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  • Couple’s key to bike safety is preparation

    After a strong ride with a weekly group, Janet and David Merriman pedaled home, with a detour to check on a friend’s house they were watching. As dusk gathered, they …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Amber Lake cutts are lying near the bottom and not moving very far to feed. The narrows on the west end have been good in the evening.


  • Elk hoof rot disease raises further questions for wildlife experts

    Elk in southwest Washington with severe symptoms of a disturbing hoof disease will likely be euthanized to put them out of their misery as no treatment has been found, Washington …


  • Outdoors briefs: Two grizzly bears released in Cabinets

    Two female grizzly bears have been transplanted from the Whitefish Range to the Spar Lake area of the Cabinet Mountains as part of an ongoing effort to boost the struggling …


  • Weekend weather: Rain expected to start today

    A new round of rain and showers is due over the Inland Northwest starting today and extending until Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. The wettest day of the …


  • Upcoming area bicycling events

    Jedermann Gran Fondo, July 19: Third annual timed recreational ride — 30, 66 or 112 miles – based out of Cheney, organized by Emde Sports. Supported, cool finisher medals, post …


  • Summer outdoor bucket list: must-dos in the Inland Northwest

    School’s out and summer has officially arrived this weekend. It’s time to work on your Inland Northwest must-do list. The S-R Outdoors Department has compiled 15 summer activities essential to …


  • Field reports: New Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map published

    TRAILS – A new Cabinet Mountains Wilderness map, featuring about 80 trails, has been published by conservation groups celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. “The last Forest Service …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing The North Fork Coeur d’Alene continues to be very good with trailers under big bugs getting the most looks. Drakes, PMDs, and yellow sallies are the best dries …


  • Proposed Travel Management bill ignores the collective opinion

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is co-sponsoring a bill in Congress that would give county commissioners and small communities near national forests a commanding role in deciding where off-highway motor vehicles …


  • Summer rebounds

    Skies are clearing off today and should mostly stay that way into early next week. Temperatures are expected to quickly rebound to the upper 70s today to about 85 on …


  • Cyclist Cathy Rogers riding electric bike across the U.S. for charity

    A Pittsburgh woman has an ace in the hold of her bike for keeping up with her hardcore cyclist husband on a 100-mile-a-day ride across the U.S. Cathy Rogers, 57, …


  • Preservation tactics

    Researchers are setting snares in the Hughes Meadows area north of Priest Lake this month in an ongoing effort to capture grizzly bears and fit them with radio collars. As …


  • Paragliders: Free as the wind in Washington

    Although he’d been paragliding for 11 years, setting a record had never been in Matt Senior’s flight plan. But on May 31, using sophisticated weather data bases compiled by the …


  • Spokane group ministers for free-flight sports

    Spokane free-flight enthusiasts get together as a loose-knit group to chute the breeze. The local chapter of the U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association goes by title Center of Lift …


  • Dog has nose for poached fish, game

    Anglers tempted to catch a few fish over their limit at Idaho’s Henry’s Lake should be wary of the pretty black Labrador retriever with the sharp nose. If you flock …


  • Film fest celebrates 50 years of wilderness

    OUTFIELD – A free mini-film festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act is traveling through the Inland Northwest this summer. The beauty, history and adventure of wilderness areas, …


  • Landers: Senior climbers help make history

    Two Spokane Mountaineers have lofty senior status for their role in taking a couple of upstart climbers under their wings 50 years ago and launching them toward the top of …


  • Weekend weather: Cool, stormy forecast ahead

    Things could get all fired up on the weather front over the next few days. Today should start out pretty nice with warm temperatures and partly sunny skies. Then, the …


  • Critter watch: It’s better to leave wildlife babies alone

    A wildlife population explosion takes place around this time every year and anyone can stumble onto a baby critter virtually anywhere outside. “Wild bird and mammal species typically produce young …


  • Roughing it: Keys to unplugging from the grid

    Living off the grid teaches skills largely lost in a world dominated by automation. This is the beginning of a semi-regular series of outdoors stories dedicated to exploring different aspects …


  • Weekly hunting and fishing report

    Fly Fishing Float tubers on Amber were all catching fish this week. Troll deep with leeches or buggers or try dragonfly patterns along the weeds.


  • Boats, the gifts that keep on taking

    My Dad gave me a boat for Father’s Day. I gave him a gift certificate to Golden Corral. I’d like to think it’s the thought that counts, not the gift, …


  • Out & About: Groups to update ‘State of the Trails’

    OUTGOING – The Inland Northwest Trails Coalition has rounded up a dozen local leaders in trails-related efforts for the annual “State of the Trails” presentations Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. …


  • Snow blocks some mountain roads

    Snow is still plugging mountain roads and Forest Service crews are just working their way through projects left by the ravages of winter. The basic rule: Check websites or call …


  • Hiking with dogs: Prepare for the trail

    Exploring the trails on public lands is made more enjoyable when your faithful companion, your dog, is along for the journey. Before heading out over mountains and across streams, it’s …


  • Pope and Young allows lighted nocks for bowhunting records

    A Spokane man’s four-year crusade to make lighted nocks allowable for archery hunters – as a means of reducing wounding loss, among other things – has found his ultimate reward. …


  • Gift suggestions for dad’s special day

    Father’s Day – next Sunday, in case you forgot – is an annual chance to give Dad some great outdoors gear. As a father myself (and a gear freak), I …


  • Field reports: Governor’s task force on outdoor recreation comes to Spokane

    RECREATION – Gov. Jay Inslee’s Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation will meet Tuesday in Spokane as part of a summer-long effort to develop a plan for encouraging outdoor …


  • Insteps a new phenomenon

    At the tee box a competitor stands dressed in traditional golf apparel – knickers and argyle socks, polo shirt and Hogan-style cap. The competitor carries no golf clubs. There is …

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