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UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

Spokane woman wins national title in woodcutting competition

One person’s backbreaking labor is another’s competitive sport.

Sockeye run’s return to Idaho is on par so far

Idaho’s imperiled Snake River sockeye run has nearly matched last year’s return but hasn’t paralleled the surprising performance of sockeye that return to the upper Columbia River Basin.

Check out this video of a giant moose in Alaska

Check out this gigantic moose in Alaska.

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 12:38 p.m.

Lands Council asks for volunteers to hand-water trees

The Lands Council needs volunteers to water trees along Hangman Creek, Little Spokane and the Spokane River. The trees, which were planted, require extra water during the summer’s hottest months, …

WDFW commission discussing funding, fee increase

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commission met yesterday in Olympia to discuss long-term funding options and a potential fee increase aimed at

Ammi Midstokke: Church on the water – morning rituals on skis

The rising sun is already casting its soft light on the lake as we pull up to the marina. It’s quiet but for a few morning sounds – birds, bees, …

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 13, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

With climate change warming Washington’s waters fish are left seeking a place to chill

The heat blanketing the Spokane region didn’t just send us two-legged mammals scurrying for cooler climes. Fish in the Spokane River also sought refuge as the air temperature neared 103 …

All connected: a mother’s grief, starving orcas, dams, PCBs and Spokane

A grieving orca mother pushing her dead child. Her pod mate slowly starving. Spokane-area activists and environmentalists say the drama highlights the political and biological connections between the Columbia River …

Montana woman immigrated from Germany, tied world-famous trout flies for decades

An abusive father, daily bombings and three weeks of walking without food as a young World War II refugee tarnished the early years of Anna Patterson’s life, but you wouldn’t …

Reader photo: From the ashes

Lee Prouty has been hiking Spokane’s Beacon Hill for more than a decade. So, when he saw the flames from Upriver Beacon fire last month he was worried.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 9

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 9

Vantage climbing area gets a new toilet

A popular Washington climbing spot is getting a much-needed second toilet.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Two new wolf packs confirmed on Colville Indian Reservation

Two new wolf packs were confirmed on the Colville Indian Reservation this week.

Angler establishes redbanded rockfish Washington record

A Tacoma man now holds the state record for the largest redbanded rockfish caught in Washington.

Professional mountain biker leaps into air alongside mustangs of Wild Horses Monument

He’d driven by the statues of the horses numerous times, crisscrossing Washington as he often does for work. One of those times, a few years ago, an idea started to …

Painful birthday: Father, son complete 17-hour North Idaho hike together

After 17 hours on the trail, the group stumbled through their self-determined finish line at Schweitzer Mountain Resort on July 29.

Mother orca’s grief over dead calf resonates around the world

Is it her grief … or ours? As she carried her dead calf for the ninth straight day, Tahlequah the mother orca whale has captured the world’s attention.

Hangman Creek canyon hike scheduled with geologist Hamilton

Learn about this region’s dramatic geologic history during a guided hike Aug. 18.

IDFG approves fall Chinook fishing opener

Fall chinook fishing on the Snake, Clearwater and Salmon rivers will open Aug. 18 and Idaho Fish and Game fisheries managers expect 18,126 adult fish to return to Idaho, compared …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 4:01 p.m.

Technical sewing specialist breathes new life into outdoor gear

Calling her a seamstress is an understatement. Technical sewing specialist is more accurate. “Outdoor gear angel” is a perfect fit.

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

Northwest tribes may soon have right to kill sea lions

A bill sponsored by Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., that would give tribes the right to lethally remove sea lions from the Columbia River is moving forward.

Idaho takes additional step to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease

Idaho wildlife officials have taken additional steps to prevent chronic wasting disease from entering the Gem State by banning the import of deer, elk or moose carcasses from areas with …

Beat the heat with trip to Kettle Crest’s backcountry cabin

While considered rough and rustic living by some, for seasoned backpackers the Snow Peak Cabin’s many amenities offer a taste of the glamping high life within the heart of Washington’s …

Lawmakers, recreation advocates appear united in working to reauthorize popular Land and Water Conservation Fund

Members of Congress and outdoor and recreation advocates are making an effort to extend a popular program that taps federal offshore oil and gas drilling royalties to fund everything from …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 5:39 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 2

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 2

Reader photo: Taking a dip on the wild side

A bull moose cools off in the waters of a Stevens County lake while boaters drift past. Joanie Christian captured this scene on Sunday. The bull moose was visibly limping …

Spring chinook salmon forecast gloomy

Chinook runs are notoriously difficult to predict, but if the jacks that returned this spring are any indication, Idaho anglers should brace themselves for a poor 2019 run.

UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

Study confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited North Cascades

A National Parks Service report confirms that grizzly bears long inhabited the North Cascades.

Thousands of scientists object to President Donald Trump’s border wall

Thousands of scientists expressed alarm this week at the expansion of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. A report in BioScience outlined the dangers of building a continuous and impermeable …

UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Yaak portion of Pacific Northwest Scenic Trail pits backpackers vs. grizzlies

The future of a national scenic trail through northwest Montana’s most isolated grizzly bear country has wildlife and recreation experts tangled in a messy debate.