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Master plan underway for Liberty Lake park

Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 4:12 p.m.

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.

Matt Liere: Guarding the bunny buffet

Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

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.

Olympic National Park provides terrific fall hiking options

Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Hikers near Obstruction Point have gorgeous views west toward the Bailey Range. (John  Nelson / The Spokesman-Review)
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.

Wanted: Volunteer shooters to thin Grand Canyon bison herd

Fri., Sept. 15, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

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.

Smile, more hunters are videoing hunts

Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 11:55 a.m.

Hunters are recording their hunts by video with with cameras and even digital video rifle scopes. (COURTESY PHOTO)
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.

Spokane fly fisher, FFI president, angling for sport’s future

Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Len Zickler of Spokane is a two-term president of Fly Fishers International. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
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.

Don’t sleep on ‘late’ fishing area lakes

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 6:55 p.m.

The posing porch at Klink’s Williams Lake Resort has been busy with successful anglers in the summer of 2017. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Worries that spring flooding would ruin this season’s fishing at stocked trout lakes in the Spokane region never panned out, at least not at Williams Lake.

Reader photo: Standing up to Peewee Falls

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 2:47 p.m.

A stand-up paddleboarder cools off in the mist of Peewee Falls in the Z Canyon stretch of the Pend Oreille River upstream from Boundary Dam. (Jason Hershey / JASON HERSHEY PHOTO)
A stand-up paddleboarder cools off in the mist of Peewee Falls in the Z Canyon stretch of the Pend Oreille River upstream from Boundary Dam.

Weekend weather: Seasonal temps under mostly sunny skies

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 1:08 p.m.

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.

Fishing-Hunting report for Sept. 14

Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

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.

Pack goats take a load off elk hunter’s game

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

A pack goat licks sweat off Howie Halcomb’s arm as he pauses on a high ridge while hiking and scouting for game. (Courtesy / HOWIE HALCOMB PHOTO)
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.

Outdoor writing contest geared to high school students

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 5:25 a.m.

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.

Columbia-Snake steelhead run shows slight improvement

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 4:55 a.m.

FILE - In this July 7, 2016 file photo, a steelhead trout is reeled in near Dodge Bridge along the Rogue River in Shady Cove, Ore. The Columbia River Basin and other Oregon coastal rivers are experiencing low summer steelhead returns. (Jamie Lusch / Associated Press)
The return of A-run steelhead to the Columbia River basin is still dismal but the sea-run trout made a late push in the past week that prompted fisheries managers to upgrade their run forecast.

Field Reports: Bend Whitewater Park flooded with floaters

Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 4:25 a.m.

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.

Ammi Midstokke: The brown dog reaches adolescence

Sat., Sept. 9, 2017, 5:55 a.m.

Ammi Midstokke’s dog obviously has a high ceiling when it comes to learning. (Ammi Midstokke / Courtesy)
The only thing more obnoxious than a parent who thinks their kids are infallible is a dog owner blind to the grievances of their dog. Thank goodness both my child and my dog are near perfect.

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