Tips on safe traveling with man’s best friend

After a safe drive while riding in his crate in the pickup, Ranger is ready go hunting. Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review

Field dogs do their part on a road trip by being good listeners, taking the blame for occasional foul odors in the cab and being eager for any hiking, hunting, fishing or camping situation we drive them to regardless of the weather or time of day.

Feds remove protections for 10M acres of sage grouse habitat

FILE - In this April 20, 2013 file photo, male greater sage grouse perform mating rituals for a female grouse, not pictured, on a lake outside Walden, Colo. The Interior Department says it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development. The plan would allow mining and other development in areas where it now is prohibited in six Western states: Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

WASHINGTON — The Interior Department said Thursday it is withdrawing protections for 10 million acres of federal lands used by the threatened sage grouse to open it up for energy development.

Keeping it together in dicey situations

Jerry Painter stands on the summit of Pingora Peak in the Cirque of the Towers in Wyoming's Wind River Range with Wolf's Head peak in the background. The giant, fin-shaped peak is a popular objective among climbers, but has been the scene for several epic outings. (Photo by Sam Painter)

The day after climbing Wolf’s Head in Wyoming’s Cirque of the Towers this summer our group was just sitting around camp fixing dinner. It had been a chill day of goofing off, fishing and hiking.

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