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Monday, March 25, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Lake Pend Oreille State of the Lake meeting set

Idaho Fish and Game staff will share updates on the Lake Pend Oreille fishery and activities planned for 2019 at the annual State of the Lake public meeting on April …


Canoe and Kayak club annual meeting Monday

The Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club’s annual trip planning meeting is Monday.


Human-powered ethos driving rapid growth of uphill skiing

On any given winter morning at Mount Spokane, you’re likely to see a handful of headlamps picking woven up the snowy slopes of Spokane’s namesake mountain.


Mount Spokane hour change making it harder for morning skiers

Morning skiers knocking out a lap or two on Mount Spokane before work will find it hard to make their 9 a.m. meetings next season.


Outdoor writer gets to bottom line of disastrous Exxon supertanker oil spill

Dawn detergent has been my brand of choice for dishwashing since 1989, when The Spokesman-Review flew me to Alaska to report on the environmental havoc caused by the Exxon Valdez …


Mountain Gear offers first-time backpacking basics

First-time backpackers are invited to a free introduction to backpacking class, April 4 at 7 p.m.


Forest Service seeks comments

The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to review and make comments on the Brebner Flat Environmental Assessment.


Bighorn sheep found dead from pneumonia

State biologists reported that a male bighorn sheep in Okanogan County died due to pneumonia.


As ice thaws birds come flocking

As the Spokane region thaws, bird-watchers are looking to the skies.


Spokane Bird Dog Association offers pointing dog clinic

The Spokane Bird Dog Association is inviting hunters with pointing breeds to a training event Saturday with fly-away homer pigeons available and guidance by a professional trainer.


Ammi Midstokke: If you don’t almost die, is it worth the trip?

There’s an age-old piece of wisdom that I often forget: If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.


Boise man set a ‘ludicrous goal’: fish 365 days in 2018. Here’s how he did it.

By his estimate, Stephen Veals spent more time fishing in 2018 than many anglers spend in a lifetime.


Studies: Done right, catch and release isn’t lethal

Separate inquiries find exposure of fish to air after being landed has little impact on their survival and reproductive odds.


Reader photo: Chew on this

A porcupine rests near the top of a pine tree at the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge on Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 6:48 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for March 21

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for March 21


UPDATED: Wed., March 20, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Blue Mountains forest plans rejected, called ‘difficult to understand’

Document, 15 years in the making, called ‘difficult to understand’


Scientists saving pallid sturgeon in Montana still face hurdles

A bevy of scientists has helped Montana’s most threatened fish avoid blinking out.


Hunters have ‘a moral obligation’ to carry on their culture, one Idahoan says. But how?

At 6 a.m. in mid-January, a trio of hunters sat cloaked in layers of camouflage, waiting for first light when they could begin shooting during what would likely be one …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 11 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene snowball fight doesn’t break record, but still delights combatants

Dozens of people showed up at McEuen Park for a slushy snowball skirmish Saturday before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Winter soldiers young and old let snowballs fly at the …


Where have all the butterflies gone? Monarch butterflies all but vanish in Idaho and the West

Something catastrophically wrong happened in 2018 to monarch butterflies.


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 10:23 p.m.

Wolves prove resilient, but proposal could curtail expansion

A proposal to strip gray wolves of their remaining federal protections could curtail their rapid expansion across vast swaths of the U.S. West and Great Lakes, yet the predators already …


National park regulations pass sniff test at Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, which is celebrating its centennial, is a monument to eye-catching natural beauty – and the value of government regulation, which deter miners, plans for dams, tramways …


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for March 14

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for March 14


Bill Jennings: Stretch your mind, body when it comes to staying in skiing shape

From my first lesson, I’ve learned that skiing starts with the feet. In a yoga session, your instructor’s first order is to activate your feet. The power you feel from …


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

Reader photo: Tiny bird, big appetite

Buck Domitrovich took this photo of a tiny pygmy nuthatch, 4


Idaho’s Henry’s Fork Foundation grows into respected, emulated organization after 35 years

In 1984 a few concerned anglers, worried about the decline of the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River caused by unrestricted cattle grazing along its banks, gathered at a cabin …


In the dog days of winter, consider hiking in New Zealand

Most folks don’t know it, but a multiday backpacking trip in New Zealand would do them a world of good at this time of year. Down there, in the sun-drenched …


WDFW captures 28 bighorn sheep, transfers most to Utah

A big trap and lots of bait left almost 30 bighorn sheep on Chelan Butte with either a new home, or a fancy new tracking collar. On Feb. 21, Washington …


‘Recycling industry challenges’ among clubs’ upcoming free programs

Area outdoor groups are offering a wide range of free presentations in early March.


Some tourists get too close to Yellowstone’s bison, despite hearing warnings, study shows

From informational pamphlets handed out to tourists at the gates of Yellowstone National Park to roadside informational signs and displays in its visitor center, the park’s staff try to teach …