Outdoors

Outdoors

A shoe to fit all your outdoor needs

Trail running shoes are all about protection. You want a stable platform for uneven surfaces, a rugged outsole to keep your footing, and a hardy upper that won't be ripped apart when snagged by vegetation on the trail. The Merrell Agility Peak Flex has all of these elements - plus a wide range of motion to help mimic the more minimalist style of running shoes that have become popular. That's not to say the Agility Peak Flex is a minimalist shoe - it certainly isn't, as it features a good bit of midsole foam, rock plates in the heel and forefoot and a molded heel counter for additional support.

Outdoors

Wina Sturgeon: Properly wax your skis and snowboards for optimal spring riding

Now comes the best part of the ski and snowboard season: spring skiing. It's that brief period where snow is still crystallized and has not yet turned to mashed potatoes. The air is warm and filled with the scent of pines. Spring snow gives extra support to a carving edge, which makes it a great time for novice snowriders to become accomplished intermediates and more.

Outdoors

How do you know which fish are safe to eat?

March madness, green beer, the overhead chortle of sandhill cranes, crocus blooming, bald-faced calves kicking up their heels, a bare-topped Rattlesnake Mountain (finally) and the smell of newly turned garden soil. These harbingers of spring remind me that water temperature is rising and fish are getting hungry.

Outdoors

Wina Sturgeon: When is the last time you changed your workout?

One fact many athletes or weekend warriors don't know is how quickly the human body adapts. If you've been doing the same workout for months, it is no longer helping you develop. Doing the same workout over and over again is futile, because your body adapts while progress and further development stops.

Outdoors

To run with headphones safely outside try Aftershokz

Lots of people love listening to music while running. But that does create a danger - particularly in urban environments - since runners are less aware of what's going on around them. That changes with the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones, which actually deliver the music through your cheekbones and leave your ears open to hear other ambient noises on the run. Yes, while it sounds odd, these cordless headphones wrap around your head and sit just outside of the ear. You hear the music through a process called bone conduction.

Videos

Transmitters inserted into rattlesnakes for study

Dan Beck, a biology professor at Central Washington University, and student Joey Chase perform surgery June 24 to place radio transmitters into two rattlesnakes as part of Chase’s masters thesis in a laboratory at CWU in Ellensburg. The devices will help track the snakes to gather data about how the reptiles are affected by wildfires.
Shawn Gust Yakima Herald-Republic
Transmitters inserted into rattlesnakes for study 2:41

Transmitters inserted into rattlesnakes for study

Fishing the Hanford Reach with Chris Donley 2:57

Fishing the Hanford Reach with Chris Donley

Stranded in the desert, young woman survives for five days before rescue 1:27

Stranded in the desert, young woman survives for five days before rescue

Tri-City Quilter's Guild 34th annual Quilt Show 0:47

Tri-City Quilter's Guild 34th annual Quilt Show