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Saturday, December 7, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Hours extended for Christmas tree permit sales

The Coeur d’Alene River Ranger District will offer extended hours to sell Christmas tree permits on Saturday and Dec. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fernan Office, …


It’s river rafting permit season

Permits for the 2020 river season opened Sunday.


Idaho nurse manufactures popular ice-fishing device for setting the hook

Matt Dungan’s highly successful ice-fishing gear business started when he was a boy trapping possums in the woods of Tennessee.


WDFW responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s request to kill fewer wolves

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to a request from the Governor to kill fewer wolves, last week.


Podcast recounts kidnapping, shooting, recovery of Bozeman biathlete Kari Swenson 30 years ago

The “30 for 30” podcast interviewed biathlete Kari Swenson on her 1984 kidnapping and shooting.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Dec. 5

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Dec. 5


Reader photo: Duck, duck … duck

Cathy Lee took this photo of a duck near a small pond near E. 61st Ave. and the Palouse Highway. “I saw this pair of ducks playing and flying in …


Commenting begins on regulations for Madison River

Montana officials have put out for public review a suite of potential regulations for one of the state’s busiest rivers.


Coeur d’Alene bald eagle numbers ramping up

The yearly migration of bald eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene is ramping up.


Waikiki Spring trails receives a face lift

Trails in the Waikiki Spings area got new signage in late October.


Hunter’s mind wanders during down time in woods

BILLINGS – Alone in the woods, amid the wonders of nature, I often think deeply about the important questions in life, such as: Is buying Halloween candy cheaper per ounce …


Facing looming budget crisis, WDFW asks for $26 million from state

The state’s wildlife and habitat management agency is taking another crack at procuring full funding.


Slow winter start delaying opening of area ski resorts

Schweitzer Mountain opened Friday, the only area resort to do so after a slow start to winter.


Ammi Midstokke: Off the Grid, the empowered carpenter

The first step to undertaking any kind of home project is acquiring the appropriate wardrobe.


Audubon program to present waterfowl survey results

Ornithologist Victoria Kaufman of Spokane will present recent local waterfowl survey results at the Spokane Audubon Society meeting on Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., at Riverview Village Community Building, 2117 …


Wandering grizzly circles back in Montana

The wandering grizzly bear that spent the summer in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area has turned its trek into a loop.


WSU gets first elk for hoof disease research

Elk S19, otherwise known as Salix, is the first elk calf acquired by Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for its Elk Hoof Disease Research Program. Salix arrived on …


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 30, 2019

Montana finds first wild elk CWD case

Montana officials have found the state’s first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in wild elk.


Grant money rehabbing Idaho aspen stands with an eye toward elk

Officials on the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest are leveraging grants to help rejuvenate isolated aspen stands important to biological diversity, with a particular emphasis on improving elk habitat


November trip of the month: Give thanks! 10 hikes close to home

Among the many things worth giving thanks for today, Spokane’s robust network of trails and natural spaces should be high on the list.


Eli Francovich: Appreciate, invest in our natural spaces as Spokane grows

I’ve been fortunate to travel the world and the United States, visiting places famed for their natural beauty.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Nov. 28

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Nov. 28


Reader photo: The young and (not yet) bald

A young bald eagle gets ready to launch. It takes about five years for bald eagles to acquire their white head and tail. Buck Domitrovich took this photo at the …


Limited Clearwater River steelhead fishing season a possibility

Fisheries officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and Nez Perce Tribe are now optimistic they will be able to trap enough adult, B-run steelhead to meet spawning …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

Dishman Hills acquires Wilson property

The Dishman Hills Conservancy bought the 137-acre Wilson property Nov. 18.


Jim Kershner: Why, with regret, I’m retiring from cross-country skiing

It is with regret that I announce my retirement from cross-country skiing.


Washington Fish and Wildlife police work without backup protecting state’s natural resources

At 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 9, Tony Leonetti’s phone rang as he drove along a Forest Service road high in the hills of the Colville National Forest.


Washington’s late deer season ends with hunters reporting better success

Washington’s late deer season ended Tuesday with hunters who stopped at check stations reporting success and seemingly happy with the late whitetail season.


Bald eagles return to Lake Coeur d’Alene

The bald eagles are back in Idaho.


Fairbanks, Alaska, man builds snowboarding terrain park in backyard

When he wants to go snowboarding, Josh Martinez walks out his back door and climbs onto two tires mounted on his porch railing. After a minute to step into his …