Imperiled sockeye salmon run shows poor return

This photo provided by Idaho Fish and Game shows Snake River sockeye salmon that returned from the Pacific Ocean to Idaho over the summer swim in a holding tank on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at the Eagle Fish Hatchery in southwestern Idaho. The number of the endangered fish that made it back this year is the second worst in the last decade but there are enough hatchery-raised fish to make up for the bad return. (Dan Baker/ Idaho Fish and Game via AP)

BOISE — The number of imperiled Snake River sockeye salmon that made it back to central Idaho this year is the second worst in the last decade, officials said, but enough hatchery-raised fish exist to keep a state and federal recovery program going.

Still plenty of outdoor fun to be had

A pair of day hikers observe a bull moose blocking the trail around Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park during a fall hike. Fall can offer some of the best hiking of the year. (Jerry Painter photo)

The end of summer was like a hard slap to the face. But don’t let it push you to the couch to hibernate until next April.

Wind River Range calls to backcountry anglers

Tanner Pursley, of Rigby, tries to interest a complacent school of trout in his lure near the outlet of Lonesome Lake high in the Wind River Range during a recent backpacking trip. Jerry Painter photo

After reaching our climbing goal in the Wind River Range of Wyoming a few weeks ago, we got up the next morning and had one plan for the day: Catch some trout for lunch.

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