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2013: The year reviewed from an outdooors perspective

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A record-smashing run of fall chinook salmon to the Columbia River helped balance the mood for 2013 with the pall of gridlock that stretched into the outdoors from the halls of Congress.

Automatic federal budget cuts, called “sequestration,” forced serious government cutbacks across the board. Recreation wasn’t spared.

Snowplows that wake Yellowstone from its winter slumber every March were idled, forcing the national park to open late for peak season. Drinking water systems were not operating at some popular Bureau…

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