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UPDATED: Mon., June 24, 2019

Eli Francovich: Seeing the west through the eyes of a Dutchman

In late May, Dutchman Freek Borlee visited me for three weeks. During that time I saw the landscape through his eyes and found myself falling back in love with the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Ignoring years of collaboration, Colville National Forest reduces eligible wilderness areas in draft plan

A proposal that would have more than quadrupled the amount of protected wilderness in Eastern Washington came to a screeching halt this fall.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018

Southern California wildfire roars to life in wilderness

Southern California’s huge wildfire roared to life again Tuesday in a mountain wilderness area even as many neighborhoods were reopened to thousands of residents who fled its advance last week.


Bonner County advisory vote could determine future of Scotchman Peaks wilderness

On Tuesday, voters in Bonner County will vote on whether or not they support a wilderness designation for the roughly 13,000 acres that make up the Idaho portion of the


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018

Management plans advance for central Idaho wilderness areas

BOISE – Three new central Idaho wilderness areas could have management plans in place this year. Federal officials released the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Management Plan covering 183 square miles …


Federal officials ban snowmobiles in Idaho’s Great Burn wilderness study area

Federal officials have released a plan for a proposed wilderness area in a northern Idaho forest that includes banning snowmobiles.


Ambassadors brighten future for Scotchman Peak mountain goats

The future for mountain goats on North Idaho’s Scotchman Peak is brighter, thanks to “goat ambassadors” who have been hiking the popular trail to educate hikers on avoiding contact with …


In brief: Snowmobilers lose suit over wilderness recommendations

A federal judge last week upheld protections for some of the last roadless areas of the Kootenai National Forest in northwest Montana and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.


Hiking Beartooth Wilderness high on list of Montana adventures

Crawl from your warm sleeping bag out the tent door, into the darkness and predawn wind whipping across the plateau. Look up at the cathedral of the sky. Watch the …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Quetico answers canoe paddler’s quest for wild time

If you love to camp, fish and paddle a canoe, Quetico fulfills your wildest dream. Some 6,000 lakes, 32 waterfalls and 4,467 islands are waiting to be explored only by …


Renewed interest in oil drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge mobilizes wilderness advocates

Dan Ashe, who rose from the ranks of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 to become its 16th director, finally got his chance to visit the Arctic National …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 25, 2017

Cecil Andrus, Idaho icon who championed wildnerness and kindergarten, dies at 85

Cecil Andrus, Idaho’s longest-serving governor, former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Democrat and champion of wilderness and the Idaho outdoors, died late Thursday after a battle with cancer, the night …


Hiker kills aggressive mountain goat; efforts increase to educate public to coexist

An aggressive mountain goat was shot and killed by a hiker in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness last month bringing new concerns about the threats that outdoor recreation poses to the …


Field reports: Women in wilderness explored by panel

OUTDOORS – Four local women with wide-ranging experience in the great outdoors will join for a panel presentation on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bowl and Pitcher amphitheater at …


Hikers getting too friendly with Scotchman Peak mountain goats

Mountain goats are icons on Scotchman Peak, luring hikers up the 3.5-mile trail northeast of Clark Fork, Idaho, to be in the realm of the usually docile white-coated animals overlooking …


Field Reports: Water study addresses Priest Lake levels

A study of Priest Lake water levels and Thorofare navigation will be explained in an open house meeting on Thursday from 2-5 p.m. at the Priest Lake Groomers & Ambulance …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017

Second North Idaho open house set on Scotchman Peaks wilderness proposal

The office of Idaho Sen. Jim Risch will hold an open house in Clark Fork on July 18, on a potential wilderness proposal for Scotchman Peaks.


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017

Man found alive after 4 days missing in Montana wilderness

Authorities say a U.S. Forest Service official found a Pennsylvania man who had been missing in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness since Monday.


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

Risch announces open house on Scotchman Peaks wilderness proposal

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch is sponsoring an open house on Scotchman Peaks and wilderness plans Tuesday, June 6, at Hope Elementary School from 4-7 p.m.


Field Reports: Washington sets gray wolf conflict protocols, requires deterrents

Washington has released a revised “Protocol for Wolf-Livestock Interactions” that requires livestock producers to try at least two proactive deterrence measures appropriate to their operation before the state would consider …


Expedition Alaska: Racers, crew and filmmakers took risks in adventure race

Using maps, compasses and vague directions, 20 teams of four endurance athletes tackled 300-plus miles of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula in the 2015 Expedition Alaska adventure race. They traveled by foot, …


Backcountry cabin offers skiers rustic comfort in Eagle Cap Wilderness

It’s not for everybody, but skiing into a backcountry cabin is an ideal break from the late-winter blues just when it’s needed most. Out there, weary refugees from the rat-race …


Field Reports: Mountain biking group backs Scotchman wilderness

A North Idaho mountain biking club has detoured from the generally position of cyclists to endorse a proposed wilderness.


Birders in Idaho worry harsh winter may hurt hummingbirds

Bird lovers in Idaho are worried that an unusually cold and snowy winter may have harmed or killed some of the Anna’s hummingbirds that spend the winter in there despite …


Fate of Oregon’s oldest state forest is examined

Oregon’s top elected state leaders heard at times heated testimony on Tuesday about the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest, whose lumber proceeds help fund the state’s schools, to …


Field reports: Lawmaker questions rail trail funding

Rep. Joe Schmick (R-Colfax) says he questions the value of Washington State Parks and Recreation Department proposals to spend millions of dollars in his district improving the portion of a …


Risch introduces legislation to protect Scotchman Peaks as wilderness area

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch introduced legislation Thursday to protect the Idaho portion of the craggy, but scenic Scotchman Peaks as a federal wilderness area.


Idaho officials sell commercial properties for $17.3 million

Idaho officials have sold seven commercial properties for $17.3 million as part of a plan to get rid of politically contentious commercial real estate and use the money to buy …


Oregon groups push for wilderness area around Crater Lake

Oregon conservation groups are putting pressure on Congress to designate a large swath of public land, including Crater Lake National Park, as a federal wilderness area.


Collared wolf dead, 3 others survive in Idaho wilderness

Three of four wolves fitted with tracking collars in a central Idaho wilderness area last year by state officials without federal approval are surviving as another winter approaches.