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  • Stuntman invents backpack to prevent bear maulings

    It may sound contradictory, but the people taking the biggest risks are usually the most safety conscious. Take Billy Lucas. For 30 years, the 57-year-old former Marine has been a …


  • Big Sky basketball: Idaho overcomes Montana in double overtime

    Connor Hill fell short in his five previous career tries at the Montana Grizzlies. Maybe the most agonizing setback occurred at Memorial Gym last season, when Montana pulled out a …


  • Field reports: Feds may restore grizzly bears to North Cascades

    WILDLIFE – A tentative federal proposal to restore grizzly bears in the North Cascades will be explained at public meetings next month. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National …


  • Outdoors Tech: “Bear-proof” food containers continue to evolve and improve

    An unexpected problem has developed in the world of bear-resistant food storage testing: The grizzly bears responsible for tearing containers to shreds are getting bored or depressed.


  • Group seeks to reintroduce grizzlies to Selway-Bitterroots

    An environmental group has petitioned the federal government to reintroduce grizzly bears to the Selway-Bitterroot mountains of Idaho and Montana, saying the region is critical to the bears’ recovery in …


  • Moths high in grizzly bear’s food pyramid

    Big bears have a taste for small bugs in the Rockies, scientists say. More grizzly bears are congregating each summer on steep rocky slopes in search of army cutworm moths …


  • Bears claim first trophy for volleyball

    LACEY, Wash. – Central Valley scratched off the last goal on its wish list Saturday night. The Bears earned the first State 4A volleyball trophy in school history by finishing …


  • U-Hi loses in marathon

    LACEY, Wash. – University’s drive for the State 4A volleyball semifinals hit a brick wall late Friday night, after every other match had long since ended at Saint Martin’s University. …


  • Second-year coaches have Valley volleyball on the rise

    Central Valley and University both finished 6-10 in Greater Spokane League volleyball during the 1992 season, a typical showing for the Valley teams of a generation ago. From 1978-99, their …


  • Volleyball: Balanced CV wins 4A regional title

    Central Valley added another feather in its cap Saturday, capturing its first 4A regional volleyball title with a 25-18, 18-25, 25-14, 25-27, 15-13 victory over host Richland in the 4A …


  • Out & About: No more buckskin gloves for deer hides at Pacific

    OUTSKINNED – A decades-old tradition of trading a deer skin for a pair of buckskin gloves is just a memory this year. Pacific Steel and Recycling in Spokane is no …


  • Errant FG try wastes epic performance by Halliday

    Connor Halliday has set a handful of passing records in his time at Washington State, but they only seemed to serve as prelude to what he did Saturday night at …


  • Collared bears help create trail of insight

    The Inland Northwest is prime bear country – not only for the black bears targeted by hunters, but also for grizzlies, which are a federally protected species. Hunters must study …


  • Early risers into region’s alpine areas weigh risk, reap rewards

    Perhaps it’s incomprehensible to people stuck in the sweltering lowlands, but snow has been blocking portions of popular Northwest alpine backpacking routes in the Cascades and Rockies as late as …


  • Don’t feed the bears

    In another example of the adage “a fed bear is a dead bear,” Glacier National Park rangers captured and euthanized a 3-year-old black bear last month. The animal had become …


  • Preservation tactics

    Researchers are setting snares in the Hughes Meadows area north of Priest Lake this month in an ongoing effort to capture grizzly bears and fit them with radio collars. As …


  • Rich Landers: An issue of prey, not the endangered predator

    Wildlife managers are tiptoeing through the recovery of gray wolves in Washington. Some special-interest groups are entrenched poles apart, with livestock growers and hunters who have the most to lose …


  • Central Valley, Shadle Park win district softball titles

    Carli Riordan’s outstanding four-year prep pitching career is winding down just as Jaya Allen’s is taking off. Central Valley’s Riordan and Shadle Park’s Allen played huge roles Thursday as their …


  • Nature doc takes viewers into wild

    “Bears” is exactly the sort of nature documentary we’ve come to expect from Disneynature, the film division of the company that rolls out a new nature documentary every year at …


  • CV boys overcome 12-point deficit to defeat Shadle

    Adam Chamberlain scored a season-high 24 points, including 17 after halftime, as Central Valley rallied from a 12-point deficit Friday for a 64-44 Greater Spokane League victory at Shadle Park. …


  • Field test: Bear-proof canisters required in parks

    Storing food in a bear-resistant canister isn’t just a safety factor when heading to many favorite outdoor destinations. It’s a necessity. That’s the perfect recipe for an outdoor person’s gift …


  • Backup plan suits Bears just fine

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Josh McCown won the battle of the backups after Aaron Rodgers was hurt, getting lots of help from Brandon Marshall and Matt Forte to give the …


  • Judge won’t delay Kootenai logging project

    HELENA – An on-again, off-again logging project in the Kootenai National Forest may be going ahead after a federal judge refused to block it during a lawsuit appeal. U.S. District …


  • Wyoming hunter discusses bear attack

    Twenty-one years after he was attacked by a grizzly bear sow while hunting bighorn sheep in northwestern Wyoming, Terry Everard still recalls the incident clearly and still carries the now-hidden …


  • Roughing it: Readers’ tales of encounters with bears, peaks

    Readers of The Spokesman-Review responded with tales of high adventure, family bonding and close encounters with bears when we asked them to share their stories and photos of memorable 2013 …


  • McNeil River bears

    Magical is the first word Doug Kelley uses to describe being in the middle of the largest concentration of brown bears in the world. He scored a permit in a …


  • Mount Baker

    “We should do something this summer, Dad, we never hang out anymore.” As the “Cat’s in the Cradle” started playing though my head, I paused mid-discussion with my 27-year-old son, …


  • Ptarmigan Traverse

    Self-reliance, a trustworthy companion plus a full-quiver of mountaineering skills are essential for navigating the Ptarmigan Traverse in the North Cascades. “And the weather has to be on your side, …


  • Mount McKinley

    I could have been on a beach like most of my friends. Instead, I was enduring July 4 at the stormy 17,300-feet high camp on Alaska’s Mount McKinley - cold, …


  • Caretaker kills grizzly near Yellowstone

    BOISE – Officials are investigating the killing of a young female grizzly bear by the caretaker of a private residence in eastern Idaho near Yellowstone National Park. The caretaker shot …

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