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MONDAY, NOV. 10, 2014

Free entry to Washington state parks Tuesday

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Discover Pass is not required on vehicles at Washington State Parks on Tuesday, the final free day of 2014 as the parks observer Veterans Day. The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual...

THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

State Parks pass can buy you a free lunch

PUBLIC LANDS -- The value of a Washington state Discover Pass is going up. The $30 annual pass, required on vehicles in state parks and many other state lands, also will be valid for a free sandwich at many SUBWAY® sandwich shops. Most of Eastern...

THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2014

Washington to offer free entry at state parks

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington State Parks have a fee-free access day coming up. Here's the list of 11 days in which the Discover Pass is not needed for vehicle entry in 2014: Jan. 19 and 20 – Martin Luther King holiday. March 19 – Washington...

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014

Washington to offer free entry at state parks

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington State Parks have a fee-free access day coming up. Here's the list of 11 days in which the Discover Pass is not needed for vehicle entry in 2014: Jan. 19 and 20 – Martin Luther King holiday. March 19 – Washington...

THURSDAY, APRIL 10, 2014

Washington to offer free entry at state parks

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington State Parks have a couple of fee-free access days coming up. Here's the list of 11 days in which the Discover Pass is not needed for vehicle entry in 2014: Jan. 19 and 20 – Martin Luther King holiday. March 19...

THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014

Washington to offer free entry at state parks

PUBLIC LANDS -- Washington State Parks have a fee-free access day coming up. Here's the list of 11 days in which the Discover Pass is not needed for vehicle entry in 2014: Jan. 19 and 20 – Martin Luther King holiday. March 19 – Washington...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

Washington state parks consider more commercialization

STATE PARKS -- The public has until Tuesday, Jan. 7, to comment on a proposal to allow commercial advertising in the Washington state parks website. At its next regular meeting on Jan. 23, the parks commission plans to approve a new Washington State Parks advertising...

MONDAY, DEC. 23, 2013

Mount Spokane gears up; beer served at Vista House

WINTER SPORTS -- Mount Spokane is gearing up for holiday crowds at the alpine and nordic areas. Here's the latest: The historic stone Vista House at the mountain summit will open Dec. 26 and stay open daily through the holiday break. After Jan. 5 it...

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4, 2013

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2013

Discover Pass revenues increase, but still short of projections

STATE LANDS -- Revenue collected from sales of the Discover Pass was nearly $1 million higher than the previous year, according to a report prepared for the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission. But it still falls short of funding the needs of state parks. Sales...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

Free-entry offered for state and federal parks, refuges on Saturday

PUBLIC LANDS -- Saturday is a big day of freebies and stewardship on public lands throughout the region. It's National Public Lands Day as well as National Hunting and Fishing Day. Here are some opportunities to consider: Washington State Parks are offering free vehicle access...

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

Discover Riverside State Park during Sunday open house

STATE PARKS -- Special activities at five venues are scheduled Sunday, (June 24), 10 a.m.-3 p.m., to introduce the public to features and recreation available in Riverside State Park on the west side of Spokane. The required Discover Pass will be available for purchase from...

TUESDAY, MAY 29, 2012

Discover Pass gets boost from marketers

STATE PARKS -- Washington's Discover Pass, a vehicle permit required in state parks and other public lands, is getting help from a public relations firm to boost lagging sales. The pass was created by the Washington Legislature to fund the State Parks System. A public...

FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

Governor signs Discover Pass bill; two-vehicle covered starting today

PUBLIC LANDS -- A Washington Discover Pass -- required for parking in state parks and most other state lands -- is valid for two vehicles starting today, according to legislation signed this afternoon by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The change took effect immediately. Holders of previously...

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2012

2 cars per Discover Pass bill goes to governor

PUBLIC LANDS -- It's a wish coming true for Washington State Parks visitors. The Washington state Legislature has passed a bill allowing one Discover Pass to be shared among two vehicles. House Bill 2373 passed the House this afternoon by a vote of 60-37, with...

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 29, 2012

Two-car Discover Pass bills working through Legislature

STATE PARKS -- The Washington state House has passed HB 2373, which would allow two cars to share one Discover Pass, a $30, year-long parking pass for state parks and some other state lands. Unlike a similar bill that recently passed the Senate unanimously, the...

TUESDAY, JAN. 10, 2012

Bill would make Discover Pass valid for two vehicles

PUBLIC LANDS -- The Washington State Senate Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee Monday (Jan. 9) voted unanimously to refer a bill to the Ways and Means Committee that would make the Discover Pass transferable between two vehicles. The Discover Pass was established by...


WA state parks free visit days start this weekend

PARKS -- The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday three-day weekend, Jan. 14-16, will be the first of 10 Washington State Parks “free access days” in 2012. The Discover Pass will not be required for vehicles at state parks. Most of State Parks free days are...

THURSDAY, DEC. 22, 2011

Lawmakers call for delay in state park ranger layoffs

STATE PARKS -- Concerned about the massive layoff of park rangers, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers has asked the state Parks and Recreation Commission to delay sending out notices until after the Legislature meets in January, according to a report by the Wenatchee World....

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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