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Mariners get ex-Gonzaga pitcher Marco Gonzalez from St. Louis, give up top prospect O’Neill

Former Gonzaga star pitcher Marco Gonzales was traded on Friday from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Seattle Mariners. The young left-hander was traded in exchange for top outfield prospect Tyler ONeill. (Jeff Roberson / AP)
SEATTLE – The Seattle Mariners paid a hefty price to add a pitcher who may not be ready to help them in the playoff hunt this season. The Mariners acquired young left-hander Marco Gonzales from the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday in exchange for top outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill, the second move to add pitching depth in as many days by Seattle. The Mariners acquired veteran reliever David Phelps from Miami on Thursday.

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.

Ammi Midstokke: Relationshipping in the Great Outdoors

Lupine blooms in profusion along Parker Ridge trail in a portion of the Selkirk Mountains that burned in 2015 (Ammi Midstokke / Ammi Midstokke photo)
I should warn my readers that the events herein were performed by advanced, expert relationshippers. I know this because I’ve spent a small fortune on therapy over the years and our couples therapist regularly tells us things like “You guys are really in tune with each other.”

Birding brightens driver’s commute on I-90

An osprey goes in for a landing in a nest near Blue Dog RV in Post Falls on Tuesday, July 11, 2016. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)
I spend about 90 minutes in a vehicle each day, commuting from Coeur d’Alene to downtown Spokane. I didn’t expect to be birding from Interstate 90. But the first day of the commute, I found myself watching two pairs of hawks soaring over the freeway. The next day, I started keeping count of hawks and other birds I saw on the drive.

Kokanee or mackinaw: Which will anglers prefer for Priest Lake?

A lake trout caught by an angler at Priest Lake, Idaho. (Roger Phillips / Idaho Fish and Game)
Anglers attached to fishing Priest Lake tend to fall into two camps that are being asked to make a decision. One group favors a return to the good old days of fishing for abundant kokanee and cutthroat trout. The other group generally prefers the current abundance of delicious shrimp-fed mackinaw averaging 15-25 inches long, and maybe a shot at catching a trophy mack.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for July 13

Morning sessions on the Spokane River have been good with droppers under big foam dries or just double nymph rigs. There is still some streamer action as well. The North Fork Coeur d’Alene has slowed considerably, but the St. Joe is still a good option.

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