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Jennings: When it’s (almost) too cold to ski

Winter weather can be cruel. An Arctic storm delivered nearly a foot of snow to Mount Spokane last weekend. It arrived riding a wave of bitter cold, high winds and …


Junior national qualifying Nordic race at Mount Spokane this weekend

The Spokane Nordic Ski Association is hosting a Junior National Qualifier race Saturday and Sunday at Mount Spokane.


Love is out there: From rafting and dog walking to fishing, outdoor passions bring couples together

It’s a worn and torn cliché with numerous iterations:


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 5:04 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 14

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 14


Reader photo: South Hill shredding

Two opportunistic shredders took full advantage of this week’s snow storm.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:36 p.m.

Conservation groups announce intent to sue Fish and Wildlife over caribou

The Center for Biological Diversity, joined by the Spokane-based Lands Council, on Wednesday announced its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for “failing to finalize endangered species …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Canadian biologists discover female caribou calf amongst remnants of Purcell herd

Canadian wildlife officials discovered a female calf among the remnants of the Purcell herd near Kimberley B.C., last week.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 5:59 p.m.

Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state

The U.S. Senate Tuesday approved a sprawling public-lands bill containing everything from a measure to give Seattle’s Nordic Museum a national designation to one that authorizes a multibillion-dollar Yakima Valley …


Prize money being offered to thin South Fork rainbow trout

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has placed a bounty on rainbow trout in the South Fork of the Snake River in hopes of reducing the population of the …


Wolf Advisory Group meeting canceled due to weather

Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group was scheduled to meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Olympia.


Montana wolf payout bill called unethical

A pair of bills to encourage more people to kill wolves drew spirited debate at the Montana Legislature’s Fish, Wildlife and Parks Committee Jan. 31.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 11, 2019, 2:48 p.m.

The winner of a Washington photo contest likely tromped through delicate Mount St. Helens’ flowers to get “the shot”

Fields of Indian paintbrush fill the foreground. Mount St. Helens, pockets of snow still visible in the soft glow of a summer sunset, anchors the entire scene. Clouds stretch into …


Bringing the outdoors in: Virtual classrooms deliver grizzlies, eagles to schools

As video classes go, it’s hard to beat a studio with a view of the snowcapped Bitterroot Mountains and an eagle trap out the window.


Craig Goodwin: ‘The shot’ isn’t worth it if we’re ruining the beauty we’re shooting

This year I had my first opportunity to visit Mount St. Helens during the iconic bloom of Indian paintbrush and purple penstemon wildflowers that have flourished since its catastrophic eruption …


Idaho’s proposed big game rules announced, Coeur d’Alene meeting today

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is asking for hunter feedback on the 2019-20 big game season rules and regulations. Throughout March IDFG will hold open houses. Proposed changes …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 10:50 p.m.

Wolf shot, killed near Sprague Lake about 40 miles from Spokane

In an area where no documented wolf packs roam, a rancher shot a wolf Monday.


Diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts urges Legislature to fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

A diverse group of outdoor enthusiasts, ranging from hunters to environmentalists, sent a message Tuesday to lawmakers in Olympia: fully fund the Washington Department of Fish and Game.


Ammi Midstokke: When napping is better than hiking, or not

I rather assumed that being fickle was just part of my female constitution.


Wolf Advisory group meeting Tuesday, Wednesday

The Washington Wolf Advisory group will discuss what to do once wolves are delisted in the state during a meeting on Olympia, Tuesday and Wednesday.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 4:39 p.m.

Battle in Yellowstone: Video shows long-legged elk schooling wolves

A pack of wolves in Yellowstone National Park found themselves floundering through deep snow while hunting elk Dec. 27. The bull elk had the advantage outpacing and fending off the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019, 1:57 p.m.

With 90 percent of avalanches triggered by the victims, should meditation, mindfulness become backcountry tools?

In a small Canadian classroom eight adults sat, eyes closed, as pieces of chocolate slowly melted in their mouths.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 7

Alan Liere’s fishing-hunting report for Feb. 7.


Reader photo: Mooching moose

Carlene Hardt took this photo of a moose. She writes, “We live on the West Plains and this hungry moose hopped our fence today – freaking out our chickens – …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019, 2:05 p.m.

Washington Discover Passes will be available for checkout in Spokane-area libraries

Spokane-area libraries are adding to their growing collection of outdoor gear.


Anglers thrill in the chill of winter fishing

There’s no off-season for serious anglers, and that includes winter. Numb fingers and lines iced in the rod guides are surmountable deterrents to anglers who recognize that winter delivers special …


Outdoor clubs set free programs in February

Area outdoor groups are offering a wide range of free presentations in early February. Among them:


Gonzaga study reveals high levels of microplastics in Spokane River, suggests particles in drinking water as well

The tenuous plastic fibers, visible only through the magnified view of a microscope, sent Jacob Peterson reeling into eddies of anxiety.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 1:19 p.m.

Steelhead permit writers scrambling to make up time

Permit writers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are hopeful they can meet a March 15 deadline to complete Idaho’s steelhead fishery permit, but an agency spokesman said the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019, 3:19 p.m.

Washington bill calls for wolves to be relocated to Bainbridge Island

A northeast Washington politician has introduced a bill that would move wolves onto Bainbridge Island.


Priest Lake sled dog races set this weekend

The annual Priest Lake sled dog races will be held Saturday.