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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015

Kristina Kripaitis had to scuttle her March 14, 2015, plans to launch a canoe from Beaver Creek Campground near the north end of Priest Lake -- because that portion of the lake was still frozen despite unseasonably warm winter weather. (Mike Wootton)

Upper Priest Lake paddlers get cold reception 

PADDLING -- In case you think winter's over, check out this field report from a pair of canoeists who thought they'd take advantage of the unseasonably warm weather and lack of snow last weekend to beat the boating crowd to Upper Priest Lake. "OK, sooooo…...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2015

MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2015

David Moershel of Spokane skis back to camp in the backcountry south of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park. (Rich Landers)

Yellowstone to charge backcountry permit fee

NATIONAL PARKS -- Yellowstone National Park will require an overnight backcountry permit fee starting May 1. The National Park Service says the money raised from the new fee will help pay the costs of running the park’s backcountry program. Under the new fee, anyone obtaining...

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MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015

FRIDAY, JAN. 30, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

MONDAY, JAN. 26, 2015


Scott Stouder, the regional field director for Trout Unlimited, packs his horses and mules through old-growth ponderosa pines as he heads into the Rapid River roadless area drainage near Idaho's Seven Devils Wilderness. 
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Sportsmen rally against public land transfers 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Sportsman's groups are organizing a voice against efforts in Western states to eliminate federal control of public land. Lawmakers in Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming are spending considerable money and effort in attempts to get state control of federal public lands within...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2015

FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014

Fly fishers cast for brown trout along the stained rock-garden limestone cliffs that border central Montana's Smith River where special permits are required to float a 59-mile scenic stretch. (Rich Landers)

Smith River floaters not ready to be bear savvy

CAMPING -- Just about every outdoor park and forest in North America that has bears requires bear-resistant camping methods. But even in the wake of having to kill eight bears that had become camp robbers, Montana lags... Montana Parks Board won't require bear-proof food containers...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 2014


The early morning sun hits fresh snow on Steamboat Mountain in the Rocky Mountain Front Range as a pickup travels south on Interstate 15 near Ulm, Mont., on Wednesday. A storm dumped large amounts of heavy, wet snow across parts of Montana on Tuesday evening. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

Congress finally gives wilderness a nod 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Congress shook its inability to work across the aisle this week and passed public lands legislation that's been years in the making. The U.S. House on Thursday passed a defense spending bill containing a broad public lands package for the West. In...

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MONDAY, OCT. 27, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 20, 2014

N. Fork Clearwater road closed for repairs

FISHING -- The North Fork of Clearwater River Road 247 will be closed starting tomorrow, Oct. 21, at milepost 39.3, at Flat Creek for the removal of an aquatic organism barrier culvert, the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forests announced today. The road closure will run no...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014

The Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint. (Courtesy)

Raise a cold one to youth outdoor education

OUTDOORS -- Join the North Idaho folks from Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education (SOLE) and NoLi Brewhouse for the kick-off of a community fund-raiser for youth outdoor education programs. The event is set for 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Idaho Pour Authority, 203...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 2, 2014

In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt  (Associated Press)

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2014

The American Long-Distance Hiking Association honors backpackers who've completed the Triple Crown of America's long trails -- the Appalachian, Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails. (Phillip J. Carcia)

Long-distance hikers gathering at Stampede Pass

HIKING -- Backpackers who've walked the walk are giving programs of enduring value this weekend during the 21st annual gathering of the American Long-Distance Hiking Association-West at Stampede Pass, Wash. Openings are still available for the Saturday programs by hikers who've accomplished incredible "feets" and...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2014

In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt  (Associated Press)

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 26, 2014

MONDAY, AUG. 18, 2014

THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014

In this Feb. 3, 2005 file photo, Jon Crandall of Coram, Mont., paddles his canoe across Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, Mont. Scientists said Wednesday, April 7, 2010 that Glacier National Park has lost two more of its namesake moving icefields to climate change, which is shrinking the rivers of ice until they grind to a halt  (Associated Press)

Plan ahead for free entry at federal, state lands

PUBLIC LANDS -- Federal land managers offer free entry to parks, forests, U.S. Bureau of Land management lands, refuges and other national interest lands where fees are charged on certain holidays scattered through the year. Washington State Parks also sets dates for fee-free entry. The...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 13, 2014

Aaron Theisen, right, and Craig Romano explore the trail between Odessa and the BLM Lakeview Ranch in Lincoln County. (Rich Landers)

BLM bans campfires on its Eastern Washington lands 

PUBLIC LANDS -- Extreme fire danger has prompted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to join Washington state agencies in prohibiting campfires in Eastern Washington, including in developed recreation areas. The federal agency's fire managers enacted initial fire restrictions in mid-July. Today they updated the...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

Boating, swimming and fishing are popular activities in the Palouse River canyon out of Lyons Ferry Park.  (The Spokesman-Review)

Lyons Ferry water clears; beach reopened

CAMPING --The swimming area and beach at Lyons Ferry Park has been reopened today after test results received this afternoon showed the water was again safe for in-water recreation. The Walla Walla District of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the park's beach at the...

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