Stories tagged: outdoors
Sat., April 23, 2016, 5 p.m.
Field reports: Bridge-access law benefits paddlers
Northwest paddlers could benefit from a new law that requires the Washington Department of Transportation to consider access to the water when building or refurbishing bridges.
Sat., April 23, 2016, 4 p.m.
Out & About: Film festival to benefit Spokane Riverkeeper
The second annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be in Spokane on April 28 as a benefit for the Spokane Riverkeeper and the advocacy group’s goal to keep the …
Sat., April 23, 2016, 10:17 a.m.
Drones could be next tool for firefighters
Researchers in Nebraska tested a new tool on Friday that could eventually help in fighting grass fires – drones. A team from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln flew an unmanned aircraft …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 9:33 a.m.
Yellowstone visitors spend nearly $500M near park in 2015
A new report shows that visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent nearly half a billion dollars in communities around the park in 2015.
Fri., April 22, 2016, 8:44 a.m.
Biologists trapping, tagging Yellowstone grizzlies in May
Wildlife officials say they will begin trapping bears inside Yellowstone National Park in early May.
Fri., April 22, 2016, 7:15 a.m.
Popular Oregon hot springs reopens after E. coli scare
A popular hot springs in southern Oregon have reopened after high levels of E. coli were found in September, forcing a closure. Umpqua Hot Springs will be available to visitors …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 6:07 a.m.
Only U.S. grizzly recovery coordinator retiring after 35 years
The nation’s first and only grizzly bear recovery coordinator is stepping down after 35 years, saying the threatened species has recovered enough for him to retire.
Thu., April 21, 2016, 5:12 p.m.
Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego
Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego …
Thu., April 21, 2016, 9:56 a.m.
Populations of salmon, flounder added to overfishing list
The federal government has added several populations of economically important food fish, including stocks of salmon and flounder, to its list of fish stocks that are being subjected to overfishing.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 4:46 p.m.
Washington lowland lakes fishing season opens Saturday
Trout fishing in Washington lakes reaches shifts into another gear on Saturday when several hundred lowland lakes – stocked with millions of fish open for a six-month season.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 3:54 p.m.
Orca tagging stops after dead whale found with fragments
Federal biologists have temporarily stopped tagging endangered killer whales in Washington state’s Puget Sound after a dead orca was found with pieces of a dart tag lodged in its dorsal …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 3:32 p.m.
Halibut success curtails 2016 seasons
Washington anglers have become so efficient at hooking halibut, state fish managers say they’ll keep the same catch quota but add more restrictions this year to maintain a season and …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 3:24 p.m.
Weekend weather: Low pressure brings temperature drop and winds
This week’s warm weather is slowly going to slip away as a pair of low-pressure systems arrive over the Inland Northwest, potentially churning the region’s lakes this weekend
Wed., April 20, 2016, 2:59 p.m.
Variety of small vessels usher anglers to more fish
While many fish are caught from shore or wading, an angler with a boat can access far more water. Anglers effectively use boats ranging from little more than boards to …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 2:49 p.m.
Washington tags trout for derby prizes
Some of the rainbow trout stocked in Washington lakes that open for fishing on Saturday are wearing tags that could make even an average fish the catch of the day. …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 2:04 p.m.
Idaho has low-key approach to trout lakes
Fishing in the Idaho Panhandle is a year-round activity with no big general-season opening days on most waters. However, special rules can apply to individual lakes. Anglers must always check …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 2 p.m.
Life jackets top violations for boating anglers
One of the busiest days of the year is coming up for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Marine Unit – opening day of the state’s general fishing season.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 1:56 p.m.
Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for April 21
Because they’re so strong, chemically or surgically sharpened modern hooks will retain their edge a long time. If they do become dull, however, trying to sharpen them will chip the …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 1:22 p.m.
Steelhead bonus attraction at Sprague, Rock lakes
Wed., April 20, 2016, 1:09 p.m.
Ocean salmon fishing seasons limited by low coho forecast
Washington will have scaled down ocean salmon fishing seasons this year, but they could have been worse. State, federal and tribal officials in mid-March raised the possibility of closing all …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 12:55 p.m.
‘Take Me Fishing’ trailer headed to Idaho lakes
Several times a week through June, staff and volunteers will open the Take Me Fishing trailer to the public in Idaho. The fishing gear and helpful advice is loaned at …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
Washington anglers enjoy several opening days
Washington will be opening a major fishing season that includes many area lakes on Saturday.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 12:38 p.m.
Fishing briefs: Steelhead license plate approved
Coming in 2017, a new Washington specialty license plate will help fund efforts to conserve wild steelhead. The 2016 Washington legislature approved the sale of license plates featuring an image …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 12:24 p.m.
Fishing boat rentals offered by area lake resorts
Northeastern Washington has a wealth of family resorts that cater to anglers – including those who need a rental boat.
Wed., April 20, 2016
Alan Liere: A Simple Request
It’s raining, and in the distance, black clouds scud low and ominous over the top of Mt. Spokane. My mood is as dark as the sky. I should be wandering …
Mon., April 18, 2016, 11:58 a.m.
Protecting Ape Cave from deadly disease takes on new urgency
Long before white-nose syndrome reached the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service had warned visitors to Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens of the disease. Now that it’s been found …
Mon., April 18, 2016, 11:51 a.m.
3D printer used to create new feet for duck
A duck that lost its feet to frostbite is waddling again thanks to a Wisconsin middle school teacher and a 3D printer.
Sun., April 17, 2016, 12:40 p.m.
Exclusive Bloomsday ‘club’ perseveres
At 92, Warren Heylman has a good excuse for simply watching Bloomsday rather than being a participant. But Heylman is registered and ready to go come hell or high water. …
Sat., April 16, 2016, 7 p.m.
Prime time for Snake River trek through Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon can be heavenly during spring, when wildflowers are blooming, poison ivy is leafing out, canyon wrens are singing and rattlesnakes are getting frisky.
Sat., April 16, 2016, 5 p.m.
Sage grouse on display at Conservancy site
As the sun creeps up over the foothills, the pointed, bulbous forms of the birds appear, rising above the woody desert plants for which they are named.