An unwelcome visitor among the beans

Buffalobur nightshade is a nasty native plant of the southwest, but has spread to every state in the Lower 48. If you find one, notify your county weed superintendent and carefully pull it up and dispose of it. Terry Thomas /

Among my wife’s green bean plants was a curiosity. As a young plant, it resembled watermelon leaves and Cathy was excited by the prospect of a volunteer watermelon. As it matured though, it became apparent that it was not a watermelon.

Mullein a weed we shouldn’t ignore

Common or wooly mullein, an invader from Eurasia, is not as benign as once believed. It is taking over thousands of acres of habitat across the West and Midwest. Terry Thomas /

I was at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve near Carey a month or so ago. In their pollinator garden was a huge plant with hairy leaves and a long single seed stalk just starting to form. I recognized it at once as common mullein, also known as wooly mullein, a pervasive weed in much of the country.

Outdoor industry flexes political muscle in US land fight

Former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks during the Outdoor Retailer show Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Jewell is calling President Donald Trump's review of two dozen national monuments highly problematic and out of step with what Americans want. Jewell said at the nation's largest outdoor recreation trade show that Trump is treating national parks like contestants on a game show when he should be respecting measured decisions made by past presidents. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — Outdoor recreation industry leaders aren’t going quietly as they stage their last trade show in Utah before moving it to Colorado.

What’s in your day pack?

Hikers carry essentials in day packs even for short outings from the road or camp. Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review

One descriptive term in the lead of an Associated Press story about a search and rescue effort for Idaho hikers should make every adventurer cringe:



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