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Thursday, January 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Fifty years (and more than a few beers) later, Priest Lake Snowshoe Softball tournament still going strong

If you’re going to drink beer and chase an oversized softball through fields of snow wearing cheap plastic snowshoes at least cover the ball in pink jello.


During his 40 years at Fish and Game, Virgil Moore built connections to help Idaho’s ‘critters’

When Virgil Moore leaves the Idaho Department of Fish and Game office for the last time, it won’t be without tears.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Forest managers: Fire mitigation efforts could fall behind if federal shutdown continues

Washington’s forest managers are waiting anxiously for the federal government to reopen.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 5:24 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 17

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 17


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

Reader photo: Holy flight plan, Robin

A robin snagged a mid-winter treat from photographer Joanie Christian’s home in late December.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:31 p.m.

Hundreds of elk stream across road in video taken near Ellensburg

Hundreds of elk streamed across a road near Ellensburg last week. The migration was caught on video near Puget Sound Energy’s Wild Horse Wind and Solar facility.


Vandals kill 700,000 chum salmon in Canada

Vandals killed 700,000 chum salmon in Vancouver late in December.


Priest Lake cold-water bypass in wait-and-see mode

The Priest Lake cold-water bypass project is in wait-and-see mode.


Three years later Spokane avalanche survivor shares what he’s learned

Three years ago today, Mike Brede was bleeding profusely, chilled to the bone and near dead. The experienced backcountry skier was skiing south of Lookout Pass above the St. Regis …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 16, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

Washington’s first Karelian Bear Dogs, credited with busting poachers and saving kittens, die

Two of Washington’s most famous and accomplished employees died in 2018: Mishka and Cash, the Karelian Bear Dogs.


Government shutdown stalls work on Idaho steelhead permit

The ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government has idled permit writers who are under a looming deadline to complete Idaho’s steelhead fishery permit, and some stakeholders are urging Gov. …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 2:10 p.m.

Stevens County Commissioners issue wolf safety announcement

The Stevens County Commissioners announced that wolf “packs have come very close to homes in several areas of Stevens County,” Tuesday.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 12, 2019, 9:23 a.m.

Wolves kill two calves, one cow in Ferry County

The carcasses of two calves and a cow were discovered in Ferry County early in January.


Helicopters taking flight for Idaho Fish and Game Panhandle elk study

Idaho Fish and Game officials are deploying elk tracking collars this week as part of the annual elk survival study.


Ammi Midstokke: What we seek and find in the Great Outdoors

“I’m leaving,” I say. My person is staring at me with a face that looks something like a hybrid of a sad Labrador puppy and a lumberjack who lost his …


Descendants of historic Pennsylvania wolves live in Montana

In the dry sagebrush foothills west of here, sheltered in the rain shadow of the imposing Beartooth Mountains, lives an unusual bit of Pennsylvania history — 35 descendants of the …


The snow is finally here, so check out these Spokane-area deals on skiing, snowboarding

January is learn to ski and snowboard month, and with the area’s snow pack finally filling in there are a multitude of deals and events at area resorts.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Reader photo: Eagle leftovers

The bald eagles that flock to Coeur d’Alene lake to feed on kokanee draw their fair share of praise and photos every year. The often-overlooked player in the entire drama? …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 5:33 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 10

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Jan. 3.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 8, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Video: Hungry moose snacks on Anchorage hospital waiting room plants

A hungry moose wandered into a hospital in Anchorage and started munching, Monday.


Free presentation to focus on history of area skiing Jan. 17

The author of a book uncovering Spokane’s rich skiing history will give a free presentation Jan. 17 starting at 7 p.m.


Ski for free in Ferry County this weekend

Cross-country ski for free on the Ferry County Rail Trail on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Environmental groups withdraw from Oregon wolf plan talks

Environmental groups have withdrawn from talks aimed at updating the wolf management plan in Oregon.


Vancouver’s rugged west coast offers kayaking adventures for experts, neophytes alike

A 12-day, 150-mile kayaking adventure off the west coast of Vancouver Island tested John McKee’s logistical prowess and physical endurance this summer.


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 5, 2019, 4:21 p.m.

High-speed lasers measure glacial movement at Big Sky Resort

Many skiers and snowboarders probably don’t know it, but the 9,800-foot-high base of Big Sky Resort’s Lone Peak Tram sits atop a slow-moving rock glacier.


Shutdown’s impact minimal for local wildlife managers

The federal government’s multi-day shutdown has minimally impacted Idaho and Washington wildlife management.


Scotchman winter hike schedule announced

Although the snow may be flying and the air may be frigid, the Friends of the Scotchman Peaks organization is still leading hikes into the wilds of North Idaho and …


Othello Crane festival announces theme

The Othello Crane Festival announced its 2019 theme on Monday.


Yellowstone plans to capture more than 600 bison

Yellowstone National Park officials plan to capture 600 to 900 bison to slaughter this winter for the continuing effort to manage the herd’s population.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 4, 2019, 12:46 p.m.

Sperry Chalet open house postponed due to federal shutdown

A planned public open house and “industry night” for contractors interested in bidding on rebuilding the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park is the latest victim of the federal government …