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Big Horn Show starts Thursday

The live bears, hungry trout and leaping retrievers moving into the Spokane Fair and Expo Center this week will be just a fraction of the attractions at the Big Horn …


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OUTCLASS Lanting to focus on nature photos


Turnbull trumpets return of senior swan

Solo is back. The elegant trumpeter swan is likely the elder seasonal wildlife resident at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge, and one of the oldest documented anywhere among his endangered species.


Swan route

The spring migration of tundra swans through the Inland Northwest is imminent, and tourism officials in Pend Oreille County planning a tour to share the spectacle of the swans’ annual …


Mt. Spokane prepares for Werner event

Before Bode Miller raised the bar, Phil Mahre set the standard for the U.S. Ski Team. The precedent for them to follow was set more than 50 years ago by …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The Coeur d’Alene River is kicking out a few cutthroat and some whitefish, particularly from Cataldo to just past Kingston. As with the Clark Fork, which has also …


Moose on loose can be dangerous

It was a cheerless moment we eventually must expect here in the Near Nature, Near Perfect Spokane River valley. A moose was accidentally killed Tuesday afternoon as state wildlife officials …


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OUTFIELD


A higher-altitude calling

Grace Yancey might someday write a book about her childhood winters – the igloo playhouse, a breezy, three-sided latrine and visitors from around the world at her Little House in …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima River below the Teanaway confluence has good fishing. Temperatures have been warmer than last week and there is more bug activity with a few fish even …


Nothing humane about it

Second to Bernie Madoff, perhaps, animal rights groups are among the biggest shams in America. These predators know that nothing milks the hearts and checkbooks of good-hearted people more effectively …


Area anglers catching show, films, national notoriety

If screaming reels are music to your ears, you might be moved to dance when The Fly-Fishing Film Tour lands in Spokane Thursday at the Bing Crosby Theater. Don’t expect …


Show offers angling tips

Anglers can catch a lesson on skills needed to be successful at Inland Northwest fisheries during the Annual Great Western Sportfishing Show Friday through next Sunday at the Spokane Convention …


Spirit Lake angler wins knot wars

A North Idaho angler has tied up the top spot in a national competition for new fishing knots. The Fish-N-Fool knot, devised by Rick Lawrence of Spirit Lake, was declared …


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OUTROAR


New trends in gear have you covered from head to toe

A jacket with embedded electronics, self-tinting goggles and customizable ski boots are among the products you’ll discover in this second installment on gear trends in skiing and snowboarding for the …


Moose cause more concern

Washington Fish and Wildlife Department staffers have a big issue on their hands with moose – tons of them – making themselves home among city and suburban neighborhoods. Conservation officers …


SPY kids give patrol new blood

Training for the Mt. Spokane Ski Patrol (MSSP) is a serious commitment for an adult. It takes a quality kid to make the grade. Eric Edwards, 18, a senior at …


Hunting and fishing

Trout Lake Roosevelt rainbow have been tough to find, but district fish biologist Chris Donley said fishing should take off any time now. “We may have lost some fish last …


Finally, good news in 2009

Salmon are giving Washington and Idaho anglers reason for high hopes this season. Spring chinook appear to be headed to the Columbia system in fantastic numbers – the third-biggest run …


Hungry deer show appetite for research

A few mule deer in Riverside State Park learned Saturday morning that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Some 75 deer have been lured to a small area …


Yakima deer plagued by lice

Washington wildlife officials estimate about 50 percent of the deer population in two central Washington counties has been lost since 2004, and while all the causes aren’t known, at least …


Notorious park elk falls, dies

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – His name was just a numeral, yet he had legions of human admirers and few rivals among his own species. Mighty bull elk No. 6 died earlier …


Snake River at Clarkston may not get salmon season

Washington will open spring chinook salmon fishing this year, but the Snake River near Clarkston is not likely to be in the mix Instead, fishing will likely be held near …


Meet the Airow maker

Devon Romney, 40, is neither an avid archer nor an ardent paintball gamer. But the Spokane Valley machinist’s ingenuity is giving enthusiasts from both sports a new archery tool to …


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OUTRAGEOUS


Fat tire plans at Stevens Pass

New ski lifts, a mountaintop lodge and mountain biking routes are being proposed for Stevens Pass ski area of U.S. 2. Mountain bikers are especially excited about the 5 miles …


BOW ’N’ BARREL

Developed by a Spokane Valley machinist, the devise is a bow without arrows and a blowgun that requires no huffing and puffing, yet it shoots just fine. Archers aiming to …


Deer trapped, tagged in Riverside Park

Wintering deer congregation at Riverside State Park tapped for research


Skiers realize the worst can happen to anyone

Most travelers don’t think about it when they get on an airplane, but once in a while they crash. Most skiers and riders don’t think about a fatal accident. That …