Stories tagged: outdoors
Sat., May 14, 2016, 1:02 p.m.
Field reports: States plan possible grizzly bear hunts
HUNTING – Three states are coordinating plans for possible grizzly hunting seasons should the bears in the Yellowstone area be removed from most endangered species protections. The Obama administration in …
Sat., May 14, 2016, 1:01 p.m.
Q&A: Puget Sound salmon fishing closed
As negotiations continue, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife temporarily closed recreational and non-tribal commercial salmon fishing in Puget Sound this month after the state and tribes failed to …
Fri., May 13, 2016, 6:17 a.m.
Montana, Wyoming, Idaho gear up for possible grizzly hunts
Hunters soon could be chasing grizzly bears across the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, leaving three states to drum up plans to ensure the iconic species won’t be snuffed out …
Thu., May 12, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
Anti-oil protests coincide with blue heron nesting season
Thousands of people are planning to rally in Anacortes this weekend to protest the oil flowing from two refineries in the area.
Thu., May 12, 2016, 11:59 a.m.
Unusual number of whales seen in San Francisco Bay
Humpback whales have been swimming into San Francisco Bay in unprecedented numbers during the past two weeks – an onslaught that experts say could be caused by an unusual concentration …
Thu., May 12, 2016, 11:55 a.m.
Oil, gas industry challenges efforts to protect sage grouse
The oil and gas industry on Thursday challenged in federal court drilling restrictions imposed by the Obama administration to protect a struggling bird that ranges across 11 Western states.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 3:56 p.m.
In brief: Tucannon breeding female wolf dies after collaring
A breeding female wolf died five days after being trapped and fitted with a GPS collar so wildlife managers could follow the
Wed., May 11, 2016, 3:11 p.m.
Weekend weather: Warm and breezy with showers on Sunday
The next several days are going to be warm and maybe a bit breezy at times with a chance of showers arriving Sunday mainly south of Spokane.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 3 p.m.
Spartan racing promotes physical, mental and emotional growth
Looking for a new direction in life? Ryan Sawyer and Heather Grover are eager to point the way. It goes over walls, through mud, barbed wire and even a fire …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 2:45 p.m.
Reader photo: Fluff and stuff
A marsh wren collects the cattail seed fluff to line the inside of its nest at Turnbull NWR.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 2:10 p.m.
Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for May 12
To prepare for potential high water temperatures this summer and to help migrating salmon and steelhead pass Lower Granite Dam, biologists and engineers from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Kid Fishing Day reel fun at Clear Lake
More than 940 youths registered to take half-hour shifts last Saturday to cast a line during Kid Fishing Day at Clear Lake.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 1:10 p.m.
Husband and wife quit jobs, devote year to touring national parks
A Missouri couple that quit their jobs to visit all 59 major national parks in one year is in Washington this week during a sweeping journey of the country.
Wed., May 11, 2016, 12:58 p.m.
Alan Liere: Not all fish make for good eats
Unfortunately, all fish do not make equally fine table fare. Most people in these parts prefer walleye, but perch, crappie or bluegill are a close second. After that, perhaps smallmouth …
Wed., May 11, 2016, 10:15 a.m.
Mount Everest records first successful ascent after two years
The first successful ascent of Mount Everest after a gap of two years was recorded on Wednesday, authorities confirmed. Nine Nepali climbers, who work as mountain guides and icefall doctors, …
Mon., May 9, 2016
Rich Landers: Grizzly hunt would be wrong if it was only goal of ESA
The Endangered Species Act gets favorable reviews for ushering the recovery of critters, such as bald eagles, that don’t take up too much space in our lives and emotions. But …
Sat., May 7, 2016, 4:13 p.m.
TransAmerica Bicycle Trail is ride of a lifetime
In 2013, my youngest daughter redirected the family discussion on a new chapter in her life with a counterpunch to my parental instincts
Sat., May 7, 2016, 3:50 p.m.
Out & about: John Wayne Trail planning meeting this week
A second round of public planning meetings for the John Wayne Pioneer Trail through Eastern Washington includes one set 6 p.m. Wednesday at
Sat., May 7, 2016, 3:39 p.m.
Field reports: Montana prepares grizzly bear hunting plan
If grizzly bears are removed from the endangered species list, Montana wants to be ready with a hunting plan.
Sat., May 7, 2016, 11:25 a.m.
Ranch purchase adds to huge Montana wildlife reserve
A huge Montana nature reserve added a 47,000-acre historic ranch to its patchwork of lands along the Missouri River on Friday, a significant step in a privately funded effort to …
Sat., May 7, 2016, 9:03 a.m.
Wildlife officials to track trout in Upper Klamath Lake
Oregon wildlife officials are stitching radio transmitters to redband trout in Upper Klamath Lake in order to help inform watershed restoration.
Thu., May 5, 2016, 3:46 p.m.
Montana releases draft grizzly hunting guidelines
Montana wildlife officials have released draft regulations for grizzly bear hunting in anticipation of the bears’ possible removal from the endangered species list.
Thu., May 5, 2016, 12:51 p.m.
Anglers protest Puget Sound salmon fishing shutdown
Washington anglers are protesting an unprecedented shutdown of the Puget Sound salmon fishing season.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 8 p.m.
Ammi Midstokke: What goes up must come down - The reality of endorphin addiction
Endorphins are the smack of the athletic world. All those cute articles about how you’ll eventually achieve “runner’s high” are like a dealer on the corner offering a freebie. No …
Wed., May 4, 2016, 6:45 p.m.
Hiking like a hobbit: Dave Murray takes on the Continental Divide barefoot
J.R.R. Tolkien’s little Lord of the Rings heroes walked all through Middle Earth in bare feet. Dave Murray, of Missoula, plans to hike the Continental Divide Trail the same way. …
UPDATED: Wed., May 4, 2016, 5:51 p.m.
Restoration of Northwest salmon runs needs a better plan, judge says
A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 3:08 p.m.
Fuel breaks to reduce wildfire risk being built in SW Idaho
Federal officials plan to start putting in emergency fuel breaks this week in southwest Idaho to reduce wildfire risk.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 3:02 p.m.
Upcoming area bicycling events appeal to the masses
May is a massive month for organized bicycling events in the Inland Northwest. Highlights include Family Adventure mountain biking events at Farragut State Park, Bike to Work Week activities and …
Wed., May 4, 2016, 1:44 p.m.
Weekend weather: Sunny and warm for Mother’s Day
Showers and possible thunderstorms are over the region for now, but clearing and warming are expected for Mom’s Day weekend.
Wed., May 4, 2016, 1:40 p.m.
Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for May 5
Fly fishing Green leech patterns have been very effective for 14- to 21-inch Amber Lake trout. The fish are hugging the bottom.