Clay-target shooting a growing high school sport in Oregon, Washington

High school clay target shooting is said to be the nation’s fastest growing competitive high school sport — and the safest, with no accidents since it begain in 2001 in the Midwest. Courtesy Dale Nelson

School shootings over the past couple years frustrate Dale Nelson of Oregon City as much or more than all Americans.

Tune in to the big race in Alaska

Contestants line up for the start of the Iditarod Trail Invitational that started Sunday afternoon. The lead bikers were finishing the race on Wednesday evening. (Courtesy of Iditarod Trail Invitational)

Now that the Winter Olympics are history, there’s another big event for outdoor enthusiasts to turn their attention to: the Iditarod Trail Invitational.

Interior Department veterans question need for overhaul

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks on the Trump Administration's energy policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. Zinke wants to move more Interior Department employees out of Washington and into the field, closer to the public lands and resources they manage, saying that will lead to improved, decentralized decision-making. More than 90 percent of the department's employees already work outside the Washington area, and some retired department employees say the agency already has a well-established decentralized decision-making process. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik,File)

DENVER — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan for a major realignment to put more of his department’s decision-makers in the field has a fundamental flaw, in the eyes of some who spent their careers making those decisions: They’re already out there.

US lands agency makeover would diminish Washington’s power

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks to reporters at a conservation announcement at the Western Conservation and Hunting Expo in Salt Lake City. On Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, Zinke will announce he will revise proposed new regional boundaries for the Interior Department as part of a major reorganization of the agency. The new boundaries would more closely follow state lines, a change from his earlier proposal, which largely ignored state boundaries and relied mostly on rivers and other natural features. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is revamping a planned sweeping overhaul of his department with a new organizational map that more closely follows state lines instead of the natural boundaries he initially proposed, he told The Associated Press on Friday in an exclusive interview.

Montana man readies for his 24th year trapping grizzlies

Chad Dickinson, a biological science technician for the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, explains how a grizzly bear trap works in July 2017 in the Gravelly Mountain Range. Rachel Leathe / Bozeman Chronicle

If you were to imagine someone who traps grizzly bears for a living, you’d imagine someone like Chad Dickinson. Large, bearded, deep-voiced. The kind of guy who would much rather be deep in the woods than in an office talking to a newspaper reporter.



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