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Taking a hike on Mount Spokane should be on every local’s bucket list

Taking a hike on Mount Spokane should be on every local’s bucket list.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 6:16 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 20

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 20


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 6:22 p.m.

Reader photo: Rainbow cloud

Spokane climber Nick Sweeney took this photo of a circumhorizontal arc (rainbow cloud), an optical phenomenon created by the formation of ice halos, hovering over an unknown peak near the …


Clark Fork Delta restoration work continues

Starting in mid-June, youth crews from the Idaho Conservation Corp will be camping at the Clark Fork Drift Yard while they assist the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in …


Newman Lake access closed June 24, 25 for treatment

In an ongoing effort to fight invasive weeds, public access to Newman Lake will be closed June 24 and 25.


Mount Spokane graduate biking across country to raise awareness about disabilities

About nine months ago, Jared Mehring signed away his 2019 summer, committing to a cross-country bike ride from Seattle to Washington, D.C.


June trip of the month: Scotchman Peak offers commanding views of proposed wilderness

As we reached the summit of Idaho’s Scotchman Peak, the wind picked up and America’s legacy of public land came into focus.


Alan Liere: My Small World

“The older I get, the smaller my world becomes.” My father said that, but though I


Ammi Midstokke: When true love is found in the firewood

When you live on top of a mountain with a precious 12-year-old, it’s a little challenging to stay marketable. My wool socks are usually full of sawdust, there is inevitably …


Brakes temporarily put on proposed Wolf Lodge Bay development

A Kootenai County official temporarily put the brakes on a proposed commercial development on Wolf Lodge Bay.


Anglers get unexpected crack at Idaho spring chinook

In a surprise move, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission reopened spring chinook salmon fishing on a portion of the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River east of Kooskia on …


Increased cutthroat survival shows value of pike suppression in Lake Coeur d’Alene

The killing of predatory northern pike in Lake Coeur d’Alene has started to pay dividends for cutthroat trout, according to fishery managers.


Ferry County outdoor festival aims to bring recreation, money to one of Washington’s poorest counties

Emily Burt knows the dollar value of sweaty and thirsty outdoor enthusiasts better than most. As the co-owner and founder of Republic Brewing, Burt is used to seeing trail weary …


While modest, the Blue Mountains still boasts its own beauty, Walla Walla writer says

They are not the tallest mountains in the West, nor probably the prettiest, but for many people living in northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington, the Blue Mountains are cherished as …


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 6:05 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 13

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 13


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Reader photo: Where the buffalo sleep

Mike Gass took this photo of a resting American bison in the National Bison Range, a wildlife refuge in Montana. In the background are the snow-covered Mission Mountains.


Washington-specific wildlife refuge hunting, fishing proposals released

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt announced plans to expand hunting and fishing opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges nationwide. On Friday, more Washington-specific details became available. Below …


Ecology tour set for Bull River Valley

Brian Baxter will lead a tour of Montana’s Bull River Valley on Saturday.


Rattlesnake avoidance clinic scheduled

The Spokane Bird Dog association is hosting a rattlesnake avoidance clinic on June 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Salmon merging onto new ‘highway’ in Seattle, complete with rest stops and restaurants

Next time you’re visiting Seattle’s downtown waterfront and gazing out across Elliott Bay toward the majestic Olympic Mountains, look down. You might see a shoal of silvery baby salmon, each …


Famed Indian climber nearly died on peak where team was lost

To Manmohan Singh Kohli, who led the first Indian team to the peak of Mount Everest, modern mountaineering bears little resemblance to the expeditions he headed decades ago.


Spokane alpinists avoid potential accident on Mount Rainier

On May 31, Nick Sweeney and Zack Turner, two Spokane alpine climbers, were attempting to climb Ptarmigan Ridge on Mount Rainier with Kyle Terry. The three were preparing for an …


Idaho spring chinook season comes to close

Idaho Fish and Game officials have closed spring chinook fishing on the lower Salmon and Little Salmon rivers, bringing an unexpected early end to the disappointing season.


Forest fires release less CO2 than previously thought, challenging some forest management practices, study says

Forest fires don’t release nearly as much carbon into the atmosphere as previously believed, according to a recently published University of Idaho study.


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019, 1:58 p.m.

Reward grows for wolf poacher

The reward leading to the conviction in the illegal killing of a gray wolf over Memorial Day weekend grew to $10,000 on Tuesday.


Famed Montanan fossil of a T. rex headed to the nation’s capital

A long time ago, in a part of this state that is now arid desert but was then humid swampland, an egg hatched. It was the beginning of an epoch-spanning …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Authorities working to rescue 4 Mount Rainier climbers

A rescue effort is underway for climbers who have been stranded on the north side of Mount Rainier in Washington state since Monday.


Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 6

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for June 6


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 4:31 p.m.

Reader photo: Full of plumage

While vacationing in Cape May, New Jersey, Buck Domitrovich saw this great egret. Egrets are rare in Spokane, although seven briefly made the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge their home this …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Plan to expand hunting, fishing in wildlife refuges revealed

The Trump administration is announcing what it calls a major expansion of hunting and fishing in the nation’s protected wildlife refuges.