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Trekking poles boost hikers on the trail

Spokane rheumatologist Meredith Heick practices what she preaches about lowering impact to leg joints by packing trekking poles to Europe for her 110-mile hiking vacation around Mont Blanc. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Trekking poles that resemble cross-country ski poles are considered essential equipment by many hikers looking to make their walks more efficient and less stressful on ankle, knee and hip joints.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for June 22

Silver Bow Fly Shop says the Spokane River has dropped considerably since the opener and is holding steady at a manageable level. There are plenty of spots to hit on foot and great floating right now. Best of all, trout fishing has been very good.

Out & About: Wild swine an invasive species curse

Feral pigs can be destructive to crops and wildlife habitat. (COURTESY PHOTO / Courtesy)
Feral pigs were quickly targeted last year in Washington by state and federal wildlife officials who closed down a state wildlife area near Moses Lake and used traps, bait stations, aircraft and firearms to eliminate a handful of the loose swine. Was that an overreaction? No, according to wildlife officials across the country. Take Kansas, for example.

Field reports: Kayak guide dies rescuing client in Yellowstone

A kayak guide in his first season on the job in Yellowstone National Park has died while trying to rescue a park visitor who capsized on Yellowstone Lake. Initial reports have not indicated whether the guide or the client were wearing wet suits or dry suits in coldwater conditions.

Glacier National Park maintenance backlog drops

This image provided by Sun Tours shows visitors stopping on Going-to-the-Sun Road to view Bird Woman Falls in summer 2005. (ED DEROSIER / Associated Press)
KALISPELL, Mont. – Glacier National Park’s maintenance backlog has dropped by $31 million over the last year, according to a report by the National Park Service. The various maintenance projects in Glacier that have been put off or delayed – collectively known as a park’s “deferred maintenance” – dropped to $148.2 million in 2016, down from $179.8 million in 2015.

Alan Liere: The marvels of a contemporary trap line

When I was in high school, one of my best friends, Eddie, ran a trap line for muskrat and beaver. It was hard, cold work, and Eddie kept at it not so much for the extra cash as for the independence, the tradition, and the love of the outdoors.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for June 15

Reports say there is very good fishing on the Spokane River, both upper and lower. The water is high, but the trout are more active and are sitting in some heavy currents. The Stone/caddis pupa is the top double-nymph combo, but streamer fishing is good too. There are lots of smallmouth as well as trout upriver.

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