Stories tagged: outdoors
Tue., Feb. 13, 2018, 11:40 a.m.
Annual fly fishing class starting Thursday
The annual Spokane Fly Fishers fly fishing school will start on Thursday. The eight-week course is good for beginners, or those with experience looking to touch up their skills.
Sun., Feb. 11, 2018, 8:02 a.m.
7 things to do outside on Valentine’s Day (or shortly thereafter)
Forgot to make dinner reservations? Never fear. There are plenty of outdoor date options in the Spokane area. Even in February.
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018, 9:08 a.m.
As Spokane’s urban coyotes thrive, some pet owners grow worried
Coyotes. The wild canines thrive in many of the United States’ largest cities – including
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 5:17 p.m.
Famous Yellowstone elk herd rebounds two decades after wolf reintroduction
The Northern Yellowstone elk herd, one of the most famous and closely watched in the world, is finally growing at a healthy clip.
Sat., Feb. 10, 2018, 5:55 a.m.
Ammi Midstokke: Raising a generation of accidental conservationists
“Are we democrats or republicans?” asked my 10-year-old on our way out to Pinnacles National Park in California. Honestly, I’d rather have
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 4:31 p.m.
Comments sought on Brebner Flat Project
RECREATION – The Idaho Panhandle National Forests is seeking public comments on the Brebner Flat Project located on the St. Joe Ranger District south of Avery, Idaho and includes the …
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 4:31 p.m.
Beta testers needed for mobile fish app
FISHING – Anglers are being asked to test out a new fishing app developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The free mobile app’s official release is April …
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 4:28 p.m.
Hunting dog obedience class starting
HUNTING – A basic hunting dog obedience class will start on Feb. 18 running every Sunday through March 25. The classes are hosted by the Spokane Bird Dog Association. The …
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 4:26 p.m.
Winter bird viewing on Saturday
BIRDING – Come see tens of thousands of migrating ducks and geese at the McNary National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. Viewers can watch the birds from a newly constructed bird …
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 11:55 a.m.
Alan Liere: The aging outdoorsman
I’ve been trying to figure out if I’m old. It first became apparent two years ago when I had a choice of a double-fudge brownie or broccoli salad. I chose …
Fri., Feb. 9, 2018, 5:25 a.m.
Efforts to move top U.S. land managers west gain a strong ally
From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management oversees some of the nation’s most prized natural resources: vast expanses of public lands rich in oil, gas, …
Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 11:24 a.m.
Washington state wildlife officials seek comment on endangered species
WILDLIFE – Washington state wildlife managers are seeking public input on recommendations to keep the pygmy rabbit and grizzly bear on the state’s endangered species list, and to downlist the …
Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 5:55 a.m.
Montana man takes up legendary relative’s gun making
Approximately 230 years ago, a master gunsmith in Pennsylvania left his mark during America’s Golden Age of rifle making. Now one of his distant relatives is taking up the family …
Thu., Feb. 8, 2018
Montana says it won’t hunt Yellowstone bears in 2018
BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana wildlife officials are recommending against holding a grizzly bear hunt in 2018 after the animals lost their federal protections across a three-state region around Yellowstone National …
UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 8, 2018, 10:48 a.m.
Idaho’s state parks add $184 million to state’s economy in 2016
Idaho’s state parks contributed $184 million to the state’s economy in 2016, according to a new study.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 8 p.m.
Decades of injury-free skiing come to end for 49 Degrees North patrol director in nasty accident
Karma finally caught up with Gary Deaver. After 57 injury-free years of booming down the slopes Deaver’s luck ran out. All at once.
Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 12:48 p.m.
Bill Jennings: Contemplating a local Winter Olympics
The 2018 Winter Olympics begin Thursday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang is a small mountain town in one of the most remote areas of the country.
Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 8
Alan Liere’s weekly fishing-hunting report.
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 2:10 p.m.
Weekend weather: Colder temperatures expected, but still unseasonably warm
Temperatures will drop, slightly, later this week and into the weekend although the weather will remain unseasonably warm.
Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 12:05 p.m.
Reader photo: A photographer’s eye
Photographer Joanie Christian came across “a pretty scene along the Pend Oreille River” in February. Shortly after photographing the shimmering lake her sharp eye noticed a “ ‘mouser’ in a …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 7, 2018, 8:56 a.m.
Sturgeon fisheries closed on two sections of the Columbia River
FISHING – Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have set closure dates for sturgeon fisheries on two sections of the Columbia River while deferring consideration of a recreational smelt fishery …
Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 3:50 p.m.
Snowshoe, fat bike race at Silver Mountain
RACING – There will be a snowshoe and fat bike race at Silver Mountain next Sunday. There will be two snowshoe races, one 2.2 miles and the other 4.4 miles. …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 4:13 p.m.
Silver Mountain back-country bonanza this weekend
WINTERSPORTS – Silver Mountain will host a bevy of back-country skiing skill instruction next weekend. On Saturday, there will be an avalanche class. Participants will learn how to assess risk …
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
Revisiting the roots of cross-country skiing
Going cross-country is especially suited for multiple skiers. It brings you together for conversation, or not, as you take turns sharing the chore of breaking trail. It’s more conducive to …
Sun., Feb. 4, 2018, 5:30 a.m.
Pros offer tips, tricks for cross-country skiing in the Spokane area
Last weekend was a good weekend for cross-country skiers in Washington but bad for my leg muscles.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Construction of Peaceful Valley boat launch planned for 2018
A boat launch will likely be built in Peaceful Valley in 2018 using money from a popular, but doomed, river gorge project.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 4:19 p.m.
Field reports: Fishery managers set closure dates for sturgeon on Columbia River
Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon have set closure dates for sturgeon fisheries on two sections of the Columbia River while deferring consideration of a recreational smelt fishery until more …
Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 5:55 a.m.
Activists debate Native hibernating bear hunting
Congressional debate about Alaska hunting rules in April brought a spotlight on a little-understood Alaska Native technique of hunting bears in dens.
Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 3:34 p.m.
Meeting on exploratory drilling in Sandpoint area upcoming
NATURAL RESOURCES – A mining company hopes to conduct exploratory drilling on National Forest lands within the Sand Creek-Lake Pend Oreille watershed. The Idaho Panhandle National Forests will hold a …
Fri., Feb. 2, 2018, 3:31 p.m.
Final SpIFF film honors climber Fred Beckey
CLIMBING – The Spokane International Film Festival’s final film will be the documentary “Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey.” Beckey, a legendary Seattle-area mountaineer, died in October. The climber wrote …