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Bumper crops of fall chinook could boost sturgeon count

Biologists believe the increased salmon runs to the Snake River may help feed sturgeon.

Hummingbird research a delicate job

Hummingbirds capture our imagination as they zip in and out of our lives. They arrive in a blur of wings, stopping in midair so fast we expect to hear a rubber-on-pavement screech. They offer a good look, often sporting spectacular colors, and then they are gone.

User’s guide to Mount Spokane unlocks park’s secrets

A new book answers questions and reveals new information about Mount Spokane.

Best wildflower hikes in Columbia River Gorge

These five easy hikes are full of nature’s fireworks displays in April and May.

College Place Lions Park hosts fishing derby May 1

The College Place Lions Park will host the Friday After School Fishing Derby on May 1 from 4-7 p.m.

Lucia collects first career hole-in-one

Ted Lucia hit his first hole-in-one at the Walla Walla Country Club on April 9.

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Colors, sounds of nature spring into life

One of the warmest Marches I have ever lived through in Eastern Washington has passed. Many wild species of reptiles, insects and plants emerged from their winter slumbers much earlier than average, and records were set for the appearance of many wildflowers and creatures such as the Southern alligator lizard, Western rattlesnake and several butterfly species.

Hearing protection often overlooked by hunters

While most shooters would never walk onto an active gun range without ear plugs or muffs in place, hunters who use firearms tend to neglect precautions to protect their hearing.

Wolves’ future in West remains uncertain

The wolves’ future depends in part on research put on hold during legal battles.

Idaho’s answer to ‘Duck Dynasty’

Travis Bullock guides hunters on serious backcountry elk, deer and bear hunts.

Weak winter means early summer for hikers

A lack of snow this winter has the beginning of spring feeling like mid-summer.

Fishermen sound off over salmon season

Anglers ask the WDFW to shift part of the Columbia Basin harvest upriver.

Rokon motorcycles take center stage

Two enthusiasts take part in a documentary called ‘Chip’s Winter Ride’ about the fun of riding Rokons.

Montana man invents unique archery target

Kevin Peterson’s new archery target can be disassembled so a new bull’s-eye can be inserted.

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Enger wins JROTC national championship

Sophomore Daniel Enger leads the Wa-Hi precision rifle team to a second-place finish at the JROTC All Service National Championship.