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Ranger Rick celebrates 45 years with Washington State Parks

Fri., April 28, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

In this March 20, 2017, photo, Rick Blank, retiring assistant park manager at Deception Pass State Park, talks to visitor Brianna Lyon, holding her youngest child, Kestrel at West Beach in Washington. Blank has been an employee of Washington State Parks for 45 years and is the longest-tenured ranger in the field, he arrived at Deception Pass in 1990. (Scott Terrell / Associated Press)
Millions of people call Deception Pass State Park home, albeit for a day, maybe two, or perhaps a week. For assistant park manager Rick Blank, the rocky coastline, swirling salty waters, old-growth forest and iconic bridge have constituted his home for 27 years.

Basic bike tune-up brings clunker to life

Fri., April 28, 2017, 6 a.m.

Certified bicycle mechanic Erik Solberg gives a quick look-over on a Kona mountain bike. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
I’m glad there are no potholes in Spokane, because springtime is here again and it’s time to break out my bike and go for a ride. I have a cool old white Schwinn with chrome forks sitting in my storage unit, It looks like something a stormtrooper would ride, were the Emperor inclined to make 1980s road bikes standard issue equipment.

Millennials take aim at hunting, shooting

Wed., April 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Millennials are showing an interest in owning and shooting firearms. (Robert F. Bukaty / Associated Press)
They’re “indoorsmen” quick with a hash-tag quip and safely anonymous snark, demanding instant gratification, high pay and comfortable lifestyle.

Deeper Lake Roosevelt drawdown halted at tribe’s request

Wed., April 26, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Good news for fishermen, boaters and travelers relying on the Gifford-Inchelium Ferry: The Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that they were halting continuation of the drawdown at Lake Roosevelt at the request of the Colville Tribe.

Reader photo: Palouse cliff dwellers

Wed., April 26, 2017, 1:40 p.m.

On the edge: Yellow-bellied marmots take a stand on a cliff above the Palouse River and falls at Palouse Falls State Park. (Carlene Hardt Photo)
On the edge: Yellow-bellied marmots take a stand on a cliff above the Palouse River and falls at Palouse Falls State Park. On the web: Submit your outdoors-related photos for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition at

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for April 27

Wed., April 26, 2017, 1:27 p.m.

The Lower Yakima River will open for spring chinook salmon in two areas Friday through June 15. Area 1 is from the Hwy. 240 Bridge in Richland to the Grant Avenue Bridge in Prosser. Area

Gear Junkie: Measuring motion for cyclists

Wed., April 26, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

The Type-R measures everything from pedal strokes to pelvic tilt. (Courtesy / Courtesy of LEOMO, Inc.)
A drone hovers, filming the action. Cyclists race past, rocketing around a giant track. It’s a Thursday night in Los Angeles, and I’ve been invited to witness a product purported to be substantial for the future of the sport.

Advocates say wolves may help curb disease in elk

Mon., April 24, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

This Feb. 16, 2006 photo released by the National Park Service shows a Wolf near Blacktail Pond in Yellowstone National Park. (NPS, Jim Peaco / AP)
Wolves are the perfect tool to help reduce the spread of chronic wasting disease among elk, deer and moose, wolf advocates told the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission on last week.

Long-range shooting all about the numbers

Thu., April 20, 2017, 6:30 a.m.

Doug Glorfield practices shooting on one of several shooting positions at the long-distance target range he built on his family’s Whitman County farm. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Gone are the days of serious target shooters putting a finger to the wind and relying on the trajectories printed on ammunition boxes before squeezing off rounds at distant targets.

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