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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2015



The dismal snow pack in the Sierra visible southwest of Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, had forecasters predicting a fourth consecutive year of drought and prompted Nevada Department of Wildlife officials to release thousands of hatchery trout into the Truckee River in Reno a month earlier than usual as highs approached 70 degrees.  (Associated Press)

Lowest snowpack on record in Cascades 

RIVERS -- Looking at Mount Spokane from town yesterday, I realized I've skinned up and skied to the top of the mountain and down in the past with more snow to work with on Memorial Day weekend. The snowpack situation is grim throughout the region,...

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Spokane River Impressions exhibit coming to Dodson's Jewelers Gallery.

Spokane River: What image comes to mind?

RIVERS -- Spokane nature landscape photographer Charles Gurche is giving us a new way to look at the Spokane River that many of us think we see every day. Check out his Spokane River Impressions photo exhibit at the Dodson's Jewelers Gallery, 516 W Riverside...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2015

FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2015

Rain and melting mountain snow are prompting flood warnings. (Associated Press)

Flood watch issued for region's rivers

WEATHER -- A flood watch was issued by the National Weather Service today for the North Cascades, Okanogan region, Northeast Washington and North Idaho through Monday afternoon. Mudslides were reported on Friday on state Highway 21 just south of Republic in Ferry County and state...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2015

MONDAY, FEB. 2, 2015

THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 28, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2015

TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2015

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 22, 2014


Spokane River under a late September sunset. (Craig Goodwin)

Photo: Spokane River is scenic masterpiece

RIVERS -- Not to be taken for granted, the Spokane River should inspire all of us to be caretakers of our natural resources. Thanks to Craig Goodwin, pastor of Millwood Community Presbyterian Church and outdoor photographer, for giving us this visual reminder. See a story...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

The 3rd annual Upriver Scrub volunteer clean-up is set for Sept. 26, 2014.

Volunteers needed for river clean-ups 

RIVERS -- The big, annual Spokane River Clean-up that's been organized by Friends of the Falls has been tabled this year, but two other worthy river clean-up efforts are still looking for volunteers. Coeur d'Alene River Saturday, Sept. 13: The third annual North Fork Coeur...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2014

TUESDAY, AUG. 12, 2014

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014


A rainbow trout caught by an angler fly fishing in the Clark Fork River. (Rich Landers)

Access reopens to most Western Montana rivers

FISHING -- Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has lifted flood related closures at most western Montana access sites along the Bitterroot, Clark Fork and Blackfoot Rivers. Only Woodside Bridge, along the Bitterroot River near Corvallis, remains closed. Additional access site closures and restrictions around western...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014


Rafting whitewater rapids on the main Salmon River in Idaho's River of No Return Wilderness. (Rich Landers)

Lifejackets aren't for sissies

WATERSPORTS -- The season's barely begun and already two drownings have been reported from private rafting trips on Idaho's Salmon River. Neither victim was wearing a lifejacket on the RIVER OF NO RETURN, which, forgive me for being honest, is inexcusable.

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ROW Adventures pioneered commercial whitewater rafting on the Moyie River in 1982. (Rich Landers)

ROW revisits roots on Moyie River

WATERSPORTS -- Peter Grubb, co-founder of ROW Adventures, was reminiscing Sunday while guiding rafters on the Moyie River east of Bonners Ferry. "We pioneered commercial rafting on the Moyie in 1982 and this was the very first one-day trip ROW offered," Grubb said, commenting on...

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Sparse numbers of big brown trout lurk in the upper Clark Fork River. (The Spokesman-Review)

Montana rivers surge; access flooded

FISHING -- Be patient. High water closes more fishing access sites, stretches of rivers in Montana Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has closed a number of fishing access sites along the Clark Fork, Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers in Western Montana due to high water. --Missoulian

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