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Judge declines to block killing of more wolves in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County

A judge declined to block the killing of more wolves in the Kettle River Range of Ferry County, Thursday.


Ammi Midstokke: Rekindling long lost romance

I have fallen in love with a great many people, foods, sports and rock ballads in my day. I can’t exactly say if I am fickle or exuberant with childlike …


Idaho Fish and Game commissioners to vote on proposals for chinook, steelhead angling when they meet Thursday in Nampa

Idaho Fish and Game commissioners are scheduled to vote on a proposal to open a fall chinook fishing season on the Clearwater River during their meeting Thursday at Nampa.


Third tribal salmon release scheduled Friday

The Colville Tribes plan to release 30 more salmon into the Upper Columbia River on Friday. It’s the third release in as many weeks.


See Victoria on foot, by wheel and on the water

Any way you choose, you won’t find a better city for human-powered explorations than the capital of British Columbia. It’s scenic, with a striking waterfront and filled with grand historic …


Washington State University receives $100K grant to study elk hoof disease

Washington State University received a $100,000 grant last week to help study elk hoof disease.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 22

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 22


Reader photo: Fiery ride

Jane Patten took this photo of Linea Jantz riding on Mount Spokane’s Trail 140. Colorful fireweed lines the trail.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019, 4:50 p.m.

Montana hailstorm slaughters 11,000 birds

Thousands of birds were killed on Aug. 11 when a destructive hailstorm lashed regions northwest of Billings. According to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, the supercell thunderstorm “killed and maimed …


Adidas’ Greg Thomsen talks outdoors

When 40-year outdoor industry veteran Greg Thomsen launched Adidas’ U.S. outdoors


More than 4 million people visit Yellowstone National Park annually; few find their way into the park’s 2-million-acre backcountry

More than 4 million people visit Yellowstone National Park every year, but relatively few find their way into the park’s 2-million-acre backcountry.


Matt Liere: Reflections

Standing behind the kitchen window, I sipped tentatively from a cup of morning coffee, watching a pair of roosters strut along the eastern side of the garden fence.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Judge blocks killing of wolf pack’s last surviving member in NE Washington

On Friday, a judge temporarily blocked the killing of the sole surviving member of the Old Profanity Territory wolf pack.


Steelhead run lagging behind forecast

The return of steelhead to the Snake River and its tributaries continues to fall short of what was an already low preseason forecast.


August trip of the month: Rent a boat on Priest Lake

August trip of the month: Rent a boat on Priest Lake


Reader photo: Mountains in sight

Bruce Cunningham took this photo of Gunsight Mountain in the foreground, with Hunt Mountain to the right and Hunt Lake below, in North Idaho’s Selkirk Mountains earlier this month.


Artificial intelligence, cameras and the postal service: How Idaho officials are studying wolves

Over the course of the summer, more than 800 game cameras spread throughout the woods and mountains of Idaho have been taking photos every 10 minutes. Simultaneously.


Mountain biking trails on Mica Peak taking shape; Beacon Hill remains threatened by development

It’s hot. My lungs are burning. And everything I thought I knew about fitness is expiring on the waves of ragged breath.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 15

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for August 15


Washington kills 3 members of wolf pack preying on cattle

Washington officials killed three members of a wolf pack that are repeatedly preying on cattle in Ferry County.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

‘Like … a horror movie’: Camper saves family of 4 from wolf attack

It was about half past midnight when Russ Fee woke up to the sound of frantic shouts coming from a campsite next to his in Canada’s Banff National Park. From …


State fish managers to discuss Columbia salmon, invite pulbic

The public is invited to attend a series of committee meetings comprised of members of the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions to discuss the next steps in the …


Information sought on Hazard Creek fire

The U.S. Forest Service’s Law Enforcement and Investigation Team is looking for information related to the cause of a two-acre fire that was detected on Tuesday near the Priest Lake …


Togo wolf pack to be targeted again

The two remaining members of the Togo wolf pack will be killed by Washington wildlife officials.


S-R outdoor writing contest winner: The Vanishing Lake

The kayak slips through slate-gray water, so still this morning that the only movement comes from the pull of the paddle, the only sounds from an occasional bird trill or …


S-R outdoor writing contest (for adults, this time) winners announced

For the past 32 years, the Spokesman-Review has run a popular high school outdoor writing contest. This year we decided to invite the adults.


S-R outdoor writing contest runner up: Abloom

Because I didn’t take a Klonopin, the California poppies are much brighter, like embers that could ignite the roadside. Still, it seems the ones I’m staring at are not exceptional. …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Eli Francovich: Wildlife policy makers try to “get as much information as we can”

A portion of an article in last Sunday’s outdoors section didn’t sit well with one Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife commissioner.


Ammi Midstokke: The regret and celebration of the relentless optimist

If ever I want to push the big red buttons of my betrothed, I suggest that some various task, activity, or project will be easy. And that it will take …


Idaho trail alliance fundraiser upcoming

The Lake City Trail Alliance’s annual membership party and sponsorship drive will be hosted at the Ponderosa Springs Golf Course at Capone’s Pub on the Green on Aug. 29 from …