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In brief: Northern pikeminnow reward program extended

This year’s Northern Pikeminnow Sport-Reward Fishery, which for 30 years has paid anglers to catch qualifying northern pikeminnow in the Columbia River basin, has been extended through Oct. 11 at select registration stations. In addition, the program has increased incentives for anglers to help reduce the number of these predatory fish where threatened or endangered salmon or steelhead may be present.

In brief: DNR closes recreation on Eastern Washington lands due to fire danger

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday closed all of the lands it manages east of the Cascades to recreation due to high fire danger. The closure will last at least through Friday, Sept. 11, and DNR staff will evaluate the possibility of extending it as the week progresses.

In brief: Commission approves $17 million in budget requests while mulling cuts

The Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday approved $17 million in budget requests for needed enhancements to manage fish and wildlife in Washington state. Commissioners also provided a list of potential service cuts, while pointing out the counterproductive nature of such cuts should statewide elected officials adopt them.

In brief: WDFW under strain of waste from recreationers

Use of WDFW areas and water access areas is up a lot this year, and the increased use has caused a pileup of trash, human waste, and unauthorized activity at a number of locations around the state, including in the Spokane area.

In Brief: Dept. of Interior halts grizzly bear restoration plan for North Cascades

U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt announced Tuesday at a roundtable with community members in Omak, Washington, that the Department of the Interior will not move forward with a new Grizzly Bear Restoration Plan for the North Cascades Ecosystem and the associated environmental impact statement .

In brief: Lake Roosevelt increasing limited camping access

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area is increasing recreational access and services.

In brief: Wildlife advocates sue Forest Service over wolf killings

Several wildlife advocate groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday to ensure that the U.S. Forest Service protects endangered gray wolves in the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington where livestock ranching activities have contributed to conflict.

Locally: Lake City’s Vanessa Shippy shines at Oklahoma State

Lake City graduate Vanessa Shippy was imposing as she launched her senior softball season at Oklahoma State in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Arizona, last weekend, batting 11 for 13, scoring nine runs, driving in six, walking five times and hitting two home runs.

Locally: EWU’s Delaney Hodgins named CLASS finalist

Delaney Hodgins doesn’t stand out just on the court, but her well-known skills there along with her other attributes helped the Eastern Washington forward to be named one of 10 women’s basketball finalists for the NCAA Division I Senior CLASS Award.