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Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Fly fishermen are having some success either swinging leeches or nymphing with egg patterns for Grande Ronde steelhead, Sean Visintainer at Silver Bow Fly Shop said. He also …


Bargains await lucky skiers

After what seemed to me like eons, snow started falling again in the mountains last week. Scanning the forecast days in advance, I planned for hitting the slopes Friday, during …


Snowmobilers face denied access

Strike two has been called against snowmobilers in northern Pend Oreille County. For the second consecutive year, a few renegades have forced a season closure of Harvey Creek Road 1935, …


Langlauf one for the aged

With the region’s top teenage nordic skiers sequestered at a regional competition in the Methow Valley on Sunday, skiers in their 40s and 50s dominated the 31st annual Langlauf cross-country …


Bird counters unite online

Your home’s picture window is a front-row seat for The Great Backyard Bird Count, which starts Friday and runs through Monday. The 12th annual event, organized by the Cornell Lab …


Technology trends in gear for the slopes

Here are four trends and a handful of corresponding new products — from high-tech skis to a snowboarding boot with a built-in heater — that are making the scene on …


Gold vs. salmon debated at GU

Students enrolled at Gonzaga University often sprout some of their roots on campus, but Lange Solberg, a third generation commercial fisherman, is sowing a homegrown international controversy. Solberg is taking …


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Prime Timers ski Mount Spokane

“If this is what it means to be an old fart, sign me up,” a 40-something skier said. He’d been advised he was too young to join a boisterous group …


An itch to stitch

Jon Moen isn’t on a mission to encourage men to sew, but he’s not ashamed to be part of that small but growing demographic. The 37-year-old Spokane resident started sewing …


Hunting and fishing

Fly fishing Rocky Ford has been excellent for anglers throwing a two-fly rig with an intermediate sinking line. A small leech pattern with a scud dropper has been effective if …


Newsweek hunting article misfires

The latest major main- stream shot at hunters missed the mark so wildly, I looked for a “sponsored- by-PETA” credit line.


Think ahead for coveted permits

A few new cabin options join the list of lookouts and other accommodations available in the region’s national forests this season, and reservations can be made up to six months …


Bulls, bucks shed macho image

Moose, elk and deer males are feeling a little light-headed these days. The bucks and bulls are shedding their antlers to make room for new and maybe larger racks by …


‘Hiker orange’ clothing bill makes this outdoorsman see red

A bill in the Washington Legislature makes me gag, and I didn’t even know Pam Almli. Had I known or been related to the Snohomish County woman — who was …


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Ice fishing requires faith

Winter fishing gods played a cruel joke on Glen Kivett last Sunday at Sprague Lake. The Spokane angler caught a bright, hefty 19-inch rainbow trout almost immediately after dropping a …


Silver offers value despite midweek changes

The ski industry grapevine was abuzz last week when Silver Mountain Resort announced it would pull back its operating schedule from seven to five days. In the wake of financial …


After-hours skiers run big risks at Mt. Spokane

It’s not uncommon for the occasional skier to drive into Mount Spokane State Park after work, attach climbing skins and trek up to the mountain summit for a night-time workout …


Hunting and fishing

Salmon and steelhead Steelhead fishing remains good on the Clearwater and all its tributaries, with hours-per- fish ranging from seven to 10. The Snake River is a little slower, with …


Still tinkering with 2009 hunt proposals

After nearly two years of public comment and meetings, significant last-minute changes are being proposed for Washington’s fall hunting rules just two months before the state Fish and Wildlife Commission …


Good cause adds to 24 Hours of Schweitzer’s festivities

A few seasons ago my brother-in-law Robb Peterson and I wanted to know how many runs we could ski at Schweitzer in a day. We logged 18 by lunchtime and …


Hunting and fishing

The lower Snake is fishing well from Asotin on up. It’s best up around Pittsburg Landing. Guide Tim Johnson of FishHawk Charters said three clients hooked 17 steelhead in two …


Scotchman Peaks proponents making their case to locals

While some wilderness proposals championed by Idaho congressmen have moved to the front burner in Congress this month, the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness northeast of Lake Pend Oreille is still …


Outdoor show season starts

The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is under way, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and learn sporting techniques at seminars. Following is …


Canada profiles out-of-bounds skiers

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A researcher at Simon Fraser University at Burnaby, British Columbia, is trying to profile the thrill seekers who duck under resort ropes and head out into …


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In brief: St. Helens restricts snowmobilers

Gifford Pinchot National Forest officials have established a non-motorized wedge on the south side of Mount St. Helens, bordered by the Monitor Ridge and Worm Flows climbing routes. Climbers and …


Hunting and fishing

Salmon and steelhead Clearwater River steelhead anglers found the water stained and high but fishable, particularly below Orofino, where guide Toby Wyatt of Reeltime Fishing reported his boats caught 25 …


Troubled Tamarack still a treat for skiers

The perception many have about Tamarack is one of a resort on the brink of failure. After following its ongoing saga of financial distress in the news for the past …