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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

May 14, 2021, 8:11 a.m.
Fees at Lake Roosevelt Campgrounds will increase this year, from $19 to $23 per night, and reservations must be made online. That was some of the news announced Thursday during an online presentation with Dan Foster the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area superintendent and hosted by the Lake Roosevelt Forum. 

May 13, 2021, 6 a.m.
With spring well-established and summer outdoor adventures fast approaching, it's time to consider your first aid kit. What's in it? What's not? What should be? 

May 12, 2021, 12:55 p.m.
On online presentation will focus on recreation on Lake Roosevelt, Thursday.

May 12, 2021, 11:07 a.m.
Daily returns over Bonneville peaked at about 4,500 fish in late April, wrote Joe DuPont IDFG's regional fisheries manager Tuesday. Since that late April peak returns have steadily declined. As of Monday, 37,320 adult chinook Salmon had passed over Bonneville Dam this spring season which is about 45% of the 10-year average.

May 11, 2021, 10:57 a.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission approved the acquisition of a prime piece of steelhead 'reel estate' along the Grande Ronde River at its April 23 meeting. 

May 11, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
A wildlife crossing project on Highway 97, in the Okanogan Valley, did not receive funding from the Washington State Legislature. 

May 9, 2021, 4:30 a.m.
LEWISTON – In a cavernous warehouse above the Clearwater River east of Lewiston, 1.14 million spring chinook swam, swirling together into evanescent balls of silver, breaking into smaller configurations and then returning. It’s a hypnotic dance under harsh industrial lights and spread among 38 large green tubs, each holding more than 30,000 of the small fish.

May 6, 2021, 6 a.m.
Local law enforcement agencies will have to share data on how many cougars they killed to be eligible for some state money, according to the new Washington state operating budget.

May 2, 2021, 6 a.m.
Outdoor recreation of all kinds has increased during the global pandemic and with it calls for rescue.

May 2, 2021, 6 a.m.
The course is intense - an emergency medical crash course packed into 9 or 10 days - but the instruction style, lectures punctuated often by hands-on-practice, keeps overwhelm at bay. And the emphasis on hands-on-learning and making decisions during stressful situations is heightened by stage makeup and acting.  

April 29, 2021, 3:54 p.m.
An adult female grizzly bear was shot and killed near the Pole Bridge Campground in Island Park between March 15 and March 23, and Idaho Fish and Game is asking for information from the public to help solve the case. Grizzly bears are protected by state and federal law with no current hunting season in Idaho.

April 29, 2021, 6 a.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's budget is "healthy" following the passage of a two-year state budget, according to director Kelly Susewind.

April 29, 2021, 6 a.m.
Cooped up Americans have turned to the natural world to find some solace during the COVID-19 pandemic.And many of us - Washingtonians included - have noticed something amiss. Seemingly abandoned animals or injured ones.

April 28, 2021, 1:27 p.m.
Tonight more than 4 million birds will fly over Washington, a twice-yearly aerial torrent that goes unnoticed by most.

April 25, 2021, 6 a.m.
When a Boise man reeled in an Idaho-state record steelhead he also hooked a passel of controversy.

April 23, 2021, 2:07 p.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commission voted Friday to move sage grouse onto the state endangered species list. 

April 23, 2021, 10 a.m.
There are a minimum of 178 wolves in Washington, according to new information from state and tribal biologists published Friday.

April 22, 2021, 9:43 a.m.
Schweitzer is joining the Ikon Pass program, according to a statement from the Idaho ski resort. 

April 22, 2021, 6 a.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission will vote Friday whether to list the sage grouse as a state endangered species. Currently they are state-listed threatened species. If the 9-person commission does uplist them, it will make it easier for the state to receive federal money, said commissioner Kim Thorburn from Spokane.

April 18, 2021, 6 a.m.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has reworked its range riding program, partly in response to allegations of fraud from 2018.

April 15, 2021, 6 a.m.
Most mornings, between 5:30 and 7 a.m., Josh Mills sits hunched over a collection of feathers, thread, scissors and doodads that would put an art teacher to shame. As the sun rises (and while his kids are still sleeping) he creates fly fishing flies. 

April 14, 2021, 9:14 a.m.
The Snake River was named the No. 1 most endangered river in 2021 by an influential national advocacy organization, Tuesday. 

April 13, 2021, 11:31 a.m.
Mike Petersen, a longtime conservation advocate and executive director of the Lands Council, was fired by the board of directors March 5. 

April 13, 2021, 9:23 a.m.
A Boise man set snagged a 39.25-inch steelhead from the South Fork Clearwater River, setting a new state catch and release record on April 11. 

April 11, 2021, 6 a.m.
Spring, and all its showers, is here. Which means it's the perfect time to hike in Washington's shrub lands - a unique ecosystem west of Spokane that, despite its seemingly drab appearance, features a smorgasbord of life: wildflowers, golden eagles, mule deer, burrowing owls, too many grasses to count and, of course, shrubs.