Stories tagged: outdoors
Wed., Dec. 16, 2015
December critical to state’s wolf management program
Late December is just about the most important time of the year to the people who monitor the state’s wolves. Gray wolves are unparalleled as the state’s most controversial predator …
Sat., Dec. 12, 2015, 10:59 a.m.
Use prescribed fire as a tool or wildfire will rule, expert says
In the aftermath of Washington’s worst wildfire season, Okanogan region wildlife area managers are making a stronger case to fight fire with fire.
Sat., Dec. 12, 2015, 10:56 a.m.
Out & About: State laws ban hunter harassment
A locally-produced calendar stands out like a big bird in the flock among gift-giving choices for nature lovers.
Sat., Dec. 12, 2015, 10:54 a.m.
Nature Conservancy allays concerns over plans for land in Kittitas County
When an international conservation group announced last winter it was making a major purchase of forest land in western Kittitas County, it raised some concern among area residents who enjoyed …
Sat., Dec. 12, 2015
Last-minute outdoors gifts
The holidays are here, and it’s T-minus two weeks until Christmas. Here are eight great last-minute gifts for anyone outdoorsy on your list.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 4:20 p.m.
Videos help pet owners keep dogs out of traps
With trapping seasons open in Idaho, Fish and Game officials are promoting a video for pet owners with tips on keeping their dogs out of traps meant for critters such …
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 3:42 p.m.
Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks prepping for winter recreation season
With snow covering higher elevations, staff at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks are prepping for the start of the winter recreation season.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 3:10 p.m.
49 Degrees North to reopen on Friday
Despite the rain and wind this week, 49 Degrees North held on to a good bit of the snowpack it accumulated earlier this week during a significant winter storm that …
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 2:21 p.m.
Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report
A Christmas gift of a Washington fishing and hunting license or a Discover Pass will last the whole year. They are now available for the 2016 season by phone at …
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 2:03 p.m.
Landers: Helicopter survey conflicts with elk hunt in Whitman County
A helicopter big-game survey scheduled for last Saturday’s perfect flying conditions in Whitman County was bad timing for at least Levi Dennis. The hunter from Lamont was out trying to …
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 1:26 p.m.
Reader Photo: Big Rock stands above it all
Big Rock, in the Rocks of Sharon-Iller Creek Conservation Area, stands majestically amongst high clouds.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 1:18 p.m.
Weekend Weather: Ski resorts could see rebound after wind, rain hurt snow pack
Now that the heavy rain and strong winds have subsided, the National Weather Service said it expects cooler conditions and increasing chances of rain and snow in lower elevations and …
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 12:56 p.m.
TV hunting show hosts, including Miss Kansas, cited for violations
The former Miss Kansas who became the host of an Outdoor Channel adventure show has been charged with illegally shooting an Alaska grizzly bear and attempting to cover it up.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 12:42 p.m.
Trail clearing continues at Mount Spokane State Park
Hundreds of blowdown trees have been cleared from roads and trails at Mount Spokane State Park in the past two weeks, and there’s more work to do, rangers say.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Jennings: 49 Degrees North growing into regional attraction
Over the past several years, 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort has been methodically transforming itself from a modest local favorite into an aspiring regional destination.
Wed., Dec. 9, 2015
Alan Liere: Sometimes gun-shy dogs are due to operator error
It took seven months for Jill and me to work through her problem, starting with me firing a cap pistol as soon as I went out the door in the …
Sat., Dec. 5, 2015, 9:02 a.m.
Spokane Mountaineers celebrate a century of outdoor pursuits
The Spokane Mountaineers have changed since the group was founded 100 years ago as the Spokane Walking Club by five women librarians. What motivates people to join the club has …
Sat., Dec. 5, 2015, 9 a.m.
Field reports: Sport fishing proposals up for vote
Sport-fishing rule changes for 2016-2017 and a report about wolf conflict management are among topics on
Sat., Dec. 5, 2015, 9 a.m.
Audubon clubs prep for Christmas Bird Count
Bird watchers are gearing up for the Christmas Bird Count, an annual census that gives experienced birders a platform to involve newcomers in citizen science.
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 3:53 p.m.
Disagreement lingers about management of elk population in Montana
Are there too many elk in Montana? Ask a landowner whose alfalfa field is mowed down by a herd of the big mammals and the answer is probably yes. Ask …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 3:38 p.m.
Motorized users sue Kootenai Forest for more access to proposed wilderness areas
Snowmobile clubs and advocacy groups from Montana and Idaho are suing the U.S. Forest Service and its plan that bars motorized access in certain protected areas of the 2.2 million …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 2:48 p.m.
Reader Photo: Nature’s own decorations for the season
Sunshine sets icicles aglow, feigning warmth through winter’s icy grip.
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 1:58 p.m.
Avondale Lake stocked with trout for winter fishing
Avondale Lake is being stocked with rainbow trout this season to give North Idaho anglers a new winter fishery.
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 1:51 p.m.
Weekend weather: Pacific storm track moving over region
A series of Pacific storms is heading into the region through early next week bringing rain to lowlands and snow to the mountains
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 1:33 p.m.
Late-season fishing has advantages for prepared anglers
Late fall and early winter are overlooked times for the simple reason most anglers don’t want to deal with the cold temperatures. Ice anglers love frigid temperatures because that’s what …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 1:18 p.m.
Jennings: Early season skiing has hazards, but also great benefits
If you believe in omens, skiing on Thanksgiving weekend is a good one. I’ve heard from some resort managers that historically, inland northwest ski areas are able to open during …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 1 p.m.
Ammi Midstokke: Battling the binge with resolution prep
Every year, I spend approximately as much time considering my New Year’s Resolution as I spend committed to it after Jan. 1. This week in our home we discussed heavily …
Wed., Dec. 2, 2015, 12:42 p.m.
Alan Liere’s weekly fish and game report
Just because no fish are showing on your fish finder, don’t assume there are none in the area. Fish in the top 20 feet of water often do not show …
Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10:42 a.m.
Volunteers dig route-building for hikers, bikers, equestrians
Volunteers generous with their time and muscle have cleared the way for miles of happy hiking, biking, skiing, and horse riding in the Inland Northwest.
Sat., Nov. 28, 2015, 10:37 a.m.
Tips on tuning your body for ski season
When the snow starts falling, people think of tuning up their skis or snowboard. You might check out your boots and bindings to make sure everything works right for the …