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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.

Rich Landers: Life jacket requirement renders tubers disposable

Life jackets are required to be worn while floating on any sort of vessel on moving water in Spokane County, but Spokane does not have the same requirement for waters within the city. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle through the rapids at the Bowl and Pitcher would be required to wear a life jacket for a baseline measure of safety. But a fun-loving dude floating on an inner tube could legally bare his chest to the whitewater without a life jacket or fear of a ticket.

Prime time for hunter ed; Idaho offers combo class

Summer is prime time for new hunters to enroll in hunter education classes in Idaho and Washington. State wildlife officials say prospective hunters to procrastinate can find fall classes full or in conflict with fall school and sports schedules.

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Wild Card/Tuesday — 6.27.17

June is a month of personal milestones and anniversaries. Forty years ago this week, Mrs. O & I moved to the Northwest, to locate in Kalispell, Mont., for five years. ...

Budget deal close, legislative leaders say

OLYMPIA -- Legislative leaders said they are close to an agreement on the 2017-19 operating budget and could release it Wednesday, putting them on a track to avoid a partial ...