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TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2016

Bitterroot River section closed by wildfire

FISHING -- Access to the Bitterroot River was temporarily closed this morning from Wally Crawford Fishing Access Site to Angler’s Roost because of the Roaring Lion Fire which is burning southwest of Hamilton. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials say the closure will apply until...

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Participants in the annual Pend Oreille Poker Paddle have a tradition of having fun while traveling 32 miles downstream on the Pend Oreille River in two days from Usk to Ione.  (Eileen Dugger )

Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle Aug. 13

WATERSPORTS –The 35th annual Pend Oreille River Poker Paddle, featuring non-motorized vessels ranging from sleek kayaks to parade-float creations, is set for Aug. 13. The event will start at 8 a.m. at Pioneer Park Campground at Newport and finish 15 miles downstream at Usk by...

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TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2016

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016

MONDAY, MAY 16, 2016

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016



A scene along the Spokane River, 1847.
 (Paul Kane / Courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto)

Nisbet program to explore Lake Spokane history

RIVERS -- Local historian, naturalist and author Jack Nisbet will present a program, “Reshaping a River: Lake Spokane,” for the Lake Spokane Association this week. The program, open to the public, will start at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Suncrest Middle School auditorium. Following this...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2016

Muddy water in Hangman Creek generally is a signal to kayakers, canoests and rafters that the stream is in rare good form for paddling.
 (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Video: Rafters go with the flow in Hangman Creek

RIVER RUNNING -- Hangman Creek is notorious among rafters and paddlers for being a now-you-see-it, now-you-don't whitewater attraction. Adequate flows for rafting usually come and go quickly in winter or early spring with rain and snowmelt events. Spokane river runner Tanner Grant jumped on the...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016

Measured mountain snowpack in the Northwest was near average or above average on Feb. 1, 2016. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Snowpack looks good in region, so far 

WATER SOURCES -- Snow is piling up in the mountains, and last year's big early thaw that ravaged the snowpack for water needed by fish, boaters and other uses isn't in the forecast -- so far. See the second photo to remember how grimly low...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 2, 2016

TUESDAY, DEC. 29, 2015

The Spokane River, dubbed Long Lake or Lake Spokane behind the Long Lake Dam, pools behind the dam, which generates the most power of any dam on the river, Tuesday, July 9, 2008.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Lake Spokane winter drawdown to begin

RIVERS -- Avista Utilities will start the annual drawdown at Lake Spokane (Long Lake Reservoir) on Thursday, Dec. 31. Operators expect to lower the reservoir's water level up to a day over a two-to-three week period, until it reaches its winter elevation of 13 to...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 4, 2015

THURSDAY, NOV. 12, 2015

MONDAY, OCT. 5, 2015

MONDAY, SEPT. 14, 2015

TUESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2015



St. Joe River Trail 48 occassional breaks into the open enabling hikers to get a good view of the river. (Rich Landers)

Region's rivers hit record low flows 

RIVERS -- Local staff at the National Weather Services has compiled sobering data from the USGS WaterWatch on the amount of water trickling out of our mountains and into our iconic creeks and rivers. Early melt off of our of below average snowpack in the...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

Minimal snow remains at 8,300 feet in the Sawtooth Wilderness in mid-June 2015. (Bob Drzymkowski)

Zero is the word for area's snowpack

RIVERS -- All mountain stations across Washington that measure snowpack are reporting the same number: zero. “That doesn’t mean there isn’t any snow at higher elevations. There are glaciers up there,” Jeff Marti of the state Department of Ecology tells the Seattle Times. “It does...

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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2015



The base of the Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Resort chairlifts had little snow on Dec. 10, 2014. (Mt. Spokane Web cam)

Spokane region snowpack 22 percent of normal

RIVERS -- Washington’s winter snowpack set a record low for the month of April, making way for low water supplies and perhaps more devastating wildfires later this year, the Associated Press reports. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the April 1 report found the statewide...

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