Stories tagged: outdoors
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Steelhead run bottoms out at Lower Granite
Steelhead are setting a record at Lower Granite Dam and it’s not a good one. The run’s performance is so poor that fisheries managers are considering restrictions to upcoming seasons.
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Steelhead fishing will be catch-and-release in Idaho
In the face of a dismal steelhead run, Idaho on Monday canceled its harvest season this fall and will allow only catch-and-release steelhead fishing. Washington is expected to announce similarly …
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 2:44 p.m.
Weekend weather: Nicest stretch of summer in store
Some of the nicest weather of the summer is expected through the weekend and will continue for Monday’s arrival of a total solar eclipse
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 2 p.m.
Reader photo: Evening light on the water
Sunset and its evening light on the water is a happy hour for paddlers.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 1:32 p.m.
Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Aug. 17
Most Spokane River rainbow taken recently have either been on the dropper below a hopper/Chernobyl or on the nymph rig. There doesn’t appear to be rhyme or reason to which …
Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Gear Junkie: Canvas tent bombproof, one of kind
Nestled in a canvas cocoon atop a cush foam mattress, I feel cozy and warm. The world around me is shut out — no wind, no lights, and no pointy …
Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Hiker kills aggressive mountain goat; efforts increase to educate public to coexist
An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the …
Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 5:54 a.m.
Rich Landers: Rescuers will gladly save family third time if needed
A rescue call from the Great Outdoors will prompt some people to ask, “How can we help?” or at least “How are you doing?” Others focus on, “How much will …
Sun., Aug. 13, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Field reports: Women in wilderness explored by panel
OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at …
Sat., Aug. 12, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Ammi Midstokke: Training for successful failures
In my line of work, I am consistently reminding people that we don’t fail or succeed. We don’t suddenly arrive at the end game and never crave a Twinkie again.
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Tour de Lentil provides challenging ride through the Palouse
Cycling on the Palouse can feel a little like an epic adventure at sea. Giant, wheat-covered hillsides meet the skyline, looking like golden oceanic swells. You chug upward, cresting that …
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Klickitat River has hedge against season’s grim fish run forecasts
The Klickitat River is a bright spot in the otherwise grim news of this year’s lagging steelhead and salmon runs, a veteran fishing guide says.
UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 10, 2017, 6:59 a.m.
Trio stands up to paddle Spokane River’s 112-miles in four days
A trio has become, as far as they know, the first adventurers to run the entire 112-mile length of the Spokane River on stand-up paddleboards.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 2:41 p.m.
Reader Photo: On top of the world
Lexi Greenwood and Kelly Kopczynsky celebrate on the summit of Harrison Peak after backpacking three days along the Selkirk Crest in North Idaho.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Alan Liere’s Fishing-Hunting Report for Aug. 10
Although the Spokane River stays pretty cold all summer, the best fishing has been evenings into the night. Fish the riffles.
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 2:37 p.m.
Weekend weather: Possible relief from heat and smoke in sight
The entire region remains blanketed under high temperatures and an air quality alert from the National Weather Service, but some relief may be in store from both the heat and …
Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 2:05 p.m.
Yellowstone visitation down in July and for the year
More than half way through the calendar year, Yellowstone National Park has seen about 5 percent fewer visitors so far this year.
Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Out & about: Washington State surveys public attitudes on plethora of public land access permits
Washington state agencies are looking into simplifying the quagmire of cards, stickers or vehicle mirror-hanger documents required for recreating on local, state and federal lands and perhaps even private timber …
Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Gear Junkie: Camping above the ground
Have you considered camping in the air? A growing trend, “hanging tents” meld hammock features with bug mesh, zippers, and a fly.
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 5:27 a.m.
Hiker with dog has close wolf encounter in North Idaho
I’d planned a July day hike with my dog along a North Idaho stream for a good dose of outdoor exercise and a cool respite from the summer heat. The …
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 5:26 a.m.
Priest Lake black bear attacked woman, dogs with no warning
A woman fiercely attacked by a black bear near the Priest Lake visitor center on July 4 had no time to use bear spray even if she’d have had it, …
Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Bear attack avoidance tips offered by biologist
Hikers in the Inland Northwest are in carnivore country and should think ahead to what they would do in a close encounter with a bear, wolf or mountain lion, says …
UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 9:28 p.m.
Washington boy struck by vehicle says helmet saved his life
Except for some bumps and bruises, a few stitches and a hairline fracture, an Onalaska boy’s life is getting back to normal after being hit by a car while riding …
Sun., Aug. 6, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
High mountain lakes lure summer anglers willing to hit the trail
A mountain lake is worth the hike for an angler seeking a break from searing summer heat. Heading out with a backpack and a pack rod on a national forest …
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Berry picking a lesson in where to look
There is something I find immensely satisfying about picking berries, but it’s not something I’d expect a lot of folks to understand or appreciate. It can be tedious work, filling …
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 11:39 a.m.
Idaho nuclear facility bans hunting on day of solar eclipse
An 890-square-mile federal nuclear facility in eastern Idaho has banned hunters from the area on the day of the solar eclipse.
UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 12:29 p.m.
Oregon court overturns conviction of naked ‘Sasquatch’
An appeals court overturned the conviction of an Oregon man with bipolar disorder who attacked a hunter while naked and claiming to be a Sasquatch.
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Rich Landers: Human-powered vessels catching up to power boaters in fatalities
With eight weekends of summer remaining and a lot of hot weather attracting people to the water, Washington State Parks’ Boating Program is making an effort to emphasize boating safety …
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 5:25 a.m.
Salmon success subject of TV series
A Spokane production company has released a 13-episode television show detailing some of the successful efforts to improve salmon runs along the Columbia River and its tributaries.
Thu., Aug. 3, 2017, 5:55 a.m.
Rediscovering Leavenworth: Seven great hikes around the area
With world-class hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking and whitewater accessibility, Leavenworth is being rediscovered as an outdoor recreation Mecca by people who once dismissed it as a kitschy Bavarian-themed roadside …