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Eli Francovich
OUTDOORS REPORTER
Eli Francovich elif@spokesman.com (509) 459-5508

Eli Francovich joined the Spokesman Review in 2015. He currently is the Outdoors reporter for the SR.


Most Recent Stories

Feb. 26, 2021, 4:06 p.m.
A game camera photo from Colorado shows a cougar leaping high over a cached deer carcass. 

Feb. 24, 2021, 5 p.m.
Jerry Rolwes snapped this photo of a northern shrike at Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.

Feb. 24, 2021, 8:24 a.m.
The Dishman Hills Conservancy is hosting a geology lecture tonight from 6 to 7 p.m. 

Feb. 24, 2021, 7:30 a.m.
Montana’s new license year opens March 1, meaning that’s the day people can buy a 2021 hunting and fishing license and begin applying for permits and special licenses.

Feb. 22, 2021, 6 a.m.
Idaho’s wolf population remained stable between 2019 and 2020 despite 53% more human-caused mortality, according to an Idaho Fish and Game population estimate.

Feb. 21, 2021, 6 a.m.
Early on in Chris Kopczynski’s newly published memoir the Spokane native and renowned alpinist recounts a story about one of his early climbing mentors.

Feb. 18, 2021, 6 a.m.
When Jason Keen read Sunday's Spokesman-Review story about a dramatic rescue on Montana's Engle Peak he could relate to the story, physically and emotionally.And not because the writing was overly skillful.No. Instead it was intimately familiar to him because, six years ago, his dog Kona, broke through a cornice and fell nearly 800 feet in nearly the same spot as Edward Moellmer, the Bonners Ferry man featured in the Sunday story.

Feb. 15, 2021, 4:01 p.m.
Two public meetings are scheduled next week as an 18-month review of years of water-quality data from Lake Coeur d'Alene gets underway. 

Feb. 14, 2021, 6 a.m.
Driving by at 60 mph it looks like little more than a dry blur.Washington's eastern desert. But, if you stop and look there is a smorgasbord of life between the Cascades and Spokane: wildflowers, golden eagles, mule deer, burrowing owls, too many grasses to count and, of course, shrubs.

Feb. 14, 2021, 3:30 a.m.
After a nearly 800-foot-fall, a father and daughter were separated and had to spend the night in snow caves  waiting for rescue.

Feb. 9, 2021, 10:16 a.m.
Avalanches have killed 15 people so far in February, including Steve Houle, a Washington State Patrol trooper from Cle Elum.

Feb. 7, 2021, noon
New snow this week has refilled mountain stocks and sent skiers flying to area resorts, but is also leading to a more reactive and dangerous backcountry snowpack, according to regional avalanche forecasters. 

Feb. 7, 2021, 6 a.m.
One of the world's premier ice climbing festivals has a new director, Phil Bridgers, the former events coordinator for Mountain Gear

Feb. 5, 2021, 6 a.m.
An Idaho fourth grader is visiting every ski resort in Idaho and plans to write a history project on the endeavour. 

Feb. 4, 2021, 6 a.m.
Revitalized Priest Lake cross-country ski trails offer views and adventure.

Feb. 2, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
For the second straight season-setting cycle, Idaho wildlife managers have reduced the number of available moose tags statewide, an acknowledgement of the species continued decline throughout its southern range.

Feb. 1, 2021, 6 a.m.
Coeur d'Alene's Tubbs Hill has gotten a facelift over the past several years with new signs and better trails improving an already beloved natural area. 

Feb. 1, 2021, 6 a.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking comments on the second round of proposed alternatives for 2021-23 hunting seasons.

Jan. 31, 2021, 6 a.m.
Early in 2008, a Frenchman living in Spokane pointed his skis down the southwestern flank of Mount Hood, accelerated, tucked and then launched off a 250-foot-tall cliff.

Jan. 29, 2021, 4 p.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission approved a limited hound pursuit training program, Friday. The program will allow agency-approved hound handlers to nonlethally pursue cougars, bears or bobcats to train their dogs. The commission voted 4-3 in favor of the rule.

Jan. 28, 2021, 6 a.m.
A Washington bill aimed at regulating human-powered watercraft in the same way as motorboats is being criticized by many local paddlers. 

Jan. 27, 2021, 12:05 p.m.
A commercial use fee enforced by the National Parks Service was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, Friday.

Jan. 24, 2021, 4:49 p.m.
An examination of 49 Degrees North's six chair lifts  found nothing out of the ordinary this fall, according to inspection reports provided by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission.

Jan. 24, 2021, 6 a.m.
The Colville Tribes’ Fish and Wildlife Department still needs anglers to target invasive northern pike in Lake Roosevelt.

Jan. 24, 2021, 6 a.m.
The director of Mt. Spokane's ski patrol is urging downhill and uphill skiers to be cautious on the resort's new all-day uphill ski route.