State agencies and conservation groups have closed a $1.55 million deal to secure 2,893 acres of wildlife habitat especially important to the Yakima elk herd. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Friday that the deal was made to purchase the private land 15 miles northwest of Yakima with help from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Cowiche Canyon Conservancy and Department of Ecology.
Last week in this column I mentioned gear from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, a major exhibition in Salt Lake City held this month. I spent three days trekking the trade show floor to see thousands of new products set to debut in 2015. These six items below, my “Best In Show” picks, stood out as some of the most worthy.
OUTGATED – An access to South Hill bluff trails at 57th Avenue and Hatch Road is set to be closed this week. The area is large enough for a dozen vehicles and is popular with hikers and bikers as well as people looking for unobscured views of full-moon rises and blaze-orange sunsets.
As we stood on the top of Oregon’s largest wilderness area, looking down upon mountains that spread across the horizon like rows of jagged teeth, we made a plan to celebrate by swimming in a lake partly covered by snow and ice. From the moment we’d entered the backcountry of the Wallowa Mountains it had been hot, and during the 3,400-foot gain in elevation to our campsite at Ice Lake – and the even steeper trek to the 9,826-foot summit of the Matterhorn that morning – we’d been marinating in a cocktail of sweat, sunscreen and bug dope.
It was a little jarring at first when the group of tanned, dusty, “women of a certain age” cheerfully referred to themselves as “broads” as they gathered at the Lava Lake Trailhead on Friday. “When I talk about them at home my friends are like: ‘Broads?’ ” said Laurie Kerr, of Battle Ground, Washington. “But now it’s just kind of accepted.”
A team of three men and a woman covered 500 miles of rugged Panhandle mountain terrain on their feet, bikes and rafts, spiced with rock climbing and other challenges, to win the 2014 Expedition Idaho adventure race last week. Five teams started the event from the Silver Springs Resort on Aug. 10 and finished Saturday before the cheering Brewsfest crowd on Silver Mountain.
As crews continue to harness wildfires in the Methow Valley region of northcentral Washington, the U.S. Forest Service has been able to reopen more recreation areas this week. Most backcountry areas and front-country campgrounds in the Twisp River and Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness were reopened to public access on Tuesday as the Little Bridge Creek Fire is about 80 percent contained.
Tony A. Tubbs, an immigrant from Germany, came to North Idaho in 1882 and filed a claim that included a large portion of what is now Tubbs Hill. The hill consists of 135 acres of publicly owned land. Tubbs Hill was obtained through four separate purchases that spanned a period of over 40 years. The first 33 acres were purchased in 1936 for $19,000. It was not until 1969 that the second purchase was made for 34 additional acres. At that time, Tubbs Hill was dedicated to the people forever. In 1974, 34 more acres were purchased and yet another 34 acres were added in 1977.
Youths up to age 16 who've passed their hunter education requirements have until tomorrow to enter a drawing for a blind in the 2014 Youth Waterfowl Hunt at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service will open up to eight hunting blinds at the Cheney-area refuge to a limited-entry hunt during Washington's Sept. 20-21 youth-only waterfowl season.
A 23-year-old Seattle man has set speed record for running the length of the Pacific Crest Trail supported by a team of helpers. Joe McConaughy crossed into Canada on Sunday, 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutes after leaving the U.S-Mexico border on the 2,660-mile trail through California, Oregon and Washington, according to his fund-raising website.
One of the best huckleberry crops in memory is leaving stains on fingers and smiles on faces throughout the region. Berries are so thick in some mountain areas, a serious harvester might move less than 25 feet in an hour. A season like this can inspire people to literary heights, as I found out six years ago when the region enjoyed a bounty of huckleberries similar to this summer’s bumper crop.
No one has influenced so many facets of Inland Northwest fisheries as Allan Scholz during his 35 years at Eastern Washington University. The 67-year-old biology professor is transitioning into retirement, leaving a legacy that would rival Mark Few if fisheries science were a ball sport …
WILDLIFE -- A meeting to enlist volunteers in curbing the growth of wild turkey flocks on the Manito Park area is set for 6:30 p.m. tonight (March 30) at Spokane’s ...
TRAILS -- The outdoor and indoor activities planned for the Opening Day for Trails celebration Saturday in the Spokane area connected a lot of people with outdoor groups and trails ...