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Montana Supreme Court blocks permit for mine near Libby

MISSOULA – A proposed silver/copper mine near Libby can’t rely on a 30-year-old water quality permit granted to a bankrupt company, according to a Montana Supreme Court decision released on Tuesday.

How the lessons of 2020 ultimately might make travel better

The conventional wisdom is that 2020 has nearly destroyed travel. And though it’s true that COVID-19 ruined vacations and took a wrecking ball to a large part of the industry, the conventional wisdom is wrong. “Actually, the pandemic is making travel better in many ways,” says Clayton Reid, CEO of MMGY Global, a marketing company.

Tips for hosting Thanksgiving outdoors during a pandemic

Setting the table outdoors for Thanksgiving dinner in a pandemic could be more daunting than making the gravy. There’s so much to remember: Non-household members 6 feet apart. No buffet table with heaping platters. Blankets at every place setting. Propane for the heater. Hand sanitizer pumps next to the centerpieces.

Idaho limits nonresident hunting opportunity

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved changes to nonresident participation in general season deer and elk hunts to address concerns from residents about hunter congestion in some areas, Friday. 

David Dubuque: The Inland Northwest is underrated ski country

It’s easy to forget that Spokane is a mountain town. Surveying the landscape from I-90 gives the impression that we’re living among gently rolling hills. There’s no feeling of being dwarfed by peaks looming overhead that you might get when driving alongside mountain ranges like the Cascades, the Missions, or the Cabinets. But those bumps around us that you see on the horizon through your windshield are much larger than they let on. They just don’t like to brag.

Washington recreation lands remain open despite rocketing COVID-19 rates

As cases of COVID-19 surge across Washington State and the country as a whole, business are closing - yet again - hospital beds filling - yet again - and health officials urging people to avoid holiday travel (at least that's new). It all feels familiar, except for one major difference: Washington land managers and recreation czars aren't urging folks to avoid the outdoors nor are they closing lands to public access.

Field reports: Wolf Advisory Group virtual meeting Nov. 19-20

The next Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Wolf Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If more time is needed, additional meeting time is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. on Friday.

IDFG commission meeting in Lewiston

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission will meet in Lewiston on Nov. 19-20, with the public hearing starting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 in the Clearwater Regional Office at 3316 16th Street. People can address the Commission about any matters related to Fish and Game at that time.

‘Unlikely Thru-Hiker’ presentation Monday

The Lands Council, along with Gonzaga University Environmental Studies Department and Friends of Scotchman Peak Wilderness, is happy to host Derick Lugo, author of "The Unlikely Thru-Hiker," for a presentation on Monday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.

Early snow, cold kills fall colors in Spokane, region

It’s been a drab fall in the Inland Northwest.Instead of a landscape replete with vibrant oranges, reds and yellows, our region’s trees are cloaked in a brown, desiccated coat of leaves. A coat that will likely persist through the winter.

Off the grid: Mother nature and other domestic terrorists

On our property, we like to pride ourselves for our progressive approach to equal access to, and housing opportunities for the local wildlife. So long as they stay outside and refrain from becoming domestic terrorists.

Friends of Columbia Gorge hold annual photo contest

Friends of the Columbia Gorge – a Portland-based conservation organization dedicated to protecting the scenic, natural, cultural, and recreational resources of the Columbia Gorge – is now accepting submissions for its sixth annual photo contest. The 2020 contest is entitled Picturing Protection.