Stories tagged: outdoors
UPDATED: MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 8:27 P.M.
Spokane’s second climbing gym set to open Tuesday
Spokane’s second climbing gym, the Bloc Yard Bouldering Gym, will open 10 a.m. Tuesday.
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 9:54 A.M.
Hiker dies after fall in southwest Idaho recreation area
Authorities say a 20-year-old man has died after falling more than 70 feet off a cliff in a southwest Idaho hiking area.
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Gear Junkie: Polartec ‘Naked’ jacket coming soon
Strip the lining from an insulated jacket. Now, pull the guts – the sleeves and the body – on like a ragged fleece. That’s a crude picture. But with a …
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Two for the Road: Couple explores Tanzania parks in rental camping Rover
“The large male elephant looked up and stared directly into the front window, giving me that piercing stink-eye look that says, get out of my way,” said Bill Pierce, recalling …
SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 6 A.M.
Field reports: Clagstone Meadows timberland access to open Aug. 1
TIMBERLANDS – Access easements will allow public access to the 13,169-acre Clagstone Meadows private timberlands in Bonner County, starting Aug. 1, the Idaho Fish and Game Department says. Under the …
SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Bears, bruises and rain: 5 days in Glacier National Park
When someone tells you they spotted a 750-pound grizzly bear lurking around the same trail you are strolling, the typical response is to turn and head in the opposite direction. …
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 8:36 A.M.
Lost Columbia Gorge hiker found in good condition
Rescuers have found a 29-year-old man who became lost while hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 6 A.M.
Bill Jennings: Upcoming weekend features competitions – one for cause and one for fun
A pair of very different competitions will take place in the mountains this weekend. One is serious fun for the sake of a good cause. The other is seriously funny …
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 7 P.M.
Ammi Midstokke: Dog parenthood for beginners
I have never had a dog. I seem like a dog sort of person, what with all my outdoorsing and needing Lassie to fetch help. I grew up with dogs …
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 10:57 A.M.
More than 1,200 Yellowstone bison killed this winter
Operations to kill bison in Yellowstone National Park for slaughter have come to an end, with more than 1,200 bison culled this winter.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Mount Spokane: Backyard playground for Spokane families
Mount Spokane is not a world-class peak, a 14er or one of the Seven Summits. It’s not even the highest mountain in Eastern Washington. But it serves a monumental role …
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 6 A.M.
Ice traps vehicle at Sherman Pass trailhead
On Sunday, a slick trap was waiting for unsuspecting backcountry snowshoers headed into the Sno-Park lot at the top of Sherman Pass, Washington’s highest highway pass for winter recreation.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 5:30 A.M.
Slides, washouts common in saturated forests
Hikers, anglers, mushroomers, hunters and other visitors to public lands this spring should be extra wary of the possibility of roads blocked by landslides, downfall, rockfall, washouts and flooding.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 5 A.M.
In brief: Silt, debris fill pools at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs
News about this spring’s huge runoff and flooding dealt hikers a chilling blow this week with news that silt has filled pools at Jerry Johnson Hot Springs in the Lochsa …
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 3:52 P.M.
More rain will keep water levels up
Another storm in the forecast for Friday should keep rivers flowing fast for the coming weekend into next week.
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017, 5:23 P.M.
Alan Liere’s fish and game report for March 23
Fly fishing Amber Lake should be ice free by the weekend, and even if it’s not, fly fishermen are having decent success in open water near the launch. The north …
UPDATED: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 6:32 P.M.
Rusty patched bumblebee first of species called endangered
The rusty patched bumblebee is officially an endangered species.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 9:12 A.M.
600,000 chinook fry lost at Kooskia hatchery
Fisheries officials are hopeful they can mitigate the loss of 600,000 spring chinook fry at the Kooskia National Fish Hatchery but are anxious over the fate of 1.4 million juvenile …
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Gear Junkie: Connect with the outdoors with connect-together tents
A new kind of shelter system will let you camp alone, or ‘hook up’ via connectable corners that create a multi-room tent village.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 1:05 P.M.
Oregon campground closing after death of tall Ponderosa pine
What used to be the tallest known Ponderosa pine on the planet has died, and now its namesake campground is set to join it.
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Idaho rafting outfitters buoyed by rivers outlook
Mother Nature blessed Idaho with deep snow in the mountains this winter, ranging from 98 percent to 180 percent of normal statewide, setting up an outstanding year for fishing and …
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Sportsmen fundraising for wildlife conservation
Sportsmen’s groups are doing the hard work of gaining members and raising funds for all sorts of worthy projects, ranging from giving terminally ill kids a shot at fishing or …
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, 6 A.M.
Field reports: Field Reports: Cascades grizzly plan comment period extended
THREATENED SPECIES – The public is being given more time to comment on proposals for restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington. The National Park Service and U.S. …
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, 5:30 A.M.
Some fish-wildlife legislation still alive in Olympia
Of more than 2,700 bills introduced by the 2017 Washington Legislature, about 650 made it past the halfway cutoff and were still alive going into this week in Olympia.
SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017, 5:30 A.M.
Bill would give WSU lead role on elk hoof disease
Legislation directing Washington State University involvement in monitoring and assessing elk hoof disease in Southwest Washington got solid support Wednesday before the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Walla Walla is all about reds, whites and the Blues
Hey snow-sick Spokane: It’s been a long, cold, lonely winter. Need an escape? Spring comes early to Walla Walla, where you can take a hike amid the wildflowers, go on …
UPDATED: FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 11:19 P.M.
Report: Washington wolves continue steady increase of nearly 30 percent a year
Gray wolves continued their steady increase in population and range in Washington last year despite the deaths of at least 14 animals, according to a 25-page state report on the …
FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017, 6 A.M.
Bill Jennings: Powder transitions to corn but still good skiing
We’ve reached the final turn in the skiing and riding season. For me it came last week in boot top powder under the sun at Mount Spokane. I was among …
UPDATED: THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 12:14 P.M.
Scablands waterfalls primed for hiking into wet landscape
Lowland snow and ice is waving goodbye to winter, leaving Eastern Washington squishing with water. This is prime time for a trek to absorb the power of a scablands waterfall.
THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017, 11:45 A.M.
Mountain bikers urged to avoid rutting trails
Members of a local mountain biking group that devotes a lot of time to trail building and maintenance is asking other cyclists to take the high road in choosing ride …