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Thursday, December 13, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Permit application opening for four memorable Idaho river trips

December is the darkest month, but it also brings a ray of hope for whitewater boaters longing for summer voyages down Idaho’s most-storied rivers.


Finessing the flip-flop: Rafters get a thrill, while salmon and irrigators get more water

The experienced guides from virtually all of Washington’s whitewater rafting companies know what it takes to tame the mighty Tieton during the annual “flip-flop” water operations on Rimrock and the …


UPDATED: Fri., July 6, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Woman who drowned in Spokane River identified; Medical Examiner rules incident accidental

The Spokane Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that the woman who was killed after her raft capsized on the Spokane River near the Bowl and Pitcher area of Riverside State Park …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

Grandparents making tradition of outdoor adventures

Three years ago, Andy and Linda Decker accidentally started a Christmas tradition with their three grandsons.


North Las Vegas man dies after raft overturns in Idaho

Authorities say a North Las Vegas man died during a rafting incident in the central Idaho wilderness.


SCAT machine shutdown in Riggins could create stinky situation in the whitewater capital of Idaho

More than 10,000 private and commercial boaters who will be floating the Main Salmon – River of No Return wilderness section this summer will have to find an alternative way …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Waste disposal option ends for Salmon River rafters

People rafting Idaho’s Salmon River this summer will need to find an alternative way to dispose of their waste after officials have discontinued the longstanding disposal method.


DIY packraft offers outdoors enthusiasts an affordable, lightweight boat

If you have enviously eyed the packable but expensive Alpacka packrafts made in Alaska, but just couldn’t commit to the $600-$2,500 price tag, there’s good news.


Wilderness river: Selway sets the beat, rafters follow

Most folks don’t know it, but a trip down the Selway River in North Idaho would do them a world of good. Out there, far from Facebook, and iPhones, and …


Pocatello man drowns while rafting with family in Wyoming

An Idaho man who was rafting the Snake River with his family has drowned.


Crews save 11 people in 2 separate rescues on same river

Nearly a dozen people are safe after two separate water rescues on the same river within hours of each other in Washington state.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 11:01 p.m.

Pay-for-parking system on Peaceful Valley streets gets put on hold

Residents would be asked to buy a $25 pass, good for the entire summer, to park on two blocks in the historic neighborhood popular with rafters, kayakers and tubers. But …


Expedition Alaska: Racers, crew and filmmakers took risks in adventure race

Using maps, compasses and vague directions, 20 teams of four endurance athletes tackled 300-plus miles of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race. They traveled by foot, …


High flows prompted whitewater group to cancel trip on Moyie River where rafter died

A day after a Spokane whitewater group canceled a trip on the Moyie River because of high flows, a 60-year-old Spokane man with another group apparently drown in a rafting …


Idaho leads region’s increased aquatic invasive species boat inspection efforts

Boaters traveling in and out of Washington, Idaho and Montana are noticing increased emphasis this season on inspections for invasive aquatic species on watercraft ranging from yachts to kayaks, rafts …


Idaho rafting outfitters buoyed by rivers outlook

Mother Nature blessed Idaho with deep snow in the mountains this winter, ranging from 98 percent to 180 percent of normal statewide, setting up an outstanding year for fishing and …


Revolutionary rafts lower danger of extreme whitewater

It’s been raining for almost a week here on California’s northwest coast, and the Middle Fork Smith River has transformed into a raging, swirling, terrifying torrent of whitewater.


In brief: River access limited at Upriver Dam

Public access to the Spokane River below Upriver Dam has been scaled back because of vandalism, City Utilities staffers say.


River Dance Lodge offers luxury on the Clearwater

If cabins or “glamping” in a wall tent with a hot tub are on your radar for adventure, ROW Adventures has the answer in Idaho just a few hours’ drive …


Man dies in rafting accident on Yellowstone River

Authorities have released the name of a man who drowned after a rafting accident on the Yellowstone River west of Columbus.


Out & About: Film festival to benefit Spokane Riverkeeper

The second annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be in Spokane on April 28 as a benefit for the Spokane Riverkeeper and the advocacy group’s goal to keep the …


Out & About: Paddling Film Festival benefits local water access efforts

From kayaking pros on play waves and rafting wild whitewater to paddling with a fishing rod in search of northern pike, an edited collection of paddling films coming to Spokane …


Outpeople: Tanner Grant takes on whitewater rafting one step at a time

Tanner Grant of Spokane says it doesn’t necessarily take a village to become a whitewater rafter, but it helps. “I got into rafting six years ago with a lot of …


Field reports: Land deals proposed for wildlife habitat

Proposals to acquire land in eight Washington counties for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation are open to comments through Feb. 12.


Unguided anglers lured by adventure of eight-day, fly-in, Alaska float trip

Southwestern Alaska could be the most convenient place in the United States for a fly fisher to go wild. Bush pilots equipped to land on lakes, rivers or tundra operate …


Emergency closure of Idaho public lands starts Sunday

Public lands in the Idaho Panhandle north of Interstate 90 and south of Bunco Road will be closed starting Sunday because of extreme wildfire danger.


Never at dull moment rafting the Middle Fork

People have described rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River as exhilarating, soul-refreshing and even life-changing. Its translucent water splashed with hues of blue, green and gold, its challenging …


Record-low water season brings early flow cuts at Post Falls Dam

The spigot has been cranked down on the Spokane River at Post Falls Dam in the past four days, leaving the whitewater rafting season high and dry and fish managers …


Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde a respite

The Grande Ronde River slices through the landscape of northeastern Oregon. Its headwaters lie in the Blue Mountains, southwest of La Grande, Oregon, and it flows northeast until joining the …


Whitewater rafters have high expectations despite lower flows

Although this year’s lack of winter snow pack could have severe consequences in some areas, outdoors enthusiasts will be taking advantage of a weak spring runoff. Campers and power boaters …