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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Eli Francovich

Eli Francovich

Current Position: Outdoors Reporter

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

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Sports >  Outdoors

Francovich: A goodbye to the glory and grime of daily journalism

I fell in love with journalism, fully and undeniably, while being threatened with bodily harm in a bar in Troy Montana. It was the kind of dive that, growing up in North Idaho, I thought I knew well. Elk racks stapled to the walls, a saddle, perhaps never used, in a corner. Newspaper clippings of hard-nosed men standing next to dead animals. Bud Light and Miller Hi Life posters slowly peeling downward, the humidity of a thousand drunks over a thousand nights loosening it all. Pool tabs and a juxebox. Cigarette smoke pooled above it all, haze upon haze.

Sports >  Outdoors

49 Degrees North ski resort extends season

UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2023

49 Degrees North Mountain Resort is extending its operating schedule. Originally the resort was set to close April 9, however a good late season snowpack, combined with more snow in the forecast and snowmaking has allowed the resort to stay open longer, according to Rick Brown the director of skier and rider services for the resort. 
Sports >  Outdoors

Washington native documents record-setting Colorado hike in new film showing in Spokane

UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2023

In late August 2020, Garmire, a Washington native who now lives in Bozeman, Mont., started hiking on the Colorado Trail with the intention of breaking the Fastest Known Time on the 486-mile trek from Durango to Denver. Nine days and 12 hours later he finished, averaging more than 50 miles a day. Toward the end of the adventure he slept an hour or less a night. Garmire had to carry all his own food and water and could receive no outside help to qualify for the FKT. However, a film crew did track his movements creating a documentary about the endeavor. That film "Free Outside" will play at the Garland Theater March 27 (see sidebar). 
Sports >  Outdoors

Reader Photo: Leaving for the summer

UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2023

Buck Domitrovich took this photo of a rough-legged hawk leaving its perch east of Davenport, Washington, on Sunday. It will be flying back north and won’t return until late October or November, he wrote.
Sports >  Outdoors

A day in the life of a fish and wildlife biologist

In a broad, snow-kissed valley near the impossibly wide Columbia River two biologists hunt for disease amidst signs of slaughter. It’s late January and Annemarie Prince and Ben Turncock, two Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists, are digging through the corpse of a deer looking for its lymph nodes. It’s bloody and smelly work since he deer most likely was killed by coyotes, an animal not known for tidy eating habits.
Sports >  Outdoors

KEA will host Wild & Scenic Film Festival

The Kootenai Environmental Alliance’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival comes to Coeur d’Alene on Friday, March 24 at the Schuler Auditorium on the North Idaho Community college campus at 880 W. Garden Ave.
A&E >  Northwest Passages

Author Ammi Midstokke brings her passion for storytelling and introspection to Northwest Passages stage March 15

Hers was a childhood immersed in nature, unencumbered by the distractions of television and free from the shackles of formal schooling or, for that matter, electricity. Sent to find moss to insulate her family’s ramshackle log cabin north of Sandpoint, Ammi Midstokke rambled through cedar groves, passing “fairy tale creeks” and generally soaking up the natural world. Later she would scribble it down in her journal, an innate curiosity and propensity for detail blooming.
Sports >  Outdoors

First grizzly bear of spring spotted in Yellowstone National Park

UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2023

On Tuesday,  a Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologist on a radio telemetry flight observed the first grizzly bear of 2023 to emerge from hibernation. The adult bear, estimated at 300-350 pounds, was seen near the remains of a bison carcass in Pelican Valley, in the central-eastern part of the park, according to a park release.