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July 21, 2020, 6:40 p.m.
With much of the state still mired in “Phase 2” of Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase Safe Start Washington plan in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association on Tuesday announced some drastic changes to the high school sports calendar with the hopes of conducting seasons and culminating events for each of the sports it offers.
July 21, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
The Center for Biological Diversity sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, July 21, for failing to release public records on the termination of a program to restore grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington.
July 20, 2020, 6 a.m.
Field reports: Outdoors businesses urge passage of Great American Outdoors Act; Spokane River cleanup first effort a success.
July 16, 2020, 2:06 p.m.
The Idaho High School Activities Association on Thursday issued guidelines for Idaho schools to begin activities for the start of the 2020-21 school year.
July 15, 2020, 6 p.m.
Briefs: Spokane River access at TJ Meenach opens; Allen Lebovitz named DNR fire liaison.
July 15, 2020, 4 p.m.
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July 15, 2020, 2:20 p.m.
The Center for Biological Diversity initiated a lawsuit on Wednesday, July 15 to challenge the Trump administration’s recent termination of a program aimed at restoring grizzly bears to the North Cascades in Washington. In the past decade, biologists have documented only four grizzly bears in the region.
July 9, 2020, 3:27 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Washington Interscholastic Activates Association delayed the start of practices for fall sports until the first week of September, a holdup of more than two weeks from the original starting time for fall practices.
July 8, 2020, 6 p.m.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Tuesday at a roundtable with community members in Omak, Washington, that the Department of the Interior will not move forward with a new Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan for the North Cascades Ecosystem and the associated environmental impact statement .
July 8, 2020, 1:21 p.m.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday in San Francisco affirmed a federal court’s 2018 ruling that the Trump administration illegally stripped Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone’s grizzly bears. The decision spares the grizzlies from previous plans for trophy hunts in Wyoming and Idaho.
July 7, 2020, 7:21 p.m.
On Tuesday, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced it was delaying the start of fall sports practices.
July 6, 2020, 6 a.m.
For many outdoor enthusiasts – experienced or novice alike – it doesn’t make sense to buy outdoor gear. It can be a waste of money, time and space. It can also be harmful to the planet to buy things unnecessarily.
July 6, 2020, 6 a.m.
In April, Greater Spokane League organizers – made up of member schools’ principals and athletic directors – split the job of GSL/District 8 director into two positions for the upcoming school year.
'Ocean to Idaho' follows migration of salmon from Pacific to central Idaho through immersive social media campaignJuly 5, 2020, 6 a.m.
Outdoor journalist Kris Millgate spent a decade in TV news before starting her own production company, Tight Line Media, in 2006. Her latest project is an immersive experience which will keep her on the roads, and streams, of the Pacific Northwest all summer long.
July 4, 2020, 4:15 p.m.
For decades, certain sports teams – professional, college and high school – have resisted changing their nicknames and branding from Native American terms and imagery.But with the recent climate of change sweeping the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd and the resulting national protests against racism, a couple of the more prominent – and historically most resistant – professional teams have been pressured by activists and investors to reevaluate the situation.
July 3, 2020, 2 p.m.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game senior conservation officer Michael Wampler was getting ready to shut down his patrol vehicle after a long day of bear hunter patrol when he heard a call generated from an Idaho State Police emergency call box near Wilderness Gateway on the Lochsa River.
July 3, 2020, noon
With the summer Chinook salmon run exceeding preseason expectations, large portions of the Columbia River will open to recreational chinook fishing in July, fishery managers with WDFW announced Wednesday.
July 3, 2020, noon
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will restrict campfires and other activities on department-managed lands in Eastern Washington beginning July 1 to help reduce the risk of fire on state wildlife areas and water access areas.
July 2, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
This was going to be a hectic year for the Greater Spokane League regardless of the public health crisis.
July 2, 2020, 12:42 p.m.
For the first time in Bloomsday history, race officials announced on Thursday the option for participants to run/walk Bloomsday virtually.
July 2, 2020, 6 a.m.
With the weather warming up and Independence Day at hand, folks will be headed out in droves to area waters to boat, fish or just cool off over the holiday weekend. While any of those water-bound activities are approved, recommended outdoors recreation, they all come with necessary precautions to ensure a safe, healthy good time for all.
July 1, 2020, 6 p.m.
The Lands Council issued a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee's office this week calling upon the governor’s office to mandate WDFW’s standardization of the practice of range riding to protect native wildlife.