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 By Byrne Bennett    News

Area wolf sightings reported

REARDAN – Some area residents are concerned about a perceived increase in wolf presence in Lincoln County. Three wolf sightings have been reported or discussed in the Lincoln County area recently. On Dec. 1, 2022, Brett and... — Updated 2/5/2023


Fire burn lifted at Lake Roosevelt

COULEE DAM--Effective 12:01 am Friday, Oct. 21, campfires were allowed in established fire rings in campgrounds and day-use areas and on lakeshores below the high-water mark throughout Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.... — Updated 10/28/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Fall hunting season brings promising outlook

DAVENPORT—A flip of the calendar to September means that for most seasons, it’s time to hunt. Many big game, small game and bird hunts began Sept. 1, while others begin later in the month or into October. The hunting season loo... — Updated 9/8/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Hot temps lead to countywide burn bans

DAVENPORT—Surging temperatures and dry conditions finally reflecting a true Eastern Washington summer have led local authorities to enact burn bans around the county. Open fires were banned in Fire District No. 5, which includes... — Updated 7/28/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

A fishy predicament at Lake Roosevelt

COULEE DAM—Workers at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area have been tasked with a smelly dilemma: what to do about the fish cleaning stations throughout the park? Various fish cleaning stations have been closed due to... — Updated 6/13/2022

 By Drew Lawson    News

Cougar sighting reported behind hospital

DAVENPORT—A caller from Lincoln Hospital twice reported seeing a cougar behind the hospital Saturday, May 28, but authorities were unable to track down and vanquish the puma. According to police records, a hospital employee... — Updated 6/2/2022


Total fire restrictions in effect at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

COULEE DAM — Due to extreme conditions, all fires at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are prohibited effective 12:01 am, Friday, June 25, 2021 until further notice. No open flames are permitted. This includes, but is not l... — Updated 6/25/2021


Campfires, charcoal prohibited in Eastern Washington state parks

OLYMPIA—Washington State Parks is prohibiting wood campfires and charcoal use in state parks east of the Cascades beginning today, June 25. A press release from the state said “With extreme hot and dry conditions affecting the... — Updated 6/25/2021


Prescribed fire burning notice at Lake Roosevelt for spring

COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area may implement the following prescribed fires during the spring of 2021. Ferry County: • Whispering Pines, 54 acres north of the intersection of Northport Flat Creek Road and... — Updated 4/1/2021


Two bald eagles linked together die after crashing into a power line

DAVENPORT – Two bald eagles were found dead by a citizen on Miles Road near Fort Spokane on March 3. The eagles' talons were still locked together when they were found. Fish and... — Updated 3/18/2021


Lake Roosevelt staff hopes for more openings this summer

LAKE ROOSEVELT – Staff at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area are hoping and planning for more camping availability this summer, superintendent Dan Foster shared with Lincoln County commissioners at the commissioners... — Updated 3/4/2021


Fishery closing in new year

RICHLAND – The Hanford Reach steelhead fishery will close Jan. 1. The closure is from the Interstate 182 bridge upstream to the old Hanford townsite powerline crossing over the Columbia River. It will remain in effect until... — Updated 1/20/2021

 By Drew Lawson    News

Winter outdoor activities in Lincoln County

DAVENPORT – If one doesn't mind freezing their tails off, there are several enjoyable spots for winter hunting and fishing in Lincoln County, even as temperatures begin to plummet... — Updated 1/20/2021


Prescribed pile burn notice at Lake Roosevelt for Fall 2020

COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area may implement the following pile burns during the fall of 2020. Pile locations: • Martin Creek, 12 acres, about 3 miles south of Haag Cove, Ferry County • Hunters, 4... — Updated 1/20/2021


WDFW offers special hunt drawing for early hunter reporting

OLYMPIA – Hunters who report their 2020 black bear, deer, elk, or turkey hunting results by Sunday, Jan. 10, will have the opportunity to win one of nine deer and elk incentive permits for fall 2021, Washington Department of... — Updated 12/23/2020


2020-21 winter access at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area invites you to come and enjoy the great outdoors no matter the season. With reduced staffing and resources during the winter, facilities and services are limited. Due to... — Updated 12/17/2020


Washington state takes over wolf management

COLVILLE – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced in late October that it would be removing endangered species protections for wolves in the lower 48 states, essentially... — Updated 11/28/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Fish and Wildlife consider budget cuts

OLYMPIA – As state leaders and legislators prepare to deal with a budget gap in 2021, members of Fish and Wildlife know cuts could be coming to their department, but exact cuts won’t be unknown until Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget... — Updated 11/28/2020

 By Roger Harnack    News

Clay shoot canceled in wake of shutdown

ST. JOHN – Rock Lake Sporting Clays has canceled its fund-raising shoot for this Saturday, Nov. 21. Gary Newton, owner of the Rock Lake Sporting Clays on Stevens Road, confirmed the cancelation Monday. “Due to the governor’s... — Updated 11/19/2020


Gray wolf no longer endangered

Wash., D.C. – The Trump Administration last week removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list. In Washington, this means the wolf will no longer be considered a federal endangered species in Western Washington, or east... — Updated 11/5/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Let HER buck!

DAVENPORT - They may be on a bucking horse in Montana, or riding bulls in Colorado or parking their gear bag behind the chutes at practice pens near Reardan. They are often smaller... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Drew Lawson    News

Early deer season netting low harvest

DAVENPORT – It appears that this year’s ammo shortfall didn’t encourage the deer population to reveal themselves to hunters, as early hunting season has netted the smallest harvest in some time. “It’s probably one of the... — Updated 10/30/2020

 By Jamie Henneman    News

Hunter forced to shoot wolf near Colville

COLVILLE – A hunter in the Colville area was forced to shoot and kill a young male wolf earlier this month in order to escape a wolf pack that was encircling him. “The man called us as soon as he managed to get back to a place... — Updated 10/30/2020


WDFW invites public comment on spring black bear hunting seasons

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) invites the public to submit written comment on a proposed spring black bear season rule change by Oct. 29. The proposed rule modifies season dates, permit numbers... — Updated 10/22/2020


State Parks opens winter camping, day-use schedule

OLYMPIA -- Washington State Parks announced its 2020-21 winter schedule Oct. 13, with more than 100 parks remaining open for camping or day-use activities. The winter schedule is available online. More than 100 parks will remain... — Updated 10/22/2020


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