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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22, 2017

TUESDAY, OCT. 24, 2017

FILE – Mount Spokane in December 2003. (Steve  Thompson / The Spokesman-Review)

Sno-Park season coming at Mount Spokane State park

WINTERSPORTS – Sno-Park permits will be required on vehicles parking at Mount Spokane State Park trailheads starting with the first significant snowfalls that require plowing, said Jerry Johnson, park ranger. Until then, Washington Discover Passes will suffice, he said. Usually significant snowfall occurs by Thanksgiving,...

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MONDAY, MAY 9, 2016

THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2015

MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2015

Lauren Potyk and other teen skiers showed the old timers how to go with the flow of unseasonably warm weather on Mount Spokane during the 37th annual Spokane Langlauf cross-country citizens race on Feb. 8, 2015. (Rich Landers)

Don't give up on the Nordic skiing season

WINTERSPORTS -- Washington still offers decent opportunities for cross-country skiing, despite last week's record high temperatures and rain. Nordic skiers glide over Langlauf course Nordic skiers travel to Washington to get their Ks One benefit of the unseasonably warm weather: the roads to the ski...

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TUESDAY, JULY 15, 2014

TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014

Lisa Breitenfeldt, owner of a Spokane-based mail-order business called Cache Advance, teaches classes on geocaching – a pastime in which objects are hidden at secret locations for participants to find using GPS coordinates and clues posted on the Internet.  (Colin Mulvany)

Geocaching 101 class offered Wednesday

NAVIGATION -- A free Geocaching 101 Class is set for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The class is geared to people who want to learn the basics of the engaging high-tech hide-and-seek game using GPS devices and a World Wide Web full of clues and challenges....

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THURSDAY, JUNE 12, 2014

Subway, the world’s largest fast-food chain, is famous for its footlong sandwiches. (Associated Press)

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...

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014

Fourth-graders from East Farms Elementary  fan out in a field near Stateline looking for their geocache owl named Wisdom. Donna Simon’s social studies class is studying the state of Washington and learning about the cities, towns and geography. The students are using geocaching as a method to learn about the state. (Photos by J. BART RAYNIAK / The Spokesman-Review)

Geocaching game launched on region's forests

GEOCACHING -- The Colville National Forest and partners in the Upper Columbia region are setting up a summer geocaching game geared to families. From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, a number of easy to access geocaches will be located throughout the Colville National Forest...

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

FRIDAY, JAN. 3, 2014

MONDAY, DEC. 30, 2013

THURSDAY, NOV. 7, 2013

TUESDAY, SEPT. 24, 2013

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2013

Geocaching featured at Washington State Parks

OUTLOCATE – Geocacher’s have a new reason to find their way to Washington State Parks. To celebrate the state parks centennial, 100 geocaches have been hidden in 100 state parks. Geocaches are containers stashed around the world with their GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates registered...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2013

THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2012

MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, 2012

Riverside State Park visitors take advantage of the new steps leading up from the Bowl and Pitcher footbridge over the Spokane River. (Rich Landers)

State Parks offer free entry on Saturday

PARKS -- To recognize National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Washington State Parks are offering free entry: The Discover Pass is not required. Saturday is one of 12 "free days" offered at State Parks each year. The final 2012 State Parks free days are scheduled...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2012

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22, 2012

REI Outreach Specialist Carol Christensen, center, from REI Spokane, presents Chris Guidotti, Riverside State Park ranger, and Volunteer Coordinator Jake Graham a $10,000 grant. (Courtesy REI)

Beacon Hill trails get $4K boost from REI 

PARKS -- Trail rehabilitation and restoration projects around Beacon Hill and Camp Sekani are getting a boost from the REI store in Spokane. The store's presented $4,464 to the Spokane Parks & Recreation board for use in the popular mountain biking and hiking area. This...

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MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2012

TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2012

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