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Off the grid: The inevitable death of a mother

There are entire manuals available on how to deal with the emotional fallout of the impending doom of our planet. Some might argue they were written for the snowflakes, but …


Dave Nichols: Building hunting memories as satisfying as harvesting game

Despite looking the part with my “Grizzly Adams” beard, I’m not much of an outdoorsman, if I’m being honest.


CaughtOvgard: Reflections during another Pacific Northwest fire season

PROSPECT, Ore. – I was not prepared for it. The smoke was so thick that I couldn’t see across the small Oregon lake. Trees encroached upon the waterline, the soupy …


Off the grid: Wishing summer would just end already

The winters of the Great Northwest usually have us pining for warmer days and longer nights, and then rather inconsolable when it’s too cold to run around in our bathing …


CaughtOvgard: Pursuit of suckers in Zion National Park

Alphabetically, Zion National Park is last on the list of our 62 national parks, but it’s certainly not least.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 27, 2020

Dave Nichols: Glacier National Park provides thrilling ride, spectacular views

I’d venture to say that I have visited more national parks and other National Park Service units than most folks. And it has nothing to do with my job.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 3, 2020

Getting There: While ridership is down, STA services won’t be cut this fall

Spokane Transit Authority will use federal assistance and reserves to help weather the pandemic storm, but won’t need to reduce services despite lagging ridership for the first part of 2020.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 25, 2020

Off the grid: A rescue story with a happy ending

Occasionally, I run into people in the forest who are making some bad decisions of their own and I celebrate their optimism and poor judgment, not to mention commonalities. For …


Dave Nichols: To play or not to play in face of pandemic

All across the country, high school administrators are faced with a difficult decision – whether to allow students some sense of normalcy and return to athletic competition, while trying to …


Dave Nichols: Mariners pandemic opener has different feel, but still baseball

When my editors asked if I wanted to drive over to Seattle to cover the Mariners’ home opening series this weekend, I honestly had mixed emotions. Of course, I jumped …


CaughtOvgard: Get over the rainbow

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UPDATED: Mon., July 20, 2020

Caught Ovgard: Musky vs. Muskie in heat of New Jersey

You’ve probably heard of musky. The “Fish of 10,000 Casts” is on every North American anglers bucket list but usually just disappoints.


UPDATED: Tue., June 23, 2020

Dave Nichols: Long way to go before high school sports return

The WIAA issued guidelines for the state’s high school sports to return to play this fall. It doesn’t – rather, can’t – answer the question everyone wants to know: When …


Dave Nichols: Connection to outdoors reinforces bond between parents and children

My pop passed away in 2011 due to leukemia and a bit of his own stubbornness, so when Father’s Day rolls around each year it’s always a melancholy day. I …


CaughtOvgard: Choose your character, but choose wisely

When it comes to fishing, stereotypes are very real. Make a mental tally next time you go fishing, and odds are, most everyone around you will fit into one of …


Off the grid: You can take the girl out of the backwoods

“Do you have an eyelash curler?” asked the woman behind the makeup counter. She has the kind of symmetric eyebrows that Mother Nature is not entirely responsible for. I looked …


Getting There: Survey says 82% support Centennial Trail project in West Central; some question city’s engagement process

While the city has a long list of transportation visions, ideas and plans it hopes to pursue, the Six Year Comprehensive Street Program is where projects go when the city …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane’s struggling hospitals receive federal relief, look to uncertain days ahead

The virus threatening the health of the population is also threatening the health care system. In Spokane – where a large part of our population relies on government health insurance …


Spin Control: Vandals spray paint graffiti on Capitol steps

When the Legislature is in session, Olympia is often the state’s primary location for people to peaceably assemble – mostly – for redress of grievances. Even with the honorable lawmakers …


CaughtOvgard: Anglers must become warriors for change

Fear has no place in my thoughts when I go to the water, and it shouldn’t have a place in the minds of any American legally recreating in the outdoors.


Shawn Vestal: The need for legal aid an unseen front in the coronavirus crisis

Most of us understand that the coronavirus presents a health crisis, an economic crisis and a social crisis. But for those at the bottom of the economic scale, it could …


Sue Lani Madsen: Gatherings offer the world guidance about a peaceful way forward

When the touchiest issue in American politics burst into literal flames after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Kitara Johnson could not stand by either. She is the mother …


Dave Nichols: Back into the great outdoors

In my six years at the S-R, I’ve taken on a lot of different roles. For the next three months I’ll be returning to where I started, editing the Outdoors …


Getting There: 3-year project to demolish and replace East Trent Bridge starts today

Crews will head out to the East Trent Bridge this morning and start undoing the work crews before them completed 110 years ago.


Faith and Values: Gathering at church is essential for spiritual growth and community

Whatever the politicians say, the Bible tells us that growing as Christians requires us to be in community with each other.


Shawn Vestal: The case for mail voting – unlike the one claiming widespread fraud – is deep and strong

Mail voting improves voter turnout. It does it among both parties, too.


Spin Control: One benefit of COVID-19 restrictions: Watching court cases from home

While there are many things we are all giving up because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the “stay home when possible” order has added one thing for the public in general, …


Ammi Midstokke: How to tell what is important

Any time I get arrogant, Mother Nature or the full moon or Mercury work their strange ways to reacquaint me with humility. The pattern is so reliable, I only buy …


Sue Lani Madsen: Christians must decide for themselves how essential attending church is for their faith

It’s hard to justify why restaurants can safely open at 50% capacity and a church cannot. Hand sanitizer at the entry, tape on the floor and blocked off seating for …


Getting There: Colbert bike builder works alone out of his garage, sells his singular bikes around the world

Elephant Bikes are built by one man in a Colbert garage, where Glen Copus turns out bikes known for their idiosyncratic designs and expert craftsmanship. But Copus is disarmingly unpretentious …