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As coming floods threaten, Washington communities shore up and prepare for the worst

The rising Pend Oreille River, spurred by the recent wave of warm temperatures melting snow off nearby mountains coupled with rain, evoked memories of a 2011 flood that forced the …


In brief: ‘Good fires’ being set intentionally on forests

Only weeks after the region’s fire hazard dropped from extreme, national forests and other land mangers in the region are igniting controlled fires in some areas as a step toward …


Reader photo: Standing up to Peewee Falls

A stand-up paddleboarder cools off in the mist of Peewee Falls in the Z Canyon stretch of the Pend Oreille River upstream from Boundary Dam.


UPDATED: Sat., July 1, 2017, 10:22 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse bill would override court decision to keep dams

Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in Congress aimed at saving the Snake River dams in Washington state.


Field Reports: Wild, Scenic Film Festival highlights rivers, environment

CONSERVATION – Breathtaking landscapes will dominate the picture this week at the third annual Spokane screening of environmental films that feature nature’s beauty, cutting edge environmental issues, humor and more. …


Invasive mussels problem prompts emergency declaration

Gov. Steve Bullock has declared a natural resource emergency after aquatic invasive mussels were detected in Montana waters for the first time.


Field reports: Scotchman Peak trail improved by volunteers

The steep, eroded gouge in the earth is history and a new rerouted section of Trail 65 is ushering hikers to the top of Scotchman Peak, a popular North Idaho …


Easy Paddler: 6 choice flatwater trips near Spokane

With summer temperatures soaring, the Spokane-area’s wealth of water routes are suddenly more attractive. Even less-active people who don’t own a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board can get the …


UPDATED: Wed., May 4, 2016, 5:51 p.m.

Restoration of Northwest salmon runs needs a better plan, judge says

A federal judge in Oregon says a massive habitat restoration effort doesn’t do enough to improve Northwest salmon runs.


Field reports: Bridge-access law benefits paddlers

Northwest paddlers could benefit from a new law that requires the Washington Department of Transportation to consider access to the water when building or refurbishing bridges.


Out & About: Film festival to benefit Spokane Riverkeeper

The second annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be in Spokane on April 28 as a benefit for the Spokane Riverkeeper and the advocacy group’s goal to keep the …


Outpeople: Tanner Grant takes on whitewater rafting one step at a time

Tanner Grant of Spokane says it doesn’t necessarily take a village to become a whitewater rafter, but it helps. “I got into rafting six years ago with a lot of …


Louisiana, Mississippi officials warily watching rising river

Emergency officials in Louisiana and Mississippi were watching the rise of the Pearl River, which divides the two states Monday amid widespread flooding that has damaged thousands of homes.


In brief: Sullivan Bridge closed to river passage

Although a construction project has allowed the Centennial Trail to reopen below the Sullivan Bridge in Spokane Valley, a closure remains on floating the Spokane River under the bridge project.


Field reports: Land deals proposed for wildlife habitat

Proposals to acquire land in eight Washington counties for fish and wildlife habitat and public recreation are open to comments through Feb. 12.


Out & About: Coeur d’Alene fisherman lands record moonfish

OUTCATCH – A pending state-record moonfish was caught last Sunday out of Westport, Washington, by Jim Watson of Coeur d’Alene. He was on a boat with All Rivers and Saltwater …


Field reports: Paddlers take gamble on Pend Oreille event

RIVERS – The 34th annual Pend Oreille Poker Paddle, attracting entries from craft ranging from canoes to inventive human-powered contraptions, is set for Saturday and Sunday. The event is sponsored …


Record-low water season brings early flow cuts at Post Falls Dam

The spigot has been cranked down on the Spokane River at Post Falls Dam in the past four days, leaving the whitewater rafting season high and dry and fish managers …


Wild and Scenic Grande Ronde a respite

The Grande Ronde River slices through the landscape of northeastern Oregon. Its headwaters lie in the Blue Mountains, southwest of La Grande, Oregon, and it flows northeast until joining the …


Outdoor enthusiasts fight proposed bill that could cut access to Washington waters

OLYMPIA – Following backlash from state agencies and outdoor enthusiasts, a Benton County lawmaker is shrinking the scope of a bill that could cut access to Washington’s lakes, rivers and …


Landers: Foam-line fishing gets fly fishers salivating

Saturday was scum bag day on the Clark Fork River. I’ve had better days of trout fishing in terms of fish caught.


New Roskelley guidebook reveals charms of Columbia River

Internationally recognized mountaineer John Roskelley of Spokane came down to sea level for his latest adventure, compiling 1,200 miles of sea kayaking on the mighty Columbia into a guidebook for …


Lochsa River prime for annual whitewater bash

If it’s true that people watch auto racing for the crashes, it also stands to reason rafting spectators are in it for the flips. And if you love watching whitewater …


Field Reports: Lookout Pass expansion proposals presented

SKIING – An open house meeting to present proposals for expanding Lookout Pass Ski Area is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday at the Idaho Panhandle National Forest Supervisor’s Office, …


Peak 7 Adventures on wet, wild mission to help underprivileged youth

Whitewater guides-in-training were on the Spokane River in the first two weeks of March, long before pleasant weather would greet rafters soaking themselves through raging rapids. They were on a …


Peak 7 has mission to empower kids

Getting a kid outdoors for a day, and better, yet, for a couple weeks, can have a powerful impact on a kid. “Sure, it isn’t magic in every case, but …


Rafting the Grand Canyon during winter is gamble with the elements

P otential for debilitating desert coldness was the baseline in preparations to raft the Colorado River through Arizona’s Grand Canyon during February. Nobody could overlook the group’s experience four years …


Skeena River, B.C.

Rick Ripley of Spokane had a back seat to a week of jet-powered, white-knuckle, whitewater action starting in late June with a retired Lewiston jet boat builder. Ripley, who recently …


Spokane area cornucopia of outdoor access

I was an outsider in the best sense of the word when I moved to Spokane 36 years ago. I enjoyed hiking and biking, hunting and fishing, skiing and paddling …


Summers filled to the rafters for teacher-guide

Kyle Brock wasted no time putting his group of rafting clients at ease as they assembled along the Spokane River. “Have any of you been whitewater rafting before?” he asked, …