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100 years ago in Spokane: Project to send Pend Oreille River water to Columbia Basin found feasible

A state commission declared that the proposed Columbia Basin irrigation project was perfectly feasible and presented “no serious engineering difficulties.”

In a dramatic rescue, two WDFW staff pull hunters from freezing Pend Oreille River

In the predawn chill of the first morning of 2019, Jerry Havens considered whether to back his boat down an ice-slicked launch on the Pend Oreille River.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Major fish recovery project in NE Washington and Idaho gives boost to cutthroat and bull trout

A few years ago there were no native westslope cutthroat trout in a 5-mile stretch of Cee Cee Auh Creek of northeast Washington. This summer, however, biologists estimate there are …

Hundreds gather to mourn brothers who drowned in Pend Oreille River

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course to mourn the loss of two young brothers who drowned last week in the Pend Oreille River.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Jogger killed by log truck in Priest River

A woman visiting family in Priest River, Idaho was struck and killed by a log truck last week while jogging along a two-lane road.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 2, 2017

Boy, 11, drowns trying to save his 17-year-old brother from drowning in Pend Oreille River

An 11-year-old boy drowned Tuesday in the Pend Oreille River in Bonner County after trying to save his 17-year-old brother from drowning.

UPDATED: Thu., July 27, 2017

Plane crash lands in Pend Oreille River near Priest River

A pilot and his passenger were uninjured after they ended up in the Pend Oreille River after trying to land their float plane around 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Teens injured in tubing accident on Pend Oreille River

Three teenagers were injured in a tubing accident on the Pend Oreille River Monday afternoon, but they were not seriously injured according to the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office.

Gillnetting ramps up to curb northern pike in Columbia River

The front lines in the battle against non-native northern pike invading the Columbia River have moved to the Kettle Falls area of Lake Roosevelt. Gillnetting that started last year after …

Regional fisheries manager John Whalen blended fishing, conservation

John Whalen says issues related to conserving native fish species dominated much of his work during 16 years as regional fisheries manager in Spokane. “There’s a lot going on,” he …

2-year-old dies in Bonner County motorhome fire

Genevieve Winn was alone inside the camper when the fire ripped through it around 8 p.m.

Tour Deshais: Water, water everywhere, and only 8 liters to drink

IONE, Washington – When my day begins, I load my bike with eight liters of water in four different vessels. That’s almost 18 pounds.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago “Dead Man’s Curve,” on the road to Palouse about 8 miles east of Colfax, claimed two new victims.

Field reports: Banks Lake poachers get ‘light’ sentence

FISHING – Three Tacoma men got off easy in a Grant County District Court sentencing for illegally using gillnets to kill whitefish in Banks Lake, a state wildlife officer says. …

Field reports: Pend Oreille River pike netting starts

FISHING – State and tribal workers will begin setting gillnets Monday for another season of suppressing non-native northern pike in the Pend Oreille River downstream from Newport. The Kalispel Tribe …

Out & About: Sportsmen required to report hunting activity

OUTFILE – Fines and incentives have boosted hunter compliance with mandatory reporting programs to help states manage game populations. The requirement – managed differently in Idaho, Washington and Oregon – …

Pike suppression preserves sport fishing on Pend Oreille River

Reports that fishing is dead in the Pend Oreille River are greatly exaggerated. Despite the recent assault on northern pike, the toothy predators are still there in low numbers, and …

Pend Oreille River to hit lowered flood stage

Warm weather starting today is expected to trigger renewed runoff from the higher elevations of the Rockies, sending the Pend Oreille River above flood stage next week, forecasters said Thursday. …

Out & About: Pend Oreille River derby angler catches $1K pike

OUTFISH – Craig Moody of Elk caught a tagged northern pike to win $1,000 cash in a Pend Oreille River fishing derby last weekend. Despite stormy weather and high flows, …

Field Reports: Road-kill pick-up crew salvages tons of meat

WILDLIFE – Farmers feed the world, but 24 volunteers from a Spokane sportsman’s club are putting meat on the plates of homeless people by harvesting dead or dying big-game animals …

Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and …

Landers: Efforts underway to remove northern pike

Gillnets have removed about 4,000 northern pike from the Box Canyon Reservoir portion of the Pend Oreille River in the second season of efforts to suppress the non-native species and …

Boundary Dam relicensing will boost recreation

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a new 42-year license for Boundary Dam on the Pend Oreille River north of Metaline Falls. Built in 1967, Boundary is the …

Field Reports: Priest Lake fish plan to be presented at meeting

FISHING – As a divisive debate on managing non-native lake trout with native cutthroats and popular kokanee at Priest Lake continues, Idaho Fish and Game officials will hold a public …

Field Reports: Fishing, boating, wilderness, climbing and more

PREDATORS – A state wolf specialist in Montana says mountain lions killed two radio- collared wolves in the Bitterroot Valley since January. Liz Bradley of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks …

Field reports: Pike netting continues on Pend Oreille River

FISHING – More than 5,200 northern pike have been gillnetted out of the Pend Oreille River downstream from Newport this spring. But anglers may still hook fish from the 10-15 …

Pend Oreille River pike thinning continues

The official crackdown on invasive northern pike in the Pend Oreille River behind Box Canyon is in its last stages for this season. A late-April survey indicated gillnets deployed by …

Landers: Northern pike gillnetting remains divisive issue

Invasive species are a curse to people who value native fish and wildlife. But some people consider exotics a prize in their backyard.

Bounty on the rise for pike

Spoons, spinners, hooks, flies, baits and bobbers of all sizes hang like Christmas decorations in a window of the Kalispel Tribe’s fisheries office. “Every one of those lures has come …

Landers: Officials work to reduce Pend Oreille River pike

Even though ice still lingers in a few sloughs, Pend Oreille River northern pike are feeling the heat. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Kalispell Tribe announced their …