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Free-flowing vision: Q&A with wild salmon advocate Sam Mace

Sam Mace, the inland northwest director of Save Our Wild Salmon, will be the featured speaker at the Spokane Canoe and Kayak club’s February meeting.


Isolated Wyoming common loons continue to surprise researchers

Wyoming’s small population of about 50 common loons is related to those found in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, according to recent genetic results – not closer populations that nest in …


Washington Fish and Wildlife commission considers ban on hunting competitions

State wildlife managers are considering eliminating or severely limiting hunting competitions, particularly of coyotes, citing ethical and social concerns.


Lake Roosevelt commercial fishing fee kerfuffle resolved

Concerns about a new fee for commercial fishing guides have been mostly resolved after a meeting between guides and Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area staff on Feb. 3.


Chehalis River and tributaries closing due to projected low steelhead returns

More dismal steelhead news. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the Chehalis River and its tributaries.


Skiing’s slippery slope: Ski resorts work to attract millennials to stick with the recreation

People get old, even die. That holds true for skiers. You may have heard that old skiers never die, they just go downhill.


Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo offers full menu for recreationists eager for spring, summer

A recent spate of sunny days has reminded us Vitamin D-starved Pacific Northwest denizens of fairer weather and turned imaginations toward spring and summer adventures.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 13

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 13


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Reader photo: Taming the Lion

Ben Read and Hobie Hiler spent Super Bowl Sunday climbing the 7,293-foot Lions Head in the North Idaho Selkirks. The duo approached via Lions Creek up into the South Bowl. …


After outcry, officials say they’ll ‘vet options’ for cell tower in Sawtooths

Idaho officials say they are weighing stakeholder concerns following


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Anglers purchase prime steelhead reel estate along the Grande Ronde River

A prime piece of steelhead reel estate along the Grande Ronde River will become public property thanks to the fund raising efforts of a group of dedicated anglers.


She Jumps aims to get women outside

On Sunday, Feb. 23, She Jumps will host its annual “Get the Girls Out” event at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.


Advocates, professionals argue Spokane (mostly) bucks nationwide decline in outdoor recreation

A dire report finding that roughly half of Americans didn’t recreate outside last year has made waves (and headlines) since its publication in January.


Report: Idahoans split on breaching the four lower Snake River dams

A new poll from Boise State University indicates that Idahoans are roughly split in their support for removing the four lower Snake River dams in Washington to save the Gem …


Stevens, Whistler resorts transformed under new ownership

If you’re a longtime skier in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you’ve shredded the slopes of Stevens Pass or Whistler Blackcomb at some point.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

A winning poem in the 2019 Spokesman-Review high school writing contest was plagiarized.

A winning poem in the 2019 Spokesman-Review high school writing contest was plagiarized.


Midstokke: Easy is for the experienced

Sometimes life in the woods is too easy and so I make poor decisions, usually a succession of them in rapid-fire order, just so I don’t get too soft. If …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 6, 2020

Priest Lake Sled Dog Races celebrate 50 years

To this day, Tom Palmer can’t sleep more than four or five hours a night. He’s as trained as his dogs ever were.


Viral post accused Idaho of elk slaughter. Fish and Game says study helps hunters

A picture of elk quarters piled high on pallets was shared more than 5,600 times on Facebook in January, accruing nearly 700 comments and more than 1,000 “angry face” reactions.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 6

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 6


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Washington bill would mandate collaring wolves in “problem packs”

A bill mandating radio collars on wolves in “problem packs” is making its way through the Washington Legislature this week.


Registration open for Othello crane festival

Registration for the 2020 Othello Crane Festival opened on Saturday. Wildlife viewing and geology tours sell out quickly, and people are urged to register early for the three-day event, which …


Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo returns

An annual celebration of all things outdoors is scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23. The Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo features all sorts of outdoor recreation and travel. In …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 4, 2020

Washington Trails Association backcountry trip schedule posted

The Washington Trail Association’s backcountry trip schedule was published online Friday.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 3, 2020

Long-closed road bisecting grizzly habitat to reopen following national security concerns

A long-closed road bisecting important grizzly bear habitat north of Priest Lake may reopen in the name of national security.


Report: Outdoor recreation participation continues to drop

Nearly half of Americans didn’t participate in any kind of outdoor recreation in 2019, according to a new report from the Outdoor Foundation.


Injured Yellowstone coyote killed after biting cross-country skier; crazy details of earlier attacks

An injured coyote bit a 43-year-old woman cross-country skiing near the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone on Tuesday morning, according to a Yellowstone National Park press release.


Region’s premier cross-country ski race, Spokane Langlauf, turning 40

On Sunday, Spokane’s premier cross-country skiing race, Langlauf turns 40.


Audubon meeting will put focus on conservation

Spokane Audubon’s next meeting program on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., is on Dishman Hills Conservancy’s recent property additions in southeast Spokane County.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 1, 2020

Two Washington Fish and Wildlife employees rescue dog from icy Banks Lake

As Eric Braaten drove along the south end of Banks Lake on Monday, he noticed something odd on the ice.