Stories tagged: watersports
THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017, 4:30 A.M.
Lake Pend Oreille water level to rise this week
The level of Lake Pend Oreille will increase 1.5-2.5 feet by the end of February as the outflow from Albeni Falls Dam is decreased to assist with downstream maintenance work, …
SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017, 5:30 A.M.
Field Reports: Montana seeks $11 million to combat invasive species
To increase its fight against aquatic invasive species Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is requesting an additional $11.5 million from the Montana Legislature over the next two years.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017, 1:14 P.M.
In Brief: Nordic events at local venues
High-profile and low-key events will beckon heavier than usual activity at Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Nordic skiing areas this weekend.
SUNDAY, FEB. 5, 2017, 6 A.M.
‘Worst conditions in 20 years’ prompt closure of Washington wildlife areas in Asotin County
Two southeastern Washington wildlife areas totaling 11,000 acres are closed to public access through April to prevent human disturbance to deer and elk struggling through the worst winter conditions in …
SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017, 6:30 A.M.
Washington considers strengthening measures to protect waters from aquatic invasive species
Bad news is knocking at the door and Washington is behind the curve on dealing with aquatic invasive species. State officials say there’s an urgency to get up to speed …
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017, 4 A.M.
Show season begins for RVers, boaters, sportsmen
The boat, RV and sportsmen’s show season is underway, giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to see the latest products from manufacturers and make deals. Some of the shows feature seminars …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2016, 3:50 P.M.
Alan Liere: Canoeing is a Devil Craft
Canoeing is the one warm-weather “outdoorsy” activity besides drowning I do not care for.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31, 2016, 1:54 P.M.
In brief: Yellowstone starts drawing for snowmobile permits
Beginning on Thursday, snowmobilers will be able to enter a drawing for permits to ride through Yellowstone National Park without a guide.
SATURDAY, AUG. 13, 2016, 1:13 P.M.
Out & about: Who’s responsible for recreational garbage?
OUTTRASHED – Garbage is a mountain of a problem at boating access sites close to populated areas. Public land managers have resorted to the “Pack it in, pack it out” …
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2016, 7 P.M.
Paddleboards are versatile, convenient and fun way to get on the water
While the power boating industry seems to be leaning towards finding ways to create bigger waves, another company is taking the human-powered boat sport closer to alpine lakes.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 3, 2016, 2:24 P.M.
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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2016, 2:43 P.M.
Wake boats draw ire of property owners
Plowing the water may be one of the fastest growing sports of the boating industry, but the use of wake boats has also raised the ire of property owners, other …
SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016, 3:55 P.M.
Paddlers to play cards on Pend Oreille River
The 35th annual Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle, featuring nonmotorized vessels ranging from sleek kayaks to parade-float creations, is set for Aug. 13.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016, 5 P.M.
Once a chef, Jory Schmeling has found niche as wooden boat builder
In one moment, Jory Schmeling is general manager of a wooden boat business. In another he is a gopher for said business. Schmeling wouldn’t have it any other way. His …
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2016, 2:48 P.M.
In brief: North Idaho College floats open-to-public beach party
North Idaho College is offering a free opportunity to try out paddleboards, kayaks, canoes and catamarans, and awarding scholarships, too, at the school’s annual beach party, which is open to …
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2016, 3:51 P.M.
Hells Canyon boating fee proposal caught public off guard
The citizen’s council with the power to decide if a Hells Canyon river fee should move forward learned about the proposal more than 18 months before the general public.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2016, 5 P.M.
Wake surfing catches attention of water sport enthusiasts
When ocean surfers want the perfect wave, they first have to wait for the correct tide and then paddle out and meet the roller at just the right time. But …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016, 5 P.M.
Rich Landers: Tribes, federal government keeping public in dark regarding Lake Roosevelt
A giant pain in the rear for Lake Roosevelt anglers and boaters appears to be festering under the aloof care of the U.S. Department of Interior and its Bureau of …
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2016, 12:14 P.M.
In brief: Little Spokane River shuttle service starts Saturday
The Little Spokane River shuttle service for paddlers will resume for the season on Saturday, running hourly on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through Sept. 3.
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016, 1:18 P.M.
Field reports: Trashed toilet becomes money pit at Liberty Lake
PUBLIC LANDS – The collective insolence of “litterpigs” at the Liberty Lake public access has forced the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to spend more than three times the …
SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016, 3:50 P.M.
Field reports: Newman Lake access to close temporarily for weed control
The public access site at Newman Lake in eastern Spokane County will be closed June 7-9 to allow treatment of the lake with herbicide to control Eurasian milfoil and other …
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016, 3:30 A.M.
Ammi Midstokke: The learning curve of a new sport
For years now I have viewed standup paddling as the golf of the extreme outdoors world. I figured when folks got tired of real sportsing, concerned about breaking bones, or …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 5 P.M.
SpokeFest holds drawing for 120 kids bikes
CYCLING – SpokeFest, Spokane’s annual September cycling celebration, is teaming up with Mountain Gear to give away 120 Strider bikes to get area tots balanced and riding. Strider balance bikes …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2016, 2 P.M.
World Championship Jet Boat Race moves closer to green light
Organizers of the 2016 World Championship Jet Boat Race appear to have cleared the last remaining regulatory hurdle just days before the race is set to begin in St. Maries, …
SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016, 1:03 P.M.
Out & About: Washington big on theatrical grouse
OUTNUMBERED – Grouse of various types are wrapping up spring strutting, dancing, drumming and other cool rituals of courtship. They put on a good show. Washington is especially blessed with …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016, 12:49 P.M.
Spokane Club offers canoe and kayak paddling clinics
A series of paddling clinics for canoes, kayaks and sea kayaks on flatwater and rivers will get underway next week in an annual skills program offered by the
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2016, 1:58 P.M.
Watercraft inspection stations help protect habitat from invasive species
This is the time of year when state officials in Idaho, Washington and Montana begin the inspections necessary to keep out invasive species such as zebra and quagga mussels, which …
SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2016, 5 P.M.
Field reports: Bridge-access law benefits paddlers
Northwest paddlers could benefit from a new law that requires the Washington Department of Transportation to consider access to the water when building or refurbishing bridges.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 2:59 P.M.
Variety of small vessels usher anglers to more fish
While many fish are caught from shore or wading, an angler with a boat can access far more water. Anglers effectively use boats ranging from little more than boards to …
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, 2016, 2 P.M.
Life jackets top violations for boating anglers
One of the busiest days of the year is coming up for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Marine Unit – opening day of the state’s general fishing season.