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Dennis Anderson: Severe, prolonged drought threatens pheasant chicks in Dakotas

With drought conditions across the midwest, but especially in the Dakotas, pheasant guides are forced to haul water to protect fragile broods. (Lindell Haggin / Courtesy)
Curt Korzan didn’t think he would spend his summer hauling water. But that’s what Korzan, owner with his wife, Lorie, and adult sons of a pheasant hunting lodge near Kimball, S.D., is doing this week – drawing water from three 1,000-foot-deep wells and transporting it to the vast pheasant-habitat plots that blanket his 3,500-acre spread.

In brief: Fishing lake along Tucannon River gets makeover

Rainbow Lake, a popular fishing destination in the Wooten Wildlife Area of Columbia-Garfield counties, is closed for a makeover designed to improve both angler experience and salmon and steelhead habitat in the nearby Tucannon River.

Rocky Ford Creek foot bridges replaced for anglers

Two Durable metal footbridges have been installed over Rocky Ford Creek. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife / Courtesy)
No longer are anglers getting the run around at Rocky Ford Creek, a fly-fishing holy water north of Moses Lake. A $185,000 project to install two new foot bridges has restored safe access to the trails on both sides of the trout stream at both the upper and lower ends near Trout Lodge fish hatchery.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for July 27

The Yakima River has finally settled down into a smooth sustained flow and the trout are beginning to bite. Close by, the Naches River fish are smaller but plentiful, and wade fishing is a pleasant way to pass a hot summer day.

Idaho draft wolf plan has predator’s fans, foes howling

Advocates and critics are upset with IDFG draft wolf management plan and method for counting wolves. (Associated Press)
Officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are likely to release a draft of their plan next month, and wolf critics claim the agency is going soft on the animals, while wolf advocates say the state is putting too much pressure on them.

Reader photo: Seeing the lights

With a sun activity forecast that spelled a good chance to see the northern lights from Eastern Washington last weekend, Sharon Lindsay and several Spokane photographers headed out for a late-night shot at the heavens. Lindsay captured this image near Davenport around 1 a.m. (Sharon Lindsay / SHARON LINDSAY PHOTO)
Heavenly display: With a sun activity forecast that spelled a good chance to see the northern lights from Eastern Washington last weekend, Sharon Lindsay and several Spokane photographers headed out for a late-night shot at the heavens. Lindsay captured this image near Davenport around 1 a.m.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for July 20

The Clark Fork River has very good visibility and river temperatures are around 66 degrees in the mornings. Attractors are effective most of the day, as are naturals like tan caddis and PMDs.

Kid camping is a natural experience

If a kid gets special comfort from a doll or stuffed animal, bring it along camping and take it hiking and huckleberry picking as you would a family friend. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Taking kids camping, you know instinctively that you are doing something right for your offspring. You have brought them to this semi-natural place and pitched the tents and created a little world within the bigger world.

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A car passes the Centennial Town sign in Latah on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The tiny town is considering disincorporating. Story here. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)




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