Spokane County Parks has plan for Antoine Peak

PUBLIC LANDS -- Spokane County Parks Department has created an access and management plan for the 1,066-acre Antoine Peak Conservation Area in Spokane Valley. The plan will be presented in an open house meeting tonight, May 28, 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at Mountain Gear Headquarters, 6012...


Landers hiking program featured at county libraries

TRAILS -- I'll be at Spokane County Libraries tonight and Thursday night to present free programs on "Hiking, the Perfect Sport" based on my latest trail guidebook, "Day Hiking Eastern Washington." I'll be sharing tips from the trails and, while I'll cover some great places...

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2013

Spokane conservationist Robbi Castleberry, dead at 80

UPDATED WITH VIDEO 5:45 p.m. on June 11, 2013 CONSERVATION -- Robbi Castleberry, a pillar of Spokane-area conservation efforts since the 1970s, died today of an apparent cardiac arrest in her home near Indian Canyon, her husband, Vic, has confirmed. Castleberry, 80, was on the...

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2013

Spokane County seeks Antoine Peak access addition

PUBLIC LANDS -- A proposal to purchase a 9.5-acre addition to an access site for the 1,066-acre Antoine Peak Conservation Area is on the agenda for today's Spokane County Commission meeting. Antoine Peak is the mountain north of East Valley High School and east of...

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013

Conservation Futures could add two choice spots

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Spokane County Conservation Futures Program is asking county commissioners to preserve 920 acres on the west flank of Mica Peak and15 acres at a geological site between Badger and Williams lakes south of Cheney. If approved, the acquisitions would bring Conservation...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2013

Editorial points to success of Wildlife & Recreation Program

CONSERVATION -- If you use parks, trails or public open spaces in Spokane County, you have been a beneficiary of the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program. (Click on this link and check out the more than impressive projects list under "campaigns.") It's a state program...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2012

New access to Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon opens Friday

COUNTY PARKS -- The long-awaited trailhead parking area on the south side of the Big Rock-Rocks of Sharon area in Spokane Valley will be open to public access Friday at 3 p.m., said Paul Knowles, Spokane County Parks planner. Heavy equipment is still working at...

FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012

Big Rock parking construction delayed by weather

TRAILS – Recent wet weather has delayed construction of a parking area to the Big Rock Conservation Area off Stevens Creek Road. Spokane County Parks and Recreation Paul Knowles said the ground is so soggy, work probably won’t start until around July 2. Visitors planning...

TUESDAY, JUNE 12, 2012

Spokane County dog-leash laws to be enforced at conservation areas

TRAILS -- Spokane County officials announced today they will begin addressing the issue of unleashed dogs -- a long-simmering aggravation that's been been stoked in recent years by the purchase of county conservation lands, which many pet owners wrongly assume to be dog parks. An...

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

County buys 269 acres for Glenrose conservation area

CONSERVATION -- The Dream Trail through the Dishman Hills of Spokane Valley has come 269 acres closer to reality this week with the purchase of two parcels in the Glenrose area. Two adjoining parcels were purchased with $473,500 from the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

Update: What’s this truck doing on Antoine Peak?

CONSERVATION FUTURES -- Getting a ticket. That's the answer the hiker wanted to hear after he snapped this photo of an vehicle that had been illegally driven into the Spokane County Conservation Futures land that rises up behind East Valley High School. The ruts these...

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2012

What’s this truck doing on Antoine Peak?

COUNTY PARKS -- A hiker sent in this photo of a pickup stuck on Antoine Peak, the Conservation Futures area above East Valley High School. The mountain is managed by Spokane County Parks. No unauthorized motorized vehicle access is allowed. My question to the hiker:...

MONDAY, AUG. 8, 2011

Four-wheelers leave their mark on Antoine Peak

PUBLIC LANDS – They’re vandals on wheels, stealing the common from the wildlife and the public. Off-road vehicle drivers have the capacity to do serious long-term and even permanent damage in minutes with the thoughtless use of their machines. The land carnage by four-wheel drive...

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Hikers make the most of the longest day of the year

HIKING -- Several groups of hikers celebrated the summer solstice by trekking to the top of Antoine Peak after work and hiking down into the sunset. Antoine is a Spokane County Conservation Futures acquisition that forms the green mountain backdrop north of East Valley High...

MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011

Time to join the group for the Dishman Hills

CONSERVATION -- Thousands of people have enjoyed the Dishman Hills Natural Area and other conservation lands in this Spokane Valley paradise, but the association that's worked to protect and preserve the area has only about 200 members. Sounds like area residents are letting others do...


Antoine Peak land deal back in running for state funding

PUBLIC LANDS -- A prized Spokane Valley wild area north of I-90 and near Forker Road is back in the running for state funding assistance in the last of three purchase phases started under the Spokane County Conservation Futures program. The House of Representatives announced...


Knight’s Lake Conservation Futures bid overstated

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Knight's Lake property along Lake Spokane -- owned by Washington DNR and at the top of the list for proposed Spokane County Conservation Futures acquisitions -- is a misnomer. The property proposed for sale doesn't include Knight's Lake. SR county government...


Big Rock access priority for Dishman Hills Association

CONSERVATION – Developing a parking area for the south-side access to the Big Rock conservation area near Tower Mountain is a top 2011 priority for The Dishman Hills Natural Area Association, which recently filled all 14 slots on its board. After three years of negotiations,...

TUESDAY, DEC. 7, 2010

County Commission ready to review Conservation Futures picks

CONSERVATION — At 9:30 this morning, the Spokane County Commissioners will hear the final recommendations in this round of nominations for Conservation Futures acquisitions.The 36 nominations for Spokane County Conservation Futures land acquisitions have been winnowed to a top-10 list.The commission plans to review the...

FRIDAY, DEC. 3, 2010

Conservation Futures nominations ranked, forwarded to County Commission

CONSERVATION -- The 36 nominations for Spokane County Conservation Futures land acquisitions have been winnowed to a top-10 list to be considered by the County Commissioners on Tuesday.The commission plans to review the recommendations at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Works Building, 1026 W. Broadway.Since...

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