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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 …

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 …

Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The best bet for fly anglers is the Coeur d’Alene River. It is already down to around 1,300 cfs and gin clear. At 4,290 cfs, the St. Joe …

Survivors still trying to make sense of whitewater tragedy

Tony Oertling was trying to launch his kayak in Marble Creek when Steve Jeffries delivered a raunchy punch line that buckled the professor’s knees. “That’s a good one,” Oertling said, …

Hiker’s dozen

A boat isn’t the only toy useful for enjoying Lake Pend Oreille. A pair of hiking shoes will keep a lake visitor busy for days. Sandpoint residents and lake lovers …

Day-hiking Lake Pend Oreille

Here are detailed driving directions to the Hiker’s Dozen trails around Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho’s largest lake.

Volunteers improve trails

Dozens of volunteers traded their hiking poles for picks, shovels, pruners and chain saws on Saturday.

Riverside ranger leaves for Avista

Riverside State Park is looking for a new head ranger to manage a treasure of public land along the Spokane River and the booming visitation and uncertain funding that go …

Hunting + fishing

Fly fishing The upper stretches of the Coeur d’Alene River are pretty hot, but the lower end of the river still has a lot of runoff. Green drakes and golden …

There’s nothing wily about feeding coyotes

Despite the aura of Washington State University, a few people in Pullman have managed to remain ignorant about wildlife. We’re talking about people with soft hearts and brains of mush.

ROW Adventures brings home worldwide adventure savvy

Looking back at the Spokane River, speaking to no one in particular, Tim Wildman of the United Kingdom summarized two hours of whitewater rafting in one word. “Fantastic,” the visitor …

Groups lead way on hikes

Three regional conservation groups will begin series of guided group hikes next weekend to introduce the public to choice roadless areas that are candidates for wilderness designation. Check their Web …

Out & about


Wildlife officers post busy holiday

Boaters and anglers were warned or cited for a wide range of infractions during the Memorial Day weekend.

Gypsy Meadows access blocked

Popular Salmo-Priest Wilderness access road could be blocked for at least a month.

Hunting and fishing

Mayflies are hatching at Williams Lake. A Stayner ducktail has been an effective pattern along the southeast bank, or try a Six Pack along the weeds. Rainbow are running to …

Route of Hiawatha Trail opens Saturday

The Route of the Hiawatha mountain bike trail will open for the 2009 season on Saturday.

It’s a noxious task, but someone’s got to control weeds

It’s not good enough that most outdoors aficionados don’t care for noxious weeds. We need to hate them.

Local Everest climber not old enough

Kay LeClaire is “second oldest” U.S. woman to climb the world’s highest peak.

Californian peaks as oldest on Everest

Dawes Eddy, 66, of Spokane was very briefly the oldest U.S. citizen to successfully climb Mount Everest.

Before prime time at Glacier

No attendants were in Glacier National Park’s St. Mary Lake entrance booth to take money last Sunday. Visitors to the 1-million-acre park were on a self-serve honor system. Fair enough.

Light cot gives campers a lift

When talking about bedding in the great outdoors, the words “ultralight” and “cot” rarely come in the same sentence. But that’s exactly what LuxuryLite, a small company in Lake Jackson, …

Fly fishers compete for USA Team

Lance Egan of Lehi, Utah, caught and released 42 fish over the two days of competition in Central Oregon last week to win the regional USA Team trails competition for …

Hunting and fishing

The region’s rivers went ballistic after last weekend’s heat wave and the subsequent rainstorms. Here’s some fodder for thought: Crab Creek’s Irby gauge shows the river was only marginally affected, …

Restrictions aim to reduce toxic impacts of hunting, fishing

Anglers have a sinking feeling about rising concerns over lead poisoning. Hunters are recoiling, too.

Washington lags in loon protection

Loons are particularly vulnerable to death from ingesting even a single lead sinker. Several states, including New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont and Virginia, plus 13 national wildlife refuges …