Mussel-sniffing dog shows its worth detecting invasive species at Washington border

Debi Deshon tosses a ball to Popeye as a reward for successfully identifying a section of a boat contaminated with quagga and zebra mussels scent on Friday. Popeye is trained to sniff out the invasive mussels. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife hopes to purchase a dog similar to Popeye next year. Eli Francovich / The Spokesman-Review

He sniffed, paused and sat. Just like the good dog he is.

Henry’s Fork a treasure right in our backyard

Sheep Falls on the Henry’s Fork is the beginning of a series of falls where the river takes dramatic steps off the rim of the Island Park Caldera.

Just five miles from the watershed of the Missouri River, eastern Idaho’s Henry’s Fork of the Snake River (aka The North Fork) begins when the daily influx of 500,000 gallons of 54-degree water from Big Springs unite with those from Henry’s Lake Outlet near Mack’s Inn in Island Park.

Grandparents making tradition of outdoor adventures

Led by a guide, far left, the Decker family (from left), Linda, Brandon, Andy, Colin and Alec, take a trip down the Spokane River with Wiley E. Waters Whitewater Rafting, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Linda and Andy gave their grandchildren the trip as a Christmas gift. Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review

Three years ago, Andy and Linda Decker accidentally started a Christmas tradition with their three grandsons.

Many animals are shifting from day to night to avoid people

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 2, 2003 file photo, a coyote wanders through a neighborhood in Cedar Glen, Calif., in the San Bernardino Mountains. Scientists have long known that human activity disrupts nature. And the latest research released on Thursday, June 14, 2018, found fear of humans has caused many species to increase their nighttime activity by 20 percent. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

NEW YORK — Lions and tigers and bears are increasingly becoming night owls because of us, a new study says.



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