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Surfers and beachgoers take a path to Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.

Rise of the rookie hikers: The pandemic pushed a new wave of people outside, for better or worse

Surfers and beachgoers take a path to Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.

January 4, 2021, 6:00am Latest News

When it came to hiking, Jordan Bishop always wondered what the fuss was about. A Toronto native, he didn’t grow up with much nature close at hand, at least not as glorious and as alluring as the natural landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Read story

Columbia River Gorge trails reopened after 2017 wildfire

January 1, 2021, 4:51pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — The new year has brought a new beginning for some of the most famous trails in the Columbia River Gorge. Read story

Lake Washington sockeye hit record low, another signature Seattle fish at brink of extinction

January 1, 2021, 9:31am Northwest

They are as Seattle as the Space Needle. But Lake Washington sockeye, once the largest run of sockeye in the Lower 48, are failing. Read story

Sturgeon retention seasons in the reservoir pools above Bonneville Dam open Friday, and will stay open until the quotas are met. Populations above the dam have not been as negatively affected by sea lion predation as the stocks in the lower Columbia River.

Stable sturgeon populations await anglers upstream of Bonneville Dam

Sturgeon retention seasons in the reservoir pools above Bonneville Dam open Friday, and will stay open until the quotas are met. Populations above the dam have not been as negatively affected by sea lion predation as the stocks in the lower Columbia River.

December 30, 2020, 6:18pm Outdoors

The first Columbia River sturgeon retention seasons of the year will open up in the reservoir pools above Bonneville Dam starting Friday. These fisheries take advantage of stable sturgeon populations that have not been decimated by sea lions, as is the case below Bonneville Dam. Read story

The view along the Icicle River Trail Nordic ski trail in Leavenworth.

5 options for cross-country skiing

The view along the Icicle River Trail Nordic ski trail in Leavenworth.

December 27, 2020, 4:03pm Northwest

SEATTLE — Whether you want to perfect your skating on the challenging trails at Cabin Creek or hone your classic technique on the valley floor of the Methow, Washington is a fantastic place to cross-country ski, with a ton of Nordic ski networks and centers offering groomed trails right off… Read story

Local anglers are gearing up for winter steelhead right now, and hoping for better returns than then the last few years. Indicators are mixed this year, but there are signs that salmon and steelhead runs are doing better overall.

Projections for winter steelhead prove elusive

Local anglers are gearing up for winter steelhead right now, and hoping for better returns than then the last few years. Indicators are mixed this year, but there are signs that salmon and steelhead runs are doing better overall.

December 23, 2020, 7:51pm Newsletter

Winter steelhead are beginning to move into local rivers, but it is difficult to say with any certainty what kind of winter run the local rivers will receive this year. Fisheries managers are hesitant to go out on a limb with projections. Read story

Snow covered Mount Hood, a volcano in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon popular for hiking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing, despite the risks of avalanche, crevasses and volatile weather on the peak.

Central Oregon Avalanche Center looks to expand

Snow covered Mount Hood, a volcano in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon popular for hiking, climbing, snowboarding and skiing, despite the risks of avalanche, crevasses and volatile weather on the peak.

December 21, 2020, 6:00am Entertainment

BEND, Ore. — A hefty early season snowpack in the Central Oregon Cascades has many skiers and snowboarders eager to explore the backcountry this winter. Read story

In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a chinook salmon, below, and a steelhead, above, move through the fish ladder at the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

First time in years, chinook salmon spawn in Columbia River

In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, a chinook salmon, below, and a steelhead, above, move through the fish ladder at the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in Washington.

December 18, 2020, 8:31am Latest News

SPOKANE — For the first time in more than a generation, chinook salmon have spawned in the upper Columbia River system. Read story

Fishing report: Dec. 17

December 16, 2020, 8:13pm Outdoors

Fishing reports for waters in southwest Washington, including the Columbia River and tributaries as reported to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Dec. 16. Read story

Razor clam digs along the Washington coast have been shut down for the last two months due to high levels of a neurotoxin called domoic acid in the clams. The toxin does not affect the clams, but can cause amnesiac shellfish poisoning, a potentially deadly disease, in humans.

Demoic acid keeps clammers off Washington beaches since mid-October

Razor clam digs along the Washington coast have been shut down for the last two months due to high levels of a neurotoxin called domoic acid in the clams. The toxin does not affect the clams, but can cause amnesiac shellfish poisoning, a potentially deadly disease, in humans.

December 16, 2020, 5:12pm Newsletter

Beaches are filled with record number of clams this winter Read story