In this Dec. 18, 2012 photo, dogs run in the snow on Hyalite Canyon south of Bozeman, Mont. “If it is below zero, you might want to really think about being outside with your dog,” said Dr. Spencer Anderson of Baxter Creek Veterinary Clinic in Bozeman, Mont. (AP Photo/The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Ben Pierce)
On a recent cross-country ski trip in the Bridger Mountains, I noticed my dog was walking a little funny. It was a frigid day and close to a foot of snow had fallen the night before. Kato, who burst out of his kennel with his usual exuberance at the car park, was looking chilly on the trail.
FILE - In this photo taken on Dec. 17, 2010, Tamarack Resort in Donnelly, Idaho, makes snow in preparation for its opening day. Not long after the recession put the skids on skiing like an unwaxed board in heavy crud, Sun Valley, Brundage and Tamarack resorts are applying a fresh coat and hoping to slide into a smoother future.(AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Katherine Jones, file)
Not long after the recession put the skids on skiing like an unwaxed board in heavy crud, Sun Valley, Brundage and Tamarack resorts are applying a fresh coat and hoping to slide into a smoother future.
In this Nov. 11, 2014, Gem, a Labrador retriever, gets a work out at the Kenneth Denman Wildlife Area in Oregon. on November 11, 2014. Gem nailed the six series of three-bird retrieves to earn her third master nationals honor in five years. It not only earned Hall of Fame status, but the win will see the names of Gem and her owner Elaine Goodner engraved on the Women's Challenge trophy as three-time Masters champions. (AP Photo/The Medford Mail Tribune, Jamie Lusch)
Elaine Goodner stood nervously next to her aging Labrador retriever Gem in a Northern California field knowing the next few hours would determine their legacy.
This photo taken on Sept. 27, 2012, shows a rustic bathhouse at Bagby Hot Springs in the Mount Hood National Forest about 70 miles east of Salem, Ore. The hot springs in the Beaver State vary considerably. Some are wild outposts with naked hippies running around, others are pricy retreats and some are little known secrets. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Danielle Peterson)
Geothermal activity creates pools of relaxing glory that are particularly welcome when the temperatures dip and the rain falls across the mountains.
In this July 26, 2014 photo, participants take part in the annual Chief Joseph Days Parade in Joseph, Ore. The Nez Perce Trail running from Wallowa Lake to 40 miles from the Canadian border in Montana commemorates the months-long flight for freedom of Chief Joseph and his people. This fall, the U.S. Forest Service invites public comment on the siting of the 1,700-mile trail. (AP Photo/The Observer, Katy Nesbitt)
The Nez Perce Trail running from Wallowa Lake to 40 miles from the Canadian border in Montana commemorates the months-long flight for freedom of Chief Joseph and his people. This fall, the U.S. Forest Service invites public comment on the siting of the 1,700-mile trail.
This undated photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servce shows an Oregon spotted frog, which was listed Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 as a threatened species. Once common across Oregon and Washington, the frog is only found in scattered and isolated wetlands amounting to 10 percent of its former range. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to publish its decision on Friday in the Federal Register. It takes effect 30 days later.
Cedar Falls. (Image Courtesy: Washington Trails Association. Photo by Bob and Barb)
So far, summer in Seattle has brought us lots of hot days and clear skies: The perfect recipe for hiking. Watching (or swimming in) a waterfall is one of the best ways to end a hike, especially when it’s sweltering. Here are five of Washington’s most beautiful waterfall hikes to enjoy this summer.
One of OR-7's pups in an image made July 12 by remote camera in Oregon's Cascade mountains
New photos show that
Oregon's famous wandering wolf, OR-7, has at least three pups that he and a mate are raising in the Cascade Range of southern Oregon.
»Play Video A female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound.
Scientists studying southern resident killer whales for the past decade now know they are among the most contaminated marine mammals, with pollutants particularly high in the youngest whales, according to information released Wednesday.
Visitors to Cottonwood Canyon State Park can learn about the history of early settlers by walking a storyboard fence line.
FILE -This June 3, 2011, file photo shows the Dalles Dam along the Columbia River, in The Dalles, Ore. Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration's latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
Conservation groups and salmon advocates have challenged the Obama administration's latest plan for making Columbia Basin dams safe for salmon.
A landslide closed one of the pools at a popular hot springs in the Cascade mountains in April.
»Play Video Jim Heinrich, a shellfish biologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, collects samples of sea stars afflicted with wasting syndrome
Biologists are racing to understand a die-off affecting sea stars, also known as starfish, on the Oregon Coast.