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‘Environmentalists’ eventually forced out of their closets

Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

Strip mining for coal has stirred a debate pitting jobs against the environment. (Matthew Brown / Associated Press)
What would you do if something threatened your favorite mountain? While most people don’t do much more than complain and feel sorry for themselves when facing demise off something so special or even essential in their lives, a few are inspired to take action.

Reader photo: Holiday twist to ‘tree skiing’

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 2:55 p.m.

Sarah Brede of Spokane went ‘tree skiing” near Thompson Pass on Nov. 19, bringing a fresh Christmas tree nearly 1,000 vertical feet back to the vehicle. (Mike Brede / MIKE BREDE PHOTO)
Submit your own outdoors-related photos for a chance to be published in our weekly print edition and browse our archive of past reader submissions online at spokesman.com/outdoors.

Out & about: Bald eagles flock to Lake Coeur d’Alene

Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 8:22 p.m.

A bald eagle glides up to a perch above Lake Coeur d’Alene at Higgens Point in December 2008. On average, the highest counts of eagles occur the week before Christmas. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
OUTBACK – Kokanee are spawning and dying in North Idaho’s two largest lakes and bald eagles have begun congregating for the annual feast. Dozens of eagles are congregating at Granite Creek and in the Bayview shoreline area to take advantage of revived kokanee fisheries in Lake Pend Oreille.

Spokane’s Chris Kopczynski offers perspective on climber Fred Beckey

Sun., Nov. 12, 2017, 5:45 a.m.

Fred Beckey, at age 62, pauses during a 1985 retreat from a three-week-long failed climbing expedition in Alaska. (Chris Kopczynski photo)
Fred Beckey, the pioneering climber who died Oct. 30 at age 94, inspired Spokane mountaineer Chris Kopczynski and some of the biggest names in climbing. Asked for a perspective on Beckey, who occasionally crashed at Kop’s Spokane home as he traveled through he Northwest, Chris said, “It comes down to five words he whispered to me about 35 years ago.”

Field reports: South Hill group presents BLUFF Talks

Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 4:10 p.m.

Speakers will take 10 minutes apiece this week to tell personal stories or offer perspectives on what connects the public to the trails and natural area of High Drive Bluff Park, better known as the Spokane’s South Hill bluff.

States warn Trump against big changes in sage grouse plan

Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. Two governors are warning the Trump administration against big changes in a plan to protect the ground-dwelling bird across the West, saying it would send a message to states not to bother cooperating to save other imperiled species. Colorado's John Hickenlooper and Wyoming's Matt Mead said that a 2015 plan for the greater sage grouse came from long negotiations among governments, conservationists and industry. (David Zalubowski / Associated Press)
Two governors are warning the Trump administration against big changes in a plan to protect a ground-dwelling bird across the West, saying it would send a message to states not to bother cooperating to save other imperiled species

Third federally protected gray wolf killed in Oregon

Sat., Nov. 11, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

Another gray wolf has been found dead in Oregon, marking the third such unsolved death of a federally protected wolf in the past year, state and federal wildlife officials said. Another wolf was shot by a hunter who claimed self-defense.

Tough tests await bikers at Beacon Hill

Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Mountain biker Dan Wilson of Evergreen East plummets down an advanced roller feature at Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani area. The rock is a purely optional route just above the trail Old School. (Chris Madunich / Courtesy)
Having worked up to it for years, mountain biker Dan Wilson comfortably plummets down an advanced roller feature at Beacon Hill/Camp Sekani area. It’s only a few bubbles off vertical. Not for beginners.

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