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Idaho targets private lands big game

Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

A cow elk captured in January in the St. Joe River drainage with aid of a helicopter is fixed with a GPS collar before being released by Idaho Fish and Game Department researchers. (Idaho Fish and Game Department / Courtesy)
Big-game hunters should find the Idaho Panhandle a better than average place to bag meat for the freezer and have a shot at a trophy elk or whitetail this season, even though elk calves took a hit from the first tough winter in a few years.

Idaho’s Clearwater elk dodge bullet of tough winter

Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

Idaho’s streak of mild winters was broken last year and deep snow combined with cold temperatures took a toll on some of the state’s deer and elk herds, but the Clearwater region seems to have been an exception.

Ferry County rail trail hits rocky road with commissioners

Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 4:55 a.m.

The Ferry County Rail Trail trestle over Curlew Lake was decked by volunteers using a $200,000 federal grant. (Bobby Whittaker / For The Spokesman-Review)
A Ferry County Commission meeting set for Monday appears to be another step toward allowing motorized vehicles on 25 miles of rail trail corridor that county voters have supported for biking, hiking, horse riding and other non-motorized use.

Fall fling: September ideal month to cast for trout

Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Leeanna Young successfully casts dry flies in the drizzle on the Kootenai River. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
This is a busy month with families centered around kids and schools. Fall sports are fully revved up. Fans can easily devote an entire weekend to a Cougar football game. No wonder September is such a great time for an angler to sneak off and go fly fishing!

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.

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