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Reader photos capture essence of summer outdoors

Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Benjamin Read rappels off a granite slab in the Selkirk Mountains of Idaho, with Harrison Lake below and Harrison Peak in the distance. The four-pitch climb called “Hot and Harry” is one of eight routes that Read and friends put up in the area during summer 2017. (Olivia Chantry / Courtesy)
Summer in the Inland Northwest serves up a lot of eye candy for outdoor photographers. Nesting birds and newborn fawns turn a lot of heads. Moose pose like models. Our numerous water bodies are full of features to admire through the lens.

In brief: Water study, Thorofare topic of Priest Lake meeting

Thu., Sept. 21, 2017, 4:55 a.m.

An open house meeting to explain alternatives for managing Priest Lake water levels and navigation through The Thorofare is set for Friday at 4-7 p.m. at Priest Lake Elementary School, 27732 Highway 57 in Priest Lake.

Weekend weather: Showers give way to mostly sunny skies

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 2:40 p.m.

Water drops streak down glass in front of orange traffic lights and yellow car lamps during a rain shower, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at the corner of Washington Street and Buckeye Avenue in Spokane, Wash. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Much needed and welcomed rain throughout the region earlier in the week has washed away the remnants of smoke to provide relief to the lousy air quality suffered by Eastern Washington and North Idaho residents.

Alan Liere’s Fishing-Hunting Report for Sept. 21

Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 1 p.m.

Silver Bow Fly Shop reports excellent fishing on the Spokane River. Dry fly action has been slow, but nymphing is very productive. The prince dropper has been probably the most consistent.

Master plan underway for Liberty Lake park

Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

Development of a long-range master plan for Liberty Lake Regional Park is underway with a public workshop set for Thursday at 3 p.m. at City of Liberty Lake Council Chambers, 22710 E. Country Vista Dr.

Matt Liere: Guarding the bunny buffet

Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

After getting a late spring start, the garden had finally blossomed. Early crop production from the raspberries and rhubarb had been phenomenal, but my eagerness lay with the fall arrivals – the squash, onions, carrots, watermelon and tomatoes. And that time was now...until it wasn’t.

Olympic National Park provides terrific fall hiking options

Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Hikers near Obstruction Point have gorgeous views west toward the Bailey Range. (John  Nelson / The Spokesman-Review)
Hikers have been held hostage by a summer of smoke in the Inland Northwest. While much of the West continues to burn, creating unhealthy and even dangerous conditions on regional trails, one place in Washington has managed to dodge the bullet – the Olympic Peninsula.

Wanted: Volunteer shooters to thin Grand Canyon bison herd

Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.

Smile, more hunters are videoing hunts

Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Hunters are recording their hunts by video with with cameras and even digital video rifle scopes. (COURTESY PHOTO)
A recent survey conducted by Southwick Associates, a market research and firm specializing in hunting, shooting, fishing and other outdoor recreation, found a 68 percent increase during the last five years in hunters who video some or all of their hunts.

Spokane fly fisher, FFI president, angling for sport’s future

Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Len Zickler of Spokane is a two-term president of Fly Fishers International. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Len Zicker jokes that his wife made “the mistake of a lifetime” in buying him a fly rod as a gift in 1995. Certainly it changed the course of his life, and maybe the course of an North American fly fishing organization.

Don’t sleep on ‘late’ fishing area lakes

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 6:55 p.m.

The posing porch at Klink’s Williams Lake Resort has been busy with successful anglers in the summer of 2017. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Worries that spring flooding would ruin this season’s fishing at stocked trout lakes in the Spokane region never panned out, at least not at Williams Lake.

Reader photo: Standing up to Peewee Falls

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 2:47 p.m.

A stand-up paddleboarder cools off in the mist of Peewee Falls in the Z Canyon stretch of the Pend Oreille River upstream from Boundary Dam. (Jason Hershey / JASON HERSHEY PHOTO)
A stand-up paddleboarder cools off in the mist of Peewee Falls in the Z Canyon stretch of the Pend Oreille River upstream from Boundary Dam.

Weekend weather: Seasonal temps under mostly sunny skies

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

With schools back in session across the region, the weather seems to be following suit, leaving summer-like 90 degree temperatures – and even the 80s – behind for the upcoming weekend. Highs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in town probably won’t break the 70-degree mark, with highs each day in the upper 60s. Not until Sunday should the high creep back into the low 70s. Lows each night for the next several days will plummet into the upper 40s, and even cooler in outlying areas and North Idaho.

Fishing-Hunting report for Sept. 14

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Friends of Silver Bow Fly Shop staff reported excellent fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater and Kelly Creek in Idaho. Large cutthroat seemed especially fond of nymphing and streamer patterns, but orange foam dries also proved extremely effective.

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