Dan Ashe, who rose from the ranks of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 to become its 16th director, finally got his chance to visit the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in September 2013. He flew to the farthest corner of northeast Alaska to accompany his son on a caribou hunt.
Development of a long-range master plan for Liberty Lake Regional Park is underway with a public workshop set for Thursday at 3 p.m. at City of Liberty Lake Council Chambers, 22710 E. Country Vista Dr.
After getting a late spring start, the garden had finally blossomed. Early crop production from the raspberries and rhubarb had been phenomenal, but my eagerness lay with the fall arrivals – the squash, onions, carrots, watermelon and tomatoes. And that time was now...until it wasn’t.
Hikers have been held hostage by a summer of smoke in the Inland Northwest. While much of the West continues to burn, creating unhealthy and even dangerous conditions on regional trails, one place in Washington has managed to dodge the bullet – the Olympic Peninsula.
The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources.
A recent survey conducted by Southwick Associates, a market research and firm specializing in hunting, shooting, fishing and other outdoor recreation, found a 68 percent increase during the last five years in hunters who video some or all of their hunts.
Len Zicker jokes that his wife made “the mistake of a lifetime” in buying him a fly rod as a gift in 1995. Certainly it changed the course of his life, and maybe the course of an North American fly fishing organization.
With schools back in session across the region, the weather seems to be following suit, leaving summer-like 90 degree temperatures – and even the 80s – behind for the upcoming weekend. Highs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in town probably won’t break the 70-degree mark, with highs each day in the upper 60s. Not until Sunday should the high creep back into the low 70s. Lows each night for the next several days will plummet into the upper 40s, and even cooler in outlying areas and North Idaho.
Friends of Silver Bow Fly Shop staff reported excellent fishing on the North Fork of the Clearwater and Kelly Creek in Idaho. Large cutthroat seemed especially fond of nymphing and streamer patterns, but orange foam dries also proved extremely effective.
One bowhunter is walking briskly into his backcountry elk camp this week with a team of four-legged helpers that take a load off his back without adding work and worry. “Pack goats make my life easy,” said Howie Halcomb, a hunter who pursues game with the rigor of a backcountry athlete.
It’s time for high school writers to begin thinking about fame, fortune and the great outdoors. The Spokesman-Review once again is joining the Outdoor Writers Association of America in sponsoring contests for youth outdoor writing.
This year, in its first full summer season, more than 231,000 people floated the Deschutes River through the Bend, Oregon, Whitewater Park on inner tubes, kayaks or paddleboards. That’s roughly 2,200 floaters each day May 15-Aug. 22.