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  • 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.


  • Out & About: Coeur d’Alene fisherman lands record moonfish

    OUTCATCH – A pending state-record moonfish was caught last Sunday out of Westport, Washington, by Jim Watson of Coeur d’Alene. He was on a boat with All Rivers and Saltwater …


  • Field reports: Paddlers take gamble on Pend Oreille event

    RIVERS – The 34th annual Pend Oreille Poker Paddle, attracting entries from craft ranging from canoes to inventive human-powered contraptions, is set for Saturday and Sunday. The event is sponsored …


  • 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 …


  • Outdoor enthusiasts fight proposed bill that could cut access to Washington waters

    OLYMPIA – Following backlash from state agencies and outdoor enthusiasts, a Benton County lawmaker is shrinking the scope of a bill that could cut access to Washington’s lakes, rivers and …


  • Landers: Foam-line fishing gets fly fishers salivating

    Saturday was scum bag day on the Clark Fork River. I’ve had better days of trout fishing in terms of fish caught.


  • New Roskelley guidebook reveals charms of Columbia River

    Internationally recognized mountaineer John Roskelley of Spokane came down to sea level for his latest adventure, compiling 1,200 miles of sea kayaking on the mighty Columbia into a guidebook for …


  • Lochsa River prime for annual whitewater bash

    If it’s true that people watch auto racing for the crashes, it also stands to reason rafting spectators are in it for the flips. And if you love watching whitewater …


  • Field Reports: Lookout Pass expansion proposals presented

    SKIING – An open house meeting to present proposals for expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor’s Office, …


  • Peak 7 Adventures on wet, wild mission to help underprivileged youth

    Whitewater guides-in-training were on the Spokane River in the first two weeks of March, long before pleasant weather would greet rafters soaking themselves through raging rapids. They were on a …


  • Peak 7 has mission to empower kids

    Getting a kid outdoors for a day, and better, yet, for a couple weeks, can have a powerful impact on a kid. “Sure, it isn’t magic in every case, but …


  • Rafting the Grand Canyon during winter is gamble with the elements

    P otential for debilitating desert coldness was the baseline in preparations to raft the Colorado River through Arizona’s Grand Canyon during February. Nobody could overlook the group’s experience four years …


  • Skeena River, B.C.

    Rick Ripley of Spokane had a back seat to a week of jet-powered, white-knuckle, whitewater action starting in late June with a retired Lewiston jet boat builder. Ripley, who recently …


  • Spokane area cornucopia of outdoor access

    I was an outsider in the best sense of the word when I moved to Spokane 36 years ago. I enjoyed hiking and biking, hunting and fishing, skiing and paddling …


  • Summers filled to the rafters for teacher-guide

    Kyle Brock wasted no time putting his group of rafting clients at ease as they assembled along the Spokane River. “Have any of you been whitewater rafting before?” he asked, …


  • Landers: River access should be natural part of project

    The Spokane River shouldn’t have to speak up for itself. Like a hero who saves the day before 500,000 onlookers, the river ought to naturally have our attention and appreciation.


  • Landers: River access should be natural part of project

    The Spokane River shouldn’t have to speak up for itself. Like a hero who saves the day before 500,000 onlookers, the river ought to naturally have our attention and appreciation.


  • Don’t forget boat rules

    An angler’s boat needs even more attention than his tackle box in preparation for opening day. Boats that don’t meet basic requirements are subject to a fine, which would taint …


  • Landers: Redbands in upstream battle

    The Spokane River, and some of its native inhabitants, were in the spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday as a wide range of scientists, policy makers and industry leaders convened for the …


  • Landers: Redbands in upstream battle

    The Spokane River, and some of its native inhabitants, were in the spotlight Tuesday and Wednesday as a wide range of scientists, policy makers and industry leaders convened for the …


  • Boundary Dam relicensing will boost recreation

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a new 42-year license for Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River north of Metaline Falls. Built in 1967, Boundary is the …


  • Free-flowing Elwha rallies fish

    PORT ANGELES – Scientists knew oceangoing fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn’t …


  • Grande Ronde River boating tips

    Following are considerations for matching vessels with flows before floating the lower Wallowa and Grande Ronde rivers. The flow information and details on negotiating notable rapids are from the U.S. …


  • Out & About: Snow keeps ski area open, river runners in business

    OUTGOING – Crystal Mountain Resort in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park remains one of only seven ski resorts still open in North America. Last year, conditions allowed …


  • Preserving Spokane River is group effort

    The Spokane River is a standout in the vast experience of Peter Grubb, who founded ROW Adventures 33 years ago. That’s a story in itself, considering Grubb’s been guiding rafters …


  • Frigid waters pose springtime risk

    Water in area rivers and lakes may look tempting during warmer weather forecast for the weekend, but experts say rivers and lakes remain deadly cold. Air temperatures will soar into …


  • Angler promotes ‘trash fish’

    An Inland Northwest fishing guide has created a product to help anglers reduce stream litter one fouled fly, snipped leader or candy wrapper at a time. Tom Loder of Panhandle …


  • Out & About: Art Wolfe to share photos at Whitworth

    Art Wolfe to share photos at Whitworth OUTSEE – Wildlife photographer and Public TV “Travels to the Edge” host Art Wolfe will give a lecture and slide show Tuesday, 7 …


  • Out & About in 2010

    A few months after the poorly-attended late-winter Great Western Sportfishing Show closed at the Spokane Convention Center, promoters announced they would not be returning to Spokane, ending a three-year run. …

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