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Matt Liere: Manning up for the dog

Sounds like you’re having a fairly rough go, and I wish I had better advice to give. Life is funny that way – placing challenges and opportunities right in front of us when we least expect them. Sometimes welcome, other times not – but it’s how we handle those events and play the game that matters.

Wilderness river: Selway sets the beat, rafters follow

Skippered by Salt Lake City resident Eric Sawyer, a paddle raft powers through the final moves of Ladle Rapid, which is the Selway River's crux navigational challenge. (Bill Brock / For The Spokesman-Review)
Most folks don’t know it, but a trip down the Selway River in North Idaho would do them a world of good. Out there, far from Facebook, and iPhones, and electronic “friends,” life is reduced to its most elemental rhythms.

Rich Landers: Hunting rule proposals have a backstory

Washington could follow the lead of Montana in requiring bear hunters to prove they can distinguish a black bear from a grizzly. (MIKE BRODWATER / MIKE BRODWATER)
More than 50 proposals are being considered for Washington’s hunting seasons and regulations in upcoming years, including a requirement that bear hunters be tested on knowing the difference between black bears and grizzlies.

Steelhead fishing will be catch-and-release in Idaho

A beefy wild steelhead is released in the Salmon River by fishing guide Norm Klobetanz of Exodus Wilderness Adventures based in Riggins, Idaho, in 2010. A weak Snake Rivery system steelhead run in 2017 will hurt fishing communities, town officials say. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho on Monday canceled its harvest season this fall and will allow only catch-and-release steelhead fishing. Washington is expected to announce similarly restrictive measures in the coming days, likely marking the first time in decades that catch-and-keep steelhead fishing will not be allowed on the Snake River and its tributaries.

Steelhead run bottoms out at Lower Granite

Steelhead are setting a record at Lower Granite Dam and it’s not a good one. The run’s performance is so poor that fisheries managers are considering restrictions to upcoming seasons.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 17

Most Spokane River rainbow taken recently have either been on the dropper below a hopper/Chernobyl or on the nymph rig. There doesn’t appear to be rhyme or reason to which nymph will work on a given day.

Hiker kills aggressive mountain goat; efforts increase to educate public to coexist

Mountain goats approach hikers on the summit of a Cabinet Mountains Peak apparently looking for food or maybe salty packs or skin to lick. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the normally docile white ghosts of rocky peaks. A woman from Lincoln County, Montana, shot the nanny with a .357-caliber handgun on July 19 at the top of a switchback on a narrow, cliffy section of the trail to Leigh Lake.

Field reports: Women in wilderness explored by panel

OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at Riverside State Park. The “Women in the Wilderness” panel is the latest in the summer-long Wednesdays in the Woods presentations organized by REI.

Tour de Lentil provides challenging ride through the Palouse

A building along State Route 194 shows its Cougar pride. (John  Nelson / The Spokesman-Review)
Cycling on the Palouse can feel a little like an epic adventure at sea. Giant, wheat-covered hillsides meet the skyline, looking like golden oceanic swells. You chug upward, cresting that massive wave, then plunge down the other side. Repeat, again and again.

Reader Photo: On top of the world

Lexi Greenwood and Kelly Kopczynsky celebrate on the summit of Harrison Peak after backpacking three days along the Selkirk Crest in North Idaho. (Chris Kopczynski / CHRIS KOPCZYNSKI PHOTO)
Lexi Greenwood and Kelly Kopczynsky celebrate on the summit of Harrison Peak after backpacking three days along the Selkirk Crest in North Idaho.

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