebrush habit policy guidelines allowing some grazing and oil and gas leasing. The new policy reverses an Obama-era rule mandating that BLM offices prioritize placing drilling and grazing projects outside sage grouse habitat, according to a news release.
Schweitzer Mountain will install two new chairlifts in 2019, Tom Chasse, president and CEO of the North Idaho resort said on Thursday.
Fifty years ago this week Jackass Ski Bowl opened above Kellogg. It turned the intensity of skiing up a few notches in the Silver Valley. Silver Mountain is celebrating this golden anniversary Friday with Jackass Day. Expect a variety of special events along with $12 lift tickets – the price of admission in January 1968. The ski area’s steeper slopes, deeper vertical and perilous access were a stark contrast to the mellow aspect and convenient location 20 miles to the east at Lookout Pass. Ski patroller Roger Grovner, 66, was born and raised in Kellogg. He was at Jackass from the beginning.
With its vast expanses of snowy meadows, steaming deep blue pools and spouting geysers, there’s no place quite like Yellowstone National Park in the winter. It’s otherworldly, an almost alien landscape.
A Minnesota man died in an avalanche while he was snowmobiling about 19 miles (30 kilometers) north of West Yellowstone in Montana.
WINTERSPORTS – The 27th annual Best Hand Fun Ski and Snowshoe Event is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 6. at the 4th of July Pass Recreation area in Idaho. Check-in time is between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and prizes will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. The event is the Panhandle Nordic Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Club’s annual fundraiser. Proceeds support trail grooming and maintenance at 4th of July Pass. Saturday is also the annual “Idaho Free Ski Day.” No parking pass is required.
SHOOTING – Shooters from across the northwest will start competing Sunday in the 100th Inland Northwest Trapshoot. The competition, which is sponsored by the Spokesman Review, is the oldest and largest shoot of its kind in the country. Competitors shoot every Sunday from Jan. 8 to Feb. 25. The competition is open to all gun clubs and other groups willing to shoot at recognized clubs. Individuals may also compete.
Fifteen cats stuck in one tree. A precarious sight. Especially because the tree was surrounded by 4 feet of debris filled water. In August, that’s what Tim Sorenson came upon.
For 30 or so hikers on Mount Spokane, 2018 started out bright and sunny.
Fish and wildlife without habitat are no more viable than Gonzaga basketball teams without an arena, backboards or hoops.
WILDLIFE – Bald eagle numbers in Coeur d’Alene have dropped this week as expected. Carrie Hugo, U.S. Bureau of Land Management wildlife biologist counted 179 eagles (141 adults and 38 juveniles). Hugo counted 372 bald eagles at the last full count on Dec. 7. That was a record number of eagles. The Coeur d’Alene eagle population usually peaks the third week of December.
RUNNING – Looking for some training motivation? Bloomsday has you covered and might even sweeten the deal with a prize. Early registration for the 42nd annual road race opened Tuesday. Register by Feb. 11 and you could win a 64 GB Apple iPhone 8 or a 64 GM Samsung Galaxy (winner’s choice). To register: bloomsdayrun.org.
Alan Liere’s weekly fishing-hunting report for Jan. 4
On New Year’s eve Ken Vanden Heuvel broke trail on the Jungle Hill trail in the Kettle River Range. After solo hiking about 4 miles he camped at 6,700 feet. And although he went to bed early, he still got to see fireworks.
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