Stories tagged: outdoors
Wed., March 9, 2016, 3:56 p.m.
Shed hunting has become popular and profitable hobby
It’s that peaceful time of year when the forest begins to give up its secrets. It’s in those remote corners, not yet adorned by the songs of birds, that shed …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 2:39 p.m.
National forest road hazards spring up in wake of 2015 fires
Landslides occurring on the region’s national forests are prompting warnings from Forest Service officials that anyone traveling in the snow-free areas of low-elevation mountains should have an exit plan.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 2:06 p.m.
In brief: Dishman Hills hikes celebrate 50 years of conservation
CONSERVATION – The Dishman Hills Conservancy is organizing free group hikes among other events to celebrate 50 years of the group’s efforts to preserve a cherished swath of natural area …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 1:48 p.m.
Outpeople: Washington snowmobiler can’t get enough of Iditarod Trail
For the 16th time, Robert Jones, 76, of Kettle Falls is on a snowmobile touring the Iditarod Trail just ahead of the famous 1,400-mile Alaska sled dog race. He’s already …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 1:43 p.m.
Weekend Weather: Rain through Thursday could trigger landslides
Heavy rain through Thursday could trigger dangerous landslides along steep terrain as well as flooding of small streams of the Inland Northwest.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 1:29 p.m.
Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for March 10
Fly fishing Amber Lake opened on March 1 and Silver Bow Fly Shop says it is fishing very well for anglers throwing bloodworm patterns under indicators. Balanced leeches along the …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 1:05 p.m.
Reader Photo: In a fowl mood
Duck, duck…goose!: Usually tranquil, an enraged Canada goose protected its territory from other geese, ducks and even humans at Riverfront Park.
Wed., March 9, 2016, 12:53 p.m.
Ammi Midstokke: Disengaging from your scale
There are fewer things less important in this world than knowing what percentage your body fat is. In fact, most methods of measurement are rudimentary at best. The only thing …
Wed., March 9, 2016, 12:44 p.m.
Bill Jennings: Snowboarding slumps with trend toward skiing again
This winter there’s been something different about my mountain trips that I couldn’t quite put a finger on. It recently hit me in the lift line: skiers appear to be …
Sat., March 5, 2016, 1:43 p.m.
Skishoeing: Hybrid skis inspired by ancient Asian hunters offer new approach to exploring winter
Short, fat skis with free-heel bindings and built-in climbing skins are luring a growing number of winter trekkers into a sport Nils Larsen calls “skishoeing.”
Sat., March 5, 2016, 1:38 p.m.
Wolf tracker uses Altai Skis for speed, mobility during surveys
Ray Robertson, who does wolf monitoring in the Okanogan County region, is among the growing number of wildlife professionals who are using Altai Skis in their work.
Sat., March 5, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Field reports: Limits increasing for Roosevelt trout
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to eventually increase the daily catch limit of hatchery-marked rainbow trout from five to 10 a day at Lake Roosevelt.
Sat., March 5, 2016, 1:34 p.m.
Out & about: Amber Lake access improved by anglers
The boat access site at Amber Lake southwest of Cheney is being improved this season with the help of volunteers from Spokane’s two fly-fishing clubs.
Sat., March 5, 2016, 1:33 p.m.
John Wayne Trail planning meeting Tuesday in Cheney
John Wayne Pioneer Trail public meetings are planned this week as state officials seek comments on developing the controversial cross-state railroad corridor.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 6:18 p.m.
Landers: Idaho Panhandle reluctantly accepts walleye as ‘here to stay’
Some anglers are thrilled to reel in non-native species such as walleyes in the Inland Northwest where God, in His infinite wisdom, chose not to put them. Fisheries biologists have …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 3:10 p.m.
Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report for March 3
The weather at Amber Lake was terrible on the March 1 opener, but fishing was fast for hefty trout averaging over 13 inches. Fish sub-surface.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 2:41 p.m.
Idaho’s roadkill salvage law seen as delicious success
You may hear little of it, but Idaho’s nearly 4-year-old law that allows people to salvage roadkill is surprisingly popular. According to an online data base maintained by the Idaho …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 2:27 p.m.
Matt Liere: Hunting partners not easy to find
Finding decent friends can be challenging, but it seems finding a great hunting buddy is damn near impossible. In my youth, an acquaintance with a vehicle and permission to hunt …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 2:15 p.m.
End of era for Yellowstone as snowcoaches retired
With an unceremonious trip from Old Faithful to Mammoth early Tuesday morning, a form of winter transport in Yellowstone National Park motored into history. The 18 clattering yellow Bombardier snowcoaches …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 2:03 p.m.
Weekend weather: Storms to bring rain, wind and upper mountain snow
A series of storms will bring rain, wind and upper mountain snow through the weekend.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 1:55 p.m.
Fatbiker is first to pedal 1,000-mile Yukon Quest route
Jeff Oatley, a Fairbanks, Alaska, cyclist has become the first to pedal a frigid course that challenges the continent’s best sled dog teams.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 1:37 p.m.
Feral pig extermination prompts wildlife area closure
A month-long government effort to eliminate feral pigs in Grant County has prompted the closure of a two-square-mile area of public land west of Moses Lake.
Wed., March 2, 2016, 1:22 p.m.
Outpeople: Mark Mills is an advocate for northern pike in the Pacific Northwest
Mark Mills of Spokane may be the best and possibly the most passionate northern pike fisherman in the Northwest. He admits his interest in catching pike borders on an obsession. …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 1:10 p.m.
Bill Jennings: Snowskating can keep body and mind sharp
A growing body of research suggests learning a new skill at midlife will help keep your neurons firing efficiently as you grow older. Here’s one for you: snowskating. A snowskate …
Wed., March 2, 2016, 12:56 p.m.
In brief: Protected status upheld for four state species
Greater sage-grouse and western gray squirrels will remain on the state’s threatened species list and snowy plovers and northern spotted owls on the state’s endangered species list, according to a …
Tue., March 1, 2016, 1:42 p.m.
Yosemite Park’s iconic attractions get new names
The prices of Yosemite National Park souvenirs have been slashed in half, and road signs directing visitors to iconic attractions have been switched.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 2:01 p.m.
Surviving a bad break: Free helicopter service saves backcountry skier injured in avalanche
A backcountry skier who’s a textbook example of preparedness tapped most of his expensive tools and training to survive an avalanche last month near Lookout Pass.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 1:03 p.m.
Turnbull’s fund-raising effort benefits 160 regional schools
The public views Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge as a sanctuary for migratory birds, elk, deer, moose and predators and a destination for hiking and outdoor photography.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 12:47 p.m.
Field reports: Gillnetting targets region’s northern pike invasion
Northern pike appear to be gaining a foothold in the upper reaches of Lake Roosevelt according to preliminary results from a six-day gillnetting survey that concluded Tuesday.
Sat., Feb. 27, 2016, 12:43 p.m.
Out & About: First grizzly sighted in Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park has reported its first grizzly bear sighting of 2016.