Outdoors

Hiking Elkhorn Crest is a backpackers' paradise

By ZACH URNESS, Statesman Journal August 1, 2015 6 a.m.

BAKER CITY, Ore. — Views across the length of northeast Oregon feel almost commonplace on the Elkhorn Crest Trail, one of the highest and most unique pathways in the state.

State: Extreme wildfire danger this weekend

By Eric Florip July 31, 2015 6:05 p.m.

Unrelenting heat mixed with the possibility of lightning and high winds in the coming days will bring Washington its most dangerous fire conditions of the year, state fire officials announced Friday.

Algae taints water in Vancouver Lake

By The Columbian July 31, 2015 5:25 p.m.

Clark County Public Health urges the public to avoid the water in Vancouver Lake due to high levels of blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria.

Bonneville Dam fish count 7/31

July 31, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Fish count at Bonneville Dam

Coastal salmon angling remains excellent

By The Columbian July 30, 2015 12:28 p.m.

Anglers catching mostly two-fish limits out of Columbia River ports

Bonneville Dam fish count 7/30

July 30, 2015 6:05 a.m.

Fish count at Bonneville Dam

Pacific Crest Trail trek update

July 30, 2015 6:01 a.m.

Morgen Glessing, 22, of Woodland reported in Monday from Bend, Ore., where he was taking a rest day.

Outings

July 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Aug. 1: Sierra Club Champoeg State Park loop, 24 miles most flat in Willamette Valley. Maximum 10 participants. No ride if raining. Register by July 30 with Lehman Holder at tripsguy@aol.com.

On Wonderland Trail's centennial, 50 things to know

By CRAIG HILL, The (Tacoma) News Tribune July 29, 2015 6:15 p.m.

TACOMA — It's arguably Washington's most famous trail: Ninety-three miles of ups and downs looping around Mount Rainier.

Fishing Report, July 30

By The Columbian July 29, 2015 6:14 p.m.

Summer turns to fall beginning Saturday with the arrival of August and the fall management period. That means Buoy 10 opens at the mouth of the Columbia River. Fin-clipped coho are also allowed in the Columbia's daily bag limit.

Bonneville Dam fish count 7/29

July 29, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Fish count at Bonneville Dam

Drought forces managers to lower North Fork of Lewis River

By Eric Florip July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

Water levels on the North Fork of the Lewis River will drop significantly below Merwin Dam starting Friday as officials try to save enough water to support fish spawning this fall.

Police warn drunk boating both dangerous, illegal

By JEANNIE YANDEL, KUOW July 29, 2015 6 a.m.

SEATTLE — Seattle Police Officer Mark Mulvanny remembers a time about 10 years ago when he spotted a drunk boater.

Court rejects claim over goring in Olympic National Park

By Associated Press July 28, 2015 12:14 p.m.

SEATTLE — A three-judge federal appeals court panel has rejected a woman's lawsuit over her husband's fatal goring by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park, but two of the three suggested court precedent should be changed in a way that would allow her to pursue her claims.

Bonneville Dam fish count 7/28

July 28, 2015 6:02 a.m.

Fish count at Bonneville Dam