Stories tagged: wilderness
SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017, 6 A.M.
Field Reports: Mountain biking group backs Scotchman wilderness
A North Idaho mountain biking club has detoured from the generally position of cyclists to endorse a proposed wilderness.
SATURDAY, FEB. 4, 2017, 7 A.M.
Birders in Idaho worry harsh winter may hurt hummingbirds
Bird lovers in Idaho are worried that an unusually cold and snowy winter may have harmed or killed some of the Anna’s hummingbirds that spend the winter in there despite …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2016, 4:06 A.M.
Fate of Oregon’s oldest state forest is examined
Oregon’s top elected state leaders heard at times heated testimony on Tuesday about the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest, whose lumber proceeds help fund the state’s schools, to …
SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2016, 7:30 P.M.
Field reports: Lawmaker questions rail trail funding
Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) says he questions the value of Washington State Parks and Recreation Department proposals to spend millions of dollars in his district improving the portion of a …
THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2016, 4:26 P.M.
Risch introduces legislation to protect Scotchman Peaks as wilderness area
U.S. Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation Thursday to protect the Idaho portion of the craggy, but scenic Scotchman Peaks as a federal wilderness area.
FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2016, 8:26 A.M.
Idaho officials sell commercial properties for $17.3 million
Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy …
TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2016, 1:07 P.M.
Oregon groups push for wilderness area around Crater Lake
Oregon conservation groups are putting pressure on Congress to designate a large swath of public land, including Crater Lake National Park, as a federal wilderness area.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2, 2016, 9:02 P.M.
Collared wolf dead, 3 others survive in Idaho wilderness
Three of four wolves fitted with tracking collars in a central Idaho wilderness area last year by state officials without federal approval are surviving as another winter approaches.
MONDAY, OCT. 17, 2016, 5:03 P.M.
Startled grizzly bear attacks man
State wildlife officials say a man is recovering after being attacked by a protective grizzly bear while on a walk with his daughter and two dogs.
SUNDAY, OCT. 16, 2016, 4 A.M.
Wild on two wheels: Motorcycle camping tour threads Idaho wilderness
What started as an annual mountain biking adventure among high school buddies has transformed over decades into a motorcycle camping trip that continues to incorporate thrills, dirty clothes and the …
SUNDAY, OCT. 2, 2016, 2 A.M.
Wind River Range is high note for Spokane Mountaineers
On July 29, two Spokane Mountaineers departed after work to drive 670 miles overnight to Pinedale, Wyoming, where they left their car, and boarded a shuttle vehicle for more than …
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2016, 6 P.M.
Boulder-White Clouds wilderness area preserves scope and beauty of the region
In August 2015, President Barack Obama signed legislation protecting 275,665 acres of the Boulder-White Clouds region as wilderness, ending decades of debate over what should become of the remote central …
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24, 2016, 3:29 P.M.
Owyhee River author passionate for protection
The rugged, wild Owyhee River canyonlands of southern Oregon are remote and easy to put out of mind.
SATURDAY, AUG. 27, 2016, 5:34 P.M.
Out & About: Salmo-Priest lookout abused by hikers
Grandfathered at the time the Salmo-Priest Wilderness was designated, the Little Snowy Top Lookout is a piece of history and a rare shelter in a storm for any wilderness traveler.
TUESDAY, AUG. 23, 2016, 11:40 A.M.
Alaska guide’s condition improves after mauling by bear
The condition of an Alaska wilderness guide who was mauled by a bear protecting her cub has improved, the hospital said.
SATURDAY, JULY 30, 2016, 3:55 P.M.
Wenaha trails get TLC after 2015 wildfires
The smoke is long gone from the wildfires that closed much of the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness last summer, but concerns linger for hikers, hunters and horse groups.
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.
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016, 4:58 P.M.
Colville Forest plan will ration recreation on 1.1 million acres
Something is at stake for everyone from mountain bikers to loggers in the 1.1 million-acre Colville National Forest as the July 5 deadline approaches for public comment on the draft …
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 …
SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2016
Out and about
OUTTRAILS – Montana has launched a statewide online hiking guide. Montana Wilderness Association, with a grant from the state Office of Tourism, has gone live with Hikewildmontana.org, Montana’s first hiking …
SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2016, 4:14 P.M.
Scat explains smile on coyote’s face
Holy crap! While shed hunters are combing the woods for huge discarded antlers this spring, Tina Wynecoop scored a scat that looked like a 13-inch-long rope with a half dozen …
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2016, 10:51 A.M.
Prescribed burns planned for Wenatchee area
Forest officials hope to get out in front of the wildfire season by holding a series of prescribed burns on national forest lands in the Lake Wenatchee area.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016, 3:49 P.M.
In brief: Mount Rainier wilderness reservation system crashes
A catastrophic computer system crash at Mount Rainier National Park has put procrastinators on equal footing with backpackers who applied early to get backcountry permits for the Wonderland Trail and …
THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 2016, 7:14 A.M.
Avalanche kills director of avalanche center in Oregon
PENDLETON, Ore. – The director of an avalanche center in Oregon has died in the same natural disaster he taught many to avoid. The EO Media Group reported that Wallowa …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2016, 1:08 P.M.
In brief: Wild Wilderness films in Coeur d’Alene
“Wild for Wilderness – An Evening of Untamed Films” will feature award-winning documentaries and captivating footage of wildlife at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Eagles Lodge, 209 Sherman Ave. …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015, 3:18 P.M.
Landers: Andrus stands out rock solid as national conservation leader
When they carve the equivalent of Mount Rushmore for politicians who stuck their necks out for hunting, fishing and conservation, Cecil Andrus deserves to be among the faces in the …
SATURDAY, DEC. 5, 2015, 9:02 A.M.
Spokane Mountaineers celebrate a century of outdoor pursuits
The Spokane Mountaineers have changed since the group was founded 100 years ago as the Spokane Walking Club by five women librarians. What motivates people to join the club has …
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, 2015, 3:38 P.M.
Motorized users sue Kootenai Forest for more access to proposed wilderness areas
Snowmobile clubs and advocacy groups from Montana and Idaho are suing the U.S. Forest Service and its plan that bars motorized access in certain protected areas of the 2.2 million …
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20, 2015
Trail workers rescue footsore pets
After spending almost two weeks in July wandering on their own deep into the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jim Cain’s two English cocker spaniels seem to have recovered from their re-enactment …
THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2015
Wildfire closures block access to popular hunting, hiking, boating areas
Drought and wildfires in the Inland Northwest are raising havoc with fish and wildlife as well as with hunters, hikers, boaters and other recreationists who consider August a prime month …