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Adventures in the Owyhee outback

The Owyhee Desert is a fascinating place where you go from hum-drum scenery to drop-dead gorgeous in an instant, but with summer heat looming you want to get there soon.

Trail cams provide insight into wildlife habits

A remote trail-cam photo is worth a thousand words about the wildlife we don’t see while recreating in the great outdoors.

Fly-fishing in Patagonia focus of memoir ‘Chasing Rumor’

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Each year, as the fly-fishing season is coming to its end in Montana and elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere, fly-fishing magazines turn their attention to fishing opportunities south of the equator.

‘Giants of Walla Walla’ tree tour set for August 1

The giant old trees within the city make Walla Walla a special place.

Rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in low water is a bruising-but-bodacious ride

People have described rafting the Middle Fork of the Salmon River as exhilarating, soul-refreshing and even life-changing.

Oregon wants to end limits on warmwater fish in three rivers

Officials of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced historic fishing restrictions this past week, encouraging anglers to target warmwater fish in unusually hot summer conditions.

Trail draws upsurge of hikers seeking ‘Wild’ adventure

The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail sees more traffic after being the inspiration behind a movie.

Book, movie mythologize Blackfoot River

Norman Maclean’s novella ‘A River Runs Through It’ discusses the beauty of the Blackfoot.

When you find it, Cutthroat Creek worth the journey

Despite alarmingly low flows and high water temperatures reported in many Western trout streams last week, the Royal Wulff and Renegade Benevolent Society found plenty of room for optimism at Cutthroat Creek, as usual.

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High heat, a killer grass, a miming bird — it’s July in Walla Walla

WOW, is it ever warm in comparison to last July. Many folks are asking what wild plants and animals do when forced to bake under a summer sun.

Fishing guide devotes Columbia opener to family

Rather than taking out clients, Jerrod Gibbons uses opening day to be with his family.

Latest species to be tracked in national parks: humans

Scientists are putting tracking devices on a new species — people — as they try to learn more about how their movements affect ecosystems in national parks.

Benefit horse show slated for July 25, 26

The American Wranglers Junior Horsemen are presenting their fifth annual Pink Ribbon Classic Cancer Benefit Horse Show at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds July 25th and July 26th.

Wallowa Lake State Park hosts weekend camp trip

Wallowa Lake State Park welcomes beginning and out-of-practice campers to join in an overnight guided camping excursion July 31-Aug. 2, part of the statewide "Let's Go Camping" program hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

Fire threat closes private timberlands

More than a million acres of private timberlands are being temporarily closed to public access in the Inland northwest because of extreme fire danger.

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