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Rich Landers: Life jacket requirement renders tubers disposable

Tubers have a right to be stupid while floating on the Spokane River within the City of Spokane. A stand-up paddleboarder who is brave, skilled or foolish enough to paddle through the rapids at the Bowl and Pitcher would be required to wear a life jacket for a baseline measure of safety. But a fun-loving dude floating on an inner tube could legally bare his chest to the whitewater without a life jacket or fear of a ticket.

Montana requiring anglers to buy new invasive species pass

Montana has taken a different twist on the regional fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS). All anglers are required to buy the state’s new AIS Prevention Pass, according to legislation signed by Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday.

Montana requires anglers to buy Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Pass

FISHING/BOATING -- Montana has taken a different twist on the regional fight against aquatic invasive species (AIS). All anglers are required to buy the state's new AIS Prevention Pass, according to legislation signed by Gov. Steve Bullock on Thursday. The requirement took effect Friday and...

Snake River debris restricting boaters, killing some fish at dams

RIVERS – Unusually large amounts of woody debris flushed out of the tributaries continues to clog the Snake River behind its dams causing problems for boaters and death to some salmon and steelhead. Last week, boaters in the Lewiston area couldn't safely launch on the...

Riverside State Park long-term planning begins with public meetings

OUTINVOLVED – Riverside State Park is inviting the public to “brainstorm” potential changes and updates to the popular Spokane-area gem during long-term planning meetings that begin this week. Two initial planning meetings that will cover the same material will start at 6 p.m. as follows:

Lake Roosevelt refilling as Columbia River spring runoff pours in

RESERVOIRS -- Spring runoff is picking up, especially in the mountains of Canada, and Columbia River dam managers have begun refilling Lake Roosevelt more than a foot a day. The elevation of Lake Roosevelt behind Grand Coulee Dam was 1234.90 feet above sea level at...

Idaho invasive species sticker requirements for watercraft clarified

WATERSPORTS -- Most kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are among the vessels required to have state Invasive Species Stickers before launching in Idaho waters, state officials says. A story in The Spokesman-Review last Thursday regarding the regional effort to confront aquatic invasive species was not complete...

Lake Roosevelt deep drawdown continues; rainbows on slow bite

FISHING -- It took a little patience, but Lake Roosevelt gave up two limits of five plump, red-meated rainbow trout to my fishing buddy Jim Kujala and me on a damp but pleasant Monday. We used a boat to access several shore fishing area and...