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Top trouting vacation is just one state away

Argentina, Alaska and other far-flung destinations can capture a trout angler’s imagination, but the Inland Northwest offers a world-class fly-fishing dream trip for the price of just two tanks of …


Out & About

There’s no charge to drive into national parks on July 18-19 and Aug. 15-16 under a new entrance-fee-free weekend program to help families become reacquainted with some of the best …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing WDFW Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area Manager Juli Anderson reports fly fishers have recently caught trout measuring up to 17 inches long in Z Lake. Getting there requires some …


Rich Landers: Volunteers critical for public lands

I took my eye off Olympia to chase the tail end of the salmon fly hatches in Idaho and Montana intermittently during the past two weeks, and returned to the …


Turnball manager retires after 18 years on job

At a fraction of their salaries and with no stock options or bonuses, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuge manager near Cheney has done what many high-powered CEOs have …


Cameras track rebounding species

Washington’s wild areas are becoming more diverse and interesting as several furbearing species – wolverine, fisher and sea otter – slowly recover some of their former range. Here are three …


Sleep on this tent review

Swooping nylon and linked poles, zippered doors, screened windows and stakes in the dirt holding it down – the humble formula for a tent has long prevailed as an ultimate …


Out & About

Limits begin on Mt. Spokane road


Colvilles to fund hatchery for year

The Colville Confederated Tribes will pay $108,000 to keep a state hatchery in northeast Washington open for the next 12 months. The Colville Fish Hatchery raises rainbow trout and kokanee …


Outdoors: What you need to know for the 4th

Conditions are ripe for heading outdoors during the holiday weekend, but be warned: Out-of-staters must have their boats inspected as they enter Idaho this year; low-clearance vehicles won’t get up …


Idaho lists boat inspection sites

The Idaho Department of Agriculture has posted the location of four boat inspection sites in North Idaho for vessels coming into the state.


Salmo-Priest access restored

The main access to Salmon-Priest Wilderness trailheads was clearned for vehicle traffic last week as Colville National Forest crews cleared a major rock slide.


Glacier National Park Fund seeks $3.5 million

GREAT FALLS — The Glacier National Park Fund has set a $3.5 million fundraising goal for upgrades and restoration as the park nears its centennial.


Ferry Trail

Somewhere in a land not so far away, an abandoned railroad could become the best rail trail in Washington. Or maybe the worst.


Ups and downs for loons, geese, swan

Washington waterfowl have been keeping an unusually high profile in the news this month. Among the top recent stories:


Field Reports

FISHING – A banner season is expected for Washington salmon anglers, and the fish are already cruising the state’s saltwaters. A strong return of more than 1.2 million hatchery coho …


Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The Yakima River is unseasonably low at a little more than 2,000 cfs through Cle Elum. Large hopper-type patterns fished with movement are taking fish. Nymphing remains consistent …


Conservationists get 80 acres in Spokane Valley

A Spokane conservation group has acquired 80 acres in the Spokane Valley near Tower Mountain, including a popular climbing area known as Big Rock and a granite-studded ridgeline with lofty …


Elderly swan a dad again after 22 years

The drought is over for a geriatric but persistent trumpeter swan who has sired the first cygnets to be born at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge since 1987. Four grayish-white puffballs …


Elderly swan a dad again after 22 years

The drought is over for a geriatric but persistent trumpeter swan which has sired the first cygnets since 1987 at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The four grayish-white puffballs hatched near …


Two Spokane 60-somethings find re-entry slow after Everest conquests

Re-entry from the top of the world can be an ordeal in itself. Kay LeClaire could barely drive her car when she arrived in Spokane on June 2 from an …


Series highlights camping with kids

A big prize is waiting for families who explore camping and hiking with the kids this summer. The tents, sleeping bags and trip to Glacier National Park, complete with fuel …


Yocum Lake loon family missing

A family of common loons has disappeared from Yocum Lake in Pend Oreille County, prompting an investigation and a $1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone involved. …


Field reports

WILDLIFE – A female grizzly bear that attacked a lone hiker near West Yellowstone recently was probably protecting her cub and a chunk of meat she had buried near the …


Out & About

Gone fishing: Man in hot water


6 ways to savor the river

This may be the best summer to get into the flow of the Spokane River. Clubs, groups, businesses and agencies are joining as stewards of the river’s health as well …


Bike offers no-sweat commuting

Flip up the kickstand, swing a leg over the frame, check your handlebar-mounted computer display, and go. The OHM XU700, an electric-assist bicycle, is rolling, and you’re in for a …


Trails get TLC from local helpers

Laurie Fleming was wearing her new personalized hard hat with pride last Saturday on the Iller Creek Trail. “This is what you get on your fifth work party,” she said, …


Field Reports

STATE PARKS —The road to the summit of Mount Spokane opened for vehicle traffic this weekend. The park road currently is open daily, but once road construction starts, probably after …


Out & About

OUTFIELD – A game camera monitored by Washington state wildlife biologists recently caught an image of what appears to be a lactating female wolf in the middle of Pend Oreille …