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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 …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 9, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

For the first time in 80 years, salmon are in the Upper Columbia River

While rain and wind scrubbed the air of wildfire smoke, members of the Colville Confederated Tribes released 30 salmon into the Columbia River upstream of the Chief Joseph Dam on …


Be aware, trees can house invasive insects

The Washington Invasive Species Council is asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.


Lawsuit seeks to halt construction of central Idaho trail

Central Idaho ranch owners want construction of a trail connecting the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley stopped and additional work to make it a smooth path for …


Dishman Hills informational picnic set for Aug. 22

The annual Dishman Hills Conservancy picnic will be Aug. 22 at Camp Caro (698 S. Sargent Rd.) starting at 5:30 p.m.


Women complete Mount Rainier Infinity Loop, a jaw-dropping amount of climbing, running

It was a storm that almost dashed their dreams.


Schools offer hunter education in Illinois

Students in Illinois will soon have the chance to take hunter education courses. In school.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Providence Health Care giving $1 million toward construction of inclusive playground in Riverfront Park

The playground in the southwest corner of the downtown park is expected to supplement the taxpayer-funded ice age-themed playground on the Spokane River’s north bank. The inclusive playground is being …


Fire closes section of Idaho’s Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path

A wildfire north of Cataldo Idaho has closed the popular Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes bike path.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 10:38 a.m.

Spokane helicopter crew rescues three hikers in Cascades after death of fourth hiker, a UW professor

When helicopter crews in Western Washington were unavailable Sunday, a team from the Spokane area jumped into action to rescue three hikers from a peak in the Central Cascades.