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Gear Junkie: Polartec ‘Naked’ jacket coming soon

MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

Rab’s new Polartec jacket offers warmth and breathability. (Courtesy of Rab / Courtesy of Rab)
Strip the lining from an insulated jacket. Now, pull the guts – the sleeves and the body – on like a ragged fleece. That’s a crude picture. But with a to-be-released jacket, a British brand called Rab did essentially that. A knit polyester, the body of the jacket, forms an airy structure that traps body heat.

Field reports: Clagstone Meadows timberland access to open Aug. 1

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 6 A.M.

TIMBERLANDS – Access easements will allow public access to the 13,169-acre Clagstone Meadows private timberlands in Bonner County, starting Aug. 1, the Idaho Fish and Game Department says. Under the terms of a new Forest Legacy conservation easement, the forested area will continue produce timber to local mills while it benefits wildlife, local economies, clean water and recreation and will be protected permanently, says J.J. Teare, regional wildlife habitat manager.

Bears, bruises and rain: 5 days in Glacier National Park

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

In this photo taken Sept. 7, 2016, Justin Larson looks out over Gunsight Lake in Glacier National Park, Montana. (Lewis Kendall / Associated Press)
When someone tells you they spotted a 750-pound grizzly bear lurking around the same trail you are strolling, the typical response is to turn and head in the opposite direction. But backpacking in Glacier National Park, the rules are a bit different.

Bill Jennings: Upcoming weekend features competitions – one for cause and one for fun

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 6 A.M.

A pair of very different competitions will take place in the mountains this weekend. One is serious fun for the sake of a good cause. The other is seriously funny for the sake of having a party. I’ve had the privilege of participating in both events. Each experience was unforgettable in it’s own distinct way. The inspiring story behind 24 Hours of Schweitzer involves the dedication of a Sandpoint couple doing everything within their power for the survival of their son. The annual event is a ’round-the-clock skiathon that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars since Brian and Tricia Sturgis founded 24 Hours for Hank in 2009. The money supports research into a cure for Cystinosis, a rare congenital disease.

Ammi Midstokke: Dog parenthood for beginners

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 7 P.M.

I have never had a dog. I seem like a dog sort of person, what with all my outdoorsing and needing Lassie to fetch help. I grew up with dogs but they never really belonged to me. They were those sort of dogs that someday were just there and so we fed them and they, for the most part, kept the cougars off the porch.

Mount Spokane: Backyard playground for Spokane families

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

Youngsters in the Spokane Ski Racing Association are on top of their game at the summit of Mount Spokane. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
Mount Spokane is not a world-class peak, a 14er or one of the Seven Summits. It’s not even the highest mountain in Eastern Washington. But it serves a monumental role as the mountain in our backyard.

Ice traps vehicle at Sherman Pass trailhead

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 6 A.M.

Helpers attach tire traction devices to a vehicle that couldn't get traction on the ice to get out of the Kettle Crest Sno-Park lot at Sherman Pass on March 19. (SHUWEN WANG / SHUWEN WANG PHOTO)
On Sunday, a slick trap was waiting for unsuspecting backcountry snowshoers headed into the Sno-Park lot at the top of Sherman Pass, Washington’s highest highway pass for winter recreation.

Slides, washouts common in saturated forests

THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 5:30 A.M.

A March rockslide blocking the Selway River Road in Idaho is sized up by Forest Service staff. (U.S. FOREST SERVICE / COURTESY OF U.S. FOREST SERVICE)
Hikers, anglers, mushroomers, hunters and other visitors to public lands this spring should be extra wary of the possibility of roads blocked by landslides, downfall, rockfall, washouts and flooding.

More rain will keep water levels up

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 3:52 P.M.

Another storm in the forecast for Friday should keep rivers flowing fast for the coming weekend into next week.

Alan Liere’s fish and game report for March 23


Fly fishing Amber Lake should be ice free by the weekend, and even if it’s not, fly fishermen are having decent success in open water near the launch. The north shore of Medical Lake has enough open water to fish, but the ice will probably last longer than at Amber.

No Sigh for Spring


Despite recent optimistic proclamations that spring is here, I am very selective about heaving a sigh of relief. For me, heaving a sigh of relief is like begging some unknown force to suck me into the closed garage door as I pull onto the pad after having safely navigated a treacherous, icy stretch of highway.

Idaho rafting outfitters buoyed by rivers outlook

MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

Paddlers on a guided whitewater trip head down a remote stretch of the Owyhee River in Idaho. (Courtesy / Courtesy of Barker River Adventures)
Mother Nature blessed Idaho with deep snow in the mountains this winter, ranging from 98 percent to 180 percent of normal statewide, setting up an outstanding year for fishing and whitewater boating on the state’s world-class rivers.

Sportsmen fundraising for wildlife conservation

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, 6:30 A.M.

Fly fishing films feature massive brown trout. (Derek Olthuis / DEREK OLTHUIS/WESTERN WATERS MEDIA)
Sportsmen’s groups are doing the hard work of gaining members and raising funds for all sorts of worthy projects, ranging from giving terminally ill kids a shot at fishing or hunting to improving critical habitat for mule deer and ducks.

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By the time I got to Phoenix

1. Heard quite a few people say "Zags" today and all pronounced it correctly. That must mean we are approaching something momentous. 2. All you need to do to understand ...

Parting Shot — 3.29.17

Gonzaga fan Emmalynn Stokes, who is almost two years old, waits in the rain to see off the Gonzaga Bulldog team Wednesday at Gonzaga University. (Jesse Tinsley/SR photo)